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After the Storm (KGI series) di [Banks, Maya]
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Praise for Maya Banks and for the KGI novels:

“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. That’s how I feel about Echoes at Dawn.”—Romance Books Forum

“I loved Echoes at Dawn, and yes it is now my new favorite…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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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…


Over the years, Donovan Kelly has fought relentlessly for justice, women and children always holding a special place in his heart. Working side by side with his brothers, Donovan has witnessed firsthand the toll it’s taken—physically, mentally, and emotionally—on his loved ones, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire. What he never expects is for his next mission to happen right on his home turf—or for it to take a very personal turn.

Picturesque Kentucky Lake is the perfect place for a soul in search of safe harbor. A beautiful stranger has arrived—desperate, breathless, and on the run from a dark past closing in on her and the younger siblings she has vowed to protect. Donovan must now draw on every resource at his disposal—if he wants to save a woman and the children who may prove to be his destiny.


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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 401
  • Editore: Berkley; 1 edizione (7 gennaio 2014)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00CS74GE4
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Decisamente inferiore a tutto il resto della serie. Il protagonista e' Donovan, che si era sempre dimostrato il piu' sensibile dei fratelli.
Qui continua a ripetere, anche piu' volte per pagina, che lei gli appartiene, che sara' sua, etc. etc. Un neanderthal, insomma.
L'antagonista, il padrino della protagonista, e' un maniaco stereotipato, la presenza degli altri del clan Kelly e' poco piu' che una nota di colore, piu' volte si dice ch il KGI ha come obiettivo di aiutare le persone in difficolta'...
D'accordo che a questo punto forse l'autrice comincia a sentire il peso della serie, ma il risultato e' un libro melenso, casa-chiesa-armi libere.

Unica, minima, parte positiva: finalmente si sblocca la tensione fra Sean e Dusty, che montava come sottotrama da un po' di libri.
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102 di 109 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
1.0 su 5 stelle Incredibly disappointed with the story, the writing, the editing, the characters...just all of it 11 gennaio 2014
Di Tac-P - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Donovan has been my favorite Kelly brother since the first book in the series and I was SO excited to finally read his story. But this Donovan is not the same man I've read through seven previous books. And this is not the same action-packed writing I have come to expect from Banks' KGI series.

The book started out fine. But by about the 25% mark, I started skimming. Around 45% I was only reading dialogue. At 80% I stopped reading entirely because I just. didn't. care. Then I checked Goodreads and Amazon and saw that many others were having the same problems I had with the story. So I finished the book this morning, still just skimming dialogue, and felt like it was a vengeful read, where I picked out things I might have let pass had I not already been completely disappointed in the book.

***There are spoilers below***

There is no action in the story until you're 80% done. Before that point, there's lots of conversation and contemplation, but nothing happens. There's a tornado, which I skimmed, plus lots of eating, especially of grilled cheese sandwiches, and sleeping due to unconsciousness or medical injection.

There is no love story. There's insta-love, where Donovan - who has always had a soft spot for women and children in need - decides after about 36 hours of non-action and lots of sleeping (but no sex or even a kiss yet) that he wants Eve and her younger siblings in his life forever.

There is no internal conflict between Donovan (I hate the nickname Van, so I refuse to use it) and Eve. He tells her what to do for her own good, she hems a haws a tad then does it. Eve is a doormat. She's represented as a "fighter" throughout the story, but her response is always to run away from trouble rather than face it.

The characters speak in huge paragraphs of soliloquy that aren't at all natural. They talk about what they're doing, rather than simply doing it, which absolutely kills the pacing of the story. Eve takes almost 20 Kindle Fire pages - 20 PAGES!, that's 4% of the entire book! - to tell Donovan that her stepfather is abusive and manipulative, that she believes he killed her mother, that if he hadn't already he would have started molesting his own 4 year old daughter, Cammie, and that she kidnapped Cammie and Travis to get them out of a horrible situation with the help of the housekeeper.

