Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Light My Fire (Dragon Kin #7) by G.A. Aiken

The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months--and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

Celyn the Charming is a personal guard to the Queen…and asker of endless questions. But what the charming dragon hides, even from himself sometimes, is the smart, strategic mind he has. Sure he may annoy his family to death with his constant curiosity and questions, but it’s all information he takes in and uses when needed most. He doesn’t just annoy his family, oh no no no. He also gets under the skin of a Rider, Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight Mountains of Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outerplains (we shall just call her Elina from this point forward), who is sent by her leader to kill the White Dragon Queen. It’s a death mission since everyone knows Elina will fail and die trying to complete this task. But she has her honor, dammit, and she will take her death should it come. Yeah, it doesn’t. The dragons pretty much find her so adorable for even trying and when Celyn is asked to put her someplace safe he does. And then forgets about her for nine months. Now Annwyl needs her in order to get a meeting with the Mother of the Steppes Riders, Anne Atli, and she asks Elina to do this. Little does Annwyl know, this is another death sentence since no one from Elina’s clan will listen to her much less her clan leader, her own mother, who just needs one reason to be able to kill Elina. And she gets it but not before both Celyn and Elina’s sister jump in to help. Hell breaks loose and what follows is pure entertainment and mayhem: a dragon and a tough ass Rider mate, assassinations are attempted, Annwyl gets the crap beat out of her, and shows up back home bloody and carrying two eyeballs. It’s status quo for this crazy, hilarious, unique series by G.A. Aiken.

If you’re familiar with this series, and really I’d recommend starting at the beginning with this one, you already know that romance doesn’t take center stage. There’s no woo’ing, there’s no big romantic gestures, there’s really no romance to speak of. And Light My Fire almost takes that to another extreme. Elina is one tough woman, living in a culture where one woman has many husbands and having battle scars and being warriors is something that’s seen as strength and power.


Like most Daughters of the Steppes, she’d been taught that men served three purposes – breeding, child rearing, and trash removal.

But Elina is a bit of a black sheep. She’s tough, she’s strong, she’s blunt about what she wants, but she doesn’t have that kill instinct. She enjoys the strategy and was looked down upon in her clan for that. But now, being with the dragons who are all about the “soft, decadent life” as Elina calls it (and she doesn’t mean that as a compliment) she’s accepted for who she is. Annwyl especially takes a liking to her, for as much as Annwyl can like anyone, and Elina finds a home that she never expected to have with the dragons.

Elina and Celyn are tossed together when Celyn is ordered to accompany Elina on her journey back home to try and arrange the meeting Annwyl wants. It’s during this trip that romance blooms. HAHAHA, nah, it’s during this trip that they get down and dirty in the forest, because well for Elina, Celyn is right there and she doesn’t want her own hand to be tired with a fight on the horizon. I mean, really, this couple has straight up dirty sex, no sweet talking, no big lead up to the big moment. They have sex, they bond in a weird way and then, boom, mated! It’s by far, the least couple-centric story in the series. Celyn and Elina spend a lot of page time together, but as far as the “relationship” goes, it just happens, period. And in the crazy way of this series, it completely works.

What did take center stage was the world building storylines that led up to multiple assassination attempts on some of our favorite characters. War is still right out there on the edge, and at book’s end, Annwyl just learned of a new little twist that will swing the favor to her side. But we get to see what her now adult twins are up to (hint – it’s no good), what the younger generation is doing and the powers they’re coming into. If you thought Annwyl’s twins were scary, just wait until you meet Dagmar and Gwenvael’s 5 youngest daughters. One word – CREEPY. I still find myself completely fascinated with the series and this world as a whole. I love seeing how all the characters that we’ve come to know, as well as many new faces, are being worked into the mix.


Dagmar turned her head and came nose to leggings-covered cock with some male.

“By all reason,” she squeaked, slapping at the groin that had been right by her face.

“Ow!” she heard her mate snap. “I thought we decided you’d treat my hair and my cock like they were the most important things in your world…since they are.”

“I never agreed to that, and stop shoving the damn thing in my face.”


This series is laugh out loud funny. The things that are said, the crazy situations the dragons put themselves in have me laughing out loud. It’s a story and series full of snark, sarcasm and I’m sure I had a smile on my face during the whole book. It might not be the type of humor and story that everyone will enjoy, but this reader absolutely does. For a very different take on a paranormal world you must give this series a shot. Everything about it hits just right for me and it never disappoints when it comes to the fun, crazy antics I’ve come to expect from everyone involved.

Rating: A-

Release Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Zebra Books
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis

As the brains behind wedding site TyingTheKnot.com, Callie sees it all: from the ring to the dress, the smiles . . . to the tears. It's that last part that keeps her single and not looking. Getting left at the altar will do that to a girl. But when Callie returns to her old hometown, she finds that her sweet high school crush is sexier than ever. And he makes it hard to remember why she's sworn off love . . .

Tanner is a deep-sea diver with a wild, adrenaline-junkie past—and now his teenage son is back in his life. How can Tanner be a role model when he's still paying for his own mistakes? It's hard enough that gorgeous Callie has appeared in town like a beautiful dream, challenging his best-laid plans to keep his heart on lockdown. Though there's something about being around her again that makes him feel like he can be the man she—and his son—deserve. Little Lucky Harbor holds their past; can it hold a beautiful new future?

One in a Million ended up being, easily, my favorite book in the last trilogy of this series. It felt like a return to the beginning in a way, with not only the way Jill Shalvis brought the characters to life, but with the characters themselves. A little bit quirky, a lot funny, and a story that made me smile.

I really enjoyed both Callie and Tanner, especially Tanner. He’s the guy who helps out everyone in his life, putting himself last and he’s doing it again, becoming a full time father to his teenage son, Troy. Their father/son relationship was one that I loved seeing play out on page. Tanner wants so badly to do right by his kid. His son wants so badly to find a home with his dad, and it’s bumpy, but it was definitely a stand out storyline in this book.

As for Callie, she’s an online wedding planner and a former bride who was left at the altar. She creates beautiful weddings and makes the bride and groom’s perfect day a reality, but she doesn’t believe in love. She was the forgotten child by her self-absorbed parents. She was the wallflower in school, never being noticed. She was left at the altar, the ultimate humiliation for her, so it’s completely understandable that she’s wary around Tanner. She doesn’t want or expect more than a good time but both Tanner and Callie need each other and being together ends up helping to heal past hurts on both sides.

As I mentioned above, this story reminded me of the earlier Lucky Harbor books. Callie was so charmingly crazy, in the best way! She seems to find herself in embarrassing situations constantly, she makes embarrassing wardrobe choices, she’s klutzy which results in causing scenes in her small town, and she can be a mess, but in an adorable way. Charming was the word that kept coming to mind during this whole book. It’s a sweet story, funny and filled with great, lovely moments between all the characters. Whether it was moments between Callie and Tanner, Tanner and Troy, Troy and Callie or Callie and her busybody Grandma Lucille, the various relationships were engaging and fun to read about.

I’m sad to see the Lucky Harbor series end, but Shalvis takes it out with a solid story filled with love, light hearted moments and two characters that grabbed me quick and held on.


Rating: B+

Release Date: October 16, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Not Quite Forever (Not Quite #4) by Catherine Bybee

The touching and heartwarming fourth novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.

Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she’s prepared to write him off…until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

Still scarred from a past tragedy, Walt may have disappeared on Dakota, but now he’s determined to win her back. For the first time in years, he knows he’s ready for a new chance at love. Yet between Dakota’s doubts and two sets of meddling parents, can the once-blissful couple finally create the bright, loving future they desperately want?

Dakota Laurens is a well-known and extremely popular romance author who draws fans everywhere she goes. It’s at a book convention where she meets Dr. Walt Eddy, who’s presenting at his own convention on emergency medicine in disaster areas. They hit it off and as luck would have it, they both live close enough that dating is possible. With Dakota’s flexible writing schedule, they’re able to work around Walt’s demanding emergency room schedule and they start dating. Their first date is bowling (love that) and it’s a perfect first date for the type of low key, easy going people they are.

