ISBN-13: 9780373788934
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: April 2015
Format: Paperback, 384 pgs
Source: Library 

I was in the mood for a military romance. If you are watching Korean's current hottest drama series, Descendants of the Sun, you'd know what I am talking about. Anyways, Lindsay McKenna's Running Fire rightly stands on its own and I was glad to read it; and it's been a long while since I have read a contemporary romance with characters in uniform. 

Running Fire is part of the Shadow Warriors series and I was glad it could read as a standalone. The story opens with Chief Warrant Officer and pilot Leah Mackenzie surviving a helicopter crash after her crew is assigned to pick up a SEAL team from the Pakistani border. The black ops team had been out for a week hunting high-value-target Taliban leaders and with nothing but mountains and caves around the borders, the crew knew it would be a challenge to find an open, flat area without alerting the Taliban. And the rainy weather was making it harder for the rescue. Unfortunately, it wasn't the bad weather but the Taliban who had taken down their helicopter. Leah was the only survivor. 

SEAL Kell Ballard was on a mission when he saw a rescue helicopter being shot down by three Taliban. He couldn't believe his eyes when he found out it was a female pilot he had rescued, considering the position was mostly dominated by males but he didn't care as long as the pilot was alive. Leah did live, and they were forced to stay hidden in the caves till a rescue team has transported them back to camp. During those waiting moments Kell and Leah had come to know a lot about each other; and the reason why she was intimidated by men outside duty. It wasn't a fast and easy confession and it took her some time to open up to Kell as thinking of her abusive ex-husband still give her nightmares. Not only did Hayden Grant physically abused her but he had every intention of ruining her career, too. 

Running Fire, no doubt was an intense read but it also has a fair share of tender moments as I read about the emotional intimacy shared between Kell and Leah. Kell may be a tough SEAL but he understood Leah’s feelings when it comes to her vulnerability. Leah may appear vulnerable in Kell's eyes but when it comes to flying she has became a different person and took full pride in her job. Part of the reason is she was trying to prove her capability to her father, who is the battalion commander of the squad. She lost her brother and mother when she was young and her father has never paid any attention to her. Instead, her father has focused all his attention on her ex-husband and was oblivious of the abuse she's been getting from Hayden during their three years of marriage. This is not only a story about love but also having the courage to stand up to a bully, in which this case is the abusive Hayden Grant. The closure was a heart-warming one, and I liked what Kell and Leah have chosen for their future plans. All in all, it was a great escapism read to me. 
12 Responses
  1. Unknown Says:

    Hi Melody, thank you for taking the time to read my book, RUNNING FIRE. I appreciate it.
    Warmly, Lindsay McKenna

  2. I enjoyed this one as well. I have been meaning to read more by this author but I haven't yet. Great review!

  3. Iliana Says:

    Great review Melody! I don't read a lot of romance novels but this sounds like a good one to add to my list.

  4. Melody Says:

    Lindsay - Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog, Lindsay! I enjoyed reading this book and definitely looking forward to more!

  5. Melody Says:

    Samantha - Thanks, Sam! I need to check out her other series as well.

  6. Melody Says:

    Iliana - Thanks, Iliana! I hope you'll enjoy reading this when you get to it.

  7. jenclair Says:

    I wasn't familiar with this series, but it sounds good. Darn, I've already added 3 books to my list today!

  8. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - Lindsay McKenna is one of the best when it comes to writing military romance. I read a few of her books in the past and enjoyed them.

    I know the feeling; the wishlist is never ending! ;-)

  9. I haven't read too many military romance novels. This one sounds really good. I tend to like romance novels that have a little more than just romance in them, and it sounds like this one does.

  10. Melody Says:

    Wendy - Yes, I definitely would like some intrigue and suspense in a romance. And this one definitely has more than those I've stated. :-)

  11. The Bookworm Says:

    Sounds like good military romance and good escapism too.

  12. Melody Says:

    Naida - Indeed it is! :-)

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