Midnight Rescue (Killer Instincts, Book 1) by Elle Kennedy

Midnight Rescue (Killer Instincts, Book 1) by Elle KennedySeries: Killer Instincts #1
on May 1, 2012
Pages: 386
AmazonNarrator: Allyson Ryan
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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 newfound passion could put the lives of their whole team at risk.

3.5 stars.

This story was a typical romantic suspense but with a set of lady special op agents to go with the trained men.

Abby Sinclair was a member of Noelle’s chameleons. A team of female operatives trained to do deep undercover for some years to take down criminal enterprise all over the world. In this story, Abby was deep undercover to take out a Columbian arms and drug dealer named Blanco, but will on duty, she got sidetracked by a personal mission. She unsuccessfully attempted to free other captives being held by the Columbian criminal and was in danger of having her cover blown. So her team leader Noelle, was forced to hire an extraction team had to do an unexpected withdrawal of Abby from the cage where she was imprisoned.

Noelle went to an extraction specialist group lead by Jim Morgan. Kane Woodland was part of the Jim Morgan’s extraction team and he was the one who rescued Abby. While nursing her to health, Kane immediately drawn to Abby’s strength. When Abby regained consciousness, she asks Kane to help her return to Columbia and finish what she started, Kane agrees to help her if she stands down and lets him handle it. Abby had become an obsession for
Blanco’s sadistic clean-up man, Devlin. Devlin had traced Abby back to the states, and was bent on reacquiring his “chew toy”.

Abby, Kane and their respective teams began working together to defeat Blanco and destroy his criminal empire. Abby and Kane also began exploring their physical attraction and that lead to the opening of some past wounds. A subplot saw Abby’s teammate Isabel working together with Kane’s teammate Trevor Woodland. So there was a main couple and a secondary one. I actually found Isabel and Trevor more compelling because they were working some variables that made their partnership less predictable. I hope the next book focuses on them.

I found the story moved a good pace and was interesting. It just felt like a topic explored over and over again in this genre. This story may have triggers for some as it includes discussion on kidnapping, abuse, on child sex abuse, sexual slavery and trafficking.

Special thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook, which was given in exchange for an honest review

About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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