In Breaking Point, Lindsay McKenna paints a vibrant picture of contemporary love.
I've read many romances involving Marines and SEALs, but this is the first one where I got an up-close look at just a portion of what actually being part of the armed forces entails. I appreciated how most of the conflict and suspense in the story came from all-too-real external factors like trying to survive through firefights, the reality of fraternizing as teammates, and the toll war takes on everyone touched by it. It was a novel change and a reminder that real life can be more difficult than any made-up drama could be.
That said, the story got off to a slow start. It might have been McKenna's intent to portray military life as realistically as possible, but being bombarded by all the acronyms in the first few pages made for slow and clunky reading. I also felt that she sometimes dwelt on details that didn't need reiterating, like Bay's sensitivity or how special Gabe was or the specifics of a plan that didn't need to be fully explained for the story to move forward. There was a bit of tendency to tell, not show, with the accompanying deluge of gritty detail. I would have preferred that the canvas space been given to actually showing Bay and how she was able to integrate into the SEALs but in the entire story, she mostly interacted with Gabe and no one else, which was a disappointment.
The story ends on a HFN, just so people know, but there's a sequel coming out. Considering that it's titled Never Surrender and Bay is slated for more active duty at the end of the story, I'm a bit apprehensive. Even so, I'll probably pick up the sequel and see where Bay and Gabe go.
This is recommended for lovers of men and women in uniform and those who love a story with sweet but strong characters.
In the line of fire…
OPERATION SHADOW WARRIORS
An ongoing U.S. military experiment to test the integration of trained female military operatives in live combat scenarios…
The Alpha Platoon. A unit of Navy SEALs stationed in the unforgiving dryness of Afghanistan…who just learned that their newest team member is a woman. But Bay Thorn has a spine of steel—and the chops to prove it. Without a team to back her up, however, she's dead in the water. And her only ally is Gabe Griffin, a lone SEAL who is lethal, dangerous and unbearably attractive….
Between the open hostility from her team and the harsh al Qaeda territory, Gabe is a lifeline for Bay. But mutual respect quickly grows into mutual attraction. And with each day and every assignment, the longing only deepens.
They mustn't speak of it. Mustn't act on it. Because in this line of work, falling in love can get you killed….