Author: Maya Banks

WANTED BY HER LOST LOVE by Maya Banks

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WANTED BY HER LOST LOVE by Maya BanksWanted by Her Lost Love by Maya Banks
Series: Pregnancy & Passion #2
Published by Harlequin on 2011-11-01
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 192
Reviewed by Jo

Despite his fiancée's chilling betrayal, developer Ryan Beardsley provided for Kelly Christian when he sent her packing. So he's livid to find her working in a dingy Houston diner, desperate and pregnant. Regardless of whether the baby is his—or his brother's—Ryan demands that Kelly return to New York with him. Now. For the baby's sake. Or maybe because the woman's as irresistible as ever…
Kelly Christian thought all her dreams had come true when she not only met and fell in love with Ryan but when she discovered she was having their child all she could think of was to tell him. However, instead of being a day of celebration, it became the day her world fell apart when Ryan kicked her out of his life instead of believing her against false claims. 
 
Ryan Beardsley still loves Kelly and even though he believes she slept with his brother, he still needs to find her and make sure that she is okay.  Something about the way things turned out just isn’t sitting well with him.  When Ryan is told that Kelly has been found, he rushes to her and is shocked not only by her circumstances but also by the fact she is very pregnant. 
 
Kelly knows in her head that she should never give Ryan a second chance after what happened, but her heart still yearns for him.  Ryan knows that pregnancy can put a drain on a woman, but Kelly seems even worse off than that – a fact that is proven by a doctor’s appointment.  Kelly finally agrees to return with Ryan for the health of their child.  At the same time Ryan is determined to use this time to see if Kelly and he can find a way to be together again.  Instead of being stress free, the actions, words and acts of those in Ryan’s life put even more stress on Kelly and that is a very bad thing for the baby.  Unable to handle it again, Kelly confronts Ryan with many harsh truths.  A bad night turns into a nightmare for Ryan when Kelly is rushed to the hospital and he is forced to face the truth about what happened so many months ago.  Afraid he will lose Kelly for good this time Ryan makes some hard choices.  The question is has he made them in time for Kelly and the baby?
 
When love and betrayal tear apart two lovers can they find a way back again?  Ryan and Kelly look for the answer in Wanted by Her Lost Love.  After hearing Kelly’s story, I’m not sure I would have been able to forgive and give Ryan another chance.  Yet, I had to give Ryan full marks for not only searching for Kelly, but also taking steps to try and protect her and the baby. It is hard to choose between the people you love, which I saw was Ryan’s problem.  I could see problems arising once Kelly came back just by what I was reading about others’ reactions so it didn’t surprise me when she confronted Ryan.  I have to say that I was very worried when she was taken to the hospital.  Ryan totally won me over by his actions, maybe a bit late, but it truly showed that he loved Kelly and the future they could have with their baby.  Wanted by Her Lost Love is a bittersweet romance that proves true love really can hurtle obstacles when the love is that special.  Ryan and Kelly’s story definitely fits that description.
HIGHLANDER MOST WANTED by Maya Banks

HIGHLANDER MOST WANTED by Maya Banks

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HIGHLANDER MOST WANTED by Maya BanksHighlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks
Series: Montgomery's & Armstrong's #2
Published by Random House LLC on 2013
Genres: Erotica, Historical
Pages: 351
Reviewed by Miranda

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERMaya Banks, the bestselling author of erotic romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary romance, has captivated readers with her steamy Scottish historical novels, perfect for fans of Julie Garwood. In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love. Genevieve McInnis is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen's rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting. Bowen seizes his enemy's keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He's enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer's skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.

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The last year has been hell for Genevieve McInnes. She was taken by a madman and abused at his every whim. She thinks things may be looking up when her captor is killed by a rival clan. She may finally be free from the daily torture. Perhaps she can live out her days as an abbess. She knows her plans are about to change as she takes one look at the man claiming the castle.

Bowen Montgomery is set on avenging his sister-in-law’s torment at the hands of the McHugh’s. However, it seems that Patrick McHugh has fled and left his people to fend for themselves. As he claims the McHugh castle as a Montgomery holding, he attempts to turn it into a safe place but there are still nefarious dealings going on and he knows not who he can trust. Yet, he cannot deny the extreme pull he feels towards the woman they all call whore. Bowen is determined to get to the truth behind the McHugh’s behavior even if it kills him. Will he find love in the process?

