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REVIEW: “Brothers In Arms” by Kendall McKenna


Jonah Carver is a Marine Staff Sergeant and veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. After one scorching night with his former Platoon Commander, Kellan Reynolds, Jonah lost touch with him and has regretted it ever since. When an investigation into government corruption and the murder of U.S. troops ends in the killing of a V.I.P. on Jonah’s watch, the FBI arrive to take over and see the investigation through. With them, is Kellan Reynolds. Once more in each other’s company, the sparks fly, just like they did before. Jonah begins to believe in second chances.

Nothing is very quite that easy, though. The subjects of the investigation will stop at nothing to bring it to an end. Jonah must keep everyone in his charge alive while he helps the FBI and Kellan find the proof they need to put a stop to the corruption.

When Kellan is kidnapped by the subjects of the investigation, Jonah has to find him and rescue him. If he doesn’t, not only might the investigation unravel, but he’ll lose Kellan for a second time…this time, for good.


Brothers In Arms is not what I’d expected to find when I chose this military romance.  Most stories I’ve come across have been more romance and sex, with a flash of camos, guns and berkas to set the scene of war; but not here.  Not with Brothers In Arms.  This felt more like a authentic military recount than a romance per se.

This felt like a very authentic military piece and props to McKenna for clearly knowing a plethora of military jargon that firmly places us in the middle of a war zone.

I felt like the main characters were well developed and had a real sense of presence when they came together in their limited scenes, and the time we spent with Jonah throughout the story cemented him as the guy to watch.  He’s the one we became invested in.  He’s the one the really pulled the story together for me.  I should explain that a majority of this story is told while the two main characters are apart.

There’s also a cleverly orchastrated mystery/suspense element too.

Despite all of the above positive attributes I still felt like there was something lacking for me.  I think it was probably a lack of emotional attachment; both between the MCs and then subsequently for me thereafter.  I guess there was a lot of telling rather than showing their connection.

And one more thing:  What happened to the secondary character Yarwood?  I wonder if he’ll be in one of the subsequent books in this series ’cause he stole some of the scenes for me. :)




Title:  Brothers In Arms (Recon Diaries #1)
Author:  Kendall McKenna
Publisher:  MLR Press
Pages:  178
Release Date:  December 2012
Purchase Links: MLR Press, ARe, Amazon,

2 comments on “REVIEW: “Brothers In Arms” by Kendall McKenna

  1. shelley
    March 22, 2014

    Mmm that’s a great cover ;)


  2. TracyTG
    March 22, 2014

    Great review, Sue! This is on my TBR pile. I’d be interested in reading a strong military book.


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