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Mercy and Mayhem – Lindsay Cross

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He wanted nothing but revenge…until her. 
Mack Grey wants one thing in his life: vengeance for the ex-CIA operative who betrayed his team, Jack Mankel. And he’s finally got the traitor within grasp, all he has to do is catch a hop across the Congo and capture his enemy.
He had no idea the depths to which Mankel’s evil could reach.
She never thought she could love again…until him. 
All single-mother air force pilot Marley Mitchell has to do is fly a group of special operators across Africa for a HALO jump and then she can be back home with her baby girl. Then the unexpected happens. Her plane crashes and Marley has to rely on an insanely hot commander to get her out of the jungle alive.
Deep in the jungle, Mack gives her his heart and soul. He’s willing to lay down his life to protect hers.
But Marley has a secret. 
A secret that could destroy not only their hope for happiness, but Mack’s entire team.
With Mankel closing in and guerilla soldiers on the prowl, their sensual attraction is put to the ultimate test in an action-packed thrill ride of passion so hot it threatens to burn them alive. 

So I’ve read the majority of the books in the Men Of Mercy series now if you want to check them out click on the titles. I’ve read Redemption RiverResurrection RiverReckless RiverRavaged RiverRebellious RiverRavished River and Revenge River. Again I loved the Dossier we have at the beginning of this story. This is what we have been leading up to in this series! The ending of Mr J and just as they are closing in an about to rescue Caroline disaster happens and Mr J try to kill them again.

I couldn’t believe how much of an asshole Ramsey was to Marley the little twit. I hope what he got from Mr J was worth it for trying to kill her especially knowing Marley has a daughter. Such a dirty tactic what he did, made me mad.

This book was action packed filled and I loved that this one compared to the others was mostly again throughout the book and I loved the change but it still had the hot romance between Marley and Mack and I loved those scenes. The passion and the connection both of them felt it was lovely!

Marley was stuck between a rock and a hard place, I felt so bad for her when she was being emotionally blackmailed to betray Mack and his team especially as they were threatening her daughter. I did love how she was telling Mack about her daughter and making him kind of face his past and make him deal with it.

It was hard when Mack discovered it all my heart broke for them both. I cried. It was hard. How she thought Mack would never forgive her for what she’s done and then Mack thinking Marley wouldn’t forgive him for how he treated her. It was a bunch of emotions. I also felt so sorry for her that she wouldn’t stay with Mack even though she wanted to especially knowing he was hurt.

I think overall on the Mr J plotline it was a satisfying conclusion, I do know this story is the start of the Operation Mayhem series which of course I am going to read, so it ends Men of Mercy and starts Operation Mayhem. I really enjoyed the Men of Mercy series and it’s sent me on a rollercoaster! 

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Revenge River – Lindsay Cross

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Merc:
His name is Merc.
He has no past.
No future.
Only a thirst for revenge against the traitor who betrayed his team and his country – Agent Jack Mankel.
When he’s handed a mission to rescue a sitting US senator’s daughter from the traitor’s clutches, Merc jumps at his chance for vengeance, never dreaming the girl he rescued could be his downfall…

Nightshade:
She walks in the night.
She is a shadow.
An operative so elite even the president doesn’t know of her existence.
Her whole life, she’s lived to serve, raised in the black-ops team her father, Jack Mankel, created. Then her whole world is turned upside down when she learns the sister she once thought dead is really alive; and to save her, Nightshade will have to take on the hardest mission of her life…

Merc knows he doesn’t deserve her. Nightshade knows she can’t have him. But a connection so powerful neither of them can resist draws them closer, even as a betrayal so deep threatens to destroy their very existence.

So we all know I went down a deep hole of reading these books! I read Redemption RiverResurection RiverReckless RiverRavaged RiverRebellious RiverRavished River. I loved them all and this is the next one in the series! As I say not highly important if you don’t read the other books in the Men of Mercy series but it would be so much better if you did. Again I love the dossier that we get at the beginning of these books so we know everyone who is on the team and what their role is!

Nightshade was a very interesting character, she was raised by who we know as Mr J and is Caroline’s twin sister. We start the book with Nightshade getting her orders to pretend to be her sister. Almost instantly Nightshade and Merc have a connection when he saves her, she was so strong and sassy and oh my god she was almost as good as Merc and the team was! After the bomb was denotated and Merc and Nightshade were taken I loved the fact that she was the one to save him. I also loved the sarcasm we got from her.

Merc oh I wish we learnt more about him but being that he didn’t know we didn’t know, I did love the small snippets of information we did get about them. I also loved how he was so protective over Nightshade and that when he did discover who she was he didn’t try to push her away he just still tried to protect him. I love Merc.

