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Down Range (Shadow Warriors #2)

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Trained to kill, but built for love

Captain Morgan Boland is at the top of her game, as is her former lover, Navy SEAL Jake Ramsey. Then a military computer selects them to partner in a special op. The mission can't be compromised by their personal history and they have truckloads of it.

But the Afghan assignment might provide the discipline they need to finally get it toget
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Harlequin HQN
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Fantastic book. Morgan and Jake have a turbulent history. They met at the Naval Academy and grew close there, but misunderstandings tore them apart. They met again later and had three terrific days together before military commitments separated them and more emotional baggage kept them apart. When they were partnered for a special operation they had to leave that baggage behind in order to work together. They also had to learn to trust each other.

I loved the whole subject of the book. The idea
Mar 03, 2016 Wyrdness rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realise this was a Harlequin until after I was finished reading, though it does explain why it felt a lot like one at the time. If you like Harlequin novels then you'll probably like this one and if you don't then you won't, because honestly they're all pretty much exactly the same despite different characters and settings (and authors).

I found this one particularly boring and trite with incredibly bland and repetitive writing. I was also quickly exasperated by how the author would inse
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
First I have to say in general... Holy crap why does every girl I've read about recently have RED HAIR!! There aren't that many red heads in the world!!

This is one of those books full of misunderstandings & misplaced blame & anger...

Morgan & Jake have a past spread over 9 years. They are thrown together in a black ops sniper mission & they have to trust each other. Morgan also has a secret. almost 3 years ago, they had a fling where she ended up pregnant & now they have a 2
Harry Allagree
Apr 09, 2014 Harry Allagree rated it did not like it
To put it honestly, this is not a good novel, in my opinion. I should've known better when I bought it, but I failed to notice that it was one of the Harlequin Books. The plot is OK. The characters are so-so. Much of the narration I found boring & trite. The inevitable sex scenes, as well as the lead-ups to them, go on for 3 or 4 stereotypical pages. Put it this way: I never felt in danger of my glasses fogging up! By the 3rd of 27 chapters I was not only aware of, but seriously annoyed at, ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: netgalley
3.5 Stars

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. On one hand, Lindsay McKenna can write one hellva book with plenty action and lots of angst over relationships. On the other hand, maybe she writes too good (if that's possible) cause I blanked out a couple times with all the military talk and the repeating phrase of "chronically ill". I know as a military romance book there should be military jargon spoken, but it started boring me. And every time Jake's mother was mentioned except once toward t
Cardyn Brooks
DNR beyond page 129

Chief Michael Jaco's Dear Reader letter endorses the technical accuracy and core emotional truth of Down Range, which is packed with compelling personal conflicts and action. Main female character, Morgan, worked for me; Jake did not. He's such a condescending, patronizing, sexist, misogynistic donkey (apologies to the actual animal). This entrenched romance fiction theme of men who judge all women negatively based on some past trauma or betrayal is so bogus, immature, and in
Sep 23, 2016 Mareli rated it really liked it
A very good book. The hero made his mistakes in the past, but he redeemed himself. The heroine is a strong woman, with a daughter and no maternal istinct, IMO, because she leaves her daughter to go to war, and I'm sorry, and this is my opinion, but I cannot understand it.

Besides that, the story is good and both characters are really good.
Monica Cardoza
Feb 04, 2014 Monica Cardoza rated it it was amazing
Can a secret tear them apart or bring them closer than ever before? Will the thought of Morgan dying finally make Jake realize that he has been in love with her and that he can’t let her know?

Wow this read totally blew me away with the amount of action and chemistry that these two characters shared. There was one point in the story that totally had me aching and that was when Morgan and Jake made it to the village where they were waiting for Intel. My heart broke into a million pieces when all o
Emsy Van Wyck
Dec 29, 2013 Emsy Van Wyck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-at-fff
Military romance Down Range by Lindsay McKenna is not only passionate, but soul satisfying

I wonder how many readers have been introduced to the military romance genre through Lindsay McKenna's books? I know that when I began reading her Morgan's Mercenaries series (and related books) that I couldn't put them down. Although, I didn't serve in the military myself, I come from a family that has upheld and highly valued U.S. military service since the revolutionary war. (Not to mention the ancestor
A weird hybrid of realistic, gripping dark ops action and sappy, soap opera Harlequin style romance. This novel is quite different from the first in the series and fits more comfortable into the Harlequin fold. I am not big on Harlequin style romances so the romantic portion of the story line did not work for me at all, but I enjoyed the military drama.

