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Sam Kelly was her first love. The last person Sam Kelly expected to pull wounded from the lake was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercover and then she vanished. She’s spent the last months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost her life and that of her unborn child—Sam’s child. Now she’s resurfaced with a warning for SaSam Kelly was her first love.The last person Sam Kelly expected to pull wounded from the lake was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercover and then she vanished. She’s spent the last months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost her life and that of her unborn child—Sam’s child. Now she’s resurfaced with a warning for Sam: this time, he’s the one in danger.Now he’s her last chance.Sam has too many questions to let her slip away again—like why she disappeared in the first place. This time he vows not to be seduced. But one look in her eyes, and the passion burns again, and Sam knows he’ll do anything to keep her and his child safe. However, Sophie’s dark past is more dangerous than he imagines, and the only way for either to survive it is to outrun it....

Title : No Place to Run
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Number of Pages : 332 Pages
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No Place to Run Reviews

  • Mimi Smith
    2019-04-18 01:51

    2.5 starsI have finally figured out what was missing in this book. It wasn't easy, but here it is...Characterization1.Quirks, hobbies, likes and dislikesI don't know why I missed this so much, but I did. I missed little things like:What is their favorite colour? Do they like pets? Are they grouchy in the morning? Are they slobs? Do they have nervous habits? Something that would make them feel unique, that would make identify with them and like them. 2. A little Show and TellThe best way to make me believe something about a character is to show me, through a situation or a memory that it's true. For instance we're told Garrett has always been overprotective, but it would've been nice to see it, through a memory, like Once, when we were kids.... Or, we're told Garrett and Rachel "Have always had a special bond", but how did it start? Why those two?It's not that I didn't like Sam and Sophie. I liked them fine. Certainly better than Rachel and Ethan. Sophie is also extremely selfless and traumatized, but she's kind of tough too. She's like Rachel 2.0. I still found it strange that neither here, nor in the first book we don't know what the women do for a living. What is Sophie's profession? Did she go to school? What does she plan next? It's a pretty big detail missing.Sam is ok, too. You can see he cares about Sophie and the baby and that he's good at his job. A little back story would've been nice though. Why did he quit the force? When? How did he know all the men in KGI?I also found it strange all Kelly brothers went into the military. It is possible, since it's a tradition, but you'd think one of the SIX brothers would be interested in something else.The Relationship1. Flirting and witty conversationI know this isn't the perfect situation, but I still missed it. It would give me a feeling the relationship is developing, that they're slowly growing more comfortable with each other. Maybe that all happened in the beginning, but we didn't see it.There was this situation that I don't know had to categorize. Is it funny, weird or sweet? Still it was one of the rare that stood out. “Boobs,” she mumbled around a second slice of pizza. “Boobs are huge now. I hate it. I feel like I’m incubating aliens and they’re ready to hatch.”He stared at her in astonishment for a moment before throwing his head back to laugh.“I think the aliens are perfect.”“You would,” she muttered.2. Talking and getting to know each otherYou know how when you just start going out with someone, you just talk? Talk about yourself, your happiest memories and the most embarrassing ones. Talk about your childhood, your plans for the future and wishes. I didn't feel that happened here. First they lied, then they talked about the deceit, then they talked about taking down criminals, then they talked marriage. They did talk tendery about the baby, so that's something. Too fast for me too believe. The whole relationship was strange to me. They spent maybe a weeks length of time with each other and half of that time they were someone else, half the time they were chasing bad guys and a lot of time they were having sex. The SuspenseA really good suspense plotEnough said. It needed something, a mystery or a twist to make it interesting. I was a bit surprised at the end, but there were too many other things that bugged me. A very, very dangerous, smart, tough crime lord keeps all his treasures and all his documents on one place. Guarded by just ONE key. No alarms, no passwords, nothing, just a sensor which doesn't let you in if you're too excited. Just a key he has on him that someone could take from him by drugging him. Even without his death it'd be over. I get arrogance but it's too much. And they called him paranoid for THAT.Also, don't tell me a team of highly trained professionals needs to take a pregnant woman to an exchange so she can save their ass(view spoiler)[ and they let her take a grenade and sacrifice herself (hide spoiler)]. Real dangerous, these KGIs.I have a bone to pick with Garrett and Van, too. A wounded pregnant woman floats up to them, half dead, and the first thing they do is try to interrogate her, while glaring at her suspiciously. Real heroes, guys.SurpriseI was surprised to find I preferred the first book, since I liked these characters more and there was more drama there. But I was too caught up in the first book to notice all these things, although they were present there, too.I did like1. The back stories, which were present here, too.2. P.J. and Rusty. They are spunky and different and I hope they stay that way.3. The sexy scenes4. The baby and their response to the pregnancy.ConclusionI did like this book, but I feel a strong urge to read Julie James, who is very good at writing all the relationship and character stuff I mentioned here, or Jeffery Deaver who writes mystery plots that make my head hurt.