Eve went to the police about her suspicions once, but her stepfather convinced the police that she was mentally unstable. So of course kidnapping was the only other option. Because apparently she couldn't go to the police again; and apparently Travis didn't go to school, where he could talk to a teacher or counselor about his father; and apparently the housekeeper and her husband, who helped Eve get the kids out of the house, had no other recourse; and apparently no counselor would be able to talk to Cammie to even learn that she slept in the same bed as her father. Kidnapping was definitely the only option.

Travis, as a 15 year old boy who grew up with a rich father in California, has some amazing skills and knowledge. After he, Eve and their younger sister, Cammie, have run away from the abusive father and ended up in Tennessee, Travis mentions that Eve can pawn her jewelry in Clarksville for quick cash, because "[t]hey probably have several pawnshops since it's a military base town, right?" How would he know that military towns are full of pawnshops? Later in the book, he steals a gun (from an apparently unlocked gun case, which is odd considering all of KGI are former military and thus should be VERY cognizant of weapon safety, especially with kids running around), hijacks a private plane to fly to Oregon, and breaks into his father's cabin. He's 15. How'd he get to the airport? How'd he get onto the tarmac and into a plane to hijack it? Once he got to Oregon, how did he get out of the airport without the pilot he'd hijacked calling the cops on him? He knew the cabin existed and knew the security code to get in because he overhead a phone call one time. Seriously???

At one point, when she's debating whether staying with Donovan is a good idea, Eve thinks, "And she briefly considered that she could be setting herself - and Cammie and Travis - up for a far worse hurt than that wrought by her stepfather." Because leaving Donovan after knowing him for literally three days would be "far worse" than a man killing your mother and possibly raping your 4 year old half-sister, his own daughter?

Editing didn't fix the plodding story, incorrect grammar and spelling, or the fact that Californians don't use the word "pop" for soda.

Of course Eve is a virgin and she and Donovan have simultaneous orgasms the first time they have sex.

Of course the bad guy kept paper copies and a diary of all his dastardly deeds.

Of course the heroine was physically abused. In Swanny's story, the next in the series, I'm assuming the heroine is going to lose some body parts because the attacks against the heroine seem to consistently get worse in each book. PJ was raped in her story, but Eve's case is worse than PJ's, in Maren's doctorly opinion: "In some ways this is worse than if he'd raped her....He didn't rape her body, but he very much raped her mind. He robbed her of her choices, her sanity. He stripped her of everything...I truly believe she may well have recovered sooner from a physical rape than she will from this kind of rape."

I'm tired of every KGI heroine being so abused that they can't do anything for themselves (whether it's physical or mental torture).

I want the old Donovan back, not the creepy guy who showed up, couldn't use his own computer to get information when he's always been the greatest hacker to ever live in previous books, did nothing but simper about family, fell into unhealthy obsession within hours, and wanted a little girl who had possibly been molested to call him "daddy" within three days of knowing her. I wanted to see him fight for love, not demand it and have it obediently sit and wait for his next command.

