Midnight Fire

Lisa Marie Rice
Midnight Fire
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Carina Press
Release Date
September 2015
Book 4 of Men of Midnight
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Jack Delvaux is alive

Summer Redding thought the blindingly handsome jock who'd loved and left her years ago had died in the Washington Massacre. She grieved for her lost golden boy as the rest of the country mourned their dead—until she comes home to find a very alive Jack Delvaux waiting for her with a devastating secret that turns her life upside down.

No longer the carefree man he was in his youth, this Jack is dark, hard and dangerous; a fifteen-year veteran of the CIA hungry for answers…and hungry for her. The rich, good-looking charmer who broke her heart once before would have been easy to resist, but this man, this powerful man? Summer needs him, and he knows it.

When Jack's mission uncovers evidence of government involvement in the Massacre—and plans for another attack—he's primed for revenge. But he has more than vengeance to live for now, and when Summer's life is threatened, it's nearly Jack's undoing. Someone taking shots at his woman? That's a dead man walking.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Oct 02, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
98 people found the following review helpful
Books with secret agents and private covert ops dudes and SEALS and men in black usually make my TBR pile, but one that has all four? Sign me up!!

The Washington Massacre 6 months ago killed more than 700 people, including almost the entire Delvaux family. The charming and gorgeous Jack Delvaux was the one man that Summer Redding spent way too many hours mooning over, but she'd never see his golden good looks again. Summer's popular political blog, Area 8, covers corruption and wrongdoing at all levels of the government, and she just knows something nasty is brewing in our nation's political underbelly after that horror. And now she also knows that Jack's not dead. Not even a little bit.

On the run from some seriously bad dudes, the presumed dead, former CIA operative Jack will stop at nothing to find out who's behind the murder of his entire family. He didn't count on his old flame Summer recognizing him in his homeless man duds…or being so intelligent and tenacious. He falls under her spell as they're on the run from the most powerful players in the world, ones that would love to take out one of the last Delvaux's and a political whistleblower. But there's more in play than either of them know. Will they figure it out before it's too late?

Well, color me excited! MIDNIGHT FIRE was a fantastic read! I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of the other books in the Men of Midnight Series, but if they're as good as this one, I'm all in. Even though there was a lot of redundancy in this story (we get it, Jack was lonely, and he broke Summer's heart), it was only mildly annoying, kind of like that rogue hair on an otherwise great hair day. I adored Jack and Summer together, and given the high-tension circumstances surrounding their reunion, they gelled instantly, their chemistry written with heat and deep affection. The sex scenes were few and vanilla, but with just enough of the erotic to give this suspense story some 2 alarm heat. And bonus! The book was well written, with minimal editing issues…always a big deal breaker for me.

While the pre-apocalyptic tale may seem farfetched,there are enough threads of "what if" reality in there that it scared the crap outta me. I'm hoping that Ms. Rice decides to stick with writing and not try her hand at evil doing, because she'd be REALLY good at it. That said, I was a bit bummed with how the book ended…the buildup of the entire plot was undermined by the brief and unsatisfying way the HEA played out. Even still, MIDNIGHT FIRE was an excellent book and one I'll recommend to fans of romantic suspense.

Bottom Line: I'll be checking out the books I've missed in this series after devouring this one. Well done and very VERY frightening, Ms. Rice!!
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