  • Auntee
    2019-04-17 19:56

    This is developing into a pretty good series about the Kelly family --a group of ex-military brothers whose family run business specializes in hostage/victim recovery and intelligence gathering. I think I probably enjoyed it a little more than the first book, The Darkest Hour, and I expect I’ll like the next book, Hidden Away, about cranky Garrett Kelly, even more. With each book Maya Banks tells us a little bit more about the whole Kelly family (although still holding back just a little bit on the physical descriptions--I need more!) which works to help me connect with them.While undercover with KGI (Kelly Group International) in Mexico on a mission to take down a despicable arms dealer, oldest Kelly brother Sam (36), engages in a torrid affair with blonde, beautiful waitress Sophie Lundgren. Circumstances cause them to reluctantly part, most likely never to see each other again. But five months later, who should turn up floating in the lake outside Sam’s house, shot and clinging to life? Yep. The same woman he had the affair with--Sophie. And she’s 5 months pregnant. And running for her life. Someone wants her dead. And someone wants Sam dead too. Sam needs some answers--how did Sophie know how to find him? How did she know his last name since he never told her. Why is her life in danger? And how is he connected to that danger? Is the baby she’s carrying his? Instinctively Sam wants to protect her, but he needs to know what he’s up against. Will Sophie trust him enough to reveal all about her troubled past? Can the spark that’s still there between them develop into something long lasting? And will Sophie’s connection to some very dangerous men bring trouble to not only Sam, but his extended family?Sophie and Sam…Good story, easy read, with a great opening chapter containing some hot sex and some surprising action that just grabs you and makes you want to read more, more, more…The heroine Sophie is courageous, strong, and a lot vulnerable, which brings out the protective instincts in the hero, oldest brother Sam. Sophie has some big trust issues, and who could blame her with the way she grew up? I won’t mention details, but she has just about the worst excuse for a father that I’ve ever read. I’m thinking that poor Sophie, after what she goes through in this book, is going to need a couple of years of therapy. Good thing she’s got Mama bear Marlene Kelly to offer her some mothering…For some reason I think of Paula Deen as the image of Marlene Kelly…If you like romantic suspense that is similar to Cindy Gerard’s Bodyguards series, you’ll probably enjoy the KGI series. It’s got some hot bedroom action, some great family dynamics between Sam, his brothers and his parents, and enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat.. I think Maya Banks is in the groove now, and I can’t wait to read the next book. 4 ½ stars.

  • CC
    2019-03-26 00:03

    Another Re-read via audible Still really like this romantic suspense story! Sam was a little too distrusting at times, but I get why. These brothers are dreamy! Moving on to Garrett's book!Safety Gang safe(view spoiler)[I marked as Second Chance because they spent 5 months lost to each other. But there were no OW/OM in between. (hide spoiler)]Prior comments:Liked the story, however, I wish there was a little more to explain the short affair that Sam and Sophie had in Mexico. The brief scene and memories were not enough for me to understand why he suddenly loves her... But I am looking forward to Garrett's book. He is my favorite Kelly brother so far! Still do not like Rusty...

  • Shawna
    2019-03-30 01:52

    5 stars – Romantic SuspenseI didn't love this quite as much as The Darkest Hour, the first book in the fantastic Kelly/KGI series, but it's still a great romantic suspense read with lots of emotional twists, pulse pounding action, and erotic love scenes.Sam is such a sexy, caring alpha hero (and a smokin' hot, attentive lover!), but his mistrust of Sophie frustrated and angered me at times. Although that suspicion certainly ran both ways, and Sophie's stubbornness, dishonesty, and TSTL moments annoyed me, too.I can't wait for Hidden Away to find out what kind of heroine gets under gruff, stoic Garrett's tough exterior and brings him to his knees. And I really hope Maya Banks writes books for the rest of the Kelly clan, especially Donovan, who's the sweet peacekeeper of the brothers.

  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    2019-04-12 01:45

    ***4 Stars***"I want you, Sophie. I missed you. I can't lie here without touching you. I want what's mine again. I want to give you what's yours."Another great installment in the series. I loved that Sophie was a strong heroine even though she was in a delicate condition. She admitted when she needed help, but also wasn't afraid to stand her ground and fight. Sam was a great combination of strength and vulnerability. He would do everything in his power to ensure his family and team's safety, but there was so much more weighing down on him. His doubt of Sophie? Doubting himself? Can he trust her? Did he make a mistake? Are his emotions overriding his mind? So much to wade through. There was a twist that I definitely didn't see coming and of course plenty of KGI men (and woman) doing what they do best....being

