November 14. 2013
Fatal Strike (McCloud & Friends #10)
by: Shannon McKenna
4.5 Stars ★★★★1/2
Blurb ~ When Lara Kirk was abducted months ago, Miles Davenport vowed he'd bring her home. But the mission failed. Miles has become totally obsessed; he can practically hear Lara pleading for him to save her. Finding her after all this time will be next to impossible...Lara Kirk lives in a shadowy world where reality and fantasy are one. Her captors have poisoned her body with concoctions that enhance psychic abilities--and they seem to be working. To escape, Lara has formed a deep attachment with a man whose virile, sensual presence in her mind is her only comfort. She's not even sure if he's real--until the six-foot-five-inch powerhouse bursts in to rescue her...Once freed, Lara has no choice but to trust Miles with her life as they run from enemies too twisted to imagine. But they're also fighting a dangerous attraction that could kill--or save--them both. Either way, it's going to be a hell of a ride...
ARC provided by NetGalley for an Honest Review
Miles Miles Miles. It sure is about time this man got his own story. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who is overwhelmingly happy that his HEA does not include Cindy. For someone like Miles to go from a skinny dork (which he pretty much was when we met him almost 8 books ago) to badass side-kick of the McClouds it’s easy to assume his book will rock our socks off.
Miles does not disappoint and I couldn’t be happier than to see him in his element. Not only that but we finally get to see Miles the MAN. Not the fawning puppy chasing after the one woman who is his kryptonite. When Miles sets his mind to something, nothing can stand in his way, not a McCloud and surely not anything as ridiculous as mind control.
Searching for missing Lara Kirk is a drug for Miles. After all the mind-fu**ery he had to deal with in previous books, Miles is ready to go. He has a few tricks up his sleeve this time that no one will expect, least of all him.
I know every Shannon McKenna story is great and the men are beyond HOTT and dream-worthy but Miles has been a character I have been dying to read since his introduction. I’ll admit I was pleased but I still do have some complaints. Mainly I can’t believe how much mind/memory storylines there are. Fatal Strike is another where the characters minds are altered and though they may have powers there are still those out there looking to manipulate them. For this series, the whole mind control plot lines are getting a little old. Not to mention I feel so bad because all these characters must have the worst migraines.
Aside from that I really enjoyed Fatal Strike and Miles does not disappoint. He surely learned a lot from the McClouds and Seth that he is able to work solo with a mixture of hardcore skills like fighting, demolitions and weapons and brain power, including his own mind and those of computers. Miles is a force to be reckoned with and now suped up with Super Powers and getting Lara back is no longer impossibility. Sure he doesn’t exactly recognize his power right away but when it counts Miles comes through.
Overall I feel like a proud mother. Miles not only got his own story but a woman that is finally worthy of him and vice-versa. Miles really went above and beyond in this story. Growing up myself with him I didn’t know what to expect from his story but he did not disappoint. As crazy as it sounds I wish this series didn’t have to end. Every book is wonderful in its own way, but I can’t deny how happy I am to move forward from mind control. I would highly recommend this book and series to romance and suspense junkies like me. This is no average summed up dramatic read. Shannon McKenna really does her research and sometimes just reading all the detail and imagery will make you feel a bit smarter, not to mention you’re getting a great read out of it as well. Supremely happy with this series and can’t wait to see what Ms. McKenna has in store for us in the future.