Fire For Effect

Kendall McKenna
Fire For Effect
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MLR Press
Release Date
April 2013
Book 2 of The Recon Diaries
Action/Adventure Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Hired to investigate the denial of a Marine the Medal of Honor, Kellan Reynolds and Jonah Carver try to untangle a web of lies, deceit, and heroism.

Two years after the events of Brothers In Arms, Kellan Reynolds and First Sergeant Jonah Carver are struggling with their bi-coastal relationship. Following the events in Iraq, Kellan's expertise in national security is well established and he is hired to investigate the suspicious repeated denial of a KIA Marine the Medal of Honor.

Kellan brings Jonah onto his staff and into his home, but just as their relationship settles into a routine, their investigation heats up. What begins at the Pentagon, leads to Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, and an ambush that threatens to destroy everything they've built.

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author)
May 18, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
222 people found the following review helpful
Let me say at the outset I haven't read any of this author's books before. This book is the second in Kendall McKenna's The Recon Diaries series. I certainly haven't read any that involve the current action in Afghanistan. So I was looking forward to reading this book. And I have to say I wasn't disappointed.

Kellan and Jonah meet up after a six-month absence. They find themselves back in the US together again. Jonah is looking to make changes to his career path, both to put him in line for becoming a Sergeant Major and to be closer to Kellan.

An event in California sparks a sense of disquiet in Kellan. He feels honor bound to investigate a journalist's question to him at a press conference when the reporter asks why the number of medal of honors to US Marines has decreased. The resulting investigation into this potential mine field lead the two back to the war zone, taking fire once again from their enemies --both in war and back in the real and public world of politics and business.

I don't have any issue at all with the POV being from one character's viewpoint, in this case, Kellan Reynolds, CEO of Keystone Consulting and lover to First Sergeant Jonah Carver. As long as the story flows well and entertains, who really gives a damn? The author says what she needs to in her clever use of storytelling, the emotional depth of both characters and in the way they relate to each other. One character is not forgotten for the other and they both have their tale to tell.

It is obvious to me that Kendall McKenna has in-depth knowledge of the military and uses this to great effect in her spellbinding and original tale of men fighting to bring justice to those in valour being denied their right. Her descriptions of the battle scenes, the fighting, the desert and the circumstances in which the troops and of course, Kellan and Jonah, find themselves in, is original and builds a picture so intense you could almost be there.

And running through the whole story is the passion the two men have for each other, the love they feel towards one another, and the give and take of a relationship that has definitely seen some tough times. Kellan is the tough, executive, authoritative man who endears respect from everyone that meets him. Jonah is more reserved and very passionate and respectful of the uniform he wears. But when these two men are together, their love and respect for one another shines through and makes for a wonderful romance and love story.

I enjoyed the sex scenes, they were hot and well written and didn't take over the book and the men's story.

All in all this was a brilliant read for me and I will be going back and starting the series from the beginning as well as looking out for other books that Kendall McKenna has written.
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