Midnight Action: A Killer Instincts Novel

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She?s got a broken heart...
and a fully loaded arsenal....
 
Ex?army ranger Jim Morgan leads a team of elite mercenaries, but eighteen years ago in Paris, he was part of a black ops unit whose mission was to hunt down a rogue operative. In order to trap the criminal, Jim seduced Noelle, the man?s daughter?a ruthless act that cost him ...

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Overview

She’s got a broken heart...
and a fully loaded arsenal....
 
Ex–army ranger Jim Morgan leads a team of elite mercenaries, but eighteen years ago in Paris, he was part of a black ops unit whose mission was to hunt down a rogue operative. In order to trap the criminal, Jim seduced Noelle, the man’s daughter—a ruthless act that cost him the love of his life and turned her into a mortal enemy. Now he can’t trust her, but he still desires her. He also needs her help....
 
Older, wiser, and unwilling to play the fool again, Noelle runs a group of highly skilled assassins. And she’s just been offered the hit of the century: Eliminate Jim Morgan. History gives them no reason to trust each other, but with their lives in jeopardy at the hands of a common enemy, the lines between love and hate are soon blurred. Now Noelle and Jim must face the past if they want to have a future—let alone a future together.

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“Dangerous suspense to quicken your pulse.”
New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend
 
“Off the charts hot...The twists, turns, and surprises kept me glued to the pages.”
New York Times bestselling author Christy Reece
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“Dangerous suspense to quicken your pulse.”
New York Times bestselling author Vivian Arend
 
“Off the charts hot...The twists, turns, and surprises kept me glued to the pages.”
New York Times bestselling author Christy Reece
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451465702
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Series: Killer Instincts Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 69,455
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elle Kennedy, RITA Award-nominated author of the Killer Instincts novels, grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a BA 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. She loves strong heroines, alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    Wow

    ## Holy crap. I knew these two characters would be explosive but WOW. I read this in one sitting. 350 pages mind you. I could not put this down. It was simply riviting. Oh, don't get me wrong, I couldn't stand Jim Morgan for a good portion of this book. I felt compelled to side with Noelle because of all the deception and pain Jim caused her 17 years ago. And what pain it was. Ms. Kennedy conveyed the hurt superbly. I could feel a pain in my chest as I read the hurt that this man caused. I loved that there wasn't instant forgiveness. God, that annoys me more than I can say. Elle Kennedy really is a truly gifted author and honestly I buy every book she writes because I know it will be fantastic. I only wish the ending would've played out a little longer. I know Sean's story is next but I hope that Liam will get a story and maybe in a couple of years (since she's only 17) Jim's daughter Cate will get one as well. I absolutely adored her.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2014

    I love this book!!

    Ms kennedy u did it again, omg I knew I would love noelle n jim story. Ur such a talent writer, I love how durin the whole book there is always some twist n turns n the sex scenes n action pck scences lol especially the sky- diving scene. Love this book as well as the others but love this 1 the best so far!!:) oh n will the b a midnite suduction in the makin? Nothing like a "soldier for fortune'' hookin up with the boss's innocent daughter before she goes off to college!!! ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2014

    Side note: Will you get a gander at this cover? Seriously. I lov

    Side note: Will you get a gander at this cover? Seriously. I love how bad ass this cover is. Elle has some fantastic cover work for her books.
    That being said, I loved this book. Jim and Noelle are fantastic. They're both strong willed and strong minded, they carry the story so well and between the action and the passion readers get a full dose of high flying heart racing fireworks.
    Elle is a fantastic writer that knows how to put a wonderful story full of well written details and emotions that pull readers in from beginning to end.
    Every time I read her books I wind up sitting through the entire thing and finishing it without stopping for breaks because I get so absorbed in the excitement of it all.
    For readers that are fans of her previous books in this series will enjoy this addition because they get to see Noelle and Jim finally get their story told. Its amazing and it packs a hell of a punch.
    Midnight Action is great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2014

    loved this book.  I was waiting and hoping to learn more about w

    loved this book.  I was waiting and hoping to learn more about why Morgan and Abby were at each other but never followed through and Elle Kennedy did not disappoint with this story line. I so enjoyed the supporting cast of characters and can't wait to find out more about Boston and his BFF. She continues to bring in new characters while keeping the others from the past books in the story line which I sooo love. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Posted November 15, 2014

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    Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog

    Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog

    I felt like a little kid opening this book, I was so excited.  Don’t you love it when there’s that one couple you’ve been wanting to see together and then it’s finally that time.  I might’ve done a happy dance when I read the blurb for this book!  I’ve waiting, literally, since book one!  Starving for any second of interactions between Noelle and Jim.  Trying to put out of my mind the fact that she was playing around with someone else.  These two just HAD to happen.  But then there’s the nervous side of me that was sooooo worried about my expectations.  Too high?  Would it disappoint me?

