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It's In His Arms

(Red River Valley #4)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,597 ratings  ·  110 reviews

Lorenda Lawson has built a safe, sheltered life for her two young sons since their father was KIA several years ago. She has a beautiful cottage and a support network of family and friends. No one in Red River suspects that her marriage to Cam was ever less than perfect. Nobody, that is, except the gorgeous ex-SEAL who’s shown up after a long absence: Cam’s notorious twin

Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Montlake Romance
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Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
She kept her husband’s memory untarnished, no matter that the Cam she knew wasn’t the hometown hero Red River honored him as. Killed in action, Cam was a soldier through and through, life as a husband and father was an inconvenience, he would rather feed his adrenaline junkie soul than be the man the world believed him to be and Lorenda was too kind-hearted to hurt those who believed in the fantasy of who they wanted Cam to be. Lorenda could live the lie, being the only one in town who knew the ...more
Elle's Book Blog
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

This is my first "read" of 2017 and I am impressed! Shelly Alexander is a whiz when it comes to contemporary romances and she did a wonderful job with this novel. It had all the feels that I was expecting and even gave me butterflies, which as of late, has been very hard to do! With that being said, this is a wonderful novel filled with heart, love, and a little angst thrown in the mix just to keep readers hearts racing. It details the
Trish R.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok

Personally, I thought this book was rather silly. Mitch was disliked by the whole town because of crap they thought he did when he was a kid, and now he’s a 30-something year old war hero? Seriously? Mitch had grown up so I thought it was time for the town to grow up, too. And his father is an absolute dick! Love his mom, though, Badass Becky. The book would have been a little better if it hadn’t gone on and on about the things he did as a kid. The things he did to try to make amends for
DJ Sakata
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An odd little guy with a doting mother who cut his meat for him until he was sixteen. Because kids could be mean, he’d been nicknamed Bart the Fart after an untimely sneezing attack in the midst of a full lunchtime crowd on pinto-bean day.

She… had been celibate so long that her idea of a good time was setting her cell phone to vibrate, putting it in her front pocket, and calling herself from the landline.

Maureen sat behind the reception desk wearing a red t-shirt that said, ‘If a
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great, fun and romantic!
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lorenda Lawson is Red River Valley's darling. Good girl, married the town's golden boy who went to war and came back in a box and she has struggled to raise his sons and build a good life form them all by herself, much to the admiration of everyone.

Mitch Lawson. Teenage hell-raiser and delinquent, who the town was glad to see the back of when he left to join the military. After staying away for so many years, he's back to repair his damaged relationship with his father and make amends to the to
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this entire series and I liked Mitchell the best. Too bad the judgmental townspeople were ready to skewer the poor guy with their pitchforks!
I wonder what the story is with Langston?
And why did the bartender leave songwriting behind?
Hmm... Seems like there are more stories to be told in Red River. (Hint, hint, Shelly Alexander!)
Rating: 2.5/5.0

Lorenda is a widow with two children. Her late husband (Cameron) was a military man, a hero to her hometown. His twin brother (Mitchel) is despised by the town so when he returns back to the town he is faced with a lot of resistance from the town people. They have not forgave him for what they think he did. But it is a different story with Lorenda and how she feels about him.

Unfortunately the story is very generic and predictable. I was knowing what was going to happen next. The s
Bette Hansen
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelly Alexander has given us an emotionally charged heartwarming story of a young mother doing her best to live in the shadow of her husband's memory. The town of Red River see's Cam Mitchell as a hero. The good kid who turned into a great man. Only his widow Lorenda and his twin brother Mitchell knows the truth. Mitchell was always labeled the bad boy. Will the truth come out now that he has returned to Red River. Will the attraction that has always been there between Mitchell and Lorenda be e ...more
Kathy Osborn
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelly Alexander's Red River Series continues with It's In His Arms and can be read as a standalone apart from the others. However, I recommend reading the other books in the series too.

In this book, we meet Lorenda, who is a widow with two boys after their father (Cameron) was killed. Cameron was a SEAL along side his twin brother Mitchell. Lorenda has decided she wants nothing to do with Alpha males anymore as it been too hard to cover for Cameron not wanting to return home, before he was kil
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Shelly Alexander books so when I heard about Its In His Arms I was thrilled. I was lucky to get an advance copy of this book so I dived into it as soon as I possible could and I loved it.

In this book we follow Lorenda and Mitchell. Mitchell is Lorenda's brother In law so you can see how things could definitely sound complicated just hearing that when you find out that these two people are the love interests of this story. Lorenda husband passed away , he was not the best husb

I've read most of this series through either the Kindle First program or e-ARCs from Net Galley, and I've noticed that there is an "down/up" trend with this series. This was definitely one of the "up" books!

I liked Lorenda as a single mom. She was a great character just trying to get by,
Claudia Blanton
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are not very many romance novels that make me laugh out loud. Giggle? Sure, but not laugh out loud, making the kids look at me, like I am weird, kind-a-laughing. It's In His Arms managed to do just that.
Now don't get me wrong, this novel has many romantic, and steamy hot scenes as well. Not only that, it has very likable, and interesting main characters, who were easy to root for. There is a lot of tension, and without spoiling the book for you, not just the romantic kind, but also a creep
Yvonne Cruz
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, what a thoughtful, complex, thought provoking and engaging book. I had never read anything by this very talented author, and was clueless on what to expect. Much to my surprise, she captured me (rather sucked me into the story) within the first couple of pages.
The synopsis of the story is about a young military widow with two boys, her husband’s “trouble making” ex-Seal, twin brother who has returned to the town he grew up in, and about a possible danger Lorenda, the protagonist, is in.
T.M. Payne
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book: It's In His Arms (Red River Valley #4)
Author: Shelly Alexander
Publication Date: 1/3/2017
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne-Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars

