Book Review: Shades of Gray by Maya Banks

Published: December 31st 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)

Book Description (from Goodreads):

Book 6 of KGI (The Kelly Group International)

P.J. and Cole were sharpshooting rivals on the same KGI team and enjoyed a spirited, uncomplicated camaraderie. Until the night they gave in to their desires and suddenly took their relationship one step further. In the aftermath of their one night stand, they’re called up on a mission that goes terribly wrong, and P.J. walks away from KGI, determined not to drag her teammates into the murky shadows she’s poised to delve into.

Six months later, Cole hasn’t given up his search for P.J., and he’s determined to bring her back home where she belongs. Bent on vengeance, P.J. is on a mission that will plunge her into a serpentine game of payback and make her question everything she’s ever believed in. Cole—and the rest of their team—refuse to let her go it alone. Even if it means sacrificing their loyalty to KGI and their very lives…

 My Thoughts:

It took me some time to get my thoughts organized with this book. Whatever I may have wanted to say does not seem as enough. Since I have read every single one of the books of KGI series, I kind of feel a little biased to write an objective review, nonetheless, I will try with this one.  

This book has left me baffled, to say the least. There were times when I wondered why the author does this or that to her character but then I remembered what the other books of the series were. I can almost say Shades of Gray is unlike anything else you have read by this author. The book has become my absolute number one from Banks. It has it all, a hot military guy, a strong female character, pain, suffering, heartache, not blood related families but families of choice, support, and much much more.

Not wanting to give away any details or spoiler, but still writing a review that will express my love for this book, is really hard. Probably one of the hardest things is to form the word for how I felt while reading this book. I have thought about what to write for more about two weeks since I have read the book the night it came out, and I still cannot form words. I can only say that this book, for being a Maya Banks story,  has very little sex scenes in it but a lot, and I mean a lot, of love scenes (and those really are without the aspect of sex, or making love, if you wish, but the real honest-to-God-loving and friendship that will break your heart). This book literally broke my heart. I was crying half the time I was reading it, and I am not ashamed to admit that. Since my brain and heart have lately been seeking out novels with love stories and romantic touches to them, it was heart to sustain the emotion that accompanied this book. 

Shades of Gray starts off with a passionate night between the protagonists only to have it killed in the chapters of the mission they both are sent to. No spoilers from here, but I cannot name a person or a character or even hope that such would really exist as is P.J. She is strong, unbelievably so, seeing her strength to fight for herself and for the other girls in similar situations is something that I will hold dear to my heart.  And Cole, is just, Cole.  The rest of the KGI is there, too. They are just what a person in that situation would need. A support so strong that there is no doubt in one’s mind that they are loved. 

I believe it will be hard for Banks to achieve with the next KGI book what she has achieved with Shades of Gray, but I have no doubt in my mind that she will do just that. She likes to torture her characters and show the humane sides of them, so as not to have the reader believe that everything, even in the novels, is just easy peasy as it seems. And Banks gave us a little tease in this book considering Steele, so I just cannot wait to hear what he has to say about himself. Forged in Steele, come out soon, please! 

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  1. I have to start this series. Thanks for the great review and reminder.

    1. I absolutely agree! And thank you :)


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