Forged in Steele (KGI Series #7)

Forged in Steele (KGI Series #7)

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by Maya Banks

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The next heart pounding novel in the KGI series from Maya Banks, the New York Times bestselling author of RushFever, and Burn, the Breathless trilogy.

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run

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The next heart pounding novel in the KGI series from Maya Banks, the New York Times bestselling author of RushFever, and Burn, the Breathless trilogy.

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…
Steele, a KGI team leader, is an enigma not even his teammates understand. His emotions are tightly locked down and nothing can break that icy exterior. Nothing except Maren Scofield, a doctor on a mission, a woman who has gotten under Steele’s skin and threatens to crack that unflappable cool he’s legendary for.
Steele is determined not to allow Maren past his carefully guarded defenses. But when she’s in danger, there’s no way he’ll allow anyone else to protect her.
Maren’s hiding something. He’s sure of it. But he isn’t prepared for the shocking discovery her secrets reveal. Or how they will forever alter the course of his destiny. He has a decision to make. Hold tight and shut her out. Or take a chance on something more powerful than he’s ever faced: Love.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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KGI Series, #7
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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“Incredibly awesome…I love Maya Banks and I love her books.”Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author
“[A] one-two punch of entertainment that will leave readers eager for the next book.”—Publishers Weekly

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Forged in Steele 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing to disappoint with a good balance of action, suspense and of course love. Love the KGI series! And can't to read Donovan's story next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, I am so disappointed. Steele was probably my most anticipated addition in this series, and it was nothing but mediocre. Granted I have very high standards for this series since the rest of the KGI books are so great, but this book didn't even feel like Maya Banks wrote it. This is the least favorite of any Maya Banks books that I have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all the kgi series and steele has been a favprite of mine. I was so excited and then just disapointed. the overall story was weak the man steele was in this story seemed like a complete departure from his character. he just wasn't sexy or engaging. The heroine was weak. The scenes with all the kelleys just came off sappy. The villian didn't make sense. Just not a good read. i don't know what's going on with the romance genre lately but maya isn't the only author releasing bad books. Shayla blacks last book was awful,the last two lori foster books were sorely lacking and don'get me started on chalaine harris What the heck is going on? I am not a person who likes to tear apart othet peoples hard work, but daggone i'm forking over some cash here. Does nobody know these books are no good? an editor, an agent, a sister, a friend, somebody anybody.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steele is a hidden romantic who thaws for the woman he loves. Maren is a compationate woman and doctor who managed to thaw the Ice Man. Another great addition to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the kgi books and loved them. They make my heart race and I cant stop reading til the book ends. I wanted to enjoy Steeles story cause he is such a great character, but I didnt. This book was too mushy without the same heart pounding action Maya Banks usually gives us. I was disappointed. I hope the next one is back on par with the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## STUNNING. That's what I think about this book. I have read the entire series (Nathan's story still remaining my favorite, and Rio's my least favorite) and had been anxiously awaiting Steele's story. Man, it was good. I absolutely adored Maren. She was a straight-talking, smart, capable, and fun-loving woman. My favorite type of heroine. And Steele? Holy freaking cow, this guy was HOT with a capital H..! And all the banter between team members was front and center as always. I loved this book from beginning to end and highly recommend this fabulous series! Note to author: You rock!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who knew Steele had a soft spot for the Doctor. As always from start to finish this book is page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best in the KGI series but definitely an improvement from the previous one (about PJ). The beginning was quite rushed and we see Steele and Maren getting all hot at each other without any warning or development of the attraction between the two. She then gets kidnapped and some of the good action starts, but not much. And then, half way into the book, Steele's character becomes this unrecognizable man, all loving, talkative and romantic. Wow! This was ice-man Steele, what happened to him? The second half of the book got better though, becoming more action-packed and more the style of KGI romance that we love so much. Still, a good read and a welcome opportunity to catch up with the KGI family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent enough but the dialogue was very immature. He was supposed to be pushing 40 and all the dialogue between Steele and Maren sounded like it was between high schoolers. Became quite irritating after awhile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually love her books but Steele started talking too lovey mushy stuff all the time it seemed so far out of character for him it was unbelievable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually love Maya Banks but this book reads as if written by a high schooler.. enough with the "oooh kay" and "Alrighty then". If the book didn't have written by Maya Banks, I'd swear someone else wrote it.
