Dec 18 2012 4:00pm

First Look: Maya Banks’s Shades of Gray (December 31, 2012)

Shades of Gray by Maya BanksMaya Banks
Shades of Gray
Berkley / December 31, 2012 /  $7.99 print & digital

P.J. and Cole were sharpshooting rivals on the same KGI team and enjoyed a spirited, uncomplicated camaraderie. Until the night they gave in to their desires and suddenly took their relationship one step further. In the aftermath of their one night stand, they’re called up on a mission that goes terribly wrong, and P.J. walks away from KGI, determined not to drag her teammates into the murky shadows she’s poised to delve into.

Six months later, Cole hasn’t given up his search for P.J., and he’s determined to bring her back home where she belongs. Bent on vengeance, P.J. is on a mission that will plunge her into a serpentine game of payback and make her question everything she’s ever believed in. Cole—and the rest of their team—refuse to let her go it alone. Even if it means sacrificing their loyalty to KGI and their very lives.

Maya Banks’s KGI series has taken us to some dark places where evil lurks—from the jungles of Columbia to the mountains of Afghanistan. In her latest release, Shades of Gray, she takes us into the world of the rich and powerful. KGI is brought in to assist in bringing down a human slavery ring involving children. KGI will do anything to save these children from being sold, including sending in one of their own undercover, but something goes horribly, horribly wrong.

P.J. Rutherford is the team’s sharp shooter, a former S.W.A.T. member, not an undercover operative, but if she can save those girls from the hands of a monster, she knows she has to take a chance. The operation is set up and P.J. is sent into a party to meet Carter Brumley’s second in command, a man known to have loose lips after a few drinks, but P.J. catches the eye of the monster himself. The operation goes south very quickly and P.J. is cut off from her team, drugged and alone with the vilest of men while her team tries to find her.

Never before on a mission had she felt fear like this. If someone handed her a rifle now she couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. But then she’d never been separated from her team. She’d always had their backup and unwavering support.

Now? She was completely on her own.

Even though her team rescues her before she is disposed of, the damage has been done and P.J. is drowning in feelings of helplessness and rage. Always a fighter, P.J. refuses to be seen as anything less by her team and disappears into the night, with only one purpose in mind and that is vengeance. But P.J. has underestimated her team. Where P.J. sees herself as weak, her team sees only her strength for enduring the nightmare for the sake of saving the children and they will do anything to find P.J. and bring her back to them before she comes to any further harm, either from herself or from Brumley.

“I don’t give a damn what she thinks she wanted,” Cold said softly. “She’s not thinking straight and we all know it. Sometimes doing the right thing is all wrong. Giving her space and time and all the other bullshit is great on paper, but you and I both know that the very last thing she needs is to be alone. We’re her family. Her only family. We’re supposed to give a damn. We’re supposed to stand up for her when no one else will. And we’re damn sure supposed to call her out when she’s making stupid choices and fucking up. That’s what family does. Live and die as a team, right? Well, you hung her out to dry, Steele. And you hung the rest of us out right along with her, because now we all look like a bunch of uncaring assholes who just let her walk away without a fight.”

When Brumley’s people start showing up dead, the team knows that they have to hurry and find P.J. because a dangerous and powerful man like Brumley isn’t going to stand quietly and wait for P.J. to come and get him, and there's no way in hell her team is going to let her go it alone.

This is an intense and dark emotional drama that will have your heart racing and breaking for our proud warrior.


Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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Pat F.
1. Pat F.
I have loved all the KGI Team books, and I know this will be no exception!
What a way to start the new year! I have it preordered......
Gina Robichaud
2. GinRobi_01
I can't wait to get my hands on this one! Feels like I've been waiting forever!
Pat F.
3. Ondread2
I love all Maya Banks books and the KGB series is great, I have all the books.
joey gillespie
4. joeyjhg2
I love this series and this book sounds terrific. I'm glad it's released this month.
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