Title: The Recon Diaries Series
Author: Kendall McKenna
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Jared Rackler
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Brothers in Arms
Jonah Carver is a Marine and combat veteran. He and his former Captain, Kellan Reynolds, once shared a scorching night, but then lost touch; something Jonah has long regretted. When an investigation into government corruption, and the murder of U.S. troops, ends in the killing of a V.I.P. on Jonah’s watch, the FBI arrives. With them is Kellan Reynolds. When Kellan is kidnapped, Jonah has to find and rescue him. If he doesn’t, not only will the investigation unravel, but he’ll lose Kellan for a second time–for good.
Fire for Effect
Hired to investigate the denial of a Marine the Medal of Honor, Kellan Reynolds and Jonah Carver try to untangle a web of lies, deceipt, 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 suspicous 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.
The Final Line
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?
I was recently challenged to read The Final Line by Kendall McKenna. It wasn’t the first time I had been issued such a challenge, but it was the first time accepted such a challenge. The problem, however, is that I had not read the first two stories in the series. Yes people tried to convince me that I could, indeed, read The Final Line as a stand alone, but being the anal little reader I am, I could not bring myself to do such a thing.
Over the long weekend, I decided it was time to read about some hot marines. This is not my first Kendall McKenna series (I have read the first two in her Tameness of the Wolf series and will be reading the recently released book three as soon as I get the chance), so I knew I was in for a hot time and a gripping story. She did not disappoint.
Brothers in Arms 4*
Brothers in Arms introduces us to Jonah and Kellan. They are hot together, but only had one night 5 years ago. Fate, and a little luck, however bring them back together in the deserts of the Middle East. A conspiracy, kidnapping, and rescue mission work to cement their “back together” status and leaves us wanting more.
Fire for Effect 4*
Fire for Effect picks up a couple of years after the event of Brothers in Arms. Jonah and Kellan are more in love than ever, but living on opposite coasts. However, Kellan has a little trick up his sleeve to bring them back together. Well, it isn’t really a trick so much as the power to affect change and bring his lover along for the ride. They make quite a formidable pair.
The Final Line 4.5*
The Final Line does not focus on Jonah and Kellan. It focuses, instead, on a character I almost missed in the first two books. Corey Yarwood was a member of Jonah’s squadron when all the brouhaha went down in Brothers in Arms. Apparently he thought he was straight, but was dumped by his girlfriend when she figured out what he didn’t know… he was gay. He has spent some time at the bottom of the bottle, both because of the breakup and because of the events of a different firefight in Afghanistan that occurred sometime after the events of BiA. One night he walks into a bar and into the life of a musician/working actor, Sean.
Unlike the pairing in books one and two, The Final Line does not pair two rough and tough marines, it pairs one rough and tough marine with his polar opposite. The love story in this one develops in a more subtle manner and with more compassion. Line takes on some serious topics, including PTSD and the mental health of our returning soldiers, and it does so with compassion alongside the heat between the two main characters.
I recommend this series to anyone who loves seeing the softer and hotter side of Marines.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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