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Sophie Lundgren on the other hand comes from a family right out of your worst nightmares. Alex Mouton, her father is at the top of the most wanted lists in the US running his empire in everything illegal ranging from running prostitution rings to arms dealing. Sophie had witnessed the horrors of her father's rigid control over his emotions and his ruthlessness at the tender age of 10 years, a man who always puts his business first and never tolerates any sign of weakness from those are close to him.
When a KGI mission takes Sam and his brothers to parts of Mexico on a mission to take down Alex Mouton, it is at a seedy bar in Mexico that Sam first encounters the blond, delicate and beautiful Sophie, making all his primal instincts come out to play right at the very first sight of her. Their affair though short, runs hot until his mission takes him away leaving Sophie behind, Sophie who calmly plans and executes a plot to murder her own father.
Five months on, a pregnant Sophie is at the very end of her wits trying to elude those hellbent on killing her to exact revenge for the murder of her father. Sophie holds the key to her father's vast empire and its the only thing that's keeping her alive and prevents her from being shot pointblank. Exhausted, with no place to run to except to the arms of the father of her child and the man who rocked her world for a brief period of time, it is a barely alive Sophie that Sam comes across, the woman who has haunted his dreams ever since he had walked out on her to complete KGI's mission.
With more questions than answers running through Sam, trust is the hardest commodity to come by when Sam finds out just how truly deceived he had been by Sophie, the woman who now carried his child, who still manages to touch something deep inside of his heart, something no other woman had ever being able to do. Scared as Sophie is, the last thing she wants to do is to put the Kelly family in harms way, which is exactly what happens as things spiral out of control until at the very end when Sam has to decide whether he would be able to trade the life of the woman he loves more than anything for the life of his own mother, a decision no man should ever have to make.
1- Boy, where do I start? This book packs everything and I don't mean that lightly, EVERYTHING that I look for when I pick up a novel of the romantic suspense genre. Action packed, highly sensual and emotional with enough character development that keeps the pages turning, I resented the time I had to spend away from the story after I started reading. Yes, Maya Banks has done a splendid job with this one and I can't literally wait for Garrett's (*sigh* there goes the knee shaky thing again!) story to come out in March 2011.
2- Sam Kelly. Oh boy! He is one yummy alpha hero, in fact I don't know how Ms. Banks does it with the Kelly men, but the entire bunch just makes me salivate, sigh, drool and palpitate as the story unfolds. Even with the 1st chapter itself, Sam managed to knock my socks off, with his smoldering sensuality, the simmering need deep within him to claim the woman who is obviously meant for him which touched me in a deep, deep way. And as the story continues, I got to see so many sides of Sam, the responsible tough oldest sibling role he has to play, the gentle, kindhearted soul that comes out to play when he is around those who are weaker than him and the way he lays claim on his woman sealed the deal for me with this hero.
3- Sophie! She is one hell of a heroine. Vulnerable, beautiful and fiercely protective as a mother lioness with her cubs when it comes to her baby and Sam, she totally won me over because she is exactly what Sam needs in his life to make it complete. I loved her because she doesn't take crap from anyone, not Sam, not Garrett and not even her formidably frightening father and still managed to touch something deep inside of my heart with her need to belong, to be loved and cossetted by someone who would love her unconditionally.
4- The family dynamics in the story. What pulled me in even from the very 1st book in the series is how well the whole Kelly family as well as other side roles within the series have been created, whetting the reader's appetite for more from them. Apart from the obvious Kelly brothers whose stories every reader of this series must covet, I would love to read Rusty, Sean as well as P.J. and Steele's story. It is a testament to how well the character development has been handled within the story that I as a reader have this deep, insatiable need to learn more about them, whom we just get to meet in a scene or two in the whole story. Kudos to Ms. Banks for a job well done!
5- As much as I coveted the emotional, sensual and action-packed moments in the story, I loved the humor-laced parts of the story, though they were few and far in-between. The scene that stands out the most is where Sam has to find underthings for Sophie, and it is to his mom he has to turn to, and the conversation between Garrett, Sam and Donovan just had me laughing out loud - making my husband a firm believer of the fact that I am stark raving mad! ^_^
6- And before I forget, I very much heart the man-titty cover!
My Dislikes: Absolutely none! Just wish there was more of this stuff to read, is all!! ^_^
1- Fans of Maya Banks.
2- Fans of the KGI series.
3- Fans of romantic suspense that love action packed stories filled with enough emotion and sensuality to knock your breath out! If you love them like I do, this one's for you!
Final Grade: A+
Reviewed by: Maldivian Book Reviewer ([...]
Sophie and Sam had a brief fling while he was on a mission in Mexico. Neither considered that it would lead to something more. When she literally floated up to his dock five months later looking like someone had tried to kill her, which they had and pregnant sam knew immediately the baby was his. Now he has to figure the rest out. Sophie is reluctant to tell him her awful truth until she feels she can trust him. What ensues is a harrowing journey into life threatening and possibly life ending events.
Sophie comes to know the value of family and love. Her courage makes her a formidable foe and the right woman for Sam. Maya Banks has written a real winner with this KGI series. Can't wait to read the next one.
However (and others have mentioned it). Sophie doesn't make sense. There is a reason TV shows like Criminal Minds, L&O CI, CSI etc are popular. They explain how A+B+C=D or 1+2+3=6 in human behavior and action. Profilers have taught us in books, movies and TV what to expect from an individual raised in a certain setting. However, Sophie is a mish mash of personalities that isn't logical or real. She's has been raised by a monster, witnessed the murder of a loved one and still has a bit of a Doris Day sweetness about her. Yet, she kills her father. Yet, she's has these normal "I want to love and be loved and will I be a good mother" fears. You get the picture. Her numbers don't match her sum. A paragraph or two of explanation or even a bit of contrivance to explan WHY she isn't also a monster or a selfish sociopath herself would have helped.
Readers have changed a lot in the last 30 years and they're far far better educated in human psychology. When it comes to someone like Sophie's lack of cohesiveness and rationality, an 'oh well, whatever' from the 1980's is today a glaring plot hole. Something that COULD have been repaired and actually adding to the book instead of coming off as "I want a unicorn but I want it to be real too!"
Secondly, I know the hospital staff is wondering "WTF is it with these Kelly women and their arms?" It's a repetive scene straight out of the first book. As if the only part of a Kelly woman that can get injured is the arm and the only moment when the couple can make their declarations of love is in the hospital. OKey Dokey then....
Lastly, poor Rusty. I seriously doubt in RL she'd be allowed to stay in that setting, unless the DFACs crew is overwhelmed or simply not giving a ratzazz. The brother's contempt for her bordered on cruel.
With that being said, Sophie's fighting for her baby gives her points and her Doris Day personality is very likeable. It's another case of "I tell myself she was raised by a benevolent Aunt and Uncle in Omaha most of her life but is still scared by her father" to get past the personality shifts. Sam's fighting for Sophie and their baby gives him points. The plot twists are interesting and fun. The interactions between the brothers, for the most part, is interesting.
So, be aware that you'll be jerked around a bit by character behaviors. There will be some repetition and contrivance. However, like a good circus, it's still all for fun.