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Fatal Strike

(McClouds & Friends #10)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,172 ratings  ·  163 reviews
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 con ...more
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Published September 24th 2013 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
Miles, Miles, Miles...swoon...

My first impression when I saw this book cover? Who is that hot guy--that can't be Miles, can it? Miles Davenport, that geeky computer nerd? Yeah, I knew that the McCloud's were working on him, beefing him up and training him to be able to hold his own physically, but what a transformation! What happened to his big nose? Surely the Miles of this book can't live up to that cover! I always pictured Miles as looking more like this:

Miles, Miles, Miles...swoon...

My first impression when I saw this book cover? Who is that hot guy--that can't be Miles, can it? Miles Davenport, that geeky computer nerd? Yeah, I knew that the McCloud's were working on him, beefing him up and training him to be able to hold his own physically, but what a transformation! What happened to his big nose? Surely the Miles of this book can't live up to that cover! I always pictured Miles as looking more like this:

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So okay, after that little shocker, I was curious to see what else I didn't notice about Miles. If you've read the book blurb, it's obvious that Miles is no longer (view spoiler) So Miles is free to pursue a new love interest (thank god). If you've read the previous book -One Wrong Move-and you must to be able to follow this one, (which is a continuation of that one) you'll recall that that psycho Harold Rudd did that whole crazy mindmeld on Miles and fried his brain so much that he ended up in a coma. So the book starts out with Miles out of the hospital, recovered but with some startling, strangely enhanced senses as a result of his attack from Rudd. Miles finds it literally painful to deal with this around people, but his friends (the McClouds) and family don't quite understand why he wants to isolate himself. But by god his head hurts! (I felt so sorry for him) Anyhow, Miles is able to find some peace if he's away from stimulation, so he heads up into the mountains to get a grip on his psyche. Even though Miles played a huge part in saving Nina and Aaro (One Wrong Move) from the dastardly clutches of Rudd, he feels he failed in trying to find the beautiful kidnapped young woman, Lara Kirk, who is being held in the villain's (Thaddeaus Greaves) lair so he can experiment on her mind. Except...something weird has been happening to him. Lara Kirk has been coming to him in his dreams. And they are intensely erotic dreams. And they seem soooo real. But how can they be? Is he going insane? Or has his time with Rudd left him with some other psychic powers?

I won't get into much more of the plot, except to say that Miles sets out to see if he can find Lara. And he gets the McClouds (and friends) involved, and it gets very, very scary. There's a megalomaniacal villain (one of the worst in the whole series) who puts the McClouds and anyone daring to rescue Lara in his crosshairs, and characters we've grown to love...oh my, it almost killed me to read what happened. Anyhow, this nutso has a grand plan to save mankind (and kudos to Shannon McKenna because this whole story is craaaaazy and at times improbable but so frighteningly creative) and I could not put this book down until I saw how this was going to play out. Could Miles possibly stop him? Miles?

Let me just say that Miles was a revelation! Computer geek Miles has turned into a buff, alpha stud! A brainy, super-sexy, well-endowed alpha who hasn't lost the sweet vulnerability that helps define him. A guy who is totally unaware of his own worth. But with Lara, he finds himself. These two have smokin' hot chemistry--lots of bedroom action for them and wow, does Miles have the bedroom skills! Who knew? So after the first third of the book I was seeing Miles in a new light, more like this:

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There's lots of crazy stuff in this book--mental telepathy, telekinesis, coercive power, and at times it's very frightening. And seeing the unstoppable McClouds (view spoiler) was hard to take. But Miles was able to use his brains and his brawn and his new super powers to great effect. The love between Miles and Lara was intense and happened fast, but I was with them every step of the way, even when they hit some rough spots. Lara had been through hell, and I wanted things to work out for her with Miles. And Miles? He deserved his dream girl after putting up with Cindy (who makes a brief but memorable appearance).

Fans of the series, rejoice! All the McClouds (and wives and children) make an appearance, as well as Seth, Val and Tam, Bruno and Lily, Sveti, and even Becca (Extreme Danger). And these aren't just token appearances, they are actually part of the plot. I loved catching up with all of them, and especially loved how they were willing to risk their lives to help Miles. Awesome.

