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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...

©2012 Maya Banks (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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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.

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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

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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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!!

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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!!

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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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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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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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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.

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  • SA Shay
  • San Antonio,Texas
  • 01-13-13

ENGROSSING!

Would you listen to Shades of Gray again? Why?

Yes, it's on my keeper shelf along with the rest of the KGI series. The characters are deep and engaging, strong and likeable.

What did you like best about this story?

The way PJ responded to the trauma she experienced. In typical PJ fashion she kicked major A$$! She didn't break, she did what most women wish they could do and got more than even. I'm a great PJ fan!

What about Adam Paul’s performance did you like?

He isn't Harry Berkeley, and at first I was put off by that. Harry even makes the women sound believable. Not so much Adam. But he didn't ruin the book, he did very well, though not as masculine sounding as Harry.

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

Oh yeah! I cried at the pain caused by the criminals to everyone who came into contact with them and laughed at the byplay between PJ and Cole and the rest of the Kelly clan.

Any additional comments?

Yes, listen to this book, but listen to them in order so you can get the whole story, then fall in love with these tough tender guys and strong loving women just like I did! Start with Ethan and Rachel's' story-The Darkest Hour- and continue until you reach the end, then start again!