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Echoes at Dawn (A KGI Novel) (edition 2012)

by Maya Banks

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Title:Echoes at Dawn (A KGI Novel)
Authors:Maya Banks
Info:Berkley (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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Echoes at Dawn
3 Stars

Lacks the intensity of the previous book both in terms of the romance and the threat to the heroine.

If it is possible, Rio and Grace are far too accepting of each other. She doesn't blink an eye when he kills people even though she is supposedly a healer who cherishes life, and he embraces her paranormal abilities without question. He even goes so far as to claim that he "knew she was his" after seeing her image on video screen - talk about far-fetched. There is absolutely no conflict between them at all and this makes their romance somewhat bland and emotionless.

Every man in the book thinks Grace has amazing strength and resilience. However, to me she came across as defeatist with her "let me die" and "I will kill myself to thwart you" comments. The villain is borderline pathetic and never constitutes any real threat and the ending is saccharine sweet.

All in all, not up to Bank's standards and hopefully PJ and Cole's book will be better. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
From the first second the hero saw her, he knew she was destined to be his. He fell in love with her right there on the spot. And he made a vow to find her and keep her safe no matter what. He tracks her down and finds her alone and scared in the woods after escaping a research facility. She's badly wounded, broken in both body and mind and she pleads with him to left her die. But there's no way in hell he's ever letting her go. It's there that he realizes the woman he loves is full of courage and a single minded determination to survive. He may already be in love with her but her bravery in the face of so much pain earns her his respect. They badly make it out the jungle alive but once he sweeps her off his secluded home south of the border, she's truly given the chance to heal. The heroine an heal others of any ailment but in doing to she takes the sickness or injury onto herself and as such risks her own life in the process. She's been forced to heal so many people that her body is weak, frail and she's physically wasting away. He mind is tired as well and she's heartbroken over the idea that she's permanently lost her telepathic connection to her sister. But the hero quickly becomes her rock. He's a man she can lean on, someone who can bring her own of her world of suffering and into a chance of happiness. Though he's protective and strong, he knows that the battle is up to her. He forces her to gain the courage and the confidence that was stolen from her and that's exactly what she needs. Slowly, he fixes her body and mind and in the process she helps him with his guilt over the death of his sister and loss of his family. He was a great man because he knew the balance of when to protect her and when to let her protect herself. He was possessive but it truly came from a place of love and you never once doubted the hero's feelings. He was all about the heroine from start to finish and his loyalty was never questioned. They made such a special couple and I loved every second of it. The hero was such an amazing character. He was alpha male to the 10th degree but he was chef, and kept a lovely home as his retreat. His love and determination made the heroine realize just how special she was and he made her take her life back. The chemistry was off the chain between the two and the soul deep love they felt for each other was real and stunningly heartwarming. This book was so lovely. The journey the heroine took from a beaten down wounded creature into the confident woman was inspiring. The freaking sex scene was hot!! I'm talking scorching. I really like this author and look forward to reading more from her in future. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
Sorry, no time for a review. Have to reread this straightaway :) ( )
  Marcella1717 | Jan 22, 2016 |
A good story with lots of exciting action and it deals with an interesting moral issue. The hero has been popular in this series and he shows the same dedication to the heroine as he has with his job. Rio and his team are sent in to rescue and protect Grace who was kidnapped for her healing ability.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
Overall Rating: 4.45
Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 5.0 / Sensuous: 3.0 / Suspense: 3.5 // Laughter: 3 / Giggle: 2 // Tears: 0 / Teary: 1

Echoes At Dawn: 4.45:
A totally enjoyable, exciting, one-sitting read. This book was full of romance and sensuality, had some great adventurous action scenes, included some clever twists, and had the reader intrigued, wondering what was going to happen next. What it did not include, however, was a lot of interaction featuring the Kelly brothers and their families.

Hero: 4.5:
Eduardo Bezerra, known to everyone as Rio: a hunky, tough, handsome, hero, who revealed the tender side of his personality. A multi-dimensional hero who felt real because Banks gave him a background story.

Heroine: 4.5:
Grace Peterson: it was easy to warm up to Grace as she went from being a battered, bruised, ready to give up heroine, to one who was strong enough to face down two overwhelmingly strong-willed, determined men.

Story Line: 4.0:
Banks seems to follow the same formula in this series of books. First, she opens the books with an exciting action scene to draw one into the story. Second, she takes the hero and heroine off someplace quiet and safe so they can spend time together. Third, she includes an unexpected twist in the story to surprise readers. Fourth, she includes an action-packed finale featuring the KGI teams. Then fifth, she closes with lackluster details about how the characters are going to eventually end up with their happily-ever-after.

Action: 4.0:
Banks included several exciting, adventurous, daring action scenes. The kind of action scenes that should be present in a Military Romantic Suspense book.

Emotion: 3.5:
It was easier to develop a bit of an emotional connection to Rio and Grace because they were developed to a degree that made them feel real. Banks succeeded in causing one to burst out in laughter and experience some throat-tightening moments.

Romance: 5.0:
Banks wrote some wonderful passages that described the deep romantic connection that developed between Rio and Grace.

Sensuous: 3.0:
As expected, Rio and Grace make love in the hot, spicy, graphic way that Banks favors.

Suspense: 3.5:
Although not extremely edgy, a degree of suspense kept the reader turning the pages to see what was going to happen next.

Secondary Characters: 3.5
Banks included some new secondary characters (and an entity) that really drew great interest: {1} Gordon Farnsworth, {2} Elizabeth Farnsworth, {3} Hancock and {4} Titan. The inclusion of previously-introduced secondary characters added a richer flavor to the story: {1} Terrence, {2} Mitch Browning, {3} Diego, {4} Decker, {5} Alton, {6} Sam Kelly, {7} Nathan Kelly, and {8} Adam Resnick. Brief appearances of several recurring characters were included in the book: {1} Garrett Kelly, {2} Donovan Kelly, {3} Joe Kelly, {4} Swanny, {5} Steele, {6} P.J. Rutherford, {7} [David] "Cole" [Coltrane], and {8} Kyle Phillips. The rest of the Kelly family was trotted out in the last chapter of the book to be introduced to Grace.

A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of Echoes At Dawn appears at Wolf Bear Does Books (http://goo.gl/pSzB2o). ( )
  Vonda_M_Reid | Jan 20, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425250865, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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"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 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."--Publisher.… (more)

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