Title: The Final Line (The Recon Diaries #3)
Author: Kendall McKenna
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: July 4, 2013
Page Count: 366
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Staff Sergeant Corey Yarwood is an instructor at the Basic Reconnaissance Course. His last deployment ended in horror, but he can’t remember those events. Battling severe PTSD, Corey’s drinking is growing out of control.
Sean Chandler walks into a dive bar, and into Corey’s life. An actor and a musician, Sean has the empathy and compassion to sooth Corey’s pain, and the strength to support him as he struggles to heal.
Corey’s lost memories are pivotal to a civilian murder, and a military investigation. Remembering could mean salvation, or destruction. Will the truth be too much for Sean to handle?
Re-read November, 2015: Thanksgiving comfort read. Fucking LOVE this book! READ IT people!
If I could give this book 6 stars, I most certainly would!
August 2013 edit: Even though it hasn’t even been a month yet, I re-read this again this weekend. Loved it even more! The ending is what stuck out to me this time. It was so incredibly perfect. While I would gobble up a sequel if one were written, I don’t think I’d be disappointed if one weren’t. I’ll sing it from the rooftops. This book is perfection.
The third book in Kendall McKenna’s The Recon Diaries series tells MC Corey Yarwood’s story. (The first two books in the series concentrated on Jonah and Kellan, so this could be read as a stand alone. Jonah and Kellan make appearances, but their roles are explained well enough where I believe you can easily follow the story. This book is, in my opinion, far superior to the other two.) Corey is suffering greatly with a nasty case of PTSD and self medicating with alcohol when he meets up-and-coming actor/musician MC Sean Chandler. Sean Chandler is the kind of guy straight woman and gay men everywhere fall asleep at night dreaming about. Kind, considerate, sexy, motivated, and he is all about getting to know Corey, PTSD baggage and all.
As the story progresses, we get into a lot of what has caused Corey’s PTSD and while that was riveting and highly enjoyable, I kept turning the page hoping they would get back to his relationship with Sean. We really didn’t learn a lot about Sean so I’m going to take that as a sign that Ms. McKenna is planning on giving us a sequel at some point. *please*
As far as the love story between our two heroes goes, this one could not have been more perfect. The emotion between these two men literally took my breath away. I actually stopped and re-read their first kiss three times because it was so powerful and emotional. The conversation they had before they made love for the first time? Made. Me. Cry. I kid you not. And I’m not one of those mushy, sappy book readers! Yeah, I like my M/M romance with emotion, but I also like my military men to get down and dirty and to fuck like animals! And these two did, While making me cry. I guess only Kendall McKenna can make me do that, because she made me do that in Strength of the Pack too.
The Final Line is on my fuck yeah, 5+ stars list and on my favorites list. I can recommend it to everyone. I absolutely LOVED this book. Read it and enjoy. It is perfection.