Heart Strike by M. L. Buchman

STRIKE
Heart Strike by M. L. Buchman
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (384 pages)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

DELTA FORCE: The deadliest elite counter-terrorism unit on the planet
• A precision strike force
• The most out-of-the-box thinkers in any military
• Will die to get the mission done

SERGEANT RICHIE “Q” GOLDMAN: The smartest soldier on any team
SERGEANT MELISSA “THE CAT” MOORE: Newest on the team, determined to be the best

Rescued from an icy mountaintop by a Delta operative, Melissa Moore has never met a challenge she can’t conquer. Not only she will make Delta Force, she will be the best female warrior in The Unit, and woe to anyone who says otherwise. Technical wizard Richie Goldman is Bond’s “Q” turned warrior. A genius about everything except women, he takes point on the team’s most dangerous mission yet. When the Delta Force team goes undercover in the depths of the Colombian jungle, surviving attacks from every side requires that Richie and Melissa strike right at the heart of the matter…and come out with their own hearts intact.

Rough and ready, silent as a shadow, lethal as lightning, this Delta Force team wraps up one successful mission and sets up shop as dirty, down-on-their-luck drug-runners. However, they’ve been sent a new member for the team, a member they don’t think they need. Kyle, Carla, Duane, Chad, and Richie are a cohesive team. They know each others’ strengths and use them efficiently. They’re a little hostile about having to take on a newbie.

Melissa “The Cat” has completed all her training with flying colors. She hates being separated from her old team and has no idea how she can contribute to “the-best-of-the-best” team at taking out drug cartels both small and large in South America. How she copes and contributes is a WOW! She is no shrinking violet. How these high-octane people blend when ‘the chips are down” is exciting and fun to read about from the get-go.

Richie, the nerd and genius of the team besides being one lethal warrior, connects with Melissa in more than one special way. As danger escalates and their attraction to each other heats up, the reader is taken on a vicarious ride that sends the adrenaline racing and the heart singing then sighing with satisfaction.

No one does anything in halfway measures in this team! They kill when it’s necessary, they blow things up, and they outmaneuver the enemy. They do what needs to be done to get the job done. They are dead serious about their work, but the humor that threads through the relationship they have with each other is such fun to read.

I accept the names and technical terms about the planes, guns, and equipment as true since I know nothing about these things, but it sounds like they do since they use them all to their full advantage.

Heart Strike is beautifully written, exciting to the Nth degree with dangerous doings and with sensual, sizzling love scenes that heat the blood.

Once in a while a M. L. Buchman story hits the spot like a cold glass of ice tea on a hot summer day. GOOD READING!

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