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When Day Breaks by Maya Banks
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Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

This is the ninth book in this very popular series that is centred around a military family. The Kelly family have all served in various parts of the military and their breadth of experience is something they put to good use working as a top secret recovery organisation . When something goes wrong and you need help then there's none better than KGI!

Swanson or Swanny as he's known served in Afghanistan with Nathan and Joe Kelly where he was captured, tortured and left hideously disfigured. The Kelly's are a fiercely loyal family and when Swanny needed a job there was never a doubt that he belonged with them . Now adopted into the family business he's found his place in the world and if being a badass is called for then he's the one for the job!

Eden works as a model and she's slowly but surely climbing to the top of that cutthroat world. Hailed as one of the most beautiful women in the world she's somehow managed to keep her feet on the ground but her perfect world is about to come crashing down ! Edens father has a secret and it's been eating away at him but now that secret is about to raise it's ugly head and Eden is the one whose in danger of being bitten! She needs protection and it has to be the best but luckily her brother Ryker served with the Kelly's and Swanny so he knows just who to call. Swanny spent many a cold lonely night remembering the photos Ryker had of his lovely sister and now he can't quite believe that he's finally going to meet her. Swanny realises that women find his looks frightening but Eden sees beneath the scars and what she sees is all man!

I love the Kelly's and all the associated characters that have somehow been adopted into their clan . These fierce, hard working characters just leap off the page with their own special brand of troubleshooting . This is romantic suspense at it's best and has delighted readers for quite some time but I must admit I felt a little disappointed with the first half of this book. I guess I just wanted a bit more action but the author spent the time allowing readers to catch up with characters from previous stories and see what was happening in their lives. I'm sure some readers will enjoy seeing the softer side of these tough men but I much prefer more action and plot.

The romance between Eden and Swanny was a gentle one but a little surprising. Eden works in the very brash and hard world of modelling so finding her to be sweet and innocent just felt a little odd. I expected her to be an experienced woman but she did actually woo Swanny which made a nice twist. There's nothing more amusing than reading about a big tough man flailing around when a woman takes control ! Lucky Swanny had no idea that all his dreams were about to come true!

Having said that I wasn't completely on board initially I would reassure readers that Ms Banks had a fantastic plot twist up her sleeve and the second half of this book really gathered pace. A nail biting end to this story that really allowed Swanny to step up and be the hero that readers always knew he was.

So if you like reading about alpha military males with rock hard bodies and a heart as wide as a mile then you need to get this book. Swanny may have given up on love but luckily this author hadn't given up on him! Everyone deserves a second chance and with the KGI behind him he finally gets his!
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Reading Progress

May 12, 2014 – Shelved
May 12, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
May 12, 2014 – Shelved as: literal-addiction-books
May 12, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed

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