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Breaking Point (Shadow Warriors #5)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  215 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
In the line of fire…


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 p
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Harlequin HQN (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sonya Heaney
My original review:

Two words: MARY. SUE.

My long, rambling and ranty review that was originally posted HERE:

To start I’d like to mention something. I’ve seen some pretty heavy advertising for this book in various places, including RT Magazine, and they seem to have made a big mistake. They’re marketing it as a love story about two Navy SEALs named Gabe and Bay – and it totally sounds like it’s a gay romance.

This isn’t a gay romance – maybe the fairly conservative people in romance publishing did
Update 12/25/14 This book was chosen as one of Badass Book Reviews favorite contemporary romance books of 2014. Read all about it here.

This was a nice, enjoyable summer read. I liked the slow buildup to romance. The main characters Gabe and Bay were a likable couple, and I felt myself rooting for them throughout the book. The story is set in Afghanistan where Navy SEAL Gabe Griffin is stationed. His team has recently lost a member and Baylee Ann Thorne joins the team as part of Operation Shadow
Judy L.
Jun 08, 2014 Judy L. rated it it was amazing
I've been reading Lindsay McKenna's military romances since she burst onto the scene in the 1980's and she has only gotten better.
Bay (Doc) Thorne is a member of Operation Shadow Warriors, a top secret group of 40 women who are combat trained and imbedded in Special Forces units. Bay is a trained sniper, 18 Delta combat medic and a Navy petty officer.
Gabe Griffin is a Navy Seal sniper who presents a rough and ready game face to the world to hide his sensitive heart.
Bay is sent to Afghanistan and
May 23, 2014 Katie_la_geek rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-copy

For this review and more visit my blog

I have a lot to say about this book so this might get a little long. Also in order to get my point across there may also be a few spoilers too so consider yourself warned.

I firmly believe that woman in the military should be able to fight on the front line. I believe passionately that they would as good as men in a war situation. For that reason I wanted to read this book, the blurb made it sound like Bay Thorn (The main character) would be on the front line
Amanda Gylling
May 14, 2014 Amanda Gylling rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
First off, I just want to say that this book was advertised as a romantic suspense novel, and it was most definitely just a war novel. The only part of the book that had any romance at all was the one and only sex scene. All the rest of the novel came off as a very fake and technically termed military book; not in the least was it a romance. Another problem that I had with this book was the fact that the author could not, for the life of her, make up her mind about who she wanted her characters ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Bookbeauty rated it it was amazing
*** I have received an ARC via NetGalley ***

I love military romances, give me the right mix of action (yes!), romance and heat - and I'll be a fan.
Lindsay McKenna wasn't on my radar until now, but "Breaking Point" changed it.
The book "Breaking Point" is part of her Shadow Warriors series but can be read as a stand alone.
And after falling in love with this book, I'll make sure and read the previous books.

I thought that Bay was a strong heroine, working in a "men's world", together with weathered
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
Baylee Thorn is a highly trained medic and sharpshooter. When she is put into a platoon of SEALS, she is met with resistance by the men she will be working with. Only one of them befriends her, Gabe Griffin. He wants to protect her and tries to show the other men her skills are worthy. She wants to be an asset, not a distraction. Baylee and Gabe feel a strong pull to one another, but keep their feelings hidden. It's only when they both get back stateside do we get to see the romance and live gro ...more
Loved it. Another terrific entry into the series about women moving into combat roles. Bay has been part of the Shadow Warriors for several years. She is a highly trained combat medic and has previously served with another special forces unit. Now she's been assigned to a platoon of SEALs and she has to prove herself all over again. Bay's introduction to the team is pretty rough. There are several of the guys who are outright hostile, but one of them speaks up for her. He's assigned as her mento ...more
Cardyn Brooks
The current reconfiguring of the U.S. military regarding combat training adds even more credibility this Operation Shadow Warriors series. It's Bay's schizophrenic personality swings that didn't work for me because there's a difference between being humble and being timid; reserved versus insecure; quiet or a doormat. Bay's skills are hard-earned and impressive regardless of gender, but she acts as if this is her first deployment with an elite military team.

