Feb 9, 2012

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Review: Whispers in the Dark by Maya Banks (KGI #4)

Romantic Suspense
January 3 2012
Mass Market Paperback
333 pages
Berkley
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Nathan Kelly
Kick Ass Chick – Shae

From Goodreads –
Nathan is being held captive and is in agony. His saving grace is the voice of an angel who eases his pain and helps him regain enough strength to escape. When he does, she leaves him with a void that he can barely stand. When he escapes and returns to the KGI, he hears her again-now she needs him.

Her name is Shae, and she’s on the run with her sister. A government group wants to harness their abilities to heal. The KGI wants to help- but can Nathan quiet his soulmate’s doubts and convince her that they are meant to face these dangers together?

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Whispers in the Dark is the fourth book in Maya Banks’ KGI series.  This is a romantic suspense series but don’t worry, it’s not one of those kinds of romantic suspense books.  You know the type:  either there is too much romance and not really any suspense or there is too much suspense – enough that you want to throw the book across the room and curl up into a ball and rock yourself back and forth, back and forth, back and forth – and not enough romance.  I find Maya has just the right blend.  And not only do you get a great romantic story and an enjoyable amount of suspense, but you also get steamy bedroom scenes (that sometimes don’t take place in a bedroom at all *blush*) and outstanding characters.

My favorite character in this series is the Kelly family.  Yes, I am aware that the Kelly family consists of mom, dad and 6 sons, but the unit is so solid and incredibly written that even when I didn’t love a book in this series, the family and their chemistry saved the book.  The women are fine and all, but the men and their parents are just fantastic.

Whispers in the Dark is Nathan’s story.  Nathan is the baby of the family along with his twin brother, Joe.  You don’t see much of Nathan in the previous books so I was actually surprised that his book was next.  Most of the Kelly boys are ex-military men, but Nathan and Joe are just finishing off their time in the Army.  But Nathan gets captured while in Afghanistan and at the very beginning of this book, he is being tortured.  Not a fun way to start a book but boy let me tell you, it grabs you right from the get go.  Poor Nathan…  He’s about to give up hope when suddenly he hears a woman’s voice in his head telling him not to lose hope.  This voice also has a way of making the physical pain go away.  Thanks to her, he doesn’t lose hope, manages to escape and return to his family.

Before talking about the woman, I want to quickly say that I enjoyed how Maya wrote Nathan after he came home.  I think she captured what he would have been going through really well.  He didn’t just jump back into things and he didn’t just give everyone a hug, cry big tears and all was right in the world.  He struggled and suffered and took things day by day.  I respected that Maya kept things real and didn’t try to fluff it just because she’s writing a romance book.

Now back to the woman.  Her name is Shea and she has the power to communicate with people through thought and she can take on someone else’s pain then heal herself.  Pretty nifty tricks.  Who she can communicate with is completely random so it’s pure coincidence that she can ‘chat’ with Nathan.  (Her sister Grace has similar talents but there Shea can take away pain, Grace can actually heal a person.)  Their whole lives, they have been kept alone and told not to divulge their secret to anyone.  Because of this, Shea is used to living a lonely existence.  When she ‘meets’ Nathan, both are at a place in their lives where they really need someone – he’s in captivity and she’s on the run.  They suit each other very well.  Both are survivors of horrible ordeals and understand each other.  Both know that time is needed to heal and no magic potion will make you forget everything you’ve been through.  Both understand the value of not being alone.

I don’t usually like stories where the hero and heroine are total soulmates almost the moment they actually meet in person but in this case, it worked.  Thinking about what Nathan and Shea have gone through together before even having met in person will bring any two people close together.  And they are not done going through heavy situations together since there are some pretty awful bad guys who are after Shea and her sister and the KGI gang have to try to figure out who and why.  Yes, that is the suspense part in this romantic suspense book.  *g*

The whole Kelly clan is in this book and so are the KGI teams.  Each and every one of those characters is awesome and they will hopefully each get a book because I am really interested in knowing more about each and every one of them.  Rio is off to find Grace and they are the hero and heroine in the next book, Echoes at Dawn.  It’s due out in July 2012.  Rio is a bit of a mystery so it will be nice to finally know his story.  Then it’s PJ and Cole’s turn!  They have such an amazing rapport and I think they will make a brilliant couple. Their book, Shades of Gray, is due out January 2013.

I was torn as to what to rate this book.  Not because I wondered if I enjoyed it but because I wondered if I enjoyed it as much as the first book in the series.  You see, book one is my benchmark for the KGI books because it was fantastic and my favorite in the series.  After finishing Whispers in the Dark, I couldn’t say if I liked it more or less than my benchmark book one!  After much thought (and maybe even a couple bottles of wine – I’m telling you, I take my ratings seriously ;)) I decided that I liked it…just exactly the same!  Therefore I give this book the same rating as I gave book one – five stars!  *queue fireworks*

Maya done good this time and I can’t wait for the next book.

5 stars

Giggle worthy quote –

“Ethan snorted.  ‘Hell, like we can’t figure that out?  I’m tempted to call Ma and rat you out, but no one wants her on our asses right now.  I’m more afraid of her than I am of a whole terrorist cell.’”

Books in the KGI series –
The Darkest Hour
No Place to Run
Hidden Away
Whispers in the Dark
Echoes at Dawn (July 2012)
Shades of Gray (January 2013)

  1. *sigh* I loved this book so much! You wrote a great review…reading it, makes me want to go back and re-read it again. If only I had the time! smiles…

  2. I read the , let’s see, 2nd book I think, and I would like to read more by her one day 🙂

  3. I’ve been wondering about this author, I seen a couple of her books on audible, I’m going there right now to see if is this series, if it’s, you know they’re going on my wish list! 🙂
    Thanks Julie.

  4. Christi – One day, when I’m old and gray and no longer blogging, I am planning on sitting down and re-reading a bunch of the series I am keeping on my shelves. This series will definitely be there then. 🙂

    bloedeudd – Maya Banks writes great friend and family units.

    Lup – I love Maya’s Sweet series and this series. Very different one from the other but both excellent. 🙂

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