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Review: Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy

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Midnight Target
Author:
Elle Kennedy
Reviewer:
VampBard
Rating: A

What I’m Talking About:

**blinks** Um. What just happened here?

Readers of the Killer Instincts series are well aware of the bromance between Boston and Sully, and the super crappy stuff that happened to Sully. If you haven’t read the entire series, you really need to start from the beginning to appreciate all the careful planning that went into the series arc, the character development—and breaking down of characters—that went into writing every single book in the series.

But, hey. This book is mainly about Cate and Ash, right? NOPE. Just get that notion right out of your head. This very minute.

Midnight Target is so much more than military romance/romantic suspense—whatever label you want to give it. Jim’s mercenaries and Noelle’s chameleons—with a few others—have managed to create a family. And really, the overarching theme in this book is family. Whether the onus of the discussion is on Cate’s relationship with Jim or Ash’s with his family… or Boston’s relationship with his devout Irish-Catholic family or Sully’s lack of family—we always come back to that one, singular, important theme.

The road to happily-ever-after isn’t paved with rose petals; often, it’s a bed of hot coals we need to walk across until we reach the other side. Cate and Ash had their trials over the course of their relationship—we get to see them in flashbacks and memories—as did Sully and Boston. With both couples, we see the give-and-take, the personal growth and acceptance that must take place before either party is ready to become part of a whole.

And being part of that whole makes them part of something larger than themselves. A family can be defined by many parameters—but in the case of the operatives in the Killer Instincts series, it’s definitely defined by a group of people who have chosen to be together.

And those are the best families.

While Midnight Target is pretty long (464 pages), the pacing was excellent, and I pretty much devoured the book. There were times I wanted more Sully & Boston, and then I’d want more Ash & Cate as I read—but it just propelled me through the book. As did the action. Talk about edge-of-my-seat reading! Not only was there this whole drug cartel-slash-revenge plot to make the drug lord pay for Jim getting shot during the mission to extract Cate from a completely screwed up situation, but the movement between the two main couples in the story kept everything clipping along at a brisk pace. Including the sorrow—and we had a bit of it in this title. No. I wasn’t crying. Not at all. But, with sadness comes growth and that turns into happiness, right?

I haven’t kept up with the buzz on the street about this series (honestly? I try to keep my nose out of it for those I like to read), but it felt like the end. I had that last-episode-of-a-TV-series feeling when I read THE END. That warm and fuzzy feeling with a satisfied sigh for good measure when a plot line is tied up in just the right way. While I hope I’m wrong—I love the characters written in this series—I do see the potential. Even if it is, I know I’ll keep the series tucked away as a comfort read for those times when I need something to take over my brain.

My Rating: A, Loved It

About the Book:

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.

Release Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher:
Berkley
Series:
Killer Instincts #8
Genre:
Romantic Suspense
Format(s):
paperback (464 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley

Purchase Info:
Amazon

Reviews in the Series:
Midnight Rescue by Elle Kennedy (Killer Instincts #1)
Midnight Alias by Elle Kennedy (Killer Instincts #2)
Midnight Games by Elle Kennedy (Killer Instincts #3)
Midnight Pursuits by Elle Kennedy (Killer Instincts #4)
Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy (Killer Instincts #5)
Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy (Killer Instincts #6)
Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy (Killer Instincts #7)

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