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2 StarsI ve been such a huge fan of Maya Banks, but I m finding that most of her recent releases have been slightly less than lackluster for me lately While I loved the first five books in the KGI series, since book six it s been taking a significant decline for me The story lines are just OTT out there, the characters not quite what they used to be But still I was holding out hope for Hancock to finally bring this series back to what it used to be I ve been eagerly anticipating his book for years, so I was beyond excited to get my hands on Darkest Before Dawn.only to be disappointed.The first 25% of the book I struggled to get into it It was repetitive to the point of redundancy Hancock s internal musings of him being the bad guy but for good intentions was repeated ad nauseam I suppose this is good for readers coming into the series without having read the previous books But for fans of the series that have been up to date Well, let s just say you ll get a bit of a refresher.The story really took off after the 25% mark and I found I couldn t put the book down The action and suspense really picked up The budding romance beginand then it all crashed down after the 60% mark.The heroine was idealistic and naive to the point of being OTT about it It s almost cheesy for me to say that Honor was just too honorable, but that s what it is While I really liked her in the beginning, her internal monologue and reasoning after the 60% mark was just beyond anything I could wrap my mind around I don t care how much you want the bad guys to get caught, no person in their right mind will reason with themselves that they re OK with being betrayed and sacrificed for the greater good because it s therightthing to do She s not a soldier She s a relief aid volunteer When she finds out Hancock s plans on using her, she s not mad, crying, trying to escape Nope She accepts it all with the calmness of a woman that was just told that the purse she wanted isn t in stockAh well, it is what it is. In Hancock s defense, he never lies to her Unless you consider lie by omission He never confirms that he s there to save her and doesn t give her false hope But he never point blank admits it either This was just the beginning of the end for me His epiphany came a little too late for me to sympathize with him or even like him Add into the mix that Honor is a view spoiler virgin hide spoiler (((Download Ebook))) ⇴ Darkest Before Dawn (KGI, #10) ↝ The Kelly Group International KGI A Super Elite, Top Secret, Family Run BusinessQualifications High Intelligence, Rock Hard Body, Military BackgroundMission Hostage Kidnap Victim Recovery Intelligence Gathering Handling Jobs The US Government Can TThe Enigmatic Hancock Has Been Both Opponent And Ally To The KGI Teams For As Long As They Ve Known Him Always Working A Deep Game, Hancock S True Allegiance Has Never Been Apparent, But One Thing Is For Certain He Never Lets Anything Get In The Way Of DutyBut Now, His Absolute Belief In The Primacy Of His Ultimate Goal Is Challenged By A Captive He S Been Ordered To Guard, No Matter How Much She Suffers In Her Prison She S The Only Woman Who S Ever Managed To Penetrate The Rigid Walls Surrounding His Icy Heart, But Will He Allow His Perplexing Feelings For The Beautiful Victim To Destroy A Mission He S Spent Years Working To Complete Or Will He Be Forced To Sacrifice Her For The Greater Good 2 stars Romantic SuspenseThis was repetitive, cheesy, over the top melodramatic, slow, and borderline ridiculous at times I didn t really care much for the hero or heroine or their romance I ve been underwhelmed with the last couple of books in this series and with the books in her Breathless Trilogy, Surrender Trilogy, and especially the Slow Burn series I really hope the next Kelly KGI book will be better. Darkest Before Dawn has a strong premise, and since I m a fan of military dramas I wish I could say it was enough to make this a winner for me Sadly, however, the book falters under the weight of overwhelming excesses This is an overly detailed, nearly 400 page story that would definitely benefit from a shorter length There is a great deal of exposition in the beginning, and while I appreciated the author s intention to acclimate readers like me, who are new to the series, it s just too lengthy What s troublesome is how often exhaustive exposition is used throughout the entire book basically each time a character from a previous book is mentioned which occurs frequently.The dialog and narration are exceedingly redundant Even the plot points are repetitive I stopped counting the number of times Hancock injects Honor with a sedative so he won t have to answer her questions, witness her sense of betrayal, struggle with her, etc.Perhaps one of the biggest downfalls is the one dimensional main character Honor is exactly as her name indicates honorable However, she s excessively so view spoiler She s kidnapped, beaten, and she s about to be raped, tortured, and