Review: No Place To Run by Maya Banks

Posted January 29, 2012 by Shari in Reviews / 2 Comments

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Review: No Place To Run by Maya Banks
No Place to Run

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Series: KGI #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on December 7, 2010
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Sam Kelly is the head of the family and head of KGI (Kelly Group International), a group of loyal mercenaries. Oldest of six boys, he runs missions efficiently and safely. On mission in Mexico, Sam meets Sophie and falls head over ass for her. But he is on a mission, undercover and leaves her after some unprotected sex telling her he may never be back. He comes back, but there is on trace of Sophie and know one remembers her. At a loss, he heads home to resume his life.

Sophie Lundgren has grown up under the hand of her father, the local crime lord. Knowing she must get out, she does desperate things to get away from his reign. On the run from her family, she tries to stay away from Sam knowing that is the first place they would look for her. But as time moves on, Sophie learns she is pregnant with Sam’s baby, slowing her down. She must make a desperate attempt to get to him.

When Sam fishes a woman out of the Kentucky Lake behind his house, he is shocked to learn it is the woman he wants beyond anything, but can’t trust. But this is his baby even if he has doubts and he knows he will do anything to protect her, even as the CIA starts looking for her too.

This series has captivated me. Recently I won the fourth book and I dislike starting series in the middle, so I went out and bought the first three books to catch up. As of right now I am caught up so you will see the reviews one right after another as I get them written. While I love this series, there are a few things in each book that get to me and make me question things.

In this book, we find Sam and Sophie in Mexico. We learn Sophie is the daughter of the local crime lord and has grown up there. At no time does Sophie ever speak any Spanish. No curses, or slip ups. Nothing. So if she grew up in Mexico all her life, why doesn’t she speak any Spanish? This bothered me a lot. Not that I needed her to spout off in Spanish all the time, but if she is Mexican and grew up there, I expected some talk in their native language.

The other issue I had was that Sophie was pregnant, but constantly in danger. She is shot at, stabbed, almost drowns, dragged, etc. Constantly she is bombarded with violence and never miscarries. Not that I expected her to, but with that much stress, she and the baby come out all fine time after time. She even puts herself in danger to save the Kelly men, which I thought was ridiculous! While she might value her life, she had a baby to watch out for and by putting herself into danger, she was risking her unborn child. This just irritated me.

Those problems aside, the story was interesting. The desperation I felt for Sophie’s situation. She lied to Sam in Mexico and it is haunting her now when when he won’t believe her, but then again, Sam also lied to her. He was on an undercover mission so that seems to prove his lies. Fortunately for Sophie, she knew exactly who he was because her father sent her to seduce Sam. Her father didn’t take into account that she would fall for Sam as much as Sam fell for her.

This isn’t Maya Bank’s usual erotica or BDSM related book. This series seems to revolve around Alpha men who treat their women like queens and make sweet and passionate love to them. While there are love scenes, they are slow and sensual, but her pregnancy made it harder for there to be hot and hard love scenes.

Because the Kelly’s are military men, the often feel they know best on everything. While that is fun to watch, it gets a little irritating when these women outwit them and escape all the protections they think they have put into place.

This series is filled with testosterone, where men are men and women can be as strong or as feminine as they wish. Sam and Sophie are interesting to watch. Sam the tough guy with a heart of gold. You don’t fuck with the Kelly’s. Sophie is strong, but needs a little common sense knocked into her on protecting her baby at all costs. Not running into danger to save her man. You don’t fuck with the Kelly’s…and now she is a Kelly.

Intensely fun, wonderfully wicked…a delightful read.

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

I read a review of a book later in the series. I’m looking forward to reading these too. I agree with you about Sophie and the pregnancy thing. The detachment from having an accent and Mexican heritage seems odd to me too.

Thanks for sharing your review!