Kyle Reeves was trained by his father to do one thing: be the very best. So he isn't daunted by the Delta Force selection process—the toughest military training on earth—or when the very best woman falls into his arms.
Carla Anderson buried her heart in Arlington when she lost her mother and brother to combat. She wants nothing more than to give her all in the line of duty until she too is laid down beside them, and Delta training might just be the challenge she's looking for. Little did she know, the true challenge was coming in the shape of a sexy, alpha-male military operative.
Surviving brutal training is just the beginning of the merciless path to Delta, but it's also the dawn of the hottest passion Kyle and Carla have ever known…
M.L. Buchman first landed on my radar after reading his novella, NSDQ (A Night Stalkers Romance #6.6) in The Way of the Warrior anthology and it ended up being my favorite of all the stories and I put him on my list of authors to add to my never ending TBR list. So when I saw that he had a new series starting up I jumped at the chance to read and I have to say that I’m happy I did. Target Engaged is an action packed read with strong and likeable characters with a somewhat unconventional courtship that just worked for me.
What I enjoyed the most, though also caused me some confusion since I have no deep knowledge of the military except for what is on the news, was being so immersed in the world of The Unit aka Delta Force and going through the process right along with Kyle, Carla and the rest of characters and through that learning about who they are and what makes each of them tick. Just reading about what they had to do in order to make it to each level had me anxious for them, but also amazed at the sheer tenacity and determination that was need to succeed, which also gave a lot of insight to Kyle and Carla.
The funny thing about this book is that we never actually see Kyle and Carla out of military or The Unit mode, there are rare moments when they do relax and banter and bullshit with each other and their team, but even then they are still thinking about what’s coming next and while it could have been limiting, it wasn’t. I still got to get to know them and see that they are both highly motivated, determined and highly intelligent. Kyle is open, approachable, calm under pressure and has can read people pretty damn well. Carla, on the other hand, is much more closed off and holds her emotions in a tight fist, but she isn’t cold, she just doesn’t feel she has the capacity to give more than what she already is to anyone. She lives in the here and now and likes it that way. And I have to point out that I loved how she dealt with those who thought to make her feel less than capable because of her gender. Clean, efficient with no room to argue.
As I said their courtship is a bit unconventional because this is romance The Unit style, so if you’re looking for wine and roses you aren’t going to get it. What you do get are two people in a high stress situation being attracted to each other and through the process coming to admire each other and then trust each other on one level and as they spend more time together, finding that there is more beneath the surface than they thought. The way things played out worked for me because it felt true to who both Kyle and Carla were and what their lifestyle was.
The writing was engaging and though I had no clue about half the terminology used (and no I didn’t Google any of it because half of it had to with weapons and that isn’t the kind of search history you really want on your personal computer) I really enjoyed going from day one of the selection process right up to the last operation in the book. The action sequences were well done and had me at the edge of my seat and I loved being in their heads as they planned and executed everything. I enjoyed the supporting cast of characters and loved the guys who made it through the process with them and can’t wait to read more about them!
The Bottom Line: This was a great, keep you on the edge of your seat read and I can’t wait for the next one!
~ ARC provided by SourceBooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
M. L. Buchman has over 35 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year” and Booklist “Top 10 of the Year.” In addition to romance, he also writes thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction.
In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.
He is now making his living full-time as a writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics.