Title: Brighter Than The Sun
Series: KGI 11
Author: Maya Banks
Release Date: 07 March 2017
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense
Source: Amazon Kindle AU
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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…
Brighter than the sun is the eleventh book in Maya Bank’s KGI (Kelly Group International) series. The series focuses on the Kelly family and the people that work for KGI. Each book focuses on a different couple and this book follows Joe and Zoe. This book does not have to be read as part of the series but I would highly suggest reading it as part of the series.
In this book, you meet Zoe, the love interest to Joe, for the first time. It is clear right from the start that she is running from something terrible and scary but not until later in the book is it revealed what she’s running from. There is also a lot more about Joe revealed in this book, you often don’t get more info about him in the other books.
One thing I didn’t like about Brighter Than the Sun is how fast the relationship between Joe and Zoe progresses, it is just a few days before they are declaring their love for each other. Bank’s does do this well, it doesn’t come out of the blue, but I’m am not a fan of the crazy fast relationships in many romance books.
I also really enjoyed the few scenes in this book with Rusty and Sean and they just made my want their book even more. In this book, Rusty finally gets feed up with the Kelly brothers for constantly underestimating her and immediately thinking the worst of her, she goes off at them with a huge speech that I absolutely loved. I always love when, in books and film, someone who is constantly disregard by other characters finally gets sick of it and just goes off. I feel like in this book, due in part to Rusty, a lot of the brothers and other KGI members really grow as they realise how much talent they have let go to waste by not paying attention to Rusty.
Overall, I feel like this book had a lot of shit go down for the whole Kelly and KGI family. It was really nice to check in with the other couples as well. This book just made me want the next one even more.