Nightshade is a good actor! Pretending to be Caroline, through this book my one question was who was the parents? Were Mr J the dad or was it the senator? We do get it answered but I’m not going to spoil that but I loved it. The plot wowed me it was so deep and it touches on so many things and you feel so bad for Nightshade and what she had to deal with. I was so sad for her so when she finally had happiness I was hoping she was holding onto it. Thankfully she did.

I loved this story I felt like Nightshade was the perfect person for Merc and it was so good!

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Ravished River – Lindsay Cross

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This was released in the Love Under Siege anthology first but I also know that is being released by itself in October. When it’s released I’ll post the normal cover! I’ll also post the description when it is available!
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As a Special Forces operative, Aaron Spears treated relationships like Tangos. He’d seen the wreckage of his Task Force brothers’ attempts and had no desire to put any woman through the hardship. He had one purpose – serve his country and protect his teammates. Then Celine Latimer walked into his life and turned his world upside down.

Celine Latimer thought she’d hit the jackpot when hunky SF operative Aaron Spears asked her to accompany him to the high-profile wedding of Senator Cotter’s daughter. They’d get to spend two weeks together while Aaron pulled guard duty for Caroline Cotter and Celine intended to use every spare minute, seducing the man she’d had a crush on for over a year.

The time and place proved to be more of a barrier than either of them realized. With his commander watching his every move, Aaron couldn’t afford to show any weakness. That meant ignoring Celine.
Rejected and hurt, Celine packed to leave only to be caught in a kidnapping plot against the Senator. Here she sat, in a hut in the Middle East, waiting on a rescue that may never come.

He’d sworn to protect and he’d failed. Now Aaron lived for one purpose- to rescue the woman he lost before she’s sold into slavery and spend the rest of his life making her see how much he loves her.

***This book was previously published as the short novella Aaron’s Honor in kindle worlds and has now been reverted back to me. I have added over 20,000 new words to lengthen this into a novel and retitled it Ravished River

I’d like to thank Buoni Amici Press for sending me an e-arc of this as well as the author for even bringing this sign up to my attention! So if you haven’t known for the last few weeks I went down a hole of reading Lindsay Cross books and I have fallen madly in love with it! I read Redemption RiverRebellious River and Resurrection RiverReckless River and Ravaged River.

So I feel like with this one it would be more beneficial if you read Rebellious River before jumping into this one because you definitely need more of the context. Although I think you could get the jist of what has happened from this book. Although if you really want to be benefited read the whole series from book 1. You won’t regret, it’s fabulous!

Anyway this story pretty much leaves from where we left Ethan’s, and Aaron and the team are looking for Celene and Caroline. This book hit me in the feels, I had so much emotions running through me when reading this book it was hard to keep up, the guilt that Aaron felt you could practically feel it pouring off the page, and also the guilt that Celine feels about Caroline and her not being back yet. As well as their relationship and the pain they felt. It was a whirlwind of emotions and I should have been prepared but I wasn’t. I was in no way prepared for feeling those emotions when they came.

I loved that we got to see some of the bonding between Caroline and Celene whilst they were kidnapped it was very interesting to see how important they were to each other and keeping each other alive. I really enjoyed those scenes.

This book was so amazing, I loved the plot, I loved that once Aaron had Celene back he wasn’t willing to let her go again. I loved their romance. Actually one of my favourite scenes in this book actually my two favourite is when Celene tells Caroline what happened when she and Aaron had sex. But even better than that was seeing it ourselves written. When the commander caught Celene and Aaron having sex I couldn’t help but laugh it was the best thing in this book and it was fabulous. I couldn’t have imagined it any better and it was my favourite bit in this book.

I do have to say I love Noni! I love that she makes an appearance in this book! Such great, characters, great plot, a great advance on the overarching plot running through the series! 

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Ravaged River – Lindsay Cross

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Special forces operative Hoyt Crowe wasn’t just damaged… he was broken. After suffering brutal torture in captivity, his once lively spirit is shattered. Now his greatest adversary isn’t some unknown terrorist in a foreign country, it’s himself. 
Hayden James watched Hoyt slide into a private purgatory of post-traumatic stress disorder, taking her heart with him. No longer warm and loving, he is cold. Hardened. A shell of his former self. 
When an old enemy threatens Hayden’s life, Hoyt must find the strength to slay his inner demons or lose the woman he loves forever. 

So I went down a deep hole of Lindsay Cross (I feel like I start all of these reviews like that lol). So I’ve read Redemption RiverResurrection RiverReckless River and Rebellious River and I loved all them so I knew this one was going to be no different! Again I love the dossier that is at the beginning of this book so you know who is who and you aren’t lost in the world that is the Men of Mercy series! This one picks up just a few months (I think) after Reckless River and we carry on with Hoyt’s story.

