Shades of Gray (KGI Series #6)

Shades of Gray (KGI Series #6)

by Maya Banks
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. One of her best. I want to be PJ when I grow up. I also agree that this is one not to start the series reading, you should read the series in order to get the jist of the family dynamics.
JazzyJD More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. I would suggest that you start with the first book so that you can get a better understanding of all the characters. Anyways I love Maya Banks books I have never read a book by her that I have hated I can't wait to see who she writes about next!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What. A. Ride. I laughed, I cried, I was scared, anxious, repulsed (quite literally sick to my stomache). I cheered and I cursed. This story was intense from beginning to end. If you have not read any other KGI novel, i dont recommend you star with this one. Its a great book, though it has very strong subjects that not everyone will be able to sit thru. If you are not a kgi rookie, you are sure to love this one. PJ & Cole are well matched. Shes tough as nails, and he is man enough to deal with it. Gotta love a man who so secure enough to love a strong woman, and still let her be who she is!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely awesome. Intense and enthralling but yes at times kinda sickening to the stomach. Not as light as a lot of Maya's books but the KGI series is a more hardcore one. As suggested by another review, not a good starter book if you haven't read the series. Great story and I loved the latest KGI installment, just a little more graphic than anticipated. Regardless, Maya did herself proud per normal. Can't wait for the next one. Thanks Maya! (Just a heads up .... there are some strong non-erotic components that are very graphic that may not sit well with some people)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was kind of disappointed with this book. Loved all the KGI books and could not wait to see PJ and Cole together. Preordered this books SIX monts ago! It started great, really intense, but then deflated for pages and pages. One of the reviewers criticized that the book only had sex scenes in the first pages. It is true but that was not the problem. Besides, you understand that PJ needs time to heal. The problem was that there was no storyline or substance to keep the reader's interest and it became boring. It improved a little bit in the end, but it was not enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shades of Gray is different in that there really isn't a damsel to rescue. P J is warrior who fights for what she believes in and takes care of herself. There is a strong, senitive alpha male at her side. If P J has a weakness it's that she feels she has to do things alone. She is proven wrong, and finds love and realizes she has a family she can depend on along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gets back to the roots of what KGI is about: being the good guys. After a vicious attack PJ decides to go vigilanty, and exact juctice on her tormentors. Cole agrees with her methods, even though she dropped off the grid, due to what those people were doing to others, and he felt guilty because he couldn't stop what happened to PJ. The book is an emotional roller coaster between the two characters you rooted for the most to get together from the beginning. The story was engaging and I read it non-stop. You also don't have to read it as part of the series, but it is a good series. It ties the first book as best of them all, in my opinion. While it has more violence than romance, don't think this isn't a great romance. It's the perfect love story about a boy who wants a girl more than anything else. And a girl too stubborn to see how loved she really is. Love, like justice, is never black and white--it is always shaded. - Alicia Devereaux Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
260 Nook pages of awesome reading! Highly Recommended! I love the entire KGI series! Thank you Maya! Happy New Year and Happy Reading!
Sparky_Patches More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 2.95 Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 3.5 / Sensuous: 2.0 / Suspense: 3.5 // Laughter: 1 / Giggle: 0 // Tears: 3 / Teary: 2 Shades of Gray:  2.95: An entertaining and intriguing read that, for some reason, was not absorbing.  That means that although Banks finally managed to write a story that brought forth tears, she failed to write a story that had awe-inspiring main and secondary characters. Hero: 3.5: David "Cole" Coletrane:  An absolutely wonderful, handsome, understanding, 'go after his woman' hero.  However, rather than feature Cole as the kind of strong, brave KGI operative who could support his team in combat, he had his alpha wings clipped and was only allowed to play the 'supportive mate' role. Heroine: 2.5: P.J. (Penelope Jane) Rutherford:  Loved her in the previous books of the series.  Hated the way that Banks turned her into a single-dimensional character who seemed to be all about proving that she was a better man than any of her teammates.  Why couldn't P.J. have been allowed to be as considerate, supportive, and as understanding as Cole? Story Line: 1.0: Banks had too many implausible events taking place in this story.  It has been drummed into readers that KGI operatives are the best of the best, and yet in this single book Banks had Steele and his team looking like the Keystone Cops just so she could set P.J. up to be brutalized by the villains. Action: 4.0: The story moved at a quick pace that included plenty of adventurous actions scenes, mostly featuring P.J. Emotion: 3.5: It is impossible not to be moved by the scene where P.J.'s teammates had to listen to her being traumatized.  Banks did connect readers to her characters on an emotional level, bringing forth tears as well as laughter. Romance: 3.5: The romance factor started out with a bang when the book was opened with Cole finally searching out P.J. to let her know that it was time to act on the attraction that had been sparking between them for years.  But then the relationship that was to develop between Cole and P.J. took a back seat when P.J. went AWOL to deal with her bruised and battered soul. Sensuous: 2.0: The sensuality in the love scene between Cole and P.J. was potent and hot. Suspense: 3.5: Incredulity at what was happening to P.J. and the team replaced the edgy suspenseful aura that should have inhabited the storyline. Secondary Characters:  3.5 Banks developed the personality of Cole and P.J.'s teammates, Dolphin, Renshaw and Baker, to a greater degree in this book, without assigning them any identifying features.  Steele was allowed to loose his cool and some of the Kellys were briefly included in the story: {1} Sam Kelly, {2} Donovan "Van" Kelly, {3} Sophie [Lundgren] Kelly, {4} Rachel Kelly, {5} Sarah [Daniels] Kelly, and {6} Shea [Peterson] Kelly. A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of *Shades of Gray* appears at Wolf Bear Does Books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have liked all other books by this author. The initial conflict/tragity in this one was too much for me. I was sick at heart and never really got past it. I look to fiction for entertainment and emotion but this was a heart break I felt was extream.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly hope Maya Banks gives of the story on the mama's boys of the Kelly clan Dov, and Joe...because they were such mama's boys i want to see how they do...i also have to tell you readings Steele's story is coming in June 2013 i preordered it today i cant wait....keep on reading love is in the air...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I deeply hope Maya will continue this story. I looked forward to this story. Now I feel let down. It is a depressing story with no real happy ending. A scene on a beach where you know that someday they might be okay? I keep hoping Maya will fix it.
