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Experienced from a man It also affects her in ways she doesn t nderstand Leah is cautious around men She d been married for three years to a man who abused her physically mentally and emotionally She s surprised by how easy it is to trust Kell something in his eyes breaking through her barriersKell had Happy Halloween from the Montgomerys (With Me in Seattle, uite a few reactions to Leah Her beauty hit him first as he was working to treat her injuries with a physical attraction he knows can go nowhere She is an officer and he is enlisted so a relationship isn t possible After she is awake and he learns about her there is the respect that he he feels because of the job she does And after she awakens from a nightmare he discovers a feeling of protectiveness wanting to stop the fear he sees in her eyes Kell is surprised by the things he is starting to feel as he d had no intention of getting involved with another woman while he s still serving He d been married before and his wife couldn t handle the long separations and danger of his job Because of the presence of a large number of Taliban it isn t possible to get a chopper in to rescue Leah right away Over the next few days as Leah heals they slowly get to know each other I loved Kell s sensitivity to Leah From some things she has said he suspects what her past holds and he s horrified when something he says brings on a flashback I loved seeing how an event from his own past helps him figure out what to do when he is with her He s slowly able to show her what an incredible woman she really is Thanks to him Leah begins to feel confident in herself on a personal level Her heart and soul begin to heal and she finds herself wanting to trust him with her body as well Even there his sensitivity has him waiting for her never pushing her for than she s ready for When their location stops being secure they have to leave the safety of the cave and head for a safer area I loved this section of the book The descriptions of the area they traveled through were vivid and I could easily picture it as I read The intensity of their attempts to avoid the growing number of Taliban kept me riveted as they got closer to their destination I enjoyed the brief mention of Khat from Taking Fire and the stop at the cave shesed for so long I loved the way they met p with Kell s SEAL team and the descriptions of who they were Once they arrive back on base Kell and Leah have to be careful not to give away their relationship any time they meet Throughout the first part of the book Leah s ex husband was hovering in the background Though he pretends to be anxious for her return in reality he is planning to blame the crash on her He is looking for a way to destroy her career Kell and Leah are worried about what he might do and Kell enlists the help of his brother SEALs in watching out for her We also see that Hayden s abuses have continued When his latest victim comes out to Leah with her plans to press charges Leah realizes that it s time for her to come forward also She s afraid but with Kell s support she is determined to make sure Hayden is punished I loved seeing how the other SEALs also were behind her and their efforts to help Leah also has to deal with her father a man who would easily win the award for worst father His indifference to her and support of Hayden was just sickening I was really waiting for him to get what was coming to him though what he got was not what I expected That confrontation was really intense and I loved seeing Leah "STAND UP TO HIM WHAT HAPPENED "up to him What happened was nerve wracking and seeing Kell and Clutch in action was amazingThe ending was fantastic with Leah healing physically and emotionally I loved the way that she and Kell kept in touch while they were apart and they continued to learn about each other Their trip to Kentucky to see his parents was sweet and his two brothers were great It was terrific to see Leah and Kell talk about their future and what they wanted I loved learning something new about Kell and his dreams I was a bit surprised at Leah s choice but happy that she had the confidence to make it and know that Kell would support her in it Please note This story deals with domestic abuse and rape Both are addressed in my review Please take this into consideration before reading further andor purchasing this bookThere wasn t a whole lot of exchange friendly or otherwise between the Americans and the Taliban but there was this intensity to this story that left me on the edge of my seat Because while Kell and Leah holed p in caves they both knew that danger awaited them and I don t just mean on their journey to Bravo but when they got there as wellI really loved watching Kell and Leah s relationship grow Leah had issues before she landed in Kell s arms and they weren t small either Distrust in men daddy issues physical abuse and spousal rape You d never know it from Ms McKenna s description of her though but then you re not supposed to judge a book by its coverThe first time Leah yelled in her sleep my heart dropped It seems to do that a lot when I read these kinds of stories I thought Kell would be cautious around her maybe treat her with kid gloves or avoid her altogether He didn t The he learned about Leah the he wanted to protect her keep her safe keep her with