Sunday, November 3, 2013

Whispers in the Dark (KGI #4) by Maya Banks

She came to him at his lowest point. The voice of an angel, a whisper in the dark. She's the only thing that gets Nathan Kelly through his captivity, the endless days of torture and the fear that he'll never return to his family. With her help, he's able to escape. But he isn't truly free, because now she's disappeared and he's left with an all-consuming emptiness as he struggles to pick up the pieces of his life. Did he imagine his angel? Or is she out there, needing his help as he'd once needed hers? 

Now he rushes to save her before it's too late. Shea has been on the run from people who will stop at nothing to exploit her unique abilities. She never wanted to drag Nathan, who'd already suffered so much, into danger, but she doesn't have a choice so she reaches out to him for help. Finally face-to-face after having already formed a soul-deep bond in hell, their emotional connection is even more powerful than their telepathic one. Nathan refuses to consider ever letting her go again, but she worries they can never have a life free of the dangers that dog her every step. He'll protect her with his every breath, but can he convince her that they are meant to face these threats together?

Type: Romantic Suspense/ Light Paranormal
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Whispers in the Dark was an exciting, gut-churning emotional read that I loved pretty much from page one. It's a fast paced, well written and full of wonderful characters and an interesting plot but it's a little different from the rest of the series since it's the first time a light paranormal element--telepathy and remote healing--was added into the mix. It's a risky thing adding pnr into a non pnr series but damn Banks did so masterfully and it totally worked for me. 

After a mission goes horribly wrong Nathan is captured and tortured by the enemy. He's broken,  near death and ready to give up but he starts hearing a woman's voice. One that gives him the strength to hold on just a little while longer until help arrives. No longer hearing her voice he's not sure she'd truly been real until she's the one in desperate need of saving and reaches out to him again. 

“You don't understand. How could you? We were in the worst sort of hell. We weren't living day to day or even hour to hour. We survived minute by excruciating minute. The next day was an eternity away and we didn't want it. Death wasn't the enemy. It was our salvation.” 
Shea and Nathan are both amazing people. She's compassionate, determined and when she needs to fight, well, it's just impressive watching her. And Nathan. Gah. He killed me. He's strong and a warrior but he has demons he's fighting from his captivity and damn it made me want to swoop in and comfort him too. Somehow they're connected telepathically. It's saved them both and the comfort and closeness it gave them was so sweet and touching. I loved that extra little connection between them as they raced to keep her safe and fell in love. 
You mean everything to me. You mean more to me than I have the words to explain. Is it normal? Who gives a damn if it's normal? Fuck normal. You and I will never be normal people. If normal means I'm not with you, then I never want to be that man.” 
Maya Banks never fails to just utterly do me in. I absolutely love the Kelly family and spending time with them. The guys are drool-worthy kick ass alphas that seriously cherish their women and the heroines are fierce, caring and tough as hell too and the stories unique, exciting and perfectly romantic. How could you resist that?! She definitely pushed some boundaries with Whispers in the Dark but I think the risk paid off and she really created a knock out addition to the KGI series.

Have you read Banks? The KGI series? What did you think?
                     What do yall think of an author adding a bit of the paranormal into a non PNR book? 

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