Type: Romantic Suspense
My Copy: Sent
Out of all the stone-cold mercenaries in Jim Morgan’s black ops organization, Derek “D” Pratt is the most intimidating. He is tight-lipped and covered in tattoos, and even the other guys on his team are afraid to ask him about his past. D’s been off the grid for years, but after his teammate Sullivan is mistakenly captured in his place, D is forced to come out of hiding and face his demons.
When D lands in Mexico, he’s ready to risk everything to save his friend. To complicate matters, Sofia Amaro, a feisty doctor whom D had a one-night stand with months ago, has tracked him down. And in an instant she’s unintentionally caught up in his life-threatening rescue mission.
Now D must extract not one but two people from the most violent world he’s ever encountered. And one of them is carrying his child…
I’ve never read a book by Elle Kennedy before, so picking up book number seven in the series might not have been the best idea. Then again, it might have been an unbelievably fantastic idea! How have Elle Kennedy and her badass alpha heroes not been on my reading radar before now? This woman knows how to write edgy, action-packed, steamy romantic suspense like nobody’s business.
The Killer Instincts series revolves around a group of secret black ops soldiers led by Jim Morgan. Out of all of his agents, Derek Pratt is probably the biggest badass (and asshole) of the bunch. He’s close-mouthed, a loner, blunt, rude and emotionless. He appreciates being part of the team, but refuses to let any one of his team members get too close. He works with them, he would die for them, but he refuses to let himself feel anything for them. Actually he refuses to let himself feel anything for anyone.
His story isn’t original, but it is heartbreaking. Derek, or “D” as he’s known to his teammates, has had a horrifyingly rough life. Abused by his parents and forced to take to the streets at fourteen, D found his niche in the military – special ops in particular. He finally found a place to successfully channel his rage, his intensity, his dangerous side. D had years of experience, trained to be the best and was recruited by one black ops agency after another to take on tasks nobody else would. His undercover work from years past finally catches up to him, though, and puts not only his life, but the lives of his team and one specific woman in jeopardy.
Sofia Amaro. The one woman D can’t forget. A one-time sexual encounter left him wanting more after walking away. Derek doesn’t go back for seconds. He doesn’t do relationships or intimacy. He only uses sex for release. Until Sofia. She is a doctor who runs the clinic where Jim Morgan often sends his agents to be patched up off the grid. She’s smart and loyal and feisty and takes no shit. She’s always been curious about the enigmatic Derek Pratt, but never felt anything more until a blast of sexual heat rears its ugly head in his presence. Their one sexual encounter is fast and furious and so damn hot, leaving her wanting more after D leaves. Knowing he doesn’t do commitment, Sofia dreads having to confront him when she ends up pregnant. She knows there’s no future for her with Derek, but she wants to give him the chance to be in his child’s future.
D is horrified. Not only is he the worst person on the planet to step into fatherhood, but Sofia shows up to deliver her news right in the middle of a very sensitive and dangerous op. He’s reeling from her news and from seeing her again, while at the same time trying to keep his team and himself safe while rescuing one of their own. When he and Sofia are captured during the op, she somehow breaks through the icy walls around the heart he didn’t even know he had.
Sofia is astonished. She never in a million years thought there was anything more to D than the stone cold mercenary he shows the world. Finding out that there is a protective, vulnerable, awkward guy beneath his hard as steel exterior is a blow to her already softening heart. There’s no way she can keep from falling for him or from wanting more, even knowing that there is nothing but heartbreak for her at the end of that road.
I loved everything about this book. The supporting cast of Jim Morgan’s men was a great mix of all kinds of badass alpha heroes. The hints at a future story between Liam and Sullivan were reminiscent of Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series with Jules and Robin – one of my all-time favorites. This book was more than fine as a stand-alone, but I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I had read the series from the beginning. Elle Kennedy knows how to create a larger than life hero. The romantic scenes between D and Sofia were HOT. Just when I thought D had crossed the line one too many times, he would redeem himself in an endearing way that softened my heart right along with Sofia’s. My chest actually hurt at the end.
I give Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy 5 stars!