Down Range

Down Range

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by Lindsay McKenna

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Trained to kill, but built for love…

Captain Morgan Boland is at the top of her game, as is her former lover, Navy SEAL Jake Ramsey. Then a military computer selects them to partner in a special op. The mission can't be compromised by their personal history—and they have truckloads of it.

But the Afghan assignment might provide the discipline they


Trained to kill, but built for love…

Captain Morgan Boland is at the top of her game, as is her former lover, Navy SEAL Jake Ramsey. Then a military computer selects them to partner in a special op. The mission can't be compromised by their personal history—and they have truckloads of it.

But the Afghan assignment might provide the discipline they need to finally get it together—outside the bedroom, that is. A lot has happened over the two years since they last went their separate ways. And there's way more to Morgan than Jake has ever given her credit for….

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Publishers Weekly
McKenna’s military experience shines through in this moving tale. Jake Ramsey and Morgan Boland had a brief but intense relationship at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Morgan got pregnant and miscarried; Jake did nothing to support her. Seven years later, they met up in Afghanistan and enjoyed a steamy encounter that left Morgan pregnant again. This time she didn’t tell Jake, and, as a result, he has a one-year-old daughter he knows nothing about. When Jake, now a Navy SEAL lieutenant, and Morgan, a Marine captain, are assigned to a black op to take out a Taliban warlord, collaboration rekindles their passion, and Morgan begins to wonder whether Jake is finally mature enough to learn her secret. McKenna (High Country Rebel) skillfully takes readers on an emotional journey into modern warfare and two people’s hearts. The only drawback is a tendency to explain military terms in clumsy dialogue (“You’re on PRODEV, professional development, with your platoon now?”). (Dec.)
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"McKenna skillfully shows that it's all about the romance and not only the sex. After all, hard work, honesty and trust is what western romance is all about."
-RT Book Reviews on The Wrangler

"McKenna's latest is an intriguing tale...a unique twist
on the romance novel, and one that's sure to please."
-RT Book Reviews on Dangerous Prey

"Gunfire, emotions, suspense, tension and sexuality
abound in this fast-paced, absorbing novel."
-Affaire de Coeur on Wild Woman

"A fresh plot and a good blend of romance and action make this an amazing read." RT Book Reviews on Beyond Valor

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What the hell? He had to be seeing things. SEAL Lieutenant Jake Ramsey froze as he climbed out of his rented red Jeep Wrangler. He'd just parked at the Pentagon, ordered here for an appointment with U.S. Army General Stevenson. He had no idea what this meeting entailed. It was top secret.

His heart thudded in his chest as he stared one row of cars up. A Marine Captain emerged from her black SUV. Jake removed his wraparound sunglasses, remaining motionless, watching her pull her black leather purse over the left shoulder. The gesture was all too familiar to him.

She wore her khaki summer uniform short-sleeved blouse along with dark green gabardine trousers that emphasized her long legs. In short-heeled, polished black pumps, she was all spit and polish. Morgan Bo-land had an hourglass figure, and though her clothes fitted her comfortably, Jake knew how beautiful she was without any clothes at all.

His mouth tightened. What the hell was Morgan Boland doing here?

Stunned, Jake wrestled with a lot of old feelings leaping to life within him. Oh, he remembered tunneling his fingers through that mass of silky red hair now softly framing her oval face and stubborn chin. The strands curled slightly across her proud shoulders. She hadn't seen him—yet.

Two years ago they'd met in the Hindu Kush mountains near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They'd collided like two comets, renewing their relationship that had started at the Naval Academy, Annapolis. His lower body tightened in memory of those three incredible days with her in his arms in that Afghan village. Three of the most incredible nights of his life since… He ruthlessly tried to crush the grief-stricken memories from when he was twenty-four years old. Jake had lost his wife, Amanda, and two-week-old baby, Joshua, in a car accident. They'd only been married a year.

At twenty-seven, Jake had unexpectedly met Morgan once again. And whether she ever realized it or not, she'd salvaged his bleeding, wounded soul. Those few days had transformed him, pulled him out of a three-year depression. She'd breathed new life into him.

His mouth pursed, the corners pulling in as he watched her shut the door on the SUV. The May morning's breeze was inconstant, lifting a few gold-and-copper strands of hair across her face. He stared with a mixture of grief and longing as she lifted her long, expressive fingers and pulled the strands away from her cheek.