I might get Swanny's book from the library. Maybe. And I would like to have high expectations for Joe, who ends this book basically vowing to "never" do the marriage and kids thing. But after the doormat that Donovan got and the not-even-beta "hero" he turned into, I'm afraid Joe's story might be disappointing as well.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Mediocre Chapter in the Exciting KGI Saga 13 gennaio 2014
Di Sharon - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I want to preface this review by saying that I love Maya Banks, I have about 30 of her books, I've read and loved all of the KGI books. I've been looking forward to Donovan's story, and pre-ordered this as soon as it was available. Having now read it, my reaction is "eh." Donovan spends the first third of the book repeatedly thinking and saying that he envies his brothers, he wants the happiness they've found with their wives, and he dreams of finding the woman made for him so he can fill his house with children and make it a home filled with laughter and happiness. I said that in 3 sentences. Donovan says it over, and over, and over, and over. After about the fourth time my brain rebelled and said Okay - I got that point! still he says it again.
Secondly, because Van is the fifth brother to get his own book, when the heroine is introduced they waste another 10% of the book rehashing everybody else's story. The purpose is to tell her that she is not the only woman on-the-run, with serious problems, and they are not the only couple who met under adverse circumstances, but notwithstanding the legitimate purpose, we are forced to swallow a cut-and-paste synopsis of every other Kelly brother book that preceded this one.
Thirdly, character development: Van has none - he is who he has always been. The heroine is introduced as someone fragile, frightened, and feeling that she can't afford to trust anyone. However, she meets Van (day one) for fifteen minutes and is afraid of him. Van returns the next day (day two) with groceries she didn't ask for and stays for maybe thirty minutes. He returns before dawn the next day (day three) and rescues heroine and her two siblings from a tornado, tucks everyone in his car and moves them all into his house, and kisses her that night. The next day, day four, she's in his bed and having sex. Well, THAT was certainly fast! I thought she was scared, fragile, and couldn't trust anybody. No real explanation as to why that changed. One of the siblings is a four-year-old girl who is also afraid of everyone. She, however, accepts both Swaney and Van on day three, and tells Van she loves him on day four. Again, that's too much, too soon, and therefore entirely unbelievable.
Fourthly, let's talk about plot: there's not much of one! Heroine is on the run from bad guys, because of a misunderstanding they capture her and make her disappear. The Kellys have to gather their resources, find her, and after a raid on a major facility (not a spoiler because there's ALWAYS a raid on a major facility) she's rescued, recovers in Van's arms, and everyone lives happily ever after. The end. Have we seen this before?? Like in EVERY Kelly book? It's like the same story, with the names and locations changed to give the illusion of originality. It's lame!
Finally, my own personal objection: at the beginning of the story there is a federal interstate kidnapping warrant out for the heroine which is a major factor in her desire to remain invisible. At the end of the book, it's not discussed - it just stopped being a problem. Another character steals a gun, hijacks a plane, and forces the pilot to fly completely across country. That too just goes away without explanation. Sorry, but FBI interstate warrants don't just disappear, and the FAA frowns on plane hijackers. These problems needed to be addressed, not ignored in favor of a HEA.
This book is just too rushed, too unbelievable, without new twists, and leaving too many loose ends. If you've been following the KGI series, it is worthwhile to read this one to keep up with events. You do get updates on all the other brothers marriages and children, and there is a development in Rusty and Sean's relationship (yeah!), and focus at the end is on Joe, the last unattached brother. If you haven't been following the series, you wouldn't want to begin with this book anyway, start at the beginning and read them in order. While I like Maya and love the series, this one is just not as original as those that came before. I even forgot to comment about the sex scenes: Maya is known for writing hot, intense, twisted, semi-kinky sex scenes. The ones in this book, between Van and heroine? sweet, tender, gentle, almost Disney-level sex scenes (with apologies to Disney!). This one is disappointing - there was no work invested, and nothing original here. Hopefully Swaney's story will be better.
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1.0 su 5 stelle Donovan Deserved a Better Romance 13 gennaio 2014
Di lee - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
If you're not a diehard Maya Banks fan, don't bother with this one. She's got better out there. At her best, Maya Banks can really tell a story. She usually has incredible plot lines and characters you can't but help fall in love with. Of course, many fans like me are going to read anything she writes and I'll read the next one. I just hope it's a lot better than this one. I think this is the only book of hers that I was truly disappointed in. Donovan's story deserved so much more effort than this. I feel really sad, feel that he was cheated out of the story he and I deserved.

The plot was very poorly constructed, very unbelievable at times, very contrived. So much of what happened didn't make sense She always has intricately developed plots that come across as believable most of the time. The KGI characters are strong and well developed. Donovan comes off as this namby-pamby man who has to have an instant family, instantly. That's not the Donovan that we've all come to love. Donovan has always had a soft spot for women and children. He especially wouldn't have treated the abused woman and children of the novel the way he did. He would have had more respect for them and spent more time gaining their trust before insisting they were HIS.

I simply don't understand the 4 and 5 stars a "niche" author gets even when the book doesn't come near to deserving it. I know she has a devoted fan base. I'm part of that. To give 4 or 5 stars to every book a favorite author writes does a great disservice to not only the author but her readers. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence with her and many authors like her. False praise doesn't help anybody.