  • Amy
    2019-04-02 21:07

    “I’ll be better when you’re naked.” When I read a statement like that on the first page of a Maya Banks romantic suspense novel, I know to hold on to my panties for a smokin’ hot ride! After delivering an emotionally gripping opener to the KGI series with The Darkest Hour, Ms. Banks continues her action-packed quest with the Kelly brothers in No Place to Run.Sam Kelly, a former Army Ranger, is in Mexico staking out an undercover mission with his brothers and their private, special ops team, KGI. He enters one of the local bars and is immediately attracted and distracted by a waitress named Sophie, who quickly becomes a regular visitor to Sam’s hotel room and bed. Their chemistry sparks with intensity from the start and while they know this is a fleeting moment of time with each other, they are determined to make the most of it. What Sam does not know is Sophie is only pretending to be waitress in order to get close to him and gain information for her father, Alex Mouton, who is the very man Sam and his brother’s are trying to take down. Fast forward five months. Sophie, believing her father is now dead, knows that her uncle has taken over her father’s business. Uncle Tomas is in hot pursuit of Sophie because she has the key that unlocks her father’s vault which contains his assets and secret information regarding his extensive arms network. Sophie is also five months pregnant…with Sam’s baby. She knows Uncle Tomas will kill her in order to recover the key and his men are closing in on her. Convinced she has no other option, Sophie runs to Sam, trusting that even though she has betrayed him, he will still protect his unborn child. Sam is dumbfounded when he finds Sophie floating in the lake outside his home, shot, pregnant and barely alive. His protective instincts kick in and he is determined to find out how and why Sophie found him along with the rest of the secrets she is hiding. After Sophie reveals that she is Mouton’s daughter and that along with herself, the Kelly family is a target for her uncle, Sam and his brothers derive a plan to take down the organization once and for all.Ms. Banks gives us suspenseful, OMG moments with twists and turns you would not expect, but will keep you enthralled until the end. What really drives her stories (and are my favorite part) are the intense, compelling and endearing characters. Sophie has been through hell growing up under strict confinement and in fear of her ruthless and evil father. Never-the-less, she is fearless, brave and ready to endure whatever is necessary to protect her baby. Despite his tough exterior, Sam is a very tender and compassionate man. This is evident when he relishes Sophie’s pregnant body during sensual moments and when he rushes to his family’s side during a health crisis. But his protective and possessive nature takes a strong hold when he fights to protect Sophie and their unborn child. Also, I continue to be moved and impressed by the Kelly family, who once again unite to protect one another and are generous in their acceptance of outsiders like Sophie. Brothers Garrett and Donovan are initially skeptical of Sophie given her secrets and believing she was nothing more than a casual lay. However, they quickly learn that Sam’s feelings for and connection with Sophie is more than just a passing fling. They immediately love and treat her like a sister, willing to put their lives on the line to save her “because that’s what family does.”Sam, Garrett, Donovan and the other Kelly brothers have a unique, enigmatic quality that will pique your curiosity to know more. With their robust sensuality and sex appeal, I am at an impasse as to which one I want to come after me! No Place to Run delivers everything I love in a romantic suspense. Anyone looking for a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat storyline with military brothers who know how to please and protect their women should definitely check out this exciting series!Favorite quote: “I love you, Sophie. I can’t tell you at what moment I fell in love with you. Maybe it was the first time I looked across the bar in Mexico and there you were. Maybe it was the first time we made love. Or maybe it was watching you fight for our child. And then for my mother. It doesn’t matter. I love you . That’s it. That’s all. I hope to hell it’s enough.” Her heart squeezed. She’d always tried to imagine what it would be like to here those words. To know that she was loved. Nothing had come close. There was so much joy. It hurt. It shouldn’t hurt, but she felt too small for her skin, like she’d burst right out of it.

  • Jacqueline
    2019-04-13 02:01

    I liked this book. I did think there was a bit more bleed over from the erotic stories that MB writes than in the first of the series. I don't necessarily mind the word choices but I do think that love scenes in a romantic suspense should be kept to a minimum to allow more time for the actual plot. I was kind of 'yeah, yeah, move it along. What's going on meanwhile back at the ranch?' No real big surprises plot wise here. I liked the heroine. She was a pretty strong woman. She was also smart enough to know that she was getting to the point with her pregnancy that she would be physically unable to protect herself. I did not mind the mentions of her pregnancy. Maybe because I remember when I was carrying both my boys. A pregnant woman is very wrapped up in what is happening to her and the baby to the point that you really don't think about a whole lot else. So I think that was a pretty realistic portrayal. I would like to have seen more about the heroine's childhood. It was this real big deal how she'd never had a normal life and yeah, what happened when she was 10 justified her actions at the beginning of the book, but what, exactly, did she do between the ages of 10 and 25? Did she go to school? Was she homeschooled? Was she illiterate? What? How did her father treat her? A few examples even in a mental musing would have helped pin down her character a bit.Sam was a good character. I liked how he didn't spend a whole lot of time doubting her. It was more like he had some concerns but knew he wanted her so he didn't let them really concern him. Sort of a confidence in himself that no matter what she might or might not do or have done, he could handle it so why worry?I like all the different characters here. They didn't have quite so much screen time here as in the last book. I think because we really had already been introduced to them in the last book. So they could just stroll in and out naturally in this one. Looking forward to the next one, and the next, and the next...

  • SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
    2019-04-01 18:07

    Check out this and my other reviews at My Blog★Book Basics★ Genre: - Cont Romantic SuspenseSeries: - Book 2 in the series.Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]Would I read more by this author/or in this series? - YesRating - 4 stars★Review★I much preferred this over book 1 in the series. Plot and character development much stronger.The heroine here was strong, even when she decided she needed help.The lack of trust between them was very real, and made their attraction seem more honest, as if they could not deny it to themselves. And it fit the story, nothing I hate more than a lack of trust based on flimsy reasons leading to all sorts of misunderstandings that could be avoided, but none of that here. They both had secrets they had had to keep from each other, then found themselves in a situation where they had to try and trust each other and rely on each other. And it worked here.I loved Sam, he cared very deeply for his family and for Sophie and was not afraid to hide it. A great twist that I honestly did not see coming, and usually you can see these things a mile away.An enjoyable 4 stars.

