Thrifty Thursday: Redemption River / Resurrection River by Lindsay Cross

Posted November 17, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments


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This review is for the first two books in the Men of Mercy series by Lindsay Cross. I confused this with another author with the last name Cross. My bad and if I wasn’t try to review it for you all, these would likely be a DNF.  I sadly recommend them to no one.

There are some reasons for this. The characters, which are of the utmost importance to me, were flat. It felt like they had one thought, one emotion, and no complexity. They were cliche; the plot was also sort of ridiculous. The bad people are really evil, no redeeming qualities at all.  The good guys have guilt over things which aren’t their fault and they finally see the light. UGH.

Both books had essentially the same plot / troupe. Each book features one of two brothers. They are military special forces from a smallish town in Mississippi. Their team comes back to the small town to investigate some terrorist type stuff. In Redemption River, Hunter James reconnects with his high school sweetheart and she is always on his mind. In Resurrection River, Ranger James claims his high school sweetheart as his own. For military special forces, they don’t seem too bright, too well trained or especially well prepared or with decent intel. The action does not seem well described or believable.

The dialogue between characters, including the sex scenes, doesn’t seem very realistic either. The couples didn’t really give me the feels. Since they already had a past relationship, they jumped into the new one right away with no development. So with no information on the history or connection, it feels like insta-love. I hoped for some bromance or at least a better working relationship between the guys on the team. Yes, some details are different in each book. Although the woman in each book gets the crap beaten out of her by the bad guys.

Thrifty Thursday:  Redemption River / Resurrection River by Lindsay CrossRedemption River by Lindsay Cross
Series: Men of Mercy #1
Narrator: Aidan Snow
Published by Cypress Bend Publishing on October 18,2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Length: 8 hours, 21 minutes
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Audio | B&N | Goodreads

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 purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to pick a book which was free (at some point).

Kindle freebie on October 30, 2015  (currently free as of writing this post)

Overall rating 3.95 with 522 ratings and 135 reviews

The characters and story line here didn’t work for me. There was too much coincidence., not enough connection between characters to build their relationships, and so not enough feels. Maybe it’s the world-building aspects of the first book in a series and I’ll fare better with the next book.


Thrifty Thursday:  Redemption River / Resurrection River by Lindsay CrossResurrection River by Lindsay Cross
Series: Men of Mercy #2
Narrator: Aidan Snow
Published by Cypress Bend Publishing on October 21, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 382
Format: eBook
Length: 10 hours, 6 minutes
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Audio | Goodreads

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?


The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to pick a book which was free (at some point).

Kindle freebie on December 29, 2015  (currently $3.99 as of writing this post)

Overall rating 4.09 with 401 ratings and 105 reviews

Resurrection River did not improve the series for me. I wished I could just stop reading. In fact, it took almost a week since I kept reading something else. It may be different for you, but it did not work for me.

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