I almost stopped reading after the first couple of chapters because there were so many editing snafus with bizarrely worded sentences like "She g
Nov 06, 2013 L M rated it it was amazing
This book masterfully portrays authentic details surrounding our amazing military SEALs. It is an action packed, nail biting journey. Although it is a stand-alone book, if you read Lindsay McKenna’s introductory e-book DANGER CLOSE, HQN, Sep 2013, you’ll like revisiting Captain Morgan Boland’s parents, Jim and Cathy Boland. It was also fun seeing commanders General Maya Stevenson and General Mike Houston reappear. They’ve played roles in earlier Lindsay McKenna books. Morgan is an integral part ...more
Andrea Garcia
Jan 16, 2014 Andrea Garcia rated it liked it
***I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.***
Down Range by Lindsay McKenna is an intense and action packed love story set primarily in Afghanistan. Morgan and Jake have a troubled history filled with misplaced blame, misconceptions and many secrets. They fight to overcome their issues in the middle of a hunt for a terrorist and trying to stay alive in a war zone.
Morgan seems determine to prove herself as a soldier, so much so I think she puts other things on the back bu
Mar 31, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing
This book is exciting, romantic and educational. This book portrays the life and dangers of Navy SEALS in what they do, how they live and how they love.Captain Morgan Boland is in an elite group where women are trained to work along Navy SEALS. She is a marksman/woman sniper.Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jake Ramsey is also a top notch SEAL and sniper. These two characters are so well defined, even if you haven't read any of her other books. They have a turbulent past and a daughter Jake knows nothing ab ...more
Judy L.
Dec 02, 2013 Judy L. rated it it was amazing
Lindsay McKenna has long been a favorite writer of mine. I find her books to be well researched and believable. This story I had a hard time putting down.
Cpt Morgan Bolland is being given an opportunity to prove to a stubborn, rock headed man that she cares about, that women can handle themselves in difficult, stressful situations as well as men. She shows that she isn't weak or helpless and can carry her own weight. She proves that she can make intelligent decisions and is adaptable. She also
Sep 19, 2013 Rhonda rated it it was amazing

My Review: Down Range


Down Range just really hit the spot for me today. Their were strong characters, drama, romance, cute kid, trials in their past they had to work through. I cared about them. Their is a couple of love scenes that I skipped over too.
What pressure the black Ops for them and their family. Thank you military for all you do for our freedoms.
The setting for this book is Afghan village and up in the mountains for most of the book. It seemed real to me like I could see and smel
 Reading In Pajamas
Jan 04, 2014 Reading In Pajamas rated it really liked it
Down Range (Shadow Warriors) by Lindsay McKenna
Release date: November 26, 2013 | Series: Operation: Shadow Warriors (Book 1)
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/Donna
Rated: 3.5 Stars
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If you like special ops romances heavy on the military action, then this is one to read. I thought the author did a good job of bringing us up to speed on their history together and how they overcome their obstacles. Morgan is a strong capable black-ops soldier but is able to show
Cindy Reifel
Jan 02, 2014 Cindy Reifel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
stunningly masterful example of writing!, January 2, 2014

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This review is from: Down Range (Shadow Warriors)
I have to say that if I could give this book a 10, I would. I have read quite a few of Ms. McKenna's books over the years, but it had been a while when I saw this one and picked it up. Best move I've made in a while. This book is about 2 armed forces Spec. Ops characters. The woman, Morgan, is a Captain in a special, covert division of females. The man, Jake, is a Navy Seal. Both of
Apr 04, 2015 Merle rated it really liked it
Very well done second story in the Shadow Warriors series by McKenna. Capt. Morgan Boland has been a part of the Shadow Warriors (female high-level combatants) since its inception. She's now been assigned to pair with Navy SEAL (and former lover) Jake Ramsey in order to take out a high-value target. Both snipers, they need to work together to accomplish their mission.

They both have history with and without each other, and they need to lay their ghosts to rest. After an intensely suspenseful and
Jan 30, 2014 Judith rated it really liked it
An intense love story set in the wilds of Afghanistan and played out against the backdrop of intense fighting and the frenzied hunt for a terrorist leader who has killed without quarter. Both these main characters have been a part of one another's lives on two other occasions and now they are paired again, both dreading this togetherness and both remembering clearly the attraction that overwhelmed them in the past. There are secrets here and their renewed involvement is within the context of gre ...more
Suzanne Freyjadis
May 06, 2014 Suzanne Freyjadis rated it it was amazing
This is a much more interesting and complicated book than I expected, since it's listed as a romance. The author does a great job of highlighting the complexities of being a female soldier who's also in combat.

