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Forged in Steele (KGI Novels) by Maya Banks

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List Price: £6.21


Mass Market Paperback: 376 Pages.

Published: 05 September 2013 by BERKLEY - US

Edition: 7th edition

ISBN: 042526338X

EAN: 9780425263389

Steele, a KGI team leader, is an enigma not even his teammates understand. His emotions are tightly locked down and nothing can break that icy exterior. Nothing except Maren Scofield, a doctor on a mission, a woman who has got under Steele's skin and threatens to crack that unflappable cool he's legendary for. Steele is determined not to allow Maren past his carefully guarded defences. But when she's in danger, there's no way he'll allow anyone else to protect her. Maren's hiding something. He's sure of it. But he isn't prepared for the shocking discovery her secrets reveal.


4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

Better than the last in this series but still some reservations

It's nice to have a book about more mature people with established

careers falling in love rather than lovestruck teenagers. It's refreshing not to have them falling out about pointless stuff but addressing real issues in their relationship. It's great to see Steele behave in a normal, human fashion and even more amusing to see how his colleagues react. I'm glad to revisit characters from previous novels and to see that the author understands that the effects of what happenedto them continue after the story is ended.

It's a pity that we have to have the woman in peril and needs to be rescued by the man plot -I know that she's a doctor and he's a mercenary but it does seem to be the same theme for all these books. I could also have done with more action and fewer sex scenes as they got a bit repetitive.

All in all it's a four star read for those who enjoy these novels - which I do.It's more coherent and joined up than PJ and Cole's story and suffers less from the smothering feeling of all the goodwill in the KGI "family"than some previous books. It's an easy and enjoyable read with some twists in the plot that I actually hadn't foreseen. It's not great literature but it is romantic suspense which engages the reader and which is difficult to put down.

I have one, strong reservation, however, which almost lost this book another star had not the author begun to recognise that it is an issue in the narrative. The book starts with the rescue of a young woman from somewhere (possibly in South or Central America) where she has been living with a drug lord/terrorist/all round bad guy. Her parents have paid KGI to rescue her but it is clear that it is against her will, she wants to stay, and at no point are we told that she is a minor - just where do they get theauthority to go into another country to invade someone's estate, kill his security guards and "rescue" a woman who wants to stay there ? A bit morally dubious ? It is not the first time that I have thought this about one of the plots in this series but it is interesting that issues similar to this are addressed in a conversation between two characters near the end of the story, although they are not resolved.

Disengage the brain, pull up a comfy chair, put a couple of hours aside, and enjoy.

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