Midnight Action (Killer Instincts Series #5)

Midnight Action (Killer Instincts Series #5)

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by Elle Kennedy

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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


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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"Kudos to Kennedy for creating such passionate adversaries who are literally unforgettable!" —RT Book Reviews

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Killer Instincts Series , #5
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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

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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Midnight Action (Killer Instincts Series #5) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## 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.
krissysbookshelf More than 1 year ago
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.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
Second Chances: MIDNIGHT ACTION is the fifth installment in Elle Kennedy’s adult, contemporary Killer Instincts military, romantic suspense series focusing on an elite group of mercenaries and assassins for hire. This is Jim Morgan and Noelle Phillips’s storyline- a second chance romance for two people whose lives together, crashed and burned almost twenty years earlier. MIDNIGHT ACTION can be read as a stand alone but for backstory, history and cohesion, I suggest reading the books in order as Jim and Noelle’s storyline has been building throughout the series. Told from several third person perspectives MIDNIGHT ACTION follows the reconciliation between two of the fiercest guns for hire in the world. Noelle is the most dangerous and beautiful female assassin known, and she has been offered a million dollars to kill Jim Morgan. But Noelle and Jim have a history; a long, drawn out game of cat and mouse in which both have threatened to destroy one another in the ensuing years. When Jim’s past becomes his present, he and Noelle will work together to unravel the mystery and focus on catching up and starting over. If you have never read Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instinct series be forewarned, some of the scenarios may not be to your liking. The mercenaries and assassins are hired to do a job and cannot let emotions and personal feelings get in the way. These men and women do NOT kill the innocent –they are hired to take down the evil within our societies and sometimes the evil may be family or a friend. The relationship between our couple began almost two decades earlier when Jim fell in love with a then seventeen year old Noelle while on assignment in Paris. The problem-Noelle’s father was Jim’s target. Two years later, our couple would reunite when Noelle took out her revenge for Jim’s part in her father’s death. Fast forward to present day, and Noelle will work together with Jim Morgan reigniting the love they once felt for one another. The $ex scenes are erotic, provocative and intense. There is a fine line between love and hate, and in this, the $ex can be aggressive and hot. MIDNIGHT ACTION is a fast paced, intriguing ensemble story where all of the previous storyline couples and characters play secondary and supporting roles. Several future storylines are developing including a second chance romance for female assassin Bailey Jones and mercenary Sean Riley. Their tale will be told next in MIDNIGHT CAPTIVE June 2015. Once again, Elle Kennedy pulls the reader into a dangerous game where the ultimate prize is walking away with your life-but MIDNIGHT ACTION finds our hero Jim Morgan walking away with much more-family and a possible future. The premise is exciting, intriguing and suspenseful; the relationship a second chance for love; the characters colorful, dramatic and inviting. If you are a fan of romantic suspense with a little bit of military action then check out Elle Kennedy’ KILLER INSTINCTS series-you will not be disappointed
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Throughout the first four books in the Killer Instincts series, Noelle and Morgan have an undeniable chemistry but an intense dislike for each other. I suspected they shared some type of history and whatever was between them ended poorly. The truth is, I had no idea just how complicated their past was. I couldn't have guessed all of it if I tried. (And trust me, my wheels were turning every single time they were in the same room with each other.) I was chomping at the bit to FINALLY get to their story and it was worth every bit of the wait.  It's tough to review this book without risking giving some of the twists and turns away, so I'm gonna keep it pretty short. I was left on the edge of my seat for a good portion of this book, just waiting to see what would happen next. And you wanna talk about sexual tension? My god. Noelle and Morgan give damn good sexual tension. I just knew these two would be combustible if they ever admitted their feelings. I wasn't wrong. There's a real thin line between love and hate and Noelle and Morgan dance all over it.  I've said it before and I'll say it again – if you're looking for your next favorite romantic suspense series, look no further. I continue to be impressed by Elle Kennedy's writing, no matter the genre. I love her characters and, quite frankly, her books are like crack to me. I binge-read the entire Killer Instincts series in the matter of a week. I'm still feeling a little lost waiting for the seventh book to come out... next year. *sobs*  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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PJ16 More than 1 year ago
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.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J: Slow beginning, crude romance typical of the characters' prior relationship. But it got better and ended up being a pretty good story.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
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.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved the story between morgan and noelle it lived up to the hype of all the books prior to this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!! ;)
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
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.