Monday, August 27, 2012

Echoes at Dawn (KGI #5) by Maya Banks

Grace Peterson is desperate, in hiding, and on the run after escaping a shadowy group determined to exploit her extraordinary ability to heal others. Her only lifeline—an unerring telepathic ability she shares with her sister—has been severed, leaving her alone and vulnerable. And time is fast running out...

Enlisted to bring Grace home is Rio, relentless member of the KGI. He’s unprepared for his reaction to this wounded, damaged woman, and he’s fiercely determined to protect her from those who nearly destroyed her. In Rio, she finds a safe haven, and for the first time...hope. But the mission is far from over. The danger Grace has eluded is fast closing in. And now it’s pitching two lovers toward an unfamiliar horizon, with no place left to hide.

Type: Romantic Suspense, Light Paranormal-telepathy, remote healing
Best read in order? Yes. Very connected to previous book in series, Whispers in the Dark
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Damn do I love a man that knows what he wants and doesn't play games. Rio was just what I look for in a hero. He's a freaking badass smoking hot alpha male that's in control, sexy as hell and under that tough guy exterior a very sweet man with a past that haunts him. Not only was Rio an awesome hero but Grace was a killer heroine. I love a strong woman who beats the odds. Especially one that had to struggle like hell to survive and has earned her stripes. And Grace has earned every single one of hers.
"And don't you dare cry on me either," he warned. "A woman who's survived all you've survived doesn't cry. She holds her head up and dares the world around her to fuck with her."

I loved Echoes at Dawn. There's mystery and suspense, romance and some excellent twists and turns along the way. I know a lot of people don't like it when authors add paranormal elements into a series that's non-PNR but Banks does such a great job of it that it really feels natural and believable.

You already know I loved both the hero and heroine and together they were just as fantastic. They really played nicely off one another but at the same time weren't overly romantic. Still, they had one of my favorite "first" times. Had me falling even more in love with Rio. ::happy sigh:: He's really rather dreamy :)

The plot was completely crazy and a carry over from the previous book in the series, Whispers in the Dark. Usually the bad guy makes me want to squish him like a bug but Banks pulled me in two with this one. Oh the bad guy was most definitely a bad guy but the motivation just about breaks your heart.

Echoes at Dawn was a fantastic addition to the KGI series. The ending was something else. It had my gut churning, some very unladylike things coming out of my mouth and my eyes brimming with tears. Banks never fails to deliver a emotion packed read and characters you can't help but adore. I can't wait to grab up the next book in the series, Shades of Gray, and finally get PJ and Cole's story. Love those two! January feels like a very long time from now...

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