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Shades of Gray: A KGI Novel, Book 6 | [Maya Banks]

Shades of Gray: A KGI Novel, Book 6

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.
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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...

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...

Also includes a never-before-in-audio KGI novella exclusive to the audiobook!

©2012 Maya Banks (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Terri 05-07-13
    Terri 05-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, terrible narrator"
    If you could sum up Shades of Gray in three words, what would they be?

    I do not know why a change with the narrator. This narrator made it very difficult to concentrate on the great story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Adam Paul?

    The Harry Berkeley - he's been the narrator for the previous 5 books.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes - I think this has been the best of the series. I did find it difficult to stop listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Becca Oregon 04-27-13
    Becca Oregon 04-27-13 Member Since 2012

    I am Erotica/Romance writer that love to listen to books on audible in my down time. Audible keeps me sane during long drives or house cleaning days. I recommend Audible to everyone I can.

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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Shades of Gray the most enjoyable?

    I love all of the KGI series but this story made my heart sing. I liked that this book was very raw and had a darker side to it all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shades of Gray?

    I don't want to give anything away but Cole's reaction to what happens to PJ.


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

    I love Harry Berkeley because he was on the journey with me threw the other books in the series. But Adam Paul was a great narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried a lot... :( I think this book showed a vulnerable sensitive side to the series.


    Any additional comments?

    The KGI series is Amazing everyone needs to give them a listen.

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    Amy Tulsa, OK, United States 04-04-13
    Amy Tulsa, OK, United States 04-04-13

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    "Bring back the old narrator!"
    What did you love best about Shades of Gray?

    It was really great to get to know a new member of the KGI series better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shades of Gray?

    Cole getting jealous and protective of PJ.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Paul’s performances?

    Maybe for another book that I didn't already know the characters. He makes Cole sound like a whiney hick. I had to buy the Kindle version just so his narration didn't ruin the story for me. Harry Berkley did a much better job with the rest of the KGI books. I really hope he is the narrator for Steel's book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hot, hot, hot!!!


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    Nature Dawg 03-28-13
    Nature Dawg 03-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wishing it had a different narrator. Ugh!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shades of Gray to be better than the print version?

    No. I love the story, but the narrator was one of the worst I have ever heard.


    What didn’t you like about Adam Paul’s performance?

    Monotone. I was used to the other narrator, so the change in voices of the characters was annoying. His southern accents were awful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I ended buying the Kindle edition because I couldn't listen to the narrator for long periods of time.


    Any additional comments?

    Bring back the other narrator. PLEASE!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Applelover96 Illinios 02-23-13
    Applelover96 Illinios 02-23-13 Member Since 2012

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    "I LOVED hearing PJ's Story!!"
    What did you like best about Shades of Gray? What did you like least?

    It hooked me from the beginning. I cried when the events happened to PJ. I felt her anger and frustration.
    I did not like the new narrator. His character voices were not as good as Harry Berkley's were. It was very distracting at times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shades of Gray?

    When PJ was raped. It was so horrific and demeaning. Maya Banks really did an eloquent job with this particular scene. I literally had tears streaming down my face and I had to stop listening for a bit to compose myself.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Adam Paul?

    ANYONE!!! I really hope that Harry Berkley comes back for the rest of KGI's stories.


    Could you see Shades of Gray being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I would love to see this entire series as part of a TV series or a movie!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ruthied United States 02-19-13
    ruthied United States 02-19-13
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    "I wish she had more in this series."
    What made the experience of listening to Shades of Gray the most enjoyable?

    The series


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bad Ass. Chick


    What about Adam Paul’s performance did you like?

    He is great


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    She needs to write faster. I am burning through all her books

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    Cyndi Clinton Twp, MI, United States 02-03-13
    Cyndi Clinton Twp, MI, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Story is Amazing....Narrator Change Not So Much!!"

    This is a great book in the KGI series! It was refreshing to read about a heroine that didn't need to be protected! PJ is a tough girl and Cole loves that about her. The narration was not terrible it just was not the voice that we have associated these characters with. I can say that I never imagined Cole having such a southern accent, probably because of the previous narrator. Worth the credit for me !

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    Michel W. Scott 01-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Michel Scott

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    "I SO LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    What did you love best about Shades of Gray?

    Whats not to love???


    Have you listened to any of Adam Paul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but please please please get Harry Berkeley back as the narrartor!! I love him! He is KGI!!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just love them all!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Hurry with the next one please!!!

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    XYZPDQ Downers Grove, IL 01-28-13
    XYZPDQ Downers Grove, IL 01-28-13 Member Since 2008

    Rootin' Tootin'

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    "MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK IN THE SERIES!!"
    What about Adam Paul’s performance did you like?

    I'VE READ SOME OF THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS ON MR. PAUL'S PERFORMANCE AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT. YES, CHANGE IS HARD FOR SOME PEOPLE. I, HOWEVER, FOUND MR. PAUL'S PERFORMANCE TO BE DIFFERENT BUT MOST ENJOYABLE. I HAD NO PROBLEM DISTINGUISHING WHO WAS TALKING BECAUSE MR. PAUL WAS ABLE TO VARY HIS VOICE AND ACCENTS. I DID NOT FIND HIS FEMALE VOICE TO BE IRRITATING AS SOME MALE AUDIO PERFORMANCES CAN BE. MR. PAUL WAS ABLE TO CONVEY THE SUSPENSE IN THE STORY AND ALSO THE TENDER MOMENTS. I HAVE ENJOYED MS. BANKS OTHER KGI BOOKS WITH HARRY BERKELEY AS NARRATOR. I AM EQUALLY PLEASE WITH MR. PAUL. WHO EVER READS MS. BANKS'S NEXT CHAPTER IN THE KGI SAGA, I WILL BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO PURCHASE IT!


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    DramaQueenLucy Tulsa, OK 01-19-13
    DramaQueenLucy Tulsa, OK 01-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I love this series. KGI Rocks!"

    I've loved P.J. from The Darkest Hour, the first book in the KGI series. The story starts out with one night of smokin' hot sex. This heroine is strong, takes no prisoners and takes no crap for anyone or that is what she projects to the rest of the world. Cole isn't exactly your average hero either. He struggles with wanting to coddle and protect her but also leaving her enough space so not to injure P.J's pride. I do wish the book was a bit longer, I would've liked to have seen more of Cole, P.J. as well as the rest of the characters from the other books in the series. As much as I liked the ending I couldn't help but think that it was missing something. Yes, the bad guys are gone and KGI triumphed in the end but things will never be the same for P.J. or the men that tried so hard to save her but couldn't. Maybe Maya will gift us with a novella somewhere down the line that will tell us how P.J. is dealing with things.

    I cried more during this book then any other in recent memory. The angst factor is really high in this book. After I was done I went right over and picked up a fluff read, His Teddy Bear by Eve Langlais. I needed that read after the emotional roller coaster of Shades of Gray.

    I wasn't crazy about the narrator. He wasn't bad but not really good either maybe I just got spoiled by Fred Berman. He does such a good female voice. Once I got used to Adam Paul he was ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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