Midnight Vengeance is book four in Lisa Marie Rice’s Midnight series. The last full length book in this series was released in 2005 so I was surprised when I saw this one out. Book one, Midnight Man, is my favorite LMR book and each subsequent book in this series has been enjoyable.
Midnight Vengeance is Morton “Jacko” Jackman and Lauren Dare’s story. Jacko works for John Huntington, hero from Midnight Man, and like the other men on the team is a former Navy Seal. He was a sniper and known for being cool and calm which makes his reaction to Lauren even more perplexing. She turns him inside out.
Lauren is an artist and does work for John’s wife. She has finally been convinced to display her work and attend the show even though it is against her better judgment. Lauren is not really Lauren, she is a woman on the run from her psycho relative who thinks if he kills her he will be the one to inherit everything her father left behind. She doesn’t want the money or the criminal empire she has inherited and stays on the run hoping to outlive her relative. She has settled somewhere and made friends which is not a good idea. She gravitates toward Jacko because he is big, sexy, brutish yet always makes her feel safe.
When a photographer from the show takes her pictures she freaks and decides now is the time to go. She is heartbroken about leaving her great friends and Jacko and wants one night with him so she can use that to keep her going. Jacko is no dummy though and recognizes when someone is trying to run. He swipes her keys to keep her from leaving and sits her down to make her spill her story. Once she does Jacko knows he will do anything to protect this woman, his woman, one he has no intention of letting escape him.
Lisa Marie Rice has a certain formula for her books that generally works. Give the reader an alpha Seal who falls crazy hard for his woman, the woman needs to have a violent problem for him to fix for her and then they will live happily ever after. My favorite part of her books are the men and how dumb they become over their women. They are flummoxed by how much they want the female and stumble around for a while trying to figure out what to do. The one thing they don’t do is give that women time to breath or think for themselves. Once they see them, that is it.
The plot, well in this one it was kind of silly. There are a couple of meetings and events that made me roll my eyes. I don’t read these books for believability however sometimes there is only so far you can stretch things. LMR does her best to give us a suspense plot but it fell flat for me.
Since Midnight Vengeance is nine years out from the previous book, it was nice to have an update on all the other couples. They figure prominently in this one because they all work together now. There is set up for the next book with Metal and Lauren’s contact being the hero/heroine. I’m glad we won’t have to wait nine more years to get the next one!
Overall, this is a LMR book and it was true to form. I will keep reading her books because I do love the way she writes her heroes. The plot in this one didn’t work for me however the relationship was just right. Final grade- C
He could fuck her nearly to death but he couldn’t tell her what he felt.