ARC Review: Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy

Midnight Target is the eighth installment in Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series. It’s the best one yet!

And yes, seeing all that turmoil broke her heart, but at the same time, someone needed to be here to capture this. To show the rest of the world what was going on right under their noses.

30407549Cate is tired of being excluded from her father’s group of mercenaries and she’s tired of being coddled. She takes off to a war-torn country to photograph the turmoil. When she gets a picture of a cartel leader who’s supposed to be dead, she gets more than she bargained for.

Ash spends much of his time warding off Cate’s advances while seeking her father, Jim Morgan’s approval. When Ash learns Cate is in trouble, he’s worried and it’s all hands on deck. If only she would listen to him and her father and stay out of trouble. When things go south, the whole team is called in and old acquaintances in Liam and Sully reconnect. Is it too late to change their fates?

Doing was how she felt alive.

This entire series has action and suspense woven so seamlessly with the romance. There’s not one but two romance plot lines, and it never felt too complex or like there’s too much going on. I’m in awe of Kennedy’s talent in this arena. Lots of strategy and pulse-pounding action, but equal time devoted to the emotional experience and adventure.

My heart broke so many times while reading this one. Sully and Liam still have so much to work through and talk through, and the attraction simmers beneath the surface until it too boils over. Ash and Cate have been walking around each other for years as well, and we see both the past and present in their story line.

All the characters from the previous books show up, and the camaraderie and friendship is deep, making the story all the more touching. There’s a hint of the forbidden, wanting someone you shouldn’t have. There’s age difference and best friends to more. But a common thread in this one is fear–how to overcome it, accept it, and move on from it. How to own it. Their personal growth make all of these plot and storylines fit together so remarkably well.

If you haven’t you really need to read all the previous books to fully enjoy this one. The epic push-pull is here, the internal and external conflict up and rocking, and the tension alive and kicking. Midnight Target is not to be missed!

*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review*

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