Gabe's attitude of judging her on her
Jun 13, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. And on top of that, Harlequin sent not only the copy I won but also a second copy for me to pass along. Thank you!!

Now on to my review: Oh wow. A military romance. I loved it, but am at a loss in how to describe it. I don't want to give anything away, so I'm trying to be careful in my review of this book.

Even though I love romance novels, and loved this book, I feel I have to say up front that I don't think all romance novel lovers will like this boo
Jun 03, 2014 Dorothy rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was my first time reading a Lindsay McKenna book and I totally enjoyed this extremely interesting story. It is much more than a romance book in that it gives the reader an up close and personal look into the lives that our fighting men and women live every day of their service. I have so much respect for these courageous people. The relationship between Bay and Gabe was beautiful from the start and was handled correctly by the author in that they had to remain professional while they were o ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Lucie rated it it was amazing
I have found an author, new to me, that I would love to introduce to those of you that are like me! I have always read romance, and like many tweens and teens that sneaked into their mom's rooms, I absconded with my mom's Harlequin or Silhouette romances. I would read them and would have them back in place before she even knew they were gone. Then, as I got older I started broadening my genre horizon, reading thrillers, mystery, paranormal romance, fantasy and so on. Well as in life, things went ...more
Jun 01, 2014 Abe rated it it was amazing
Still hooked on reading Lindsay McKenna’s books. I am now on the 30th book and continue to be captivated by how real her characters are. Her descriptions of the protagonists in the story as well as their surroundings are so vivid that you feel that you are part of the story plot and are able to experience each moment described in the book. The author enables you to become so captivated with the plot and all its characters that you can’t wait to turn the page. In Breaking Point you share the live ...more
Joanna K.
May 31, 2014 Joanna K. rated it it was amazing
I loved Breaking Point, from the first moment we meet Bay and Gabe. Bay is a woman who is all woman, but can hold her own with the SEALs. Gabe is a man of true honor, and not one of those hormonal-driven guys who can't seem to think of anything else but how much he'd like to get into the heroine's pants. I gave up reading romance due to that kind of character in too many novels, but this book is bringing me back into the genre. The exciting military battle scenes had me glued to the book for day ...more
Mar 31, 2014 L M rated it it was amazing
This is the latest story in the ongoing Operation Shadow Warriors series by Lindsay McKenna. Here we meet Petty Officer First-Class Hospital Corpsman Baylee-Ann Thorn. As part of a Top Secret initiative and due to the loss of their 18 Delta combat medic and sniper, Bay is assigned to the SEAL Alpha Platoon. Although she is highly trained the SEALs question her experience and skills to fit in with them. They doubt she’d ever be capable of having their six. In a little competition with the most vo ...more
Elsa Foston
Jun 24, 2014 Elsa Foston rated it it was amazing
From the Operation Shadow Warriors series
Baylee-Ann Thorn is a Hospital Corpsman and she has been assigned to a SEAL unit. McKenna captures beautifully how hard it is for a woman to gain respect in a field that is predominantly male but doesn't dwell on it as the story flows. The book is fast paced with lots of action, suspense and a growing romance between Gabe and Bay. The dialogs between the characters make you feel like you are among a real SEAL unit –without the constant swearing. I am ex-N
Cindy Reifel
May 07, 2014 Cindy Reifel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I have to preface this review by saying I have never read a Lindsay McKenna book I didn't LOVE but, these Shadow Warrior books are SPECTACULAR. The books are fast-paced, action packed, character driven, meticulously detailed and I have fallen in love with every hero from each of these books. This one is about a SEAL named Gabe who meets a medic named Bay, who is inserted into his SEAL team in Afghanistan. Of course, there are problems originally with some of the men not wanting a woman in their ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I recently found the Shadow Warriors series with Risk Taker and Degree of Risk. Both were such excellent stories that I had to grab a copy of Breaking Point and dive right in. Although there is some minor character crossover between the prior 2 stories mentioned, each can be read as a standalone set of books with no issues.