Morgan was still hauntingly beautiful to him. His mind spun with a hundred questions as to why she was here at the same time he was. Jake worked to suppress those unrequited feelings about their shared history. He'd had that impulse, of never allowing her to escape his arms again. But she had. And it had been his damned fault. For the second time in his life, he'd driven Morgan away from him.

There was a file beneath her left arm. She pointed the clicker at the SUV to lock it. Jake swallowed hard, trying to ignore his desire. It had been a lethal attraction from the first moment, in Annapolis, while going through the Naval Academy. They were a powerful match in bed, but dammit, she was bullheaded and wildly independent. She refused to be what he wanted her to be. When they came together in bed, it was like the Fourth of July every time. Yet, afterward, it always descended into a heated argument, hurtful words flying between them like bullets being fired from an M-4 rifle.

His breath jammed in his throat as he saw her lift her head, her green-eyed gaze meeting his. For a moment, Jake felt like a proverbial deer paralyzed in a set of car headlights. Her eyes narrowed. Of course, she recognized him. Her oval face with high cheekbones and a sprinkle of pale freckles tightened. Her mouth… oh, God, her mouth… Jake remembered hotly covering those full lips, feeling her hungry response, her sleek, athletic body pressed demandingly against his, wanting him as much as he wanted her. Now that soft, full mouth thinned with displeasure. He forced himself to hold her gaze. Even from this distance, he could see the spark of surprise and then anger flare in her green eyes.

What the hell were the chances of meeting Morgan two years later, here in a damned Pentagon parking lot? Jake decided he had to be a gentleman and walk over and say hello. He shut the door on his Jeep, locked it and shoved the key into a pocket of his tan Navy summer trousers. Pulling the garrison cap from beneath his left arm, he settled it on his head.

Jake felt as if he was going downrange into a direct action combat mission. Born of a Navy SEAL, he walked with an easy, natural confidence toward the only other woman in his life who had held his heart—and he'd screwed it up both times. Now, as he closed the distance between them, tension was evident in her, but she was a warrior like him. Jake tried to prepare himself. Morgan was definitely not happy to see him. And he knew why.

"You're the last person I expected to see here in this parking lot," he said, trying to soften his normally hard expression. He came to a halt a few feet away from her, but he could still see her emerald eyes flash with what he interpreted as disgust. Or maybe, distrust. Probably both.

"Makes two of us, Ramsey."

"What business do you have here, Morgan?"

She quirked her lips. "It's top secret. How about you?"

He managed a sliver of a smile, appreciating the way the uniform hid her breasts. He knew those breasts well, and even now, his body hotly remembered their firm curves, too. "Same. Where you headed?"

"The E-ring. You?"

His brows rose. "Same ring." What the hell kind of cosmic joke was being played upon him? Jake saw confusion for a moment in her eyes, too.

The breeze blew enough to lift strands of her red hair across her flushed cheeks. He had the urge to lift his hand, catch those errant strands with his fingers and gently tuck them behind her delicate ear as he'd done on so many other occasions. Why the hell couldn't he erase Morgan from his body and memory forever?

He'd been in the military since he was eighteen. He'd gone to Annapolis and went into the Marine Corps. Later, he moved to the U.S. Navy to become a SEAL. At twenty-nine, Jake felt snared by a joke being pulled on him by Marine Corps god Odin himself. The last person he ever wanted to meet again was Morgan. And here she was: all six feet of woman warrior who proved him wrong about her being the weaker sex.

She glanced down at the watch on her right wrist. "I've gotta go, Ramsey." Morgan drilled him with a hard look. "And I can't say it's been nice seeing you again."

Jake watched her turn on her heel and walk toward the main doors of the Pentagon. It almost felt as if she'd physically slapped him. He stood for a moment, letting her quiet rage pass through him. It wasn't her fault, he sourly admitted. He'd been the one to hurl the indictment that women were weak. That they shouldn't be allowed into combat. He and Morgan had gotten into that very argument after making love on Christmas morning as a blizzard hit the Afghan village.

He and his SEAL team had holed up at the American-friendly Shinwari village to wait out the coming storm. To his everlasting surprise, Morgan had been there, too, with another SEAL team. The SEALs operated in small four- and eight-person fire teams throughout the Hindu Kush, rooting out the bad guys and taking them down. He hadn't been able to swallow his surprise or disguise his pleasure at discovering she was there. Morgan had been assigned as a linguist with another team on a separate black-ops mission.

