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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 17:18

Review: Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy

Written by Jennifer Porter
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MidnightTargetMidnight Target by Elle Kennedy (romantic suspense, Berkley, April 2017)




Series: Killer Instincts, book 8


Four years ago, Cate’s entire life changed when she discovered she was the daughter of a supersoldier. But Jim Morgan’s overprotectiveness has pushed her away. These days, she’s working as a freelance photographer and living the dangerous life Jim never wanted for her.



When Cate snaps a photo linking a corrupt South American politician with the leader of a notorious drug cartel, her mercenary father leads a team to rescue her—only to get shot and critically wounded in the process.


As Morgan’s operatives rally together on a revenge mission, they’re faced with new alliances and old heartaches. Cate is forced to work with David “Ash” Ashton, the man who broke her heart two years ago, while Liam Macgregor and Sullivan Port resurface after years apart to finally try to deal with everything they’d left unsaid.


Soon it’s all-out war between the cartel and the mercenaries—with two couples caught in the middle of the blood feud. Love and redemption are within their reach...but first, they have to make it home alive.


I have mad, mad love for Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series; it is a phenomenal romantic suspense series built around Jim Morgan’s team of mercenaries who fight wicked bad dudes. I have also been DYING for operatives Liam and Sully to FINALLY get their HEA after years and books filled with angst and torment for these two. I guess it is appropriate that Kennedy made readers wait until the final book in the series for these two finally find peace, love and happiness. Reading this last book, Midnight Target, was both wonderful (Yay, Liam and Sully get their HEA) and gut wrenching (saying goodbye), but it is a fitting send off to one of my favorite groups of soldiers saving the world.


Cate Morgan, Jim’s daughter, finds herself in trouble when she unknowingly takes a photograph of a supposedly dead cartel leader. Jim rushes to rescue his daughter and ends up with life threatening injuries. All of the men who work for Jim (or used to) rush to his side determined to protect his daughter and finally get the drug lord. This includes Liam MacGregor who has been working with his family in Boston and Sullivan Port who has been MIA since he was rescued from some really bad dudes in a previous book (among others).


With all of Morgan’s men reunited, they work together to get the man responsible for hurting Jim. Among the group is one of the youngest recruits David “Ash” Ashton. Ash was Cate’s friend when she first arrived at Jim’s compound as a teenager. Cate, of course, had a crush on the young soldier who eventually went out of his way to hurt her in order to keep his distance. However, Cate is now an adult who refuses to be ignored. She also refuses to allow anyone, especially Ash, to keep her on the sidelines during the operation. Ash has his hands full with Cate who is angry with him and delights in pushing all of his hot buttons.


Ash needs to man up and figure out what he feels for Cate, even has he must work to keep her safe. He thinks of Jim as a father and knows how Jim feels about Ash and Cate being together. Ash has a lot to deal with, and admittedly, Cate does not go easy on him (Go Cate!). Their romance is delightful, and I loved watching Ash grow into himself throughout the story. His confrontation with Jim once he decides what he wants is great - and is so very Jim.


As for Liam and Sully, their HEA doesn’t start to take shape until later in the book. The two are full of hurt feelings and fear. They are fairly combative with each other and dance around things for longer than I would have liked. But much of their romance actually plays out over several books in the series. This does mean that it did feel like Liam and Sully don’t get enough page time in Midnight Target - although I am not sure that I could ever think they did get enough page time. I admit that a great deal of my disappointment was mitigated by a fantastic grovel scene where Sully has brunch with Liam’s family and FINALLY declares his love for Liam. I love this scene so hard - and wanted to shout my joy for the entire world to hear.


The Killer Instincts series has been an absolute delight from start to finish. There are some seriously dark moments (lots of evil bad guys, torture and death), but they are overshadowed by the HEAs, the amazing camaraderie and the unforgettable characters. I am so sad to have reached the end of this series, but at least I can re-read them at will. These books are everything I want in romantic suspense.


Midnight Target is a book that is packed with action and romance. There is so much going on with the suspense plot, in Cate and Ash’s romance, in Liam and Sully’s romance and in the threads wrapping the series up. It isn’t all hearts and flowers, but it is a perfect send off for Morgan’s men who have been battling bad guys for many years and have developed a wonderful and tight-knit family. If you are looking for a series filled with excitement, adventure and romance, the Killer Instincts books are exactly what you need.


Elle Kennedy: http://www.ellekennedy.com/


Book Disclosure: A print ARC was provided by the publisher.

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