Title: Midnight Rescue
Author: Elle Kennedy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Killer Instincts (Book 1)
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451236580 (Penguin/Signet Eclipse)
ISBN-13: 978-0451236586 (Penguin/Signet Eclipse)
Reviewed by: Kristie
Dangerous. Ruthless. Savage. And she’s the good guy.
Abby Sinclair had a desperate childhood until she was rescued and adopted by a retired army ranger who molded her into a master of self-defense. Now, she’s a cunning and fearless assassin thrust into assignment after dangerous assignment, using everything she has-nerve, resilience, strength, sex-to come out on top. Her only rule: trust no one.
Abby’s latest assignment is in Columbia: go undercover and snuff out a dangerous arms dealer active in the underground sex trade. But when Abby purposely blows her cover in a last-ditch attempt to free the helpless victims, deadly mercenary Kane Woodland is recruited as back-up. His mission: get Abby out of that hell hole.
The last thing Kane expects is to feel a primal attraction for Abby. But when she convinces him to join her on her perilous mission, their newfound passion could put the lives of their whole team at risk.
Quick & Dirty: A straightforward plot with a compelling cast of characters.
Opening Sentence: “Are you ready to talk?”
Abby Sinclair is the second best assassin in the world. Her boss Noelle claims the top spot. Abby has been sent in covertly by the Colombian government to assassinate Blanco, an arms dealer and trafficker. Abby has spent the last two months as his girlfriend learning his secrets before she undertakes the assignment she was sent to do. But before Abby can do that she finds out Blanco has hidden young girls at his compound to be sold to the highest bidder. She has two weeks before the auction so she deliberately blows her cover. She is captured and tortured. They want her secrets but she is in control, able to release herself at any time. She wants to be at the auction. She wants to save the girls.
Unbeknownst to Abby, Noelle has hired a mercenary team to rescue Abby from Blanco’s clutches but it is the truly evil William Devlin that tortures Abby for information. Kane Woodland is on the rescue team. He finds Abby’s body – naked and beaten in a dungeon cell but not after she leaves her mark on Devlin. When Abby comes to she berates the team for rescuing her. She believes she had the situation under control but with bruised ribs and a cracked wrist she may not have made it the two weeks until the auction. Abby is taken back to the mercenary’s headquarters in Mexico where she tries to get the team to form a rescue mission to save the girls. Kane reluctantly agrees to help Abby set up a rescue mission. The teams call in two members to help, Trevor Callaghan and Isabel Roma. They can infiltrate as prospective buyers while the team sets up the rescue. Everyone on the team has their own baggage but they have to set it aside in order to rescue all thirteen girls safely.
Midnight Rescue has a straightforward plot. Thirteen girls need to be saved and Abby gives the team valuable information into saving them. She is injured and they won’t let her participate in the rescue. Abby also has some major trust issues that must be worked out before she can get close to anyone, namely Kane. The tension runs a little high during the infiltrating scenes when Trevor and Isabel interact with the bad guys. The pacing flows pretty smoothly from Abby and Kane’s relationship to the furtherance of the rescue plan.
Abby has been trained to protect herself and she uses that to her advantage when on the job. She is unemotional and works from one job to the next. Abby is a strong woman, unfortunately since she is injured most of this book, it is hard to see how strong she is. She does grow as a person with the help of Kane. She is able to open up more. Kane is the typical tough man that has had something go bad in his past. He is attracted to Abby and wants to help her with her past. Too bad she confides more in William Devlin, the man who wants to kill Abby for what she did to him, than in Kane. Kane wants her all or nothing. I did like Abby and Kane but I actually liked Isabel and Trevor better.
Trevor and Isabel are a huge part of story in Midnight Rescue. They infiltrate Blanco’s auction so the story follows them for a great portion. Trevor has a death wish and Isabel must rely on him to stay alive through the mission. Their feelings towards each other are evident but Midnight Rescue is just the beginning of their relationship. They are funny, flirty and have a lot in common.
Abby and Kane have only about half the book devoted to them and I can see where that may be a turn off to some readers. They didn’t really get the attention they needed but I still felt for them and their relationship all the same. Devlin was an especially creepy bad guy. He is smart and devious but his obsession with Abby blinds him from his job.
Overall, Midnight Rescue was an average special ops novel. I did get sucked into the storyline and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I don’t know if Trevor and Isabel will be the relationship in the next book but I really hope so. I think it will be all that hotter if they are. If not there are plenty of other people I would like to read about, I can’t wait for the next book in the Killer Instinct series.
“I won’t hurt you,” he said quietly. “For once in your life, lower your guard and let yourself feel something, damn it.”
Before she could register what was happening, his mouth covered hers in a kiss.
Abby’s body turned to jelly. Knees buckled. Heart pounded. Kane’s mouth was hot and firm and terrifying.
He rubbed his lips over hers, once, twice, soft little brushes that sent shock waves sizzling through her nerve endings. The heat of his lips slithered into her mouth and down her chest, warming her breasts, hardening her nipples, settling into a pool of liquid between her thighs.
He deepened the kiss and she nearly burst into flames. His tongue coaxed her lips open. She tried to clamp her lips together, restrict his access, but her mouth wasn’t responding to the furious orders of her brain. Kane’s tongue slid inside with one sensual stroke. Her heart thudded. Her mind screamed for her to pull away, but she couldn’t. She was helpless to stop this, and she felt herself drowning in his mouth, in his kiss, that greedy and wild and all-consuming kiss.
He caressed the small of her back, then moved lower to cup her bottom. His touch was electric. It burned, teased, drawing out her pleasure as his tongue explored her mouth. The attraction she felt for him transcended common sense. She felt dizzy. Powerless.
It was like nothing she’d ever experienced in her entire life.
And it scared the shit out of her.
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FTC Advisory: Penguin/Signet Eclipse provided me with a copy of Midnight Rescue. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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