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After the Storm [Format Kindle]

Maya Banks

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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

Présentation de l'éditeur

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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  • Editeur : Berkley; Édition : 1 (7 janvier 2014)
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Incredibly disappointed with the story, the writing, the editing, the characters...just all of it 11 janvier 2014
Par Tac-P - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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.
110 internautes sur 123 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm sad I didn't like it... 8 janvier 2014
Par Audrey P. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've read ALL of the KGI stories so far and LOVED them. I actually pre-buy them, I love them so much. That's why I'm SO sad I hated this book. I would have given this ONE star but since Maya Banks IS a good writer, I had to at least give her an extra star for that. Believe me, I've read so many bad "writers" lately, it's refreshing to read a story and not feel like I have to red pen it all the time.

That being said, why oh why did ya have to make Donovan creepy? Yes, I said it. I felt creeped out. (SPOILERS)

Look, here you have a young lady (24) who runs away with her half siblings (brother 15, sister 4) because her step-father killed her mother and was probably going to molest her baby sister. I get it. But then she meets this guy (Donovan 34) who immediately falls for her and her two siblings. I mean he's like obsessed with them "being a family forever." I think he knew them for like a week....2 conversations. CREEPY! There was zero romance...just obsession with "being a family."

But don't let me forget the stupidity of the female lead. Eve. Oh EVE. You stupid....isn't that what the bad guy called you? Hm...he was right! Here is a woman who is just dumb, dumb, dumb. Everything she does. Should I just blame her age? Maybe. But then I'm insulting 24 year olds! And I know some pretty darn smart 24 year olds! Nope. She's just stupid. Can't get passed it. Sorry.

Should you buy this book? I don't think you need to. You could probably skip it and not miss too much for the next one.

Here's the important question running in my mind. Will I buy the next one? Not as a pre-buy. I will wait for the reviews.

Good luck, KGI lovers.
63 internautes sur 69 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Breaks my heart to not love a KGI book but just couldn't do this one... 9 janvier 2014
Par Anna's herding cats - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I love me some Kelly brothers. Absolutely love them. These guys are pretty much everything I look for in a hero or in a fictional family. I'm always pretty damn excited when a new one hits the shelves. So it's pretty incredible and heartbreaking for me to actually be typing this but After the Storm has joined the minuscule list of books I've given up on.

There were things I liked, of course. I mean, it's the Kelly family, hello! They're amazing! Sexy and alpha and all make-a-girl-swoon amazing. And there were some nice scenes at the beginning that really had my heart pounding. But the romance and execution of the story just didn't manage to come across believable and had me losing interest quickly.

The big issue here was the romance and it's lack of reality. Donovan has always been the geek behind the KGI operations and the one that most longs for a family of his own. He's a total champion of women and kids. He's geektastic and panty melting at the same time, right?

So when he sees Eve and her siblings are in need of help it's a pretty perfect situation, really, and understandable that he could eventually see them as a package deal and want to make them his family. I am all on board at that point. Great set up in my opinion. A man who craves a family and a family that desperately needs someone to love them and that they can trust and love in return. Excellent!

The problem was that from the moment they lay eyes on each other until there are declarations of becoming a family and of the L word it's about (not just by the heroine and hero but by her abused siblings as well) 48 hours give or take a few. And in that time they're actually in each others physical presence maybe 4 hours? Of which she and her siblings are either terrified or suffering from severe injuries. Even for romantic suspense--where love and passion are lightning fast-- it was just...absurd. And not done in a way that was believable or convinceable at all.

Adding to the issue is that Eve and her siblings have been abused. Her little sister has been molested by her father, fears all men and strangers, yet hardly knowing Van is asking if she can call him Daddy and is clinging to him. Hrm. It just...really did not work.