  • Susanne
    2019-04-19 17:55

    I'm surprised how much I liked it! Romantic suspense is not my favorite genre, but somehow Maya Banks makes it work! I just adore the Kelly family and I'm looking forward to continue with this story. I was so excited to read Sam's story and now I just want more of Rio! Will he even have a book? Marlene is the best mother ever!"Sam Kelly, is that my grandchild you're allowing to stand in my kitchen with its mother shivering cold and barefooted?"Sam is a wonderful, protective hero and he will do everything to keep Sophie and her baby safe. Sophie has grown up with a crime lord as her father, and she does not know how to trust. As with Maya Banks' books, one might think that Sophie is surprisingly well-adjusted and it is a miracle that she doesn't suffer more, but I am still utterly charmed. If you can leave realism behind, this is a charming, nail-biting and escapist read. The family is adorable, the story is heart-warming, the chemistry is smoking hot and I even giggled a couple of times. And the romance! *Le sigh*"Dance with me."She melted into his embrace as he turned them around. They danced as the last of the sun's rays slipped over the horizon. They danced to the tune of the gentle waves lapping at the shore. They danced until the stars twinkled overhead and the moon splashed on the surface of the water like liquid silver.

  • Dee
    2019-04-08 23:54

    Re - read - December 2015 Originally read July 2011 *** 4.5 Stars ***Great story I loved it!We didn't really get too much detail into Sam's character in the last book and I seriously wondered if I would like him.....I needn't have worried as I absolutely melted at his response to realising that the child Sophie carried was his and how he wanted to love and protect them both. Sophie is an amazingly strong woman and she fought tooth and nail to try and protect her baby (which was pretty amazing considering her upbringing!) and only went to Sam when she couldn't do that on her own anymore.We got more information about the operation of KGI, Members of KGI and the Kelly family. I have got a definate soft spot for Garrett and can't wait to read his story.

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-20 18:07

    Story Rating 5 StarsCharacter Rating 5 StarsRomance Rating 5 StarsHeat Level 4 StarsAction Level 5 StarsOverall Rating 5 StarsI LOVED this book from the first page until the last. Lot's of action and movement so never a dull moment. I loved that the whole family and KGI team members were once again involved in this story.There were a few LOL moments along with some others that made me cry.The heat level was REALLY GOOD right from the start. The H&h were very hot and heavy. The Hero Sam was so gentle and caring with the heroine. There were many of sigh worthy scenes. I recommend this book to anyone that loves a HOT romance with LOTS of action.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-07 00:54

    Really enjoyed this one...awesome heroine ;)

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-03-19 18:57

    Yay 4 stars for chest hair! 3 stars for the story. It was ok but nothing special or different. Some weak logic.CHEST HAIR:I’d love to see more chest and abdomen hair on cover guys. I eagerly bought this book because there is a “little bit” if you look closely. They either airbrushed it on or airbrushed most of it off. I’m not sure if airbrush is the word, but something was done. Anyway, I’m tired of waxed guys on the covers. Please give me authentic men!!! If undecided about a book, I will buy it for the chest hair.REVIEWER’S OPINION:The story was pretty good for romantic suspense, but it felt like a copy of so many others. The plot, characters, and conflicts were generic and predictable. If you’re in the mood for romantic suspense with a bad guy chasing a smart woman, and a hero who helps her, you’ll probably like this. It’s what you expect from the genre. But I want something more. I want to be surprised, delighted and more emotionally engaged. This isn’t bad, but it was easy to put down. There were a handful of sex scenes that were pretty good, but again like most others.Sophie tells Sam that her father’s thugs are after her and Sam. She does NOT tell him that she killed her father and took his vault key. This secret is used as a source of conflict for far too long. Sam knows she is keeping a secret and wonders if he can trust her. When Sam takes action to learn the secret, Sophie gets upset, makes inaccurate assumptions about Sam, and runs away. I saw no reason for her to keep this secret. When Sam learned about it later, it didn’t affect anything. It felt like a contrivance for conflict. This went on for half the book – or more. I don’t remember the exact page where it came out. I’m fine with conflict between a couple based on doubt or distrust. But in this case, there wasn’t a good reason for it.I wanted to know more about Sophie’s past, her interactions with her father, her childhood. All I know is that she is smart and brave.I had a minor problem. When Sam first finds Sophie, she had been in the lake for several hours. Her hair smelled. She has a gunshot wound in her arm that Sam’s brother stitched. Sam fills a bathtub with water for her and then leaves her to bathe alone. I’m no doctor, but I’ve been told enough to know you keep your arm out of water for at least a few days. And how is she supposed to wash her hair with one wounded arm? Sam should have washed her hair and helped her with soap and washcloth. That didn’t fit.Another minor problem. A government agent told Sam that the bad guys had a small army at the Texas location. But when Sam and his group went there, only a few men (of the bad guys) were mentioned. Nothing was said about the small army. I was confused.STORY BRIEF:Sam is on an undercover mission in Mexico to catch Alex, an arms dealer. He meets Sophie who works as a waitress. They have a heated affair for a few days. Sam’s group is finished, and he has to leave. Sam doesn’t know that Sophie is the daughter of Alex. After Sam leaves, Sophie goes to Alex, shoots him, takes his vault key, and goes on the run. A few weeks later Sam comes back to find Sophie, but she’s gone. Sophie has now been on the run for five months. She is pregnant with Sam’s baby. She tried to stay away from Sam to keep him safe, but now she needs help and goes to him. Her father’s brother wants revenge and the vault key. His thugs have followed her and cause more problems. DATA:Story length: 332 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 5. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 21. Setting: current day mostly Tennessee with some Mexico, W. Virginia, and Texas. Copyright: 2010. Genre: romantic suspense.