Rubbing his recently shaved jaw, Jake saw her disappear inside the building. He had just enough time to make his appointment with General Stevenson of the U.S. Army. His emotions, no matter how he tried, burned bright and intense over meeting Morgan once again. She had stood out at Annapolis from the moment he'd seen her in their plebe year. They were in the same class, and for two years, Jake had fought to ignore the tall, assertive redhead. Morgan was as physically strong as most of the men going through the four-year military program. Jake had watched her begin to shine and bloom in her third year. She'd been at the top of the academic list, a champion fencer on the fencing team, and her keen intelligence had been recognized.

He quickly walked across the asphalt parking lot, in deep thought over her. When had he fallen under her charismatic spell at the Academy? How had it happened? Jake had accidentally met Morgan as a third-year student at a local civilian pizza parlor everyone frequented on Saturday evenings. There were plenty of guys who wanted her. She'd always been surrounded by them, but she didn't seem to care or notice any of them. Yet, when they'd met up at the bar to order pitchers of beer, something had happened.

"Damn," he rasped, scowling. They'd accidentally grazed one another's elbows. Jake remembered Morgan's gaze meeting his. Those deep green eyes that made his heart melt, made his body go hot and hard with longing. Her nickname at the Academy had been Amazon because she was tall, physically strong and she had a bruising, in-your-face independence.

Jake remembered taking Morgan's hand and leading her into the hall of the bar to be alone with her. He'd done something he'd wanted to do for years: kiss the hell out of her. Morgan, he'd discovered, had been watching him for a long time, too. He'd asked if she was protected, and she'd said yes, she was on the pill. They'd never made it back to the Academy until very early on Sunday morning. And their hearts and fates had been sealed, for better or worse.

He needed to stop remembering. Morgan wasn't in his life anymore. Jake scowled and climbed the stone steps of the Pentagon. Up ahead were soldiers with M-16 rifles. Since the bombing of the Pentagon on 9/11, security had markedly changed. He would go through an X-ray machine before ever being allowed into the military bastion.

Jake aimed himself toward the outer ring, the E-ring. It was the only level that had windows looking out into the civilian world. Only senior military officers got those posh office assignments. This was where many top secret and black-ops missions originated. Curious as to why he was called off PRODEV, sixty days of leave granted to him after coming back from Afghanistan with his SEAL platoon, he arrived at the E-ring. Looking at the file he held, he saw the number of the office and turned to the right.

Captain Morgan Boland was sitting in a chair opposite the secretary's desk when the door opened. Her eyes widened. Jake Ramsey, again? Her lips parted for a moment. What was he doing here? He stopped when he realized she was sitting there staring up at him. He had a stunned look across his normally unreadable expression. Shock bolted through her.

Morgan lowered her gaze, and her heart sped up. Why couldn't she just ignore Ramsey's darkly tanned face? His rugged good looks and those stormy-looking gray eyes of his? Her fingers tightened imperceptibly around the file in her lap. The only other empty chair in the small, cramped office was two feet away from where she sat. She listened as Jake went to the fortysomething-year-old blonde administrative assistant and gave his name to her.

"Thank you, Lieutenant Ramsey. General Stevenson will see you in just a bit. Would you like some coffee or tea while you wait?"

Jake took off his cap. "No, thank you, ma'am." He hated having to sit next to Morgan, who was staring at him as if he were going to bite her. His traitorous body and heart clamored over being so close to this fiery woman. Jake wanted to be close. Wanted, somehow, to undo the wrong he'd done to her two years earlier.

Sitting down, he glanced over at her. Morgan was staring straight ahead, her hands tense over the file in her lap. He relished viewing her profile and then realized her once-perfect nose now had a bump on it. Had she broken it? He almost asked but thought better of it. There was an assistant sitting six feet away from them, and Jake didn't want her to know how much Morgan hated him.

What to say to Jake Ramsey? Morgan felt heat radiating off his hard male body. The uniform showed how athletic and fit he really was. SEALs took exercise to a whole new level, plus six months climbing mountains in Afghanistan had honed his body into a dangerous weapon. She saw the SEAL gold trident on his well-sprung chest, rows of colorful ribbons beneath it. Jake was part of the best of the best black-ops teams the military had. She remembered those pale eyes of his going dove-gray as he'd made love with her. God, they were good in bed together. Too good. And above all, Morgan knew she had to keep a secret she would always carry from that last meeting they had. Jake would never know. Pursing her lips, she refused to say anything to him. Her mind churned with questions on why both of them were here, in the same office of the Pentagon. It made no sense to her.

