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When Day Breaks (KGI Series #9) [NOOK Book]

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THE ALL-NEW KGI NOVEL BY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELING AUTHOR AUTHOR MAYA BANKS

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…

Eden is said to be one of the most ...
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Overview

THE ALL-NEW KGI NOVEL BY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELING AUTHOR AUTHOR MAYA BANKS

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…

Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.

Swanson or “Swanny” as his teammates call him is always up for the next mission. He came back from Afghanistan wounded and scarred. Hardly the kind of man who even belongs in the same room with Eden. And yet there’s something about the quiet beauty that stirs his blood and makes him dream of the impossible. Because Beauty loving the Beast only happens in fairy tales and KGI doesn’t deal in fairy tales. Ever.
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Praise for Maya Banks and for the KGI novels:

“Maya Banks writes the kind of books I love to read!”—Lora Leigh, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“If you haven’t read this series yet, you totally should.”—Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author

“Quick-paced, high-stakes action and plenty of smoldering explicit sex deliver a satisfying one-two punch of entertainment that will leave readers eager for the next book.”—Publishers Weekly

“Incredible. Just beyond incredible and amazing.”—Romance Books Forum

“A must-read for romantic suspense fans.”—Sizzling Hot Books

“A must-read for…Christine Feehan and Lora Leigh fans. The nonstop action and sensuality is a treat not to be missed. I can’t wait for the next installment of the KGI series.”—Fresh Fiction

“A deeply emotional, highly satisfying, edge-of-your-seat read…Compelling and cutting-edge romance.”—Joyfully Reviewed

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101602614
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Series: KGI Series , #9
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,616
  • File size: 949 KB

Meet the Author


Maya Banks is a #1 USA Today and #1 New York Times bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and Scottish historical romances. She is the author of the Breathless Trilogy, the Sweet series, and the Colters Legacy novels.



She lives in the South with her husband and three children and other assorted babies, such as her two Bengal kitties and a Calico who’s been with her as long as her youngest child. She’s an avid reader of romance and loves to dish books with her fans and anyone else who’ll listen! She very much enjoys interacting with her readers on Facebook and Twitter as well as in her Yahoo! Group.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Disappointed again

    So the last book in the series was disappointing and I hoped Swanny's story would be redeeming for the series. Did not happen. I really had high hopes because I loved Swanny's character so much and wanted his story to be awesome.
    The story was about 270 pages. If you take out all of the recapping of previous stories in the series, droning REPEATIVE dialogue between Swanny and Eden, and obvious set-up for more books, the story would be cut in half. I kept thinking I was rereading the same pages and my nook had a glitch but it was just repetition. I was really disappointed in the "filler" of the stories of previous characters in the series. As an author, if you need some filler, at least give the readers some new info! I found myself skimming instead of reading.
    I do not want to add spoilers but their was some serious cheesy in this story. I do not think I can waste money on this series any longer. So sad. :(

    30 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Not good

    ## What a HUGE disappointment!!

    I have been waiting for Swanny's book since Nathan's story. Man, was I excited to read this. I pre-ordered it and kept checking the release date, over and over. The overview sounded perfect. I love the Beauty and the Beast angle. Wow, was I crestfallen. It's like someone else wrote the last two books. Van's story was plain ridiculous with the insta-love and the repetitiveness, as was this story. Sorry to say that most of this was dull as dishwater. The hero and heroine don't even meet until 50 pages in and the suspense (which was practically non-existent) didn't begin until after 220 pages. In between were just pages and pages of inconsequential information about Eden's modeling. The dialogue was pedestrian and corny as hell. There was no chemistry between Swanny and Eden and the sex was one step below mediocre. Gah, I'm so dejected that this amazing author has lowered her standards so immensely that she would release something this inadequate.

    I absolutely adored the KGI series until Van and Swanny's stories were released. Since these last two books were so uninspired, I doubt I'll be buying the next one.

    Don't waste your money on this book.

