The Kelly Group International KGI A Super Elite, Top Secret, Family Run BusinessQualifications High Intelligence, Rock Hard Body, Military BackgroundMission Hostage Kidnap Victim Recovery Intelligence Gathering Handling Jobs The US Government Can TThe 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 DutyBut 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 3.5 Protecting at All Cost StarsDarkest Before Dawn is a standalone and is part of the KGI series I love Maya Banks She s one of the first authors I discovered when I adventured to cough smut reading I mean, New Adult Contemporary reading What can I say She has a way in creating different characters and addictive stories This is my first KGI book I ve heard so many great things about this series and I LOVE action pack novels You throw in a sexy Hero, well I m a happy gal.I didn t read the previous books, but Hancock has been on both sides, good and bad Regardless where his ties are, he s a man of his word Honor is the only survivor of an explosion and is now hunted, because there should be no survivors She s a woman in a war torn country and everything seems kind of dire Because of Honor s background, Hancock is requested to save Honor and bring her backYou re safe, Honor I ve got you Nothing will hurt you tonightThe descriptive writing is a bit heavy in the beginning There s a lot of character build up and you find out where the characters come from The two main characters interact around the 20% and from there, the pace picks up and you are taken for a wild rideThank you For what For saving me I made no such promise, Honor You trying is enoughHonor and Hancock are attracted to each other, but both have goals that need to meet before anything romantic can happen Hancock is on a mission and Honor is just trying to survive But nothing is what it seems Hancock needs to do the right thing, but what happens by doing the right thing is also a bad thing I love Hancock s conflicting emotions in this book He works very hard to do right, but he considers himself a monster and wants so muchfor Honor I love my Heroes with issues Honor is no damsel in distress She s smart, strong and self lessI care too much, and that s why I m so angry , Honor Because I m not supposed to care I m not supposed to be human I m a killerThe banter is addictive and adds a little nice tension to the story I like the complexities of the story and how it kind of sucks you in If you are a fan of action pack reads with a leading male character, then this one is for you An ARC was provided 2 stars Romantic SuspenseThis was repetitive, cheesy, over the top melodramatic, slow, and borderline ridiculous at times I didn t really care much for the hero or heroine or their romance I ve been underwhelmed with the last couple of books in this series and with the books in her Breathless Trilogy, Surrender Trilogy, and especially the Slow Burn series I really hope the next Kelly KGI book will be better. Darkest Before Dawn has a strong premise, and since I m a fan of military dramas I wish I could say it was enough to make this a winner for me Sadly, however, the book falters under the weight of overwhelming excesses This is an overly detailed, nearly 400 page story that would definitely benefit from a shorter length There is a great deal of exposition in the beginning, and while I appreciated the author s intention to acclimate readers like me, who are new to the series, it s just too lengthy What s troublesome is how often exhaustive exposition is used throughout the entire book basically each time a character from a previous book is mentioned which occurs frequently.The dialog and narration are exceedingly redundant Even the plot points are repetitive I stopped counting the number of times Hancock injects Honor with a sedative so he won t have to answer her questions, witness her sense of betrayal, struggle with her, etc.Perhaps one of the biggest downfalls is the one dimensional main character Honor is exactly as her name indicates honorable However, she s excessively so view spoiler She s kidnapped, beaten, and she s about to be raped, tortured, and killed, but she announces that it s all right because her death is for the greater good hide spoiler OMG I am so excited for Hancocks story, I feel like it is going to be a good one, but I also really wanted Sean and Rusty Cant decide which one I want . I m setting this one aside for a moment It s not doing anything for me at all. Huh well after the last total disaster in the series, I was pleased this was not a total train wreck.There were still some repetition issues, but not nearly as bad as the last book.The problem I had with this one was the relationship Hancock was not committed until the end and then he wussed out Honor had to man up because he was incapable Separations do not make me happy Especially when the heroine has to make the move to get them back together and extricate Hancock s head from his ass.This book was violent Killing, abuse, attempted rapes, torture, attempted suicide, etc It is not for the meek.At the end of the day, I was happy they got together which shocked the hell out of me In the beginning, I was pretty happy with hoping Hancock died a painful death Even in the middle I still felt this way He came around at the end But then he became a pathetic version of himself and I lost respect I have no idea if I can continue this series. Honor is a relief worker in some arabian war zone.When her clinic is being bombed, she s the only survivor, and the bad guys are hunting her.She escapes, only to be caught rescued by Hancock.We all met him in the KGI books before he s trying to find this huge russian gangster, the one who killed his foster mom.And to lure him closer, he has to have Honor she s his last chance to get revenge.But the longer he s close to her the harder it will be to let her goWhat will happen to Honor Hancock Will there be a HEA Will everybody survive I loved every KGI book so far ok, I did hate a little on those with too much paranormal stuff those mind reading ones but I always read them and loved the characters..So I don t know what was wrong this timeit was probably just that I wasn t in the mood for it because I couldn t read this book.I started and I liked the whole idea, but the beginning alonethat bomb that goes off in that clinic and Honor surviving and getting out of there It could ve been told in 2 pages, but it took Maye 5% of the book to tell it That s been the problem