No Place To Run by Maya Banks
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Berkley
Genre: Romantic Suspense
“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!
“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.
- The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1)
- No Place to Run (KGI, #2)
- Hidden Away (KGI, #3) March 2011