    23 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Very underwhelmed. Insta-love (which I can usually read with no

    Very underwhelmed. Insta-love (which I can usually read with no problem but WOW), not much suspense, little character development...shall I go on? I was sort of looking forward to Swanny's story but shouldn't have been I guess. I was disappointed in Donovan's story (the last KGI novel) and should have realized I guess that Maya Banks has reached the point of diminishing returns.

    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

    I feel compelled to throw my review out there, basically just to

    I feel compelled to throw my review out there, basically just to vent my frustrations. I have absolutely LOVED the KGI series...the action/romance mix has been perfect, and I can't put the books down once I start them. Up until Donovan and Swanny's story. Another reviewer mentioned that it seems like someone else has written these last 2 books...and that's exactly what I thought while reading them.

    Where's the action?!? The first 6 books of the series were so action packed, I would get "anxious" to find out what was going to happen and how these bad ass, alpha males were going to save the day. And Swanny has been portrayed in all previous books as one of the baddest of the badasses! Yet...85% of the book was all about feelings, and doubts, and just so over-the-top corny-ness I had to stop reading to roll my eyes and force myself to get passed it.

    This storyline was so promising, with Swanny being scarred physically -and emotionally- (which we hear about ohhh...pretty much every 4th paragraph) and Eden being the "most beautiful woman on Earth" yet falling for him which would seem so "unrealistic". First you start off with them instantly being in love within about 3 hours of meeting. I've read my fair share of romance novels, and the ones that always disappoint are the ones where the author just says "they're in love" with little to no build-up and you're just supposed to go with that. No thank you. Then you have the absolute nonsense of "inner-dialogue" and the characters thoughts' CONSTANTLY BEING REPEATED. I kid you not, every effing chapter is the same freaking thing, but MAYBE worded just SLIGHTLY differently. It was a problem in Donovan's story and it continues in this one as well. This is where the whole "seems like someone else is writing this story" because it is such a deviation from Maya's usual writing style. The dialogue, the descriptions, all of it...just seem off.

    It is almost bothersome that she introduced new characters in this book so one could easily surmise that they will get their own story to further the KGI series, but I don't think that would be a good idea. The only reasonable explanation I have for the these past 2 duds is that she has just run out of ideas/plots/themes for all the characters she has written into these novels. I think it's time to put the KGI series to rest, instead of continuing with books that don't follow the original "theme" of the series: Kick -ass, military, alpha males blowing stuff up, handling guns and ammo like the pros that they are and saving the day, all the while falling in love with strong female characters and getting there with some hot sex scenes. Oh man I havent even talked about the sex yet. Can we say....mediocre? I don't want to give any spoilers, but it definitely was not up to par with Maya's usual bedroom scenes.

    Overall, this book is not worth the read. If you haven't read and KGI books yet, DO NOT START WITH THIS ONE. Read them in order, and you will fall in love with these guys. But be warned when you get to Donovan's and Swanny's stories...completely different approach to the last 2 books.

    Phew...glad I could get that all out.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Agree with both earlier posts

    I had pre-ordered this book and have been on pins and needles waiting and I was disappointrd....prior reviews were correct...insta-love, recycled flashbacks. Sadly may be time to retire this series thoughI will keep my old ones as I do enjoy going back to read Ethan and Joe's story. Sorry Maya

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    WOW Just WOW! I have read every one of Maya's books and I am ha

    WOW Just WOW! I have read every one of Maya's books and I am having a hard time believing she even wrote this. Totally agree with all the comments on this page. I am heartbroken of this book. Is this all Swanny gets?

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Disappointing

    Weak and repetitive with no action. Author pulls out every cliche possible. Very disappointed. This will be the last book I read in this serious. Definitely will think twice about buying more books by this author. Wish I could get my time and money back.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    A miss

    Loved all her KGI books. It was hard to wait until the next one. Very dissapointed in Van's story, even more so in this one. They were too emotional, repetitive and not enough suspense and drama. All her other kgi books rocked, unfortunate.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Who wrote this?!?!?

    I think either someone else wrote this or she wrote it in a day because she was under contract.

