ARC Review: When Day Breaks by Maya Banks

Posted June 25, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 6 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: When Day Breaks by Maya Banks
When Day Breaks

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Series: KGI,
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Released on June 24, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Adults making decisions about falling love is what got me going this time. Throw in some action, soul searching and down to earth feelings that may have been a little quick in developing. I felt this story got back to the heart of the KGI series we have been missing lately.

The KGI series has been hit or miss for me in whether I like the stories or not. There is nothing really in between, either they are captivating and rush me to the end or I find myself ranting at what is wrong with it. I love these characters Maya Banks has created as if they are my own family, so when I rant it is done with love of a mama to her family.

What drew me to this story of course was KGI, but also Swanny finding love and being told his scar is a badge of honor not of horror. Luckily there weren’t any paranormal elements to the story, nor kids involved or an extremely young woman who I felt was being coerced. The heroine, Eden, comes from a loving family, seems grounded and looks beyond the surface of a person’s skin.

When Eden’s life is threatened by something in her father’s past, he calls in the big dogs, KGI, to protect her. With a big photo shoot coming up, see Eden is a model, the KGI team must figure out where the attack is coming from, keep the secrets away from Eden and keep her healthy and alive. Eden’s brother having served with many of the younger KGI members, immediately calls them up and Swanny knows they are going to take the case. See he has a little crush on Eden even though he has vowed to not fall in love, get married or have kids. *sobs*

Swanny was captured with Nathan while in the military and tortured. The two escaped but not before the scars Swanny holds can be taken care of. Constantly he is turning his face from Eden, but Eden isn’t looking at him in horror, but in attraction. My only real complaint about their romance is that it happens overly fast and they are sleeping (just sleeping) with each other within a day or two. Oh, and Eden turns out to be a virgin, which seemed a little silly to me. *sigh*

There wasn’t much in the way of a road block to them falling in love. It happens fast, furiously and with lots of energetic sex that is both gentle and passionate. But the threat to Eden’s life looms over Swanny and the teams heads as they forge into the unknown of who really wants to kill Eden.

Now there is another person who is like family to Eden that comes into play. The KGI members seem to know him, but I don’t remember him at all. They also don’t have a rosy opinion of him and him of them. So this causes some conflict, misunderstandings and ultimately a big mistake.

Overall, I was happy to see this series get back on course with adults making decisions on their own. Nothing paranormal thrown at them. Just good old fashion lust and revenge that kicked the action into high gear.

About Maya Banks

Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today and bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy. Her other chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and Scottish historical romance. She lives in the South with her husband, three children and a variety of pets.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
7 years ago

LOL! I love it- ‘just good old-fashioned lust and revenge’. Okay, teasing aside, this does sound like a good one. I like that the hero is vulnerable b/c of his scars and that she can see past that.

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Shari Delighted Read
7 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

It was a pretty good story, not the best in the series and definitely not the worst. The romance was a little unbelievable about how quick it was, but then again, that seems to happen all the time.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh that’s good to hear. I avoided this one because the last was such a huge miss for me. A friend is reading it and had trouble so glad to hear it worked for you. I might have to give it a go eventually.

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Shari Delighted Read
7 years ago

I really detested the last book and it let me down because I loved Donovan. He just was to pushy in his book. I liked this one better, but the love was quick. At least they were adults making a decision.

Sharonda Lowman
7 years ago

glad you like this one Shari…good ol fashion lust & revenge is good prompt to enjoy a book, lols 😉

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Shari Delighted Read
7 years ago

This book got back to what I loved about the series, but there were a few points that let me down. Virgi heroine was a little unbelievable and old vendetta’s get in the way.