killed, but she announces that it s all right because her death is for the greater good hide spoiler 3.5 Protecting at All Cost StarsDarkest Before Dawn is a standalone and is part of the KGI series I love Maya Banks She s one of the first authors I discovered when I adventured to cough smut reading I mean, New Adult Contemporary reading What can I say She has a way in creating different characters and addictive stories This is my first KGI book I ve heard so many great things about this series and I LOVE action pack novels You throw in a sexy Hero, well I m a happy gal.I didn t read the previous books, but Hancock has been on both sides, good and bad Regardless where his ties are, he s a man of his word Honor is the only survivor of an explosion and is now hunted, because there should be no survivors She s a woman in a war torn country and everything seems kind of dire Because of Honor s background, Hancock is requested to save Honor and bring her backYou re safe, Honor I ve got you Nothing will hurt you tonightThe descriptive writing is a bit heavy in the beginning There s a lot of character build up and you find out where the characters come from The two main characters interact around the 20% and from there, the pace picks up and you are taken for a wild rideThank you For what For saving me I made no such promise, Honor You trying is enoughHonor and Hancock are attracted to each other, but both have goals that need to meet before anything romantic can happen Hancock is on a mission and Honor is just trying to survive But nothing is what it seems Hancock needs to do the right thing, but what happens by doing the right thing is also a bad thing I love Hancock s conflicting emotions in this book He works very hard to do right, but he considers himself a monster and wants so much for Honor I love my Heroes with issues Honor is no damsel in distress She s smart, strong and self lessI care too much, and that s why I m so angry , Honor Because I m not supposed to care I m not supposed to be human I m a killerThe banter is addictive and adds a little nice tension to the story I like the complexities of the story and how it kind of sucks you in If you are a fan of action pack reads with a leading male character, then this one is for you An ARC was provided I m setting this one aside for a moment It s not doing anything for me at all. OMG I am so excited for Hancocks story, I feel like it is going to be a good one, but I also really wanted Sean and Rusty Cant decide which one I want. Honor is a relief worker in some arabian war zone.When her clinic is being bombed, she s the only survivor, and the bad guys are hunting her.She escapes, only to be caught rescued by Hancock.We all met him in the KGI books before he s trying to find this huge russian gangster, the one who killed his foster mom.And to lure him closer, he has to have Honor she s his last chance to get revenge.But the longer he s close to her the harder it will be to let her goWhat will happen to Honor Hancock Will there be a HEA Will everybody survive I loved every KGI book so far ok, I did hate a little on those with too much paranormal stuff those mind reading ones but I always read them and loved the characters..So I don t know what was wrong this timeit was probably just that I wasn t in the mood for it because I couldn t read this book.I started and I liked the whole idea, but the beginning alonethat bomb that goes off in that clinic and Honor surviving and getting out of there It could ve been told in 2 pages, but it took Maye 5% of the book to tell it That s been the problem for me with Maya s books for a while now She just writes too much Every book of hers that I ve read in the last years could ve been told with half the words, or even less She repeats things CONSTANTLY and she goes into too much detail Some detail is good, but I don t care about most of those details.I don t want to stop people from reading and enjoying this book.I loved that Hancock finally got his own book, and I was really looking forward to reading it, but there were just way too many unnecessary words pages for me.I will read everything that Maya writes in the future not the paranormal stuff and I hope that she ll lose some of her words on the way The story itself was pretty good It would ve been totally my kind of romantic suspense.But all those repeats and stuff I didn t care about, made it very hard for me to read it.I finished it, but I finished it in only 3 hours It was so bad that I skipped most of it, and only read when people were talking to each other, everything else was just totally redundant.Sorry Still 4 stars, because I love KGI and I would ve loved Hancock too.As I said before, don t let my own weirdness stop you from enjoying the book Huh well after the last total disaster in the series, I was pleased this was not a total train wreck.There were still some repetition issues, but not nearly as bad as the last book.The problem I had with this one was the relationship Hancock was not committed until the end