    ZERO plot development
    ZERO character depth
    ZERO passion

    I actually stopped reading it with 30 pages left, that's how disgusted I was. I feel completely ripped off.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Very Disappointed to wait six months for this book.  Typically I

    Very Disappointed to wait six months for this book.  Typically I love Maya's KGI series but this one was hard to even read it was boring.. The recapping of previous stories took up too many pages.  And I think it repeated that Rio was down members of his team like three times.  I understand wanting to have each book be a stand alone but for those faithful readers to spend two thirds of the books rehashing the prior books is a waste of money.. Perhaps a suggestion add an apendix that gives each characters bio and snippet.  If you took that out then Swanny's story was a novella and the characters weren
    t as developed as they were in the first books in this series.  The last book was the same.. disappointing.. 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Nathan and Shea's story was by far my favorite of the series, so

    Nathan and Shea's story was by far my favorite of the series, so I was eagerly awaiting Swanny's story. To say that I was disappointed would be an understatement. Midway through the book Joe is tired and bored of babysitting and no action. Well Joe, you weren't alone! As a reader I was bored too. Will I read the next KGI novel? Hmmm, I think it's time for me to stop preordering the books and waiting for the reviews before I buy. The last 4 KGI novels have fallen far short. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    What a waste of time and money.

    I was going to wait to read the reviews before I bought this book because of the bad reviews from Donovin's story, but I thought no way would there be two books in a row that were poorly written. BIG mistake. I really don't think Maya wrote this book and maybe even the last one. And this isn't the only author I feel is doing this. I'm done with this series. I hope I'm not done with this author. But to be sure I will be very cautious in buying anymore of Maya Banks books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    This book is not worth reading. Banks uses repetitious phrases

    This book is not worth reading. Banks uses repetitious phrases & a really contrived plot. The last 2 books in this series are both just awful. Banks must have written each in an afternoon. I will not be buying any more of her books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Literally, I was so disgusted with the boring, sappy storyline t

    Literally, I was so disgusted with the boring, sappy storyline that I had to stop readiing the book and read something else before I could come back to it. And even then, I stopped a second time cuz it was so boring and lame, and couldn't finish it immediately. Won't be reading any more of this series, and I read all of the previous books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Ok

    Normally I love your books. However lately they seem to be a lot of repetitive dialog. Each character repeating what another character has already said or the same one repeating it's self. Content self doubt. I miss how you started the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2014

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    One of the most beautiful, compelling, and inspiring love storie

    One of the most beautiful, compelling, and inspiring love stories I've ever read

    The last time we checked in with Kelly Group International (KGI) team, Donovan “Van” Kelly had taken charge of an orphaned family in After the Storm. Now it’s Swanny’s turn in When Day Breaks by Maya Banks, the ninth book in her KGI series.

    From the first moment that I “met” Darryl “Swanny” Swanson in Whispers in the Dark, which tells of the months of captivity, abuse, and torture that both he and Nathan Kelly suffered in the mountains of Afghanistan after their mission went very wrong. With their miraculous escape and Nathan’s subsequent search to find and help his practically angelic whisperer, I also wanted to know more about Swanny - this strong, resolute, self-effacing, and quiet man. One could say he epitomizes the romantic “tortured” hero, with Banks careful and affectionate depiction of his inner and outer scars.

    It was definitely a celebratory red letter day for me when Swanny's story,  When Day Breaks, was delivered to my Kindle.Now this solid protector would have the chance to shine. And he does.

    Only Banks would have the creativity and sensitivity to pair Swanny, who wears the signs of his torture both glaringly on his scarred face and body as well as within his soul, with top model and golden girl, Eden Sinclair, who at one time was named the most beautiful woman in the world. At first glance this might seem to be the most disparate “Beauty & the Beast” pairing possible. Swanny, whose self-image seems irrevocably damaged, and Eden, whose beauty has the the world at her feet.

