Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy #Review

Posted February 5, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 33 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy #Review
Midnight Revenge

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Series: #7 Killer Instincts
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Signet
Released on February 2, 2016
Pages: 403
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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D’s story!  I have wanted his story since the moment I encountered him.  This action-packed passionate romantic suspense series has produced some amazing characters, but it was this cold, lethal man’s story that I just had to have.  And here it is.

I have gone about things the wrong way around this series.  My first encounter was with book five and that was the only one I read.  Loved it!  Did I go back and get the rest? We-ll no, working on that, but in the meantime, I chose to sweep delayed gratification aside and dive into this one since this was the story I really wanted to read next.  Lucky me, it worked out though I did have to really depend on the update to get up to speed since I skipped the one in between.  All that to say, yes, this can be read out of order provided the reader doesn’t mind a little bit of feeling they have stepped into the middle of something.

The story opens with Derek Pratt bringing his team member to the doctor contracted to heal their injuries.  It has been a hellish mission because he has to make a tough call about Liam MacGregor who is not taking the disappearance of their fellow team member, Sully, well.  D has never gotten that close to anyone and he never intends to.  But then the feisty doctor, Sofia Amaro, insists recovery time is needed.  D reluctantly agrees and is shocked when the soft woman makes a suggestion for their waiting time.  D is honest with Sofia and she accepts his rigid terms for their sexual encounter.  Then he is gone.  Only, for the first time, he left such a situation reluctantly.

Sofia knows that everyone is terrified of the cold, brutal Derek Pratt, and she knows she should be too.  She is probably the most surprised person to realize that she is attracted to him.  She even welcomes him to her bed.  He promises that it is just sex and it is- hard and rough and unemotional.  Then he is gone, but the shocks just keep coming because they made a baby.  Sofia tracks him down to tell him and lands in the middle of something where she should never be.  And only Derek Pratt can get her out of it against insurmountable odds.

D gets a lead on Sully and discovers that his past has come back to bite him.  He owes his teammate a rescue since Sully was taken because he was mistaken for D.  D heads out, but soon is saddled with ‘help’ and Sofia and he is going to be a father.  It is too much.  He tries to focus on a mission that has gone more than sideways.  Now they are all in grave danger from more than one direction, but for the first time, D is offered hope and connection if he will but reach out and take it.

Alright, so this was my anticipated story.  Derek Pratt was all that I could hope for as was his painful back story.  His situation was dire and he had to be tough and strategic to get through alive.  I really liked the woman that was Derek’s love interest.  Sofia is a nurturer and healer.  She has her own sad past.  The pair of them were exciting and heartwarming to read.  Their passion and tension drew me in and I was thrilled to see how they came together and helped each other heal.

But, I wasn’t too keen on the way they were brought together after that first scene.  Sofia came off as rather naive and dumb to me as a result.  I mean who goes charging into a mission just to have a heart to heart and face to face conversation that can wait until the guy gets back?  And who goes charging after him all alone and unarmed to-wait for it- protect him from lethal, skilled, ARMED, killers?

And then she was the damsel in distress and handicapped D’s chances of saving his mission buddy.

I liked the results of this pair- D and Sofia- forced to confront their past issues and learn more about each other and grow to have feelings, but this was not my idea of a good way to go about it.  Honestly, it took away from the story.  I continued with the story and loved what came afterward which was good.

And, this one had some tense and exciting scenes through and through.  It had grit and danger galore.  The passion was good and I like this pair for each other and what they did for each other.  The added side story of Liam and Sully was good.  I hope to get more there.  The inclusion of the team working together is always a plus.

All in all, it fell toward the positive.  I was happy with D’s story though I wish the device to bring Sofia further into the story had been different.  The romance and suspense were strong components as was the character development.  Definitely want more of the series and recommend it to those who enjoy gritty, spicy romantic suspense.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #40 RS
Literary Pickers #39 silencer
Bad Boys #8


About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Ohh, i should try her works

    • You should. I read book five first and it was one of the best enemies to lovers stories I’ve read- they really do hate and have murder as a distinct possibility on the agenda. And this one was a great opposites attract romantic suspense-style. 🙂

  • I’ve had Midnight pursuits on my shelf for… months. I started reading it once but gave up (not the book’s fault, just circumstances), I really should get back to it 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    Sophia Rose its good to know that you got real satisfaction not going all the way back. There are so many novels that really tempt me until I find out they’re number whatever in a series. I may be more adventurous now 😉

    • This habit of I’ve recently developed has both rewarded and burned me a few times. Usually, I do alright if the worldbuilding isn’t complex and is something I can anticipate like a mercenary group with missions like this. But I’ve made some spectacular mistakes in jumping to the middle as well. Haha!