  • Tilly Slaton
    2019-04-03 21:49

    After a quick fling with a local waitress in Mexico during a classified mission, Sam must walk away from the woman he shares an explosive passion with.After completing his mission, he returns for her. Aching for the woman who hasn’t left his thoughts since he left her sitting in his bed. She was nowhere to be found. Disappeared.Five months later, Sam was unfocused. He rejected all incoming mission requests and his brothers were concerned and going stir crazy over their somewhat forced vacation.While his brothers are lecturing him to forget the woman who is screwing with their lives, Sam spots a log in the lake. Voila, he pulls Sophie from the cold water. It was then he noticed that she was pregnant.Running from her family, the very family the Kelly brothers sought out to terminate, after five months she was struggling to defend herself. Tired of running from the assassin her Uncle sent, she accepts that she must ask for help from her baby’s father. Sam.This book is centered on the pregnant woman Sam had an affair with five months ago. She’s holding back information and keeping her secrets to herself. His brothers are suspicious and so was Sam.So far, I am enjoying this book more than The Darkest Hour. This book does not hold as much military content, but the plot is still there. Trying to protect his family and loved ones, Sam pulls in his teams and his brothers to protect what is his.I recommend this books to mature adults only. You do not need to read the first book in this series to understand or appreciate this story. Although, you will appreciate the characters more if you do so. Extremely delicious sexual content and hard descriptive violence. ~Happy reading!

  • Gina
    2019-04-07 18:01

    Book 2 in the KGI Series and I gotta say I loved it! I sat down after dinner last night and didn't stop reading until I finished. This had everything I like in a story, a hot alpha man with a good heart, lots of action, great secondary characters i loved, and a heroine I would really get behind and of course enough steamy sex to make me happy happy happy! The story starts with steamy sex between Sam and Sophie (oh my my). Sam is undercover on a mission and he thinks Sophie is a waitress. He gets a message about his mission and is forced to leave right away, never telling Sophie the truth (he does try to come back later though) After Sam leaves Sophie gets dressed and gets in a very expensive car, go to a very expensive house. I fear in my heart that Sophie is about to betray Sam, that she has been lying to him. What Sophie does next shocks me (5% into the book)! And on the run Sophie goes and the action begins.....One of the best part of this series for me so far is the Kelly family. I love all the brothers course, hot alpha men, who make make me smile when i picture them in my mind! I also love the parents and the adopted daughter. I love the banter between everyone and the obvious love they all show one another. This story had me grinning from ear to ear, laughing, angry, swooning, and ready to jump in to join the action!!!So happy to be going onto the next book.....

  • ValerieC
    2019-04-18 22:55

    Loved this book 2 of the KGI series. I will likely read all of these again. I'm a sucker for these 'brother' series and this is probably the best of them I have read so far (I like it more than the Rough Riders, and that's saying a lot).I appreciated the way Ms. Banks incorporated the action of the KGI operatives without making it too technical, the way many male action authors do (as if they are bragging about all of their military knowledge - no Tom Clancy stuff here). It was still just as believable, IMHO.I also liked Sophie, the heroine of this book very much. From such a terrible background arose a woman who could truly love and care for others...We also saw a different side to Sam Kelly from the portrayal of him in the first KGI book. Much more open and tender to everyone.I don't rate very many of my 'many' books with 5 stars, but this series is getting them from me. I have pre-ordered the next book on Kindle and anxiously await it.

  • Saly
    2019-04-15 01:43

    It was good but not as good or as emotional as the first book :)I love the Kelly family!!I loved Sophie, she was just a kick-ass woman, who suffered a lot in life but damn never gave up.