If you love a creative plot, fleshed out characters, a batshit crazy villain, a brainy/sexy hero, a tougher than she realizes heroine, heart stopping action, a final showdown that will surprise and frighten you, plenty of white-hot bedroom action, aaand a fantastic epilogue that will leave you smiling...then read this amazing book. Shannon McKenna, you've turned our favorite nerd into a bona-fide action hero/stud. Well done! 5 stars

*ARC provided by Netgalley
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

That radiant smile scared him to death. All that "mine" bullshit. No longer an issue. Probably never had been. He was hers. After all his arrogant posturing. All hers.

Finally, 10 books into the series, we get a book for Miles. I've been intrigued by his character ever since he was introduced back in book 2. Taking into consideration how much I've absolutely hated Cindy, his then love interest, I'm so glad that he got a heroine totally worthy of him with Lara.

I love a good romantic suspsense, and Shannon
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler free review*

This book was pure bliss! <3

This is another fast paced, action packed book in the McCloud & Friends series, but what really stood out for me is the AWESOME job Shannon McKenna did with Miles's transformation from the "hopeless tech nerd" ß guy to the gorgeous "big, nasty, evil motherfucking war machine." alpha hero.

"Me," he said. "Total geekitude. To the core of my being."

Of course, this transformation didn't happen over a book. If I remember well, Miles first appearance was in Standing in the Shadows (the secohero.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Story Rating ~ 5 HUGE STARS
Hero Rating ~ 5 HUGE STARS
Heroine Rating ~ 5 HUGE STARS
Romance Rating ~ 5 HUGE STARS
Heat Level ~ 4.5 SEXY STARS
Ending ~ 5 HUGE STARS
Overall ~ 5 HUGE STARS!!!!

For me, this was the BEST book of this series. We have been waiting a long time for Mile's story and Shannon McKenna did not disappoint!!

This story was PHENOMANAL! I loved everything about it. Right from page one, I was drawn into the story and then it just got bett
Jane Stewart
I don’t want to read any more psi-drug books from this author. I was glad when it was over.

It’s the same story as her previous psi-drug books. Nothing new, different, or special. The crisis scenes were predictable - the bad guy puts a knife at the girl’s throat to make the hero do something. Another bad guy points a gun at the girl to make the hero do something. Other McCloud characters from previous books have cameo parts, but they can’t help because the bad guy hurts them with his
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper


McCloud's & Friends #10
400 Pages
release date - 24 September - 2013

★★★★★ 4,9 Stars

Click here to see the McCloud's Series on goodreads

My Opinion:

Like all books in the series - I loved it!

We already know and love Miles from the earlier books in the series and we heard about Lara in the previous book One Wrong Move.


We start Fatal Strike a few months after Miles' brain was horribly tortured in One Wrong Move. He's physically ok now -goodreads
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Wow. I love this series. Miles has such a duality to his nature: sweet, loving teddybear, and steely, ruthless warrior. Definitely worked for me. Adored Lara and the psychic storyline too.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine in the October issue.
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
This book started slow, but, boy, did it get fast with each next page!

The story was suspenseful and interesting! The MCs were great together! I liked both Lara and Miles! And I liked Miles even in the books before! *wink*

The idea is very intriguing and I just love the paranormal aspect of this series: awesome psy powers! WOW! And Miles's were just that: WOW!

At the beginning both Miles and Lara are wrecked people. Miles because he doesn't know how to
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
February 2016 TBR-challenge read.

This was another TBR-challenge read. This month's theme was 'series you're behind on' and when I saw the theme I immediately knew which series I was going to pick for this: Shannon McKenna's McClouds and Friends! It's a series I glommed the first 3 or 4 books of and then loyally read practically on release day until book 9 and 10 was bought but stayed on the TBR, mostly because of reading funks and life getting in the way of my reading. Final book of
A nerd alpha hero, his transformation, a worthy heroine ...

