Redemption River (Men of Mercy, #1)
by: Lindsay Cross
Series: Men of Mercy
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Releases: October 21, 2015
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 it's too late, Hunter and Evie must learn to forgive or risk losing the promise of redemption and their lives…
I have read countless romantic suspense/military romances. While some may assume that they are all the same, I would argue that there are a few series that amp up the action so much that I can’t help but visualize the scenes as they unfold. Consequently, I have an affinity for military romances that are chock full of shoot outs, fight scenes, tech, etc. When Lindsay Cross suggested I read Redemption River because of my love of Cristin Harber, I was happy to do so. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. Maybe it was my fault because I assumed that there would be some similarities between this book and the Titan series.
To start, although there were plenty of current military types in this book, there was barely much testosterone driven situations. Hunter James is a trained killer but he only kills 2, maybe 3 guys while he is stateside trying to locate some illegal weapons in his hometown of Mercy, Mississippi. That may make me sound a little violent but I expect a significant death toll when elite military groups are involved. Sure, there is a romantic angle thanks to the introduction of Hunter’s old flame Evangeline “Evie” Videl but that’s just not enough. Their sexual exploits are epic and surely burn the pages. I will admit that. I will grade their sex as an A plus. In looking at the individual parts of the book, I just felt like it was a let down. Four military guys show up to your town and only one really gets to go Rambo. Where’s the fun in that? Sure Hunter is the hero but the other members of his team were non-existent throughout the majority of the book. When they do their impression of Band of Brothers, they don’t even get to use their weapons. There’s so much more to say but I don’t want to give away the whole book.
If Guns and Romance wasn’t my wheelhouse, I would probably say that Redemption River was great but I just can’t give it that many stars. It was good. It had all of the potential to be so much better. Evie and Hunter had the usual “pick up where we left off” song and dance. There was a corrupt sheriff and a sadistic rich guy. And everything else fell flat.
**Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
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