Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: Ricochet ( Renegades #3 ) by Skye Jordan

Ricochet 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.




I read Book 1 Reckless, feeling it was just okay and skipped Book 2 Rebel seeing most of my GR friends saying the heroine was annoying. This time I decided to pick up Ricochet because we have a PTSD hero. Yeah, I'm totally into the whole damaged hero thing. I was hoping after 2 books, Skye Jordan might surprised me. 

Rachel Hart is the Renegades' secretary cum everything and currently in a bad emotional state after dealing with her cheating ex-boyfriend. When her boss, Jax asked her to pick up an explosive consultant, Ryker from LAX, she ended up picking up a stranger, Nathan for a one night stand instead. Rachel wanted to experience a no string attach sex for once and enjoy herself. Unfortunately, it seems like things didn't work out as she wish.

Nathan Ryker currently on leave from his tour Afghanistan had been battling with some serious guilt and PTSD resulting from an incident that killed his team-mates. He had been self medicating with booze and sex in New Orleans until his buddy, Troy asked him for a favour to be the explosive consultant for the Renegades. 

When Rachel finally found out that Nathan was the Ryker that Renegades is going to hire, she was shocked, pissed and worried. She didn't want anyone to know she just bang a co-worker. That would be so unprofessional, right? Then it commence, the denial 'I'm not going within an arm length of him anymore' and 'We are not doing it again'. While, Nathan honestly can't wait to seduce her back into his bed. His current condition of flying back to the desert within weeks should serve as the best incentive to Rachel, no string attach as she had initially wanted.

I had some minor problem with the pacing of the story. The first half was a bit too slow moving. For example, the first 20% was all about the first hooked up. The sex scene was really well done, but I keep thinking 'can we move on already?'. There is another scene at Jax's house were I felt that the conversations were too long making me felt as if I was watching an Asian soap opera.

Things get better by half way mark, but I'm not really enjoying the back and forth between Rachel and Nathan quite that much. The woman just keep resisting and resisting, worrying her secret with Nathan will be known by her colleague. This reminds me too much of Lexi from Book 1. Can't these women live a little without worrying about what other people think?

Nathan's PTSD issue is not as serious as some of the other books I read from, but he did have some meltdown a couple of time. But apart from that, he was a pretty easy going guy who wanted Rachel for the limited time he had left in LA.

I find myself true enjoying the last quarter of the book. It seems like things are not working out for our couple and I'm wondering how the HEA will be accomplished. I've got to say I love the final grovelling part. It was so over the top and really fitting, because I can't imagine any other way to forgive that asshole. Overall, a really easy and sexy read with a simple plot.

Rating 4/5