him And the he learned about Leah s ex husband a pilot who was out to get her at any cost the he wanted to run his fist through the bastard s faceAnd I wanted him to have that chance Her ex deserved that and so much for what he did to Leah during their married years Tobacco, alcohol and drugs: Choosing health, high school (Choosing health high school) using her to forward his military career threatening her into agreeing raping her if she didn t comply I hated him and I didn t meet himntil further on in this story By then I wanted him to meet then fists of Kell s SEAL brothers so he could My Fairly Dangerous Godmother (My Fair Godmother, understand how you don t go abusing people weaker than you just because you canThen there was her ex s attempted rape of another female pilot Leah had already been through so much by this point in the story that I wished Ms McKenna hadn t written this turn of events I almostit reading because I wasn t sure I wanted to read one heinous act her ex committed I really didn t I left my reader on the bed for a few hours hoping I d actually forget But I didn t I went back and finished it I needed Leah to stand tall forget But I didn t I went back and finished it I needed Leah to stand tall that instant I needed to see what she would do Would she cower and ignore the other woman s plight Or would she stand Harlem Renaissance up with the other woman and bring her ex to justiceShe did herself and Kell proud by taking that chance risking her career and finally yes finally standingp to that bastard I cheered out loud for her bravery because it was a long time coming and I anxiously waited for him to get what was coming to himThroug. Ious ex Still she's got a bad feeling about picking The Elvis Enigma (Vegan Vamp, up a team of stranded SEALs A feeling that's all too justified once enemy fire hits their helicopter and all hell breaks loose SEAL Kell Ballard's goal was to get the injured pilot out of harm's way and find Running Fire is a romance about an Army helicopter pilot and a Navy SEAL The pilot s helicopter is shot down while going to pick someonep in a valley in Afghanistan and she s the only survivor She s rescued by the Navy SEAL and they have to hang out in a cave for a few days while she heals and he does recon Eventually they are surrounded by Taliban and they have to sneak out the back and head to another caveShe has PTSD and has horrible nightmares which are only held at bay by being cuddled so obviously eventually they kiss and have sex She has had sex before but it was only with her rape y husband and a couple of rape y one night stands in college so it totally doesn t count and she s practically a virgin He gets to teach her everything she knows about being pleasured as a woman Between that and the caves it s actually Honorable Cat uite like The Valley of Horses now that I think about itThey play cave hopscotch for a while and the reader learns that there are lots of caves in Afghanistan and most of them have water in them and some of them have supplies left by other US military types and some of them have Taliban but that s okay you can shoot them and steal their clothes and horsesThe caves without Taliban are great for having sex in Sexy cave sexEventually they make it back to base and after that it s much less interesting I would have read about the walking and the caves and the romance but then I did really enjoy The Lord of the RingsThey finally endp back in his ol Kentucky home where they eat cookies and hold hands and go for a walk in the woods and decide to buy a big house and she ll stay home and have babies instead of applying for the local hospital helicopter pilot job Buying a big house and تاريخ جهنم uitting work before you get pregnant is a recipe for tempting fate induced infertility if you ask me I know a couple who bought a big house before they were pregnant and then they couldn t get pregnant and they endedp getting divorced True storyThat was not a spoiler because this is a romance book Okay fine I will hide this reviewThis book had the biggest body count of any romance I ve ever read the three people in the helicopter three Taliban two Taliban six Taliban I think plus that other guy so that s fifteen I don t think I missed any But then we are at warRunning Fire was actually a pretty good read It could have sed some editing but the characters were compelling and I enjoyed the chemistry between the leads The man was supernaturally sensitive and respectful which was nice after reading The Caves of Steel where the man was basically an angry jerk I enjoyed the portrayal of enthusiastic consentThe woman was tough and funny I thought the portrayals of PTSD and spousal abuse was pretty effective although I don t know how realistic they were since I don t have much knowledge of eitherThis was a satisfactory way to while away an afternoon when I was too sick to face the giant Alan Turing book with all the math Alan Turing The Enigma Oh the melodrama I ve not read a single book by this author where the heroine wasn t brutally raped at least once Running Fire by author Lindsay McKenna is the first book that I have read by this awesome author This was a fantastic action packed and emotional story I was completely drawn in from the very first page and read it in one dayThe story is set in Afganistan and I was in awe of the excellent way in which the author described the setting I could honestly see feel and almost hear every detail The main characters Kell a SEAL and Leah a Shadow pilot
