Guest Reviewed by ~V~
Title: When Day Breaks
Author: Maya Banks
Series: KGI #9
Genre: M/F Romantic Suspense
Length: 304 Pages
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Available at: Berkley, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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…
Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.
Swanson or “Swanny” as his teammates call him is always up for the next mission. He came back from Afghanistan wounded and scarred. Hardly the kind of man who even belongs in the same room with Eden. And yet there’s something about the quiet beauty that stirs his blood and makes him dream of the impossible. Because Beauty loving the beast only happens in fairy tales and KGI doesn’t deal in fairy tales. Ever.
When Day Breaks is book 9 in Maya Banks KGI series and features Daryl Swanson or “Swanny” as he’s known by his teammates, as the hero. We were first introduced to Swanny in Whispers in the Dark, book 4. He was Nathan Kelly’s Army teammate, they were both captured in Afghanistan and tortured but escaped with the help of Nathan’s now wife, Shea. They both came away with internal and external scars, but Nathan now has Shea to help him deal with his, sadly Swanny is on his own and leading a pretty solitary existence aside from his job, his main and only focus is his team and family with KGI. Ryker, a fellow Army buddy, ends up calling in a favor from Joe Kelly (Nathan’s twin and fellow team leader) and KGI…his sister, Eden Sinclair, a famous model, is in trouble and he needs their help to protect her.
This is one of my favorite romantic suspense series, Maya Banks knows how to blend in just the right amount of romance and suspense…never having one overpower the other. Book 8, After the Storm, unfortunately lacked the romantic chemistry that has been such a big part of past books…even the suspense was a bit lacking but this book definitely felt more on par with the others. I loved that Swanny “knew” about Eden from when he and her brother were serving together..how Ryker would share her letters and pictures with all the teammates while they were freezing their butts off in the Afghani mountains. It made his crush on Eden all the more realistic and sweet! When Eden first lays eyes on Swanny, she’s immediately drawn to him and sees past the physical scars that seem to horrify others. That definitely endeared me to her, she wasn’t some superficial model who was all about the looks…she genuinely cared about others and her attraction to Swanny felt real.
It was heartbreaking to see such a big tough guy question why a beautiful woman like Eden would want someone as damaged and scarred as he was but she was a tough cookie and finally knocked some sense into him. As is common with a lot of romances, they are pretty quick with their declarations of love but it didn’t seem to bother me quite as much as it has with other books. It could be because of the fact that they knew of each other from years back, because of their connection with her brother, or it could just be that I felt that their attraction and connection was genuine and real. The suspense/action was a little more fast paced this time around and focused solely on Swanny’s team. Although Joe and Nathan Kelly are the team leaders and had some page time, I did miss the involvement of the other Kelly brothers and family, but it was fun getting to know the newest members. Skyler is the only female operative on their team, she’s kick*ss and a riot and Edge is another bad*ss alpha male who fits in so well that it seems like he’s been part of this group from day one! The camaraderie that is shared between this team and every other member of KGI is fantastic and is another reason this series is a fav!
I would say that the only negative, which is something that I also noticed in the last book, is that the characters have a tendency to repeat their thoughts many times…a few things became quite repetitive, it gets old hearing the same thing over and over. Regardless of that, this book was still quite enjoyable and one I would recommend! I’m sure it could be read as a stand alone, anything that was mentioned from past books was explained pretty well so the reader shouldn’t feel lost and the plot line is self contained, but I would highly recommend reading this series from the beginning. The earlier books, which are focused more so on the Kelly clan, really are the best of the bunch and shouldn’t be missed!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*