  • MBR
    2019-04-10 01:00

    My likes: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! Would make a sensational addition to Pamela Clare’s MTM posts don’tcha think? ^_^My Dislikes: Absolutely none! Just wish there was more of this stuff to read, is all!! ^_^Full review with quotes from the story: http://bit.ly/fkfWJo

  • Kame
    2019-03-20 18:01

    “She kissed him. Just Once. With all the sweetness she’d brought into his life in just a short time.”5 Stars and if I had more to give I would!The first book in the Kelly Group International series by Maya Banks first chapter brought me to tears, in the second book in the series Maya Banks turns up the heat on the first page! Sam Kelly is in as he puts it “BumF* Mexico” on a mission, but he has been captivated by Sophie – a woman he meets in a bar. They have been sharing their evenings in his hotel room for 2 weeks. One morning a knock on his hotel room door brings a sealed note, a break in the case he is working with his brothers. In his heart Sam knows he will come back to find Sophie.Five months later Sophie has run out of places to hide, she has tried to stay away from Sam to keep him safe, but she has run out of time and there is someone more important that needs protection now; Sam’s unborn child. Sam went back to Mexico to look for Sophie but could not find her, then one day he is sitting on his dock and in the water sees someone floating on a log, he jumps in the water and is shocked to not only find out it is Sophie, but that she is pregnant.The suspense story that follows is heart pounding. Sophie needs protection from the moment she is found in the water. Trusting someone is one of the hardest things for Sophie, she has always had to take care of herself. Sam has his own trust issues and is constantly second guessing Sophie’s motives. That makes a great story, but include the dialogue between Sam and his brothers and it propels this book into 5 stars.“You’re not still hung up on that chick are you?” (Garrett)“What the hell are you talking about?” (Sam)“We’re in f* Mexico trying to set up a buy with Alex Mouton, and lover boy takes time out to have some hot fling with a waitress in one of the local watering holes.” (Garrett)“So? He still has a dick. Bound to use it sometime”. (Donovan)These brothers know how to razz each other, but they also know how to protect family. All my favorite characters made appearances in this book, and we got to know a few members of the team a little better. Every sweet scene between Sam and Sophie was matched with a scene that ratcheted up the suspense to a twist at the end that caught me by surprise. Sophie’s bravery almost brought me to tears. And when Sam doubted Sophie’s honor I wanted to slap his face. After borrowing the first book in the KGI series from the library and enjoying it so much I ended up buying this book for my Nook; I didn’t not want to endure the long waiting list to borrow this book. I am not even going to look to see how long the wait is for KGI book 3; I am just going to my Nook and buying it now!

  • Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-04-09 20:46

    *****SLIGHT SPOILERS*****I love the KGI world! I was a bit disappointed with book 1, but this one was just excellent! IMHO So much better.There's only one word to describe Sam... HOT! I liked him so much better the hero of this story. He's so alpha and in command, but so soft and sweet like a teddy bear.Sophie has a very strong personality, doesn't take bullshit from anyone since she's had to protect herself and do what she had to since being a little girl and living in the environment she did, without the love and support of a family.We still get a glimpse of spunky Rusty, except we also see a more emotional side to her this time.Garrett is his usual grumpy, hard self and we get to see more of Van.The books starts out in the middle of a mission in Mexico, except page 1 finds us with Sam having some extra-curricular activities with a local waitress, who he seems to just not be able to stay away from.Lets' just say the chemistry between Sam and Sophie is sizzling. Except that during his mission he was not aware that she's the daughter of the man he's in Mexico trying to take out. Sophie has lived a horrible life, her father killed her mother right in front of her, and has made her life a living hell, a prison. She now sees the opportunity to be free and get rid of him, and she takes it. Even though it will end her encounters with Sam forever. Sam, who she can't stay away from.Now fast forward 5 months... Sam is back home, and can't get Sophie out of his head, he went back for her, tried to find her, but she had just vanished. Except she comes back into his life, finds him, and she's been shot... and PREGNANT. She confesses who she is, but not that she killed her father. She knows her uncle is tracking her because of something she stole after killing his father and will stop at nothing to get it. Even killing her, the baby or Sam. But Sam can help her. She knows a bit of who he is, and he can protect her and the baby now that she can't run anymore.Sam, Garrett and Van are all skeptical, but they protect her until they can get to the bottom of the story, which soon evolves into assassins coming after Sophie, Sam's father having a heart attack, and their mother getting kidnapped from the hospital.There's a lot of action, specially towards the end of this book, there's many twists, and they all have to prove their loyalties for love and family.I really liked this installment and I'm sooo looking forward to Garrett's (hard ass) book!

  • *Book-Lover*
    2019-04-07 01:02

    When going with the KGI brothers, there really is no wrong!!This story is on the oldest brother: Sam Kelly! For some reason, the older brother, gotta look out and protect everyone complex was very appealing to me.This one started off with a steamy, passionate scene from Sam's POV!!Sam and a few of his brothers are working a case in Mexico, when he meets Sophie. They start seeing each other, but nothing is at it seems, cause they both are hiding some pretty dangerous secrets from each other.Fast forward 5 months later, where the heroine Sophie on the run to stay alive,where we find her in a fight for her life and her unborn baby..........what baby, you say?........Sam's baby!She knows the only way for her to be safe, is to find Sam. When she finally does, all hell breaks loose!!This story is filled with lots of alpha, badass, army, marine, navy seal boys willing to fight to the death for the ones they love! I ask you, does it get any better than that?As always when these brothers get together, they always crack me up!Here are the brothers discussing where they're gonna get clothes to fit Sophie....."Christ. That leaves Mom," Sam said.Garrett starting backing away, hands out, "Oh no, Hell no. I'm not asking Ma for one of her bras. That's just....wrong."Donovan looked like he's swallowed a bug, and then both he and Garrett stared at Sam."Your woman. You do it."Sam cleared his throat, "Rock, paper, scissors?""Fuck that," Donovan snorted."You pussies.""You go. We'll pay for your therapy later," Garrett said.Sam turned in disgust and stalked away."I loved this story, it was action packed, suspenseful, sexy, sweet, funny, heart-poundingly good!

