Hidden Away (KGI Series #3)

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Most people would take an all-expense=paid trip to the beach in a heartbeat. Garrett Kelly only accepts to keep tabs on Sarah Daniels, who's in hiding after witnessing a murder committed by her half brother-a personal enemy of KGI. But Garrett hadn't planned on falling for Sarah. When he glimpses her dark past, he feels an urgent desire to keep her safe-even as she disappears, running for her life.

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Most people would take an all-expense=paid trip to the beach in a heartbeat. Garrett Kelly only accepts to keep tabs on Sarah Daniels, who's in hiding after witnessing a murder committed by her half brother-a personal enemy of KGI. But Garrett hadn't planned on falling for Sarah. When he glimpses her dark past, he feels an urgent desire to keep her safe-even as she disappears, running for her life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780425240175
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: KGI Series, #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 119,502
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

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    9 out of 10 stars!

    I usually don't find myself enjoying romantic suspense because I like my romance books to be simple and realistic, something I can snuggle up with after a long day and not have to think too deeply about. Hidden Away, March's upcoming Berkley Sensation release, is an exception though. Frankly, I loved it.
    Let me begin with the story line first. I had not realized, when I started reading, that this book was the third installment of Maya Banks's KGI series. So, much of the plot was confusing, but I had it down pat once I was about halfway-through; it wasn't that hard to figure out and I will personally say it makes a great stand-alone novel. The Kellys are a noble, cunning family with a proud line of spies, agents, and soldiers alike. All of the Kelly sons were once part of the Marine or the Army yet Garrett Kelly, though only in his thirties, is retired due to injuries. He now accepts top-secret missions to save and protect refugees and victims of crime or war. And he thought by leaving the military, the hard part was over -- until he was assigned Sarah's case.
    To make a long story short, Sarah Daniels was raped by her boss, Allen Cross, and her half-brother, Marcus, rebounds with a cold vengeance by murdering him. Once the trigger is pulled though, is when Marcus realizes that killing a man right in his office is a tragic mistake, and Sarah, the only witness of the shooting, is forced to run away in order to keep her half-brother safe from the government.
    Even before actually meeting Sarah, Garrett knows there is something about her that draws him to her. He willingly accepts the mission, and locates Sarah at her "hiding place" way too easily. Though he is hired by the very men who want to convict Marcus, he lies to Sarah saying Marcus is the one who brought him to her, and unfortunately, Sarah believes him.
    Hidden Away is a story of failed trust, loyalty, and deceit. Sarah's journey of losing herself within Garrett's charm and kindness is portrayed beautifully, only to have it shatter when she finds out he is actually after Marcus. Garrett's struggle to remain loyal to his family and the KGI, but "fall head over ass" is admittedly enlivening, but heartbreaking at the same time. And the way Sarah is able to rebuild her trust in the man she realizes she loves is a warm, hopeful ride that is complemented by strong passion and scintillating romance.
    By far, Hidden Away was made enjoyable most by Banks's writing style. Her voice is rich and detailed, but not too flowery, and her writing contains LOTS of humor, provided, it's mostly crude. However, that's my kind of story: one with wit and vulgarity, so I found it entertaining. A warning for the more genteel: there is a lot of swearing in this book. Maybe one or two swear words per page, oftentimes more. I didn't have a problem with it, but some of you might, so it's just a heads up.
    Another thing I loved about this novel. Berkley Sensation is the erotic imprint of the Berkley Publishing Group. Unlike most erotic novels however, Hidden Away does not have characters sleeping with each other all over the place within the first few chapters. In fact, despite major flirting, innocent kissing, and somewhat heavy petting, actual sex does not occur until about the last quarter of the book. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I think it enhanced my anticipation of the story because I knew Sarah and Garrett had it bad for each other; it was just a matter of when the

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2011

    Love these books!

    I love the KGI series. I really appreciate that they're not all about sex (although they don't lack their steamy scenes) and they actually have a very intriguing plot. The characters are easy to fall in love with- who doesn't love gorgeous, built, military men?- and the victims are easy to relate too. I am really hoping that the author continues with this seriers. I would love to read something about PJ, Cole, and/or Steele.

    I highly recommend this series. (#2 is my favorite)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

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    Few romantic suspense thrillers start stronger than Hidden Away does as the players are introduced through the homicide

    Marcus Lattimer made a fortune that has people doing whatever he demands; he pays for loyalty. He lives by one code only: His Honor. No one dare cross Lattimer, but Allen Cross of Cross Enterprise did. Thus, his honor impugned by an A-hole, Lattimer visits this creature of habit Cretan at the man's office; takes out a gun and fires between the eyes. However, Marcus failed to consider that his Achilles Heel, his beloved half-sister Sarah Daniels will arrive trying to prevent his killing her former employer ; only she witnesses the murder of Allen. She flees when repulsive Stanley Cross snarls at her.