A buzzer sounded on the assistant's desk. She looked over at Morgan. "Go right through this door, Captain Boland. General Houston will see you. Room two, please."

Rising, Morgan nodded, ignored Ramsey and opened the door. Inside, she saw two offices, one on either side of the hall. Turning to the left, she saw a frosted glass window with "2" painted in gold upon it and knocked firmly.

"Enter," a male voice ordered.

Morgan's heart picked up a beat as she opened it. Inside was a man in his late-fifties, fit, in a dark green U.S. Army uniform. The salad, or ribbons, across his powerful chest attested to his time and experience in the Army. There was silver on the sidewalls of his closely cropped hair. His eyes were sharp and intelligent-looking. Morgan came to attention in front of his desk.

"Captain Morgan Boland reporting as ordered, sir."

"At ease, Captain. Have a seat. We need to chat." Indeed, Morgan thought as she took the only chair in front of the General's desk. The man smiled a little as he clasped his hands and rested them on the dark cherrywood desk.

"What I'm about to tell you is top secret, Captain. But I already think you know what this mission is all about."

"I'm hoping it's an op to go after Sangar Khogani, sir. I've been pushing for it to find and kill him for the last couple of years."

A grin leaked through the hardened line of his mouth. He handed her a file folder. "We've been listening, Captain. Read along with me?"

Opening the folder, Morgan felt her spirits lift. Her emotions shimmered as she quickly read the one-paragraph synopsis on the mission. Looking up, she saw the General giving her a penetrating look. Morgan waited for him to speak, even though she wanted to tear through the rest of the assignment and read the details. She hoped like hell she had been assigned to it.

"You're a part of Operation Shadow Warriors," he began, opening the file. "Forty women volunteers from all the military branches were trained either in Ranger or Special Forces schools and are now in ground combat to prove women have what it takes to do the job in the field. We're in the third year of a seven-year top secret experiment. I'm pleased to tell you, it's going very well in showing women can handle combat."

Meet the Author

A U.S. Navy veteran, she was a meteorologist while serving her country. She pioneered the military romance in 1993 with Captive of Fate, Silhouette Special edition. Her heart and focus is on honoring and showing our military men and women. Creator of the Wyoming Series and Shadow Warriors series for HQN, she writes emotionally and romantically intense suspense stories. Visit her online at

