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Midnight Rescue: A Killer Instincts Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 1 2012
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“With a large cast of colorful characters, multiple, intertwined plot threads, and sick, twisted villains, Midnight Rescue is a high stakes story about overcoming the darkest, most depraved side of humanity. Fans will be eager to see what Ms. Kennedy has in store for her mercenaries." — Shannon K. Butcher
"Kennedy kicks off a gritty and thrilling new romantic suspense series with a heroine who is every bit as lethal as her hero... The action is raw and deadly, and the passion sizzling. Romantic suspense just gained a major new player!" — Romantic Times, 4.5 stars
About the Author
Elle Kennedy is the author of many romantic fiction titles, including the Out of Uniform series, the Welcome to Paradise series, and the Hunted books. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies. A RITA Award nominee, Elle grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a BA in English from York University.
Allyson Ryan has narrated over eighty audiobooks, among them On the Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren, for which Allyson received an AudioFile Earphones Award. She can also be heard in commercials, animation, video games, and promos. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
A sometimes dark subject matter but what a cast of characters Elle Kennedy introduces us to in Midnight Rescue. I foresee lots of future books in this series and I for one will be reading them.
I can't think of a single single character I don't want to see get their own book. So many options and so much potential for goodness yet to come.
Told from several third person perspectives MIDNIGHT RESCUE focuses on the rescue of Abby Sinclair and a group of adolescent teen girls about to be auctioned off as sexual slaves. Abby is an alpha female; a warrior whose cold façade is as cold as her heart, and she isn’t afraid to use her body to get what she wants. Hoping to find the location of the young girls, Abby reveals her undercover operation to the Columbian in charge, and finds herself the victim of torture and abuse. Enter Kane Woodland, and his fellow team members who make it their business to rescue Abby, not only from her captors but from herself.
The storyline follows Abby’s rescue and recovery, the plans to extricate the young girls, and the building relationship between Abby and Kane Woodland. The only problem-Abby doesn’t do nice; doesn’t do relationships; and doesn’t do love. Everything about Abby is emotionally distant, and in this she is willing to sacrifice herself to save the others. Abby’s past is mired in physical and sexual abuse, and herein lies the crux of the heroine’s personality.
The secondary and supporting characters are engaging, colorful and control a good portion of the storyline.Read more ›
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With Abby's plans falling to pieces around her, she has to put everything on the line to convince Kane and his fellow mercenaries to help her rescue the imprisoned girls. Gaining Kane's help is easy; it's resisting her desire for him that's hard. And the more time they spend together, the hotter the fires between them burn. But can there be a future for an assassin and a mercenary? Abby and Kane might not live long enough to find out.
Enter the high-octane world of Elle Kennedy's KILLER INSTINCTS series with MIDNIGHT RESCUE. From the very first page, Ms. Kennedy thrusts readers into a gritty world where danger doesn't just lurk behind, but attacks from every corner. Abby and Kane are playing the ultimate high stakes game, risking their lives and the lives of their friends to do what's right. But MIDNIGHT RESCUE isn't all about darkness - there's scintillating passion and an excellent love story as well. Ms. Kennedy deftly blends the two as Abby and Kane fall in love.
Abby is a woman who's deeply scarred by the past. She broke my heart and one of the joys of MIDNIGHT RESCUE was watching her start to heal - start to feel. It isn't easy for Abby to let people in, but given her upbringing and the nature of her job, that makes sense. She's got a hard outer shell, but Abby is incredibly self-sacrificing and has a good heart. She also has an incredibly difficult time reconciling her attitude toward sex with her desire for Kane. And speaking of Kane... Wow. As with all of Ms. Kennedy's heroes, I absolutely wish he could show up on my doorstep. Kane is every bit as lethal as Abby, but he's also caring and, I must say, off-the-charts sexy. I loved Kane and Abby together and they were a great emotional center for MIDNIGHT RESCUE.
