No Place to Run (KGI Series #2)

No Place to Run (KGI Series #2)

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by Maya Banks
     
 

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The last person Sam Kelly expected to save was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercover and then she vanished. She's spent the last few months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost her both her life and that of their unborn child. Now she's resurfaced with a warning for Sam: this time, he's the one in danger.  See more details below

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The last person Sam Kelly expected to save was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercover and then she vanished. She's spent the last few months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost her both her life and that of their unborn child. Now she's resurfaced with a warning for Sam: this time, he's the one in danger.

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ISBN-13:
9780425238196
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Series:
KGI Series, #2
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
107,970
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

 

CHAPTER 1

CHAPTER 2

CHAPTER 3

CHAPTER 4

CHAPTER 5

CHAPTER 6

CHAPTER 7

CHAPTER 8

CHAPTER 9

CHAPTER 10

CHAPTER 11

CHAPTER 12

CHAPTER 13

CHAPTER 14

CHAPTER 15

CHAPTER 16

CHAPTER 17

CHAPTER 18

CHAPTER 19

CHAPTER 20

CHAPTER 21

CHAPTER 22

CHAPTER 23

CHAPTER 24

CHAPTER 25

CHAPTER 26

CHAPTER 27

CHAPTER 28

CHAPTER 29

CHAPTER 30

CHAPTER 31

CHAPTER 32

CHAPTER 33

 

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Praise for the novels of Maya Banks

BE WITH ME

“Three hot men and one lucky woman. I absolutely loved it! Simply wonderful writing. There’s a new star on the rise and her name is Maya Banks.”

—Sunny, national bestselling author of Lucinda, Dangerously

 

“Fascinating erotic romantic suspense.”

Midwest Book Review

 

 

SWEET SURRENDER

“Searingly sexy and highly believable.” —Romantic Times

“This story ran my heart through the wringer more than once.” —CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

“From page one, I was drawn into the story and literally could not stop reading until the last page.” —The Romance Studio

“Maya Banks’s story lines are always full of situations that captivate readers, but it’s the emotional pull you experience which brings the story to life.” —Romance Junkies

 

FOR HER PLEASURE

“[It] is the ultimate in pleasurable reading. Enticing, enchanting and sinfully sensual, I couldn’t have asked for a better anthology.” —Joyfully Reviewed

“Full of emotional situations, lovable characters, and kick-butt story lines that will leave you desperate for more. I highly recommend For Her Pleasure for readers who like spicy romances with a suspenseful element—it’s definitely a must read!” —Romance Junkies

“Totally intoxicating, For Her Pleasure is one of those reads you won’t be forgetting any time soon.”

The Road to Romance

Berkley titles by Maya Banks

FOR HER PLEASURE
SWEET SURRENDER
BE WITH ME
SWEET PERSUASION
SWEET SEDUCTION
SWEET TEMPTATION

 

THE DARKEST HOUR
NO PLACE TO RUN

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NO PLACE TO RUN

 

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A big thank-you to:
Kim Whalen, my biggest cheerleader and advocate.
Cindy Hwang, for her support of this series
and for believing I could do it
when I didn’t think I could pull it off.
Valerie and Lillie, for always being willing
to drop everything at a moment’s notice for me.

CHAPTER 1

HE was waiting for her as soon as she opened the door to his hotel room. Sam Kelly watched as Sophie turned, watched the wash of desire that flickered in her expressive blue eyes as she found him.

Before she could reach behind her to tug at the tie to her apron, he had her in his arms, his lips crushing hers in that first sweet taste.

“Sam.”

His name came out in a breathy sigh that he felt all the way to his balls.

He reached around and took the tie from her and pulled until the work apron she wore came free.

“Any trouble tonight?”

She shook her head even as he found her lips again.

“I hate that you work there.”

She paused in her kiss, and for a long moment they stood there, their lips barely a breath apart as she stared up at him. Her mouth turned down into an unhappy moue, and he was sorry for spoiling the moment by expressing his dissatisfaction with her job.

Who was he to say anything at all? She was working in a little dive in Bumfuck, Mexico—a place a girl like her clearly didn’t belong—but maybe it was all she could do to make ends meet. It wasn’t like he could offer to sweep her off her feet and carry her off into the sunset.

“Forget I said anything,” he murmured. “Come here.”

He tipped a finger under her chin and guided her mouth back to his. He was hungry—starving—for her. Even now his brothers and their team were doing the job he was here for because he wanted a few stolen moments with a woman he hadn’t been able to resist—a woman he’d known he had to have from the moment he walked into the bar where she waitressed.