    But Eden isn’t superficial or in love with her looks, instead she is refreshingly nice and down-to-earth, finding the most enjoyment during the time when she’s at home in jeans and a hoodie playing with her non-yip-yap dog, an English mastiff. Plus her entire family is made up of the same alpha warrior caste that populates KGI. Her father is a retired military special ops commander, her one brother Ryker served in Afghanistan with Swanny, Nathan, and Joe Kelly, while her other brother Raid is a cop. So Eden well knows - and can deal with - her alpha men.

    Swanny, since his rescue, has closed himself off from most interactions with women - aside from his KGI teammates and their families. Yes, he’s a big, strong, alpha warrior, but he prefers to reside in the background. Self-conscious about his scars, he’s afraid of having women react in horror when they see his damaged body. And frankly, he can’t imagine any woman wanting him with his scarred face. But that just proves he hasn’t met the right woman and is also blind to his own attraction, which his KGI teammate Skylar explains to Eden. Yes, he’s one of those alpha warriors who attract women like mad, but even before his captivity it’s implied that he never took advantage of that. Oh Swanny, you are a fairytale hero for sure.

    KGI is called in by Eden’s brother Ryker after she is almost killed by a sniper on the Boston streets. There's a perceived threat to her due to the last mission her father went on before he retired. Her mother's life was already forfeited through a prior retaliation, but Guy Hawthorne had taken that threat out - or so it was thought. (Yes, that Guy Hawthorne who keeps popping up, is back once again.)

    Even before KGI is mobilized, Banks’ makes it immediately clear that Eden holds a special place in Swanny’s heart - even though they’ve never met in person. Swanny self-reflections on the importance of the letters from Eden and news about her (including some magazine covers) that Ryker shared before the mission went south are incredibly moving. However, Swanny doesn’t think that Eden will ever notice him, but is looking forward to finally seeing this woman - this ideal - that helped him through the darkest nights of his captivity through her very existence.

    When Eden and Swanny meet in her Boston hotel, with all her family and his KGI teammates present, it’s quite clear that there is a strong mutual attraction between the two of them. No matter how much Swanny wants to disappear in the shadows. Eden won't let him and acknowledges to herself that she wants to know more about this man who has fascinated her for years, each time her brother discussed his teammates with her.

    Now, you may notice from the above description that there is far more about a romance between Swanny and Eden than there is about jam-packed, thrilling action. That’s because although Eden does have a stalker/assassin after her, that really isn’t the focus of When Day Breaks. Instead, action takes a backseat to one of the most beautiful, compelling, and inspiring love stories that I’ve ever read.

    Now, some of you may stop right now and say to yourself, that’s not the KGI I want to read. If you do that, I think that you’re doing a disservice both to yourself, Maya Banks, and a series and characters that, in my view, continually breaks and remakes the mold of a romantic suspense series.

    Maya Banks is one of the most talented writers around and is able to create characters that set up home in our reader hearts. The KGI family - the Kellys and their teammates - have become, book by book, people to care about. Because of this, I realize that passions run high with this series and expectations about what the books should be like. All I can say is that the way Banks is envisioning and presenting KGI, her books will continue to be preordered and remain on my must-read shelf.

    So please add When Day Breaks to your bookshelf if you’re looking for a title that is inspiring, passionate, populated by characters that one can truly admire. It is a story that I am proud to share with a younger relative for them to use as a sort of updated fairytale, with a hero and heroine to admire and fall a bit of reader in love with. 

    True beauty is drawn from the spirit within, and both the writer behind When Day Breaks and the story itself epitomize this.

    Five stars

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    I agree.

    I agree.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    I have to agree with the others who rated this book a dud. It to

    I have to agree with the others who rated this book a dud. It took me forever to read this book because I really wasn't interested. There was NO action until the very end of the book and I found even that pretty predictable. I have loved the KGI series but this one in particular was just bad. Van's story wasn't up to the standard of the other KGI stories but I found it way better than this one. It is really disappointing when a great series goes bad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2014

    Jackson

    Lets go to my house instead

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2014

    Astrid

    Laughs. Ok...

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