Dec 10, 2013

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Review: Forged in Steele by Maya Banks (KGI #7)

forgedinsteele3 star

Romantic Suspense
June 25 2013
Mass Market Paperback
372 pages
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Steele
Kick Ass Chick – Maren Scofield

From Goodreads –
Steele, a KGI team leader, is an enigma not even his team mates understand. His emotions are tightly locked down and nothing can break that icy exterior. Nothing except Maren Scofield, a doctor on a mission, a woman who has gotten under Steele’s skin and threatens to crack that unflappable cool he’s legendary for.

Steele is determined not to allow Maren past his carefully guarded defenses, but when she’s in danger, there’s no way he’ll allow anyone else to protect her. She’s hiding something. He’s sure of it. But he isn’t prepared for the shocking discovery her secrets reveal. Or how they will forever alter the course of his destiny. He has a decision to make. Hold tight and shut her out. Or take a chance on something more powerful than he’s ever faced. Love.


Forged in Steele is the seventh book in Maya Banks KGI series.  This is a series I enjoy even though I find the books a bit inconsistent.  What I mean by that is I will adore one book and will totally feel let down by the next only to go back to feeling hope for the series with the book after that.  Forged in Steele fell in the middle for me.  I enjoyed it, as I like the characters, but the story felt a bit ‘been there already in this series before’ to me.

Each book in the series either focuses on a member of the Kelly family or on a member of one of their military-type teams.  This time we follow Steele (no, the title is not a typo ;)) the leader of one of these teams.  We finally learn more about him but I was surprised by how little there really was to know.  I didn’t feel jipped at all; he just didn’t have a crazy complicated life so there was no need for some looooong arsed sob-story.  Don’t get me wrong, his is not a super happy story, but it’s not so painful you want to drink a bottle of something strong on his behalf.  I liked what we learned and I liked him.  His scenes with Ethan’s baby and how he is with ‘family’ put a big smile on my face.

Maren is his love interest.  We have met her before as she is the doctor who often patches the KGI members up.  She is really a nice character.  She is not ‘kick ass’ in your usual sense but her morals and her sense of wanting to help the less fortunate makes her kick ass in my books.  I have always liked her and was happy when I heard that she and Steele would end up together.  That’s not to say I didn’t find it odd.  It did sort of come out of nowhere…as some other things did in this book.

We see Steele and Maren near the beginning of this book and suddenly they are both sort of pining over each other.  Um…what?!  It would have been interesting if there was a bit of a play-up to that in previous books but what can you do.  That was not the worst ‘coming out of nowhere’ in this book.  The one that sort of confused me was what happens to Maren.  THAT came out of nowhere.  I can’t say anything else without there being major spoilers but trust me on this…  Out.  Of.  Nowhere.

Something else that sort of rubbed me in an off way was all the smaltzy and lovey talk that came out of Steele’s mouth in the later parts of this book.  If you read the quote I included at the end of this review, you’ll see what we all know Steele to be.  That quote is funny…and very him.  You gotta love a hero who claims he is no good at using pretty words and sharing his feelings yet in the next breath says something so pure and so emotional you wonder if he’s full of it.  *read sarcasm*  It almost sounds like a greeting card!  I know Steele felt and believed what he said but where did it all the pretty perfect words come from?  The super badass heroes in this series often end up being the biggest mush-spewers!  It’s lovely and it sort of makes you *sigh* happy sighs but at the same time it just doesn’t quite fit with the characters or the feel of the rest of the book.

I did find there was a lot of repetition in this book but there was quite a bit of good too.  There are babies in this book which is always fun and we get a glimpse at all of the couples from past installments so we have a chance to catch up with them, which is always nice.  The friends and family units in this series really is what makes it so special.

There is also the ‘is he a good guy or a bad guy?’ moments with Hancock which is always fun.  I wonder if he’ll get his own book someday.  He’s not part of any KGI team, he’s more of a guy who shows us to either mess things up or fix things depending on his mood, but it sure would be fun to learn what his deal is.  But for now, Donovan (finally!) is next up with a book.  After the Storm is due out January 7th 2014.  Then it’s Swanny’s turn in When Day Breaks in June 2014.

As for Forged in Steele, even though it was not my favorite it the series, it featured characters I enjoy and therefore found it to be a pleasant read.  You just have to take some of it with a grain of salt as some scenes, as I mentioned, either make you wonder where they came from or others are straight out of the latest Hollywood high-action movie.  Be that as it may, it kept me entertained for a few hours and that is ultimately what counts.

3.5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“’You’re under my skin.  Can’t get rid of you.  Sometimes when I sleep…I can smell you,’ he admitted.  ‘I can see your eyes and those cute glasses you wear.  I wonder what it would feel like to run my fingers through your hair.’

Ho-ly shit.  This was…epic.  This…  There wasn’t even a description for what this was.  This was huge!

She raised her hand, self-consciously sdjusting the frames.  ‘You think my glasses are cute?’

He let out a sigh and then, to her utter astonishment, he relaxed, his shoulders dropping the tinitest bit, and an honest-to-God smile curved the corners of his lips upward.

‘Yeah.  Cute.’

‘And you want to have sex with me,’ she repeated.

‘I believe that’s what I said.’

‘Wow.  And, um, what then?’

His eyes narrowed.  ‘You drive me crazy.  You’re under my skin.  Stuck deep.  I don’t need you there.  You’re a distraction, and I can’t afford distractions.  So we’ll have sex and then I’ll stop fantasizing about what it’s like.’

‘I have to say, that’s about the worst proposition I’ve ever heard in my life.’

Steele shrugged.  ‘So I’m not a sensitive guy.  You want to fuck or what?’

She clamped her hands over her ears.  ‘Stop.  It’s only getting worse.’”

Books in the KGI series –
The Darkest Hour
No Place to Run
Hidden Away
Whispers in the Dark
Echoes at Dawn
Shades of Gray
Forged in Steele
After the Storm (January 2014)
When Day Breaks (June 2014)


  1. I did not really read this review Julie, as I am reading this one at the moment myself. I really love this series so far.

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