A woman who made it too easy to forget duty.

She leaned into him, warm and unsteady. He lifted her just enough that she could circle his neck with her arms, and she smiled against his mouth.

“Better,” she whispered.

“I’ll be better when you’re naked.”

He carried her toward the bed and lowered her onto the mattress until he hovered over her, trapping her underneath his body. His mouth was just over her belly, and he looked up her body, meeting her gaze.

“You’re so beautiful,” he murmured.

With slow, methodical movements that belied his urgency, he slid her T-shirt up, baring her slim waist.

Even as he raised it higher over her breasts, he tongued the shallow indention of her navel. She shivered beneath his lips and a fine smattering of chill bumps raced across her belly.

She arched her back almost as if she’d buck him off, but he left her shirt and gripped her hips, holding her in place.

“Mine.”

She shuddered and let out a light whimper when he licked up her midline and caught his teeth on the band of her bra. He grinned and levered himself upward so that his knees were on either side of her hips, and she was effectively trapped.

Impatient to have her undressed, he grasped the hem of her T-shirt and ripped it up the middle until it lay in two pieces on either side of her. It hung from her arms, and he simply pulled until she was free.

Her nipples puckered and strained against the lacy cups of her bra. The material shielded nothing of the dark crescents. Idly he toyed with the nubs through the satin, touching and molding until they were hard points begging to be set free.

The swells plumped over the edge of the cups, and with a light flick, he pushed them free, baring her nipples so they peeked over the bra.

Her hands crept up his thighs, sliding over the rough denim of his jeans, but he reached down and grasped her wrists, pulling her away.

She started to protest, but he brought one hand to his mouth and kissed her palm before raising her arms over her head. He leaned until they were pressed to the mattress, and once again she was captured.

In a moment of inspiration, he gathered the tattered remains of her T-shirt and tied one wrist to the head-board. She gasped, her eyes going wide when he took her other hand and secured it as well.

Her breathing speeded up and her chest heaved. She licked her lips nervously, but her eyes darkened to sapphire. His smile was slow and predatory. She was like a drug. A high he didn’t want to come down from. She made him feel strong and invincible.

“Now what to do with you?”

He reached into his jeans and pulled out his pocket-knife. Her eyes widened slightly, but no fear shone in her gaze. He flipped the knife open and tucked the blade underneath the band of her bra. The material fell away, baring her breasts to his hungry gaze.

He closed the knife and tossed it aside, then turned his attention to the clasp of her jeans. He wanted to rip them from her, but he forced himself to take his time and to savor each inch of her flesh he unveiled.

He worked the jeans over her hips and then down her legs, moving so he could free her entirely. Her shapely legs drew him. He ran his finger up the slim lines and curves and then followed with his mouth, kissing and licking a path to the silky scrap of underwear that shielded her pussy.

He tucked one finger behind the lace, threading through the curls into the slick folds. She moaned and twisted restlessly when he found her clit. For a moment he played, stroking his fingertip over the sensitive nub. Then he slipped down until he rimmed her entrance, teasing her mercilessly.

With one push, he was inside. Liquid velvet closed around his finger, and he closed his eyes as he imagined his cock there, gliding through her tight, swollen heat.

“Sam!”

Her agonized cry jerked him back to awareness. Her face was flushed, her eyes glittering with need.

“Please,” she begged.

He ripped the panties, no longer patient, no longer willing to prolong his seduction. He wanted her. Had to have her. Now.

His shirt came off and sailed across the room. He rolled to the side and yanked at his jeans, cursing under his breath when they snagged around his ankles.

Where the fuck was the condom? Pocket. Shit. He leaned over the bed to pick the pants back up and yanked several packets out. They spilled onto the bed as he rolled back over. He grabbed one and ripped it open as he straddled her again.

Her gaze was riveted on his groin. Her eyes flashed appreciatively, and in response he reached down, grasped his cock and stroked.

She strained against her bonds, and it only made him harder and more eager to take her.

With a shaking hand, he rolled the condom on and then reached down to spread her legs.

God, she was so soft and beautiful. Delicate and feminine. The silky blond curls were damp with desire, and he ran his thumb down the seam of her pussy before pushing her legs farther apart.

She was open to him. Open and unguarded. His to take. His to pleasure. His to taste and to touch.

