The fine line between strength…and surrender
When a Navy SEAL drops into Khat Shinwari's life unexpectedly, love opens her up for the first time. But her bond with Mike Tarik comes at the expense of her family's expectations that she quit the military and start a family in her village. A sergeant in the US Marine Corps and a Shadow Warrior, Khat is torn between giving in to the love she has for this courageous man and walking away from him forever. But deep in dangerous territory, Khat goes missing. The only man who can save her is the one she might need to give up. With Mike's bravery, Khat learns to trust in the future, all while her ingrained values pull her back to old traditions. Will love or duty win out?
Just a few days ago, I reviewed TAKING FIRE by Lindsay McKenna, where the beautiful love story of Khat and Mike started. It is an amazing tale, a stand-alone novel, and I highly recommend you read that, cause on ON FIRE fills in to that, and the story continues.
On Fire is an intense and emotional journey in between cultures, families, and two people in love, determined to make it work for them.
The novella starts off with intense, riveting action, when the SEAL team goes on a mission to rescue Khat from the village, where she has taken refuge on, wounded and sick. The fight against the Taliban is harsh and bloody, and they only have so much time, if they want to get Khat out of there alive.
When Mike has to wait and see, if Khat will survive, another kind of battle is fought. Emotional and touching scenes from the hospital, while Mike is waiting by Khat's side, had me in tears. The feelings in the air are palpable, the love, hope, determination, and faith for survival.
The adaptation and adjustment to the civilian life is not easy for Khat, but Mike's family is standing by her side, helping and guiding her on every step. Khat has her journey of healing, from the surgery, from years in the black ops, and from the hurt and disappointment from her father.
Heartwarming, tender conclusion to Khat and Mike's journey, where thrilling action is mixed with love and passion, and bright plans for the future
~ Five Spoons!