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Shades of Gray

(KGI #6)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  12,582 ratings  ·  819 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
ebook, 286 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Excuse me while I have a little moment hereWTF 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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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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, theyre called up on a
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 outlandishjust saying. I liked this book, but not as much as the other ones in the series.

March 2014 Comment

Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: suspense
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
Natália Rivero
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
OMG OMG OMG such a great book what a emotional rollercoaster!!!!!! One of my favorite of the series
I have been looking forward to Cole and P.J.'s story since I started this series. They have always been favorits of mine, so I decided to skip the previous book and jump into this one. I did read the reviews (which were pretty mixed), so I knew there would be some hardcore shit in this one.

And boy there was....the beginning of this book gutted me. I cried my damn eyes out. Now don't get me wrong...I've read some pretty dark books, that were way worse than this, but this was P.J. and my heart
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Aug 19, 2012 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?
Dec 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, theyve been in the background, bickering, fighting, but theyre a unit both snipers on a small team led by Steele and they always have each others back. That hasnt 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 was
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Pam Nelson
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: _finished-2015
P.J. is a BADASS! In every sense of the word.
This girl takes a licking and keeps on ticking or in her case kicks some serious ass.
I know not just any girl could go through what she did and come out stronger and in fighting form. Sure it took something from her. But she didn't let it get her down she took it and made it a living thing.

I don't know if revenge is my thing but in this case hell to the yessssss.
For some weird reason I thought this was Van and P.J. so when it was Cole and P.J. I
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
Anna's Herding Cats
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: maya-banks
Oh this one just cannot get here soon enough! Can't wait!
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 Rios team are still present, the action is still heart-thumping, but this book was so much more emotional than even Ethan and Rachels story. Theres one sex scene, and the rest is action and emotional turmoil, but it was to be expected, and I loved it
Lucy Dosch
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 Steeles 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 party
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
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
This book was so disappointing on so many levels that I just can't even bother myself to write a review.

I will say this, however:

This book officially has the WORST, most BRUTAL rape scene I've ever read. The detail is painful and it killed me to read it.

So if that is a trigger for you, ABSOLUTELY avoid this one. I have a VERY strong stomach and this is not a trigger for me and I STILL had trouble.
I'm Not
Somewhat predictable, not all parts very convincing but loved it, loved it, loved it! Though it broke my heart a few times.
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted here:

I fell in love with the KGI series within the first few chapters of the first book. However, Ill admit that after reading book 4, I was super disappointed with Banks and the series direction. Im not a fan of an author adding a paranormal element to a contemporary series, and didnt even bother to read book 5. But when I saw that Banks was going to tell PJ and Coles story, I figured I would give the series a chance again, and I
Apr 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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.
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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
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?!?
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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

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Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today and international bestselling author of over 50 novels. A wife and mother of three, she lives in Texas.

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KGI (1 - 10 of 12 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)
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