Review: Midnight Vengeance by Lisa Marie Rice

Morton “Jacko” Jackman isn’t afraid of anything. He’s a former Navy SEAL sniper, and he’s been in more firefights than most people have had hot meals. Lauren Dare scares the crap out of him.

Gorgeous, talented and refined, she’s the type of woman who could never be interested in a roughneck like him. So he’s loved her fiercely in secret, taken her art classes, and kept a watchful but comfortable distance. Until now.

Lauren had finally found a home in Portland, far from her real identity, far from the memories of her mother’s death, and outside the reaches of the drugged-out psycho who’s already tried to kill her twice. One tiny misstep—a single photograph—has shattered it all. She has no choice but to run again, but this time she’ll give herself a proper farewell: one night with Jacko.

Their highly charged emotional encounter changes everything. In Jacko’s arms there cannot be fear, there can only be pleasure. Anyone wishing her harm will have to pass through him, and Jacko is a hard man to kill.

Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres and the books synopsis gave away just enough intrigue to pique my interest.

Having not read the previous installments in the series, I did feel a little lost sometimes when the secondary characters interacted with Jacko and Lauren. But I found myself easily drawn into their lives as well as the sexily tattooed arms of Jacko. I swooned at his instinctual drive to protect the woman he loves at all costs.

I really enjoyed the characters and I thought the storyline would have been more powerful if the dialogue was character driven. There were several instances where I felt there was too much internal dialogue; especially when someone asks a question and then takes several pages to internalize about it before prompting the person to continue or respond to the question posed. It takes away from the scene and I quickly lose interest in the story. I powered through though and I’m glad I did.

Overall, I thought the plot was interesting and engaging and I liked that the author laid some groundwork for the next book in the epilogue, not necessarily a cliffhanger, but a nice leeway into the next adventure.

I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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