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Review: Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy

Midnight CaptiveTitle: Midnight Captive

Author: Elle Kennedy

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Series: Killer Instincts (Book #6)

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451474422 (Signet/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451474421 (Signet/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie


Former CIA agent Bailey Jones has spent months trying to forget her night of passion with mercenary Sean Reilly. An elite and methodical assassin, she has no room in her life for a reckless, rule-breaking Irishman, and she’s vowed to steer clear of the tempting bad boy who lured her into his bed under false pretenses.

When Sean is implicated in the robbery of a Dublin bank, Bailey knows something isn’t right. So what if she can’t trust him? There’s no way Sean would end up on the wrong side of the law. In fact, he’s stuck in the middle of a dark and dirty conspiracy that could put his twin brother’s life at risk with one wrong move. And Bailey’s life too when she agrees to help.

As the stakes are raised and Bailey finds herself torn between two brothers, the fine line between danger and desire is crossed…and it’ll take more than a killer instinct to survive.

Quick & Dirty: Thrilling and captivating novel in the Killer Instinct series. This series continues to stay great with each installment.

Opening Sentence: “Being a hermit isn’t healthy, you know.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Midnight Captive is a “captivating” and thrilling installment in the Killer Instinct series. I couldn’t have asked for a better follow up to Jim and Noelle’s story. The Killer Instinct series has be my favorite consistently awesome contemporary romantic suspense series that I am currently reading. I’m not a huge fan of contemporaries but this series is one I definitely recommend.

Bailey Jones is enjoying a much needed vacation when she sees something startling on TV, a bank robbery. Normally, that is something that she wouldn’t pay much attention too but when she recognizes Sean Reilly’s voice and posture as one of the robbers, she knows something is not right. Bailey ends her vacation early and heads to Dublin, Ireland to get the story behind Sean’s new job choice. Bailey really has no reason to drop everything for Sean. She holds a grudge towards him ever since he pretended to be his identical twin brother and they slept together.

Sean is even more baffled by Bailey’s appearance as much as he wants her there he needs her to leave. He is being blackmailed but he’s got it handled. Now, Bailey has just added more complications into his plan. Sean’s past has come back to claim him. He has no desire to go back to the Irish Dagger but with death hanging over everyone’s heads that he is close to. He has no choice but to help them and their agenda. Sean ends up being a pawn in a deadly game played on two sides.

Bailey calls in help from several members of the Morgan/Noelle team. We get to see some favorites with D, Liam and Sullivan. Also, the Liam and Sullivan relationship dips into more awkwardness. I’m really enjoying the mind games between these two but I can’t believe Liam did what he did.  He is having enough problems with his attraction towards Sullivan and he crosses the line like that… oh my. There are multiple POV’s including Liam, Sullivan, Sean and Bailey.

Sean will not make it easy on Bailey. He knows the kind of attraction they share and he does everything that he can to prove how well they are together. Sean is an alpha male and that scares Bailey. She is done with men thinking they are in charge of her and so she pushes Sean away. Bailey would rather be alone then give in to Sean. Bailey is a kick-ass woman but she does have her emotional problems. All, I can say about Sean is yum. Plus he’s got the wonderful Irish accent to boot.

There are a lot of secrets and lies in Midnight Captive. I was actually surprised by some of the revelations. I figured it would be the standard fare but it wasn’t and that I why I loved this story so much. There was only one thing about this story that I felt was a bit of a letdown and that was because I figured Bailey’s past would be more of a problem. Emotionally it was but it was Sean’s past that really came into play with this novel.

Overall, Midnight Captive was an awesome read. It was funny, terrifying, shocking and even held a few surprises. This novel could be read as a standalone but I don’t recommend it. Get to know all these wonderful characters by starting from the beginning. You’ll enjoy Midnight Captive so much better because of it.

Notable Scene:

“It’s late, so why don’t we get right to the point?” Sean slid of the couch, like a lazy cat with no care in the world. “I’m not apologizing for breaking into your safety deposit box. I had my reasons and I stand by them.” He smiled. “I’m also not going to return your property.”

Flannery’s answering smile was indulgent, genuine even. “Is that so?”

“Oh, that is so. Very, very so.” Sean marched up to one of the bodyguards, and with lightning-fast speed, he grabbed the guy’s rifle.

He didn’t disarm him, though. Bailey’s breath hitched when Sean brought the muzzle of the gun to his own forehead.

“Go ahead and order your man to shoot.” Sean was speaking to Flannery, but his gaze remained locked on the eyes of the man with the gun.

Sweet Jesus.

Sean Reilly was insane.

Next-level, cuckoo-crazy insane. Bailey fought to control the fear racing through her bloodstream as she watched the standoff in total astonishment. The bodyguard was as confused as she was, his gaze darting to his boss as if to say, What the fuck do I do?

“Come on,” Sean coaxed in a low, soothing voice. “Do it. Tell him to pull the trigger. You’re not going to get what you want from me, so why waste everyone’s time?” He pressed his forehead into the gun barrel. Calm, defiant. “What are you waiting for? Kill me.”

Killer Instincts Series:

1. Midnight Rescue

2. Midnight Alias

3. Midnight Games

4. Midnight Pursuits

4.5 After Midnight

5. Midnight Action

6. Midnight Captive

7. Midnight Revenge


FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of Midnight Captive. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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