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Down Range 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
During their years apart, Morgan has refined her skills and proves to Jake that she is a formidable partner. Each must call upon all of their resources to survive and complete the mission. This story tugs at your emotions as layers of the characters are peeled back and their raw feelings are revealed. In the end they admit that LOVE has always been there. It carried them through to a safe, successful, heartwarming conclusion. The portrayal of the Afghan village - one seen in an earlier McKenna novel - feels spot-on. McKenna noted that she drew upon a book, The Intuitive Warrior: Lessons from a Navy SEAL on Unleashing Your Hidden Potential by Michael Jaco. In the past, many of her books have blended a spiritual and sometimes almost paranormal element with military precision. In Down Range, she uses Morgan's and Jake's highly developed intuitive awareness of danger to drive the story-line. All of which is quite realistic and lends itself to a true suspenseful page-turner. Captain Morgan Boland is in an elite group where women are trained to work along Navy SEALS. She is a marksman/woman sniper.Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jake Ramsey is also a top notch SEAL and sniper. These two characters are so well defined, even if you haven't read any of her other books. They have a turbulent past and a daughter Jake knows nothing about. They are thrown together after two years for a Op taking an opium drug leader in Afghanistan. Find him, and take him down. Morgan is a very strong, independent woman, who I loved from the start. Jake is a man who was forced to grow up and is now ready to care fully for Morgan if she can forgive him. But Morgan has her misgivings from two too many encounters with Jake. Now they have to put their lives in each others hands. I got so engrossed in this book. And I learned so much of the lives these wonderful people put themselves through for all of us, and all around the world. My respect, gratitude and appreciation grew even stronger for our military men and women as I read this. This is a must read.    
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS Down Range just really hit the spot for me today. Their were strong characters, drama, romance, cute kid, trials in their past they had to work through. I cared about them. Their is a couple of love scenes that I skipped over too. What pressure the black Ops for them and their family. Thank you military for all you do for our freedoms. The setting for this book is Afghan village and up in the mountains for most of the book. It seemed real to me like I could see and smell it at times. The pacing was good. I hated it when I had to put the book down. Things did not stay calm for too much of the time. I look forward to reading more in the Shadow Warriors series. As a woman I want to think we can do anything but as a mother I don't want my girls in combat. But if I had boys I probably don't want them their either. When they are in the Afghan village it seemed real. I take food for granted and all other luxuries we have compared to others. Down Range is entertaining, informing and lets you catch a look at how others are living and some of their trials. I look forward to reading more of Lindsay McKenna's books in the future. publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin HQN ISBN :9780373778218 384 pages
MissLML More than 1 year ago
This book masterfully portrays authentic details surrounding our amazing military SEALs. It is an action packed, nail biting journey. Although it is a stand-alone book, if you read Lindsay McKenna’s introductory e-book DANGER CLOSE, HQN, Sep 2013, you’ll like revisiting Captain Morgan Boland’s parents, Jim and Cathy Boland. It was also fun seeing commanders General Maya Stevenson and General Mike Houston reappear. They’ve played roles in earlier Lindsay McKenna books. Morgan is an integral part of Operation Shadow Warriors - Forty women volunteers from all military branches trained either in Rangers or Special Forces schools and now ready for ground combat. A program initiated by these generals. A computer matches Morgan with a former lover, Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jake Ramsey. Their turbulent, painful past is a secret. It must be set aside in order for them to accomplish an extremely dangerous mission in Afghanistan -- Hunt down and take out the sinister Taliban opium drug leader Sangar Khogani. Have they grown? Can they trust each other as partners fighting the enemy? It takes time for Morgan and Jake to see the strengths each other has developed. SEAL qualities are unique and fine tuned. They walk stealthily with a confidence that is unmistakable and can’t be duplicated. They are the fulcrum between the “bad guys” and the “good guys” and view killing as necessary for protecting and saving American lives as well as innocent villagers. You learn how vitally SEALs stick together. They become a family and leave no one behind. Because of their heightened 6th sense (more like SEAL sense) they prepare for the best but heed Murphy’s law – what could go wrong, would go wrong. Nothing is left to chance. During their years apart, Morgan has refined her skills and proves to Jake that she is a formidable partner. Each must call upon all of their resources to survive and complete the mission. This story tugs at your emotions as layers of the characters are peeled back and their raw feelings are revealed. In the end they admit that LOVE has always been there. It carried them thru to a safe, successful, heartwarming conclusion. This is a real page turner you can’t put down! I look forward to the next installment, RISK TAKER, HRS, Feb 2014.
jdbg More than 1 year ago
This book is SO good! I could NOT put it down! Lindsay McKenna writes THE BEST military romantic suspenses I have EVER read! And she just keeps getting better! I had read Risk Taker, Degree of Risk, Breaking Point, and Never Surrender (all beyond AWESOME books!) and so I looked at her past book list, ordered this one, and I am SO glad I did! Ms McKenna writes her books with SUCH emotional depth. This book is almost 400 pages and every single page is well-written and kept me captivated; I could NOT stop reading! I wish Hollywood would make these five books into movies; they are just THAT GOOD! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!
Readinginpajamas-Donna More than 1 year ago
