The Final Line

Kendall McKenna
The Final Line
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MLR Press
Release Date
July 2013
Book 3 of The Recon Diaries
Action/Adventure Romance, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Staff Sergeant Corey Yarwood is an instructor at the Basic Reconnaissance Course. His last deployment ended in horror, but he can't remember those events. Battling severe PTSD, Corey's drinking is growing out of control.

Sean Chandler walks into a dive bar, and into Corey's life. An actor and a musician, Sean has the empathy and compassion to sooth Corey's pain, and the strength to support him as he struggles to heal.

Corey's lost memories are pivotal to a civilian murder, and a military investigation. Remembering could mean salvation, or destruction. Will the truth be too much for Sean to handle?

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author)
Jul 28, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
230 people found the following review helpful
I'm sure by now you all know I love Kendall McKenna's work. Her stories are so heartwarming, sexy and emotional, and in between, you get to learn a lot about what makes the military tick and how the threat of going into battle both destroys the lives of the men who fight the war and the people who love them.

THE FINAL LINE is no different. It's the story of Staff Sergeant Corey Yarwood, who we met in the previous books in the series, and Sean Chandler, an actor and musician who is both highly talented and compassionate. The attraction between these two men is intense from the start and evolves into a love story that will make your heart fill with emotion and your eyes with tears.

Corey is suffering from PTSD from a previous deployment. He's a mess, using alcohol to suppress his memories and it's slowly taking him over. It doesn't help that someone is trying to muddy the waters on his last deployment and a military investigation is started, which means Corey has to re-live the circumstances currently causing his pain. Jonah and Kellen make an appearance to provide support, faith and justice for the young man so haunted by the past.

Sean becomes Corey's rock. He is such a warm, loving individual, with hardly a judgemental bone in his body. He's strong, tough when he needs to be and gentle when Corey needs healing. He's a beautiful person, inside and out. He sees in Corey someone he can spend the rest of his life with.

The relationship between Corey and Sean is hot, sexy, and a wonderful journey of falling in love that makes you ache for these two men. Once again Kendall McKenna brings her characters into your heart, engenders powerful emotions in the reader and brings a sense of reality to a war-torn landscape that is represented both physically in Afghanistan and in Corey's soul. She writes with compassion, integrity in her portrayal of the Armed Forces, and brings the dreadful reality of war and PTSD to the forefront in a stark and beautiful way.

It's wonderful to see the power of the human psyche and the spirit being used to write an incredibly intense love story between two men who find each other, and in so doing, share parts of themselves with each other to find happiness.

This is a wonderful read and highly recommended.
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Book Review by KindleRomance (reviewer)
Aug 14, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
222 people found the following review helpful
Enthralling story about life in the military and the healing that can come from the love of a good man.

Highly decorated Staff Sergeant Corey Yarwood is an instructor at the Basic Reconnaissance Course. He's struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and is on the verge of becoming an alcoholic. In the midst of defending another bar patron, Corey meets Sean Chandler. Sean is a musician and actor who sings and plays the guitar at the bar. The two of them begin a relationship, but must deal with Corey's PTSD and the investigation into events that happened in Afghanistan.

The entire story is told from Corey's point of view. He's extremely ethical, kind and strong. He believes in doing the right thing, and he finds it extremely frustrating that he can't remember everything that happened during his last deployment.

I fell in love with Corey, and desperately wanted to see him find happiness and peace. Sean was very kind with a calming personality, but he was also very possessive and immature in some ways. Sean really helped Corey deal with his panic attacks and drinking. Unfortunately, I never felt like I got to know Sean as well as I would have liked to. He had an interesting life as an actor and musician, and it would have been great to spend more time exploring it.

The development of the relationship between Cory and Sean, while strong at the beginning with plenty of great dialogue, became mostly a sexual one toward the end. However, they did bring kissing to a whole new level of sexiness! Although I found the story extremely interesting, I really wish more time would have been spent watching them bond.

The majority of the story is spent watching Corey perform as an instructor and learning the details of what takes place during training. Another portion is spent dealing with the investigation of the events in Afghanistan. We also spent quite a bit of time with Cory and his therapist. I really liked the way the author addressed this issue by including some of the detailed conversations. It seems like she did quite a bit of research making the story feel very realistic.

I did not read the first two books in the series, and while I certainly didn't feel lost at all, I think fans will enjoy seeing earlier characters. I thought this was an excellent story about a courageous man serving in the military, both during and after deployment, and the effects and treatment of PTSD. The author has a riveting writing style, and she did a wonderful job covering so many complicated subjects in a way that made them easy to understand.
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