Review: Echoes at Dawn by Maya Banks

Posted July 31, 2012 by Shari in Reviews / 1 Comment

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Review: Echoes at Dawn by Maya Banks
Echoes at Dawn

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Series: KGI #5
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on July 3, 2012
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Grace Peterson is on the run as we open up the new chapter in the KGI series. We met her sister in the previous book and know that Grace is being hunted for her ability to heal people. But with each person she heals, she takes on their injury or disease and suffers. She has escaped a particularly brutal experimental session and is hiding in the mountains trying to escape. Being hunted, she doesn’t know who to trust other than herself. She has cut her mental ties to her sister and now feels she is at the end of her rope, choosing to die rather than become a lab rat again.

Rio, a member of KGI, has taken on the task of finding Grace and reuniting her with her sister. Instantly he is attracted to Grace before he even finds her and now will stop at nothing to protect her. Fiercely protective, he finds Grace in bad shape both mentally and physically. Rio rescues her and takes her to his safe haven, but he knows its only a matter of time before Grace is tracked down and he will do anything to prevent her being tortured again.

I loved this series from the first book, but after book 4, Whispers in the Dark, I was stymied as to why we had to add a paranormal element to the story. The last book didn’t impress me and this one seemed to pull back from the problems I found. While Grace still has the power to heal, it isn’t as over the top as her sisters story. Yes, she used her special ability, but it wasn’t thrown in your face as much.

I was confused as to why we went away from the Kelly brothers for this and the next book in the series. Not that I didn’t like Rio…I adored him. I just really wanted the other brothers to find their HEA first.

Rio as the hero worked for me up until he made love to Grace. Not that he did anything wrong, it just felt too rushed for me. Grace was in a fragile place and while she wanted it as well, it just felt forced onto me.

Now, Grace has an ability that people want. Lots of bad guys are hunting her to get her under her control. One particular bad man in fact. And now Rio has another group he once belonged to hunting him and Grace along with the team. There is a huge betrayal within the group that floored me even though I didn’t know the character very well.

One silly part was that Rio and Grace could speak to each other with their minds like Grace and her sister, Shea, could. It just didn’t float for me since Rio in no way has any special abilities. So how could he hear her or even talk to her through his mind? Oh, I guess true love does this for them?

This book kind of takes us away from KGI. We do see the past characters some, but in general you could read this without ever having read any of the other books in the series. And that is why I think I had a problem with deviating so hard away from the Kellys. I loved Rio and his alpha maleness to Graces sweet disposition. But Grace does have a backbone of steel when she is put into a situation that she has to gamble her life to get out of.

While the books in the past have been light on love scenes, this one is a little deeper, but way to fast. Rio made me want to cry with his tenderness and care of Grace. I just wish we could have had more Kellys in the mix to help.

And while we only saw a little of the KGI group, I am looking forward to PJ and Cole’s story. How will this dominating sharp shooting lady take on the cocking team member who is going after her heart? Can’t wait to find out.

KGI Series Reviews on Delighted Reader:
Book #1 – Review: The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks
Book #2 – Review: No Place To Run by Maya Banks
Book #3 – Review: Hidden Away by Maya Banks
Book #4 – Review: Whispers In The Dark by Maya Bank


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
9 years ago

This series sounds good. Enjoyed reading your review.