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Shades of Gray (KGI #6)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  8,286 ratings  ·  611 reviews
The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can't...
P.J. and Cole were sharpshooting rivals on the same KGI team and enjoyed a spirited, uncomplicated camaraderie
ebook, 286 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published January 1st 2012)
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
Excuse me while I have a little moment here…WTF did I just read?


I'm sorry but I'm not in the mood to write a synopsis. Shades of Gray did boggle my mind. Irrevocably. I'm extremely, totally, utterly, and highly bummed! I advise you to read my spoilers to understand why I'm angry.

P.J. Rutherford. She is a woman. I mean the chick's got boobs and a vagina. But after reading her story this word conveys nothing to me anymore. Initially I wanted to label her as a Superwoman. However, I was so way o
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

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Shades of Gray is the sixth book in Maya Banks’ KGI series and one incredibly exciting, sexy story. Fast paced, emotional… this book took me on a rollercoaster ride of feelings and I loved every minute of it!
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 m
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
Low 3 Stars

It took me a year but I finally was able to listen to the new narrator. I still don't think he's the right fit for this particular series, but at least I was able to listen and finish the story.

As for the story long as you're able to easily suspend reality, this book should work for you. Let's just say that the heroine's kick-butt abilities were a bit outlandish—just saying. I liked this book, but not as much as the other ones in the series.

March 2014 Comment

Oh boy, P.J. and Cole's must be able to suspend disbelief to thoroughly enjoy this one. Since I can (most of the time), I was able to enjoy it, but that doesn't mean my reading wasn't interrupted a time or two with thoughts like "I can't believe they did that" or "she did that and got away with it?"...

Allow me to explain. P.J and Cole are friendly sharpshooting rivals on one of KGI's elite teams. There's always been playful, snarky banter between P.J. and Cole, and you could tell from
Natália Rivero
I've been waiting for this for a long time.
After their book,the other that I really want read is about Rusty.
(Posted in 2012)
Well now that I finally read the book I can rewrite my review.

Since Sam's book that I wanted to know about Steele's team or more specifically PJ and Cole.
I created a lot of stories/theories in my mind and also high expectations on that couple.
So what happened to PJ really shocked me.
Maya Banks's such great author but she defi
This book for me was....BAD BAD BAD!!!

PJ Rutherford is a sniper in Steele's team for KGI. She is suppose to be a kick ass, you can't f*ck with me, tough as they come warrior. Ok I truly believe there are women out there who train hard, and are indeed tough as hell warriors. As women we are all different, look different, act different, think different, etc etc and it's all good! But what i don't believe is this character, she is one sided, over the top, quite unbelievable, and honestly irritating
Dear Maya Banks,

I want my $7.99 back. As with the hero in Shades of Gray, David Coletrane, I shouldn't have ignored my gut feeling. After being so disappointed in the last two KGI novels, Whispers In The Dark and Echoes At Dawn, I should have just stopped. But, you lured me back with Softly At Sunrise. I thought the series would be back on track; but no, you took the one truly strong female character you had and completely broke her, literally cut her to shreds. I have to ask; why Maya do you h
4.5 stars!

Wow, gotta love it! Romance, action and a thrilling plot makes this another winner. Not to mention it includes a great heroine in PJ and a gorgeous alpha in Cole, how can you not love it.


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Feb 03, 2013 willaful marked it as dnf
I couldn't finish this because I was so enraged about how it was plotted. The one female operative in KGI, an expert sniper and generally kick-ass woman, and what is her story? She gets tarted up to sweet talk a bad guy. And then (view spoiler) Isn't there some other story she could've had -- any other story?
Jessica Hatfield
OMG OMG OMG such a great book what a emotional rollercoaster!!!!!! One of my favorite of the series
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Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: A-

P.J. and Cole have been dancing around their attraction for years. Throughout all the KGI books, they’ve been in the background, bickering, fighting, but they’re a unit – both snipers on a small team led by Steele and they always have each others back. That hasn’t always been the case for P.J. She was previously the only female on her SWAT team and when she turned in a teammate, who also happened to be her lover, for some shady dealings he
I love Maya Banks KGI (Kelly Group International) romantic suspense series but this book was such a disappointment. Many other reviewers have already discussed the plot details, so I'll just add that I found the plot devices to be totally ridiculous and utterly dependent on formerly intelligent characters doing one stupid thing after another.

PJ herself, who I really liked in earlier books, was just way over the top for me, right from the beginning. She suffered terrible violence and abuse in th
Shades of Gray is the sixth book in Maya Banks' KGI series. PJ and Cole are teammates and have had a comfortable spirited camaraderie for a while. Then one night they let their desires take control. The morning after takes them back to KGI and a new mission. Unfortunately, the mission goes horribly wrong.

I have mixed feelings about this one. I loved it and yet not. Does that make sense? The storyline was hard and I had issues about certain things that happened. But still it was good and I was gl
Anna's Herding Cats!
Oh this one just cannot get here soon enough! Can't wait!
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Maya Banks isn't one of my favourite authors and I could be snarky and pick holes in the plot and her writing style (She needs to retire the saying "whoever was pissed off") but I really like the combination of the covert ops and the Kelly family dynamic, both biological and adopted.

Despite the horrible storyline of rape and trafficking in girls, the relationship between team members Cole and PJ worked for me and after the previous physic sisters which I really didn't like it was good for the K
Lucy Dosch
David “Cole” Coletrane knew from the moment he first laid eyes on her, that P.J. Rutherford was something special and he wanted her desperately. Their easy camaraderie and playful competition was all part of the closeness of Steele’s team at KGI.