    MIDNIGHT ACTION is my favorite book in this series to date and it exceeded all my expectations!  It delivered on everything I knew was there and everything I had no clue could be.  What an incredibly deep and emotional book.  Just as it’s action packed, with an intriguing storyline that will keep you on your toes, this book was a heart breaking emotional journey through Noelle and Jim’s past.  Neither one of those stories was easy.  And the author did an amazing job at telling the story in flashbacks that blended perfectly with the current plot. kDid I mention how much chemistry Noelle and Jim have always had?  I think if they are in the room together, their sparks would burn you.  But their history has brought them to a place of hate.  And that hate runs deep. And is there ever anything better than straight up, angry, hateful f*cking? Gosh I feel like I need a cigarette (or two) after that….and I don’t smoke!  This book embodied raw sexual chemistry and then took it up a few notches.  Be careful when handling it, because you might get scorched!

    I know I always focus on the alpha male, and yes Jim Morgan is THAT alpha male you want.  But I think more impressive for me was Noelle.  I’ve always loved her character because she’s kick ass and ruthless.  Don’t mess with her because she may not have a heart left.  And I was moved by her story.  She’s gone through so much betrayal in her life that I understand where she’s been coming from.  And I’m happy that she’s gotten her HEA.

    With the side stories in this book, I can say I’m so excited for two of them!  Liam&Sully (yes, this book had some minor m/m) and Sean&Bailey.  I’m especially anxious for Sean & Bailey and I know it’s next.  I think Sean better watch his balls from now!

    If you are looking for an edge of your seat romantic suspense series to read, but you also wants lots of steam, then this is it for you.  The Killer Instincts series is all about alpha males, kick ass women and the adrenaline filled lives they lead.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    Perfect!

    AMAZING! I've been looking forward to reading Jim and Noelle's story for such a long time! Theirs was such a mystery and man was it good! All I can say is they are PERFECT for each other...just perfect..

    SR

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  • Posted November 13, 2014

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    Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy

    Morgan and his mercenaries are back in the fifth book in the Killer Instincts series by Elle Kennedy. Midnight Action is a fast-paced adventure full of powerful, raw characters. It's edgy and intense and even has a few tender moments. Readers who have followed the series from the beginning are finally going to get to delve into Jim and Noelle's past. Readers looking for a book that is suspenseful, hot and spicy and romantic need look no further. Midnight Action has it all! What I liked: I've been a fan of this series from early on and I will have to say that Midnight Action is probably my favorite of the series so far. Kennedy has created a group of men and women who are tough and dangerous even to themselves. Jim Morgan is the leader of a group of mercenaries and Noelle is the leader of a group of assassins. These two have some serious history which includes betrayal on both sides. Now they are pretty much pitted against each other and willing to cause the other harm. The chemistry is electric and readers will find the sexual tension as heart pounding as the action. Jim and Noelle have been featured throughout the series in one fashion or another, on missions or when members of their teams have love and romance together. But readers have never really gotten a chance to see into what makes these two so antagonist toward each other. It's like they are out to get each other in any way they can. I loved that blurring of the fine line between love and hate. Kennedy knew exactly how to straddle it with this couple and readers won't be able to get enough. To say that parts of this book are hot, is a huge understatement. It does not cross that line into erotica but it will certainly get the blood pumping. With the kind of characters that Kennedy had in Morgan and Noelle, it couldn't have been any other way. Both of them are tough, raw and intense and their relationship both emotionally and sexually had to reflect that to make it believable. Kennedy pulled it off in spades. The secondary characters were made of members of both Jim and Noelle's teams of mercenaries and assassins. Some have already had their stories told and others are still waiting. It was nice to check in with the other couples and to see the developing stories that are going on in the periphery of this book. The side story between Sully and Liam was actually very good. I'm not always a fan of same sex relationships in books, but because they come across as real, but this one was different. Can't wait to see where Kennedy takes it. Bottom Line: I can sum up in one word what I thought about this book.... WOW! I loved this one. It was everything I was looking for a in a good romantic suspense book. Heart pounding action, Jim has got some serious enemies. Hot and steamy scenes that even got the other characters all hot and bothered and a lead couple that will literally knock your socks off. Just a great read in every way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2014

    Me

    J: Slow beginning, crude romance typical of the characters' prior relationship. But it got better and ended up being a pretty good story.

