Jul 20, 2012

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Review: Echoes at Dawn by Maya Banks (KGI #5)

Romantic Suspense
July 3 2012
Mass Market Paperback
336 pages
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Rio
Kick Ass Chick – Grace Peterson

From Goodreads –
Grace Peterson is desperate, in hiding, and on the run after escaping a shadowy group determined to exploit her extraordinary ability to heal others. Her only lifeline – an unerring telepathic ability she shares with her sister – has been severed, leaving her alone and vulnerable. And time is fast running out…

Enlisted to bring Grace home is Rio, relentless member of the KGI. He’s unprepared for his reaction to this wounded, damaged woman, and he’s fiercely determined to protect her from those who nearly destroyed her. In Rio, she finds a safe haven, and for the first time…hope. But the mission is far from over. The danger Grace has eluded is fast closing in. And now it’s pitching two lovers toward an unfamiliar horizon, with no place left to hide.


*sigh* I really do like this series; I am just amazed at how much I love one book and how much I don’t feel quite the same about the next.  It baffles me…  I really enjoyed the last book in this series, I even gave it 5 stars, but this time around there was so much that didn’t quite fit for me that if left me giggling when I shouldn’t have been giggling and putting the book down a little too easily at times.

Echoes at Dawn is the fifth book in Maya Banks’ KGI romantic suspense series.  KGI is a family run operation that specializes in taking on jobs that the government can’t or won’t get involved with – such jobs as hostage retrievals, information gathering and so on.  They are very good at their job and reading about their missions has been lots of fun.  This installment features Rio, one of KGI’s team leaders, and Grace, the sister of the heroine from the last book.

We meet Rio in the very first book and from the get go I have liked him.  He’s crazy tough, amazing at what he does and very loyal.  I’ve been curious about his past since meeting him!  He feels drawn to Grace when he sees her on a surveillance video in the last book and decides that he is the only one who should go rescue her and take her home.  Grace has been captured because she has the power to heal people.  She can pull any sort of illness, injury or disease from any one and take it into herself where she heals it.  But her captors have abused her ability and now she is close to death herself.  She manages to escape and Rio finally finds her.  Because trust is a bit of an issue right now with some outside sources with KGI, Rio decides to take Grace and his crew to his home in Belize until things are considered safe back in the States.

As I mentioned, I have always liked Rio.  There is something about rough and gruff men who also have a softer side, I just didn’t expect Rio’s soft side to be quite so…soft.  Yes, Grace has been through hell and needs a soft touch but some of the things Rio says to Grace, things that were meant to be romantic and sexy, actually made giggle.  It was just too much in my opinion and it didn’t quite go with what we know of Rio’s character to date.  Unfortunately many of his more romantic lines were too “romance novel cliché” for me.

Grace was no better.  She is a virgin but didn’t tell Rio.  She asks him to make love to her (do people actually word it that way in real life?) without telling him of her circumstance.  Of course, it all works out and all is perfect.  Then she wants to give him a blowjob, but she’s unsure how to proceed, so she asks Rio for guidance.  Okay, not so unusual I suppose, but the fact that she can ‘do’ certain things even though she’s recently been sick to the point of near death and she’s never does anything like that before yet she can practically swallow him down her throat…yeah.  I am not saying that I expect precise realism when I’m reading a contemporary based book – in fact I read to escape crazy reality – but I do expect it to be at least believable.  The extra fluffy dialogue and the super sweet coming together and extra lovey-dovey feel just didn’t work for me.

I did like the overall story though.  The mystery of who is really trying to catch Grace was well done.  And the little girl, Elizabeth, is adorable.  We saw a bit of the Kelly family and that made me happy since they are my favorite part of this series.  And the action scenes are always well written in this series and were still really well done in this book.

Echoes at Dawn, even though it was not my favorite of the series, was not so terrible that it will deter me from continuing on with the series.  In fact, I am super excited for the next book.  Shades of Gray, which is currently slated for a January 1st 2013 release, is Cole and PJ’s story.  I love them!  They are on KGI’s other team and they are amazing together.  Well they are not ‘together-together’ yet, but their banter is awesome and they are super fun to read.  I know they will make a brilliant couple and that their book will be both a nail biter and sexy as hell.  They just have that in them.

I am glad that I read this installment though because it did help me to discover something quite important about myself:  I really don’t like fluffy overly-romantic dialogue.  It just doesn’t sit well with me and actually sort of annoys me.  Even if it is found in a series I look forward to reading, it’s just not my style.

3 stars

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

  1. At least you found out what you do not like 🙂 I ..hm, I really must think about that cos dunno really

  2. Great review! However I felt the complete opposite! I really didn’t enjoy Whispers in the Dark and had to force myself through that one while I much more enjoyed Echoes of Dawn but neither of them were my favourites of the series!

  3. blodeuedd – The first book is great! lol

    Ally – I find that often happens with this series: those who love one don’t the other and those who didn’t like the last love the next. It’s odd. lol

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