Dakota and Walt are both so likable, there’s nothing fake or high maintenance about either of them. Really the worst thing initially they have to deal with is Walt’s crazy schedule, but Dakota gets it, and Walt makes an effort on his side when he’s able to as well. Their dating goes along pretty smoothly until Walt has a patient die on the table who looks so much like Dakota it completely shakes him. This is really the only angst and problem our couple has to deal with. Walt pulls away right at a time when Dakota needs him most. They’ve both fallen hard for each other, but Walt becomes distant, trying to deny what’s already between them and it hurts Dakota so deeply that she goes home to her family to heal her broken heart and deal with some life changing news she just received.

Dakota has a very up and down relationship with her family, specifically her mother who’s more concerned with appearances in their southern town and that doesn’t include having a daughter who writes “smut” for a living. But Dakota’s so heartbroken, she doesn’t even care at the moment and stays with her parents, hiding from Walt.

Walt realizes too late what his reaction towards Dakota has cost him and he eventually finds out where she is and goes to get his woman back, much groveling needs to happen for this to be successful. He does his part, he has a long way to go to prove that he’s now in it for the long haul and Dakota, rightfully so, doesn’t make it easy for him. He has a lot to prove and he does it, day by day.

What I really found myself enjoying about Dakota and Walt’s story was seeing their relationship progress over a large amount of time. I like it so much more when a romance covers more than just a week or two. I find it to be more believable and it’s easier to root for a couple when I can see how things are going for them over the course of many months. And overall, both Dakota and Walt are engaging, they’re easy going, they don’t create problems or issues out of nothing (if you don’t count Walt’s emergency room freak out), and they’re there for each other. Dakota just gets Walt, and vice versa, and they complement each other. I found their relationship to be so easy and enjoyable.

Catherine Bybee’s writing, specifically related to her “Quite” series, is well-paced, the characters are all relatable and easy to enjoy because they’re likeable, there’s nothing about Walt or Dakota that I found to be off putting or annoying. There’s something real about them, like I’d want to be friends with them both and it made for a very nice, sweet read.


Rating: B

Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Montlake Romance
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Review: Midnight Action (Killer Instincts #5) by Elle Kennedy

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 mortal enemy. Now he can’t trust her, but he still desires her. He also needs her help....

Older, wiser, and unwilling to play the fool again, Noelle runs a group of highly skilled assassins. And she’s just been offered the hit of the century: Eliminate Jim Morgan. History gives them no reason to trust each other, but with their lives in jeopardy at the hands of a common enemy, the lines between love and hate are soon blurred. Now Noelle and Jim must face the past if they want to have a future—let alone a future together.

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. Midnight Action flashes back to nineteen years ago when Jim and Noelle first met. Noelle was a young 17 year old, Jim a few years older and he was her hope. She was living with an abusive step-father, enduring repeated rapes and counting down the time until she could leave that situation forever. Initially, Noelle was a job for Jim. Get close to her and get information on her birth father, a man suspected of selling government secrets. Jim got more than he bargained for when he fell for Noelle, but not before the truth came out and crushed Noelle. Not only did she lose the man she thought she loved but she lost her father as well. Noelle vowed revenge and got it when a couple years later Jim was pulling the same mission this time on another woman and with a tip from Noelle, the whole mission went sideways. There were deaths and disappearances and Jim has never forgiven Noelle for losing track of the woman he was seducing at the time. It ends up being obvious as to why, but I’ll leave that little tidbit alone for you all to discover ;-)

So we keep going back and forth from flashbacks to the present, and present day is pretty crappy for Jim. Someone hired Noelle to assassinate him. She lets Jim know that if she doesn’t complete the job by her deadline, then the assassination order will go out to any and every one in their crazy, dangerous world and Jim will be a hunted man. Reluctantly, Noelle agrees to join her team with Jim’s and figure out who wants Jim dead and why.

