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Reckless River

(Men of Mercy #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  509 ratings  ·  102 reviews
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.

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Published October 21st 2015 by Cypress Bend Publishing, LLC
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 Mistrusting Stars

*Some Spoilers*

Sparrow's questions haunted him. If she really were innocent, he would have to live with the fact that he'd mistreated a girl who had done nothing but try to save him. -Jared

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"Kiss me." She stopped moving all together and her eyes narrowed in on his mouth. "Give me a kiss and I'll sing like a bird."- Jared

Reckless River, the 3rd book in the Men of Mercy Series, was a surprisingly darker, but good read. I have to say there are some dark parts in the first 2 bo
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



Love triangle? (view spoiler)
Cheating? (view spoiler)
HEA? (view spoiler)
OW/OM drama? (view spoiler)
Any Descriptive Sex w/OW/OM/Ex? (view spoiler)
Triggers? Yes.(view spoiler)
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received for review

3.5 stars

First Lindsay Cross book I've read (won't be the last), so that means I haven't read the first two in this series (although I do have book 1 on my kindle somewhere). I really enjoyed it but Sparrow was just too nice. I was expecting a couple more rough edges since she was raised by hill people and nasty hill people at that. Jared was one hard ass especially about taking care of his brother, Hoyt. There was lots of action and hot bedroom scenes. Overall a good book
3.5 Stars
My. First from this author. Gotta say I will check out her other books.
The heroine is almost illiterate, his adopted mother is a ruthless mobster and the only other woman there is a whore. And He just prayed she didnt work the way most women up here did-on her back, with her legs spread.
Samantha Jayne Grubey (ABookHaven)
Wow this was more heartbreaking and definitely more darker than the others!
Jan 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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 lif
Rebecca Austin
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jared Crowe is out for a personal vendetta. He is back looking into his aunt Kathryn Crowe who tried to kill Jared and his brother Hoyt when they were children and he has never forgotten. They were rescued by a young girl whom he will never forget.

Now Jared is back and out for revenge when his brother has gone missing. Then as Jared is looking for Hoyt he is captured by Sparrow Pickney, the girl who saved him as a boy. But now that they are adults there is more on the line for both of them and m
Cathy Geha
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jared never understood why his aunt wanted him and his brother dead after their parents died. as an adult he decides to return to his childhood home to get answers and also get revenge – doing so led to a great deal of trouble for him, his brother and Sparrow, the woman who as a child saved them.

Sparrow is a tiny but very strong woman when they meet again and she seems to fall for Jared VERY quickly. At times I felt what happened between the two of them was rather unbelievable BUT it is after al
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Jared Crowe along with his brother Hoyt are near Crowe Mountain for their annual trek to pay their respect to their parents. Jared wants revenge against his Aunt Kay for what she's done to Jared and Hoyt. When Hoyt didn't return as planned Jared knows that something is not right and determined to find out the truth. Jared has always been haunted by golden eyes that belonged to Sparrow Pickney. Sparrow takes Jared hostage her ordered world is tossed on it's ear and thensome. Sparrow knew that thi ...more
Danielle Fulton
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just love all the guys in this series!!!!
As usual Lindsay Cross has delivered another great story filled with action, sexiness that is off the charts and gripping emotions. Jared and Sparrow are absolutely great characters and I love the way she has them interact and grow throughout the story. The usual cast of characters are seen during the story and I love the sense of family they all have for each other. We really need a book for Hoyt now.....
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Good premise. Mostly decent follow through. But this book needs an editor. The author forgot the name her hero took as an alias. There were several leaps without explanation. And I didn't like how Sparrow was so nice. Jared acted like an ass and she still kept coming back.
**Elle**Bee**Double U**
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
Meka L. Rascoe
Wow! Ok! So now we have Jared’s and Sparrow's story. Jared returns to Tennessee to get revenge for the abuse and torture he and his little brother Hoyt suffered as kids. Actually he drags Hoyt back there where Hoyt is then captured and tortured while Jared is letting himself get “captured" by Sparrow, because obviously he could have overpowered her had he chosen to do so. I mean he’s specially trained. Anyway, these two seem to make out at the most inopportune times and places. I couldn’t get on ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jared Crowe and his brother, Hoyt, have returned to the mountain that they once called home. This is no ordinary mountain...this is where their parents died and left them orphaned...this is where their aunt abused them...this is where a young girl helped them escape. Now the Crowe brothers have returned...mainly because Jared wants to take revenge on his aunt because he can't move on with his life and settle down until his aunt has her day of reckoning. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned ...more
Whispers From
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** At time of posting this series is free **

Sparrow has lived on Crowe Mountain most of her life. When she catches a man spying, she takes him back to her trailer as her prisoner. Jared and his brother are rightful heirs to Crowe Mountain but his aunt tried to kill them when they were children but the escaped. Now military men, they’ve came back to take out their aunt but Jared’s brother is taken and that’s how he gets caught by Sparrow. He convinces Sparrow to help find his brother and when he
Annette Drewett
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edge of your seat action! A well-written storyline with action, suspense, horror, fear, betrayal and romance. Jared wants revenge on his Hillbilly aunt. She tried to kill he and his brother Hoyt, when they were just boys, and he is determined to get justice. When Hoyt is taken, Jared must track him down and rescue him, but doesn’t count on being captured by Sparrow, the girl who saved them so long ago. He and Sparrow must release Hoyt, but when Hoyt is delirious and thinks she is the one who cut ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emotional and Action-Packed Read!

