Audio review: Reckless River by Lindsay Cross

Posted January 20, 2017 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 0 Comments

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Audio review: Reckless River by Lindsay CrossReckless River by Lindsay Cross
Narrator: Aiden Snow
Series: Men of Mercy #3
Published by Tantor Audio on November 1, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 352
Length: 8 hours and 33 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
One StarOne Star

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. Now, 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 that 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. Contains mature themes.

I read the first two books in the Men of Mercy seriesRedemption River and Resurrection Riverwhich did not impress me. Sadly, this is more of the same. The special forces team is mostly not present and there is no mission here for them. One member of the team Jared, goes back to his childhood hometown to get revenge for the abuse he and his brother suffered. His brother is captured and tortured.

Jared spends most of his time, even when trying to get his dying brother to medical help, thinking with his little head. His focus is nearly always having sex with Sparrow, the grown-up girl who freed the brothers when they were young. Of course, she is a virgin. Sparrow is also strong, smart, loyal, skilled and long-suffering with the emotional, dickhead Jared.  For a trained special forces guy, Jared is not all that skilled and his ability to concentrate on the priorities is non-existent. It’s ridiculous.

I found it too unbelievable to enjoy. It just seemed like really bad porn, porn with unrealistic plot. Which makes it feel like no plot. I’m sorry to say I can’t see going on with this series.

Aiden Snow, the narrator, did a fine job with matching the voices to the individuals. I’m not from the area but his vocal accents captured my imagination of Mississippi.  He was clear and easy to hear and understand. Without his performance, I’m not sure I could have finished Reckless River.


Listen to a clip here.



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