First, the suspense and the hit on the Jim – I liked seeing this play out. It gave both teams a chance to work together, see the other characters interact and especially see Noelle and Jim in action, always fun. They’re both ruthless, but there’s something that just made me smile about Noelle, she’s a badass, period. She comes off as being heartless, but as we can see throughout the flashbacks, she has a huge heart and it just takes her letting some walls down around it to let Jim back in. Make no mistake, even as her relationship with Jim changes, she doesn’t. She starts and ends the book as the same, take no shit, assassin that we’ve come to love in the series. She just has a man standing by her side now.

As Noelle and Jim work this case, they also start to work on their issues and do they ever have issues. There’s so much hate between them, I started to wonder how they were going to be able to move beyond their past and try to start something new. It takes Jim just letting it all go, putting himself out there (this guy goes through a lot emotionally) to try and win Noelle back. She’s the woman he’s never stopped loving and trying to get her to believe that will take everything he has. In the meantime, they have some hot angry sex, hot dirty sex and just plain hot sex. Elle Kennedy brings it for these two characters and their romance is exactly what you’d expect – combative, explosive and the best parts being when they’d let their guard down, just a little, and show tenderness.

I feel like I’ve been waiting ages for Noelle and Jim’s book and it doesn’t disappoint. Their story and journey stayed true to the them as the characters we’ve come to know and I really liked getting the details of their past and seeing them find a way back together. I also really liked the supporting storylines that are in motion and setting up future books. Some good stuff is coming and I can’t wait!


Rating: B+

Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Signet
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*eARC provided by publisher for review* 

 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review and Prize Pack Giveaway: I Saw Her Standing There (Green Mountain #3) by Marie Force

There’s a budding romance on Butler Mountain, but in the hornets’ nest known as the Abbott family, keeping a secret is no easy feat…

Colton Abbott and Lucy Mulvaney have a secret. Colton’s nosy siblings have begun to put the pieces together, but it’s not like Lucy to keep things from those closest to her—especially her best friend, Cameron, who recently moved to Vermont to live with her true love, Will. But Lucy isn’t about to tell Cam she’s having a fling…with Will’s brother.

Flitting between New York and Vermont is exhausting, so Lucy is looking forward to a long weekend with Colton at the Abbott family lake house in Burlington. Too bad Will and Cameron have the same idea, and once Colton and Lucy are caught red-handed (and red-faced), will their clandestine romance lose its appeal or will their secret beginnings be the start of something lasting?

Colton and Lucy have been secretly seeing each other on the weekends for a couple months now, snagging time together whenever they can. Lucy is best friends with Colton’s soon to be sister-in-law, but Lucy lives in New York and loves it there, while Colton is the poster guy for “mountain man”. He runs his family’s sugaring business, he lives on a remote mountain, no electricity, no phone, just him and his dogs and he’s always loved it that way. But all it takes is him shaving off his beard for his family to start firing questions at him and his secret relationship eventually comes out after his father and grandfather play their little matching making game. 

When Colton and Lucy’s relationship comes out in the open, the real question becomes, how can two people who live hours apart, both in cities that they each love, make something long term work?

Colton, as is the case with all the Abbott’s, is adorable. He’s a sweet guy, he works hard, he takes pride in doing a good job, he lives simply, and his life is turned upside down by Lucy, a New York whirlwind who makes him start to see a very different future for himself. Lucy is still a bit down about her best friend and former business partner, Cameron, moving to Vermont and she as a lot of doubt about having a serious relationship with Colton. She tries to protect her heart, but each time she sees him, she falls deeper and deeper. Their romance was filled with banter, sexiness and fun. Marie Force brings to life this family and all the people surrounding them so well, it’s fun to see the playfulness between everyone and the siblings going at each other like only siblings can.

Colton and Lucy’s relationship was a little bit predictable when it came to the angst that was building for them to have to get through at the end. But even knowing how things were going to play out, it didn’t keep me from enjoying the ride. Colton is adorable (I already said that, didn’t I?) and Lucy is a ball of energy and while their happy ending takes some work, it worked out exactly how it should have for this couple. It’s all about compromise and making an effort and they do what they have to for each other. I loved it!

