4/30/2015: No, you're not seeing double. I'm trying something new on the blog. Recycled Posts. Why? Well in this case, the next book in Elle Kennedy's Killer Instincts series is due out soon (I've read it and whoa) and I wanted to have the reviews of all the previous books spotlighted on the Thursdays leading up to Midnight Captive's release on June 2, 2015. I'm also going to be giving away a book form this series, so if you love romantic suspense like I do, you'll want to check in. I did re-read each of these books and have added some extra thoughts on them.
Additional Thoughts (4/30/15): This time when I read this book, I can honestly say I was more calm. The excitement of having found such perfectly flawed but deadly heroines kept me from noticing tiny details. Kane and Abby were the "starter" couple of the series and while they're both really good, they're now not as memorable as say, Noelle and Jim or Sean and Bailey.
Format: .mobi (purchased)
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Dangerous. Ruthless. Savage. And she's the good guy.
Abby Sinclair had a desperate childhood until she was rescued and adopted by a retired army ranger who molded her into a master of self-defense. Now, she's a cunning and fearless assassin thrust into assignment after dangerous assignment, using everything she has-nerve, resilience, strength, sex-to come out on top. Her only rule: trust no one.
Abby's latest assignment is in Columbia: go undercover and snuff out a dangerous arms dealer active in the underground sex trade. But when Abby purposely blows her cover in a last-ditch attempt to free the helpless victims, deadly mercenary Kane Woodland is recruited as back-up. His mission: get Abby out of that hell hole.
The last thing Kane expects is to feel a primal attraction for Abby. But when she convinces him to join her on her perilous mission, their new found passion could put the lives of their whole team at risk.
I so wasn’t prepared for this book.
Rescued and adopted by a retired army ranger as a child, Abby Sinclair went from being a victim to a strong, fearless woman. Now a master assassin, Abby’s world revolves around the missions she’s assigned. Used to working alone, Abby relies on no one, but when she purposely blows her cover on her latest assignment in order to help innocent victims, she quickly realizes she’s going to have to do the one thing she’s never done before: Trust someone else. That someone is mercenary Kane Woodland. While Kane is used to being part of a team, he isn’t used to being attracted to one of the people he’s working with and with Abby’s trust issues, their mission might end up being a complete failure.
I’ve never really been a squeamish person when it comes to blood and broken bones but let me tell you, the first few pages of Midnight Rescue had me squirming in my seat and my eyes all but rolled to the back of my head.
For the life of me I cannot stand female characters that do nothing to push a story forward, whether it’s in books, or real life. In books and movies, a female who does nothing but sit around and wait for a man to rescue her is useless to me and the story is a dud because there is nothing there for me to relate to or even admire. It’s not just little girls who dream of being something else you know; I just never wanted to be a princess or any kind of damsel in distress. I wanted to be the one kicking ass and taking names, right alongside the guys. Elle Kennedy creates the kind of female characters that I would have looked up to when I was a little girl.
Abby is an amazing heroine. She kicks major ass, she’s intelligent, and independent but best of all she’s a tortured heroine. Usually it’s the hero with a tortured past but in this case it’s all about Abby and how her horrible past made her so emotionally detached. I loved her journey from traumatized woman to a woman with powerful emotions.
Kane is as tough as they come, he’s a trained mercenary, and the mission he’s on with Abby isn’t his first. He’s seen and done so many things he’s become jaded yet he has such a tender side to him that was unexpected. He was not only able to match Abby in skills and stubbornness but provide a sort of safe haven for her to begin to be herself. He never tried to control Abby but best of all; he never doubted her ability to get the job done at all. He just knew when she was pushing past her limits and how to get her to step back. I LOVE that about Kane. He’s a true alpha and the best kind of hero in my eyes.
The action and suspense never stops with this book and I loved it. It totally kept the story from becoming stale and boring and the intense attraction between Kane and Abby made it all the more explosive. It was great meeting other members of Kane's and Abby's respective "families" including Ethan, Isabel and Luke. They're something else I tell you. I can't wait to get my hands on their stories.
Final Verdict: Though Midnight Rescue isn’t the first book by Elle Kennedy I’ve read, it’s still nice to go back to book one and see where it all started. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.