Maya Bank’s Highlander Most Wanted sizzles with chemistry and pops with an exciting plot line! Genevieve is an amazing heroine. I have to give it to Ms. Banks she knows how to write smart and savvy women. I always know going into one of Banks books that the women will be tough and the men will be heroic. Highlander Most Wanted is no different. Genevieve has been through a terrible amount of pain but it has made her stronger and once she makes up her mind nothing will stop her—or in the past nothing would. Now she is confused by the desire that Bowen makes her feel. 

Bowen Montgomery is a strong hero teeming with spicy pheromones. He wants to do right by his kin and the woman that frustrates and attracts him like no other. Everyone is telling him how bad Genevieve is but he can’t fight the need to protect her. There are so many great moments between these two. They made me laugh and curse many times throughout the story. 

Banks is making a name for herself in the historical genre. Highlander Most Wanted is just another example of how Ms. Banks’ pen turns out diamonds.

WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Maya Banks

WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Maya Banks

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WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Maya BanksWhispers in the Dark by Maya Banks
Series: KGI #4
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Sensation on 2012-01-03
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 352
Reviewed by Miranda

Nathan is being held captive and is in agony. His saving grace is the voice of an angel who eases his pain and helps him regain enough strength to escape. When he does, she leaves him with a void that he can barely stand. When he escapes and returns to the KGI, he hears her again-now she needs him.Her name is Shae, and she's on the run with her sister. A government group wants to harness their abilities to heal. The KGI wants to help- but can Nathan quiet his soulmate's doubts and convince her that they are meant to face these dangers together?

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Nathan Kelly is about to give up when an angel whispers in his mind. At first he believes the hours of torture have finally cracked him, but the woman soothing his aches and pain from afar slowly makes him a believer in higher power. He knows his time may be short among these Afghani terrorists. If he can get a message to his brothers he knows they will save him. 

Shea Peterson doesn’t know where her special ability to connect with other’s minds comes from. It is something she was taught to hide from a very young age. She and her family have been hunted for as long as she can remember. When she connects with Nathan and feels his immense pain she is determined to do what she can to help him. A bond that cannot be broken forms between the two lost souls. 

Nathan may be saved but the danger isn’t over. He knows Shea is out there somewhere running for her life and he needs to get to her before it’s too late. Can Nathan save the woman who kept him alive by Whispers in the Dark? 

Whispers in the Dark is a deeply emotional, highly satisfying edge of your seat read! I could not get enough of this take charge story. From the very first page I was mesmerized by Nathan’s stark situation and his fascinating connection with Shea. Before reading Whispers in the Dark I would never have believed that the hero and heroine of a story could form such a deep and magical connection via the mind before actually meeting and that I would like it much less love it. The conversations between Nathan and Shea are much more intimate than anything I’ve read. Ms. Banks characters cut through all the bull and get right to the nitty gritty which turns Whispers in the Dark into a compelling and cutting-edge romance. 

Whispers in the Dark takes the KGI series into a bit of a different direction with its addition of telepathic characters. I’m a huge fan of everything paranormal and science fiction so this doesn’t bother me but everyone may not enjoy it. I must say that Shea’s ability makes this story amazing. The paths that it takes the Kelly brothers and their KGI associates down are enthralling. Who doesn’t love a conspiracy theory? I love that the mystery surrounding Shea and her sister Grace’s abilities will continue at least into the next book if not further. 

Maya Banks can do no wrong with her Kelly brothers, Whispers in the Dark is perfect!

SOFTLY AT SUNRISE by Maya Banks

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SOFTLY AT SUNRISE by Maya BanksSoftly at Sunrise by Maya Banks
Series: KGI #5.5
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Miranda

Rachel Kelly has come a long way since her plight with her husband Ethan in The Darkest Hour.  Rachel has done a lot of healing and is finally having a semblance of a normal life with her hero husband, Ethan.  They are moving into the Kelly compound and she can shed the last remnants of her haunting past and move forward.  Unfortunately, circumstances beyond her control land her back in the line of fire. Will Ethan be able to save her again?

Softly at Sunrise is a beautiful novella. It gives fans of the KGI series a glimpse into the current life of the couple that started it all Rachel and Ethan.  These two definitely left their mark on readers of The Darkest Hour.  They made us fall in love with the Kelly’s and have kept us running to the book stores to buy each book that comes out. 

I think Softly at Sunrise is a great way to extend Rachel and Ethan’s story.  These two suffered so much we all knew it was going to take them awhile to heal.  It’s great seeing where they are now and where they are headed.  There was just enough excitement to keep things spicy.  I would be happy to revisit these two anytime!

 

SHADES OF GRAY by Maya Banks

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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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