I also liked the setup for another Abbott sibling, a sister this time and someone’s brother who’s having a tough time of it lately. No spoilers as to who this couple is, but to say I’m looking forward to their story would be an understatement. But up next is the eldest Abbott sibling, Holdon. I can’t wait to see this man loosen up a little bit and have some fun.

I Saw Here Standing There is another fun filled, romantic, sweet addition to the Green Mountain series. My love for this family keeps getting stronger as I get to know the siblings a little more with each new story and I’m left, as always, wanting more.

Rating: B+

Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
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Thanks to Penguin, I have a very fun giveaway for one lucky reader – a Green Mountain prize pack. Seriously, this pack sounds like so much fun…I want one for myself! All the goodies in the pack are listed below and entering is a breeze (because I don’t do complicated) – just enter through the Rafflecopter below. The contest is open to US only and runs through Sunday, 11/9. Good luck!


1. Green Mountain series sticker
2. Stuffed Fred the Moose
3. Signed copy of I Saw Her Standing There
4. Sample of Vermont Maple Syrup
5. Vermont Country Store catalog
6. Marie Force pen
7. $25 Gift card to BN, Amazon or iBooks


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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Review: The Kraken King (Iron Seas #4) by Meljean Brook

A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes.

But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper…

Let me start by saying that I originally started reviewing this story when it was being released as a serial. And also a disclaimer, I would receive 3-4 parts in each review bundle, so I didn’t have as long of a wait between parts as some readers did. That said, I realized something valuable with that experience, my first in reading a serial – I am NOT a serial reader. At all. I found that having a forced break between parts was more frustrating instead of building suspense and excitement for the next part. I was easily pulled out of the story and once I read through part 6 I believe, I didn’t have any desire to start back up once the final review bundle was sent out. It wasn’t that story was boring, quite the opposite, I was enjoying it immensely. But I had a really hard time not only remembering what I had previously read, keeping all the world details straight and finding the renewed interest to start back up again. So, when The Kraken King was published as a full, complete book I jumped all over him it, and started over from the very beginning and read straight through, no interruptions and it delivered on every level for me, making it one of my top reads of 2014.

I’m not going to recap or rehash any of the main plot details or storylines for a few reasons. The biggest being there is a lot of detail that’s provided and it’s impossible to do the story justice with a short pre-review recap. I’ll simply say our heroine, Zenobia, writes stories based on her brother’s crazy adventures and is often the center of abductions to force her brother to pay a ransom. She lives a solitary life and is finally about to embark on her very own adventure as she travels with her best friend to Australia. Ariq, The Kraken King and Zenobia’s hero, is the leader of a town he established, Krakentown, a town that’s now under threat of war and it’s up to Ariq to work every negotiating angle he can to try and prevent his town from being destroyed. His path crosses with Zenobia and their adventure takes off, and it is more adventure than Zenobia ever dreamed she’d be a part of.

The Kraken King is full of adventure and romance. First, the romance. Oh my. Ariq and Zenobia, at first glance, are an odd couple and one you’d never imagine working. But Ariq knows there’s so much more to Zenobia than meets the eye and he’s determined to get to know her, both in and out of his bed. She brings him to his knees with her sharp mind, her intellect, and her ability to keep him on his toes. He learns of her past, which is sad and heartbreaking, and he wants to show her only love and to be her fierce protector, a role he takes very seriously. For Zenobia, she initially sees Ariq as the ultimate adventure, never really believing that a man like him could ever love a woman like her. But when she starts to let the walls around her heart crumble and she lets him in, it’s a huge leap for her, trusting someone so much when everyone else in her life, save her brother, has taken her trust and crushed it. It takes a lot of determination on Ariq’s part, but he proves to her time and time again that he will put her above everything else in his life and it’s quite an emotional ride to see Zenobia finally start to believe that his love for her is real. Gah, I just loved them together. They have snappy dialogue, they’re quick to tease and play with each other and Ariq shows Zenobia pleasure like she’s never known before. Even then, during some of their sexier, steamier scenes, they still bring that fun and lightness that made them so enjoyable to get to know.

