Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: Hidden Away by Maya Banks

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...

Hidden Away felt a little different from the two previous installments, possibly because Sarah was such an emotionally fragile heroine -- given she's recovering (or attempting to recover) from a traumatic rape, such fragility is exceptionally portrayed by Ms. Banks -- and Garrett, while using Sarah for a shot at revenge against Marcus Lattimer, is still in effect using her and lying to her.  That he jumps at the chance to do so seems at odds with the Garrett we've seen in The Darkest Hour and No Place to Run.

One of the aspects I loved about Hidden Away was Rusty's subplot.   This book really helped solidify the Kelly family, whether born, married into, or claimed, and I was so pleased to see all the brothers stand up for her and essentially welcome her into the fold. 

Had I not known about two additional books forthcoming in this series, I might have been disappointed with the ending.  It felt a bit rushed and not as satisfying as those of The Darkest Hour and No Place to Run.  Still, I'm very excited to have the continuation and to get to know more about Donovan and those secondary characters who make KGI tick. (More PJ please?)    

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