    CIA Agent Adam Resnick visits Kelly Group International (KGI) because he believes Lattimer finally screwed up with what appears to be a personal vendetta; he wants injured KGI operative Garrett Kelly, who lost a team due to the man's betrayal, on the job. He explains the Cross murder gives them the ability to bring down Lattimer through his sibling. They send to Garrett to keep Sarah safe while using her to catch her half-brother. However, he never anticipated that he would fall in love with the woman he earned her trust through lies.

    Few romantic suspense thrillers start stronger than Hidden Away does as the players are introduced through the homicide. However, part of the island tryst slows down the otherwise action-packed story line as Garrett tactically seduces Sarah. Still they are a wonderful pairing as each sees Lattimer differently, which makes the cold killer the match-breaker. Readers will appreciate this tense tale as the audience anticipates two High Noon confrontations in paradise.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Great Series

    290 pages • Romantic Suspense.

    Great series! Maya Banks has been added to my list of top authors. I love the character development and the story line doesn't give me a sense of deja vu like some other authors.

    • 1 - Darkest Hour (291 pgs)
    • 2 - No Place to Run (239 pgs)
    • 3 - Hidden Away (290 pgs)
    • 4 - Whispers in the Dark (327 pgs)
    • 5 - Echoes at Dawn (276 pgs)
    • 6 - Shades of Gray (257 pgs)
    • 7 - Forged in Steele (324 pgs)
    • 8 - After the Storm (to be released Dec 2013)

    Other recommendations: Julie Garwood, Nora Roberts, and Black Knights Inc series by Julie Ann Walker.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Awesome

    ## Maya Banks is brilliant. And so is her KGI series. The Kelly's have the most amazing chemistry. The way she has the brothers converse is so realistic. This book has it all. Suspense, intrigue, humor, sex and most importantly romance. Read this series! My favorite is still book #2 (Sam Kelly is definitely the man of my dreams).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2015

    Very Good Series

    A very good series.

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  • Posted April 22, 2015

    Hidden Away is the 3rd in the KGI series by Maya Banks. She is q

    Hidden Away is the 3rd in the KGI series by Maya Banks.
    She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
    I loved this book.  The romance, the story, the characters, the beach and the action.
    Garrett is a little sweetie of a character....and hot?  Holy hell!
    Diving right into the 4th book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2015

    KGI Series is a must read

    Make sure that you get your hands on the whole KGI Series. Love this family.

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  • Posted January 14, 2015

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    Overall Rating: 3.85 Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 3.0 / Romance: 5.0 /

    Overall Rating: 3.85
    Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 3.0 / Romance: 5.0 / Sensuous: 2.5 / Suspense: 3.5 // Laughter: 3 / Giggle: 4 // Tears: 0 / Teary: 0

    Hidden Away:  3.85
    An easy, quick, light read.  Banks did so much better when it came to the descriptions of the main characters and made an effort to further develop their personalities than she did in the first two books.  Banks somehow failed to tell the story in such a way that created that strong emotional connection between the reader and the characters that makes for a top notch read.

    Hero: 3.0:
    Garrett Kelly.  Don't understand why this handsome, hunky, grumpy, yet funny, alpha hero didn't feel real.  Maybe because he didn't get to kick butt, but hid away in the house with Sarah to make love while his men were all outside doing the work.

    Heroine: 3.0:
    Sarah Daniels.  A tender-hearted heroine who was recuperating from being victimized.  Something about Sarah is missing, which made it difficult to connect to her on a deeply emotional level so that we cried along with her.

    Story Line: 4.5:
    Excellent idea.  Hero is assigned to get close to the villain's sister so the villain can be captured by the CIA.  Naturally, the hero fell for the sweet, kind-hearted heroine and created problems for their happy future because he lied to her.

    Action: 3.5:
    Although the action scenes were not adventurous, Banks had a lot of events going on to keep the story plodding along.

    Emotion: 3.0:
    The most disappointing thing about the entire book is that Banks failed to create that magical connection between the reader and Garrett and Sarah that makes the characters feel real and makes the story come to life.

    Romance: 5.0:
    There is no doubt that Garrett and Sarah are attracted to one another.  The story revolved around the relationship growing between Garret and Sarah.

    Sensuous: 2.5:
    Banks did a great job of writing extremely sensual, hot, spicy lovemaking scenes.

    Suspense: 3.5:
    Although the suspense was not edgy or tense, one did wonder what was going to happen when Marcus finally showed up to find his sister had fallen in love with his nemesis.  Also, one wondered what was Sarah going to do when Garrett attempted to arrest her half-brother.

