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 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.
©2012 Maya Banks (P)2012 Recorded Books
Thought nothing could top Shea/Nathan's book but Rio/Grace's have done it. I loved Rio in the other books and was not disappointed in his story. My favorite KGI audio so far. Wish Audible add the series in book order instead of the skipping the first two books (Sam/Sophie and Ethan/Rachel books), hopefully these books will be added soon.
What I love about Maya Banks is that she knows how to write a strong female character without turning her into a raving, you know what and her male characters know how to be strong as steel with an inner core of sweetness!
So to put it simply if you are a fan of Maya Banks this is a series for you!
As always I encourage Audible to get the rest of the series as soon as possible!
I read all of the KGI series and for a while there Ethan and Rachel's book was my number 1, but then Nathan and Shea came along... But after reading and listening to Rio and Grace's story unfold my opinion has changed because by far this is the best out of all!
Ms. Banks I LOVE YOUR BEAUTIFUL MIND! Keep it coming and make sure we don't wait too long for the audible version of the other books in this series. I can't wait for Rachel and Ethan's novella and of course PJ & Cole too.
I wonder whose next... Steele? Diego? Donovan? Joe?
Stinky cheese. The book was over the top with sickeningly sweet sap.
No, but instead of books being given ratings for 'level of sensuality', maybe they should also be given a 'cheesiness' rating. Perhaps some readers may enjoy a book full of excessive explanations the depth and level of "love" reached after such a short period of time.
Sure. He did well with that which he had to work.
The telepathic link which was flooded with emotional buckets of sap.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was another great addition to the KGI series. I loved Grace and Rio and this book tied #4 for my fave of the series...both were just so good I can't figure out which was better! :D
Grace is the sister of Shea (the heroine from book #4 Whispers in the Dark) She has psychic abilities that allow her to heal people and is being hunted by people that want to use her as a lab rat. She and her sister have been on the run for a year but had to split up for safety. Grace had been captured by some people using her for experiments but she managed to escape. She's trying to get away from her pursuers again when she's found by Rio, a man claiming to be sent by her sister to keep her safe.
Rio is one of the team leaders for KGI (Kelly Group International), a private company that performs Ops like hostage/kidnap victim recovery & intelligence gathering among other things. Rio has a shadowy past but is a good man deep down. Rio is really awesome and has made it to my book-boyfriend list. He kick's butt but he has such depth and with Grace he's sweet and supportive and knows just what to say to help when it's needed (and also knows when to let her stand on her own feet). The moment he saw Grace, he felt a connection to her and knew she was meant to be his and he's not about to let anything stand in his way of getting to Grace and keeping her safe.
When Rio finds Grace, she had just escaped from the facility she'd been kept in and was in bad shape. They'd overtaxed her abilities and she was bad off because of that. She ended up sustaining injuries while trying to escape that makes things worse. She isn't sure if she can trust Rio or if her sister actually sent him but she has to trust him because she'll die without help. Rio and his team manage to get Grace to safety. Grace is nervous of Rio and his team at first but does start to feel safe with Rio and then slowly begins to trust his men as well. As she regains strength, Rio tries to help with her recovery and with reconnecting with her sister (Grace hasn't been able to do this mentally because of the overload on her system from what she was put through in the lab). They do find out that another military/mercenary group named Titan has taken a job to capture Grace and they wont be an easy adversary to overcome.
Once Grace is feeling safe and is settled in, Rio makes her aware that he has more of an interest in her than as just someone to keep safe for a job. He confesses that he took the job because he felt a connection to her from the moment he saw her picture and from that moment she was his...and he protects what is his. OMG..I just about melted at this point and Grace must have been melting too because she was interested in what Rio was offering. Because of the way her life had gone, Grace was very inexperienced with men but she decided she was very interested in learning more with Rio. They have some hot and tender moments before the action plot kicks in once more. Things go bad when someone Rio trusts ends up betraying Rio and his team in order to use Grace. She ends up suffering from this and is out for days while trying to recover and Rio takes care of her, not leaving her side.
Once Grace is recovered enough to be up and around they decide it's time to move, planning to draw Titan out while keeping Grace safe. Unfortunately, Titan will stop at nothing to get the job done and through nasty methods, they manage to obtain info that allows them to get a step ahead of KGI. When the choice becomes Grace going with Titan or everyone dying in a shootout, Grace decides to go with Titan knowing that Rio and KGI will be coming after her. Grace is taken to the man that hired Titan and Grace (being kind of a kick butt herself) manages to get agreement that if she does what he wants, the man will allow her to go after and KGI can come get her. Unfortunately things go to hell when Titan makes some unexpected moves and some injuries occur which threaten Rio and Grace. The situation looks very desperate for a bit but things work out. Rio and Grace come out of it happy and safe and sweetly head in to their HEA.
I greatly enjoyed this book. Grace and Rio are both great on their own and they're awesome as a couple. This was a good mix of romance and action/suspense and it was always interesting, encouraging me to continue so I could see what comes next. As always, the secondary characters in this story were great, although we don't see as much of the Kelly family in this book. I'll be moving on to the next book in the series immediately. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D
Avid reader and listener!! Love books! I am usually reading one genre of books and listening to another genre. Best of both!
Intense,Thrilling and Passionate!
I have to say I love the story line of Nathan and Shea, but RIO is fast becoming my favorite! ( until the next book of course). Typical Alpha male that is dark and dangerous that is passionate, protective and yummy all in one. I am glad to see the the story line extended from KGI- Kelly clan to the surrounding characters.
Harry Berkeley played the rolls in the whole series so far with great accuracy to the character. He pulls you into the books and his voice makes you think dark and dangerous. His voice sounds a bit older than the characters in the books, but I think it was fitting to the total dark dangerous operative.
Spoiler- I was brought to tears when Rio was shot and dying.
Maya Banks does it again, but I think the series just gets better and better! I can't wait for the next one! So,if the first book did not motivate you, keep going! I promise you won't regret it. Definitely worth a credit.
Loved this book. I like the narrator's accent. Great performance. Best book of the series. Can't wait for Sam's book.
I almost always enjoy Ms. Banks books. They do have a certain predictability like most genres. And if truth be told, I may have enjoyed this story more with a different narrator. Mr. Berkely did not meet my expectations on the female characters. It actually became distracting enough for me that I did not even finish the book. Perhaps this book is better enjoyed in either paperback, or ebook?
The narrator was excellent, but the book dragged, maybe because he read it slow. But had he not been so good with proper emphasis and great tone, I wouldn't have made it as far as I did.
The story is uber-boring. Even before he has met her, he's willing to sacrifice his life and his "team's" life for her. Really? He was supposed to be a hardened mercenary, not a naive young man or an idiot. It just was not believable. And I didn't see anything special about her or what she did for him.
The pace was super slow....it took hours just to describe a scene that in the book lasted for maybe 30 minutes. Way too much inner dialog; not enough real dialog between the characters.
Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive questioning by her about him...please! He had just risked his life to save her and she's sitting there suspecting that he is going to kill her. Makes no sense! Either the author had to fill up space or the heroine was really dumb.
I haven't read any other works by this author and I don't think I will -- just isn't my style.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen.
This listen was just ok. This seems to be a series and this is the first I've listened to. The storyline is similar to others...a family of big hulking brothers and the women they rescue and then go to bed with. There are much better out there. The narrator did a good job.
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