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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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  • Alisa
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 12-31-12

Disappointed by the change of narrator.

I will never understand why the publisher changed the narrator on book seven of this successful and well-reviewed series, particularly when so many of the positive comments were directed towards the performance of the narrator for the first 6 books.

I have looked forward to PJ’s story for several books and as usual, the story was fantastic. Unfortunately, the new narrator didn’t provide a performance of the book but rather simply read it, fast, without much emotion. I didn’t care for the odd accent of Cole and the narrator failed to give justice to the intensity and emotion of PJ’s trauma as written by Maya Banks. I really wanted to like the new narrator, but it just didn’t work for me.

Maya Bank’s KGI novels are some of my favorites, in part, because you become invested in the characters, their missions and camaraderie, even more so with PJ and Cole. After listening to the audiobook, I read the book and it was even better the second time around.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Emotional ride

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Please bring back Harry. Hard to listen to because I loved Harry reading or Phil Gigante. Was not impressed with this narrator. <br/>

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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The story is excelent but...

I loved the story in its written form but I was very disappointed with the reading of this book! For myself, the biggest difference between a bad narrator and a good narrator is their ability to interject emotion in the reading. The difference between a good narrator and a great narrator is someone who can make all of the voices emotional and distinctive.

What disappointed me was that this new reader seemed to have no idea who or what the established characters were about! Rio is from RIO DE JANEIRO. He’d have a Portuguese accent and if that accent was a bit much, a Spanish accent would have worked. Something distinctive! Steel one of the biggest meanest looking men on the teams had a little wimpy voice with almost no distinction from anyone else. One of the team members is from Texas. Even a bad southern accent would have been preferable. What bothered me the most is there was no distinguishing between the male and female voices.

I think that if Harry was too busy to do this book in time for the coinciding release dates I would have preferred to wait until Harry was free to read this book. At least he has a grasp of all of the key players.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Worth my Credit!

Yep!! I loved me some PJ, she kicked some major butt! And Cole was just the right mix! He was hard core with a gooey middle :) Shoot!! I think my husband needs a make over lol But you are going to really like this book if you like action with some emotional depth. Beware: Their is a very emotional rape scene. But Ms. Banks tends to have some emotional trauma in most of her books. And if I may say this :) It was a kick-ass revenge scene!

I liked Adam Paul's reading of the story, I had to get used to the accents. My southern roots found it a little jarring to listen to the Yankee accent (?) ( Ya'll know everything that aint Southern is Yankee so sorry is that wasn't what it was lol)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Cyndi
  • Michigan
  • 02-03-13

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 !

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • STEPHANIE
  • Florence, AL, United States
  • 07-26-13

Why, why, why!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This one really upset me. I wish I had known why the assignment when bad because I never would have purchased it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Maya Banks again?

Yes, but I will never listen to this one ever again!

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

All the characters were off, the males sounded the same and...well like assholes.

Was Shades of Gray worth the listening time?

No, this one makes me sick at my stomach every time I think of it. I wish I could erase it from my memory.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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My favorite of the series

Cole and P.J. finally give in to their attention only to be parted when a mission goes wrong and P.J. disappears. I love how her team and KGI have her back. Such a awesome love story!!! Even better with Adam Paul as narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very good continuation of the series :D

4-4.5 stars

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Noirbear
  • Rochester, NH, United States
  • 04-28-13

Narrator Ruins the Story

I was looking forward to PJ's story. But man a poor narration sucks the life out of great story. A strong female PJ goes through one of the worst thing a woman can go through with her team. And this is just after she has opened up to her sniper teammate Cole. If you have read any this series you could see this connection with PJ and Cole growing. But the narration isn't able to convey the emotions of any of the characters in the story. It was the story that kept me listening. So I loved the story. The story is worth it, so buy the book and read it yourself.

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  • Cathy
  • Marietta, NY, USA
  • 01-06-13

Narrator and Story are very entertaining

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, enjoy this series. Have been waiting a while for this character's story and it is a good one from the start. I am also enjoying this new narrator - he doesn't detract from the story and brings his own brand to it and makes it little different than the previous ones.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them, finally getting a deeper look into Steele's team

Any additional comments?

Don't let the other reviewers comments on the narrator deter you from this story. While I enjoyed Harry Berkeley for the other ones, he can be a little bit over dramatic. This narrator gives this story a fresh voice and does the storyline proud. There won't be any confusion on who is speaking. Just jump in for a good Maya Banks adventure.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful