Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Spotlight + Excerpt: Darkest Before Dawn

Today I have the pleasure of sharing an excerpt from Darkest Before Dawn, the latest installment in Maya Banks' KGI series. Most of you already know that I am a special kind of sucker for a military/Special Forces/elite badass hero, so the men of The Kelly Group International are right up my alley. *fans self* Despite the fact that this is book ten, it can be read entirely on its own, so those of you who haven't read the previous nine books can kick this series off with all things Hancock ;-) Enjoy the excerpt!

Anticipation licked through Hancock’s veins and his pulse sped up, the taste of victory in his mouth. If all it took was capturing a single woman who was running and hiding from a terrorist group to enable him to achieve his objective, then he’d do it without hesitation. He’d have to ensure that Maksimov took the bait because it did him no good for Bristow to turn to the terrorist cell to get what he wanted. It had to be Maksimov.

He glanced up at his men and saw answering resolve in their eyes. They wanted to take down Maksimov every bit as much as he did. And like him, they grew weary of their existence or rather nonexistence. To the world, they were dead. To their government they were traitors and had been given a death sentence. To their prey, they were angels of death, without mercy or compassion. They were feared by all and they mattered to no one. To even the strongest, unfeeling soul, such a life eventually wore on them. They were all ready to step down from their cause and allow others to do the work they’d done without thanks or regard for over a decade. And make whatever kind of life was left to them, knowing that even after they stood down, they’d always be hunted.
“Give me what intel you have,” Hancock said to Bristow, determination and resolve Bristow couldn’t possibly miss in his tone. And Bristow had seen him in action long enough to know he didn’t offer his assurances lightly. “I’ll find the woman and bring her to you.”


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...

The enigmatic Hancock has been both opponent and ally to the KGI teams for as long as they've known him. Always working a deep game, Hancock's true allegiance has never been apparent, but one thing is for certain—he never lets anything get in the way of duty.

But now, his absolute belief in the primacy of his ultimate goal is challenged by a captive he's been ordered to guard, no matter how much she suffers in her prison. She's the only woman who's ever managed to penetrate the rigid walls surrounding his icy heart, but will he allow his perplexing feelings for the beautiful victim to destroy a mission he's spent years working to complete or will he be forced to sacrifice her for “the greater good.”



  1. I really need to play catch up with this series, I am a big fan of Maya Banks and the KGI group.

    Thank you for sharing the excerpt.

    Sharon – Obsession with Books

  2. Maya Banks is in the top 5 of authors I plan to indulge in soon. Her writing, I mean. Indulge in her writing, not her literally. You know what I mean.

  3. I need to try a book by this author I keep hearing amazing things about her work!

  4. I have read 2, and enjoyed them so :)

  5. I do like reading suspense books like these, so I'm curious! I need to read something by Maya Banks, Jenny! Her books sound amazing.

  6. Another author I really need to try! Thanks for sharing this Jenny!

  7. Well, this one sounds really intriguing! Duty or love?
    And a very cool excerpt!

  8. I've started going toward more romantic suspense and then had to stop b/c other books just had precedence. I do want to get back into it and this sounds like one I would enjoy!

  9. I really need to try this author. I've seen her books everywhere. It's been a while since I read a good romantic suspense novel.

  10. I wasn't a fan of her eroctic fiction, but have book one and two in this series to try over the winter. i loved the excerpt and you know I have a weakness for romantic suspense

  11. I've heard so many amazing things about this author and still haven't read her!

  12. I haven't read anything by Maya Banks--yet!--but her books always sound like so much fun and I'm curious to see what you make of this one, Jenny! It seems like a solid plot line and I love a good deal of action thrown in with my romances. Thanks for putting this on my radar, dear! :)

  13. Oooh, what a great excerpt - very intense! I've only read one book so far by Maya Banks, and you have me very curious about this series.
    Thanks for sharing, Jenny :)