I was just so disappointed and got to the point I was forcing myself to turn pages in hopes something would change. From too much telling and not enough showing, to Donovan's constant thoughts on how much he loves/wants/cherishes this family--with no real explanation or reasoning behind it other than they're in need of rescue-- to editing blips and confusing scene transitions this just isn't one I could or would recommend--even to hard core KGI fans.

I'll read more from Banks--because really one book does not negate the dozen others I've read and enjoyed and a secondary storyline going on with Rusty was awesome!--but I'll definitely be more cautious from here on out. Hopefully this was just a fluke read.
20 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 I stopped reading on page 198 9 janvier 2014
Par Jen328 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I'm a huge Maya Banks fan and the KGI series is my all time favorite. Unfortunately, this book is just terrible. I'm so disappointed because I love the character of Van and I'm sad he got such a crappy HEA. I stopped reading it because I couldn't take anymore of the drivel. I dug out my well worn copy of Sam's story so I could remember why I liked the Kelly family so much.

I don't even recognize Van in this book. He's a simpering fool and his sudden need for a wife and children smacks of desperation. His obsession with Eve and her siblings is creepy. After spending a few hours in Eve's presence, he's talking about love, marriage, and announcing to the traumatized kids that he wants to be their father. Eve is a hot mess. She's weak and doesn't show any of the spunk of Rachel, Sophie, Sarah, Maren, etc. The relationship is so fast and forced that Van and Eve don't have any chemistry.

(Spoiler Alert) Even the scenes of the Kelly family don't seem genuine anymore. There is so much cheese. For example, there is a dinner scene where Frank and Marlene announce that they are finally building a house on the family compound. And it is going to be an exact replica of the farm house and all the boys are going to have the EXACT same room. Then everyone gets misty eyed and both Sophie and Sarah announce they are pregnant. And then Sam and Garrett look at them tenderly. Seriously, that scene made my stomach turn it was so cheesy.

The only scenes that seemed authentic to me were the Sean and Rusty scenes. They seemed to have the steamy chemistry that Maya Banks is known for.

It is probably too much to hope that (1) Eve gets taken out by an evil drug lord in the next KGI book, (2) Van gets knocked in the head and wakes up being his usual hot alpha male self, and (3) he gets a second chance at a HEA.
14 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Was this really written by Maya Banks?? 13 janvier 2014
Par AliMcKenna - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I have been waiting so long for Donovan's story, and I just finished this last night--even though I considered NOT finishing it. I'm all for suspension of disbelief, and I love beating up on characters for emotional drama for the readers :), but there were so many flaws with this story that it made me wonder if it was really written by Maya Banks...and if an editor or test readers had even looked at it.

SPOILERS ALERT: After getting thrown into the air a couple different times by a tornado and having pain "splinter" her everywhere and viciously twisting her ankle, she seems completely fine when Donovan arrives to save the day. (Why not play that up? Great emotional bang missed.) Then the main character, who loves her brother and sister more than anything, ditches them with Donovan when she thinks he betrayed her. Seriously? The two people she loves the most, and she runs off and commits armed robbery with a gun and kidnaps Donovan's darling sister?? Then Travis, the 15-year-old HIJACKS a plane at gunpoint and ends up accidentally shooting the bad guy (his father) during a wrestle for the gun. So the TWO characters we are supposed to like are now violent felons. What's up with that? And how can you possibly justify that and be glad Resnick covers it all up?? Then there's the fact that Donovan declares to her siblings during a meal at his house that they are a forever family after only being with them two or three times. And then the main character spouts stuff like "she knew they had a long way to go before committing to this..." Ummm...hello! He's already announced you're a family. I think you've skipped over a few steps and then jumped backwards...

The whole thing just seemed so...novice. Mistakes an editor would NEVER let an author get away with, and totally would have called them on and had them rework. That's why I was shocked this was a Maya Banks story. She has never been this sloppy! This whole story just felt slapped together and sent to press. SO SAD. I was so looking forward to this story, and it was truly awful. I hope Joe's story is better. :(
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