Ariq and Zenobia’s adventures take them both on a wild ride. Whether it’s battling a boilerworm, escaping in a balloon, or riding in a machine that’s beyond anything anyone has even seen before, Zenobia comes away with adventures that she can’t keep up with for her future books. She’s also a changed woman from her entire experience. She goes from a quiet, scared woman who only lets herself live when she’s lost in her writing to a woman who’s a force to be reckoned with. She comes into her own, yes with some help from Ariq, but more importantly she realizes on her own what she’s truly capable of when she lets go of her constant fear and lives. I dare anyone not to love this woman and the journey she goes on.

I admittedly don’t read a lot of steampunk, but Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series is one that I can’t get enough of. Brook’s has created such a vivid, unique world and it is so incredibly easy to picture everything she describes and it’s captured my attention from the very first book, The Iron Duke. While steampunk and this alternate world is the backdrop for this series and The Kraken King, this story comes alive with adventure and romance. Ariq and Zenobia are characters that will grab hold and not let go, just like the Kraken King himself.

Rating: A

Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Midnight Action Q&A with Elle Kennedy


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 mortal enemy. Now he can’t trust her, but he still desires her. He also needs her help....

Older, wiser, and unwilling to play the fool again, Noelle runs a group of highly skilled assassins. And she’s just been offered the hit of the century: Eliminate Jim Morgan. History gives them no reason to trust each other, but with their lives in jeopardy at the hands of a common enemy, the lines between love and hate are soon blurred. Now Noelle and Jim must face the past if they want to have a future—let alone a future together.

Morgan and Noelle's story, it's finally here! I feel like the series has been building up to their book from the start and Midnight Action doesn't disappoint. To help kickoff the release, Elle Kennedy has answered a few questions about Midnight Action and specifically Morgan and Noelle who have had a very love/hate (emphasis on the hate) relationship. Check out my Q&A with Elle below and make sure to enter the blog tour giveaway!

First, will you introduce Morgan and Noelle? What do you want readers to know about them?

Morgan and Noelle are…complicated. Jim Morgan is an alpha warrior to the core—he gets the job done no matter what, and when he sets his mind to something, he doesn’t give up. Ever. Noelle is equally deadly, but she’s also more emotional than Jim (even though she’d die before admitting she feels actual emotions!).

Their past is turbulent, and for almost twenty years they’ve pretty much been toxic to each other. But in this book, we finally see what caused their decades-long feud, and that their hatred is actually tangled up with love and passion they’ve been desperate to ignore.

What three words would you use to describe the relationship between Noelle and Jim at the beginning of Midnight Action?


Volatile, complicated, seductive.

Was there anything about Morgan and Noelle’s story that surprised you as it unfolded on page? If so, what? (if it doesn’t spoil anything!)

The scenes from their youth really surprised me, actually. I wasn’t expecting them to be so…tender.

With some significant developments for Jim’s personal life in Midnight Action, do you have any plans for a novella for him and Noelle? (I’d love to see how things are going for them after the events in Midnight Action!)

There are no plans for a novella (yet), but Jim and Noelle do show up in Midnight Captive, the next Killer Instincts book, so you will definitely get an update on their lives and see how Jim handles those significant developments…

What’s your favorite Morgan & Noelle moment in Midnight Action and why?

Oh gosh. I think I love every second they’re on the page together. If I had to pick one moment that stands out, it would be their first love scene. Or hate scene, depending on how you want to look at it :)

Will we continue to see Morgan and Noelle leading their teams in future books? And can you give us any details about who’s up next in the series?

Morgan and Noelle will pop up in all the future books, whether it’s in a secondary role or just a quick background visit. The next book, Midnight Captive, features a hero I’ve been dying to write since I introduced him in Book 3—Sean Reilly, the Irish heartthrob. And his heroine is as deadly as Noelle, so get ready to see some sparks fly. And after that, D finally gets his book! Readers have been clamoring for his story, and I can already warn you guys now…it’s intense…



About: Elle Kennedy is a RITA-nominated author grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University.

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