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...
P. J. and Cole were sharpshooting rivals on the same KGI team and enjoyed a spirited, uncomplicated camaraderie. Until the night they gave in to their desires and suddenly took their relationship one step further. In the aftermath of their one-night stand, they're called out on a mission that goes terribly wrong, and P. J. walks away from KGI, resolved not to drag her teammates into the murky shadows she’s poised to delve into.
Six months later, Cole hasn't given up his search for P. J., and he's determined to bring her back home where she belongs. Bent on vengeance, P. J. has plunged into a serpentine game of payback that will make her question everything she's ever believed in. But Cole - and the rest of their team - refuse to let her go it alone. Even if it means sacrificing their loyalty to KGI, and their lives...
©2012 Maya Banks (P)2012 Penguin Audio
The narrator shouldn't give up his day job because his characters' voices and accents were atrocious. Why take a strong female character in the series and turn her into a victim who has to be rescued? Is this the only way the author can build a relationship between two characters by breaking down the female lead into a weak and damaged character, seriously? I should have quit two books ago when they went all ESP.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
I really enjoyed this story. P.J. and Cole make a great couple and the deserved their HEA. Fair warning, this book contains sensitive content involving P.J. getting raped during a mission gone bad and her vendetta against the men who hurt her.
P.J. is a sniper for one of the KGI teams led by Steele. KGI (Kelly Group International) is a private company that performs Ops like hostage/kidnap victim recovery & intelligence gathering among other things. She used to be on a SWAT team but after her team turns on her for trying to do the right thing, she left and joined KGI. Although her team with KGI is like family, P.J. has always kept herself apart outside of work and is extremely private. Because of this, she's extremely surprised when, while hanging out at a local bar after a mission, Cole shows up wanting to join her and hang out.
Cole is also a sniper on the same KGI team as P.J. They have a friendly camaraderie in the job but things have never gone further. Cole has been attracted to P.J. for a while but never acted on it. He finally decides to see if he can get closer to P.J. and follows her home after the end of a mission.
P.J. is surprised to find that Cole has any interest in her outside of work and is even more surprised when he seems to be flirting with her. She tentatively responds and things spark between them. They end up at P.J.'s place and have one glorious night together. The next morning P.J. is having second thoughts about getting involved with a team member but they're called out on a mission and there's no time to talk things out. The mission end up putting P.J. in to a dangerous position and when her team can't get to her, she's drugged and raped. She's rescued by her team but once she gets back to the US she goes off on her own, attempting to quit KGI (although Steele doesn't accept her resignation).
For 6 months, P.J. is gone and no one can find her. Cole goes nuts and searches everywhere for her. When they finally find out where she is, Cole and the team goes after her and manages to get to her in time to help at a crucial point. P.J. had spent her time going after the men that were responsible for what happened to her and hadn't wanted to bring her team and KGI in to a questionable situation that would risk their reputations and their jobs. Cole and the rest of the team aren't about to get pushed away and insist on helping her bring down the last man when he is supposed to be at a meeting in 3 weeks to broker a deal (for his business of child sex slaves). Although the authorities want him brought in alive for the info they can get from him, P.J. wants him dead because he's a slimeball that tortures women and children for his own perversions and if he makes a deal with his info he'll go free to do more harm. Regardless of this issue, she's been injured and so she agrees to go back home with her team to recover.
Cole is patient with P.J. but he also very steadfast in his assertion that he cares for her and wants them to be together. P.J. ends up staying with Cole while recovering and they start to work things out between them. Cole has a bit of a stuggle convincing P.J. that their relationship is worth trying for. P.J. eventually agrees and they have a few days of being together and getting to know each other and even have their first date. It's sweet and nice to see. Cole sees P.J. for who she is and he wants her for who she is. He does realize he'll have to restrain his impulse to protect her though because she'll never accept coddling. Because of this realization, Cole agrees to help P.J. meet with a contact when she thinks she might have a lead on the bad guy. Unfortunately things turn bad and Cole and P.J. are both put in danger. It takes some effort, but P.J. is able to triumph. P.J. and Cole recover and proceed in to their sweet HEA ending.