There is great detail about the practical side of being an American soldier in Afghanistan. How the elite units work with the local people and the price those people often pay for helping out the Americans, but also the reasons why they would offer the help to begin with.

The author doesn'
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Jun 04, 2013 Dani C. (Paulette's Papers) rated it really liked it
Very heavy on the military, this romance was a bit different than the ones I usually read. It seemed much more serious and detailed oriented. Not that this is a bad thing, it just made the story feel more like a military mission than a romance.

Captain Morgan Boland and Navy SEAL Jake Ramsey are some of the best the military has serving. They have also been involved in the past. Now they are coming together to serve on an important mission. Will this mission draw them closer together or will it
Jan 10, 2014 Kelly rated it liked it

I really liked this book! I have never read Lindsay McKenna before and after this one I will be checking out her back-list and future releases. I thought the story of Morgan and Jake was good! They are thrown into a black ops mission, mind you they had a fling a few years before that produced a 2 year old daughter Morgan never told Jake about. When the book focused on the characters I loved it. I really enjoyed Jake's growth and how he makes up the past to Morgan. When she finally does tell J
Aug 06, 2014 June rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-copy
I really liked this story about two people, Jake and Morgan who were both soldiers. They have a relationship that goes way back. When they meet up at the beginning of this book, they aren't too happy with each other. Last time they saw each other a couple of years earlier, they had not parted on good terms. But as the story unfolds, we learn a lot about both of these people who have suffered a lot. I loved that in the end, when Jake could have been really upset with Morgan for withholding inform ...more
Jan 14, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it
Let me preface this by telling you I enjoy Ms. McKenna's writing. I love her attention to detail and realism.If you like Contemporary Military Suspense Romance, you can't go wrong here. This book is heavy on the military action and very detailed about mission planning. The characters however are so likeable that you are caught up in their success and interested in their actions. Ms McKenna strikes a good balance between action and romance, and I like that she writes strong women and men unafraid ...more
Nice story. I had a little trouble getting into it, because even though it's a military romance, the language didn't seem to fit. It was more romance romance... I tend to expect somewhat rougher language in a military story, and prefer less romance-y language in my romances. However, once I pushed myself past that issue, I liked it quite a bit. The hero and heroine had a past together with lots of angst, there was a big secret in that past, and there was a big military mission for adventure in t ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This rings like a clear note of truth--the situation, the environment, the mutual dedication to military goals, the experience that comes with age, time and savage emotional moments in peoples' lives-

Hard to find stories these days that have a grounded authenticity to them, especially when it comes to the Armed Forces-

I'm passing this one along with a solid recommendation: it will keep the reader up to the wee morning hours wide-eyed and on the edge of his or her seat, as the heat and danger ram
Aug 17, 2014 Janelle rated it it was amazing
This book is SO good! I could NOT put it down! Lindsay McKenna writes THE BEST military romantic suspenses I have EVER read! And she just keeps getting better! I had read Risk Taker, Degree of Risk, Breaking Point, and Never Surrender (all beyond AWESOME books!) and so I looked at her past book list, ordered this one, and I am SO glad I did! Ms McKenna writes her books with SUCH emotional depth. This book is almost 400 pages and every single page is well-written and kept me captivated; I could N ...more
Oct 31, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I am so thankful to our military and their families.

Loved this book. I had actually started reading the first one is this series and DNF it, but with this one I didn't have that problem. Jake had made some big, huge (I have to go shopping, Pretty Woman line) mistakes in their past, but he owned up to them and apologized. Morgan had a big secret that could have ruined them but boy was Jake a gentleman about it.

I couldn't put this book down. I look forward to reading more of the Shadow Warriors s
Sep 16, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
This was a well-written story of Navy SEAL Jake Ramsey who has been tasked with taking out a tribal warlord in Afghanistan when he finds out that his sniper spotter is Marine Captain Morgan Boland. Jake and Morgan have a history together going back to their days at Annapolis and Morgan has a secret that she’s kept from Jake. They love each other but both are headstrong and the military pulls them in different directions. Can they have a life together?
Nov 06, 2013 Kerry rated it it was amazing
Wow, talk about touching the heart, ladies have your Kleenex ready. Powerful story about two strong forces clashing head on at every meeting. Circumstances and beliefs cut deep as they struggle to avoid one another, but fate has other plans. Will this time be any different with his prejudicial beliefs about females or can she make him see beyond his blinders? Thrown into circumstances of there jobs can they call a truce and keep it? Fantastic read. A must read series and highly recommended.
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