Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy

Midnight Action by Elle KennedyMidnight Action by Elle Kennedy
Series: Killer Instincts #5
Published by Signet on November 4th 2014
Pages: 368
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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.

When I thought it wasn’t possible, Elle Kennedy has managed to bring together 2 of the most screwed up characters I’ve had the dubious honour of reading about. Noelle and Jim have a long history and a fuck-ton of issues to work through but the long and short of it is, even when contracted to kill him, Noelle finds herself unable to do so. Instead, she ends up doing the opposite of what she’s supposed to do, helping him to find the person who has placed the hit on him as well as his daughter from a hook-up 17 years ago.

I felt for Noelle deeply after learning her history and I can’t help but still think that Morgan has been a bastard to her and all the women in his life (his present actions don’t redeem him enough for the trail of destruction he’d left in his wake). There’s a huge load of action (both the suspense kind and the bedroom sort) in the book and even some M/M tension between Morgan’s guys. Already, we also have a set-up between the next pairing of Sean/Bailey (and maybe Liam/Sully?), whose book we wouldn’t get till next year. The moral centres of these dubious characters (and the side-characters) aside – which makes me hesitate to give it a full 5 stars, Midnight Action is a solid read with enough intrigue and heartbreaking moments to keep your arse glued to your seat until the last page is turned.

And judging from the way the guys and the girls pair up, Noelle’s chameleons and Morgan’s mercenaries are going to be a big, (not so) happy family by the time the series is done.