When KGI received a request to assist in bringing down a powerful and dangerous player in the underworld of human slave trade, specializing in children, there was no question they wanted a part in the takedown. The op was to send in P.J. into a swanky pa
This review was originally posted on my blog.

If I say that Maya Banks has huge brass balls, I say it and mean it with the utmost respect. The sixth book in this series is so different from its predecessors. The Kelly clan, as well as members from Rio’s team are still present, the action is still heart-thumping, but this book was so much more emotional than even Ethan and Rachel’s story. There’s one sex scene, and the rest is action and emotional turmoil, but it was to be expected, and I loved it
Review originally posted here:

I fell in love with the KGI series within the first few chapters of the first book. However, I’ll admit that after reading book 4, I was super disappointed with Banks and the series direction. I’m not a fan of an author adding a paranormal element to a contemporary series, and didn’t even bother to read book 5. But when I saw that Banks was going to tell PJ and Cole’s story, I figured I would give the series a chance again, a
Revised review
3.5 stars
Shades of Gray is the highly anticipated book 6 in the KGI (Kelly Group, International - a kickass group of black ops operatives who do contract work for the US government) series by Maya Banks. This is the story of the heretofore only female operative, PJ, and her teammate Cole. We meet PJ and Cole as periphery characters in the other books. They are a part of the KGI "family" and we understand that they are skilled, hard-nosed, and kick-ass. There are two basic teams in
Ezinwanyi~the Impish Angel  (Oh My Shelves)
3.5 Stars. I really liked Penelope Jane and Dave Coltrane but that "sloppy" work that lead to PJ being captured was BS. It made KGI look like newbies as well as the 6 month gap. That caused the loss of 1/2 a star.
Wow! What an emotional, nerve-wracking, wild roller coaster ride! I really, really loved it! But the first part of this book was gut wrenching... The mission that goes terribly wrong? It goes so much more horribly wrong than I ever imagined - it was brutal and very hard to read. I felt as tormented as the characters in the book! Thank goodness it was a romance and I knew it was going to end well. Because I really, really needed the HEA in this one!

P.J. and Cole stole my heart! I liked them in th
FV Angela
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The KGI series by Maya Banks and I have a rocky relationship. I very much enjoyed the first three books in the series and kind of fell in love with these brothers and their big, loving family. Book four was a shock to the system because this series was always romantic suspense and all of sudden, with no warning, it suddenly became a PARANORMAL romantic suspense series. People talking in each other’s minds, healing from afar, I’m
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Shades Of Gray es el sexto libro de la serie KGI de Maya Banks y narra la historia de Cole y P.J. ( miembros del equipo de Steele. )
Una de las razones principales de que me guste tanto esta saga es porque sus personajes estan tan bien desarrollados que no puedes evitar sentir una conexion con ellos, ademas me encanta leer como estos chicos tan " duros " en el exterior se convierten en ositos de peluche cuando se enamoran.
Personalmente pienso que este libro es el que narra la historia mas dura, l
3.0 stars. Loving this story until about the last 85% when our heroine PJ turns into a ridiculously over the top naked wonder woman/badass commando. C'mon, really?!?
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I'm hooked on the KGI series. The romantic suspense is good. It's easy to follow with consistent and admirable characters. This kind of reminded me of a favourite movie of mine, Columbina. PJ (Penelope Jane) is a sharp shooter and excellent operative. Unfortunately, playing Mata Hari didn't work well for us.

This is one of the reasons why men don't like women in combat. There is always the threat of rape. PJ experiences this up close and personal. Instead of withering and curling up, she goes of
Jan 26, 2013 SheLove2Read rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to SheLove2Read by: everyone
Review Alert #1: spoilers aplenty so if you haven't read this book, you have been warned. I make NO apologies. There may also be cursing.
Review Alert #2: I am a total PJ/Cole fangirl and have been since the beginning, so that "may" have colored my review. But I doubt it. *grins*

Dear Maya Banks,
I have been a fangirl of PJ and Cole since their very introduction and drooling for their book. You didn't disappoint and I love you forever. Never stop writing.
Love, Me

If you've been following the KGI ser
Douglas Meeks
I finished Shades of Gray: A KGI Novel and still have very mixed feelings about it, the ending and the plot were very good although I would have to say it was not very original. The use of a tool from the "Less than talented writers toolbox" where you do some horrible thing to a beloved character to get an emotional response from readers was almost more than I could stand (no I won't give it away but you will see it coming)and it was a close thing that I was gonna toss the book. It proceeded wel ...more
Rach  *Feisty kitty*
Wow what a rollercoaster of emotions

This is the only book in the KGI series I was reluctant to pick up as I will admit I wasn't a huge fan of women being the badass hero. I knew from previous books that PJ was a woman who didn't like to be fussed over and this was my main draw back.

However now my tastes have changed and I love a woman who can defend herself and doesn't just cower in the corner in the midst of pain and hardship.

What PJ went through at the beginning of the story was awful especia
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Other Books in the Series

KGI (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1)
  • No Place to Run (KGI, #2)
  • Hidden Away (KGI, #3)
  • Whispers in the Dark (KGI, #4)
  • Echoes at Dawn (KGI, #5)
  • Forged in Steele (KGI, #7)
  • After the Storm (KGI, #8)
  • When Day Breaks (KGI, #9)
  • Darkest Before Dawn (KGI, #10)
  • Untitled (KGI, #11)
Rush (Breathless, #1) Fever (Breathless, #2) Burn (Breathless, #3) Sweet Surrender (Sweet, #1) The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1)

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“Well I would if you’d let me finish,” he grumbled.”
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