Anonymous 6 days ago
I love a story of a seemingly cold, hard-hearted find a woman who brings him to his knees! Except this story 's dialogue was a little toooo long and a little tooooo syrupy. Story was good tho and i love the kelly family! What i don'care for is the rediculous phrase "thank f--k"! Not only is it a demeaning and disrespecting word but it is sooo childish. And extremely vulgar. Im not an older person but i dont know how men or the women can respect each other when use such foul language
Phe_BookMusings 3 months ago
4.5 Stars - Forged in Steele begins with an extraction that goes somewhat awry injuring KGI team leader, Steele, team member Baker and the woman they were hired to retrieve, forcing them to make an unexpected stop in Costa Rica to obtain medical treatment from Dr. Maren Scofield. Maren Scofield has a calling—a drive to provide medical care for underprivileged people in need. Many years ago, KGI had pulled her out of Africa when she and several other aid workers were taken hostage by a militant rebel group. And since then, she’s provided medical care for the teams whenever the need arose. But Maren could swear her very presence offends Steele, since every time they’d ever come into contact, he acts as if she doesn’t exist. So after a long day of treating patients in the clinic, and an even longer evening of treating Steele and his team, Maren is surprised to find him in her cottage sprawled across her tiny couch. With a blunt sexual proposition, Steele informs Maren that he wants to get her out of his system—it doesn’t get less romantic than that, but one night of hot monkey sex with him isn’t something she's going to pass up. Though the next morning when he casually slips out of her bed and strides out of her cottage, Maren decides that sometimes it's better not to ever live the fantasy.   When a dangerous man’s obsession leads to Maren’s abduction, Steele vows to get her back. His mission. His way. He’s seen the very worst people have to offer, but he’s never felt this kind of blinding fury. And he will never stop searching for her.   Three months later, an unexpected ally safely returns Maren. But she’s still in danger, and there’s no way Steele will allow anyone else to protect her. He knows she's hiding something but he isn’t prepared for the shocking discovery her secret reveals, or how it will forever alter the course of his destiny. Forged in Steel is a passionate love story—although it doesn’t exactly start out that way. While somewhat predictable, the overall plot was slightly slower than some of the other stories in the series—not that I’m complaining. It was still great. The nature of the threat against Maren was solid, but I would have liked a bit more action and tension to up the suspense. Still, the story was a success for me on a number of levels. I’ve always liked both Steele and Maren’s characters and loved them together. I was thrilled to finally get Steele’s backstory, which incidentally, coupled with the feelings he’s been harboring over Maren easily explains his character’s 180 degree turn. Although, anyone who regularly reads the KGI novels is sure to have noticed that the emotional walls surrounding Steele have been crumbling for a while now—especially in Shades of Gray. I loved that Steele and Maren’s relationship was far from one sided. That though each were dedicated to their callings—which was admirable—both were willing to make sacrifices and compromises in their lives and careers to make the other happy. As always, the unity of the Kelly family, and the KGI organization, shines through, which is what makes this series so appealing. And I must admit I’m interested to see where the author takes the mysterious Hancock, who’s appeared in several other KGI novels along the way. Forged in Steele is a sexy, sensual, heartwarming love story with a well-paced storyline and a satisfying HEA.
ReneeEntress 3 months ago
5 star The story has laughs, abuse, kidnapping, suspense, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1) No Place to Run (KGI #2) Hidden Away (KGI #3) Whispers in the Dark (KGI #4) Echoes at Dawn (KGI #5) Softly at Sunrise (KGI #5.5) Shades of Gray (KGI #6) This is Maren and Steele’s story. Steele is the iceman. Or so his team thinks. When he and a few of his men need medical attention he goes to Maren. He wants her and tries to stay away from her. He is no good for her. But after one night he just can’t stay away. After coming back to her in his downtime he is called away. Maren has a secret but is not completely sure she is expecting so she takes a test and decides that she will tell Steele when she gets the results. Only problem is when she gets the results she get kidnapped the same day. Now in the hands of a mad man who believes that he wants her she has to worry about him making the moves on her while she takes care of his medical needs. Steele has been searching for Maren for months. When one phone call brings her back to him he knows that the danger is not over. He moves her in and takes care of her but what happens when the danger comes for her. Will she be able to count on Steele to protect her or will he not want her or the baby? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story in this series.