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  • Posted November 11, 2014

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    FINALLY! This was the book that we have been teased with through

    FINALLY! This was the book that we have been teased with through 4 books and a novella.  We finally get the low down on the love/hate relationship between Jim & Noelle.  You can read this book standalone but it won’t be half as much fun.  I loved this book!  Filled with action adventure and some off the charts sex this is a page turner that will keep you up past your bedtime.  There are a whole lot of surprises I never saw coming.  Go buy this book.

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  • Posted November 10, 2014

    Talk about a book that is filled with some INTENSE sexual tensio

    Talk about a book that is filled with some INTENSE sexual tension! Whew! My emotions were all over the place in this one! I didn't know whether to hug Noelle and Jim for everything they've gone through and slap them silly! They have so much passion together though. I admit, I'm a total sucker for that hate passion they've got going on. These two are downright volatile with one another and yet I just couldn't get enough of them!


    Noelle and Jim have quite the history. Being sent to seduce her in order to track down her father, Morgan never expected to fall for the sweet, blonde-haired girl. Noelle desperately needed Jim in her life, especially having suffered at the hands of her abusive stepfather for far too long. Jim is compassionate and she finds herself seeking solace in the stoic man's arms. Jim knows its wrong to let himself feel for her, as she is part of the job, but he can't help himself either. When the truth outs itself and everything comes crashing down, he has no idea just how much his actions would affect Noelle.


    Now, some 19 years later, Jim and Noelle are brought back together again, as Jim's past is catching up to him and he is a wanted man. Noelle never expected to get caught back up in Jim's world, but he is one persistent guy. She is not the same sweet, young woman he once knew. Now, she is a hardened assassin, who refuses to let this man get under her skin. Noelle was not an easy heroine to like. She's cold, unfeeling, and as impenetrable as a stone fortress.


    However, Noelle is still a woman and she can't deny that her body wants still wants Jim. It's a very 'I hate you, but I want you desperately' relationship for these two. They want to get the other out of their system so they can say adiós for good. However, as the two spend more time together, the more they realize they might never be able to be free of one another.


    I really enjoyed the action packed storyline in this one. Contract killings, assassins, special merc forces.... it was definitely a different type of read for me and I'm really glad that I read this one. After meeting all the secondary characters, I do want to go back and start this series from the beginning.


    I'm also hoping Kennedy will write Cate's story- that girl needs herself a HEA and I know just the guy I wouldn't mind seeing her with! I wasn't sure if I would like Cate's storyline, but I actually did. She is a total game changer for one of our characters and I enjoyed seeing the lengths that character would go to for her.


    Overall, this was definitely a fast-paced, action packed, intense read. The chemistry was hot, the scenes between Noelle and Jim were fueled by lust, passion, and raw need for one another, which made for some seriously hot moments. I do hope we see Jim and Noelle again in future novels, as I would have liked a bit more with them. I definitely want to see what the future holds for these two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    Great!

    I really loved the story between morgan and noelle it lived up to the hype of all the books prior to this one.

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  • Posted November 4, 2014

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    NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 3/4  REVIEW:  I have to start by saying that

    NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 3/4 
    REVIEW: 
    I have to start by saying that I could not wait to learn more about Jim & Noelle’s history. There has been so much tension between Jim & Noelle in all the prior books that you knew that their book would be full of tension. 
    There was a lot of tension between them for sure. There was also a lot of heat. Jim & Noelle have such a sad and heartbreaking history that is filled with a lot of lies, betrayals and misunderstandings. All of these issues lead them to hating each other for a very very long time. But when Jim’s life is in the crosshairs of an assassin, Noelle warns him and finds herself catch up in Jim’s web again. But this time she is not the same young native kid she was when they first meet. 
    And while I was excited to read their book it feel a little short of what I had hoped for. I am not sure what was missing for me. These two are so hot together. And they both do truly love each other. I really did like the story. I liked that new characters. I really like Ash :) and the side stories about Liam & Sully. So all in all I liked this book and am looking forward to the next book in this series. 
    Disclaimer: 
    I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley & PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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