He rose over her, tucking his cock against her small opening. He could never get over that first thrust, where her body fought his size and her pussy closed around him like a vise. He was sweating and shaking like a teenager, and he hadn’t even gotten inside her yet.

“Are you ready for me, Sophie?”

He nudged inward just enough that the head spread her opening and he could feet her heat.

“Please, Sam. I need you.”

Those softly uttered words sent him over the edge. He gripped her hips and dove deep. She gasped. All the breath left his body in a groan of intense agony.

She writhed beneath him, trapped. Her mouth opened and closed, and her arms strained against the bonds at her wrists. She surrounded his dick like warm honey. So sweet. So hot. He’d never felt anything to match the sensation of being inside her.

When she bucked upward in protest of his not moving, he withdrew, and they both moaned at the sensation of him rippling through her flesh.

“God, honey, you’re so tight. You feel so damn good.”

“We fit,” she said on a moan. “You fit me. Perfect.”

“Damn right,” he growled as he swooped downward to devour her mouth.

He flexed his hips and sank deep again. He swallowed her gasp of pleasure, savored it, then returned it in his next breath as their tongues mimicked the action of their bodies.

There was no thinking. Only the slick, hot feel of her against his cock. His brain went numb as he lost himself. Deeper. Harder.

The rest slipped away. No mission. No asshole who needed killing. No frustration because KGI’s efforts had met with no results.

Here it was just the two of them. And mindless, perfect pleasure.

He reached down to hook his forearms underneath her knees. He pulled hard, and the angle sent him deeper, until he was wedged so tight that his balls were crammed against her pussy.

He glanced up, meeting her gaze, making sure she was with him and that he hadn’t hurt her. Only her desperate need for release stared back at him.

With a savage cry, he pulled back and then hammered into her, rocking the entire bed as he thrust over and over. Her eyes slammed shut and her cry split the air. She went tight, so tight, as every muscle in her body tensed, and then suddenly she went liquid around him, bathing him in intense heat.

He threw back his head, closed his own eyes and pounded forward one last time before his release gathered in his balls and shot up his cock. He erupted painfully, the pleasure so staggeringly intense that he lost himself for one brief moment.

His hips still flexed spasmodically as he carefully lowered himself onto her limp body. She trembled as their flesh met, and her lips brushed over his jaw as he laid his head against her shoulder.

He was still buried deep and he had no desire to move. She felt good surrounding him, holding him in her body. He moved his hips again, a shudder rolling down his spine at the nearly painful sensation over his cock.

“Did I hurt you?” he asked against her skin.

She hummed, a content purring sound that told him he’d done no such thing. Still, she spoke softly against his hair, reassuring him that he’d given her as much pleasure as he’d taken.

Though he hated to move, he knew he was crushing her. Carefully he pushed himself up and then withdrew from her body. Damn but he was still hard.

He reached up to untie her and then rolled away to discard the condom. When he moved back, she immediately curled into him all soft and limber. Her hands moved over his body almost frantically, as if being denied the ability to touch him had made her all the more desperate to do so now.

He caught one of her hands and tugged it down until her fingers circled his cock.

“See what you do to me? I shouldn’t be hard again for two weeks after that, but I seem to stay that way around you.”

She laughed softly and ran her hand up and down his length, exploring every inch.

“Think he’ll wait long enough for me to grab a shower? Do you mind?” Her nose wrinkled in distaste. “I smell like beer.”

He nuzzled her neck, licking over her pulse. “You smell wonderful, but yeah, go get a shower.” He felt a twinge of guilt for having ambushed her as soon as she’d walked in. He should have let her shower and rest. She’d been on her feet the entire evening.

She reached up and kissed him before rolling away. He watched her, enjoying the gentle sway of her hips and ass as she walked naked to the bathroom.

She was one hundred percent woman. Soft and feminine, with curves in all the right places. She was everything his job wasn’t, and maybe that’s why she appealed so strongly to him.

He lay there for a long moment, and finally after five minutes, he figured he’d given her enough time to wash. If she hadn’t, he’d finish the job for her.

He got off the bed and went into the bathroom, where the steam from the shower had already fogged the mirror. She was standing motionless in the shower, her body blurred by the glass.

It was enough to send his blood roaring to life. God almighty but he couldn’t explain her effect on him. It was crazy and left him feeling unbalanced.

He opened the door, and before she could turn around, he slipped into the shower with her, his body molding to hers. She started to turn, but he stopped her, holding her still.

He lowered his mouth to her neck, where little droplets of water beaded and rolled down her skin. Her knees buckled and she threatened to fall when his teeth sank into the slim column of her throat. He caught her and held her tight.

