Resurrection River by Lindsay Cross

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Contemporary Romance/ Military/Paramilitary/ Netgalley/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 18th October 2015
Resurrection River by Lindsay CrossResurrection River by Lindsay Cross
Series: Men of Mercy #2
Published by Cypress Bend Publishing on October 21st 2015
Pages: 326
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three-stars

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?

Widowed and a new mother, Amy Carter buries herself in work, bringing up her baby while dealing with her grief for her dead husband and her guilt for desiring his teammate. Ranger James however, is determined that the distance she’s keeping isn’t going to stop him, especially with the playing field even once more. But that’s only the beginning of things; the roots of the story extend past this book and without prior knowledge of the first one it can be a daunting task to wade through the details of what has already previously gone on before, and the accumulative effort of trying to play catch up with the convoluted happenings in this one proved a little much.

There are some awkward phrases and sentences of description that “caricaturise” the characters but for most part, I spent a lot of time suffering whiplash from Amy’s alternating bouts of self-castigation and rallying herself, while wondering what made Ranger James bravely (and somewhat unbelievably) plunge into the fast-flowing river of commitment. Having had the UST break so early in the story was also personally quite a deflating remainder of a read for me; all that was left it seemed, was for Ranger to persuade Amy – amidst the gunfights and cartel business – that he’s a good bet to take on a blended family and make things work.

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this book to be honest, having found ‘Resurrection River’ unevenly punctuated by moments of sustained and solid storytelling, engaging at some parts, but confusing and ridiculous at others. There’s action aplenty, steamy scenes and all the ingredients needed for a good romantic suspense book, even if it all seems like a jigsaw puzzle that is taking a lot more trouble to mentally assemble than I can take. There is this constant feeling of being thrust straight into action without context – which I suspect comes from the previous book which I hadn’t read at all. The more I dug into the story, the more apparent it seemed that I was missing vital pieces of information that I never really quite understood or fully grasped. (or maybe it’s just me and my own dimness speaking out of my arse here)

three-stars

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