Kane's team of mercenaries and Abby's fellow assassins round out MIDNIGHT RESCUE, ensuring that there are many more KILLER INSTINCTS novels that I am dying to read. I could go on about the characters whose stories I'd love to read, but that would make this a very, very long review. Suffice it to say, Ms. Kennedy's skill at creating fascinating characters is at full force in MIDNIGHT RESCUE.
With its dark, edgy tone, passionate love story and deadly protagonists, MIDNIGHT RESCUE is a sure-fire win for fans of romantic suspense. I'm looking forward to re-reading Kane and Abby's, and I cannot wait to read the next KILLER INSTINCTS book!
Review courtesy of Romance Junkies
On a rescue mission to save Abby from one of her missions, Kane is part of an independent contracting team (mercenaries for hire). All ex-military, Navy, SEALs, etc. All gorgeous, sexy and alpha-males.
The book opens with Abby in a columbian prison. She is getting the crap beat out of her, but she is strong and has a bigger plan in mind.
Kane is on the team that rescues her and the romance blooms from there.
This is NOT a 'long walks in the park' romance, this is a gritty, we both have deep-rooted issues, gonna plow through our dark past to try to find some peace with each other, kind of romance.
On 'paper' this sounds kind of hokey and silly, but Elle Kennedy makes this interesting and somewhat realistic. I can believe that there is a sexy female killing machine; but it's funny how all the males in the mercenary team are ALL gorgeous. No fat ones that provide the comic relief, not face-mutilated ones, no plain-Joe ones. All hot. All sexy. Guess each one will get their own book?
This book has one or two steamy scenes, but they are not super hot and heavy. If you are looking for a book that is suspenseful, with action (military physical action), this is for you. If you are looking for a super romantic, heavy on the sex scene book - this is not for you.
I enjoyed reading the book because the plot moved along constantly at a great clip. The characters are all interesting in a very macho way. There are hints of various character vulnerabilities from the other supporting characters, so it is not completely testosterone, unbreakable, unfeeling males. You get a sense that they each are vulnerable in their own ways (some are laid out for you, some just a brief glimpse).
I loved that Abby was kick-ass. I love that the author keeps her strong throughout the book. She never turns into someone she isn't. She doesn't want to be vulnerable, but she does open up enough to let Kane knows that she is willing to risk being a partner with him because she loves him. But the author doesn't change the basic person: She is a killer. But she does have a decent sense of humor, she is working to be more trusting, but you can tell it's a long road ahead, she doesn't miraculously change her basic personality.
Kane didn't grab me as some of these macho alpha-males do. He seems to be a bit weak around Abby. He really chases after her a bit and you wonder where the attraction was that caused him to like her so much. If he doesn't do relationships - then why is he so enamored so quickly. It would have made more sense if they were stuck in situations where they were alone and the sexual tension would build more quickly and heavily. But as far as alpha-males go - he worked in this book, but he's not at the top of my 'hottie-with a gun' list.
In terms of the general plot, the author does a good job moving the story along. There are places where the description of a rescue needs to be described in detail - but it's done pretty quickly and painlessly. There is action (lots of action) and suspense as well. It keeps the reader interested.
Each character adds a twist to the story. Not everyone is in the same boat together - there is a character that flat out doesn't like Abby. It works.
I also like that not all the men are leering over Abby and salivating over her. Typically in these alpha-male books, the heroine is desired by all the men and they all fawn over her. Not here. That's refreshing.
Good plot. Kept me interested throughout
can be read as a stand alone.
Ending is a bit quick on the romance piece of things, but it worked.
HEA for the main H&h.
Tiny bit of steam. Minor, but Just enough.
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.
The Killer Instincts Series:
1. Midnight Rescue
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.
The reason for 4 stars vs. 5? I had a hard time accepting that, with the injuries that Abby had, she was able to do as much as she did, especially the sex. It is so unbelievable when the female lead is injured and the male lead initiates sex. Really? Aside from that issue, I truly loved this book and wholeheartedly recommend it for those who love the super alpha male military type of guys who have hearts under all that incredible muscle!