Reckless River: Men of Mercy, Book 3

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.
***This is a stand-alone love story. It’s book 3 in the Men of Mercy series.***
Author Interview:

Q: You write Military Romantic Suspense, and though it seems like the Navy SEAL romance books are the most popular, even Black Operations. So why did you choose Special Forces?

A: My husband is active Army and a veteran. The top tier of the Navy is the SEAL Teams. The top tier of the Army is the Special Forces.
I think the SF deserves just as much recognition as the SEALs…they are like the Ghostwalkers of the Army.
Plus- I don’t know jack about swimming.

Q: You based your military romance series on a Special Forces team – Task Force Scorpion. Why did you also decide to put them in a small town setting?

A: Just because you come from a small town, doesn’t mean you can’t be hard core. I grew up in a small town. The men there can be bad boy alpha males just as easily as the men from big cities ☺

Plus, I grew up reading small town romance. I think readers love the feeling of belonging to a community, getting to know all the quirky folks who live there and falling in love with not only the hero but also their friends and family.

Q: You’re books are often about second chances – big secrets. Why?

A: Who doesn’t root for a hero dying for a second chance? Yes, he probably screwed up big time in the past, but how much sweeter is the love between the hero and heroine when they show forgiveness?

As far as big secrets – they’re just fun. Secret babies, corrupt politicians, love triangles…

Believe me – it ALL happens in a small town romance and real life.

Q: Why write Military Romance?

First off, I am kin to and am friends with a lot of military men, and they’re all sweet and well mannered and love their country. But a lot of them are badass, too. Which is what we want when someone’s fighting for our country – 🙂 – and in a hot romantic suspense : A fearless bad boy alpha male who fights for his country and his woman.

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  1. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Graphic yet interesting storyline, January 25, 2016
    By 
    Bookzilla (Alaska)

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    This review is from: Reckless River: Men of Mercy, Book 3 (Kindle Edition)
    Graphic yet interesting storyline. Psychopathic mountain tribe abuse, torture and murder people for fun and profit. A young girl helps two young brothers escape from the tribe matriarch’s attempt to kill them. Now adults, the older brother wants to exterminate the old woman. All of this is a great story idea.

    Unfortunately the dialogue is not entertaining or informative.

    The characters are believable but not their actions. Studly Special Forces brothers are separately captured by the psychopathic mountain folks they escaped from as children?

    The older brother is captured by the girl that helped them escape years ago. And they, of course, start screwing each other. Which is an epic failure as a warrior. “I will always place the mission first.”

    Warriors Creed:
    I will always place the mission first.
    I will never accept defeat.
    I will never quit.
    I will never leave a fallen comrade.

    No desire to re-read this story. I am interested in other works by this author.

  2. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    I can honestly say I just didn’t like Jared much at all., February 16, 2017
    By 
    Lourin

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    This review is from: Reckless River: Men of Mercy, Book 3 (Kindle Edition)
    We’ve seen the James brother finally claim their women, now it’s time for the Crowe brothers.

    Although I really did enjoy this story, and I really loved Sparrow this book just didn’t do it for me. I actually did not like Jared really.

    Jared and his brother Hoyt were abused and neglected by their aunt growing up. They would’ve died tied up in a room had it not been for a little golden eyed girl. Fast-forward 20+ years later and Jared and Hoyt are back home in Tennessee. But it’s not for a family reunion. Jared is hell bet on extracting revenge on their aunt. However, when his brother is kidnapped his mission has changed, and he’ll use the help of his golden eyed captor to rescue him.
    So here’s my first problem. You know how dangerous the mountain people can be. The boys also know from first hand experience how uncaring and ruthless their aunt can be. The way the author writes it almost makes it seem like Jared has to drag Hoyt back to their home town, just so he can get his revenge.

    Growing up in the mountains, Sparrow knows what hard living is. But she’s making her way up in the ranks and doing everything she can to please Miss Kay and avoid being put in the life of prostitution like her mother was. However, her plans to extract information from her captive backfires when she discovers who he really is and her feelings start meddling with her plans.

    So as I mentioned above, I just really don’t understand why Jared felt he needed to go back to the mountains to extract revenge. They had gotten away and moved on with their lives. Even if Jared hadn’t he should’ve let his brother make his own decision about going back or not, and leave him be as the happy go lucky, carefree guy he was.
    Also, this book really could’ve used the help of better editing. There were gaps between time that just didn’t make sense.
    The author couldn’t seem to make up her mind if Jared’s alias was Jake or Hank. Plus when Sparrow was talking with Squirrel, in her thoughts she referred to her captive as Jared, when the name he gave her was Jake.
    Sparrow is probably one of my favorite female characters of this series so far. She’s an independent woman, can defend herself, and makes Jared rely on all his military training when it comes to tracking her down. But I really hate when authors turn these kick ass chicks into whiny, wear my heart on my sleeve, women. It seemed after she and Jared had sex she forgot all about protecting herself, even after he called her his whore, and still acted hurt when he admitted that he basically used her body for sex.
    There was one big thing that really just annoyed me about Jared and the way he acted and treated Sparrow. I understand he doesn’t really know the woman she grew into. He doesn’t really know for sure if she can be trusted or if she’s not in with Miss Kay. HOWEVER, in the military you are always trained to go with your gut instinct. No matter what. (Yes, trust me I know! I live the life of a military spouse and have for 8 and half years.) So after rescuing his brother he should’ve known he would be delirious, especially with infection already settling in. So when he points out “don’t let her hurt me” I hate that he automatically assumed it was Sparrow. There are any number of women on the mountain who could’ve hurt him just as much. Even when his gut was screaming at him that it couldn’t have been Sparrow he still denies it and blames her. And again Sparrow just kind of goes along and forgives him. What happened to the strong independent kick ass woman?!?

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