apollard More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to this book.  P.J. and Cole had been circling each other through many of the other books, and I thought this would be funny and cute, but I found this story awful. P.J. was supposed to finally be the strong woman, but Maya Banks quickly cut her down and made her a victim, just like every other female in this series. Yes, Ms. Banks, we all agree women can get through a whole host of crap, but how about a female character who hasn't been severely traumatized... It's an interesting story if you want to read about how people move on from unspeakable horrors and walk that thin line between doing what's "right" and doing something based solely on revenge. But as the driving mechanic in a romance novel? It's awful. I like the KGI series, but this is an entry I won't be revisiting again. Ever.
MOJO-ML More than 1 year ago
Not up to par with her other KGI books.  This book was not entertaining.
enjoyreadins More than 1 year ago
This was suspenseful, interesting and full of action. But you need to read some of the series to have a frame of reference. Worth the time an dmoney
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
I am really on the fence about this book.  I really hate what happened, I mean REALLY hate what happened to the heroine.  I just plain hate this type of storyline, not matter how good the rest of the book is.  But it didn’t stop me from loving the characters.  PJ is strong despite everything that has happened to her and I am happy that she made it out on the other side okay.  And with Cole’s help I believe she will fully heal (but again, really hate when what happened to her is in a story)  I really loved Cole.  He is so sweet, patient and perfect for PJ.   I enjoyed this story even if I disliked part of the storyline.  This was also my first book in Maya Banks KGI series.  And from what I have gathered the story line that I disliked might be in other books.  So I am not sure if I will be back tracking and reading the other books.  But if you are a fan of the KGI series I am sure you will enjoy PJ & Cole’s story.  Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Maya's books, but this was not my favorite. Mostly because I wanted to cry a lot, but I loved Cole in this, such a sweetheart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one not so much. I was a bit off putting the way Maya tossed us into the drama and then BAM the heroine goes off on her own and she's all of a sudden SHERA Warrior Princess? Just never sold me on it. The dude was a bit of a push over as well, compared to how ALPHA all the other heros were... this left much to be desired. DISSAPOINTED.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Another fabulous book by a brilliant Maya Banks. This KGI series is astounding. I'm already looking forward to Steele's story in June. I love how each book is so different. They each have something new and exciting to add. Yet the closeness of the teams and the Kelly family always remains in tact. PJ and Cole were terrific together. Yes, there were horrific moments in this story, yet these two were able to work on it together and kick some serious bad guy ass. I would recommend all of the KGI novels, especially in sequence in order to get a better understanding of this amazing family. My favorite remains Nathan's story. It was absolutely unputdownable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved PJ and Cole's story. Another great book in this series. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Kelly's and KGI never fail to make me smile :) These men and women are so strong and passionate about their families, what they do and who they love... I've loved each book and P.J. and Cole's was no exception! They were perfect for each other from the first time they exchanged verbal jabs in the beginning of the series and this was the right time for them to get together. P.J. was so incredibly resilient and my heart ached for her throughout the book while I cheered on her determination to just be herself not the heroine she really is, and Cole's devotion, friendship and love made my heart skip a beat and gave me another hero to love in this series... Can't wait for the next novel to come out so I can keep up with charactets that have become part of my literary family :)
gofsu1 More than 1 year ago
Love this series - it keeps getting better and better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, could'nt put it down. Must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant after reading the last few in the series, thinking this one may be just as choppy or the romance would develop too quickly, but I was so wrong. This book was done so tastefully I thought it could have been written by someone else. It was extremely heart wrenching and the raw emotions shown by the main characters and their group made for a realistic story in light of the trauma they experienced. This is a much more realistic take on trauma compared to some of her other books. I didn't expect it, but I'm super pleased with how it was done. One thing I definitely enjoyed was the character development and natural progression through the main characters' relationship. I love that it was NOT just an overpowering physical attraction that made them work so well together. The book was not overwhelmed by sex, which was great. I would definitely re-read this one and will never forget how on edge I was throughout the entire read. Well done!