Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Redemption River: Men of Mercy series by Lindsay Cross

Redemption River
Men of Mercy 1
by Lindsay Cross
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Military Romance

Hunter James didn’t want or need redemption.
Until one mission turns his world upside down.
He left Mercy to fight for his country and escape a broken heart. Years later, he is hard. Cold. A man without mercy.  Part of an elite Task Force, he tracks a brutal terrorist to his home town. And runs into the woman who betrayed him…
 Evangeline Videl was destroyed when Hunter left. Determined to move on, she finds another man, but discovers too late the monster hidden beneath his smooth smile. Struggling to find the conviction to live, Evie finds her life spinning out of control.
Then Hunter returns…
Forced to band together to find the terrorist before its too late, Hunter and Evie must learn to forgive or risk losing the promise of redemption and their lives…

3.5 stars 

This one started out a little slow, but quickly picked up. In fact, things occasionally happened so fast it felt like the author was trying to throw too much at us at once. My biggest pet peeve in books is "the misunderstanding". I get that it's a common trope to cause conflict to have a proper resolution. However, there were so many misunderstandings in this book, with all of them being Hunter's fault, I felt like all Evie did was forgive him for this and that the entire book. Even though it seems like I'm criticizing everything about the story, overall I did enjoy it. I've never read this author before, but I enjoyed her "voice" and writing style. I would definitely give this book (and the rest of the Mercy series) a chance. I'm curious about Ranger/Amy/Shane in book 2. And although she played a minor role, Ranger and Hunter's sister, Hayden, seems like a character whose story needs to be told. 

Ranger James accepted his best friend’s death like a good soldier. 
With guilt. Regret. Vengeance. But a forbidden desire keeps pulling him from his mission…
Desire for his best friend’s widow.
Killed in Action. That’s why Amy Carter’s husband wasn’t coming home. 
A war widow, alone and broke, Amy struggles to revive her family’s crop dusting service to survive. Now she takes to the skies to find escape. Escape from the pain. From the guilt. From the earth-shattering desire for her husband’s best friend. 
Amy and Ranger can’t fight the attraction between them any longer. But one fateful night cleaves their new found love in two...
Can they find the will to fight for true love? Or will an evil so shocking destroy their lives for good?

They say you can’t go home again. 
Jared Crowe never wanted to. 
Home meant facing memories of abuse and neglect. Of dark closets and evil nightmares. Of his own relatives intent on killing him. But now his brother’s kidnapping forces him to face those demons. Only this time, Jared isn’t a scared little boy. He’s a full-grown Special Forces operative bent on revenge.
As a little girl, Sparrow Pickney risked her life to free two abused boys. As a grown woman Sparrow needs to earn a place in her adopted family’s business or be forced into a life of degradation. The chance to prove her family loyalty comes when she catches Jared spying on the compound and captures him.
When Jared sees his captor, he realizes she’s the girl of his dreams and vows to rescue her from a life of poverty. What Jared doesn’t know is Sparrow may not be the savior he remembers…but the one responsible for abducting and torturing his brother.
Jared is determined to find the truth. But that truth may be more than his heart can take.

Lindsay Cross is the award-winning author of the Men of Mercy series. She is the fun loving mom of two beautiful daughters and one precocious Great Dane. Lindsay is happily married to the man of her dreams – a soldier and veteran. During one of her husband’s deployments from home, writing became her escape and motivation.

An avid reader since childhood, reading and writing is in her blood. After years of reading, she discovered her true passion – writing. Her alpha military men are damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and determined to win the heart of the woman of their dreams.


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