Friday, February 13, 2015

Tasty Book Tours Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: Taking Fire by Lindsay McKenna

Taking Fire
Shadow Warriors #7
By: Lindsay McKenna
Releasing February 24th, 2015
HQN Books


She dances on the edge of life…and death

Not all are meant to walk in the light. Marine Corps Sergeant Khat Shinwari lives among the shadows of the rocky Afghani hills, a Shadow Warrior by name and by nature. She works alone, undercover and undetected—until a small team of US Navy SEALs are set upon by the Taliban…and Khat is forced to disobey orders to save their lives.

To go rogue.

Now, hidden deep in the hills with injured SEAL Michael Tarik in her care, Khat learns that he's more than just a soldier. In him, she sees something of herself and of what she could be. Now duty faces off against the raw, overwhelming attraction she has for Mike. And she must decide between the safety of the shadows…and risking everything by stepping into the light.

My Thoughts:
I was able to read Lindsay McKenna's Taking Fire, which happens to be her seventh book in the Shadow Warriors series. Fortunately, the story focuses on Khat and Mike. So, those who haven't read the series, like me can rest at ease. 

My first thought of Khat is she's kind of a loose cannon. She's been with this program for a while and she's accustom to doing things her own way. Which has worked out just fine for her and her handler. However, that all changes when she gets in contact with Mike. Now Mike was injured and Khat helps him with his recover, and he basically tells her I will find a way for us to work. Yeah, so romantic. Anyway. Basically, he finagles a way for to meet at his site in order to get her supplies. While she's there they get to know each other  little better and finds out information that troubles him. Again he believes he's doing the right thing. 

All right, Mike has fallen for this girl and he wants to help, because he's the total hero type, he sees the damsel in distress and wants to help. Problem, the damsel doesn't know she's in distress, and believes everything is fine. Khat kind of feels smoother by Mike's actions and doesn't know how to handle it. She's a lone wolf, but she needs help. What this all boils down to, Mike has found the one female that will probably put him through the ringer, after all Khat is stubborn and strong willed. Fortunately, Mike is patient with Khat and she feels safe with him. Khat comes with a lot of baggage that stem from PTSD and not fully recovering. 

Overall, not a bad read. In Taking Fire we find two people who fall each other right away. Mike is trying to get Khat to see that it's not selfish of her to want to focus on herself. However, Khat lives with guilt that she has lived a good life while her father's people live in horrible conditions in Afghanistan, so she struggles with her desires. She's also dealing with the guilt that her father has laid on her shoulders. Trust me he's not going to win the father of the year award anytime soon. I liked one of the quotes from one characters in Taking Fire which describes Khat pretty good:
"She's not very laid-back, pardner. Most snippers are pretty easy going and patient," he observed. "She kind of reminds me of a person of who lets in too much reality, there's no room left to dream." 
So, if you are looking for a military read that takes to a struggle of a war-zone, you can find it in Taking Fire.

Copy provided by Harlequin.  

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Author Info
Lindsay McKenna is proud to have served her country in the U.S. Navy as an aerographer’s mate third class—also known as a weather forecaster. She is one of the original founders of the military romance subgenre and loves to combine heart-pounding action with soulful and poignant romance. Her latest book is the romantic suspense Taking Fire.

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