Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Review: Hidden Away by Maya Banks

Title: Hidden Away
Series: KGI
Author: Maya Banks
Read copy: eBook
Published: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
ISBN: 1101477407
ISBN-13: 9781101477403

A man who shoots first and asks questions later...

Most people would take an all-expenses-paid trip to the beach in a heartbeat. Garrett Kelly only accepts to keep tabs on Sarah Daniels, who's in hiding after witnessing a murder by Marcus Lattimer, her half-brother--and a personal enemy of KGI. This gig may be beneath a disciplined soldier like Garrett, but if he gets a shot at Lattimer, it will all be worth it...

...and the ultimate moving target.

But Garrett hadn't counted on falling for Sarah. He'd considered seduction as a tactical maneuver, but when he glimpses Sarah's dark past, he feels an urgent desire to keep her safe--even after she disappears on him. Garrett doesn't know exactly who, or what, Sarah's running from, but whatever it is, she's running for her life...

My rating:

This was one of those books when you exclaim “What the hell happened?” when it ends. Because I didn’t get it. Well, I didn’t get where the blurb came from? Because the story and the blurb didn’t mesh.

But let’s start at the beginning. It was slow. Very slow. Very, very slow. Something happened in the first chapter, then we had chapter after chapter of nothing happening, then she disappeared, there was a birth (which had nothing to do with the main story, by the way), he found her again, something completely unrelated happened, they were rescued, someone was killed, she felt betrayed, he groveled, she forgave him. The end.

And it was slow. Even when it started moving toward the end, it was a little too late and a little too slow for comfort. Also the fact the main story (the hero and heroine story) was overshadowed by the hordes of secondary characters, continuations of past books, a possible glimpse into a future story, etc.
And when we actually got to spend time with Garrett and Sarah, the relationship was bland, emotionally-detached, and rather boring. Even Garrett, my favorite Kelly brother so far, didn’t inspire anything remotely similar to what he inspired when he was merely a secondary character himself.

And don’t get me started on the suspense, because there was very little of it, and rather boring as well. It didn’t deliver on the blurb, it didn’t deliver on the term “romantic suspense”, it didn’t deliver at all.

It seems to me Ms. Banks should definitely change genres, because I fear she just cannot do the romantic suspense genre any good. Even if you separate those two, she’s not particularly good at them, judging by this book.

Blah, boring, uneventful, and torturously slow, this was my last venture into the KGI world, because I’m slowly running out of stars.


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