Midnight Fire (Men of Midnight, #4)
by: Lisa Marie Rice
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 21, 2015
Source: Carina Press via NetGalley
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.
As far as conspiracy theories go, Midnight Fire tackles several of them head on. It depicts the successful launch of several terrorist attacks on the United States over the course of several months. Those attacks are believed to have been launched by several traitors within the CIA. Of course, every book needs a hero and the hero in this story is Jack Delvaux and he is supposed to be dead. He is also a member of the CIA himself. Unfortunately for Jack, his family becomes a victim of one of the attacks. As he is working in the shadows to get justice, he stumbles upon an old flame, Summer Redding. Summer is a successful political blogger. In order to stop her from revealing his secret and keep her safe, Jack has to get her involved in his secret investigation.
There was a lot to like about this book. The hero and heroine are very likeable and the political musings are very relevant. The fact that Jack and Summer have a history that spans over 15 years makes it a little difficult to believe that they fall back into a rhythm so quickly. Neither of them is the same person that they were back then so I expected a little more playing hard to get. Sure, the romance has to move at a certain pace but considering the serious subject matter, I would have liked a little more realism. I know that they have to hook up at some point but it could have taken a few more days for them to get between the sheets. But when they do get between the sheets, they set the world on fire. While the plot against the U.S. was intriguing, I was equally intrigued by Summer’s backstory. She was raised by drug-addicted parents that still managed to travel around the world. How does that happen? Summer is a strong woman and I couldn’t help but hope she survived the continued threats to her life. Jack may have been fueled by vengeance but it’s easy to see that it’s his heart that makes him a great hero.
I didn’t realize it at first but Midnight Fire is part of a series. Consequently, it can be read as a stand-alone. There’s a lot more mystery and suspense to this book than I mentioned but if I did, I would spoil it for you. Just know that when the CIA and FBI are involved, it’s very difficult to determine who to trust. I was thoroughly entertained.
**Received a copy from Carina Press in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
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