This is the story of Jared and Sparrow who both will at times make you laugh and make you cry. Neither had a good childhood growing up on Crowe Mountain. Jared and his brother were abused and neglected and left to die until Sparrow sets them free and they escape. Sparrow stayed on the mountain and has fought for everything she ever wanted and each scrap she could get. When they all meet it again it isn't under much better circumstances. Jared's brother is missing
Dec 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Not sure what the author was thinking when she wrote this book. It's the 3rd I've read and I liked the first 2 books. Jared, the "hero", verbally and sexually assaulting Sparrow is not ok to write about. I would even classify him as a rapist considering you cannot give consent while being held prisoner. With Sparrow being as naive about almost everything it makes it worse. He tied her to a bed spread eagle and left her then locked her in a room for 3 days. He is no better than the aunt.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The heroine in this story is absolutely awesome!

This is book three of the "Men of Mercy" series. The heroine in this story is absolutely awesome! This is a great story but does moments of abuse, so those with triggers beware. Even though, I found this story kept me up saying one more chapter than I'll go to sleep. The hero in this story was stronger in ways I don't think he would agree on. When having the upbringing he and his brother had not everyone can survive that. Without giving too much aw
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG! Hate, torture, love, sadness, abuse. I gave this a 3 because in the beginning I was disappointed and at a 2. Come on Jared was trying to find Hoyt then gets grabbed by Sparrow and he is enthralled about sexual attraction. Come on, he is special ops and trained to block out many things. .
Then there was action even though sad but suspense-and then I was at a 4.
Then they find Hoyt and while they get him to safety and instead of spending ever moment sitting by his side Jared has sex with Sparr
Donna Purcell zappone
This is the third book in the Men of Mercy series. It surrounds the lives of the Special Ops group. In each book it follows the life of one of the men. This one follows Hoyt and Jared. Two brothers that have a disturbing secret.
They need to combat this secret head on. In the meantime Jared becomes hostage, but not really, to a woman that he remembers from his past. And what ensues from this point on is amazing, heart breakingly horrific and emotional.
Can Jared and Hour overcome their childhood?
Kinda disappointed

I love these books and the way L.C writes. But...this one was not nearly as good as the others. Hillbilly or not, you just wouldn't allow yourself to be treated so badly and keep allowing certain things to happen. Human nature, to me, just wouldn't allow these drastic scenarios between two people. Oh just couldn't find this story believable, especially between Sparrow and Jarod
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wild read. The brothers Hoyt and Jared return to the Tennessee mountains for revenge. At least Jared is, Hoyt was younger at the time and doesn't remember much. Although he doesn't want to go back to the mountains, he has his brothers back. But because of Jared's insistance, Hoyt is captured and tortured. A lot of sad and terrible things happen in this book.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reckless River, Men of Mercy series book 3 by Lindsay Cross is a huge 5 star read.
This book had so much going on that I had to re-read parts of it to make sure I didn't miss anything. This was so well written that I know it's a book that I will enjoy time and time again.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book gifted by the author with no obligation to review.
Mandy Faktor

Ok so I don't know what to think about this book. It's all over she hates him she loves him, he loves her he hates her she hurt my brother must have revenge, no wait she didn't hurt him I love her must get her back. It's crazy but keeps you reading.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reckless River

Another good book in this series. Jared has to work hard to get past the cruelties that were done to him as a child and learn to trust. Ready to read the next book in the series.
Regina A Fontaine
Reckless men.....

Each storyline keeps getting better and better, it sucks you right in. Jared and Sparrow met on not so good terms, this relationship had me in tears, poor Sparrow, you need to read to find out, no spoilers here.
Sammie Shorter
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best in series...

I thoroughly enjoyed Jared's story. His and Hoyt's history is rife with abuse. So happy he and Sparrow found their HEA. Hoyt definitely got a tough road ahead of him.
Regina Kiddy
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved Jared’s story

Always a good read with this author, if you like adventure, suspense, intrigue and a good love story these are for you! I have read these books over and over they are just that good!
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Lindsay Cross is the award-winning author of the Men of Mercy series. She is the fun loving mom of two beautiful daughters and one precocious Great Dane. Lindsay is happily married to the man of her dreams – a soldier and veteran. During one of her husband’s deployments from home, writing became her escape and motivation.

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