I would rather the author not write another KGI novel, than write one of this quality.
4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
1.0 su 5 stelle Really Disappointing 27 gennaio 2014
Di l river - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I had a hard time staying with this one. It took a lot of stops and starts to get to the end and there was no great payoff for the time I invested. Like every one else who follows the KGI series, I love Maya Banks style and story telling. Tracking the Kelly family is a fun past time usually. There is always a great conflict, kickass lead characters, hot romance, serious bad guys and a HEA that ties it all together.

That said, none of that is happening in this installment. Donovan Kelly is the brother I thought of as the brains of KGI. I looked forward to his story and I cannot believe how awful this was. I honestly don't think I've ever read a bad book by this writer till now. The story was trite, slow and repetitive. Eve, the "heroine" starts out well but quickly devolves. As a character she was frustrating to follow. She was weepy, weak and finally stupid. The amount of time spent explaining Donovan's betrayal of her tells me the author KNEW this plot line was lame. What betrayal? For that matter, what story? A wicked stepfather who is a potential pedophile. This is never fully fleshed out. But KGI and all it's might is on the case. Wait-what case?

Then there's Donovan who comes off as a stalker with a weird attachment to Eve's four year old sister and teenaged brother. His love of children and longstanding desire for a family is rammed down our throats over and over. No kidding Donovan got the worst of this deal. In past books he was intriguing, smart, steadfast. In his own book he's in love immediately. He mentally claims Eve and her siblings as HIS from the beginning. His insistence that they are his family is repetitive and a total bore. Banks looped the other Kelly's in to support the idiocy. Garrett questions Donovan's fixation giving Donovan yet another opportunity to defend his lightning quick love for Eve et al. The other Kelly's pop in to state there love and support of his 5 minute old family. The book continues like this to the end.

Do not read this as a stand alone if you haven't read the earlier books in the series. This one is a tedious mess. But do read the first seven books in the series especially the first two which were awesome. (The Darkest Hour, No Place To Run).
1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Who you gonna call when trouble comes a knockin'? Call KGI they are always on the job. In this explosively exciting novel by M 30 settembre 2015
Di TSRBR - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Who you gonna call when trouble comes a knockin'? Call KGI they are always on the job. In this explosively exciting novel by Maya Banks, After the Storm book 8, the Kelly brothers are fighting for truth, justice, family and the American way of life. In this book, Donovan Kelly finally gets his story. Although it's through unlikely circumstances, he meets the beautifully broken Eve and knows without a doubt that this girl is his. The characters that are in play help to create the bold and audacious events, as the plot thickens in a way that only the Kelly's are known for.

Donovan Kelly is a computer genius, with all the skills of a kick ass ex-marine. Being one of the founding brothers of KGI, there missions take them to places no one else wants to go. Donovan has always had a soft spot for women and children more so than the rest of his brooding brothers, but it doesn’t make him any softer than the rest. When he finds a woman and two kids in trouble, there’s no doubt what he has to do. But this time it’s personal…this time his heart is breaking in two for the little family that has come into his life. Donovan Kelly will stop at nothing to keep them safe, give them hope, and make them his!

Eve is running for her life, the life of her brother and baby sister’s as well. She had to flee, had to save them from the abuse, the monster that was their father. Broken down in a small town in Kentucky, everything began to change for them. They met the Kelly family and most of all Donovan Kelly. Someone she could fall in love with. But that wasn’t a choice. Her choices were few and far between. Run and keep running, never get caught, her small families lives depended upon it. However, when tragedy strikes, there is no choice but to trust Donovan and hope for the best.

Like everything else that Maya Banks creates, Donovan’s story is yet another work of art. Maintaining the intricacies of the KGI series, with a beautifully woven love story of trust, exploration and passion. Out of all the Kelly brothers, Donovan was the one I was looking forward to reading the most. His character always being so passionate and protective, it was a thrill for him to finally get his HEA! This book as well as the rest of the KGI series is a must read! Add it to you list today!
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