and then he wussed out Honor had to man up because he was incapable Separations do not make me happy Especially when the heroine has to make the move to get them back together and extricate Hancock s head from his ass.This book was violent Killing, abuse, attempted rapes, torture, attempted suicide, etc It is not for the meek.At the end of the day, I was happy they got together which shocked the hell out of me In the beginning, I was pretty happy with hoping Hancock died a painful death Even in the middle I still felt this way He came around at the end But then he became a pathetic version of himself and I lost respect I have no idea if I can continue this series. This review was originally posted on Delighted Reader The hero Hancock has been in past books in the series Me, well, I forgot who or what he was and while he is the hero, it didn t cause too many problems not remembering him Since I didn t really like him, it was something I didn t even cry over or go back to find out who he was I just didn t care.Hancock and is former Titan team have been after their villain for years The last two times they have gotten close, they chose to save an innocent instead of taking out the bad guy Now they are closer than ever to getting to him again, but the one hiccup is another innocent must be sacrificed for the greater good Fuck that The story starts off with a literal bang as the relief center Honor Cambridge works at somewhere in the middle east is bombed by New Day Getting all the patients out, Honor runs back in to help save her co workers only to be crushed by a wall that in reality saves her life She frees herself and uses a level head to pack and hide from the men who want all the clinic workers to show their power Spending days sleeping an nights walking, Honor evades the terrorist until an American approaches her to save her, or so she thinks.Hancock and his team have been sent to retrieve the American woman who has escaped and evaded the terrorists Not to save her, but to turn her over to the bad guy they are after so they can kill him They know she won t survive and that she will have a long lingering death Hancock evades her questions, never lies, but never gives her the truth either All through their escape Honor shows the men she is one of the best people, but also innocent of the ways of the world They grow to respect her and all have problems turning her over to finish their mission.And that is where I was so furious with the story It s one thing to hold onto this hope that turning over an innocent will save thousands, but when they and especially Hancock meet her, they don t change their minds They intend to let her go to a man who will rape her, beat her, hurt her and then turn her over the terrorist who tried to kill her to begin with to have even torment The team all knows this, but Hancock leads.After Honor is brutally attacked by their current bad boss no rape, just attempted , Hancock comes clean with what s going on and Honor starts to get cold and internal in her thoughts It s for the greater good right But as she is preparing her mind for what is going to happen, she starts defending Hancock s actions and that he is a good man PUKE So Honor is a virgin and she doesn t want her first time to be in a rape so she asks Hancock to make love to her.Seriously, he says this in the middle of having sex with her and he plans to turn her over to be raped, beaten and degraded I just couldn t find it in my heart to like either of them after this Oh, and they forgot the condom.After this I was kind of over the entire story Even if he decided not to do it, he kept holding onto his convictions way to long and Honor kept defending him for them So sad that she was willing to be a martyr for her man.Things happen that are supposed to make you change your mind about Hancock, but it was too late Honor gets her torture, but is never raped The end came and I was ever so glad to be done with these characters They just left me with a WTF feeling.The KGI group makes an appearance briefly in the latter part of the book While I love some of these guys, it just seemed flat and uninteresting.So I have read every one of the books in this series except for one I have loved the earlier books The latter books keep becoming something that just leaves me cold And so I must say, I am done reading this series I just can t take any of the heroines being sappily innocent and sweet while the men want to dominate what they think and feel It doesn t feel like a passionate love but like a take over of someone who has no thoughts or feelings Discussion Starter So I love sweet and innocent heroines, but also women who are strong and go get em When does the innocent and sweetness go too far What s the line of being an martyr or being a strong heroine Do we want martyr s in our romance Can we forgive hero s for being idiots Do they go too far at times that even as a reader you can t forgive them Is the greater good really greaterThis review was originally posted on Delighted Reader