Adam (7 Brides for 7 Soldiers) by Roxanne St. Claire ~ Sarah A’s Review

Fall in love with seven sexy and irresistible soldiers who find their courage and heart tested like never before in the battle for love! This multi-author collaborative series of contemporary romance novels is brought to you by bestselling authors Barbara Freethy, Roxanne St. Claire, Christie Ridgway, Lynn Raye Harris, Julia London, Cristin Harber and Samantha Chase. You won’t want to miss a single one! 

 ADAM – Book Two

Adam Tucker is a man on a mission. After failing to save a troubled teen from drowning, Adam traded being a Coast Guard rescue swimmer for the dream of starting a youth adventure camp in his hometown. Adam is willing to do whatever it takes to help other kids navigate the deep, dangerous waters of adulthood. He’s even bet his twin brother that he can finish the transformation of a boathouse into camp living quarters before the summer season puts their watersports business in full swing. But when the key to winning that bet turns out to be an interior designer who is as enigmatic as she is gorgeous, things get complicated for Adam.

With its soaring mountains and rushing river, Eagle’s Ridge is the perfect place for Jadyn McAllister to stay “off the grid” until things settle down in Miami. No one from her old life would expect her to hide out in a small town, working for cash and keeping her real name—Jane—a secret, but that’s exactly what the FBI told her to do. They also told her to trust absolutely no one, which isn’t a problem until she meets Adam. From the first moment, sparks fly and temperatures rise every time they’re together. She’s determined to keep him in the dark and at arm’s length, but the more time they spend together, the more she longs to trust him and hold him close all night long.

With her aura of secrets and her tough façade hiding a vulnerable sweetness, Jadyn calls out to the rescuer in Adam. But he learned the hard way that total honesty is the only way to live and he senses Jadyn is lying to him. But she knows the truth could risk more than her heart – it could cost her life. As the whitewater of danger swirls around them, it will take more than a strong swimmer to save them both…it will take love.

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This series had already got off to a decent start for me, and this book just ramped that up. Adam had a little more of the military elements I had been hoping for, and I was delighted with Jane/Jadyn’s storyline as well. I’d hoped to see a little more of Bailey and Ryder together than I did but I’m happy that Roxanne St. Claire chose to focus on Adam and Jane rather than adding threads that may have taken away from their story.

Adam was a bit insta-lovey for me, but it worked. Both Adam and Jane were in a place where they needed someone to trust, to get support from, to lay everything out on the line with and they crashed into one another’s lives at the perfect time for that. While their circumstances were vastly different, for the most part, there were enough points of similarity it was evident why they were able to connect with the intensity they did.

The secrets that Adam and Jane harbored added to the suspense that was already present because of the circumstances surrounding Jane’s arrival in Eagle Ridge. I didn’t notice how much all of the secrets and lies were ramping up until it all came to a head and everything was exposed. That moment was intense and scary, and I enjoyed seeing how tons of little details that had been sprinkled throughout the book came together to resolve a potentially tragic situation.

One of my favorite parts of Adam was the inclusion of the founders and their military history and how the rediscovery of objects of their pasts helped to build Jane’s trust and allow Adam to break down her walls.

I wish there would have been more exploration of Adam and Jane’s past. I think that seeing them work through those things that had been so damaging to them as they were growing up would have added a lot to the story and helped to build their relationship to another level.

Roxanne St. Claire added another wonderful layer to the world that originated in Ryder. She gave us a glimpse into the parts that aren’t all shiny and nice. Those tarnished pieces every town has to balance all the perfection. I can’t wait to see what is in store for us in the coming novels and how elaborate this world becomes.

 

Don’t miss any of the sexy soldiers of Eagle’s Ridge in the 7 Brides for 7 Soldiers multi-author series!
Ryder (#1) – Barbara Freethy
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Adam (#2) – Roxanne St. Claire
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Zane (#3) – Christie Ridgway

Wyatt (#4) – Lynn Raye Harris

Jack (#5) – Julia London

Noah (#6) – Cristin Harber

Ford (#7) – Samantha Chase

 

 

 Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels of suspense and romance, including the popular Barefoot Bay series, plus multiple stand-alone books.

In addition to being an nine-time nominee and one-time winner of the RITA ™ Award, Roxanne’s novels have won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense four times, as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Maggie, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, the Award of Excellence, and many others. Her books have been translated into dozens of languages and one has been optioned for film.

Roxanne lives in Florida with her husband and two mostly adorable dogs, and still tries to run the lives of her college-aged daughter and 20-something son.  She can be reached via her website, www.roxannestclaire.com or on her Facebook Reader page, www.facebook.com/roxannestclaire and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/roxannestclaire.

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