ARC Review: After the Storm by Maya Banks

Posted January 7, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 4 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: After the Storm by Maya Banks
After the Storm

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Series: KGI, #8
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on January 7, 2014
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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After the Storm by Maya Banks is the eighth installment in the KGI series and once again I was disappointed with a book in a series I have adored. Donovan Kelly has been one of the Kelly brothers I have so looked forward to seeing find his woman. He’s known as the one who adores women and children, but especially children. He’s the geeky alpha that make me want to jump into the book for. I really blamed him for a mission gone poorly in Shades of Gray as there were big parts of that mission that could have prevented what happened. I wanted to put that all behind me and give him a strong woman who would compliment him. This wasn’t the story I expected.

Eve is a woman on the run from her stepfather while she tries to protect her two younger siblings.  When their car breaks down and they are low on cash, they make residence in a trailer that should be condemned. Throw in her four year old sister has a fever.

Travis ventures into town to find a job that pays cash and runs into Rusty Kelly who knows right away something is wrong. When she goes to investigate, Donovan goes with her and immediately falls for Eve. Not wanting to run her off, he tries to go slow by taking them groceries, but Eve knows they have drawn too much attention and makes a run for it.

Making a run goes really bad and Eve and her siblings end up in Donovan’s house recuperating from their injuries while the stepfather gets closer to finding them. Now here is where the story really goes down hill for me. Van is so happy to have a ready made family. He considers Eve his woman and her siblings his kids almost right off the bat. He wants to brand her as his and the two make love to each other in less than 4 days of meeting each other. Wow! Eve is so distrusting of him from the onset and then she is sleeping with him and falling in love.

I just lost all respect for Donovan. I felt he pressured her way to early into having sex. Then expecting her to trust him when he takes over dealing with her stepdad. It all goes to Hell. And really, I didn’t have any sympathy for Van. I just wanted Eve out of there and in fact I wanted her away from Van. While he worshipped her, it was like he handed in his man card over and over in this story.

While the author wanted to portray Eve as strong, I just didn’t buy it totally. I figured a woman who takes her siblings and runs has to be strong. But damn it, there is a scene where she should have stood up to Donovan and asked for an explanation. Find a back bone, not run when the first sign of trouble exists between the two. I am sure if she had though, there might not have been much of a story left to write. So while she was strong, she also was pretty weak in facing her fears of being used.

Now the Kelly Group has made a lot of enemies. The compound they have built is starting to feel creepy instead of a necessity. I dislike how the Kelly family has forced the matriarch and patriarch to basically give up the home they built to move onto the compound because their sons all took on a very dangerous career.

The action was non-existent for the most part. The one mission they weren’t even involved in. So no adrenaline rush.

The one redeeming quality is Rusty and Sean. I have seen this one coming for books upon books even if they weren’t in them. I want these two to get together…enemies … nah … lovers … not yet. These two have some brawls coming and I can’t wait to see how it comes out.

So now I have to decide if I want to go back and read Steele’s story to stay up to date. Also I need to decide if I want to stick around for Swanny’s story. These are all characters I am invested in and want to see happy. I am just not sure after some disappointing story lines, what I really want to do.

Unfortunately, I didn’t like this book, nor the characters. Disappointment doesn’t begin to express how I feel. I wanted so much more for Donovan.

What do you do when the hero you have wanted a story for just falls flat of your expectations?
Do you forgive him and move on?

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
8 years ago

Oh the pain of disappointment, I think being disappointed in a character one loves is one of the motivations for fan fiction. 😉 Write that story line the way it should have happened. There! Fixed! LOL

This happened to me before and I literally did just sit there and day dream another scenario and changed out the heroine to a different one in the story. That might make me crazy, but it sure helped me get past my anger. 😉

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
8 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Oh, well…I won’t write fan fiction so I guess I will have to come up with my own love story for them.

Joana Pires
Joana Pires
8 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Yes, fanfiction is a good way to deal with a book that falls flat.
I can’t wait for Sean and Rusty book, and I really hope their book doesn’t fall in the “flat” category, because I have really great expectations!

Love your blog 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Wow. Shari you liked it more than I did. I did a DNF review on the blog today for it. The only thing I did enjoy was the couple of scenes with Rusty and Sean. I have so been hoping they’d end up together. I liked Steele with his baby too. I haven’t read his story but might give it a chance just in no rush really at this point. Sorry to hear it fell short for you as well.