Red River Valley Series by Shelly Alexander
It’s In His Arms (Book 4)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I also reviewed the third book in this series, It’s In His Smile, which you can read here.
P.S. I love all the graphics for this book, including the cover. Much better than the previous book!
Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Lorenda Lawson knows all about sexy-alpha types. She married one and was ignored for years as her husband choose his band of brothers over her and their two kids. After his death, Lorenda put together a tidy life, and while she’s barely holding on by a thread, at least one of her dreams is set to come true. However, when someone threatens her, her sexy brother-in-law, and her husband’s identical twin, drives up on his motorcycle just in time to save the day. But Lorenda is done with men who can’t commit, even if she can’t help but melt when she’s in his arms.
There is a lot going on in this novel and while there is a hint of romantic suspense, it is very much focused on the redemption of troublemaker Mitchell Lawson. I like the overlay of romantic suspense since I enjoy the thrill of it all, but it isn’t really a mystery as to who is behind the threats to Lorenda. Instead, the threat acts as a catalyst for feelings and characters to be revealed. I think this is really effective and Shelly Alexander did a good job of having the personalities of Mitchell and Lorenda come out through action, rather than just dialogue.
While many romance novels have Navy SEALs and/or military men as the star heroes, I like that this novel focuses on Mitchell’s history as a young boy and teenager, rather than trauma sustained during the war. PTSD is a very serious illness, but everyone has a past and a history before they joined the military. Mitchell’s character development isn’t so much development as it is character revelations. He was always a great guy, it’s just a matter of whether anyone sees that in him. This crux creates a deeper relationship between Mitchell and Lorenda.
As with all series, it is fun to catch up with character from previous novels. But the major surprise for this novel is the town of Red River Valley seemed to be a character all its own and it is more of a villain. While I’ve only read two of the four books in this series, Red River Valley doesn’t come across as that great of a place to live. Sure the characters say they love living there, but in general it doesn’t seem like the larger population is all that nice. This is surprising, and in some ways refreshing, because most romance novels have a kind of idyllic feel when they are set in small towns.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)
Yes. This is a well-written novel with a lot of subtly to it. Plus, you can get it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited, which is always worth it!
Something else you might enjoy:
When He was Wicked by Julia Quinn is the sixth book in the Bridgerton Series and I love this book and the entire series. It has a similar storyline except instead of twins the men are close cousins and it’s a historical romance. I cannot say enough about this series, so you should definitely give this a try.