for me with Maya s books for a while now She just writes too much Every book of hers that I ve read in the last years could ve been told with half the words, or even less She repeats things CONSTANTLY and she goes into too much detail Some detail is good, but I don t care about most of those details.I don t want to stop people from reading and enjoying this book.I loved that Hancock finally got his own book, and I was really looking forward to reading it, but there were just way too many unnecessary words pages for me.I will read everything that Maya writes in the future not the paranormal stuff and I hope that she ll lose some of her words on the way The story itself was pretty good It would ve been totally my kind of romantic suspense.But all those repeats and stuff I didn t care about, made it very hard for me to read it.I finished it, but I finished it in only 3 hours It was so bad that I skipped most of it, and only read when people were talking to each other, everything else was just totally redundant.Sorry Still 4 stars, because I love KGI and I would ve loved Hancock too.As I said before, don t let my own weirdness stop you from enjoying the book 2 StarsI ve been such a huge fan of Maya Banks, but I m finding that most of her recent releases have been slightly less than lackluster for me lately While I loved the first five books in the KGI series, since book six it s been taking a significant decline for me The story lines are just OTT out there, the characters not quite what they used to be But still I was holding out hope for Hancock to finally bring this series back to what it used to be I ve been eagerly anticipating his book for years, so I was beyond excited to get my hands on Darkest Before Dawn.only to be disappointed.The first 25% of the book I struggled to get into it It was repetitive to the point of redundancy Hancock s internal musings of him being the bad guy but for good intentions was repeated ad nauseam I suppose this is good for readers coming into the series without having read the previous books But for fans of the series that have been up to date Well, let s just say you ll get a bit of a refresher.The story really took off after the 25% mark and I found I couldn t put the book down The action and suspense really picked up The budding romance beginand then it all crashed down after the 60% mark.The heroine was idealistic and naive to the point of being OTT about it It s almost cheesy for me to say that Honor was just too honorable, but that s what it is While I really liked her in the beginning, her internal monologue and reasoning after the 60% mark was just beyond anything I could wrap my mind around I don t care how much you want the bad guys to get caught, no person in their right mind will reason with themselves that they re OK with being betrayed and sacrificed for the greater good because it s therightthing to do She s not a soldier She s a relief aid volunteer When she finds out Hancock s plans on using her, she s not mad, crying, trying to escape Nope She accepts it all with the calmness of a woman that was just told that the purse she wanted isn t in stockAh well, it is what it is. In Hancock s defense, he never lies to her Unless you consider lie by omission He never confirms that he s there to save her and doesn t give her false hope But he never point blank admits it either This was just the beginning of the end for me His epiphany came a little too late for me to sympathize with him or even like him Add into the mix that Honor is a view spoiler virgin hide spoiler What would you do for the greater good of man Would you sacrifice one for hundreds or even thousands.What if that one person that you would willingly sacrifice never in their entire life hurt a human life,but instead did everything to ease the plight of human suffering What if you have strong feelings for said personthere are a lot of what if s,and I for one would have a hard time deciding ,a hard choice to be sure.This is book 10 in the KGI series of romantic suspense by Maya Banks and it is Hancock s and Honor s story.Honor is an aid worker in some war torn country invaded by a rebel faction and they bombed the clinic she was in.The rebels come to do a body count,but they call a halt and make plans to return in the morning.Honor ,survives and manages to escape before they return.There is a price on her head,she caused the rebels to lose face as she has constantly evaded being captured traveling by night and managing to sleep by day.All she wants is to get home and be with her family.Hancock is a merc,we saw him in prior books,but this man has had a hidden agenda all along.he is a fighter for the greater good,his mission now is to capture the aid worker for his criminal boss to barter her to an even worse criminal,the Russian that he has been wanting all along When they meet up in a village,she in disguise as a native,he knows it s her,she thinks that he is going to save her and take her home.Hancock and his men have never met a person like her before,who is this woman that is pure goodness,so selfless and giving.Honor does not know that she is just a means to an end.Wow,this heroine went thru the mill attempted rape two times,physical and mental torture to the extreme,I was gutted for this heroine,I just wanted her to be safe and happy.The hero at the beginning,I so hated him,how could he do this to the heroine,willingly trade her to the evil men knowing that her life would be pure hell and torture and death would be a relief when it came.As they began to get closer,and the men see her as a truly good person,they begin to question about giving her up.How can one choose to sacrifice one so pure in order to bring down an evil madman.The heroine herself accepts her fate and asks the hero to give her a night of happiness so she can remember what making love is like when she is given over and knows the depraved abuse that she will suffer.She wants to give her virginity to some one of her choice,not taken in a rape.Everything changes after this night when Hancock and Honor make love.When he made the decision not to hand her over and form a new plan,I was happy.But,again,things went awol and Honor was captured and Hancock shot.Both of these characters went thru so much,Honorso,but the anguish of Hancock was gutting.If ever there was a couple that deserved their HEA ,it was this one.From a dark story,the epilogue was super sweet with them together as a happy couple with their child.