I have truly enjoyed every book in this series and they only get better. We met Lorenda back in a previous book she is the wife of a military man with two sons. The problem? Her husband doesn't want to come back and she has hidden the truth from so many and then he is killed in action. The twin brother is now back which is her best friend b
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My Review of It’s In His Arms by Shelly Alexander
My Rating is 4.5 Stars
What can I say I absolutely loved this story! The writing was impeccable,
Lorenda and her two sons have been trying to move on with life after the death of her husband.
Mitchell has returned home with the intention of making things right with his father and the town he was such a heathen in.
With a strange turn of events that lands Lorenda in Mitchell’s arms and with Mitchell military background and his fear that something coul
Isha Coleman
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mitchell and Lorenda's story is as heartbreaking as it is poignant. The emotions Ms. Alexander evokes and the lessons she bestows are just a taste of her excellence as an author. At the center of It's in His Arms is a tale of two brothers. Cam lived the life of a soldier. Duty before all was his motto and he followed that mantra to the end of his life. Mitchell had the heart of a rebel and the reputation to match but beneath the subterfuge was a sensitive man who was often misunderstood. A rush ...more
Connie Davé
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author and I absolutely loved it!!!! I will be reading more of her books. In this book Lorenda is raising her two young sons on her own because their father/her husband, Cameron, was killed in action. Mitchell, Cameron's twin unexpectedly shows up in town trying to make amends with his father but ends up protecting Lorenda and her boys because she had been mugged. Most everyone in town hates Mitchell because he was a rebel teenager but he is taking the ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: twenty16, arc
I really enjoyed returning to Red River Valley, this time with Lorenda Lawson and her two young boys. Lorenda's husband had been killed overseas in the military and she remained in their hometown, still keeping his secrets, chief among them that he'd basically abandoned her and their two children. When her husband's twin brother Mitchell returns to town, more secrets are stirred up and an unforgiving town shuns both Lorenda and Mitchell. This was a solid book with some good mystery and action as ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books
What a great story! Review to come
I really enjoyed getting lost in Shelly's Red River Valley world. Lorenda is trying to raise 2 boys on her own and her marriage wasn't what people of the town or her family thought it was. She is trying to move on and forget the sadness of her marriage. In comes town bad boy, her former brother-in-law, Mitchell. And like when they were younger, Lorenda could see past his bad boy image. People of the town and his own father only see the bad boy image that has
Shannon Godwin
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by this author that I have read. The writing is very good. Mitchell comes back home from the military and tries to make amends with his father & the town for all the chaos he caused when he was younger. Lorenda is trying to make a life for her and her boys. You find 2 people trying to be together but there are things standing in their way. The question is.... Will they be able to make it or will Mitchell run again. ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is based on the ARC received from the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

I never read a book with so many kooky made up words. But the author made it work, this book is flippin adorable. There was quite a bit of intrigue running in the background to make this a very interesting read.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, blogged
This was the first book I have read by Shelly Alexander and it will not be my last! I read this novel as a standalone and will definitely will be reading the first three books in the Red River Valley series! Smooth writing and filled with a blend of romance and suspense to keep you intrigued!

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I absolutely adored this book.
Romance, a bad guy and a mystery. Most of the things that I enjoy in a book. From the start to the end I loved this book and will now be following Shelly Alexander as one of my new favourite authors.
I was given this book by Netgalley and this is my voluntary review.
Stacie Marquart
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given in ARC copy of this book for an my honest review. I loved this book. Mitchell and Lorenda pulled at my heart strings. The flow of book was really good, it held my attention. I can't wait to read more of Shelly Alexander books.
C bond
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
via netgalley

solid read, great couple.
Quick Info
Standalone/Cliffhanger?: Standalone
Part of a Series?: Yes
Meeting the Characters
Lorenda Lawson
Mitchell Lawson
What happens?
Despite being a widow Lorenda is used to raising her children on her own. She is devoted to her children and to her community trying to set up a free music tutor program for the kids in her community so they can love music like she does.
Mitchell is a returning decorated war vet. As an ex
Jenna Bragdon
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Was it cringey : yes
Badass Bloggettes
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of romance books especially second chance romances. I go crazy for military/ex-military heroes. I’m a bigger fan of mysteries. I love them all and can’t get enough. Put these components together, you can’t go wrong, in my opinion, and you have me hooked. That’s what I love about It’s In His Arms. It is a little of everything I love.

It’s In His Arms by Shelly Alexander is the story of a single mom, Lorenda Lawson. Her husband, Cameron, a SEAL, is killed in action leaving her to rai
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
***4.5 Hearts.

It's In His Arms is the fourth book in the Red River. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone. The only other book in the series I have read was It's In His Smile and that is where I was first introduced to Lorenda Lawson. Mother. War Widow. One of the Mommy Mafia women. This is her story and it's complicated, and sexy one...

Lorenda and her two boys have been on their own for the last six years. In reality, it's been longer than that since her husband wasn't home much
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Shelly Alexander was a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist, a 2019 RITA® finalist, and an Amazon #1 Bestseller in several categories.

Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I

Other books in the series

Red River Valley (5 books)
  • It's In His Heart (Red River Valley, #1)
  • It's In His Touch (Red River Valley, #2)
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  • It's In His Christmas Wish  (Red River Valley, #7)

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