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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Throwback Thursday Reviews: Midnight Games by Elle Kennedy

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Format: .mobi (Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Release Date: August 6, 2013

She wears a thousand deadly identities. He sees through them all.

A master of disguise, Isabel Roma spends her life pretending to be other women. Normally, her emotions are reined in tight—but sexy mercenary Trevor Callaghan has a knack for getting under her skin. The elite operative’s quiet strength and raw magnetism affect her in ways she’s never felt before, a distraction that can quickly turn deadly in their dangerous line of work.

After putting his tragic past behind him, Trevor is ready to focus on his future—and he damn well intends for Isabel to be in it. When their entire operation is thrown into chaos, Trevor enlists Isabel’s talent for deception. And as they attempt to save their team in a world where the stakes are high and the danger is grave, Trevor must convince Isabel that the woman beneath all the disguises is the one worth having....

Midnight Rescue introduced Isabel Roma and Trevor Callaghan to readers and to each other. At the time, Trevor was still dealing with the murder of his fiancĂ© and was bothered by the fact that he found Isabel attractive. The two had to work together to help stop a human trafficker but at the end of the mission, went their separate ways. Midnight Alias had Isabel back to working on her own but she did have a rather interesting scene with a now healed Trevor. But just when it seemed like something would bloom between the two, Isabel experienced a tragic event that sent her running far away from Trevor. Now, in Midnight Games, Trevor and Isabel not only have to work together again but deal with the feelings that have been brewing between them for awhile. And Trevor isn’t going to let Isabel take the easy way out again.

Each book has overlapping characters naturally since we’re dealing with two separate groups of people but that’s where the connection ends. With each book, the plot is fresh and new, no continuations of old plots (so far) so that makes it ideal for people like me who picked this series up in the middle rather than the beginning.

Isabel is definitely one of my favorite characters from this series and that’s hard to say because I just adore every one of the ladies on Noelle’s team. Isabel is the chameleon of the group though which only piqued my interest. Why was she so damn good at changing her appearance to match her surroundings? While I didn’t get all the answers to all my questions, I did feel like I got to know Isabel better. Unlike most of her team mates, Isabel has a soft heart. She’s kind and gentle because as bad as her life was growing up, that kindness and willingness to do what was right was never fully taken from her like it was with say, Abby or Noelle. Isabel wasn’t a killer, that didn’t mean she wouldn’t kill if she had to but the cold hearted nature she needed wasn’t there and I found that fascinating about her.

Trevor was different from previous characters as well. He’s endured his share of tragedy with the murder of his fiancĂ© years ago but when Midnight Games begins; he’s had time to heal and apparently, get back into top fighting shape. *fans self* Trevor seemed more settled and calm than his team mates. Where they’re all action, Trevor is more of an analyzer and his emotions are closer to the surface which was part of what made him so great to me. With so much testosterone in this series, it would be easy to make all the men stone cold mercenaries. Trevor was a nice departure from that. However, it doesn’t mean he’s any less dangerous than his team mates, he was just a little less likely to shoot first before asking questions.

If I hadn’t been devouring every little bit of information in Midnight Games, I might have missed some very interesting things. Midnight Games is, so far, the only book that has dropped some big hints about Derek “D” Pratt’s history and damn does it make me beyond curious. Just who is/was he and what made him so cold and cruel. He’s almost the male equivalent of Noelle, Isabel’s boss. Speaking of Noelle, she shows more of her true colors here than in other books (except her own). Before she came across as bossy, demanding and bitchy but here, it clear she’s cold hearted, calculating and cruelly honest. If I didn’t already know her history (I started this series at book 4 and read Noelle’s story right after), I would question whether or not she was a villain in the making.

Trevor and Isabel’s adventure is definitely one that shouldn’t be missed because Midnight Games not only keeps readers on their toes, it drops some pretty interesting facts about characters old and new. Fast paced but easy to keep up with, Midnight Games is one of my favorite books in the series. As always, author Elle Kennedy kept me guessing the who and why of the mission they were on and that to me is so important in a romantic suspense. Every book in this series sets the standard for romantic suspense and a good time in general.

Final Verdict: Trevor and Isabel are probably the rare ones in this series, the ones who still have that touch of softer emotions in them which made them stand out in my mind.

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