After the Storm by Maya Banks

after the stormTitle: After the Storm

Series: KGI bk 8

Author: Maya Banks

Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

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…

Over the years, Donovan Kelly has fought relentlessly for justice, women and children always holding a special place in his heart. Working side by side with his brothers, Donovan has witnessed firsthand the toll it’s taken—physically, mentally, and emotionally—on his loved ones, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire. What he never expects is for his next mission to happen right on his home turf—or for it to take a very personal turn.

Picturesque Kentucky Lake is the perfect place for a soul in search of safe harbor. A beautiful stranger has arrived—desperate, breathless, and on the run from a dark past closing in on her and the younger siblings she has vowed to protect. Donovan must now draw on every resource at his disposal—if he wants to save a woman and the children who may prove to be his destiny.

Thoughts: When a series is eight books in one of two things happen, 1) the books become boring 2) the books take a turn and become something more. In the case of After the Storm it’s the second thing.

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. When I saw that the heroine would have her younger siblings I was afraid that she would be at most twenty. And I knew that Van was in his early thirties, making an age gap that makes me uncomfortable. I have a hard time with age gaps where the hero was almost done with high school when the heroine was born. I was glad however when it was revealed she was in her mid-twenties.

That wasn’t my main issue with this book however. The heroine was completely forgettable. I can remember every part of the book EXCEPT for her name or what she looked like. I can tell you about all the conversations that were held about her, and even most of them to her. But her specifically I got nothing. Her little brother however now he was very memorable.

That being said this isn’t a bad book. I did enjoy the story line. It wasn’t my favorite in the series, nothing can top Sam and Steele’s stories for me. But this story was perfect for what we know about Van. If this story had been told entirely from his POV I would have a hundred percent okay with it.

So here it is in a nutshell, this wasn’t the best book in the series, but it also doesn’t suck the big DNF. It’s a compelling story and touches on things that do happen in houses all over the world every day, we just never hear about them.  Aside from Van and the little brother there are some things that happen within the KGI family that are pretty awesome.

We get to meet Nathan and Joe’s team.

RUSTY AND SEAN KISS!!!!!!! Yes you did read that right. I can’t wait to see where this story line goes, as they are two of my favorite people and we’ve watched Rusty grow up from the first book, and boy is she grown-up.

If you’re a fan of this series you should read this book if only for everything that happens within the KGI family.

Grade B




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