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About the Author
M. L. Buchman has over 35 novels and an ever-expanding flock of short stories in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year,” Booklist “Top 10 of the Year,” and RT “Top 10 Romantic Suspense of the Year.” In addition to romantic suspense, he also writes contemporaries, thrillers, and fantasy and science fiction.
In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.
He is now a full-time writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing at www.mlbuchman.com.
"Target Engaged is every bit as good as his other series. His meticulous research is once again duly noted, as are the action-packed mission scenes and the passionate love story between the phenomenal lead characters, with the romance being equally as breathtaking as the action." - RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars
"Buchman skillfully balances the romantic and military aspects of his story, populating it with memorable characters and pulse-pounding action." - Publishers Weekly
"Buchman has catapulted his way to the top tier of my favorite authors, and his latest release only reinforces his high ratings in my opinion chart. TARGET ENGAGED has everything I need to keep me enthralled. A sexy alpha male who's an honest-to-God good guy, helping everyone around him be their best, a kick-butt heroine engaged in some heart-stopping adventures with the hero, and off-the-chart steaminess in their explosive romance." - Fresh Fiction
"I swear this series just gets better and better. M.L. Buchman has become one of my favorite authors and his books just amaze me. A Night Owl Reviewers Top Pick!" - Night Owl Review
"[I]f you want enjoy some really kick ass women in some well told stories, this might be just what you didn't know you wanted to read or re-read. Since I still really like the book after re-reading it four times and intend future re-reads, I have to give it a solid A.
" - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- File Size : 1566 KB
- Publication Date : December 1, 2015
- Print Length : 354 pages
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (December 1, 2015)
- ASIN : B011SPAJ74
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #569,568 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I liked the military setting, the secret missions and the geopolitical situations I read as we watch Carla push herself, day after day on land, air and water. The author works hard for the romance 'shipper readers -- there are a lot of men intrigued by pretty, driven Carla, so who will catch her eye? I must admit, an older man, who trained Carla's brother and looked out for her as she soldiered through her training, seemed like an excellent candidate to be the ultimate partner for Carla (better than the author's more obvious choice). I would have liked to see him try to spark some romantic interest in Carla. But Carla doesn't even wonder if he is available, and keeps her eyes squarely on the Delta Force prize (so focused and walled off emotionally, she is just this side of automaton). On a training op, Carla sees another woman on Delta force and is careful not to make even eye contact. In her soft moments (there are a couple), Carla taps into her comfort zone and tweaks the language of a military pledge to express herself. The man bursts out laughing. Recommend!
The first quarter (or so) of the story shows Kyle Reeves and Carla Anderson's Delta selection. I kept experiencing déjà vu--then realized why. It's almost exactly like Eric L. Haney's INSIDE DELTA FORCE, a non-fiction book about that operator's experience through selection and then inside the Unit. It felt like Buchman (whose writing I usually can't get enough of) wanted to put all of his Delta research into the book. The story really didn't start until Delta selection ended. Yeah, Kyle and Carla meet, gain respect for one another, get the hots for each other, but that could have all happened "before" the story begins. I'd like to know if any other readers found the similarities between INSIDE DELTA FORCE (nonfiction) and TARGET ENGAGED (DELTA FORCE, book 1) to be too much.
Once the selection for that group was complete and the training began, then the call to insert came, the story really picked up. I enjoyed watching the characters working as a unified team, facing obstacles that showed their amazing skills in the best light and set themselves up for bigger problems because of their baggage and limitations (because no one, not even an elite warrior, is perfect).
The chemistry between Kyle and Carla is hot, explosive, and present from the moment the two meet.Their ongoing relationship became a big part of the story and played a key role. Some Buchman fans will be surprised at the quantity of sex and sexually charged conversations/scenes/situations as this book has many and his previous titles have had much less. Maybe this stark increase is because the relationship between the two is so integral to the progression of the story.
All in all I really liked Kyle and Carla--each for their own strengths and their own internal belief systems and their own doubts. Carla is a powerful, strong, conquer-the-world type of woman and Kyle's definitely the man she deserves. Per Buchman's catch phrase "Strong Women and The Men They Deserve", this story is a solid fit.
Recommended to fans of military romance suspense, especially those who love contemporary spec ops and save-the-world type of plots. My only big reason for not rating this book a solid 4.5 to 5.0 is the whole opening quarter (probably not 'duplicating', but definitely mirroring) INSIDE DELTA FORCE.
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I much prefer the Nightstalker books, again the romance bit between close team members sound easy as well, but I am not left with a bad taste.