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2019-04-13 01:48

    Plot:Sam was in town to spy on an arms dealer and while there he had a passionate fling with a woman. And 5 months later he her helps out of a lake, half-drowned and pregnant with his child. And he tells him that they both are in danger.My thoughts:I have not read much from this genre; make that 2 books that fit one way. But I like this romance sub-genre, because action is always good.This is book 2 in the KGI series, but I could jump right in and did not feel like I had missed anything. It's about the Kelly Group that takes on government jobs, and private jobs, things that no one else can manage. The 6 brothers are all big, military trained and ready to kick some serious ass. Nothing was mentioned about book 1, except for the couple, so no spoilers either. Sam Kelly was a great hero, protective, and strong. But Sophie was no weakling either, no she had been on the run for 5 months hiding, and all this while pregnant. I really liked her, she was so very protective and only wanted to save her child. Together they were one strong couple. Still it was not easy, he was unsure if she was lying or not, and she was unsure that he wanted to protect her. The passion was there in the beginning, 5 months later, and then it is more tricky, they will have a lot to go through, and to really get to know each other.The action was always there. Hiding from whoever was after her, taking them on, and then, ok I will not say anything more, but lots of action going on at the end. I like it intense.My thoughts and recommendation:I am feeling sweet and giving this one a 4 because at one time I did have a hard time putting it down, it got intense. There is action, some hot passion, because these two do want each other, doubts, and some good old family time. I warmed up to the Kelly family at once, and I did want more when I was finished. A great mix of romance and suspense, with a good plot too.Reason for reading: Advice from a buddy about the KGI

  • Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
    2019-04-17 01:57

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Shelby
    2019-03-26 20:09

    I'm enjoying this series very much, but it never quite hits fabulous for me for some reason. I do enjoy my alpha males and their protective nature and this series is definitely chock full of that. Maybe it's that the women here, even when they ultimately play a part in solving things, still want their man to save them. Sophie was definitely stronger and fought for more, but she still wasn't has kick butt as I would have liked for a daughter of a warlord like her father.Sam and Sophie met under unusual circumstances, Sam was on assignment and never meant to fall in love, Sophie was supposed to be seducing Sam on her father's orders. Neither expected the sparks that flew between them. But those same circumstances forced them to disappear from each others lives. Now five months later Sophie knows Sam's her only hope to protect her and her unborn child from her uncle's men.This was definitely fast paced and kept the action flying. I enjoyed those aspects of this story very much. Despite the insta-love nature of Sam and Sophie's relationship, maybe because it happened off page before we met them, it didn't really bother me. There was a lot of talking that needed to happen between them, but they had history so it was easier to accept that they were in love from the beginning. This is definitely an action film style book. Lots of guns flying and shit blowing up. Yet I very much enjoy that. I just feel like the depth of the character development and emotion comes up a little lacking. Enjoyable fun but not as emotionally deeply satisfying in the end. The couples just never seem to touch me at the core.

  • Paige
    2019-04-18 22:51

    NO PLACE TO RUN is an excellent addition to the KGI series. It’s also another difficult review to write with so much going on and much back and forth point of views happening. So here’s a shorter (hopefully!) review.Sam Kelly was working undercover in Mexico going after Alex Mouton a mob typhoon is the possibility to go down dangerous paths. While down there he hooked up with Sophie Lundgren. What he didn’t know was Alex is Sophie’s father who sent her to scope Sam out. However, Sophie not only fell for Sam, but saw this as a chance to get away from her father. She sent an anonymous tip to Sam that sent him racing out of their hotel room on the trail that freed her up to meet with her father. Arriving in his study, she shoots him point blank and makes her escape. 5 months later not only is she pregnant, but her uncle, whom she’s been running from for the past months, is now close on her tracks. She attempts to make her way to Sam’s dock, but is ambushed and shot before she makes it. The next morning while out on the dock with Garret and Donavan, his brothers give Sam a hard time about still being hung up on the woman he hooked up with in Mexico. Sam had gone back for her once Alex disappeared and was surprised to find her gone. Looking out onto the lake Sam spots something floating on a log. He’s shocked to not only discover its Sophie but also her protruding belly. He’s quick to make out the possibility that it’s his. From there the story picks up. They bring Sophie in the house and bandage her arm. When she comes to she confirms Sam’s the father, but holds back the whole truth when she tells them of the danger she has brought to their door. All men are suspicious of her and his brothers even more so, yet Sam is willing to protect what is his. As the Kelly family becomes a target, Frank has a heart attack and while in the hospital, Marlene is taken hostage. As her uncle Tomas attempts to rebuild Alex’s empire, he continues after her for the key she took from her father’s neck that unlocks all her father’s assets. Once she comes clean with Sam about the whole story, they make a new plan to attack as they exchange the key for Marlene. That’s all shot to hell and back when Alex steps out of the house holding Marlene to his chest with a gun to her head. Knowing her father will kill Marlene to prove a point, she slips the key to Garrett while grabbing one of his grenades and faking that she has the key, makes the trade for herself in exchange for Marlene or she lets go of the bomb and blows them up. With a last message that she loves and didn’t betray Sam, Sophie is taken inside by her father and uncle. With their mother safe, they now race to save Sophie who won’t have a chance once her father learns she doesn’t have key. From there, Sophie endures and explosion, her uncle turning on her father, and a getaway car that she causes her uncle to crash before Sam catches up to her. However, in one last attempt, Tomas fires at her as she’s facing Sam and Garrett jumps in front of the way. Both stable and in the hospital, Sam sits with the woman he now will openly admit he loves. The fierce determination to save not only herself, but their daughter and his mother as opened his eyes up to everything she means to him. Waking, Sam tells her she’ll have now forever what she never got as a child. A family that will love her and always protect her. I have to say at first I was real cautious about this book because of the pregnancy it was going to include, but it came together nicely and fit with the underlining struggles to accept what they future was bringing the Kelly family.

