Well, its official – Elle Kennedy is the queen of writing emotionally damaged heroes and heroines (well in my opinion anyways!) Midnight Revenge is the latest book in the Killer Instinct series, and man, have I been waiting for this one. “D” has been an enigma among his team members with most of them not knowing if they should fear him or respect him. We knew he had a very non-emotional sexual thing with Noelle that was simply her way of agitating Morgan, but other than that, very little was known about him. Well, that all changes in a big big way, and this book was heart breaking on so many levels.
Where to start… At the end of the last book in the series, Midnight Captive, Sullivan is kidnapped when he uses the name Derek Pratt to get a drink at the bar of a hotel in Dublin they were all staying in. Flash forward four months where this book starts. Some people think he’s taken off, others think he’s dead – but Derek (“D”) knows that whatever happened to Sully has some connection with him, and he’s not eager to share that information with his team. During a mission with Liam, the man’s grief over losing Sully gets him shot, meaning a trip to the clinic where Dr. Sofia Amaro works to patch up Morgan’s men for sizeable donations to keep her clinic up and running.
Sofia likes her quiet life in Mexico and every now and then Morgan’s men show up needing discreet medical attention. Most of the guys are pleasant enough, but “D” scares her just a little. Not in the sense that he would ever hurt her, but there is just something there that unnerves her. So naturally she takes him back to her house for some no-strings attached, hot sex. The encounter leaves them both a little shaken and Derek walks out the door, grabs Liam and flies off.
This is where everything starts to get really good. Two months later, during Juliet and Ethan’s wedding reception, “D” gets a phone call with Intel stating that a ghost from his past is holding Sully hostage. Deciding he can handle this on his own, “D” takes off to rescue his team member. Liam doesn’t buy the whole “its personal” line “D” gave them and he follows him, determined to be involved in rescuing Sully. At the same time Sofia finds out she is pregnant, and she is adamant about telling “D” to his face. She shows up at the compound in Costa Rica, but finds out she just missed him. Surprisingly, it is Noelle that gives Sofia the information she needs to go and track him down, sending Ash along to protect her. Its so sweet when Noelle’s soft side comes out. Even if you know she could kill you just as easily!
“D” decides that the only way this is going to go down is a trade, so he takes something valuable to use as leverage with the enemy from his past. While he’s trying to get this all figured out, Liam shows up and throws a small wrench into the plan. Things get even worse when Ash knocks on the door and strolls in with Sofia. I don’t want to give too much info, but needless to say poor “D” is knocked on his ass by the news that he’s going to be a dad.
Of course, things don’t go as planned with this proposed trade and now that the enemy knows that Sofia could mean something to “D”, she’s no longer safe either. There are a couple of scenes that just broke my heart, and they weren’t even all about the main hero/heroine. The first is when “D” finally opens up to Sofia and tells her why he is the way he is. I’m not going to lie, these scenes are difficult to read, but if you are a fan of this series, you know Ms. Kennedy writes these types of story-lines in a way that just makes you hurt for the character. This is the first time we’ve really seen one of the men have the deeper issues, and holy crap, it was just so sad. There were a few of these where he reveals details here and there, and you cannot help but get emotional.
The other scenes involved Sully, what he endured in his six months of captivity and the “reunion” with Liam. Those two are just a huge gaping wound, and I really hope they are next because the way things ended, I just cannot even imagine how this is going to play out. I’m not even sure if they will end up together but whatever happens, the resolution is going to be insane. There’s no update on Ms. Kennedy’s website as of the time I’m writing this review so I can’t say for sure but it makes sense that it would be them in whatever capacity they end up with their HEA.
Overall this is by far my favorite book of the series. The emotions, the action, the hero and heroine were all beautifully written and I actually want to read it again since I rushed through trying to find out what was going to happen. Derek is a broken man and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the softer side of him in future books. I do not want this series to end!!
*ARC provided by publisher
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by Elle Kennedy
Release Date: February 2, 2016