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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Throwback Thursday Review (Recycled): Midnight Alias by Elle Kennedy

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This review was originally posted on December 11, 2014!

Additional Thoughts: Luke Dubois is so far the smoothest talker in the series. When I re-read this one I was even more in awe of Olivia because she was a normal citizen. She wasn't a trained assassin like Abby. She didn't know how to handle pain or infiltrate an enemy's inner circle. All she had was her intelligence and survival instinct. She's one of my favorite heroines.

Format: .mobi (Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: February 5, 2013

She’s smart, seductive, and in way over her head.
He’s her only way out.

An undercover DEA agent has gone off the radar. Suspecting an internal mole, the government needs Luke Dubois and his elite team of operatives to recover their man, and the New Orleans native thinks he’s found his way inside the dark underbelly of Manhattan: Olivia Taylor, the girlfriend of a mob boss and the sexiest woman he’s ever laid eyes on. His new mission objective? Get past Olivia’s defenses and convince her to take a chance—on him.

All Olivia wanted was to finish law school and live a normal life, but that dream was shattered when one dangerous night put her deeply in a mobster’s debt. Now Luke and his team will help her escape—in exchange for intel on the missing agent. But Olivia doesn’t anticipate her intense attraction to the reckless Louisiana charmer or that she’ll be forced to risk everything—including her heart.

Luke Dubois.

His name just screams Southern Gentleman doesn’t it? It kind of makes me want to start purring.

When an undercover DEA agent goes missing, the government suspects an internal mole and contacts Luke Dubois and his elite team to find the missing agent. Luke figures he’ll use the local mob boss’ girlfriend, Olivia Taylor, as his way into the organization but he quickly learns that not everything is what it seems and that he can’t get his mind off of Olivia.

One night is all it took to shatter Olivia’s dreams of finishing law school. Now she’s in a mobster’s debt without any hope of ever getting out alive. Until Luke and his team offer her a way out in exchange for intel on a missing agent. Olivia’s intense attraction to Luke is a complication she doesn’t need, especially as her situation becomes more and more dangerous.

Surprisingly Noelle’s team of female assassins doesn’t have a large role in Midnight Alias. Aside from Isabel, who played a secondary role, there wasn’t much mention of them or their deadly leader. The heroine, Olivia was an ordinary woman caught in extraordinary circumstances and I expected her to be a wimp compared to say, Abby from Midnight Rescue, but she wasn’t. I was glad that Olivia could hold her own in a dangerous situation. I liked her a lot! She didn’t cower, she didn’t whine and she wanted an active part in her own rescue. If she could have, I’m sure she would have rescued herself and that’s the type of female character I can really relate to. The kind that doesn’t sit on her duff waiting for a man to tell her what to do.

Aside from having one of my favorite names ever, Luke is a pretty easy going guy. Surprising given who he works for and what he does. Unlike most men, he was pretty good at communication and had pretty good people skills, I suppose that was part of what made him so efficient at what he did. However, even though deep down he was a southern gentleman, Luke didn’t treat Olivia like glass. He may have hated the position she was in and that he and his team needed the intel only she could provide, but he trusted her to be able to handle herself. He didn’t coddle her or suffocate her under a ridiculous amount of machismo. Luke and Olivia were equals and that is so sexy in a man, real or not. He was charming as hell too. Who doesn’t love a good ole Southern boy? I certainly wouldn’t turn him down! No sirrrreeee, that Luke Dubois is going on my list. I just don’t know which one yet…

     "Are you sure you're okay?"

     "I'm fine." Her green eyes blazed. "But that's the last time that son of a bitch lays a hand on me, Luke."

     "Damn straight," he said in a lethal voice.

     "I'm serious. I want you to give me a gun, or show me some better self-defense moves." Her mouth set in a firm line. "If Vince or anyone else ever comes after me again, I want to be able to stop them."

     He squeezed her hand, then swept his thumb over her knuckles. "I'll keep you safe, darlin.'" When she opened her mouth to protest, he hurried on. "And I'll also teach you how to keep yourself safe, okay?"

Aside from Luke and Olivia, there are a host of secondary characters that do their best to steal the spotlight, but none so efficiently as Isabel. She was a secondary character in book one as well but in Midnight Alias, she has a bigger role. She experiences something tragic that seems to set her off on her own course. In the few scenes she had, I just knew she was a bit of a softie, not something that is usually attributed to Noelle’s females. She just might end up being one of my favorites.

One of the things I love best about Midnight Alias and the entire Killer Instincts series is the edge of your seat action and suspense scenes and how author Elle Kennedy doesn’t spare readers the injuries: The cracking of breaking bones, the spurting of blood or even the crunch of a fist meeting with a nose, I know, not something that would normally be pointed out in a romance but that’s what I love. If you’re going to read a romantic suspense, do it right and read Elle Kennedy.

While it is part of a series, Midnight Alias can be read as a complete standalone. Really the only thing that connects the books are the fact that the characters know one another but other than that, no major spoilers or anything.

Final Verdict: For knock down, drag out great time then definitely pick this book up, along with the rest of the series.

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