  • Chan
    2019-04-10 01:06

    HUGE IMPROVEMENT FROM BOOK 1Writing: Maya Banks can do action! I was really into this one. There were a couple of confusing bits with the writing that caused me to reread passages several times. Like - “A fist slammed into his gut.” I took this as literal, but figured out that it was a metaphor. 3rd person narration. Much fewer POVs than book 1. Characters: You still have all of the characters from book 1, but the focus is on Sam and the newcomer Sophie. With fewer POVs, I had a chance to get to know the characters a little better, and with that I found that I really like Donovan. Nonetheless, more development is needed.Storyline: KGI is sent on an assignment in Mexico and Sam gets sidetracked. Little does he know that his distraction is about to turn his and his family’s world upside down. As I said in my KGI #1 review, Maya does action like nobody’s business. She really stepped it up a notch with this one. Things were blowing up, people were being killed, there was running and hiding, near death experiences, threats…I was all over this like an action junkie! However, there were still things that kind of bothered me. I understand that you write from a place that you know, but given the location Maya wrote about, everyone can’t be fair-skinned. I’M NOT BEING OFFENSIVE. HEAR ME OUT BEFORE YOU THROW STONES – Sophie is from México. Her father is named Alex, mom is named Maria and her uncle is named Tomas. But Sophie has blonde hair and blue eyes. Okay, let’s say her family is American and they moved to Mexico before she was born (this would raise other issues but would explain why she doesn’t look Mexican). Sophie should at least have an accent or use words or phrases native to Mexico.Intimacy Scenes: These were kind of explosive not in a ‘WOW, that was hot’ way, although the scenes were hot, but like ‘I’ve been waiting for this for so long’ way. If you’re looking for a lot of dirty talk and a lot of sex, keep it moving. Overall: Book 1 and book 2 are like night and day. If you read book 1 and didn’t like it, you should give this one a try.

  • MountainKat
    2019-04-13 23:04

    I am struggling to put into words what this book made me feel and what I thought of it...I loved it! It grabbed me and didn't let go - finished it in one day even though I wanted to slow down and savor it! I think this story, that was so much about trust, was appropriate for the Sam we got to know in The Darkest Hour. Not sure why, but it feels right. I admired Sophie, she was struggling so hard with so little going for her. But she never gave up, even when there seemed to be little hope and she was surrounded by doubt, she fought. And Garrett's actions in this book just make me want to read his story even more!I loved both books I have read in this series! They are intense, emotional reads that will leave you sighing at the end. I am so happy that there are more Kelly brothers!!

  • Berit☀️✨
    2019-04-01 01:49

    I enjoyed the series, however I think I need more romance and less action....I think something I had trouble with was understanding the relationship between Sam and Sophie... I think if I had understood that more, I would've understand the motivation behind the entire book.... I really do love these brothers, and I love how much they are there for one another, but I guess what I would like from this series is some more backstory.... some flashback scenes to when they were little boys, what they like, what they don't like, what makes them tick all that good stuff.....Having said that, there is definitely nonstop action in this book, and that was a nice change of pace, I guess I just missed some of the personal touches...

  • Kerrysullivan
    2019-03-26 21:49

    Wow I want to be Kelly girl. This book was one I couldn't put down. The writing had a hard edge to it that was fitting and made the story feel real. There was nothing filly or flowery it was all testosterone and high octane action. In this romantic suspense the men were hunky and the women courageous, what's not to love about that. I haven't read the first book in this series as my local library is buying them for me and I read them in the order they can get them in, but i am so looking forward to the next one.

  • Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
    2019-04-19 00:04

    Finished:Narration gets 4 1/2 stars. Content - more 2 stars. Sam's constant mention of his child put me so off that I couldn't regain my interest in the story.First comments:I'm stopping for the moment. Really enjoy this narrator but Sam mentioning his unborn child constantly has me at the eye rolling stage. Honestly, if I heard a guy mention his unborn child even a fourth this much, I'd be thinking "Weird." I need some reality in my romance.