Rating:★★★★ | 9 hours 34 minutes | Signet | Romantic Suspense | 4/1/2014
Things are about to cool off for Morgan’s mercenaries.
The fifth book in this series hits all the familiar beats in the Midnight series (which I know is called Killer Instincts but I kind of feel like that doesn’t match the series at all. . .actually Midnight doesn’t make sense either. I don’t think anything specifically happens AT Midnight. . . . ) The hero and heroine are thrown together against their will , reluctantly team up and use their action movie skills to save that day, cause everyone in this series is like super professional when it comes to being a badass and taking names. Of course things parlay into slap slap kiss all while taking down a big bad who is usually a rich powerful foreign man.
Yep, It’s s a formula, but it’s a formula Kennedy freshens up each time.
This time, thief /assassin Juliet Mason is out for vengeance after her bother gets caught up in an international conspiracy. When her SOS is intercepted by Ethan Hayes, the youngest member of Morgan’s mercenary team, the Rookie and the Vixen go up against volatile terrorists and a corrupt government in the dead of winter.
Juliet and Ethan’s romance was just meh. It felt like a foregone conclusion. They weren’t any real sparks and the cinematic action packed plot eclipsed their romance, which is too bad because their relationship has some interesting dynamics, at 25 years old Ethan is 7 years younger than Juliet.
Kennedy also plays with the traditional gender roles in action narratives. I mean Ethan is just trying to chillax and enjoy a peaceful vacation alone when he gets pulled into Juliet’s high stakes revenge mission. He takes care of her when she’s injured, Juliet seduces him first and slight spoiler. . . he’s the one that ends up needing to be rescued.
It’s the non-stop action, thrilling plots and world building you expect from Kennedy and a romance that’s more interesting in theory than execution. Early on I wanted to read suspense because I like romances where the characters have a “missions”, but I was turned off a ton of suspense because the women always needed saving or protecting. I really like that Kennedy lets the women get in on the. . . badassery ?
OKAY NOW I FINALLY GET TO READ NOELLE AND MORGAN’S BOOK , BECAUSE THEIR CHEMISTRY IS ON FIRE… OUT OF MY WAY!