Another awesome KGI novel from the amazing Maya Banks! Nine books in and this series is still going strong. What can I say? This book was so good, I just could not get enough.
Most of us loyal readers already know who Daryl Swanson is. We know he is called Swanny by his friends and that he served in Afghanistan alongside Nathan and Joe Kelly. We were there with him and Nathan when they were being tortured and scarred by the rebel terrorists in book #4, Whispers in the Dark. We were watching as he made his recovery and found a home with the KGI family. Now it is his turn to find the love he thought that he'd never have. It was only fair to Swanny that he get a fairy tale romance with a storybook princess. So that is what Maya Banks gave him, and I loved every minute of it.
Eden is a world class super model who has been called the most beautiful woman in the world. Despite her celebrity, Eden is well adjusted and hasn't let the fame harden her at all. Unlike most of the women in this series so far, Eden actually had a decent family life. She is loved by her family, doted on by her dad and her big brothers. But her dad has been keeping secrets that have put her life in danger. Luckily for Eden, her brother Ryker has a connection to KGI and he calls in the team to protect her from the threat.
Instant attraction!!! With Swanny and Eden we get that instant chemistry that we expect, but surprisingly it is Eden who makes the first move. Swanny is intrigued by her but it takes him a while to trust that she's really interested in him. Yes, he has quite a bit of emotional damage to go along with his physical scars. So here it is the beauty who lures the beast to her bed. Yet I will say that once he gets in her bed, Swanny is every bit as possessive as the rest of the KGI alpha males.
Of course, since its Maya Banks, the writing was great. I felt that she did a great job with the continuity of the story, as she did with the series as a whole. She filled in a few details that I myself had forgotten, even while setting things up by giving us a glimpse into the future with the newest cast members. Regretfully, I did have some mixed feelings about the action scenes that were few and far between. Though Banks threw in an unexpected twist at the end so the suspense was exciting for that part. Not to mention the romance and the scorching hot love scenes which were no less than amazing. Lastly, I was so happy that Swanny finally got to have his own happy ever after.
I enjoyed this book very much and already look forward to reading the next one.
THE ALL-NEW KGI NOVEL BY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELING AUTHOR AUTHOR MAYA BANKS
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?
Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.
Swanson or ?Swanny” as his teammates call him is always up for the next mission. He came back from Afghanistan wounded and scarred. Hardly the kind of man who even belongs in the same room with Eden. And yet there’s something about the quiet beauty that stirs his blood and makes him dream of the impossible. Because Beauty loving the Beast only happens in fairy tales and KGI doesn’t deal in fairy tales. Ever.