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Breaking Point (Shadow Warriors #5)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  303 Ratings  ·  55 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 didn
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
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is really a strange love story, so slow and tender and reasonable ;) Both the characters have to fight the mutual attraction because they don't want to cause harm to the SEAL squad Bay has been assigned. So they fight and try to keep a normal relationship but their feelings are strong. I loved the pace of this story. It was full of tender scenes, notwithstanding the horrible war around them.

May 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-copy

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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
Judy L.
Jun 08, 2014 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
Amanda Gylling
Apr 05, 2014 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 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
Baylee-Ann Thorn was part of an initiative known as Operation Shadow Warriors. She was a woman who was trained to see if women could be useful in combat positions. The SEALs had lost a man and Bay was the replacement. She would be training as a sniper and was a medic. She came from Iraq to Afghanistan and knew the native language. Gabe Griffin became her mentor with the group.
Bay's first challenge came from Hammer. He challenged her to a shoot off. They both hit the bullseye with a sniper rifle
Laurie Gyd
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific suspenseful romance

Gabe meets Bay when she becomes their SEAL team medic, but she's way overqualified for that role, having trained with Black ops, etc in the new secret women's Shadow Warriors project. They are drawn to each other unable to act on their feelings due to being part of the Seal team. Danger is always there with Taliban crawling the area around the villages in Irag. Exciting, suspense with just enough romance.
Monica Cardoza
Feb 04, 2014 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
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
Jun 03, 2014 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
Jul 11, 2014 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
Mar 17, 2014 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
Mar 31, 2014 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
Mar 02, 2014 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
Jun 01, 2014 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
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
Mar 08, 2014 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
Mar 31, 2014 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
Jun 03, 2014 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
Apr 04, 2015 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.
Joanna K.
May 31, 2014 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
Jun 13, 2014 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
Cindy Reifel
May 07, 2014 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
Elsa Foston
Jun 24, 2014 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
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Bay Thorn, a female medic, is added to a SEAL team after theirs is injured. There is initial hesitation about her abilities as a woman and non-SEAL in the elite group from the members of the team. Gabe Griffin is the only SEAL who seems willing to give her a shot and is thus assigned to bring her up to speed on their practices. As they work in dangerous situations, their feelings grow.
This was a typical Lindsay McKenna book: war, danger, love. Some of the description of their relationship develo
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed the newest Shadow Warriors book by Lindsay McKenna; she has a real knack for portraying relationships and romance between members of the military. The romance theme is tempered by danger, yet the main characters (Gabe and Bay) still manage to show the respect for their mission as they grow closer and closer. I loved Gabe even more than Ethan from 'Risk Taker' and 'Degree of Risk' and I didn't think that would be possible! I can't wait for the continuation of Gabe & Bay's sto ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bay Thorn is assigned to a Navy Seal team and a number of the guys in the group are not happy. Gabe Griffin looks forward to teaching her the ropes and getting to know Bay. Gabe rushed into a marriage and there for is leery about getting involved again. However because Bay and Griffin must be professional and show no inclination to get together they have the time to get to know one another. Bay lost a fiancee in the war and isn't in any hurry to get involved with another military person. Really ...more
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