“Put your hands on the wall.”

She put her palms on the tile and slid them up until her arms were above her head. He arched against her then reached down and hooked her right leg with his hand. He pulled up, lifting her while he held her steady with his other arm.

While the water beat down on them, he thrust into her, finding her warmth all over again. It was never enough. It would never be enough.

In the back of his mind, a warning flashed. He hadn’t used a condom, but he was lost in the feel of her silky heat against his bare flesh. His mind screamed stupid, but the male roared that she was his and he’d take what was his.

She tightened around him. Her fingers curled into fists against the shower wall. She threw her head back, arching into him as he marked her neck with his mouth.

His.

It was primitive and hard core. It puzzled him even as he knew it couldn’t be explained.

“Mine,” he whispered.

His release when it came was quicksilver. A lightning flash that was intense and painful and had him arching to tiptoe as he strained to get deeper.

She made a small sound, and her hands slid down the walls as if she’d lost any remaining strength. She sagged and he caught her gently to him. He was filled with an odd tenderness as he reached up to turn the water off and then settled her into his arms.

He stepped from the shower and put her down long enough to wrap a towel around her. For a long time they stood there, her forehead resting on his chest as they both tried to catch up.

She snuggled sleepily into his arms, and again, guilt assailed him as he imagined how tired she must be. He kissed the top of her head.

“Let’s go get some sleep. You’re exhausted.”

She turned her face up to his and smiled even as her eyelids drooped. Then she rose up on tiptoe to curl her arms around his neck.

“Take me to bed,” she whispered.

CHAPTER 2

SAM woke with Sophie in the crook of his arm, her head resting on his shoulder. He was tempted to roll over and slide between her legs and wake them both up with a quick orgasm. But she looked tired and a little fragile, like maybe she’d had a rough night at work.

He pulled her closer and ran the tips of his fingers up and down her arm. The strands of hair closest to his mouth fluttered with his every breath, and he hooked a finger around them to pull them away from her cheek.

Her eyelids fluttered and opened, and sleepy blue eyes stared back at him.

“Good morning,” he murmured

She responded by snuggling deeper into his side. Her sigh was all he heard, and her arm crept around his waist, linking them tighter together.

He chuckled lightly and kissed the top of her head. “Content?”

“Mmm hmmm.”

It was easy here in this hotel room. Everything else seemed a world away and they were removed from reality. He wasn’t stupid enough to embrace that, but it was nice, just for a while, to get a sense that the only thing that mattered was right here and right now.

“Feel like eating something?”

She raised her head. “What time is it?”

“Seven.”

Before she could respond, a knock sounded at the door. What the hell? He frowned, then eased from underneath Sophie.

“Stay here and out of sight.”

He yanked his jeans on and went to the door, opening it just a crack. The man from the front desk stood there holding a sealed envelope.

“For you, señor. It was marked as urgent.”

Sam took the envelope. “Thank you.” He closed the door and turned the envelope over in his hand. It didn’t have a name, but then he hadn’t used his real name here. It was only marked “304 Urgent.” Underlined three times.