Bay-Lee aka Bay is basically thrown into the wolf's den that is a SEAL platoon being asked to make her a part of their team as part of an experimental specially trai
Aug 07, 2014 Jo-Anne rated it liked it
Gabe Griffin is on assignment with his SEAL team in Afghanistan when they learn they are about to become part of a top secret test which the team is really upset about. They recently lost their medic so he is being replaced by a FEMALE medic as part of the test.

Bay-lee (Doc) Thorne is a woman who volunteered for this test as part of Operation Shadow Warriors knowing it was going to be really, really hard on her. The Shadow Warriors are a top secret group of 40 women who are combat trained and r
Apr 25, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Thank you to the Goodreads First Reads giveaways program for the copies of Lindsay McKenna’s forthcoming military romance, Breaking Point.

This is the fifth book in the Shadow Warriors series about a group of elite female warriors as they are secretly immersed into factions of the United States military. Breaking Point follows Bay Thorn, a highly-trained medic and sharpshooter whose integration into a platoon of Afghanistan-based Navy SEALS is met with strong resistance by the males she is suppo
Jun 01, 2015 Merle rated it really liked it
Next entry in the Shadow Warriors series of military women secretly training and fighting beside men - including special and black ops. Bay Thorn is being added to a SEAL platoon. She has been brought up in the 'hill country" so she can shoot very well. She is also the only woman qualified as an 18 Delta combat medic. Her partner in the platoon is SEAL Gabe Griffin. He accepts Bay immediately unlike many of his platoon brothers.

Bay is forced to prove herself time and again, and wins every time.
Monica Cardoza
Jun 14, 2014 Monica Cardoza rated it it was amazing
Wow, I don’t know where to start with this story. When I started reading this series I immediately fell in love with the authors writing style. I love how I get lost in her writing and it’s very descriptive. I know sometimes when a story is about military and the things that these men and women go through in third world countries its gut wrenching. I believe this book has been the best book that I have read in the series but then again I haven’t read yet the continuation of Sarah and Ethan’s sto ...more
May 12, 2014 D.C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars!
Contemporary Military Romance
May 1, 2014

ABOUT THE BOOK: 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
Apr 29, 2014 Rhonda rated it really liked it

Breaking Point seems like it has it all. Interesting characters, drama, romance. action, honor and heartbreaking situations.
It is non stopping action, drama I did not want to put the book down till I had finished.

The setting is in Afghan. Bay Thorn has been assigned atop secret mission. She is joining a Navy Seal team as a medic. Bay cares about people. She is brave, talented, smart. She speaks their language, and on top of it she is a sharp shooter.

Gabe Griffin is set to teach her the Na
Emma Metz
Aug 15, 2014 Emma Metz rated it it was amazing
Lindsay has done it again another terrific book. The story of a woman going into the seals, the mistrust of her team. How she wins them over showing no fear in battle and how she falls in love with her mentor. Bay and Gabe are 2 terrific heros. This is part one of two books on this couple. This story shows what our seals do to protect people and the strong bond they have for each other.
May 28, 2015 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Great book but to expensive

I am getting all of Lindsay's book thru my local library. That is really to bad because I would love to purchase all her e books because they are that great. Unfortunately they are wayyyyy to expensive foe me in e book format. If something could be done about that I would not hesitate to buy all the books.
4 stars for the plot but 2stars for the writing and editing, because each awkward sentence, each repetitive line, each factoid she had insert, threw me out of the story. And I am very sure that the soap provided in the Forward Operating Base, where the SEALS and Special Forces guys are near the Afgan border, did not provide sweet-smelling Jasmine soap!!!
Oct 29, 2015 Deborah rated it really liked it
I got this book back in 2014 when I went to the RT Convention & it got buried in one of my many piles. Dang, I wish I had unearthed it sooner. I really enjoyed reading it & I'll need to get the next one in the series.
Aug 12, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed reading this author and this book didnt disappoint. Drama, tension, sexual tension, action, and love all wrapped up in a neat little story that leaves you wanting more.
May 06, 2015 Sanny rated it liked it
Predictable, but that doesn't matter. A good light read. Female in battle among male team members. Some don't want her there. One wants her too much. Shake until combined.
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