    Secondary Characters:  3.0:
    Again, it was nice that Banks included the Kelly family and the KGI team members in this book as well, even though they were not described nor richly developed.  Those characters included: {1} Sam Kelly, {2} Sophie Kelly, {3} Donovan Kelly, {4} Marlene Kelly, {5} Frank Kelly, {6} Ethan Kelly, {7} Rachel Kelly, {8} Sean Cameron, {9} Rusty, {10} Rio, {11} Steele, {12} P.J. Rutherford, {13} Cole Coletraine, {14} Terrence, and {15} Adam Resnick.    The other minimally-developed secondary characters unique to this story included: {1} Marcus Lattimer, {2} Stanley Cross, {3} Allen Cross, and {4} Matt Winfree.

    A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of *Hidden Away* appears at Wolf Bear Does Books.

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  • Posted January 7, 2015

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    Six years ago, just before Garrett Kelly left the Marines, his s

    Six years ago, just before Garrett Kelly left the Marines, his special-ops team was double-crossed by Marcus Lattimer—the very man they’d been sent into Libya to save. Garrett had been shot and two of his teammates were killed. He’s still haunted by dreams about that day. Still hears the explosions and the gunfire. Still hears his teammates and smells the acrid stench of blood. Until recently, the CIA had someone undercover in Lattimer’s organization and had been close to bringing him down when their agent suddenly vanished. But before he disappeared, he relayed information about a half-sister that Lattimer had gone to great lengths to keep secret—a weakness that could be exploited. She’s important to him—the only thing he seems to care about. And she may be the best opportunity the CIA has to take him down, so they enlist Garrett’s help. He has a personal score to settle with Lattimer. He wants justice for his fallen teammates. He wants revenge. 

    Sarah Daniels is on the run after witnessing her half-brother Marcus commit cold-blooded murder. She knows he isn’t perfect and suspects he’s done some not-so-nice things in his lifetime, but thinking and knowing are two very different things. Yet, she isn’t running because she fears him—the man he shot deserved to die. She’s running to protect him. If she can’t be found, she can’t be made to testify against him. He’s the only family she has. She loves him, and she doesn’t want to be used as a pawn against him.

    Most people would love an all-expenses-paid trip to a remote Caribbean island, but Garrett isn’t there for the beach, sun and sand. His mission is to keep a close eye on Sarah, who's holed up in a cottage on a remote section of beach on the Isle de Bijoux, and to nail Lattimer if he shows up. But what he doesn't count on is falling for her.

    The third installment of the KGI series provides plenty of action, but the plot is slightly slower than the other stories in the series thus far—not that I’m complaining. Once again the unity of the Kelly family, and the other KGI team members, shine through which makes this series so appealing. I love all of the Kelly men, but admittedly, Garrett is my favorite. We’ve already seen him as a tough-as-nails Marine, but in this story the reader gets a closer look at his sensitive side. His compassion. Garrett’s charming, kind, and he has a wonderful sense of humor. Sarah's been damaged both physically and emotionally and needs protection. She’s somewhat naïve and an idealist, but she’s also a fighter. A warm and scintillating romance, Hidden Away is a sensual story of desire, deceit, heartbreak, and love, with a satisfying HEA. Content Warning: this story involves rape.

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  • Posted September 9, 2014

    This one shows us Garrett Kelly who is sent on a mission to &quo

    This one shows us Garrett Kelly who is sent on a mission to "baby sit" Sarah Daniels while she is renting a sea side cabin. He is really trying to find Sarah's brother and since the team thinks the brother will come to Sarah at the cabin or that Sarah will lead Garrett to him, having Garrett there seemed like a good idea.

    Garrett is fantastic. He is big and strong and can handle anything without fear - except women.  They scare him and he doesn't know how to deal with them.  He's not very comfortable with children either. Sarah is a loving woman who seems the best in everyone and tries to help them.  She is quite naive and not very wise in the ways of the world so she puts herself in dangerous situations without even realizing it.

    I love the KGI books with all the Kelly brothers. KGI is a special-ops type company that does hostage and fugitive recovery all over the world. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    Really good

    I really like this series.

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  • Posted August 9, 2014

    Garrett and Sarah were an amazing couple with what seemed like e

    Garrett and Sarah were an amazing couple with what seemed like everyone in the world out to get them. Hidden Away is a very well
    written novel. Maya Banks continues to blow me away with her amazing writing style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    DIRECTORY

    Bios....res 2 <br> Main camp....res 3 <br> Warriors den....res 4 <br> App den....res 5 <br> Nursery....res 6 <br> Med den....res 7 <br> Leaders den: res 8 Hunting/training/patrolling territory.... all other results

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    3rd kgi book

    Love all three so far

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  • Posted December 19, 2013

    Loved it

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Anonymous

    This book was just barely ok for me. I thought it dragged a lot. I've read all the previous books in this series and liked this one least. And whats up with not giving a physical discription of the main characters, in this case, the heroine. To me, that is important. Helps you connect with them.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    KAT

    Ran off

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Rissencrest

    (Are you going to check here often today?)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Shade

    A portal appears as shade walks through

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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