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Forged in Steele: A KGI Novel, Book 7 | [Maya Banks]

Forged in Steele: A KGI Novel, Book 7

Steele, a KGI team leader, is an enigma not even his teammates 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 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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....

Steele, a KGI team leader, is an enigma not even his teammates 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.

Maren’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.

©2013 Maya Banks (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Eleighna Allyn 04-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    Why oh why did the voice of Steel sound exactly like a wannabee Clint Eastwood? The narration of Steele's character absolutely ruined this story for me. The narrator sounded like there was something stuck in his throat. I could not even finish listening to this story. I checked the book out from my library instead.

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    Seana Albuquerque, NM, United States 11-22-13
    Seana Albuquerque, NM, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2010

    I like Science Fiction, Post Apocalypse, mysteries, and good romance. If you can mix it all in together, I am one happy camper.

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    What did you like best about Forged in Steele? What did you like least?

    The characters were very one dimensional.


    Would you recommend Forged in Steele to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It's not really a great book.


    What does Adam Paul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well he made Steele sound like he had abused his voice for year. Didn't much like that.


    Could you see Forged in Steele being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. I wouldn't watch it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Purplebrumcruzr Oregon 08-23-13
    Purplebrumcruzr Oregon 08-23-13 Member Since 2011

    purple broomcruiser

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    "Narration ruined this audible book for me!!!"
    Would you listen to Forged in Steele again? Why?

    I thought I would based upon reading the book first, but after listening to the narration by Adam Paul I doubt I will ever listen to this again! I kept thinking he was trying to channel Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry voice and it was grating on my nerves the more I listened so I found it hard to enjoy the story itself!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maren, because she adapts to situations quickly while retaining her own sense of integrity.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As I stated in the earlier question...his voice for Steele was so irritating that it ruined for me a book that I was really looking forward to on audio!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In the hospital after the crash....when they finally get to see their child.


    Any additional comments?

    Please go back to original narrator used for this series....it is really amazing how much a narrator can change the enjoyment of a book just be trying to be the wrong voice for a character!!! I love Maya's books as a whole....and enjoy listening to them as well as reading them! I've listened to some of them multiple times....but this won't be one that I will be doing that with unfortunately!

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    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 08-15-13
    Laura Louisville, Ky USA 08-15-13 Member Since 2014

    CD DIVA

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    "I love this series"

    That said, there is some offensive language, and a bit of over working the sentimental jargon. I some times wonder if authors are paid by the word. Anyway, thankfully she has several other characters that she has to work with in the Kelly Group.
    Laura

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer o fallon, MO, United States 07-17-13
    Amazon Customer o fallon, MO, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    I really liked this book but it was not my favorite of the series. I did not like how things evolved with Maren. It seemed rushed and Steele just changed his personality too fast. Iceman to caring talking man. I just wish Ms Banks had made the change take a more natural course. As always I love Adam Paul who does a great job.

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    Eran Oakley, CA, United States 07-15-13
    Eran Oakley, CA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2014

    Will do anything for books!

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    "Love Steele & Marin"

    This is a great couple, a great story, huge suspense, huge love story, so much drama!

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    Sherry F. 07-07-13
    Sherry F. 07-07-13

    Avid reader and listener!! Love books! I am usually reading one genre of books and listening to another genre. Best of both!

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    "Just gets better and better!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Forged in Steele the most enjoyable?

    Just when I think this series can't keep up the momentum and get better, it does!!
    Wonderful story of Steele and Maren in the fast paced, plot turning KGI series Maya Banks is known for. Steele must finally face his past and why he is the "man of steel". The characters are brought to life in this book and I just had to keep listening 5 more minutes. And, did I forget to say HOT! HOT! HOT! Well, can't leave that out or would not be a MB novel!


    What other book might you compare Forged in Steele to and why?

    It is it's own story, they are all good and individualized with Maya's creative imagination and story telling!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was the down part of the book. While I am adjusting to a new narrator in the series and finally getting used to Adam Paul's voice, he did a "gravely" persona of Steele, which I felt made Steele sound like an old man instead of "tough".


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    Dianne Gulfport, MS 07-04-13
    Dianne Gulfport, MS 07-04-13

    Dianne

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    "We need MORE...PLEASE!"

    I have enjoyed this entire series and wish I weren't caught up on the last one. Maya Banks is fast becoming my favorite author of all times. And Adam Paul...what can I say! Never disappointed in his talent. I especially love the KGI novels. Never a dull moment and the narrator brings such life to each character.

    Once again...it gets an absolute *~*FIVE*!~* from me!!!

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    CAC 07-02-13
    CAC 07-02-13

    Make no mistake between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.........

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    "Love Love Love me some KGI....."

    Boy this is one family/group that I can't get enough of!! Books are too far apart

    Narrator is fabulous and I love the bantering between the team..............

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    Vanessa 01-27-14
    Vanessa 01-27-14
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    "The Saga of Love and Justice continues"

    At first I was bummed with the change of narrator in this series but I love the gruff voice Paul uses for Steele. Banks does a great job of introducing characters she explores in future books. We got to know Steele a bit in the PJ/Cole saga of Shades of Gray Book 6 and Dr. Maren popped up in previous books as well as the KGI physician.
    Steele is nicknamed "ice man" so no wonder the surprise of his love interest in Dr. Maren. If you've enjoyed the other books in the KGI series, you will definitely enjoy this one. Maren is tough in her own right. Steele falls for her hard and fast and the adventure takes off right away. It's also nice to hear about happenings of other characters from previous books. Worth the credit if you're into sexy mercenary men, action and love.

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