Book Review Ricochet

Ricochet (Renegades #3) by Skye Jordan: 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.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Ricochet generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Ricochet marks not only the third book in Skye Jordan’s Renegade Series but my new favorite from this author. This series provides excellent writing, engaging plots, hot alpha males, feisty heroines and a group of characters you’ll come to love. Book three gives us all of those elements plus the depth of vulnerability and emotion stemming from the PTSD suffered by active military men and women.

PTSD is a delicate issue and can often be dramatized in ways where it seems overdone. Skye Jordan however wrote this powerful, large than life hero suffering from such issues with such honesty and purity. Nathan Ryker’s intensity jumps right off the pages. His story pulls at the reader’s heart. The rawness of his character delivered to us by the honest prose of this author shines vulnerability and a likeness to Ryker that cannot be ignored. Ryker’s a man you want to help, hold, and love because he’s been alone for so long. His very presence on the pages stirs you to life with not only physical look. He makes your heart skip a beat with his intense stares as if he’s seeing into Rachel’s very essence.

His love interest, Renegade connoisseur and secretary, the feisty and loveable Rachel Hart gives the reader a strong, witty, beautiful woman to also lust after. Rachel proves to be the glue that holds the men of the Renegades together. She’s a caretaker, a healer. She’s also a salve to the dark powers slipping through the cracks of Ryker’s mind. This heroine reminds me why I love strong female leads. A strong female lead withstands controversy with grace and dignity. She yells when she’s mad. Her vulnerability comes across as truth in Rachel’s the fear of betrayal. She’s honest when explanations are expected even if when there are certain truths she’s not willing to tell. Rachel exceeds all expectations of a great heroine.

The secondary cast of characters returns and proves to be just as lovable in this explosive story. My favorite part of this: the in depth look we received of Troy. His book is up next and the protective nature and overall kindness in him really has me looking forward to his story.

Ryker and Rachel’s story is hard. They’re journey isn’t all roses and unicorns. They both have issues, Ryker’s a bit deeper than Rachel’s, that need addressed and dealt with individually. But they will capture your hearts from the very beginning. Ryker and Rachel gave me one the hottest sex scenes I have ever read. Skye Jordan writes passion in such a way that isn’t overly dramatic but the rawness in the characters, the intensity of the scene, the intrigue to know more of their story leaves you absolutely breathless. Her writing makes it easy to slip into the Renegade world seamlessly and be a part of their group. It’s smart and engaging. This series comes highly recommended to readers who want hot passion, great writing, extremely likeable characters, and action-packed plots and conflict. While this could be read as a standalone I highly recommend you read the series in order as to not miss any of the great characters. But whether you want to read as a standalone or part of the group there is no doubt Ricochet is must read romance.

Favorite Quotes:

"As a whole package, she was country-girl fresh and apple-pie sweet with a streak of Tonka-truck tough. Underneath, she hid a siren, a temptress, a woman who liked things edgy. She fascinated him."

"Damn he was so good looking. He didn't have that movie-star quality that many of the Renegades did..."

"I'd ask if you're okay, but you're the fucking man of steel, so I know you're fine."

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