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No Place to Run (KGI Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 419 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Pregnant Sophie Lundgren knows the risk she takes to herself and her unborn, but feels she must. She searches for the father of her baby Sam Kelly to warn him he is in trouble though she expects a cold welcome as she ran away from him five months ago. Sophie is wounded in her quest to find him. Sam is stunned not just because his beloved Sophie is hurt though he is concerned after pulling her out of the nearby Kentucky Lake; it is the pregnancy, which he knows is his child. Hoping he learned from his previous mistake of losing his beloved Sophie, but still unsure why she suddenly vanished several months ago, Sam vows to keep her and their unborn safe. He has no intention of letting the love of his life go again whether Sophie wants him or not. The second KGI (Kelly Group International) romantic suspense (see The Darkest Hour) is a great thriller that grips the audience from the opening moment of Sophie's return and never slows down until the final climax. Fans will appreciate this strong entry summarized by pregnant Sophie who understands first hand the naturing vs. nurturing debate as she prays her two categorical negatives multiplies into a positive as Sam believes they will. Harriet Klausner
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
No Place To Run by Maya Banks is an intense story of romance and suspense. Sophie Lundgren had been on the run for months. Men who worked for her father were hot on her trail and Sophie only had one person left to protect her. Sophie knew her former lover Sam Kelly would protect her once he found out she was carrying his child. But would Sam forgive her when he found out the truth about Sophie? Sam Kelly never strayed off the path before on a mission with KGI until he met Sophie. His focus should have been on his job but thoughts of Sophie kept flooding his brain. Suddenly Sophie reappears after a several months absence, nearly drowning in the lake by Sam's cabin. Sam is shocked to reunite with Sophie, the pregnancy alone boggles his mind but her story of her family threatens everything he holds dear. Can Sam trust Sophie and her story or will her enemies take the matters out of both their hands? No Place to Run is a fast ride of emotion and terror. The men of the Kelly Group are tough as nails but are tender to those they love. Sam Kelly is the perfect example of a strong but sensitive man. His and Sophie relationship grows and chances as they really learn more about each other. You will not be able to put this book down once you start it. I am so glad I found this series. Bring on the next KGI agent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book, and am obsessed with this series. there's something about the characters that make them seem very real and you can't help but love them. i've stayed up until the wee hours reading these books. i highly recommend these well-written romantic thrillers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. It wasn't your typical romance/sex novel it actually had a really good plot- and the plot was, you know, most of the book. I'm going to buy the third in the series. Most definitely worth a read or two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
239 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. I actually started the series with this book. The opening scene wasn't expected (adult content), but the overall story was great! • 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## This is the most amazing book. It's my second time reading it and I loved it just as much as the first time. It's my favorite of the KGI series so far. It can also stand alone. I absolutely loved the heroine. She's beautiful, strong, loyal, sweet and fierce all in one. And the hero: WOW. Yum comes to mind. So very sweet and protective. You can't help but fall in love with him and all if his brothers. The chemistry between the two leads was incredible. And the story was fabulous. This book is an absolute MUST READ!
dsaraceni More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book as much as the first. Each brother goes through much to find love and the author does a great job keeping the reader involved.
Lily10_78 More than 1 year ago
I read the first book for my book club and I was hooked. It took me one day to read this book and the others!! Banks has a fun way of pulling you into the story and not just for the romance but for the action that happens in each of these books. I love this Series and am desperately waiting for the next one to come out!!! Thanks Maya Banks for these fun amazing books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy and entertaining, great read. Fell in love with the brothers. Hope next three get a book too. Seriously couldnt put books in this series down. Done with all three left wanting more
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Anonymous 8 months ago
First book of series was better i thnk but this one was good. Love this series cause i adore the people. The eff word is always used too often which cheapen the people's character is why iam rating two stars....
ReneeEntress 10 months ago
5 star The story has laughs, suspense, secrets, pain, kidnapping, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1) This is Sophie and Sam’s story. Sam met Sophie on a mission. She was a waitress. When she shows up at his house injured and with child Sam wonders how she knew who he was. Sam only ever gave her his first name. Sophie always knew who Sam was. Her father wanted her to get information from him but she didn’t get info. She just wanted Sam. When she goes to Sam she believes her Uncle s after her and her father is dead. She needs Sam to be aware of her situation but does not want him killed or hurt. When she does is bring the enemy to them. Sam will protect Sophie no matter what. When his family gets involved Sam must figure out how to get his family member back and also keep Sophie. When Sophie trades herself for Sam’s family member she believes it will be the last time she will see him. Is it the last time or can they take out the enemy and protect Sophie? 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.
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Highly recommend this series.
fanofbones More than 1 year ago
