Fatal Strike by Shannon McKenna

September 17, 2013 Review 3

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fatal Strike by Shannon McKennaFatal Strike by Shannon McKenna
Series: McClouds & Friends #10
Published by Kensington on September 24, 2012
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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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...

I wanted to like this book. I mean, with a cover like that, can you blame me? This is another one of those where the series is already going by the time I jump in, and since this is the tenth book there has been a lot happening. And while a lot of what we need to know is told to us, that doesn’t really help, and it just gets confusing.

So, Lara went missing months back, Miles was supposed to find her and he failed, and then he was tortured pretty heavily which led to psychic powers which then led to him getting out-of-town and away from friends and family so he could learn to cope. Still with me? Lara has spent the last few months being tortured, mentally, physically, and emotionally. She’s being doped up on some solution that will unlock any psychic abilities she has, so when she’s high on these drugs she runs away to her “Citadel” which is Miles’ mind, where they spend all their time fucking. She can only get in, mind you, because he’s obsessed with her. (Creepy? I think so!)

Within the first 25% of the book, Miles—who is apparently a beefy computer nerd who can kick ass, take names, and is pretty much the most overpowered guy I’ve seen in a while—rescues Lara. His only weakness seems to be Lara, I guess. He only realises she’s actually alive after she sends him text messages in his brain, and he can send them back to her. In text speak. Which is one of the most annoying things in this book…

Anyway, after Miles rescues Lara, she is so desperate for sex she begs him to sleep with her. Now, let’s take a moment here and remember that she was tortured for months on end. If I was tortured I don’t think I’d want sex. She’s covered in bruises, malnourished, hasn’t been sleeping properly because they have messed with her sense of time… and all she wants is his dick? Riiiight. And while Miles says no at first he then proceeds to bang her. Three times. And then they sleep and he wakes her up with his dick in her again. What. The hell.

The book didn’t get any better after this. There was more sex, Lara being the little woman who needs her man to take care of her, Miles being overpowered and over the top (he manages to stealthily take out a large group of trained killers… by himself) and just… ugh. I couldn’t like this one, which is so disappointing.

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