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my heart immediatelyLeah is to say the least But she is hiding a secret Kell is extremely swoon worthy and he makes it his mission to help Leah in every way that he can But first he must keep them alive in enemy territory Will Kell be able to Will Kell break through Leah s tough armor before it s too lateRunning fire was one of the best books I have read so far this year The writing flowed perfectly and the layers of these amazing characters will endear them to you for ite layers of these amazing characters will endear them to you for 2am Thoughts uite time I personally cannot wait to read from this amazing authorI was given an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review McKenna has created another winning tale Her vivid action packed story kept me on pins and needles throughout I could easily picture myself in the Hindu Kush alongside the characters I could really feel the intensity of the battles and skirmishes McKenna paints the scenery like a 3D mural that readers can walk through You really get immersed in the dire situations that the characters find themselves in I like how McKennases acronyms and short form terms after first defining them for the reader It really gives a feel for the characters and the action they live with in their daily lives But this is so much than simply a military romance McKenna s hard hitting emotionally infused tale takes you on a whole other journey McKenna tackles many forms of abuse in a very in your face yet tactful manner The contrast of darkness and light good and evil friend and foe come from many corners in this multifaceted tale You really get to know the main characters on a physical mental and emotional level Leah s past is so deep that her strength to rise above made her even remarkable The gradual emotional recovery made it all the believable Kell was your typical navy seal with a kick Being in touch with his emotional side made him all the desirableAs a whole this was a fantastic read This novel is easily read as a standalone but also ties in well to the past novels in the series I wouldn t hesitate to recommend it to those who enjoy a good romantic suspensePlease note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review Another fantastic Shadow Warriors book that kept me glued to the pages The Winds of Winter until I finished it Leah is a helicopter pilot filling in for an injured pilot in the Shadow Suadron at Camp Bravo She loves what she does and has an excellent reputation as a pilot The bad feeling she gets about the latest mission to pickp a team of SEALs is realized when the chopper is hit by an RPG and goes down Leah is the only survivorKell is a SEAL sniper assigned to the area to watch Taliban activity and look for the local leader He witnesses the attack but is too late to stop it He does find Leah and gets her away before the "Taliban fighters can find her He s surprised to discover that the pilot is a woman and takes her "fighters can find her He s surprised to discover that the pilot is a woman and takes her one of the caves that he s made into his shelter and treats her injuries I loved the ick connection that Leah and Kell made Though she was disoriented and in pain when she awoke Kell s voice made her feel safe His care and kindness and gentle touch is something she d never. He was a haven in the midst of Hell Temporarily assigned to the Shadow Suadron in a troubled region of Afghanistan Chief Warrant Officer and pilot Leah Mackenzie is no stranger to conflict even if most of her physical and emotional scars are courtesy of her vic. ,

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H all of this Kell was Leah s rock The men in her life had failed her and had caused her not to trust men in general but Kell showed her that her trust in him wasn t misplaced that he d earned the right to have it that he would protect it like he would her His freakishly accurate ability to read Leah helped his cause For all that he could see in her he never pushed for than she was willing to give His gentleness and concern enabled her to trust him with her body her heart and her brokennessIt is rare that I read an active military duty romance Most are post military duty dealing with PTSD and the soldier s return to civilian life This is one of a few active military duty romances I have read and I am so glad I did I love that Ms McKenna didn t shy away from hard to deal with issues I m glad she didn t downplay them in favor for romance and that she paired a patient caring man with a woman who needed and would appreciate both alities in himA terrific story from beginning to end this is one I ll read again and one I ll definitely recommend45Received from TLC Books for an honest review This was a fabulous page turner that kept me reading from the first page Although Shadow suadron pilot Leah Mackenzie is hell on wheels in the air she is a very guarded person on the ground Her life changes dramatically in so many ways when she is rescued by SEAL Kell Ballard Finally she has support and blossoms with him at her side You ll HATE her abusive demonic jealous ex husband Major Hayden Grant Not too far behind is disgust and contempt