Review: MIDNIGHT ACTION by Elle Kennedy


midnight actionTitle: Midnight Action (Killer Instincts #5)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Signet
Source: Bought
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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.


My Review:


Why did I want to read this book?

It’s Noelle’s and Jim’s story, finally! I only have read Midnight Pursuits (Book 3) and that’s where I first met these two but gosh, they stole the scenes they were in. Their antagonism towards each other was so palpable that I was dying to know their back story because I was so sure they had one. All that fire and heat could not have come from nothing. And now, here’s their book at last!


What worked for me?

I’m a big fan of enemies to lovers stories and second-chance romance and what do you know, this story is a blend of those two, presented in a platter of perfection to readers from the wonderful Elle Kennedy.

In this book, we finally get to be privy to all those past history between Noelle and Jim, how they first met and what happened to them since then, and why they seemed to always be at each other’s throats every time they’re in each other’s presence. I wouldn’t reveal so much here but I can say that woah, those are some great and yet really painful revelations. They made me understand these two better and I know that neither are perfect. They’ve both made mistakes in the past, trying to protect themselves, trying to get revenge, and just wanting to inflict that anger of pain to each other.

There was nothing tame about the circumstances of these two people’s antagonism. They’re rooted pretty deeply in life-altering turn of events. But one thing that they can’t deny is that no matter what they do, no matter how much anger they might feel, they’re still drawn to each other, time and time again. Their chemistry is explosive and raw and wild. I think almost all their scenes together carried a punch (or several) that will just leave you breathless.

At some time, I was wondering how the author would be able to get these two together. They have so much bad blood between them, maybe too much negative things that they did to each other, whatever is between them might not stand the test of time (or each other). But I’m glad that the author did a really incredible and credible resolution for them. Because if there’s anyone who deserve to be happy, to be finally free from the past, to find peace, it’s Noelle and Jim. Definitely.


What did not work for me?

I wouldn’t exactly say that it didn’t work me (because I obviously loved reading this book) but it’s more like I had expected more for the resolution. Don’t get me wrong, as far as grand gestures go, Jim’s was pretty up there (albeit in a slightly morbid way, but it’s the idea, principle, and most of all motivation behind it that counts), I just found myself slightly dazed because I wanted more. But this might just be me.


My over-all take on it?

All in all, this was an amazing story definitely fit for Noelle and Jim, who’s larger-than-life personalities could not be denied. As the past makes itself known to you, the more you understand these two and what makes them tick (the wrong way and the right way). You’ll be angry with them, angry for them, want to vow revenge in their names, and at the same time want them to finally get that peace together, in love, if at all possible. Don’t miss this latest installment.


My rating:

 4-5 stars




About the Author:

ellekennedy_authorpic_72-225x300A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Connect with Elle Kennedy:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads




7 thoughts on “Review: MIDNIGHT ACTION by Elle Kennedy”

  1. Oooh I’ve never heard of this series before but I’m just like you. I love romances that focus on enemies turned lovers, there’s just something about the underlying spark that intrigues me a lot. It’s always great to get some backstory for beloved characters, and the author seems to have done really well on that. Definitely intrigued! Thanks for sharing lovely xx


    1. I think this series is my first suspense romance if my memory serves me right and I fell in love with it.. Elle Kennedy has a great gift for writing romances. I hope you’ll check out this series. 🙂


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