Review: The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks

Posted June 6, 2012 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 1 Comment

The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks
Series: KGI #1
Published by Berkley Trade Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook
Source: Library
The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1)

The Darkest Hour
by Maya Banks
Book #1 in the Kelly Group, International (KGI) series
Romantic Suspense,
Published September 7th 2010 by Berkley
RATING: ★★★★

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 US government can’t… 

It’s been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife Rachel alive. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone. 

His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he’s built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond… until he receives anonymous information claiming Rachel is alive. 

To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he’ll have to force Rachel to recover memories she can’t and doesn’t want to relive—the minute by minute terror of her darkest hour—for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.


Former Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly lost his wife, Rachel a year ago and since then has been overwhelmed with grief. He has shut himself off from those close to him, resisting his brothers’ efforts to bring him aboard Kelly Group, International (KGI), a security specialist organization headed by his older brothers. Then, on the anniversary of Rachel’s death, Ethan receives information claiming she is alive.

This story goes through several transitions, from Ethan’s despair upon the anniversary of Rachel’s death, to the shock of her potential discovery and then the mystery surrounding the whole situation. The entire Kelly clan is introduced, including the parents, and we learn a lot about KGI. There are quite a few exciting and riveting moments as well more touching moments involving Rachel and Ethan. The dynamics of the brothers’ relationships are also presented, providing even more complexities to the story.

There were elements of the story I found puzzling and made me question the judgment and skill of the brothers involved in KGI. No one ever questioned who provided the information about Rachel’s whereabouts, nor was there a sense of elevated concern about her security. It bugged me throughout but not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the story. This was an excellent launch of the series as it set the foundation very well without bogging the book down with lots of information or interfering with the pace of the story. I can’t wait to start the next book in the series.

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About Maya Banks

Maya Banks lives in Texas with her husband, three children and assortment of pets. When she’s not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing or playing poker.

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