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Midnight Rescue (Killer Instincts #1)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,704 ratings  ·  174 reviews

Adopted by an army ranger, Abby Sinclaire was molded into a master of self-defense. Now, she's an assassin using raw nerve to always come out on top. Her latest assignment is to snuff out a dangerous arms dealer hiding in the underground Colombian sex trade. When the sting goes wrong, mercenary Kane Woodland is recruited
ebook, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Not Avail
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Apr 28, 2012 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Cindy Gerard; RS fans
Looking for some exciting, Cindy Gerard's BOI's-type romantic suspense? Check out Elle Kennedy's latest, the first in her promising new Killer Instincts series.

Not only do you get a team of super-bad, super hunky mercenaries (who only take out the bad guys) much like Gerard's BOIs, but as an added bonus, you are introduced to a team of female assassins, led by the beautiful and mysterious Noelle (that's her on the cover). That's right, kick-ass heroines in this one as well as some sexy bad boys.
You probably recognize Elle Kennedy’s name from her hit New Adult books, The Deal and The Mistake, but she’s also the writer of fabulous romantic suspense novels. I read Midnight Action (book 5) and really enjoyed it so I jumped at the chance to start this action packed series from the beginning! Midnight Rescue was full of suspense, danger, and of course, a sexy romance.

Abby is one of Noelle’s Chameleons, elite female assassins/operatives, and Abby is one of the best. As a teenager she was res

RATING: 4 Hearts!!! <3 :D


There is no better proof for readers that an author has exceptional writing skills than said author showing versatile dexterity in various genres. Elle Kennedy is one such author – excelling not only in New Adult with her Off-Campus series, but also in romantic suspense with Midnight Rescue, a gripping start to the Killer Instincts series.

Midnight Rescue reaches out and grabs hold from the very first page, thrusting us into a dark and gritty world where mercenaries a
I think that I would love to see this book and the rest of the Killer Instincts series as a TV series. The international settings, the handsome and brawny men, the beautiful women... I can just imagine Jim Morgan's crew - D, Trevor, Ethan, Kane, Luke, swaggering around their safe house (think very large estate). These are ex-military off-the-grid lethal warriors - professionals. And Noelle's crew of female operatives - beautiful, efficient, and deadly. The teams work together when one of Noelle' ...more
A major disappointment. I was looking forward to this new series with former special forces heros, but too much is too much.
The whole series relies on a fatal attraction between one after the other men belonging to Jim Morgan's operations with one after the other women belonging to Noelle's operations. I already know (and knew it as soon as I met Noelle) that by the end of the series those two operations will be merged and each and every one happily paired. And the ending is not even written or
Marta Cox
Fancy a little romantic suspense? Adore ex military types who are all protective? Then this new to me series will be a must read as Ms Kennedy starts with a bang and keeps the tension and pace right until the end . Add in top notch female ( yes female!) assassins and this author seems to have hit on a winning formula as who doesn't love seeing those big butch guys taken down a peg or two but the fairer sex?
Abby is our heroine and as the story starts she's in deep undercover on a mission but has
3 1/2 to 4. A very determined kick-ass assassin, Abby “I can take care of myself. I’ve been doing it since I was eight years old and I’m pretty damn good at it. I can kill a person in a hundred different ways. I’m perfectly fine with being alone—it’s what I’ve always preferred.” .......Is the main female character.

Kane is a hired ex navy SEAL hottie who works for the "good guys".

The shit goes down and people need to be rescued. Enter Abby and Kane.

It's a lot more than sounding that simple. Be
Nick ••[Nick's Book Blog]

When I finished reading Elle Kennedy's The Mistake, I was going through some major Elle Kennedy withdrawals, so I decided to look further into her other books. Now, I'm usually one to shy away from romantic suspense novels with killer main characters, but I knew that if there was one author who could handle the subject matter, then it would be Elle Kennedy. Turns out, I was absolutely right! Midnight Rescue was one heck of a dark, gloomy and uncomfortable read at times. After all, it did handle
I found this to be a promising start to a new military series, the premise is really good, a bunch of kick-ass female assassins run by Noelle, drop-dead gorgeous and totally cool and a bunch of mercs(all former military), run by filthy rich Jim Morgan, their team specializes in extraction.

The characters are all very interesting and the book moved really fast. Morgan's team is hired by Noelle to extract one of her own Abby. Morgan and Noelle don't seem to like each other but when Morgan hears tha
Did not care for the Abby's character at all. She was too everything. The entire group of "elite" female assassins seemed hokey to me. Abby's character got on my last nerve and it was a struggle for me to finish this book, but I did. Slowly.

Felt a lot of potential, but really had to suspend belief (too much) for this one to work. Abby made my too stupid to live shelf. Pronto. Then preceded to ring that bell several times throughout the book. She was an IDIOT. How was she going to go swimming wi
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

My first thought when I saw this cover was "Oh yay another team of ex-military badass guys to follow!" but I was pleasantly surprised to see there's more to it than that. Of course we do get the badass guys we all want to drool over, my favorite being the boss, Jim Morgan. I confess to have a thing for hard-asses. So while my crush develops on that bad boy, I also liked the hero of this story a lot. Kane. He's sweet and not so tortured as you would expec
I really liked the secondary plot with Isabel and Trevor. I believe the next book is their's. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Unfortunately that's the only thing I liked about the book. The actions of the characters didn't jive with their secretive professions. The heroine especially acted more like a hotheaded woman than a cold assassin. I understood her being emotionally closed off, but her contradictory actions made it hard to connect with her (she's a stone-cold killer who goes undercover
I really enjoyed this one.There were several side stories going on as well as the main. Lots of action. This book starts out with a bang. I really enjoyed the kick ass assassins who just so happen to be chicks. That was nice for a change. The H/h were equally great and I liked that they took their time hooking up. I cant wait to see what happens in the next one with I think Isabel and Trevor. Also I want to know what D's problem was because he was a real jerk to Abby in this book ( and that was ...more
Man, what a ride! For the first time in a long time I actually think I fell more in love with the heroine than the hero. Abby was kick-ass! And I totally got where she was coming from with her fear of relationships and commitment. It made sense to me, and I have to say, it was a nice change from the typical. And the story was just as awesome as the characters. I am completely on board with this new series and can't wait to read the next one.
Give Me Books
"Dangerous. Ruthless. Savage. And she's the good guy."

