Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ARC Book review: Ricochet (Renegades #3) by Skye Jordan

Available July 14th
ARC ebook Provided by publisher through Netgalley

After a tragic incident in Afghanistan leaves Master Sergeant Nathan Ryker the only man standing in his tight-knit team, he spirals into an alcohol-and-sex induced escape. A call from his lifelong buddy pulls Ryker from the shadows with a request for help with his stunt company’s latest blockbuster. If Ryker can survive the next three weeks of leave and get back to his remaining men, he might just be all right. But a sexy woman who can take his mind off his trauma is too hard to resist, and when he hooks up with Renegades’ sultry, snarky office manager, his sanity takes a backseat to the first glimpse of a future he isn’t sure he deserves.

Still reeling from a bitter romantic betrayal, Rachel Hart wants nothing more than an uncomplicated hookup. So when the mysterious Nathan seduces her with a little dirty talk and one delicious kiss, Rachel drowns all her good sense in a Mandarin and soda and gives herself over to a night of sexual bliss. But her memories tarnish in the morning light when Rachel discovers his real identity and his link to Renegades. Her job and her friends are the only thing holding her life together, and she won’t be ruined by one sultry night with this damaged and dangerously sexy man.

While this is book three in this series i feel this book can be read as a stand alone as i have not read the first two books and did not feel lost out in left field. Nathan Ryker is a man that has seen a lot of bad things in his life. Starting with a crappy childhood and then later in his military career. His one constant is his best friend Troy who is also a part of the Renegades stunt company. After losing all but one of his team members in Afghanistan he's sent home on leave for several weeks til he gets his head on straight. Troy asks him to use his EOD experience to blow up a bridge for a stunt.  Rachel Hart is the Renegades office manager. She's kind of a jack of all trades for the guys and a little sister to them as well. When she's tasked to pick up Ryker from the airport a mix up causes her to think she missed him there but when she wanders into the bar at the airport she meets a sexy hot man and decides to to embrace her wild side (something she has never done)and take him to the hotel she was supposed to take Ryker to. Thing is she doesn't know it, but  she just picked Ryker up.  After a night of hot passionate sexcapades Rachel takes off and Ryker ( Nathan)  regrets not being up front with her but figures he won't see her.  So wrong! When he arrives at the Renegades on site office he runs  straight into Rachel. Sparks fly between the two as they try to keep it a secret from the rest of the guys and try to keep away from each other. It seems like an impossible task even with all the things thrown at them from demands of the job to a rival for Rachel's affections. Adding to that is Rachel's recent relationship issues with her former fiance and Nathan's PTSD that he is in denial of having. Skye Jordan tears up the pages with her steamy hot love scenes and brings on the tears with her recounting of everything Nathan has been through in his life especially his military time. You just want to reach out and hug Nathan when he relives the last event with his team in Afghanistan. It's a solid reminder of what our troops have to deal with after serving in a war arena.  An amazing mix of love, laughter and even stark terror at times, Skye Jordan takes you through it all and gives us a exciting and thought provoking story. 

Find out more about this series and author Skye Jordan here

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