"I’m not just talking about money. I’m talking all of it. Heart, soul, body. All my hopes for the future. The places I want to see with you, the stories we’ll tell, our adventures together. The meals we’ll cook, the walks, the drives. All the nights together, all the mornings. Coffee and toast, conversations and jokes. All the winters and the springs and the summers and the falls. For as long as we get. All yours, Lara."

I just l/>"I’m
May Mostly Romance
For full disclosure, I got this book from Kensington via NetGalley. And this is an honest review even it may read a little bit like fan review.

That’s because I am a big fan of Shannon McKenna. I absolutely love her books. But that fact may not be a good thing since this book, she finally wrote the story about the cute sidekick, who appeared as the secondary character in many previous books in the series.

And the cute sidekick is what Miles Davenport was. He appeared for the first time in Standi
Snarky Mom
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC (advanced review copy) in exchange for an HONEST review... and I honestly loved it! Well, all except the part where I realized this was the TENTH BOOK IN THIS SERIES. Me, OCD and out-of-order series reading just do NOT mix well. If it had been the 3rd or 4th book, I might have "gone for it" and read up to that point, but the 'McClouds & Friends' series is being put into my TBR pile to go back & catch up. Yes, the book can be read as a standalone - obviously, since I did ...more
Jacqueline J
My first read by this author. 10th in the series, don't know why I picked this one up. I have considered this series before. I may go back and try some others in the series if they appeal to me based on the blurb on the back.

As to this one, I enjoyed the pys aspects. It seemed well thought out and reasonable. I liked the character of Miles. The heroine seemed to be less mentally screwed up than I would expect after the whole being experimented on for months thing. Still I let my will
The tenth addition to the McCloud and Friends series by Shannon McKenna. Miles Davenport, who we met in previous books, now has interesting "powers". He retreats to the mountains and while there Lara Kirk gets into his mind. He has been searching for her and has been unable to find her. He finally comes down from the mountain and is determined to find her even more. Lara is held against her will by people who are experimenting on her. Somehow she finds a way to escape into Miles' mind.

I hav
Thoroughly engrossing suspense!

A thrilling ride with a couple who wants each other so much. Shannon McKenna didn't dissappoint in creating Miles a very alpha male. Love it! I hope she has more stories for these series. Magnificent!

Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: One is going crazy and the other is a captive, will their love set them free?

Opening Sentence: “She’s lost six pounds since last week, sir.” Jason said.”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Lara is being held captive by Greaves and they have been experimenting and torturing her for months. Along the way they injected her with a drug designed to either enhance psi abilities or kill you. Luckily for
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

A warning: this is definitely not the place to start reading this series! Fatal Strike is book ten in a series – a little fact I was unaware of when I requested it for review – and I was more than a little confused. Nine books is a lot of time to create a huge web of characters and their children, and a whole heap of backstory, especially in a series involving paranormal elements. The expectation is that you already know what’s going on when you start on number ten.
Formulaic, unnecessarily convoluted, but still better than the last one, if you start at pg100
Shannon McKenna was my favorite author in the early 2000s in this category of heroine-rescue by hot-dude. It happened in almost every book. But there has been too much lag between her books to care anymore for this series except for her being a particular favorite of mine. I can't say that anymore. She is writing expensive books that don't deliver. At any level. This one was only interesting because Miles
Romance  All the Way
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Too fucking slow for me. Too many characters to keep up with if you haven't read the other books in the series. Too much information at the beginning to keep track of, in MY opinion.
I get too impatient with books when it takes forever to get the two love interests together.
Bonnie-Anne Carmichael (Love Triangles Are Fucking Stupid.)
Would rather eat glass.
Elizabeth (Liz)
Well, I have to say, the one thing I can always count on with Shannon McKenna is that she’ll surprise me in a BIG way!  Fatal Strike was certainly a surprise…and then some!!
Readers truly have to have read the previous book in this series, One Wrong Move, for Fatal Strike to make any kind of sense whatsoever.  This is a long-running series, but, somewhere along the way, it very much took a turn into romantic suspense with sci-fi elements such as mind reading, telepathy, mental coercion, shared dreams and more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
**This is getting two stars only because the few parts I liked, I really liked. Some minor spoilers below but nothing I think is really worthy of putting behind a cut.

