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!Read E-pub Ø The Darkest Hour ó 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 everyoneHis 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 aliveTo 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 Story Rating 4 StarsCharacter Rating 4 StarsRomance Rating 5 StarsAction Level 4.5 StarsHeat Level 3 StarsOverall Rating 4 StarsThis book took off right from the beginning and kept me interested all the way through It was exciting and had me tearing up in quite a few spots too I absolutely loved how this story involved the whole family They were just so caring for each other I can t forget to mention all the hunky brothers and friends The few love scenes were done well with some good heat t Story Rating 4 StarsCharacter Rating 4 StarsRomance Rating 5 StarsAction Level 4.5 StarsHeat Level 3 StarsOverall Rating 4 StarsThis book took off right from the beginning and kept me interested all the way through It was exciting and had me tearing up in quite a few spots too I absolutely loved how this story involved the whole family They were just so caring for each other I can t forget to mention all the hunky brothers and friends The few love scenes were done well with some good heat to them and nothing over the top I could feel the need that the Hh had for each other and how tortured they were over the past.So yes, I really did like this book but not quite enough to give it 5 stars Some of the things that happened in this book just plan out should not have happened Also getting the bad guy could have been done withimagination I wanted to read about how he got caught not just the mention of it happening That would have added someexcitement to the ending.All and all it was a good book and I m sure to read the next book in this series soon Well, this was my first non BDSM Maya Banks, and I really liked it I am definitely going to continue with this series, and I m especially looking forward to book 3 The story is about Ethan and Rachel, getting a second chance in life, literally.It s been a year since Rachel s death and Ethan is still grieving, a total mess One day he gets an envelope with loads in pics and information that leads him to believe his wife might be alive and held hostage somewhere in South America.Lucky for him, he Well, this was my first non BDSM Maya Banks, and I really liked it I am definitely going to continue with this series, and I m especially looking forward to book 3 The story is about Ethan and Rachel, getting a second chance in life, literally.It s been a year since Rachel s death and Ethan is still grieving, a total mess One day he gets an envelope with loads in pics and information that leads him to believe his wife might be alive and held hostage somewhere in South America.Lucky for him, he has a whole family in the covert operations business, and they set off to a rescue Well as you can suppose, the rescue works and they bring Rachel home.The rest of the book is all about the emotional aspect, their marriage, her memory loss and addiction, and basically A LOT OF CRYING Now here is a RANT coming, if you loved this book like crazy, don t read it if it ll offend you PI liked the book VERY much, but this just bugged me spoilers ahead Anyway, when I heard about this series, and the fact that it was romantic suspense, I was all happy because I recently discovered the genre, and love it I was feeling in the mood for some action And the guy on the cover looked like he could deliver The series is named after their kick ass business I got one action scene right at the beginning, and two car scenes, won t tell you what kind, it d be a spoiler Or hmm maybe there were three car scenes Anyway The suspense part of the book SUCKED Big time The guy on the cover did NOT deliver The heroine basically view spoiler saved herself in the end hide spoiler You know what was the rest of the book Crying.She cried all the time He cried all the time His mother cried His father cried The orphan girl cried I can t remember correctly, but I even think some of his brothers cried.The only character that didn t cry or was overly emotional was Steele He s the awesomest This book was totally off with the genre thing Ok there was a bit of a suspense, but it pretty much sucked It wasn t romantic at all It was EMOTIONAL and melodramatic They were constantly suffering about one thing then another thing, then crying again, then getting closer, then crying some , then getting apart, then crying someand when I say crying I mean BOTH of them, ALL the time That is not romance BUT Even with all of this, I managed to love it I loved that it was emotional, and the relationship between them, I loved Ethan like crazy and I love that they managed to figure everything out.I am just a bit frustrated because this was NOT what I was looking for, it really doesn t fit into the genre OK, rant OVER Sorry but I just had to say it cause it was THERE and it bothered me like crazy.If you like your books emotional, then you ll LOVE this one If you re looking for a romantic suspense book, look somewhere else.And my lesson with this book was I loved the premise of this book because it reminded me a little of two of my favorite RS books, To the Brink by Cindy Gerard, and Wild Card by Lora Leigh two stories about second chances Although this book was good, and is a good start to what looks to be an exciting series, it just quite didn t make it to great Something was missing for me and I think it had something to do with the relationship between the H h.Let s back up a minute and get the synopsis out of the way Ethan Kelly is an e I loved the premise of this book because it reminded me a little of two of my favorite RS books, To the Brink by Cindy Gerard, and Wild Card by Lora Leigh two stories about second chances Although this book was good, and is a good start to what looks to be an exciting series, it just quite didn t make it to great Something was missing for me and I think it had something to do with the relationship between the H h.Let s back up a minute and get the synopsis out of the way Ethan Kelly is an ex Navy SEAL, wallowing in misery grief guilt on the one year anniversary of his sweet wife of two years Rachel s tragic death in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to somewhere Colombia in South America Ethan comes from a large, loving, loud and loyal family, headed by ex schoolteacher rules the