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Shades of Gray: A KGI Novel by Maya Banks

Shades of Gray: A KGI Novel (edition 2012)

by Maya Banks

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Title:Shades of Gray: A KGI Novel
Authors:Maya Banks
Info:Berkley (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages

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A great story centering around a very intense event. I've enjoyed P.J. and Cole's interaction in the series and their romance is just as good with exciting action and sensitive emotion. P.J. and Cole finally spend the night together but their next job shakes up the whole team.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
Overall Rating: 2.95
Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 3.5 / Sensuous: 2.0 / Suspense: 3.5 // Laughter: 1 / Giggle: 0 // Tears: 3 / Teary: 2

Shades of Gray: 2.95:
An entertaining and intriguing read that, for some reason, was not absorbing. That means that although Banks finally managed to write a story that brought forth tears, she failed to write a story that had awe-inspiring main and secondary characters.

Hero: 3.5:
David "Cole" Coletrane: An absolutely wonderful, handsome, understanding, 'go after his woman' hero. However, rather than feature Cole as the kind of strong, brave KGI operative who could support his team in combat, he had his alpha wings clipped and was only allowed to play the 'supportive mate' role.

Heroine: 2.5:
P.J. (Penelope Jane) Rutherford: Loved her in the previous books of the series. Hated the way that Banks turned her into a single-dimensional character who seemed to be all about proving that she was a better man than any of her teammates. Why couldn't P.J. have been allowed to be as considerate, supportive, and as understanding as Cole?

Story Line: 1.0:
Banks had too many implausible events taking place in this story. It has been drummed into readers that KGI operatives are the best of the best, and yet in this single book Banks had Steele and his team looking like the Keystone Cops just so she could set P.J. up to be brutalized by the villains.

Action: 4.0:
The story moved at a quick pace that included plenty of adventurous actions scenes, mostly featuring P.J.

Emotion: 3.5:
It is impossible not to be moved by the scene where P.J.'s teammates had to listen to her being traumatized. Banks did connect readers to her characters on an emotional level, bringing forth tears as well as laughter.

Romance: 3.5:
The romance factor started out with a bang when the book was opened with Cole finally searching out P.J. to let her know that it was time to act on the attraction that had been sparking between them for years. But then the relationship that was to develop between Cole and P.J. took a back seat when P.J. went AWOL to deal with her bruised and battered soul.

Sensuous: 2.0:
The sensuality in the love scene between Cole and P.J. was potent and hot.

Suspense: 3.5:
Incredulity at what was happening to P.J. and the team replaced the edgy suspenseful aura that should have inhabited the storyline.

Secondary Characters: 3.5
Banks developed the personality of Cole and P.J.'s teammates, Dolphin, Renshaw and Baker, to a greater degree in this book, without assigning them any identifying features. Steele was allowed to loose his cool and some of the Kellys were briefly included in the story: {1} Sam Kelly, {2} Donovan "Van" Kelly, {3} Sophie [Lundgren] Kelly, {4} Rachel Kelly, {5} Sarah [Daniels] Kelly, and {6} Shea [Peterson] Kelly.

A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of Shades of Gray appears at Wolf Bear Does Books (http://goo.gl/wachXc). ( )
  Vonda_M_Reid | Jan 26, 2015 |
Similar in feel to Echoes at Dawn. Includes the novella "Softly at Sunrise." I like the newer books in this series. They are faster reads with more interesting characters. ( )
  lesmel | Sep 18, 2014 |
Loved it!

Aside form Garrett, P.J's books is my favorite :)I really am in love with the KGI series.

Fast paced and full of action, this book captivates you and makes you just keep reading. Loved P.J and Cole, their bickering could only lead to one thing and that was an amazing relationship. I just want more and more of these guys. ( )
  Lost_Lenore | May 8, 2014 |
I'm not sure what to think of this book. I did like it better than the two previous with their strange detour into the paranormal, but this seemed like a spy-thriller book so it still doesn't necessarily fit into the rest of the series. I do not understand why THERE IS NOT A TRIGGER WARNING for this book!?!? Holy shit! That was a couple of the most brutal chapters I have ever read & I'm a huge George R.R. Martin fan so that says a lot! I've read books that have had H/h dealing with the aftermath of being raped before (male & female victims) even it happening off camera if you will, but this, this was ... I have no words. I'm not sure what the purpose of reading it "real time" was tho? The author could have gotten the brutality & emotional significance without "showing" the act, I actually think it could have been even more impactful for the reader - particularly PJ's choices & motivations would have made more sense. It feels like an easy way to build up the tension & plot motivations, like the author was too lazy or not good enough to write full developed characters without a cheap plot device. She took the easy way out & this could have been an amazingly triumphant story if only.... ( )
  CMBlaker | May 6, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425251128, Mass Market Paperback)

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…

Also includes a never-before-in-print KGI novella exclusive to the mass market edition!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:43 -0400)

Former KGI sharpshooter P.J., who is bent on revenge after a mission that went terribly wrong, finds an unexpected ally in former teammate and lover Cole, who is determined to help her, no matter what the cost.

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