Saturday, 30 April 2011

The Darkest Hour: Reviewed

By Maya Banks

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super elite, top secret, family-run business.
High intelligence, rock hard body, military background.
Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the US government can’t…

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.

What would you do if the lover and spouse you thought was dead and buried was alive and being held hostage? That is exactly the situation we are in at the beginning of the book, Ethan's grief is killing him when he receives a mysterious package containing photos and coordinates. Luckily as a former SEAL from a military family he has resources to call on, but all is not what it seems. Not only do they need to find Rachel, rescue her, but they also need to keep her alive, someone wants her dead, but who?

The story covers more than the rescue and we meet the whole Kelly clan as the book introduces us to the KGI world, all of them have to deal with shock and grief, why would anyone do this to Rachel and is this because of something they did. As guilt begins to eat away at Ethan he tries to rebuild hid life, but what is he hiding from us?

My friend Sparklybearsy (I ♥ you Bear for telling me about Maya Banks) introduced me to the books, and I am now addicted, if you are expecting the erotica of the Sweet series or the Colter's don't, I am not saying these books are not HOT they are, but they are also more action packed and if you love a man in uniform they could be the books for you. The Kelly's are an interesting family and Rachel turns out to be a strong heroine, even though she seems fragile on the outside. But to survive what she has been through she needs a core of pure titanium! It is a story about rebuilding a relationship and finding your home and a thoroughly good read, so grab yourself a cuppa, your sunglasses and a copy of the book and head out on the deck and read in the sun. I am onto No Place to Run and I have just ordered Hidden Away and that is just what I intend to do! Happy reading. 

I give The Darkest Hour 4 frilly knickers out of 5! A great summer read!


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