This is just the beginning of the synopsis of Midnight Rescue by Elle Kennedy. Sexy thriller, is what I would call it. Hot women, even HOTTER MEN ready to take on the criminals. Saving those who can’t save themselves.

Abby Sinclair is an assassin by trade. Non-feeling, ever thinking and doing the job that needs to be done. Kane Woodland isn’t much different that Abby; a deadly mercenary who does anything needed for the mission.

I’m a huge fa
Priyanka (A Booklion's Hideaway)
4.5 stars
I read Off-Campus books by Elle Kennedy and loved her since then. And as soon as I heard about this series I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. My expectations were more like Off-Campus writing but it is totally different and just as great.

There are two teams of assassins, Noelle's Chameleons, female assassins and Jim Morgan's Mercenaries. And both the teams together kicks some asses in this series.

Abby Sinclair, our female protagonist, she is one of the best assassins from Noelle's t
Ergh. Everything about this book made me angry. Everyone has been abused, suffered some great trauma in their lives, blah blah (and don't get me wrong, I love me some damaged characters, but you've got to handle it well - this felt more like one-upmanship. "Oh, I see your trauma, and I raise you my trauma"). Way too much violence against women, women who survived horrific circumstances but still require men to save them from themselves, men who tell said women that its different with them, even ...more
This is an extremely rape- and child sexual abuse- heavy book. I found it extremely difficult to read as the book continually dwells on and brings up the most traumatic events in every characters' life.

I found it very difficult to be open to any romance/sexual interest between the hero and the heroine as it is very literally sandwiched between more revelations of childhood SA and ongoing emotional torture by the main villain. I just can't get into that. It quite literally made me queasy.

The "h
Blue Ribbon Rating: 4 out of 5
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Abby Sinclair’s childhood was pure hell until she was rescued by an army ranger who helped her become the strong, fearless woman she is today. Abby’s now an assassin who will use every advantage to take out her target. But her latest assignment – to kill a Colombian drug lord – goes to hell when she finds out that her target is also in the sex trade. Desperate to free the young girls who are to be sold soon, Abby intentionally blows her cover and
Jennifer Crump
This was such an awesome story, I couldn’t put it down. Abby is a tough as nails woman who is fearless when it comes to her job as an assassin. She will use anything to accomplish her job. Abby’s childhood is horrible and I can hardly imagine how a child will turn out after such a beginning in life. These characters have such a diverse background from each other but somehow they create an outstanding group of men and women who are all after one thing, making a difference in people’s lives. Abby ...more
4.5 stars

Abby Sinclair
Kane Woodland
Isabel Rosa
Trevor Callaghan

Midnight Rescue is the first in the Killer Instincts series. This is the kind of adrenaline-inducing, heart-melting story I love. It is fun and fast paced, and I was hooked from page 5. I’m used to reading romantic suspense books with alpha male Black Ops characters but this one stands out for the strong female mercenaries that more than hold their own with the men.

Abby Sinclair is a assassin who works for the mysterious Noelle - quee
Cocktails and Books
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books.

Midnight Rescue kicks off Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series with a bang, featuring Abby Sinclair and Kane Woodward. Abby is a female assassin while Kane is a mercenary, so when these two and their teams get together it becomes explosive. Abby blows her own cover on an assignment because she is determined to save a group of young girls and pays a price for it, so when Kane’s group come to rescue she is livid because she thinks she can
Talk Books To Me
Midnight Recue is the first installment in Elle Kennedy’s Killer Instincts series and what an action-packed thrill ride! We get bad-ass heroines, hot Alpha males and a plot that’s so engaging, I finished this book in one day.

Noelle is the boss of a team of female assassins/chameleons who take on the criminal underworld. When one of her girls missions takes a turn for the worst, Noelle is left to turn to one of her enemies, Jim Morgan, who happens to run a team of mercenaries. Kane, Morgan’s seco
Guilty Pleasures
Afrodyt's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

The first two chapters of this book put me on notice that I was in for a real treat with this novel. Knowing that this book is the beginning of a series had me keep my eyes open as the various characters are introduced, curious about the residents of this brave new world. As the story unfolded I was swept up on an adventure filled with badass chicks and lethal mercenaries with big, kind hearts. Evil psychopaths preying on the innocent and e
Rescues. Revenge. Rebirth. Trust. Control.

This is an explosive start to Elle Kennedy's romantic suspense Killer Instincts series with multiple relationships building, an interesting crew of characters, and plenty of action, danger, and suspense.

Featured in this first installment are Abby and Kane. Abby is a cold, calculating assassin who survived a traumatic past. Her current goal is to save some young girls from being victimized, but her plans go awry when she is rescued by Jim Morgan's mercen
Maria's Book Blog
Great start to a gripping romantic suspense series!

I must admit, I’m a little late to the show. I recently discovered Elle Kennedy when I read an ARC of her upcoming new release, Claimed (due out in October), which absolutely blew my mind. Since I loved it so much I decided to check out the Killer Instincts series and see what else she has to offer.

I definitely was not disappointed! Midnight Rescue brings so much more to the table than just romance and suspense. Ms. Kennedy delivers all the emot
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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.

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