Thursday, May 21, 2020

BLOG TOUR - Midnight Abduction

I am very happy to be a part of this blog tour for this new miniseries, Tactical Crime DivisionMidnight Abduction is the third book in the series.


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. 


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Title:   Midnight Abduction
Author:  Nichole Severn
Series:  Tactical Crime Division #3
Publisher:  Harlequin Intrigue
Genre:   Romantic Suspense
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   256
Date of Publication:   June 1, 2020
My Rating:   4 Stars

Benning Reeves is beside himself. His twin children have just been kidnapped. He begins chasing the car, despite any real hope of catching the kidnapper. Shockingly, he finds his daughter Olivia just a few minutes later. However, Owen is still missing. Why were they both taken, and how is it Olivia was released?

When the FBI hears of the kidnapping, they immediately assign the task to the Tactical Crime Division (TCD). The director tells Ana Ramirez that she will act as negotiator, although that is not her specialty. When Ana discovers that the father of the missing twins is Benning Reeves, it makes sense. The two were very close at one time. Can Benning trust Ana to get his son Owen back?

With no ransom demand it quickly becomes apparent why the children were taken. Benning realizes that the he the catalyst behind the kinapping and he must do whatever it takes to get Owen back. Every second that passes shows that time is indeed running out. Will Benning be able to pacify the kidnappers and get Owen back safely?

What a thrilling story for this third book in the Tactical Crime Division series. Although very little time is available to find Owen, Benning and Ana's old feelings for one another begin to resurface. However, just like the first two books in the series, romance takes a back seat to the taut suspense woven between the pages of this book.

I loved this book and was drawn into the drama involved when it came to finding Owen. However, both Benning and Ana reminded me of the Energizer Bunny. They literally got their butts kicked in one way or another quite a bit in this book. Yet they kept bouncing back up to stay on the chase. Other than that, I loved the book and the rest of the TCD members that were in this story. This fast-moving story fits right in with this thrilling series.

Many thanks to Harlequin Intrigue and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

Excerpt, Midnight Seduction by Nichole Severn


“Well, maybe I can give her a tour of TCD head-quarters in Knoxville one day. You know, give her a chance to see what federal agents really do on the job.” Ana stilled, the weight of her attention pressurizing the air in his chest, but he didn’t miss the assumption there would be a one day for them. That she wouldn’t disappear from their lives after Owen came home, and his blood pressure spiked. She cleared her throat as though she’d caught herself making promises she might not be able to keep. Just as she had with Samantha Perry’s family. “You must be proud. She’s going to make a hell of an agent one day.”

“That’s her plan, and probably why she opened up to you the way she did. I can tell she admires you, what you do.” Benning straightened, echoes of their earlier conversation replaying in his head on a nonstop loop. He tossed the paper towel he’d used to clean his foot in the trash beside the island. “So do I, to be honest. The work you and your team do saves lives. I know I already said thank you, but I meant it.”

“Like I said, you don’t have to thank me.” She dropped that mesmerizing gaze to the counter, sweeping the spread of flour into the sink set into the island with one hand, and swiped beneath her nose with the other. Touching her face had always been a nervous habit. “All part of the job.”

“Is that what this is for you, Ana? Just another job? Because this case is definitely a lot more personal to me.” Benning maneuvered around the counter, his bare chest nearly pressed against the exposed skin of her arm. He set his hand over hers on the granite, her quick gasp searing through him. Her warmth penetrated past skin and muscle, deep into his bones. “After what you told me about the Samantha Perry case, I realize now how hard it must’ve been for you to come back here, and you’re standing there as if none of it affects you. But is that how you really feel?”

He wanted—no, needed—to know. Was this going to play out exactly as it had between them the last time? Had he made a mistake requesting her to work this case?

Her mouth parted. “I…”

Skimming his fingers along the back of her hand, he trailed a path up her arm to her jaw, and all of his thoughts burned away. There was only the two of them. The softness of her flawless skin and hardness in her invisible guard. After everything that’d happened, after everything they’d already been through in the short span of time she’d walked back into his life, he’d struggled to keep the uncertainty, the rage, the fear, at bay so he could stay strong for Olivia. To prove that he could protect her from any threat, be the father she and her brother deserved. But Ana…stripped him of all of that. With her, Benning felt raw, exposed, bare. She was real. She was here. Not a memory—a fantasy—anymore, and it took every-thing inside him to pull himself away from her. “You had some cookie dough on your chin.”

She’d left because she believed her emotions clouded her judgment on the Samantha Perry case, and he wasn’t about to complicate anything else be- tween them. Not when it was his son’s life at risk this time. Ana turned her gaze up to his, a small tremor crossing her shoulders, and an invisible anchor set-tled inside his chest in the dark, watery landscape of this case. No matter what happened, Ana would bring his son home alive. He had to believe that. He had to believe in her. Otherwise, he’d have nothing left. “Thanks.”

A soft trill broke the silence spreading between them, but she didn’t move.

“I think your phone is ringing.” He cleared his throat, trying to drown the surge of awareness burning through him, and stepped away. It was for the best. Because anything that happened between them would only take away from their focus on finding his son, and that wasn’t a risk he was willing to take.


About Nichole Severn: Nichole Severn writes romantic suspense with strong heroines, heroes who dare challenge them, and a hell of a lot of guns. When she’s not writing, she’s injuring herself running and practicing yoga.