for her father Colonel David Mackenzie who basically ignored and disregarded her Summary from GoodreadsTemporarily assigned to the Shadow Suadron in a troubled region of Afghanistan Chief Warrant Officer and pilot Leah Mackenzie is no stranger to conflict even if most of her physical and emotional scars are courtesy of her vicious ex Still she s got a bad feeling about picking Orders to Kill up a team of stranded SEALs A feeling that s all too justified once enemy fire hits their helicopter and all hell breaks looseSEAL Kell Ballard s goal was to get the injured pilot out of harm s way and find shelter deep in the labyrinth of caves It s a place of dark intimacy where Leah findsnexpected safety in a man s arms Where prohibited attraction burns brightly And where they ll hide ntil the time comes to face the enemy outsideand the enemy within their ranksMy ThoughtsRomantic suspense is one of those genres that I always want to read of but hardly ever do I love when it is done right and I cannot stop turning the pages While I went into reading this book assuming that it was going to be that type of read what I found was a slow burning romance that I couldn t help but appreciate for other reasons Running Fire throws the two main characters into a tough and intense situation where they are relying on only themselves to survive and get out of enemy territory Almost instantly they realize that there is also a deep attraction between the two of them But it isn t the danger that is keeping them apart from exploring their feelings Instead it was Leah s past and emotional scars that they are forced to deal with right away The author did a really great job of not glossing over all of the horrific things that Leah went through with her first marriage For me it made what was growing between her and Kell all of the better At first I struggled with their instant attractionfeelings But then as I thought about it it was really the intensity of their entire experience that brought those feelings out and they both couldn t help but to given in a little bit to their feelings for one another Sigh I liked that and I liked what they found together with one other It *took its time building as Leah needed for them to take it slowly and you don t see that * its time building as Leah needed for them to take it slowly and you don t see that in romance books in my opinion I liked that they didn t just jump right into a relationship even though they both wanted toI did have a few issues connecting to this book at times I think it was mainly because I wanted Leah to stand p for herself I don t even know if that is realistic with everything that she had gone through but I wanted it all of the same The Dont Read Poetry uirks of the reader I know She left her ex husband which shows she had some strong grit to her but she didn t always show it in the book I would have liked to see of her stronger side and I think this caused me to notite connect to the story like I had hoped I also expected this to have a bit suspense to it which for me even despite the dire circumstances they found themselves in didn t happen Everyday Life in Early Soviet Russia until later in the book And then it really was a page turner and I needed to know what was going to happen Overall I thought that this was a good read even though I had a few issues with it I definitely want to continue on with this series and see what happens next I would love to see if Kell and Leah are included in future books as it would be nice to get a peek at their relationship as it continues to grow I think that romance readers will probably enjoy this one Recommended with a few hesitationsBottom Line A good read and I will be reading by this authorDisclosure I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher for a TLC book tour Thoughts are my own Kell military sniper rescues Leah sole survivor of military helicopter crash in the hills of AfghanistanLeah is a leery around men she was in an abusive marriage with her husband being a senior officer There is obvious romantic interest between Kell and Leah but Kell recognizes Leah s actions as an abused woman and gives Leah the room to come to him The abusive husbandses the situation to plot revenge on Leah as well as abuse other woman nder About a 35 star read for me At first this felt like some of the other Lindsay McKenna books I ve read lately but as I read on it began to grow on me Most of the book focuses on the two main characters Leah and Kell On a routine mission in Afghanistan Leah s helicopter is shot down She is the only survivor and is rescued by Kell Kell takes her to his cave "Yes Cave And Nurses Her "cave and nurses her health They are in constant danger of being found by the Taliban This was a fun book to read A little intense in the romance actually a bit Stockholm Syndrome for me in a way because of the circumstances Leah s damaged goods because of a previous sham of a marriage She is skittish around men but finds herself attracted to Kell Kell realizes that Leah shows signs of abuse and allows her to lead the way I enjoyed watching these two fall in love and work together to get back to the campNice happy ever after too A perfect book to read by the pool beach or summer cottage Thank you to NetGalley and Harleuin for a review copy of this book. 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