Midnight Abductionby Nichole Severn (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: Tactical Crimes Division #3
Published by Harlequin Intrigue on May 1, 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
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For the Tactical Crime Division, no case is left cold.
When Benning Reeves's twins are kidnapped, the frantic father knows who can help: the Tactical Crime Division and Ana Ramirez. Even though Ana once shattered Benning's heart, the special agent is the only one he can trust. But Ana is still tormented by the unresolved case that brought them together years before -- a case somehow entangled with Benning's children. It's up to the TCD and Ana to discover why...before it's too late.
A new miniseries from Harlequin Intrigue.
Stopping criminal activity wherever it happens. The agents at the Tactical Crime Division are ready for anything.
More and more, federal law agencies have to mobilize to remote locations to address large-scale crime scenes and criminal activity—terror, hostage situations, kidnappings, shootings and the like. Because of the growing concerns and need for ever increasing response times to these criminal events, the Bureau created a specialized tech and tactical team, combining specialists from several active divisions—weapons, crime scene investigation, protection, negotiation, IT. Because they are a smaller unit, they are more nimble for rapid deployment and assistance to address various situations. This joint team of agents is known as the Tactical Crime Division (TCD).
I have really enjoyed this new mini-series from Harlequin Intrigue featuring four books with each one written by a different author. The first book 48 Hour Lockdown, introduced the Tactical Crime Division of the FBI. In the third installment of this series, Midnight Abduction, we meet agent Ana Ramirez who specializes in kidnapping cases. She’s called in when her ex-boyfriend requests the help of the Tactical Crime Division, specifically asking for Ana, when his twin children are kidnapped. Benning Reeves’ daughter is recovered very quickly, but his son is used a way for the kidnapper to get what he wants from Reeves–and it’s all somehow tied up in the missing person’s case that brought Ana into Benning’s life seven years ago to begin with.
This book is refreshingly different since the FBI agent is a bad ass, take-no-prisoners woman, and Ana really takes a beating in this book. I’m not sure how she kept going after multiple assaults from the bad guy. Even damsel in distress Benning takes a decent amount of damage, and he’s just a regular guy. Ana is smart, very observant, and most of all so tenacious and hell bent on not losing a single one of her cases to foul play–especially since this one is very personal to her. Benning proves to be a great ally once he finally opens up to his part in what has put him and his family in the cross hairs.
I give Midnight Abduction a four out of five. I’m not sure if this series is a bit formulaic with the second chance romance theme since I’ve only read two of the four books in the series, but the authors approach the characters differently and mix the situations up so much that I enjoyed reading the books. This installment was very fast paced and chock so full of action that the small moments of breathing room were filled with the characters’ memories and regrets, leading to great insights into them and their relationships. A few agents from the other books in the series do pop in, but Midnight Abduction is very focused on Ana, Benning, his kids, and their past, so this can easily be read as a standalone with no problem. You just have to suspend your belief in reality that Ana could take the gunshots, knife wounds, and broken bones and keep going. It’s definitely not realistic. Overall, a fun book that keeps you interested and on your toes.
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About Nichole Severn
Nichole Severn writes explosive romantic suspense with strong heroines, heroes who dare challenge them, and a hell of a lot of guns. She graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Psychology and from Nevada State College with a degree in English Literature. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America.
She resides with her very supportive and patient husband, as well as her demon spawn, in Utah. When she’s not writing, she’s constantly injuring herself running, rock climbing, practicing yoga, and snowboarding.
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Discover more about all four books in the Tactical Crimes Division Miniseries
#1 – 48 Hour Lockdown by Carla Cassidy
#2 – Secret Investigation by Elizabeth Heiter
#3 – Midnight Abduction by Nichole Severn
#4 – Running Out of Time by Cindi Myers