If you like special ops romances heavy on the military action, then this is one to read. I thought the author did a good job of bringing us up to speed on their history together and how they overcome their obstacles. Morgan is a strong capable black-ops soldier but is able to show her softer side. I liked that but there were some things about her actions that I couldn’t warm up to for a while. Jake’s opinion of women in combat made my teeth clench but that was true to real life and I liked him immediately in spite of it. This was an action packed story showing how two people mature and how time helps you realize what is important.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second book in this series and it was just as good as the first one. It was great to read about the courageous daughter of Jim and Cathy Boland. Great book, lots of action, wonderful love story, it had its sad moments but what war doesn't. I have to believe this is as realistic as it comes because reading this book was very emotional. I definitely look forward to reading future books in this series! SR
cjr1 More than 1 year ago
stunningly masterful example of writing!, January 2, 2014 By cjr This review is from: Down Range (Shadow Warriors) (Kindle Edition) I have to say that if I could give this book a 10, I would. I have read quite a few of Ms. McKenna's books over the years, but it had been a while when I saw this one and picked it up. Best move I've made in a while. This book is about 2 armed forces Spec. Ops characters. The woman, Morgan, is a Captain in a special, covert division of females. The man, Jake, is a Navy Seal. Both of them are placed together in a covert mission to Afghanistan. The problem is that these 2 have a 7 year hx. of getting together, then apart, then together, then apart. Many things have happened in these years that neither knows about the other, so that makes it harder for both of them to work together. That and the underlying sexual tension. This is the type of book that you literally don't want to put down until you're finished. The suspense, the nonstop action, the distrust and hx. between these 2 people, the fascinating storyline and characterizations are amazing! This is a book that you most definitely want to read. You will NOT be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And the ending was perfect
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read!
sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
This book is so real. The emotions are spot on. The pain of losing a loved one and especially a child is something that never goes away, it softens with time, but it’s always there. I love how women are coming into their own. Ms. McKenna shows that we really can do almost anything we aspire to. We’re not quite equal yet, but we’re getting there. This very well be the best book ever.
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
Military romance Down Range by Lindsay McKenna is not only passionate, but soul satisfying  I wonder how many readers have been introduced to the military romance genre through Lindsay McKenna's books? I know that when I began reading her Morgan's Mercenaries series (and related books) that I couldn't put them down. Although, I didn't serve in the military myself, I come from a family that has upheld and highly valued U.S. military service since the revolutionary war. (Not to mention the ancestors who came to this country as officers in the British army in the 1600s.) In her books, I found that McKenna provided a realistic view of the various branches of service that was melded with a philosophy and spiritual element I found absolutely intriguing. Her newest series for Harlequin - Shadow Warriors - includes characters that you will find familiar from earlier books. This series will focus on the female ground troups - the Shadow Warriors - under the leadership of General Maya Stevenson from the Black Jaguar Squadron. My review today will focus on Down Range (Shadow Warriors Book Two), however I'll make the suggestion that you read Danger Close (Shadow Warriors Book One) first, although you don't have too. I found that reading these books in order provided me with a greater understanding of the characters, plus I felt like I had a mini-military history lesson about a shadow war I knew less than nothing about in Danger Close. Down Range focuses on a mission that Shadow Warrior Captain Morgan Boland and her former lover, Navy SEAL Jake Ramsey, undertake in the mountains of Afghanistan to assassinate an Al Qaeda-backed opium dealer who obliterated the inhabitants of a village and killed Morgan's husband. The history and passion that Morgan and Jake shared is evident from their first meeting outside of the Pentagon. It seems like they are to be forever star-crossed lovers who will be without a happy resolution in this lifetime - as their history provides both a depth of sadness, layers of mistrust, and deep emotional scars. One of the reasons I really admire McKenna is that she is able to depict the rehabilitation of her character so completely and realistically. Although Jake's actions early on with Morgan seemed thoughtless and heedless, I never felt antagonistic towards him as I sometimes do with heroes who aren't quite heroic to their partners. Morgan, the daughter of two warriors (yes, do read Danger Close first), is a highly independent, confident, and successful soldier - as well as a caring and compassionate woman. Her motivation for seeking this mission is many-layered and she is able to sweep aside Jake's skeptical and suspicious feeling about women in combat as he sees her on the ground. The portrayal of the Afghan village - one seen in an earlier McKenna novel - feels spot-on. McKenna noted that she drew upon a book, The Intuitive Warrior: Lessons from a Navy SEAL on Unleashing Your Hidden Potential by Michael Jaco. In the past, many of her books have blended a spiritual and sometimes almost paranormal element with military precision. In Down Range, she uses Morgan's and Jake's highly developed intuitive awareness of danger to drive the storyline. All of which is quite realistic and lends itself to a true suspenseful page-turner. I'm counting the days until the next book in the series, Risk Taker (Shadow Warriors Book Three), will be released in Februrary - and may in the interim find myself re-reading the Morgan's Mercenaries and associated series. There's something about these books that I find satisfying on a soul level. I know that may sound silly to some to consider "romance" books as soul satisfying, but that's what the best writers provide. And McKenna is one of the best in my opinion. So, five stars for Down Range, the newest entry in Lindsay McKenna's Shadow Warriors series. I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure it should be safe now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanna go back to sic?