This story was darker in terms of I think for the first time we get to see like the real effect of PTSD more so than the other books. Those PTSD feelings were very strong and god they made me feel terrible and so heartbroken and I could feel how Hayden felt when she tried to pull Hoyt out of his PTSD and I honestly think with these stories you know she does her research and that she is one of the people who have family in the military and she interacts with others. I think she so did it justice and it was amazing.

Hoyt I just wanted to give him a hug through this PTSD aside he was in a whole of self-pity (understandable of course) and he was just so far gone that he really struggled with this new version of himself. I loved how regardless of how he felt about himself he was always willing to protect Hayden.

Hayden man I felt bad for her after the shit she went through with Shane and then the stuff she was going through with Hoyt I just wanted to wrap her in bubble wrap and keep her safe. I liked the insight we got in this book about her and Shane and how she felt about it and how Hoyt helped her with those feelings. I loved it. I feel like we saw a different side of Hayden in this which I’m glad.

I loved Merc and Hunter and actually, I just loved them all these characters just make you want to stay in this world and keep coming back I think I’m going to be very sad when I finish reading all of these because what am I going to do?

Hayden is so damn stubborn and I loved that about her, how she wasn’t willing to give up on Hoyt and she knew their feelings for each other would win both of these babies need a big massive hug.

One of my favourite scenes is when Hoyt tells Hayden what he thought of when he was being tortured that even in the darkness she was his light and I loved that.

I also love that Hoyt let Jared back in and they were acting like real brothers again and they made up. (Wow I wonder how many times I said loved in these reviews).

The action scenes were written fabulously! I loved this story so much and it hit me more than the others did in terms of feelings I was sobbing all the way through this book it was amazing.

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Reckless River – Lindsay Cross

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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.

So I went down a deep deep hole of reading Lindsay Cross’ books and I love it so much! So I’ve read Redemption RiverResurrection River, and Rebellious River and I loved them so much and I have high expectations for this!

Also, I love the fact we get a dossier of who is who at the start of the book, it always helps and I’ll never stop loving that!

I think it’s important to say that almost immediately this book was darker than the others and I liked the change and Lindsay Cross wrote it perfectly she manages to find a balance between the light and the dark and she did it so well! I think there is one thing I can say for definite and that is all of Lindsay’s books that I’ve read send me in a spin emotionally and she can apparently get me crying within a few chapters which not many authors can do that to me!

Jared I loved his character I felt bad for him so many times his conflicting feelings over Sparrow about Hoyt. He was such a great character and seeing him going all badass was so hot. I also loved how he had a caring side especially when Sparrow got hurt after trying to escape.

Sparrow oh I felt so bad for Sparrow after finally deciding to leave the mountains with Jared shit happens and he thinks she hurt Hoyt. She had such a shit time and was trying to survive in a world she didn’t even want to be in.

I loved the moments that Jared and Sparrow were together it was so cute and I loved that they built their relationship and they had some cute moments and he was so conflicted about liking her at one point. I loved that they essentially got their happy ending. It was interesting watching how they were being that not only was Jared a strong Alpha Male like the other females in this serious Sparrow was badass and strong and she had much more to prove.

I loved the plot I did not see where this story was going at all and my heart broke for Hoyt. One thing I didn’t see coming was Hoyt and Hayden but I think I totally ship it. So I am very excited for the next one! 

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Resurrection River – Lindsay Cross

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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?

So I went down a hole of Lindsay Cross’ books, I have read Rebellious River and Redemption River and I loved them, they were so good. I had very high expectations of this series and now and wow this exceeded expectations. I was stunned this book blew me out the water. So many emotions ran through me when reading this book and wow. It was such a fantastic and emotional read!

I really liked Amy’s character, at times she did annoy me with her ‘I can’t be with Ranger’ but I understood those feelings she had. Especially when you meet her horrible mother in law. I liked the progress we see Amy going through from accepting the loss of her husband and then feeling like she can be happy with Ranger and her baby. I loved that. Amy is also very fiery!

Ranger, he was the best, I think he’s my favourite character out of the Men of Mercy series so far. He was just dreamy and so protective and just really loyal to Amy, even when she didn’t want him there he was always willing to be there. I loved how willing he was to help look after baby Chloe. It was just all so cute!

I was so glad that Amy had Cher, Evie, Hunter and Ranger by her side because her mother in law Mavis was absolutely disgusting within the first two chapters I was fuming. The comments she made to Amy were beyond disgusting like if that was me I would have smacked her so hard. She made Amy feel terrible for trying to move on with her life and be happy. It just felt like Mavis didn’t want that for her and just wanted to destroy Amy every time she built herself up.

