Forged in Steele by Maya Banks (KGI #7)

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…

Steele, a KGI team leader, is an enigma not even his team mates understand. His emotions are tightly locked down and nothing can break that icy exterior. Nothing except Maren Scofield, a doctor on a mission, a woman who has gotten under Steele’s skin and threatens to crack that unflappable cool he’s legendary for.

Steele is determined not to allow Maren past his carefully guarded defenses, but when she’s in danger, there’s no way he’ll allow anyone else to protect her. She’s hiding something. He’s sure of it. But he isn’t prepared for the shocking discovery her secrets reveal. Or how they will forever alter the course of his destiny. He has a decision to make. Hold tight and shut her out. Or take a chance on something more powerful than he’s ever faced. Love.

4 out of 5 stars

Book 7 of the KGI series was MUCH better than the 6th. This book is about Steele, who is a KGI team leader, and Maren Scofield, a doctor in Costa Rica who has made an appearance in past KGI books.  Steele and his team are on a mission and there are some injuries, so they make a pit stop in Costa Rica to have Maren work on their team members.

One thing I liked about this book was the pace of the romance between Steele and Maren, and how blunt and straightforward Steele was about his feelings.  I felt the previous relationship and possible lingering feelings made this book feel genuine.  The last book felt rushed and forced, but this book moved at a nice pace that seemed believable.

There is a nice mystery/backstory with a druglord who is obsessed with Maren, and a KGI “cohort”, and that makes for some nice suspense.  As always, I love hearing about what is going on with the Kelly’s (there is a nice story with Rachel and Evan [book 1]).  The Kelly’s are great, and as long as there are books about them, I will continue to read.

Happy reading.

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