Riser’s Resolve (Men of Mercy #12)
by Lindsay Cross
Laney was a woman on the run. Her ex-husband, who just happened to be a cop, had a penchant for violence. After Laney took their daughter and ran, he had a promise for revenge. She’d made a new life with a new name and had planned to stay hidden forever, but even the best laid plans go wrong. Forced to rush her daughter to the hospital, Laney’s location is revealed.
Laney had vowed to never seek help from a man again, until Riser’s 200 pounds of packed muscle made her his own personal mission. He vowed to protect her and her daughter from her ex, but could she trust him with their lives when she’d been burned so badly in the past?
Riser Malone was an admitted adrenaline junkie whose distraction on a crucial mission last year had resulted in complete failure of his objective: protect the girl. Unable to face his failure, Riser accepted every mission put before him, but a lull in the terrorist tempo left him with too much time on his hands back home. He needed a distraction, and he needed it badly.
And that distraction showed up in the form of Laney and her daughter.
With an abusive ex bearing down on her, Riser saw his second chance at redemption. And after one night with her, Riser knew his bachelorhood was over. But if he ever had any hope for a relationship with Laney in the future, he’d have to make sure her abusive ex-husband would never harm her again.
Lindsay Cross does it again as she continues to surprise me with amazing stories. Riser Malone may be a mountain of a man, but he sure had the softest heart among the men of Mercy. I’d love a piece of Malone, please.
Riser helped out a lady in need after he saw a doctor callously ignored Laney’s pleas to check on her very ill daughter. Little did he know that Laney was actually on the run, hiding from her brutal cop-husband. Laney’s identity was compromised when Riser took it upon himself to help her out with the medical forms. and no sooner than later did they find themselves on a hot pursuit, with threats and bullets following their every move.
I’ve read most of Men of Mercy series and I must say, each story just kept getting better and better. This last one, Riser’s Resolve, is currently my favorite, next to Mack Grey and Marley Mitchell’s story. I loved how Riser rose to the occasion, how he risked his life for that woman he’d been admiring from afar. My heart cried for Laney and her daughter, I really hate men who abuse and batter their wives just so they could feel manly about themselves. Ugh.
So far, everything Lindsay Cross writes makes me more excited to read the next book. I wonder how she does it, how the ideas easily come to her and weave themselves into stories. Love love love!