When Day Breaks by Maya Banks (KGI #9)

When Day Breaks by Maya BanksAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Bought

Reviewer: Nikki

Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.

Swanson or “Swanny” as his teammates call him is always up for the next mission. He came back from Afghanistan wounded and scarred. Hardly the kind of man who even belongs in the same room with Eden. And yet there’s something about the quiet beauty that stirs his blood and makes him dream of the impossible. Because Beauty loving the beast only happens in fairy tales and KGI doesn’t deal in fairy tales. Ever.

I’ve been sitting on this book for a YEAR. Over a year actually. Why? Because I wasn’t ready to jump back into this world. After book 8, in all it’s horribleness, I just couldn’t handle it if my Swanny got a bad story. So I bought it and I shelved it and that’s where it’s sat for the last year. It wasn’t until I got the arc for the next book a few weeks ago that I even thought about reading it. I thought I was done with this series. Done. Over it. But, like a glutton, the next one showed up and I started thinking about reading it. Then I started thinking about reading Swanny’s book that had been sitting there collecting dust. Was I over my anger? Could I come back to a series that had been one of my favorites for years? Maybe. I stewed on it people. It was a hard decision. In the end I picked up When Day Breaks (b/c not reading it and going straight to the new one was never an option b/c Im anal like that) and hoped for the best.

While this wasn’t horrible by any means, it still lacked that special something that used to be standard operating procedure in these books. Swanny was brooding, he was alpha and he was infinitely gentle but he was also a broken record a lot of the times. I can’t even tell you the amount of times he told Eden he wasn’t good enough for her. He was too scarred. He didn’t have anything to give her. Blah blah blah. I liked him better when he was the brooding silent type. In fact repetition in all things was par for the course in this book from the beginning.

Example:

PG 4 – “There’s always someone younger, prettier coming up the ranks”

PG 7 – “There was always someone younger, more beautiful, more eager climbing the ranks”

 

There was also a marked difference in the amount of action in something classified as romantic suspense. Previous books were full of action packed scenes that ended in some hot sex. When Day Breaks was much more sedate but I didn’t find it slow paced, just missing the suspense.

I did enjoy Eden because she was completely different than all the guys thought she’d be, Swanny included. She was beautiful inside and out, down to earth and just a loving person in general. She never once saw Swanny’s scars when she looked at him. She only saw how strong and heroic he was. Even when she was hurt all she cared about was him, never thinking about the affect on her modeling career but instead focusing on the larger, more important things in life.

The climactic ending felt slightly rushed but I think that was simply because of the lack of build up throughout the book. Swanny sheds some tears, which normally would annoy me but with him, it felt right. Their relationship was one built on emotion and acceptance so the fragility of Swanny in the face of certain danger for Eden was ok. He was her first (yea she was a virgin) and that too usually ticks me off, but I found my own acceptance was especially large during this book. Whether that was from my connection to the characters or my need for this series back in my life, I’m not sure. But I’ll take it.

When Day Breaks still had some flaws, but overall I did like it and will pick up the next book much quicker than I did this one.

I give When Day Breaks by Maya Banks 3 stars

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