roost matriarch Marlene, Papa Bear hardware store owner Frank, and including three older, ex military, competitive, sometimes bossy brothers Sam, Garrett, and Donovan and younger brothers who are currently in the Army twins Joe and Nathan Sam, Garrett, and Donovan are all partners in KGI Kelly Group International , an elite agaency that specializes in hostage and kidnap victim recovery, gathering intelligence, and handling jobs that the US government can t They d like Ethan to come and work for them, and have been after him ever since he d resigned his commission to the Navy over a year ago But Ethan s had a rough year since his wife s untimely death, and the last time he saw her, their marriage was hanging by a thread Rachel was much beloved in the family she was one of Marlene s favorite students, and after her parents died in a car accident, Marlene practically adopted her into the Kelly family All the brothers adored her, but it was Ethan who won her heart and married her But things took a turn for the worse in the marriage After a tragedy happened to the young couple, Ethan left the Navy to spendtime with a wife who needed him But Ethan s insecurities, jealousies, demands, and accusations came between the couple, and put such a strain on the relationship, that Rachel went on a humanitarian trip to South America to get away Ethan regretted his actions, but before he could apologize to Rachel and beg her forgiveness, the accident happened Rachel was dead, and Ethan s life would never be the same Until the one year anniversary of her death, and a package arrives with maps and a note sayingYour wife is aliveWell, to sum up, Ethan and the brothers head off on a daring rescue mission to Colombia, where Rachel is being held captive by drug lords Yes, they get her out alive, but Rachel is not the same girl that she used to be She d been abused by her captors, became hooked on heroin, and suffers almost total memory loss She does remember Ethan though And Garrett.hmmmm.The rest of the story revolves around Rachel trying to get her memory back while answering the questionAre you okayat least a dozen times a day , battling her cravings for the drugs she s withdrawing from she really needed to be in therapy of some sort , Ethan hoping she doesn t remember the state their marriage was in, and the brothers trying to figure out why Rachel was held prisoner for a year When Rachel s story and recovery hits the local newspaper, someone is surprised that she s still alive, and takes action to rectify the situation There s a bit of suspense when the brothers realize that someone s trying to kill Rachel, and it s tied into what she might have witnessed but can t remember while down in Colombia.Okay, my thoughtsIt started out very promising I enjoy a good rescue the hostage plot, especially when it s a husband rescuing the love of his life a la To the Brink And when the spouse thought the love of their life was dead and they re not a la Wild Card that makes it even sweeter Love when a couple gets a second chance lots of emotion there But something didn t quite click for me between Rachel and Ethan I wasn t totally connected to them I kept hoping to read about their courtship I wanted to see Rachel fall for Ethan and Ethan fall for Rachel I kept expecting to read a flashback scene about how they met I wasn t even sure of their ages and fell in love Didn t get it Got some scenes about how beloved Rachel was in the Kelly family treated as a queen by all but I needed to feel the connection between the two I think that would ve made the circumstances of the abduction and the rescuemeaningful for me I knew that Ethan loved Rachel and was sorry for what he put her through, but I needed to experience a littleof their past to totally connect with them as a couple, and to root for their future.Now, for things I thought the author did really wellthe relationship among the brothers, their dialogue and actions were spot on I could feel the love and camaraderie The parents, and especially the portrayal of mother Marlene as the loving and loyal head of a family of six boys, and how all the boys respected and feared their mom well done Marlene s loving penchant for taking in strays the parent less Rachel, sheriff s deputy Sean, teenage runaway Rusty who surely will keep popping up in the series as maybe a future mate for Nathan and her knack for butting into her sons lives, made her a colorful, memorable character I m sure we ll see a lotof her in the series.There are a lot of characters introduced in this book So many that I started writing them down in a notebook just to keep everything straight, in case they pop up again in future books Some of the most memorable were Dr Maren Scofield, who had been rescued by KGI in Africa and treated Rachel at her clinic in Costa Rica P.J Rutherford, a female sniper on one of KGI s teams Steele and Rio two KGI team leaders with a lot of animosity towards each other and of course the female runaway Rusty, who makes an initial bad first impression on the Kelly brothers, but who mom Marlene is determined to keep in the Kelly family So lots of potential for future stories about not only the 5 remaining dashing, hunky brothers, but also for some supporting characters important to the Kellys.So how about the love scenes Well this being Maya Banks, I was expecting something extra steamy But this was a mainstream romance, not erotica, so it was typical of what you d get in a romantic suspense There was only two extended scenes between Rachel and Ethan that I can recall, and had plenty of heat, but weren t anything unusual or kinky I sure wish there had been a couple of scenes shown pre abduction, but it wasn t to be All in all not a bad beginning to a series There were a couple of things that could have made it better to bring it up to a 5 star readbackground on the H h s relationship, a littledescriptions about the characters not real clear about what everyone looked like what color was Rachel s hair, how old was she , how old are the brothers , etc., a littlesuspense , but maybe these little details that help to fill out a book will come out in the future stories I m hoping so I m looking forward to the next one in the series, big over protective brother Sam s story No Place to Run For this first in the series 4 stars 4 to 4 Captivating Stars I really enjoyed this book Why on earth it took me so long to start this series is beyond me.