There are like two mavis twists in this story and I did not see them coming. My thought through these twists was what the fuck? I had to reread the last twist about 5 times because I just couldn’t believe it. Lindsay managed to write it perfectly and honestly, I think it is quite possibly the best thing I’ve read. I can’t go into what I wanted to about one of these twists because it ruins the book so if you read this story inbox me so I can talk about this twist. It still eats me up inside like it was an amazing twist, like my permanent mood for this is what the fuck?

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Redemption River – Lindsay Cross

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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… 

So after reading an arc of Rebellious River, I was hooked with Lindsay Cross’ writing and then I instantly went and downloaded all the books from this series. This book was amazing! I fell in love with her world, her characters and her plot! It was just fantastic. (I don’t think I’ve gushed about a book this bad before. It honestly is just the best thing I’ve read this year I think.)

Anyway, I really liked Hunter, his bluntness was many things I loved about him, as well as his alpha maleness. I felt so bad for him sometimes because he was carrying so much pain through what happened with Shane. He held so much in and I felt so bad for him sometimes. I loved that he also had a soft side. I also thought from the moment he went back home and saw Evie he was still in love with her.

Evie, damn she was a strong ass female and I loved it. I loved that she tried to defend her mum from her crazy asshole ex. The way she also like Hunter tried to put everything on her shoulders. I really enjoyed how both Evie and Hunter were as a couple. He was so protective of her and it was so cute. Evie was especially strong as she went through a domestic violence relationship and for it to come up on top and stronger than ever was really good.

Hunter is great at his job, like the way he moved in those action-packed scenes, as well as taking command of his team. It was amazing. I also loved that he was willing to do whatever it took to get Evie back from her asshole ex. Marcus was such an asshole, I don’t think I’ve hated a character as much as I did him. The way he treated Evie was absolutely disgusting and some of the scenes when he had taken Evie.

I loved the action-packed scenes in this novel and it was so well written, it was an amazing story and characters and plot! The story is extremely fast paced and the sex scenes are very well written, I really enjoyed Lindsay’s writing. I fell in love with this series and I cannot wait to read more!

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Rebellious River – Lindsay Cross

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Ethan Slade was a loner. No parents. No wife and kids. No liabilities. He had one love in his life – the Special Forces. As a member of the elite Task Force Scorpion, he’d been on more near death missions than most soldiers experienced in a lifetime and he liked it. So when his commander forced him to run protection for a senator’s daughter’s wedding, something a mall cop could do, he was pissed..
Kate Richards had a chip on her shoulder. After being fired from her job as a CIA analyst because her boss wanted her in his bed instead of behind a computer, Kate was left without a job or a clue as to what she would do next. So when the commander of an elite SF team asked her to help bodyguard at a high profile wedding, she did what she had to do. She took the job.
After years of ribbing and sexual harassment, Kate wanted nothing to do with men. Period. Especially tall, dark and handsome alpha male operative Ethan Slade. 
The last thing Ethan wanted or needed was to give up his life as a roamer, avoiding any attachments or obligations. But neither of them is prepared for the instant eruption of desire at their first meeting.
The two come together in an explosion of passion so potent it will leave them both marked for life. But just as quickly as they’ve come together, Kate is violently ripped from his fingers, and it’s up to Ethan to rescue the woman he’s come to love before he ends up alone again.
Rebellious River is the novella Ethan’s Promise that has been expanded into a full length novel. Ethan’s Promise is no longer available.

I’d like to thank Give me books promotions for sending me an e-arc of this book! The description drew me to this book and damn I was hooked from the moment I read to the moment I finished and then started the other books in this series. I think it’s very important for me to say that although this is from a series at no point did I feel like I had missed out on anything from not reading the other books. I do have to say after reading this book I did go on to get her other books too and I went down a deep deep hole of reading her books!

Kate was such a strong and independent woman I really loved her character and she was so sassy! I also enjoyed Ethan’s character the nice strong Alpha male I loved it! Some of my favourite parts of this book is when Ethan is winding Kate up just because she falls for it so easy and it makes me laugh so much. I loved the connection between these two characters as well as the sexual tension between the two. Which resulted in some hot and sexy sex scenes which were written amazingly! Such great writing!

I loved Kate’s interview! It was such a unique interview and I loved not only her reaction but the people that interviewed her. It was nice that after her boss from the CIA had tried to put her down that they were confident in her abilities and told her how good she was.

Aaron and Noni were so funny, I loved that Noni pretty much clocked on to how Ethan was as a person and similar to her husband. I loved that she could see straight through him. I also loved Aaron and how he managed to tease Ethan about Kate. The same with Ethan teasing Aaron when it came to Celine.

I really liked the relationship between Kate, Celine and Caroline.

That cliffhanger! Damn, that cliffhanger! This book had me in such a spin and it was such an amazing story, plot and characters as well as amazing writing! I loved this book so much and I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.