Books & Spoons Book Blast with Tasty Book Tours: MEN OF MERCY - REDEMPTION RIVER by Lindsay Cross
Redemption River, Resurrection River and Reckless River
Men of Mercy books 1 – 3
By: Lindsay Cross
Releasing October 21st, 2015
REDEMPTION RIVER: Men of Mercy # 1
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…
The story is filled with fear and desperation. Every moment is tense and dangerous.
The past is hunting them with mistakes, hurt, and deception between them.
The crimes and violence has reached the small town of Mercy, no one is to be trusted, there's no loyalty left, even within a family.
From the first moment in the story, the crimes, violence and brutality are present and palpable. From the battlefields to the home town, the action in the story is non-stop. The mayor and sheriff run the town of Mercy with fear and blackmail, with their own gain the only goal, fair means or foul.
Hunter and Evie's love each other, there is no doubt about that. The fire between them is apparent, the connection nearly visible. But the hurt, mistrust, and wounds of the past have left deep scars, and the mission Hunter is on, will only deepen the furrow between them, when the truth comes out.
The story left me gasping for breath, the intensity of the tale pulled me in, and kept the hold. The action is violent, brutal, and raw, giving me chills. Trust is a rare, lives are in constant danger, if not from the culprits running the town, then mother nature scaring them witless. The romance and attraction between Hunter and Evie is frantic and desirous, despite all the hurt between them, all the pain they cost each other, they are believable together, and obviously were made for each other.
Breathtaking romantic suspense, filled with military action and blazing romance
~ Five Spoons
"Hey." His Southern drawl put Matthew McConaughey to shame. Slow. Sexy. And familiar.
Her gaze traveled up the muscled torso to a pair of dark chocolate-brown eyes.
"Hunter James." His name breathed past her lips on a whisper.
For the second time that night her heart stuttered and her stomach clenched tight.
Hunter blocked her path, his towering six-foot-four frame packaged in a tight-fitting black T-shirt and jeans that showcased his muscles. His arms had to be twice the size they were the last time he’d been here. His gaze twice as intense. Her reaction twenty times that.
According to the town gossips, he’d been back in Mercy for a couple of weeks, but so far he’d avoided her. And she’d prayed daily he would stay away. Every time he came home on leave, he seemed to make it a point to show up here. At her bar. With another woman on his arm. Making sure she saw he’d moved on. And each time her heart broke a little more.
"Need some help?" he asked.
Her brain took a full minute to kick into gear, then another minute to reconnect to her mouth. "What?"
"You look like you could use some help. Can I do anything?" His serious voice passed through lips that were way too tempting.
She couldn't think. The man standing before her had gone AWOL with her heart over five years ago, like the tail end of a twister after a storm. Part of her had been happy he'd left. The other part had been devastated. Their love had been wild and crazy, but ultimately destructive.
She noticed the knotted wood cane leaning against the table beside him. "What's with the cane?"
Hunter grinned and shifted his weight to the side. "What's with the wet clothes?" He extinguished his cigarette and stepped away from the doorway leading to the upstairs apartment, his limp noticeable.
Evie crossed her arms over her chest, the action squeezing more beer out of her bra. Her lips pressed into a tight line and she forced herself to answer, "Wet T-shirt contest. It's a new thing we’re trying."
Evie straightened her arms, clenching and unclenching her fists at her sides in time with the ticking in his jaw. A couple day’s stubble graced the hard planes of his face, only a little shorter than the black hair buzzed close to his scalp. He looked as if he’d been chiseled from steel.
Hunter leaned in close and Evie's stomach knotted. Lust built inside her, pushing against her dam of resistance. "I bet you won."
He wasn't staring at her chest, she had to give him that. No, his target appeared to be her mouth. His head lowered to hers and her mind went blank. If she had been thinking like a full-grown woman, she would have jerked back before his lips made contact. But tonight her brain had pointed and aimed but failed to fire.
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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