fanofbones More than 1 year ago
Maya Banks, Forged in Steele (7th in KGI series) is my favorite so far! I absolutely swooned over Steele from the beginning. The quiet, mysterious and hotness grabbed my  attention and I needed more stat!! I loved him with Maren!  What a great character Maren was and gave Steele a run for his money lol Steele was a sweetie holding the twins, I loved his conversations with Rusty and the way he stands back watching those around him, just taking it all in.  Amazing watching Maren just peel back the layers with him. I'm looking forward to Hancock's book.  I can't wait to dig deeper with his character.  Swanny too! God help Van when he finds his lady...he'll never live it down with the guys. This was a fantastic read. Great story from Ms. Banks again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character Steele is hot and intense. This one will have your heart racing!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I love the whole KGI Series, Steele is one of my favorites. So glad that he got his HEA.
Sparky_Patches More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 3.15 Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 3.0 / Romance: 5.0 / Sensuous: 2.5 / Suspense: 3.5 // Laughter: 5 / Giggle: 4 // Tears: 0 / Teary: 1 Forged In Steele:  3.15: Another entertaining but, nevertheless, disappointing, easy to ready, not really Romantic Suspense book in The Kelly Group International "KGI" Series.  Although there were some inclusions in this story that made it an enjoyable read and a nice addition to this series, there were also a number of things that totally ruined this story. Hero: 3.75: Jackson Steele:  Banks took "Ice Man," a totally fascinating, strong and silent-type macho, alpha hero, gave him a few exciting action scenes to show his stuff and then reduced him to a mushy marshmallow, who spouted lengthy, overly sweet declarations of love over and over and over. Heroine: 3.25: Dr. Maren Scofield:  An interesting heroine with a quirky sense of humor and blunt straightforwardness.  Liked that she was a strong, independent woman, that she melted the "Ice Man," and that she was his opposite. Story Line: 2.0: Just a personal observation, but maybe Banks should concentrate on "quality" rather than "quantity" when it comes to publishing her books.  Rather than fully develop all the necessary characters and their backgrounds so that the characters made sense and came to life, Banks just moved them around on the chessboard that was her storyboard to fit the role she needed them to play. Action: 3.5: Banks did a great job of including some really exciting, enjoyable action scenes.  One, in particular, was a bit too much to be really believable, but it was, nevertheless, entertaining. Emotion: 3.0: Again, because of lack of background development, it was difficult to connect to the protagonists on a deep level.  Banks, did, however, manage to engage enough interest in Steele and Maren to bring moments of laughter and had one throat-tightening moment. Romance: 5.0: Although the sweetness factor was way too syrupy and inappropriate (given Steele's personality (as previously described)), this book was all about the relationship that built between Steele and Maren. Sensuous: 2.5: Banks included several well-written, stimulating, sensuous, hot, sizzling love scenes between Steele and Maren. Suspense: 3.5: This book is no more suspenseful than the other books in the series.  It is more a Contemporary Romance than a Romantic Suspense book.  The book contains a slight aura of suspense, it is really about the growing relationship between Steele and Maren and how they can be threaded into the tight-knit tapestry that is the Kelly clan. Secondary Characters:  3.0: As usual, Banks added many interesting and intriguing secondary characters to add volume and some depth to the story: {a} the Kelly clan: {1} Sam Kelly, {2} Sophie Kelly, {3} Charlotte "Cece" Kelly, {4} Garrett Kelly, {5} Sarah Kelly, {6} Donovan "Van" Kelly, {7} Ethan Kelly, {8} Rachel Kelly, {9} Nathan Kelly, {10} Shea Kelly, {11} Joe Kelly, {12} Frank Kelly, {13} Marlene Kelly, {14} Rusty, and {15} Sean [Cameron]; {b} the KGI operatives: {1} P.J. Rutherford Coletrane, {2} [David] Cole Coletrane, {3} Baker, {4} Renshaw, {5} Dolphin, {6} Rio, {7} Skylar Watkins, {8} [Daryl] "Swanny" Swanson, and {9} Zane "Edge" Edgerton; {c} Rio's family, {1} Grace [Peterson] [Bezerra] and {2} Elizabeth Farnsworth [Bezerra]; and {d} the others, {1} Javier Mendoza / Tristan Caldwell, and {2} Hancock / Armand.   A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of *Forged In Steele* appears at Wolf Bear Does Books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great to finally read about Steele, great addition to the KGI series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steele is great nailed it with this book
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Lmr5 More than 1 year ago
this is the best one of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago