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Midnight Action

(Killer Instincts #5)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,965 ratings  ·  218 reviews
She’s got a broken heart...
and a fully loaded arsenal....

Ex–army ranger Jim Morgan leads a team of elite mercenaries, but eighteen years ago in Paris, he was part of a black ops unit whose mission was to hunt down a rogue operative. In order to trap the criminal, Jim seduced Noelle, the man’s daughter—a ruthless act that cost him the love of his life and turned her into a
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Signet
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
I have mixed feelings about this one. As much as I liked Jim and Noelle I feel there was still to much that happened between them for them to end up HEA. I don't feel completely sold on their love. I did really like them though. I also have a really hard time with the fact that Noelle slept with D a number of times. I don't care that Jim or Noelle slept with other people as they were not together for years but D lives and works with Jim and I feel that it's just eww. I loved Jim's daughter. Cate ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Stars! I really enjoyed this one, I just don't understand why it took me so long to finish it!!
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Midnight Action was an exciting second chance romance filled with action, danger, and hurt fueled by an old betrayal!

Noelle was betrayed by Jim Morgan eighteen years ago when he seduced her to get to her father as part of his uncover assignment. Noelle was crushed, but she picked up the pieces of her life and vowed revenge. She got it and ever since then Noelle and Jim have been at each other’s throats. Still, every time they meet it’s a battle to keep their hands off to themselves and not jus
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
5 AMAZING Stars <33

From the moment I finished Midnight Target I wanted to know more about Jim and Noelle!I knew these two will drive me crazy in a good way!!!I freaking loved their story, these two loved each other and hate in the same time for their own reasons.

Noelle and Jim has to work together and this is a great opportunity to work on their issues.Whenever these two are together is like an explosion!They are super hot,passionate,intense and erotic!I admired Noelle and loved her, she is sass
Midnight Action is the fifth installment in Elle Kennedy's romantic suspense series titled Killer Instincts. Ms. Kennedy has been teasing her readers since book one with a palpable but undisclosed history between mercenary leaders Jim Morgan and Noelle Phillips. In Midnight Action, we finally got the nitty gritty details of it all. It's sweet, innocent, sad, sexy, angry, resentful...and it all makes sense why their relationship is the way it is present-day. I loved that this book was their story ...more
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Jim Morgan and Noelle Phillips have had a contentious relationship since book 1. None of their operatives knew why Jim and Noelle hated each other, only that the feelings of animosity were palpable when they are in the same room.

In this book, the author gives the background to this volatile relationship by alternating past and present every other chapter. The narrator does an excellent job with so many characters because this installment had a lot of moving parts.

18 years ago, a young Jim Morgan
Rating 3.5 stars
Oh Noelle I love you so much that I can't even express it and if it were upto me you would have gotten a much longer, prolonged and agonizing grovel from Jim Morgan, the guy who broke your young heart and made you into the queen of assassins. I had such astonishing expectations from this book and it couldn't be met but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy reading this one. But I wanted much more page time for Jim and Noelle and was annoyed reading about Bailey, Liam, Sully, Sean when
Initial Thoughts: My favorite book in the series so far. Midnight Action lives up to its name: Lots and lots of action packed edge of your seat moments, explosions, thrills, and more. The lead couple Noelle and Jim have chemistry that is right off the charts. These two sizzle and a lot of furniture is destroyed...This is a great little escape - perfect for summertime reading.

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group NAL for a review copy of this book.
This book was all Noelle. She was such a hardassed b**ch in the previous books, that I was worried that she would make a terrible heroine. But there was so much to her story after all. It explained a lot on how and why she turned up the way she was. And I even shed a few tears for her.

But I finished the book with a bitter dislike for Morgan. For what he did to Noelle he should've grovel harder for her forgiveness. Make some effort at least. Super-soldiers are allowed to be softies from time to
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

SO SO GOOD! This is by far my favorite book in the series. I absolutely LOVED Jim and Noelle together and all that pent up passion they had between them. Also, kudos to the author for surprising me with a few twists in this one. Elle Kennedy is a writing goddess!
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't five pages in and I started mentally kicking myself for waiting so long to pick up this book. Yep, it was sensational, jaw-dropping, can't breathe, squirming, all the good stuff romantic suspense. I've read many that claim the description of 'enemies to lovers' trope, but really didn't. However, this baby, it was the Real McCoy. These two hated each other and had good reason, but they also had the skills to kill and never get caught so that added some real edge to it all.

This was the fi
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B+

Ah, the story of Jim Morgan and Noelle – FINALLY! Throughout the series, these two have hated each other. Hated. Each. Other. To the point that I wouldn’t have been surprised to see one of them kill the other at some point. But their chemistry was off the charts and while they loved to pick at each other’s soft spots and make each other’s lives miserable, it was clear there was more to their relationship than what was on the surface. Midnig
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Afrodyt's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

There are so many things I love about this story that I don’t even know where to start!

Midnight Action is the much anticipated fifth installment of this series where we get to finally find out why Jim and Noelle became bitter enemies and also reluctant allies.

