Monday, November 10, 2014

Book Review + Giveaway: Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy

Midnight Action (Killer Instincts #5)
By Elle Kennedy
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Source: Publisher
Summary: She’s got a broken heart...
and a fully loaded arsenal....

Ex–army ranger Jim Morgan leads a team of elite mercenaries, but eighteen years ago in Paris, he was part of a black ops unit whose mission was to hunt down a rogue operative. In order to trap the criminal, Jim seduced Noelle, the man’s daughter—a ruthless act that cost him the love of his life and turned her into a mortal enemy. Now he can’t trust her, but he still desires her. He also needs her help....

Older, wiser, and unwilling to play the fool again, Noelle runs a group of highly skilled assassins. And she’s just been offered the hit of the century: Eliminate Jim Morgan. History gives them no reason to trust each other, but with their lives in jeopardy at the hands of a common enemy, the lines between love and hate are soon blurred. Now Noelle and Jim must face the past if they want to have a future—let alone a future together.

Review: Holy cow, talk about hot! Elle Kennedy sure knows how to turn up the heat in her Killer Instincts series, and the chemistry brewing between Jim and Noelle in Midnight Action scorches the pages and leaves the reader begging for more! 

Jim Morgan is the leader of an elite mercenaries team and is a trained operative who knows exactly how to get the job done. However, 18 years ago in Paris, he was part of a secret operation where he had to seduce his subject's daughter, sweet and innocent Noelle. What Jiim didn't expect was to fall for Noelle and utterly betray her in order to complete his mission. 18 years later, Noelle now runs a group of highly skilled assassins and considers Jim Morgan one of her greatest enemies. But when her next job involves eliminating Jim Morgan, Noelle decides to check in on Jim and see exactly why someone wants him dead so badly. The two soon find themselves fighting against a common enemy, which means working together and reopening old wounds that neither of them want to admit they have. Sparks fly, though, and Noelle and Jim can't deny the heat between them, no matter how hard they try to deny it. 

Like I said: Woah. This book was off the charts in sexual tension between Noelle and Jim. Those two are so hot-headed and stubborn and end up taking their rage out on each other. Noelle hates Jim for using her to get to his father, especially when she was a naive 17-year-old who fell in love with him. When she figured out that entire relationship was a lie, she turned into the cold, calculating assassin she is today. There is so much history behind Jim and Noelle and as the reader, you have no idea what really went on between them and why Noelle hates Jim so much while Jim claims to have never stopped loving her. The flashback chapters are great and show us another side of Jim and Noelle that we definitely don't get to see in the present day. While their relationship was tender back then, it is so intense now and there is no way those two can deny how much they want each other. 

While Noelle and Jim's steamy relationship definitely took up a lot of the story line, I love the action/suspense narrative that is always present in Elle Kennedy's novels. The team working for Jim definitely has more than one near death experience and they all have to work together to get out of extremely dangerous situations while completing missions of their own. I don't want to spoil too much, but the secret that is uncovered about Jim's past definitely throws things for a loop and creates a whole new level of suspense, so you have no idea how those guys are going to get out the mess Jim's gotten himself into. Jim's team, though, is so loyal to their boss that they'll do anything to save his back. 

If you can't tell, I LOVED this book. There's romance, suspense, action, and a whole lot of steam between Jim and Noelle. The chemistry was through the roof and you know that those two are going to get together, but they also have to learn to trust each other emotionally if they have any hope of making things work. The team of mercenaries Elle Kennedy has created are so entertaining and lovable, and I always find myself eagerly anticipating the next book as soon as I finish the last page of the current release. That being said, I can't wait for Bailey and Sean's story!! That Irishman stole heart the moment he joined Jim's team and I know their story will be just as hot and kick butt as this one was. If you haven't yet, every romantic suspense fan needs to read Elle Kennedy's series. You're in for some hot action and even hotter characters who have to work together to take down the bad guys.

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