Full disclosure, I haven't read any of the other books in this series. That said, the book had a strong start and I had no problem picking up on what was going on or who was who. I was genuinely enjoying it...and then it started to fizzle around chapter 12 when it turned into one long scene that alternated between sex (a
I got this book as an ARC from Netgalley. When I requested this particular title, I did not realize it was part of an ongoing series; before I started reading, I did a little research and found it was number 10 in McKenna’s McCloud Brothers Series. Jumping into the middle of an established series is not something I usually do; however, McKenna’s website said the McCloud series can be read as standalones, so I went ahead and gave it a go (I actually had read the first book in the series a while b ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books
Shannon McKenna What.Have.You.Done !! talk about ruining an entire series of books in just one.

The plot alone was good .. I admit it I've seen it before too many times .. well except for the brain texting thing which I found totally weird .. I mean telepathy is cool but brain texting .. it was a little cheesy especially with the chat language being used .. anyways the plot was enjoyable and the characters were likeable. Lara was vulnerable and a little broken but she fought hard to be stronge
I pulled this read off my to be read pile for a BotB challenge asking us to clean up our shelves by reading old adds to it. A few of my older adds I've worked on have been painful reads, clearly I'd been avoiding them for one reason or the other. Not so with this book, this one I'd been "saving". As the last published to date in this series it's all I'll get until the next one's published in early Jan 2015.

I really love being in Shannon McKenna's McClouds & friends world. It's a
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Finally, Miles has his own story. It was hard to visualize the Miles in this story with the Miles from "Shadows" when he was first introduced into the series. Clearly he has changed his "Cindy blowing a kiss screen-saver".. At times, it was difficult to reconcile this Miles with what I know of him. It has been some time since I read the last book in the series so I was a bit confused in the beginning as the author tried to remind us of previous incidents involving the other McCloud family and f ...more
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Lara was kidnapped a year ago by an evil man intent on exploiting her psychic abilities. He has employed a drug called Psi-max to enhance and control her visions. Miles is recovering from his earlier encounter with an associate of this same man and has successfully quieted his mind in order to try to heal. His mind's barrier is so strong that Lara is able to find and hide behind it when she is drugged, keeping her safe from her visions and the machinations of Greaves' cronies. Once Miles and Lar ...more
Debra Taylor
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it's so nice to be back amongst the McClouds. Although, there wasn't nearly enough sexy McCloud mojo for my liking in this book. Having been reading so many self-published books over the past several months, the level of writing expertise and experience of a professionally published writer really shows. This book is more polished, poetic, well-edited, complete, etc. There are no plot holes, glaring spelling errors, awkward run-on and incomplete sentence structure, etc. It's a welcome chan ...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Soooo… Apparently this was a continuation in a series I have never read, but I only felt a tiny bit cheated in not knowing the previous plot… By 25% through I was completely caught up & understood the inner circle of the previously introduced characters.

The author was completely descriptive & I could feel the stress of the characters. That said...she is very good, even if most of the powers & story was not plausible… But how can I judge when I can fall for vampires &
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Also wrote five category romances under the penname Shannon Anderson

::From The Author's Website::


I started writing my first romance novel in secret. I was working a temp job in an insurance office in Manhattan at the time, and the office manager had made it clear that even if there was nothing to do, I still had to look busy-- never one of my big talents. I

Other books in the series

McClouds & Friends (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Behind Closed Doors (McClouds & Friends #1)
  • Standing in the Shadows (McClouds & Friends #2)
  • Out Of Control (McClouds & Friends #3)
  • Edge of Midnight (McClouds & Friends #4)
  • Extreme Danger (McClouds & Friends #5)
  • Ultimate Weapon (McClouds & Friends, #6)
  • Fade To Midnight (McClouds & Friends, #7)
  • Blood and Fire (McClouds & Friends #8)
  • One Wrong Move (McClouds & Friends #9)
  • In For the Kill (McClouds & Friends, #11)