(Wo)man in Peril

The Darkest Hour
by Maya Banks

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The Darkest Hour (KGI series Book 1)


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AuthorMaya Banks
FormatKindle eBook, Audible, Paperback
Number Of Pages306
Release Date2010-09-07

THE FIRST ELECTRIFYING ROMANCE IN THE KGI SERIES FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR MAYA BANKS.
The Kelly Group International (KGI): a super elite, top secret, family-run business that handles jobs the US government can't. Qualifications:
Military background, high intelligence, and a rock hard body...
 
It’s been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife Rachel alive.  Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone.
 
His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he's built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond...until he receives an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive.
 
To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he’ll have to force Rachel to recover memories she can’t and doesn’t want to relive—the minute by minute terror of her darkest hour—for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.

  • The Girl

    A woman lost

    Rachel was believed dead for a year. Tangled in a plot she knows nothing about, she must learn about an old life she can’t remember.

  • The Guy

    A man consumed by guilt

    Ethan saves his wife, hoping for a second chance. But he can’t bring himself to tell her the whole truth.

  • The Problem

    The truth will always come out

    Rachel must remember her life, deal with her scars and learn who she can trust and that may not be her husband after all.

Second chances and new memories

This book is about new hope and forgiveness.  Rachel comes home to life she doesn’t remember. And her dreams tell her not everything about her marriage is what it appears.

Kidnapped and presumed dead for over a year, Rachel returns home to a life she can’t remember.  Addicted to drugs by her kidnappers, she is a broken woman.  She only really remembers Ethan, her husband and not much else.  She thinks most of what she does remember is a dream that she made up to get her through the torture.  As she comes back home, bits of her old life come back to her in dreams and flashes.  But the dreams she is having of Ethan are nothing like the man in front of her now.  Rachel doesn’t know how to talk about what happened to her or how her addiction is affecting her.  Slowly she moves forward with her life with the help of Ethan’s big family.

Likability
Character Development

Why this score?

Likability

I use the Reysen Likability Scale, which measures the degree of likability for a target source, specifically an individual. (Yeah, seriously) This is the average score.

Character Development

Rachel makes huge strides in this book and eventually saves herself like a bada@@.

What do all these numbers mean?

  • 100 – The. Best. Ever
  • 90 – Very Good
  • 80 – Good
  • 70 – Significantly Above Average
  • 60 – Above Average
  • 50 – Average
  • 40 – Below Average
  • 30 – Significantly Below Average
  • 20 – Poor
  • 10 – Very Poor
  • 0 – Could Not. Would Not. Did Not Finish

Ethan has lived with guilt and shame for a year. So when he gets a package on the anniversary of his wife’s death with recent photos of her alive, he doesn’t allow himself to hope at first.  But hope wins out quickly enough and he embarks on a mission to find her and find out the truth. Saving her proves to be alot harder than they all thought.

On top of struggling to help her heal, Ethan has to find a way to come clean with her about their marriage.  Before her kidnapping Ethan wasn’t a good husband.  Angry over his retirement for the Navy he takes all of his anger and bitterness out of her and even asks for a divorce. But he never tells her this or that he’s sorry.  He doesn’t even tell his feelings for her through most of the book. Ethan isn’t sorry until he gets confronted by the truth and it’s almost too late.

Likability
Character Development

Why this score?

Likability

I use the Reysen Likability Scale, which measures the degree of likability for a target source, specifically an individual. (Yeah, seriously) This is the average score.

Character Development

He changes alot from the man he used to be and learns from his actions in the end.

What do all these numbers mean?

  • 100 – The. Best. Ever
  • 90 – Very Good
  • 80 – Good
  • 70 – Significantly Above Average
  • 60 – Above Average
  • 50 – Average
  • 40 – Below Average
  • 30 – Significantly Below Average
  • 20 – Poor
  • 10 – Very Poor
  • 0 – Could Not. Would Not. Did Not Finish

Plot Pacing

The book is front loaded with action for a few chapters but this book is mostly about healing.  This book didn’t stick with me. I think I was hoping for more from Ethan but he does seem more realistic because of his faults.  Throughout the book the “mystery” is hinted at but the payoff at the end wasn’t there for me.  If you like action (which I do) and a guy rescuing the girl (which I do) and a second chance romance (which I do), give this a try.  The slightly ecky feeling that Rachel and Ethan’s relationship isn’t as perfect as it appears will be revealed in time.  (No there isn’t a real love triangle. Thank you, God) My biggest pet peeve is that Ethan never comes clean.  She finds out on her own, and who wants to find out bad things like that?

I will say that Rachel is tough.  That woman knows how to stay alive. And it all works out in the end.  I may read the next book.  Let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear from you. ❤️

Entertainment Factor

Why this score?

This is the highest score from the plot.

Why this score? Spoilers ahead.

Low points in the book don’t mean this is a bad story, simply that the book as slower areas.

  • Exposition (Intro of the Characters) : Ok, good back story and established Evie.
  • Conflict : Pretty good, A lot of names and extra stories getting established.
  • Rising Action: We know we can’t trust Charles.
  • Climax: Evie gets kidnapped! Roman kicks ass, Evie stays strong.
  • Falling Action: How Evie deals with her actions
  • Resolution: Pretty Good.

What do all these numbers mean?

  • 100 – The. Best. Ever
  • 90 – Very Good
  • 80 – Good
  • 70 – Significantly Above Average
  • 60 – Above Average
  • 50 – Average
  • 40 – Below Average
  • 30 – Significantly Below Average
  • 20 – Poor
  • 10 – Very Poor
  • 0 – Could Not. Would Not. Did Not Finish

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