Brighter Than the Sun
Book 11 in the KGI Series
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…
As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on any mission he’s assigned to, but when it comes to love, he’ll keep his distance. He’s content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated.
Zoe’s had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she’s determined to start over with a completely new identity, thanks to her college friend, Rusty Kelly. But it’s the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again. And Joe will have to put everything on the line to save Zoe, when secrets of her past resurface—and threaten to tear them apart…
Maya Banks has finally given us Joe’s HEA in Brighter Than the Sun and I couldn’t be happier for him! Joe has been resisting the match making of his family and his team members for a while now and when he falls, he falls hard and FAST. He’s the strong, solid type. Dedicated to his extended family and KGI’s mission, watching him find something of his very own (outside of his twin, Nathan) was very entertaining. He finally begins to see what his brothers (and some teammates) have and how much he wants that for himself.
Zoe is running. Running from her former life, running from a self she never wanted to be, and running right into the love and support of the extended Kelly family. Zoe knew Rusty in college, and when the crap hits the fan Rusty is the only person she feels she can trust. Zoe’s journey to happily ever after starts with finding out who Zoe really is as a person without being told how to dress, how to act, and what to say. That doesn’t mean she’s weak, as with all the heroines in this series she gets put through the wringer.
The main theme in Brighter Than the Sun (at least for me) is relationships. Almost the whole book takes place on the KGI compound or the surrounding area, so we see plenty of the Kelly family and the entire KGI team. The family dynamic is fabulous throughout the entire series, and seeing Ma & Pa Kelly take to Zoe and bring her into their nest right off the bat just highlights what makes this group of people so special. Zoe and Rusty’s friendship is exactly what a lasting friendship looks like. They bicker, they banter, and they have each other’s backs no matter what. The reader is treated to a nice peek into what the other members of KGI and their significant others have been doing as well as meeting new team members. Joe’s relationship with his twin Nathan and his wife Shea was also an integral part of the story. (For those that didn’t like the paranormal aspects of some of the books in this series, it is briefly touched upon here but not in the way of Shea or Grace’s books). We also get to see more of Rusty and Sean’s constant tension.
The pacing of Joe and Zoe’s relationship worked well for me in the cannon of this series. When the Kellys fall, they really fall and no amount of fighting it will change the fact. The suspense element was not as prominent in this installment (as I said, relationships are the main theme here), and I did feel it wrapped up too quickly for my tastes. It almost feels like a dangling thread for a later book? We shall see.
What kept me reading (even through messy tears) was the family. It was Joe and Zoe, it was Ma & Pa Kelly, it was the new KGI members, it was the rash of —oops, no spoilers 😉
I did cry, Maya Banks pulled zero emotional punches. For fans of this series, there are some major shake-ups. I can’t wait to see what happens next! Brighter Than the Sun brings the reader a sweet romance, a wonderful family, a batch of protective alpha men and the women they cherish, and a dose of danger.
3.5 out of 5 Stars!
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MAR 7, 2017