{Review} The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks

centralpickshijackedbyysar {Review} The Darkest Hour by Maya BanksThe Darkest Hour by Maya Banks
Series: KGI #1
September 7, 2010
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult), Romantic Suspense (Adult)
Pages: 304


Our Rating

5 Stars

It’s been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife Rachel alive. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone.

His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he’s built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond… until he receives anonymous information claiming Rachel is alive.

To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he’ll have to force Rachel to recover memories she can’t and doesn’t want to relive—the minute by minute terror of her darkest hour—for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks

It’s been a year of hell since Ethan last saw his wife Rachel alive, and while he grieves for her, he’s also ashamed of the way he handled their problems just before she got on the plane that took her from his life forever.  But then on the anniversary of her death, he receives a package of photos showing a woman that looks very much like the wife he thought was dead.


The Verdict:  Sometimes I need a little more action in my romance stories to make things more exciting, more than just your average love story.  When I saw that my local library had the whole KGI series in their e-book list, I thought I’d give it a shot.  And what a wild ride it has been!

Ethan comes from a family of all brothers, all military, and the ones who are no longer active duty have their own special ops company that often contracts for the government and sometimes takes on private jobs like retrieving kidnap victims, basically anything that your standard police force isn’t equipped to handle.  His brothers have been nagging him to join their ranks now that he’s left the service, but he can’t seem to do anything productive with his life since losing his wife.  That all changes, though, when he comes across what looks a lot like proof that Rachel is still alive.

I wasn’t at all prepared for all the turns this story took, and that turned out to be a wonderful thing.  This wasn’t just a story about saving the damsel in distress and riding off into the sunset.  It was about family, putting a broken marriage back together, solving the mystery about why Rachel was taken to begin with… And it was surprise after thrilling surprise until the very end.

Ethan is one of the more vulnerable heroes I’ve come across in a romance novel.  He’s alpha strong and the perfect action hero, but he’s also devastated by the seeming loss of his wife and overcome with regret about how he allowed their marriage to fall apart.  Saving Rachel is only the beginning of the battle for him, as he has to help her recover from the ordeal and then patch his marriage back up before they can live happily ever after.

For her part, Rachel is not what I expected either.  She’s been kept in a drugged-up state for much of her year in captivity, never knowing why she was taken in the first place and so detached from reality that she can’t even remember her life from before except for in dream-like pieces she’s not sure she should believe.  She feels safe with Ethan but utterly confused as to who she is and their life together, and as things start coming together in small bits, she’s filled with doubt and insecurity.

The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks is an incredibly strong start to a captivating series, and not only were the main characters easy to love, but there’s a whole host of background characters, from family to team members, that have me dying to burn through the rest of the series.  This first book may have been published years ago, but it’s not the least bit dated, and with a whopping nine more books in the series already released, I think this one is going to be one of my new faves.

  
The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
5 star rating
Characters
5 star rating
Style & Editing
3.5 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 5 star rating
  

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About Maya Banks

Maya Banks lives in Texas with her husband, three children and assortment of pets. When she's not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing or playing poker.

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