Now, I have a vivid imagination and I have to confess that when I cracked open this novel I was just certain that I knew what happened and where this was going. I thought I’d followed
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With this we finally get to see what is behind the decades long feud between Noelle and Jim, and it did not disappoint. The story alternates between the past, when Noelle first meets Jim as a teenager and the present. I was riveted with both. I'm not usually a fan of flashbacks but this worked and was written beautifully. I'm not going to reveal anything about the past, (find out for yourself) In the present Noelle's assassin skills are hired and her target turns out to be Jim. She warns him and ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Blehhh...after waiting so very long for Morgan and Noelle, this was a let-down. Where was the team OP, the action, the suspense in the Romantic Suspense? This was just a big ol' Soap Opera. This series is turning into an OOU sex romp, a series I loved when I read it; but 'Killer Instincts' is supposed to be RS. Disappointing...
Under the Covers Book Blog
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I felt like a little kid opening this book, I was so excited.  Don't you love it when there's that one couple you've been wanting to see together and then it's finally that time.  I might've done a happy dance when I read the blurb for this book!  I've waiting, literally, since book one!  Starving for any second of interactions between Noelle and Jim.  Trying to put out of my mind the fact that she was playing around with someone else.  These two just HAD to happen.  But then there's the ner

Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads, new-adult
This book is brilliant in it's diversion. I'm reading along and thinking I know the deal. I'm thinking that James feeling are one thing and then BAM! Something happens and I'm think....what? I love books that can do this to me. I'm usually really good at picking up the hints but this book just misdirects a lot. I love that.

I wasn't a fan of Noelle. She seemed great in the past (we get a glimpse of what happened in the past from time to time) but her present self was just annoying. Now, don't tak
Marta Cox
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The fifth book in this series and for those who have followed the journey an intense crazy and much anticipated instalment . This group of elite assassins and mercenaries have constantly entertained this reader with their trials and tribulations but finally we get to the bottom of the love hate relationship shared by Morgan and Noelle. They have history that's always been obvious but this is more than just a second chance romance it's a chance at redemption and Ms Kennedy just keeps piling on th ...more
Kelly | xoxo, Kelly Nina
5 sexy, assassin worthy, mercenary intense fucking stars. Holy FUCK was this book awesome. I have been looking forward to Noelle and Morgan's story since, oh I don't know, chapter 2 of the first book of the series. For reals, the sexual tension between these two is on.another.level. I was ACTUALLY breathing a little heavy and my heart was racing. The hate sex is FUCKING unreal!!! OMG read this book. READ. THIS. BOOK.

Full Review at Belle of the Literati
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

Midnight Action is flat-out spectacular. In a series filled with strong heroes and heroines, sinfully hot love scenes, and adrenaline-filled action, Elle Kennedy has outdone herself with her most compelling, emotional Killer Instincts book to date.

I admit, I almost didn’t want to start Midnight Action . After four books of Jim and Noelle’s tense-in-all-ways confrontations, I had incredibly high expectations f
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gr2015

I expected more


Unfortunately I felt that this book was more about Jim finding his daughter than his and Noelle's romance. They were more like background noise.

Jim betrayed Noelle horribly 19 years ago, and crushed the girl she was then. Her actions in retaliation were justified and expected. The fact that he conveniently forgot about his actions and didn't really feel remorse, made me sad for Noelle. She deserved a lot better from someone who supposedly loved her. There was in no way near enoug

Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Finally! We got to know what Noelle and Jim's deal was. And oh my, what a tangled mess it was!
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic suspense fans
4.5 stars - Adult Contemporary Romance

I knew I liked it! No, scratch that. I LOVVIT. Especially when both main characters tried to kill each other at first and then, succumbed with each other senselessly. Nothing's more fun than reading enemies turned lovers.

RD: Nov 4, 2014
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
"MIDNIGHT ACTION will get your heart racing for sure."

Read this review in its entirety at Fresh Fiction
Jaime Arkin
Best of the bunch so far!!! 4.5 stars!
Full review can be found here!
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads

It took me a while to get to this book. I read the first four almost one after the other, but with this one, I was wary. You see, the two main characters in the book, both introduced in book 1 and prominent in the series, had expectations to live up to, and they had a history. The latter is more of a personal issue because history often entails backstory/flashbacks, and I've mentioned before how I hate those fucking things.

But in this case, they worked. Ma
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would have loved a longer epilogue. Overall a very good book.
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!
I have been waiting for this story since book one and have watched with interest the relationship between Noelle and Morgan develop from the beginning. This has everything I expected and more.

Noelle is an assassin who has been very successful in her line of work and is known throughout the world as someone that gets the job done. She was not always this jaded and hard but events from her past have molded her into the woman she is today.

James Morgan is the leader of a secretive team of
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Holy cow, talk about hot! Elle Kennedy sure knows how to turn up the heat in her Killer Instincts series, and the chemistry brewing between Jim and Noelle in Midnight Action scorches the pages and leaves the reader begging for more!

Jim Morgan is the leader of an elite mercenaries team and is a trained operative who knows exactly how to get the job done. However, 18 years ago in Paris, he was part of a secret operation where he had to seduce his subject's daughter, sweet and innocent Noelle. Wha
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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.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just

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“Is this seat taken?"
The deep, gravelly voice jolted Noelle from her blood-thirsty thoughts. When she laid eyes on the man it belonged to her breath caught in her throat.
She blinked, wondering if maybe she'd dreamed him, but then he flashed her a captivating grin and she realized that he must be real - her mind wasn't capable of conjuring up a smile this heart-stoppingly gorgeous.
A pair of vivid blue eyes watched her expectantly as she searched for her voice.
"There are lots of other seats available," she finally replied, gesturing to the deserted tables all around them.
He shrugged. "I don't want to sit anywhere but here."
She moistened her suddenly dry lips. "Why?"
"Because none of those other seats are across from you," he said simply.”
“Swallowing, he peered down at Noelle, floored by the sheer calm reflecting back at him. "You okay, babe?"
She rolled her eyes. "Of course. What do you think I am, a pansy-ass damsel who weeps at the first sign of trouble?”
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