The brothers are back! The 2nd in the KGI series is about Sam! Sam is a dreamboat and swoon worthy....just the way he calls Soph 'honey'. I adored Sophie and loved every word of this book. Marlene and Frank had me on the edge of my seat. And don't get me started on Rusty....I'm loving her here, she's growing up. Garrett...OMG, my new book boyfriend and I haven't got to his book yet. Go!! Go now!! Read this, you won't be sorry!!!!!!!!!!!
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Start this series, you won't be disappointed.
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Sparky_Patches More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 3.80 Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 3.0 / Romance: 3.5 / Sensuous: 3.5 / Suspense: 3.5 // Laughter: 5 / Giggle: 8 // Tears: 0 / Teary: 2 No Place To Run:  3.80 While this book was entertaining and enjoyable, it didn't rock my world, even though it is better than the first book of the series.  Sadly, Banks did not generate that intensity, that emotional connection, that special something that makes you want to pick up the next book and keep reading about the members of KGI. Hero: 3.0: Sam Kelly: one of those strong, handsome, hunky, alpha Kelly boys that is supposed to melt a reader's heart simply because he looked great on the cover and could kick butt.  Banks painted Sam as a single-dimensional character, with nothing special to set him apart from the other Kelly boys. Heroine: 3.0: Sophie Lundgren:  Under-developed.  The only three defining characteristics that Banks assigned to Sophie were, {1} she loved her baby beyond measure and would do anything to protect her, {2} she dreamed of having a family full of love, just like Sam's, and {3} she didn't give up. Story Line: 4.0: Excellent premise.  The good guy and the bad guy's daughter are throw together five months after having a torrid affair and they must learn to trust one another so that they can save their own lives and the lives of their family from the pursuit of the illegal arms dealer trying to kill them. Action: 3.5: Enough action, particularly near the end of the book to add excitement and adventure to the book. Emotion: 3.0: Banks fails to connect the reader to the characters on a deep, emotional, 'I know this person' level. Romance: 3.5: It was difficult to feel those special soft feelings that are supposed to develop between the hero and heroine of a romance novel because Sam and Sophie didn't do the 'getting to know one another' thing. Sensuous: 3.5: Sam and Sophie's engage in extremely passionate, hot and heavy, slightly graphic sex frequently. Suspense: 3.5: Because Banks spent so much time trying to feature the unity between the Kelly family, she failed to create that spine-tingling, edge-of-your-seat suspenseful aura that makes for a great Romantic Suspense read.   Secondary Characters:  2.0: Minimally developed secondary characters: {1} Frank Kelly, {2} Marlene Kelly, {3} Garrett Kelly, {4} Donovan Kelly, {5} Ethan Kelly, {6} Rachel Kelly, {7} Sean, {8} Rusty, {9} Adam Resnick, {10} Steele, {11} Rio, {12} P.J. [Rutherford], {13} [David] "Cole" [Coletrane], {14} Alex Mouton, and {15} Tomas Mouton. A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of *No Place To Run* appears at Wolf Bear Does Books.
Phe_BookMusings More than 1 year ago
No Place to Run, the second installment in the KGI series, begins with former Army Ranger Sam Kelly working undercover, in Mexico, to take down Alex Mouton—a ruthless arms dealer. While there, he meets Sophie Lundgren in a local bar and they embark on an explosively passionate affair. For two weeks Sam and his brothers pose as buyers, blend in with the locals, and … nothing. Then one morning Sam receives an anonymous tip about an upcoming arms shipment. It’s the first potential break KGI has had in their mission to take Mouton and his extensive network down. With much regret, Sam leaves Sophie behind telling her that he doesn’t know when—or if—he’ll be back. But nothing about the mission goes according to plan. KGI manages to take down a huge shipment of weapons but Alex Mouton disappears without a trace, and when Sam goes back for Sophie, he finds that she too has vanished.  Five months later, when Sam pulls a barely conscious, wounded woman out of Kentucky Lake he’s shocked to discover that it’s Sophie Lundgren, and she’s … pregnant. She’s spent months on the run knowing that any mistake would cost her her life, and that of her unborn child. Sam has many questions—like what happened to her, who is she running from, why she disappeared in the first place, how she found him, and most importantly, is she pregnant with his child? He’s angry and suspicious, but he’ll do everything in his power to protect her and their unborn child. Sophie’s past, however, is more dangerous than Sam could ever imagine, and this time, he and his family are the ones in danger … A wonderfully suspenseful, action packed thrill ride from start to finish! One of the things that I love about the KGI series is that the Kelly family is fiercely loyal. They’ll do anything for each other. No conditions. Then of course, there are the men of KGI—protective, possessive and incredibly tender despite their tough, alpha-male exteriors. The women of this series are no shrinking violets either. No Place to Run is a passionate story of desire, secrets, lies, regret, sacrifice, and love, with a satisfying HEA. 
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Banks definitely captures your heart with this one!  The action packed storyline keeps you riveted to the pages while the emotional interactions between the characters make the story oh-so-real.  This is a well written, well plotted novel.  Banks’ consistency & attention to detail really make this one stand out.  It was intensely exhilarating and kept me hooked.  I wouldn’t put it down for a second and easily devoured it in a single sitting while the rest of the world faded away.   Banks has developed some amazing characters for this novel.  I loved the fact that I didn’t like everyone.  Banks makes it easy for you to get to know and understand all of her characters, but not necessarily to like them.  I did really enjoy getting to know the main characters here.  The contrast between them and their backgrounds made them all the more intriguing.   As a whole, this was a very captivating & enjoyable novel.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others, nor can I wait to read more from this amazing series.
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