Review: Mackenzie’s Mission by Linda Howard

Review: Mackenzie’s Mission by Linda HowardMackenzie's Mission by Linda Howard
Series: Mackenzie Family #2
Published by Avon Impulse on April 5th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: Ebook
Source: Library

Available digitally for the first time ever, Mackenzie’s Mountain is a classic novel of romantic suspense from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Howard

Night Wing—the revolutionary test plane with a top secret weapons system—is Colonel Joe "Breed" Mackenzie's number-one priority—and weapons expert Caroline Evans his number-one distraction. When someone on the inside sabotages Night Wing, Caroline's late hours and expertise come under suspicion, forcing Joe to choose between allegiance to his country…and love for his prime suspect.

Featuring an excerpt from TROUBLEMAKER, Linda Howard’s new hardcover novel!

As I mentioned in my review for Mackenzie’s Magic, this series has long been a favorite of mine, but I haven’t read them in years. Re-reading Mackenzie’s Mission by Linda Howard definitely grabbed me right away, and it’s still a favorite, but it does feel a bit dated.

What’s the Story:

Mackenzie’s Mission is the second book in the Mackenzie Family series, and it’s also my second favorite of the series (my favorite being the first book, Mackenzie’s Mountain). It focuses on Joe, the son of the hero from the first book, who is now a extremely respected and intelligent man in the military. He’s one of the head people testing out a special new plane (jet? some kind of military thing that flies and does other military things), which is where he meets Caroline. Caroline is one of the civilians brought on board to work on the new plane. Caroline and Joe can’t seem to resist each other, but then this special plane starts to have issues. And people start wondering if some kind of sabotage is happening.

My Thoughts:

  • I fell for Joe when I first met him as a 16 year old teen in Mackenzie’s Mountain, and I loved getting to see him here, having reached his childhood dreams.
  • Joe is one cool man. And I don’t mean he’s super popular (although he is) I mean he doesn’t let his emotions run away. I really do love him. He intimidating, but I can’t help fall for him all the same.
  • Caroline is an interesting heroine, but I can’t say she left me all warm and fuzzy. She’s gorgeous, and hasn’t had a lot of experiences as most women her age due to her extremely intelligence. She skipped grades, and started college way ahead of her peers, which has often left her out of her element, socially.
  • I do love that Caroline works in a field dominated by men and she excels at her job. I also love that she knows she’s amazing at her job. The girl has confidence in her job area.
  • I do absolutely love Caroline and Joe together. They totally fit together, and I loved seeing them figure out their feelings for each other. That said, although I do love them together, I can’t say that this is my all time favorite couple.
  • The conflict arises when some questionable things start happening with the plane/jet, which causes a rift between Joe and Caroline. I had a lot of fun with the suspense aspect of the novel, and I like what it added to the overall story.
  • I also felt like the conflict (both with the romance and the suspense aspects) was resolved much more quickly. I would have liked a little more.
  • However, I do really like that the conflict that pulls Joe and Caroline apart (temporarily) is outside their actual relationship. It’s not angsty, and that makes me happy.

Final Thoughts:

I’m sure this will not be my last time re-reading Mackenzie’s Mission by Linda Howard. I don’t love it nearly as much as I love Mackenzie’s Mountain, but it’s so comforting, and I love checking in with the Mackenzie family.



10 Responses to “Review: Mackenzie’s Mission by Linda Howard”

  1. Nick

    Adding this to my TBR, Quinn. I love the sound of how well this couple fit together. And I’ve got to meet 16 year old Quinn’s crush! 😉

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Haha. I just re-read what I wrote, and it does sound like I was saying I met Joe when I was 16. I actually meant that I met him when HE was 16. I’m so sorry. I think I was in my early 20s when I first met him. I was a bit older when I discovered the awesomeness that is romance.

      I am not sure how you would feel about this one. It’s definitely an older book. I think it might have originally been a category romance, but I could be completely wrong about that. It’s not long at all. A little more than 200 pages I think. And it definitely can feel dated in how the characters are portrayed (heroine being very innocent in the sex department), but the times were changing. But I do love it. I would recommend reading the first in the series, Mackenzie’s Mountain before this one. That’s my favorite in this whole series.

  2. Joy // Joyousreads

    I hadn’t realize that Linda Howard also writes straight out romance. I thought she was strickly romantic suspense! Yet another series to add to my arsenal.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      These are older romances. I think she sticks with romantic suspense these days. This was originally published in 1992. And it does have some suspense to it, but it very much focuses on the romance. I love the first book in this series, Mackenzie’s Mountain.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    This sounds fun! I don’t mind the dated feel as long as it’s not the 25 year old virgin/man who basically can control her future thing which always just feels creepy. I like the sound of Joe and that Caroline is competent and aware that she knows what she’s doing. Sounds like a fun read and I can see why it’d be comfort reading.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Welllllllll, a little spoiler, Caroline is a virgin. I think this is a good example of a book that falls into the transition in romance from virgin heroines all the time, to women having pasts, and not always super innocent. I love that Caroline is super smart and comfortable (for the most part) working in a male dominated world.

  4. Lover Of Romance

    oh this sounds like a great read, I have heard many good things about this author and have been wanting to explore her older books. This series like a great way to start, especially seeing how much you are enjoying them.

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