Friday, March 10, 2017

Brighter Than the Sun by Maya Banks

Searing action and passion ignite the latest KGI novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Darkest Before Dawn.

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

As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on any mission he’s assigned to, but when it comes to love, he’ll keep his distance. He’s content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated.

Zoe’s had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she’s determined to start over with a completely new identity, thanks to her college friend, Rusty Kelly. But it’s the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again. And Joe will have to put everything on the line to save Zoe, when secrets of her past resurface—and threaten to tear them apart…

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Book 11
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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So, I have two things before you read this review:
1. You should read the previous book in this series so that the characters make sense, and,
2. I am biased. I absolutely love Banks, so I went in to this book expecting to like it. She didn't disappoint either.

I love all of these characters. They are developed, complex, loving, but not without flaws and it's those flaws that make them so awesome to read.

Joe is Nathan's twin. He has kind of been the odd man out because he loves his single status. While he doesn't hate that his brothers have found their forever women, Joe still maintains that he's happy and doesn't need to be with anyone.

Rusty is an amazing sister. Not only is she brilliant, but she's an amazing hacker as well! She has been living in the shadow of her brothers and their wives for so long that she decides that she needs to strike out on her own. But when her friend reaches out to her, she does the only thing she can think of – she saves her friend's life.

Zoe is sweet, innocent, and naive. She is running from people who seem to think that she has value – to her father. But Zoe knows that despite who her father is, she has never been a person of value. Rusty and her have devised a way for Zoe to hide, regroup, and, hopefully, never have to see the people in her life that she's running from again.

Joe is immediately intrigued by Zoe – not necessarily in a positive manner. But when he begins to see who she is, what she's about, and how much she has been hurt, his protective instincts kick in and he does all he can to make Zoe smile.

The entire Kelly clan has their hands in this book. Not only are they protecting their own families, but the entire family overall. When things go sideways, everyone pulls together to figure out how to move forward. Joe will stop at nothing to prove to Zoe that she's worth loving and Zoe will wish so hard for a happy ending.

I read this story in one sitting, because I just couldn't put the book down.

There is a side story that I can't wait to see more of – Sean and Rusty. Their story has been building and it made me laugh, cry, and feel so much sadness. I am so looking forward to seeing what comes next!

Maya Banks is a #1 USA Today and New York Times bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, Scottish historical romances. She is the author of the Breathless Trilogy, the KGI novels, the Sweet series, and the Colters Legacy novels.

She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a Calico who’s been with her as long as her youngest child. She’s an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who’ll listen! She very much enjoys interacting with her readers on Facebook and Twitter as well as in her Yahoo! Group.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Brighter Than the Sun (KGI #11) by Maya Banks to read and review.

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