  • I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense, but this series seems pretty interesting. I think I would feel the same with, though, about Sofia just rushing into a mission.

    • I enjoy a good mystery or intrigue, but I need it to make sense and I need the character’s actions to make sense. Sofia was familiar with their missions and she was only a few weeks along. There was no reason to follow him on a mission, distract him in dangerous circumstances, and then rush headlong into more danger especially when she is carrying a child. This sequence was only one chapter and outside of that everything made sense, but it was enough to leave me shaking my head.

  • These two characters sound like polar opposites in a way. It kind of irks me when a one night stand type of situation ends up with the woman being pregnant. Was she too dumb to make him wear a condom or be on birth control before getting into bed with someone. But the story as a whole sounds good.

    • In this case, the condom must have broke and neither noticed, but yeah, I know what you mean about a lot of these situations arising in books and real life because people don’t go for the protection.
      These really are opposites. He kills in cold blood and she’s a hot-blooded healer. Pretty exciting.

  • I have yet to read one of her books, but I have at least two on my Kindle. I love romantic suspense, so I’m sure I’ll try this one day. Great Review!

    • I hear you, Lekeisha. My Kindle is loaded with books that I really need to get to. 🙂

  • I have yet to read one of her books, but I have at least two on my Kindle. I love romantic suspense, so I’m sure I’ll try this one day. Great Review!

  • I have yet to read one of her books, but I have at least two on my Kindle. I love romantic suspense, so I’m sure I’ll try this one day. Great Review!

  • Ooo, I love it when a much anticipated story turns out to be amazing! I love Elle Kennedy’s books. I haven’t started this series (not sure if I will) but I am very happy to see that you liked this book. 😀 Lovely review, Sophia!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Thanks, Alyssa! I’m always so nervous right before I read a much anticipated story, but this one lived up to my hopes. I want to read some of her NA books. I’ve heard they’re great.

  • oh this sounds like a good one!!! I have read this author’s NA, but not this series yet. But I have been meaning to get around to it. I am glad to hear you ended up enjoying this one despite a couple of its detractions.

    • I’m the opposite. I need to read her NA. It’s on the list.

      Yes, I didn’t care for the way they were brought together, but that was a small bump in the scheme of things so I enjoyed the rest of the story.

  • Eep just peeking. I’m almost done with the book. Hoping while everyone’s busy with the game tonight 😀 Will be back!

    • LOL! Yep, can’t wait to see what you think.

      • Okay I’m back! Yes, I am right there with you on the device that brought them together. And you know what? I was really ticked at Noelle for her hand in sending Sofia after D to begin with. I mean what kind of dumb was that knowingly putting Sofia in danger like that? I didn’t get why she couldn’t wait until he got home. Seemed very reckless to knowingly do that on both her and Noelle’s part. Now had she accidentally gotten caught up in the mission at no fault of her own it wouldn’t have bothered me nearly as much.

        • Yes, I wish like somehow she was accidentally in the wrong place at the wrong time or something b/c this way really didn’t work for me. And yeah, Noelle’s move was so wrong. I know she is cold and all and likes to yank his chain, but someone with her supposed smarts would know that the situation wasn’t the place for an untrained innocent and as good as the team guys are, this situation was volatile. Left a nasty taste in my mouth for sure.

          • Exactly. A trained operative (for lack of better phrase) wouldn’t risk a mission like that. Like had she been on the way to see him and they crossed paths in her travels there and she stumbled into the mission that way. I could have totally bought that. Ah well though.

            • Yep, agreed. Now that we have that sorted in our mind- just bumped it up a quarter-star rating in the future edition. LOL

          • Exactly. A trained operative (for lack of better phrase) wouldn’t risk a mission like that. Like had she been on the way to see him and they crossed paths in her travels there and she stumbled into the mission that way. I could have totally bought that. Ah well though.

            • Yep, agreed. Now that we have that sorted in our mind- just bumped it up a quarter-star rating in the future edition. LOL

  • The way a couple is brought together ultimately needs to make sense and not be because an intelligent woman has a major too stupid to live moment. I totally agree with you. I had not heard of this series before but I am glad that it redeemed itself somewhat by the end. Good review!

    • Yeah, that moment made me stop and put it down for a bit before I could keep going. I’m with you- stuff needs to make sense.

  • Okay my comment deleted itself. A device to get a couple together ultimately should make sense and not depend on an intelligent woman(and doctor)to make a major too stupid to live move. I am glad that the book redeemed itself in the end. Good review!

    • LOL. I’ve had comments go astray, too. It’s the Gremlins in the machine.

      • Ok so now you have both versions of what I wrote. Lol

  • I just fell in love with her NA Off-Campus series and came to read this review. Not sure if I will try this series though.