(Men of Mercy #3)
by Lindsay Cross
Released date Oct 19, 2015
Stand-alone | 352 pages | Action & Adventure – Romance
by Lindsay Cross
(adapted from goodreads)
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.
Am I going to sound greedy if I say that I never wanted it to end? I might going to change my favorable scales after reading this book, because “Rickeless River” has the full package of everything a great romance book needs to have. Action, adventure, drama, romance, passion and amazing main characters you can so easily be connected with them.
The story starts with the two brothers, Jared and Hoyt hiding into the Crowe Mountain ready to revenge their aunt, Katlyn Crowe known as Miss Kay. When they where children, Miss Kay took them under her wings, when Jared’s and Hoyt’s parents died, but despite the close affinity they had, she thrown them into a small closet and chained them to a bolt in the floor, leaving them starving and alone into the darkness, waiting them to die. Her plan was almost succeeded when a little girl, with golden eyes, helped them to escape but didn’t wanted to leave with them. When Sparrow’s mother died, only few years after, she went under Miss Kay’s protection and transformed from innocent little girl to a fighter for her own life and her upgrade into Miss Kay’s team. Until, she found a man sleeping into the woods, alone with camouflage paint on his face and everything she knew about life till then scattered over the cold wind.
Jared Crowe was the big, protective brother for Hoyt. He never left him alone, even when they both went to the army. So when Jared didn’t find him near him, when he wake up with a gun in his head, he afraid that his brother was at Miss Kay’s hands, again. That fear never left him, even when he found out that his captors, Sparrow and her adopted brothers, Jimbo and Bob were an easy target for him. As a true military man, with many missions on his shoulders, he played his role as a prosoner, with the thought of coming closer to where his brother was captive. He also, tried to seduce Sparrow with his charm, when they where alone at her place, so she could freely tell him where Hoyt was, but he never expected his newfound feelings for her and the turn his real mission would have. The scene Jared and Sparrow had, when she tried to extort information about his arrival to the Crowe Mountain, was so intense and intimate and HOT, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. They have a unique connection as a book couple and it’s obvious in every single moment when they were together alone.
Sparrow, was a woman on her own. She learn at her early years with Miss Kay, to be physicaly strong, invisible to others, stay away from men and be skilled with knives so she could save herself from her brother’s Jimpo physical abuse. Sparrow never knew outside world. Even if she wanted to explore it one day, she couldn’t leave behide the only friend she had, Squirrel. The old man taught her how to use knives and how hunt and disappear into the woods, like a father would teach to his kid and it was unheard for her to get away without him. So when she found out that Jared was the boy she had saved, a boy she knew that he was dead like his brother, she agreed to help him find Hoyt and leave with them with Squirrel on her side. Her happiness vanished the moment they find Hoyt, his half dead body suspended from the ceiling and the flesh on his back…skinned in a terrible way, by Jimpo. And the moment, her brothers came to view and certified her involvement on this violation, she knew her life won’t be safe near Jared any more…
I find Lindsay’s writting intelligent in every way. When she recounted the intense scenes or the hunting scenes or every other scene Sparrow and Jared had, I felt their powerful connection full force without feeling a gap or a flaw throughout the story, and I believe the reason of that feeling, is because of her precise and complite outline of the characters and the enviroment they’re in the story. Without much to detail, Lindsay created a scenery so close to reality, I want to believe every producer would love to have on big screen. I was captivated by her storytell, even from the beginning and when intimacy came to the surface, almost quickly, I was intrigued for what is going to happen next for them.
Jared and Sparrow were two passioned, determined, strong, arrogant, bad ass human beings with huge heart. Between their fights became closer to each other, became addicted for each other, became lovers and that journey was one of the few I love, so far, in the books I read, even if I was pissed off by Jared’s actions, few times, although he was justifiable. Until the end, I couldn’t imagine what was going to happen to them. Each moment passed was so tough and determined to shatter into pieces their lives and what they might have if they stay together. Real suspense!!!
I want to thank NetGalley for the honor to allow me an ARC of “Rickless River” for exchange of my honest review. I can’t wait for the next books of Lindsay Cross to be release and I wish her all the best to each one of them.
Book rates: 5+ stars
- Plot:5+ stars
- Characters: 5+stars
- Writing:5+ stars
- Pacing: 5+ stars
- Cover: 5+ stars
Teaser coming soon…