Grif knows to keep his work separate from his personal life. He can’t afford to become involved with a mark and it’s never been an issue until he meets Danilo Torres. Grif is the leader of the Outlaws, a group of thieves that steal from and take down corrupt corporations to redirect the funds. Their latest heist fell apart and now they owe a debt to the mob boss. Their next target is Torres Industries and the group needs the payday.
Dan Torres never wanted to be CEO of the family business. But when his father retired, it was either take over or be disowned. Dan knows that there is something off with the financials at the business, but with the long standing employees fighting him at every step, Dan knows he will have to look elsewhere to get answers. When Dan meets Grif, he sees a hot guy and a merger both in the boardroom and out is all over Dan’s mind. But Dan never expected to be taken so thoroughly by the good looking Grif and maybe there is a way to work together and get everything they want.
This book didn’t work for me from chapter one and never gained any sort of momentum to make this a good read for me. The book opens as we meet Grif and he and his group, the Outlaws, are on their next heist. The heist goes bad and now the group is indebted to the mafia. No worries though. One more job and everything will be fine and Grif doesn’t appear too worried as he hangs up on the mob boss. The group likes to think of themselves as a modern day “Robin Hood” outfit, stealing from the corrupt rich to give to the poor, but we never do see how the group helps others. Their next mark is the company Dan just took over from his father.
It’s never shown why Dan’s father wanted him to take the CEO position and stay close to him, as his father doesn’t approve of anything that Dan does or who he is. We are told that his father retired because it looked better due to his age, but the people giving Dan the most trouble at work are all upper management that are the same age as his father, so this didn’t make a lot of sense either.
We are also told that Grif and Dan have chemistry, but it read as lukewarm and, within hours, Grif is throwing away all of his rules. The crew came off as amateurs as many things were going wrong. They also sound outdated with dialogue, using phrases like “hinky” and “gussying up,” and even the name of the group felt uninspired from overuse.
Dan knows something is off at work with the financials, but he needs help to find out what is going on. One particular man at work that is in his way came off as a cardboard character and I can’t even say he rose to the position of villain as he had no depth to him. Dan’s father tells him to leave them alone and let them proceed as they have been, but the father is not the CEO any longer and it’s never clear whether the father was in on the corruption as well, as there is no follow up there. The next steps to the heist were a series of scenes that didn’t fit together well and for a book billed as romantic suspense, there was little of either. The ending was just as bland as the rest of it and with uninteresting characters, dated dialogue, and little intrigue or suspense, Midnight Heist was not a quality read.