Saturday, June 6, 2015

Midnight Captive (Killer Instincts #6) by Elle Kennedy [Review]

Former CIA agent Bailey Jones has spent months trying to forget her night of passion with mercenary Sean Reilly. An elite and methodical assassin, she has no room in her life for a reckless, rule-breaking Irishman, and she’s vowed to steer clear of the tempting bad boy who lured her into his bed under false pretenses.

When Sean is implicated in the robbery of a Dublin bank, Bailey knows something isn’t right. So what if she can’t trust him? There’s no way Sean would end up on the wrong side of the law. In fact, he’s stuck in the middle of a dark and dirty conspiracy that could put his twin brother’s life at risk with one wrong move. And Bailey’s life too when she agrees to help.

As the stakes are raised and Bailey finds herself torn between two brothers, the fine line between danger and desire is crossed…and it’ll take more than a killer instinct to survive.

4 Holding Me Captive Stars

I’ll admit, I wanted to read this because Elle Kennedy wrote The Deal. Yes, it’s a different genre, but I do love these suspenseful novels, so I dived in.

Midnight Captive is a standalone novel and is book 6 in the Killer Instincts series. There is some slight overlap from the previous books, but Elle does a great job in re-telling that I was never lost.  In this series, she kind of writes like J.R. Ward.  There’s a main story and there’s a side story with two secondary characters. It’s a little foreshadowing for the next book.  I really liked this because the next one will be a M/M read. But I digress.

Bailey is no damsel in distress. She’s trained, strong and was once an agent. She can disarm a man in seconds and doesn’t need anyone controlling her. Let’s recap. Sean and Bailey had a crazy wild night. So Bailey was dating Sean’s twin, Ollie.  Sean has a thing for Bailey and when Sean shows up at Bailey’s front door, Bailey thinks he’s Ollie and they have sex.

Bailey finds out afterwards and you know how it goes. So it’s five years later and Bailey sees Sean in the news. Sean is robbing a bank!

But not everything is what it seems.

I was really intrigued with the beginning. I was wondering why Sean is robbing a bank?  Does Bailey really not know it was Sean she was sleeping with? Will Bailey forgive Sean?

It picks up around the 30% mark and a lot of questions were starting to get answered. The book shifts and all of sudden Sean needs Bailey, it’s a matter of life or death.

Bailey grees and she has to pretend to be Sean’s girlfriend! Oh how awkward, yet how fun! Of course there’s lingering feelings. Of course there’s tension and of course it’s really good to read.  Sean still cares for Bailey and he tries to push her away, but he’s feelings are very strong. Bailey wants Sean, but she’s tired of dating men that control her. She’s her own woman.

I won’t go away until I know everything about you. I won’t go away even when I do know. I’ll always be here, and you will let me in

Running away isn’t going to change what this is. You can hide from me, but we both know it won’t work, Bailey. Because I’m with you even when you’re alone.

Midnight Captive is full of action and plot twisting moments.  This is the first book in the series I’ve read, but I assume a lot of the characters are from previous books. I liked that even though I haven’t read the series, I could follow along easily.  So much happens in this book. There are a lot of things Sean has to do that Bailey doesn’t agree with and it adds a lot of drama.

Midnight Captive is an action-pack, slightly suspenseful read. It’s fast-pace, engaging and a little steamy. 

A USA Today 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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