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Fatal Strike (The Mccloud Series Book 10) Kindle Edition
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I loved some of this author's early books. But this was weak. She seems to have dried up with these characters. I'm hoping she will find some new characters and new plot ideas for her next book.
Some of the sex scenes were kind of hot which she does well.
For a list of my reviews of other Shannon McKenna books, see my 5 star review of "Ultimate Weapon."
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Book length: 396 pages. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 9. Setting: current day Oregon and Washington. Copyright: 2013. Genre: romantic suspense thriller.
One thing I really didn't like was not being able to visually tell the difference between the story text and the mental "texting" between Miles and Lara. It was almost like stumbling on pebbles when reading, I got through it but was irked.
None the less, the story was classic McKenna, get the girl, love the girl, argue about stuff, hero complex to protect the girl, loose the girl to the bad guy, save the day, become brooding loner til the girl reasons with hero. All along the way, stubborn males and females, comic relief, and adrenaline spikes, and paranormal psi thrown in the mix.
IMHO: Can't go wrong with McKenna's style.
I also felt it was a little slow moving. Sometimes more hung up in the psi part of the story that the characters were left in the background. Although i enjoyed this i am not sure i would pick up more in this series.
I will however be picking up more books by this author.
On the plus side, the basic premise of Miles and Lana sharing some level of consciousness had strong potential. I loved that part of the plot and found that compelling. Execution of this premise was off, though. It wasted a great idea by focusing far too much on the ridiculous "psi" plot nonsense. The "bad guy" scenes are so boring to me in her books and so repetitive that I skip them at this point. Far too much of the novel was dedicated to these scenes. They are highly predictable. Also, to be frank I don't read novels like SM's for the suspense part. That's a necessary evil to bring about the tension of the love interests and I'm happier when it takes a backseat. By this point, SM has so rehashed the bad guys that even if I did enjoy that aspect of her novels, I'd be bored.
A previous reviewer pointed out how ridiculous it was that Lara escaped from captivity (including near starvation) and then hopped into the sack with Miles right away. She could barely eat and had been tortured but supposedly she was ready for a sex fest. I can suspend disbelief only so much. It just wasn't romantic.
As much I had looked forward to Miles' story, I coudln't get into. I don't think SM got into it either--it felt forced and recycled to me. Even the way she wrote the hot scenes felt repetitive and as if she couldn't think of new things to say. At least 3 times she described the color of his business as "beet" red or purple. Use it once and move on.
I sincerely hope that she begins a new series and tries to refresh.
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