I really liked this story. There are some dark parts but sometimes you have to see the dark to appreciate the dawn. I really liked Cole and P.J. and was so happy with their HEA (their light after the dark). While I think the story's balance was a little more tipped towards the action/suspense story-line, the romance part was definitely there and the parts where it came out were sweet and endearing (esp when Cole was so sweet with P.J. when she had problems getting past her rape). As always, the secondary characters are great and after this book I'm really looking forward to reading Steele's book (which I'll be starting on ASAP). I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D
* note - They changed to a new narrator. He's alright but his male voices aren't the best. He puts a southern twang on some of the voices (which makes sense since they're from Tennessee) but sometimes with the twang the voices are a little nasally. It's nothing that ruined the story or anything but I hope he does better on the men's voices in the next book.
No, I did not like the story. I expected better. The big happaing in the story was cliché and a cop out. The men are more complex.
It was disappointing. Not as entrusting as the other KGI novels
I Will not listen to it ever again. No offense to the narrator but he made Cole sound like my idiot brother in law. It just annoyed me throughout the story.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
I really enjoyed this action paced story. Although rape is a hard subject for me i found it didn't totally dominate the story line so wasn't to bad to get through. Adam Paul is a wonderful narrator. I love his crisp voice and the way he changes it for each character. A good book and in my opinion is worth 3 1/2 stars more than the 3 I could give. I wish Audible allowed for half stars as well as whole one's :)
It was unpredictable with twists that I did not expect. Loved the characters they were more than sappy love struck superheros running through forests with bullets flying they had faults and dependance versus independence struggles that is refreshing to me a veteran adventure/romance reader.
I have enjoyed the entire KGI series but this is my favorite so far.
Why, Why did they change the narrator? When I listen to several books in a series by the same narrator, I become accustomed to the narrators way of speaking. I loved Harry Berkeley's Rio. I loved his Sam and all of the other characters, even the women. The new narrator is probably very good, but to have him start in the middle of a series is just wrong! It would be like having a different narrator read the JD Robb books. I don't understand!
I hope that Harry Berkeley is available for Forged in Steele!
Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.
None of the earlier books from this series are on offer to folk in my real life location, so I disregarded the reviews that didn't like the 'new' narrator. I'm very pleased I did as I found Adam Paul to be up to the task of reading this (at times) disturbing book. I'd have no hesitation about buying books narrated by him in future and, of course, you simply can't go wrong with a Maya Banks' book!
Just finished listening to Shades of Gray... I LOVED it!
But why the change of narrator? He wasn't so bad with PJ's voice but the accent he gave the other Kelly men and Rio is gonna take a while to get used to. Can we have Harry back for Steele's story?
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Another KGI hit and it's all been said before - it's a fast paced, action packed, thrilling, emotional, romantic, tragic yet humorous, so basically - a gritty story that has great characters getting involved in a new drama that was very enjoyable. Yes it's unbelievable but who cares - it's fiction.
Worth a credit? I haven't found a KGI book that I haven't enjoyed or regretted spending the credit on - so folks that's a YES and I'm counting the days til Forged In Steele (which is the next one) comes to Audible.
It started off strong although sad. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it.
Ms. Banks was able to tug at my heartstrings.
Adam's performance was great but I am accustomed to the voice of Harry Berkeley. On the other hand Adam was able to change his voice to suit the many persons in the book.
The first hour of the book and the last was emotional for me.
Please Harry Berkeley, leave what you re doing the next time and get over here! Additionally, I think throughout the series that Ms. Banks seems to think that every hostage or persons saved must get married to their saviour. Also, except for a few, the women in her series appear weak and need guidance from big strong men. I swear if I hear another "Babe, you re my woman" I'll scream. All in all a very great series thus far. I would recommend it.
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