SHADES OF GRAY by Maya Banks

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
SHADES OF GRAY by Maya BanksShades of Gray by Maya Banks
Published by Penguin on 2012-12-31
Genres: Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 400
Reviewed by Miranda

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...P.J. and Cole were sharpshooting rivals on the same KGI team and enjoyed a spirited, uncomplicated camaraderie. Until the night they gave in to their desires and suddenly took their relationship one step further. In the aftermath of their one-night stand, they’re called out on a mission that goes terribly wrong, and P.J. walks away from KGI, resolved not to drag her teammates into the murky shadows she’s poised to delve into. Six months later, Cole hasn’t given up his search for P.J., and he’s determined to bring her back home where she belongs. Bent on vengeance, P.J. has plunged into a serpentine game of payback that will make her question everything she’s ever believed in. But Cole—and the rest of their team—refuse to let her go it alone. Even if it means sacrificing their loyalty to KGI, and their lives...

PJ and Cole are members of KGI.  They are used to running towards danger.  However, they are also used to running from their feelings for each other.  When Cole has enough running, he forces PJ to face her true feelings for him.  Unfortunately, tragedy strikes and forces them apart.  PJ is headed towards a dark place and is determined to go it alone. Cole will not give up on her but will he be able to find her before it’s too late?

 

I am on the fence about Shades of Gray.  While there are some definite pluses there are some parts that were fairly disturbing.  I was so affected by an occurrence at the beginning that I had to wait awhile before I could continue reading. I think it’s because I have grown to love all of these characters throughout the series so much that I couldn’t stand anything bad happening to them.  While I know crappy things happen in reality all the time it was very hard to witness this fictional act even though I knew it was fictional. Perhaps that’s crazy but that is just how it affected me at the time.  This will not keep me from reading the rest of this series because it is still one of my favorites.

 

PJ and Cole are a couple that is meant to be and I am glad they got their own story I just wish it didn’t have to be so hard on both of them.  There were parts that I enjoyed. The affection between PJ and Cole was great and the camaraderie between them and their team was fantastic.  While the first part of the plot I did not enjoy I was happy with where it went in the end.

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