The Stakes are Higher! Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy Book Review

Posted May 12, 2017 by Zeee in Reviews0 Comments


The Stakes are Higher! Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy Book ReviewMidnight Target written by Elle Kennedy
Publisher Signet Romance
Publication Date: April 25th 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Series: Killer Instincts #8
Format: eBook
Pages: 460
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: four-flames
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Score and Midnight Revenge...

Four years ago, Cate’s entire life changed when she discovered she was the daughter of a supersoldier. But Jim Morgan’s overprotectiveness has pushed her away. These days, she’s working as a freelance photographer and living the dangerous life Jim never wanted for her.

When Cate snaps a photo linking a corrupt South American politician with the leader of a notorious drug cartel, her mercenary father leads a team to rescue her—only to get shot and critically wounded in the process.

As Morgan’s operatives rally together on a revenge mission, they’re faced with new alliances and old heartaches. Cate is forced to work with David “Ash” Ashton, the man who broke her heart two years ago, while Liam Macgregor and Sullivan Port resurface after years apart to finally try to deal with everything they’d left unsaid.

Soon it’s all-out war between the cartel and the mercenaries—with two couples caught in the middle of the blood feud. Love and redemption are within their reach...but first they have to make it home alive.

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Mightnight Target is one of my most anticipated books this year and I am torn! I’m not sure if two romances CAN share a book at all. And yeah, this book has TWO of the romances that fans of this series have been waiting for. In my opinion, though, the two romances are TOO BIG for this ONE book!

Let me explain.

This book is about Jim’s daughter, Cate who he rescued in Midnight Action (Jim and Noelle’s HEA) and the rookie, Ash. I felt the chemistry between these two in Midnight Action, but since Cate was really young, it was very smart for Elle Kennedy to set this story a few years after Midnight Action, where Cate is now legal. This also features Liam and Sully’s HEA (this one is M/M). Liam and Sully have had sparks fly between them since possibly the first book in this series. As someone who doesn’t read M/M, I was WAITING for their HEA.

The Stakes are HIGH

This book also brings everyone on Jim’s A-team to work together on a revenge mission. In Midnight TargetView Spoiler » And there a lot of disturbing things that goes on in here and I believe Elle Kennedy does it masterfully.

The Downside

As I’ve said, there are TWO HEAs that I think, compete with each other. I do like the alternate POV (told in third-person) between Cate, Ash, Sully and Liam. But still! I am just not a fan of TWO HEAs in ONE book where the TWO couples are MAIN CHARACTERS!

Too Distracting

As I’ve said above, the two HEAs were too distracting for me. And as much as I was rooting for both of these couples, I felt it was too much of a cop-out. Also, since Midnight Target is the LAST book in the Killer Instincts series, I feel that Elle Kennedy just wanted to write this for her fans (which I am ABSOLUTELY grateful for). On the other hand, it would have been better to have the other couple be a novella.

The Suspense and the Action!

I actually LOVED the backdrop of the story. It felt real for me. Especially with the current world climate. Elle Kennedy can also write scenes that are very detailed and I actually felt that I can see the whole scene! Yes, there are action scenes. Yes, they are well done. YES, it kept me on the edge of my seat!

Also, I thought the villain was really EVIL here! BUT then the end was MEH! I mean, he basically got killed because View Spoiler » He is SUPPOSED to be really evil and he was just brought down by that? View Spoiler » but – I wanted more action, I guess?

Woah, Sexy times!!!!

There were a few scenes for both couples. And they were HAWT as hell! Yes, I even include the M/M scenes because they were tastefully done! Mind you, this was the first time I read an M/M book and read through the sexy times. Also, this is not erotic romance but it IS a tad bit steamy and very well written!

The Verdict

I enjoyed Midnight Target. But really, I think there two romances really was too much for this book in that the romantic development felt too rushed. Yes, Sully and Liam had their romance already in the previous books, but still, THIS WAS their HEA. So, it did compete with Cate and Ash’s romance.


If you are a fan of the Killer Instincts series, you definitely should read this book. If you haven’t read the series yet and do not want to read the previous 6 books, please read Midnight Action first, so you get Cate’s backstory and also Jim and Noelle’s romance. Midnight Action is also my FAVORITE Killer Instincts book.

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Overall: 3.5


I don’t really enjoy two romances in ONE book.

What are your thoughts on that? Do you have any book recs with this trope?

About Elle Kennedy

Author 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 writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance 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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