It’s In His Arms by Shelly Alexander (Red River Valley #4)

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Type: Contemporary Romance


Publisher: Montlake 

My copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Liz

After a life full of cruelty, Bree is left with no one to turn to—except him.

Lorenda Lawson has built a safe, sheltered life for her two young sons since their father was KIA several years ago. She has a beautiful cottage and a support network of family and friends. No one in Red River suspects that her marriage to Cam was ever less than perfect. Nobody, that is, except the gorgeous ex-SEAL who’s shown up after a long absence: Cam’s notorious twin brother, Mitchell.

Mitchell Lawson was a teenage rebel who fled Red River after the local watering hole burned down, choosing the military over jail. Now he has a new mission: making amends with the town and his sheriff father for his hell-raising days, while resisting the woman he’s always wanted. Between Lorenda’s warmth and sensuality and her boys’ mischievous matchmaking ploys, it won’t be easy.

When a string of fires breaks out, suspicious eyes turn toward Mitchell. Lorenda risks her reputation for his sake—but she’ll need to risk her heart, too, to bring this onetime bad boy home for good.

Sometimes all you need is a sweet romance. Add in some light angst and suspense and you will not be able to put the book down. That is what It’s In His Arms by Shelly Alexander was for me.

Lorenda Lawson is okay being alone if it means a safe and happy home for her children. They mean everything to her and she would sacrifice anything for them, even being lonely. She has her friends and family, a good solid community behind her and a decent job.

Then Mitchell Lawson comes home. Mitchell the town hell-raiser who joined the military rather than going to juvie after a local business burns down. And the twin brother of the husband who was killed while serving his country. Her husband, the town hero, who wanted nothing to do with her or their two children.

Mitchell Lawson is back home, the last place he wants to be, but knows it’s finally time to make amends with his family and community. But no one, including his father, wants him home. No one, but the one woman he should not want, his brother’s widow, and two nephews.

Mitchell harbors secrets that could easily mend his ties within the community, but revealing those secrets may beak the people he cares about. He does not want to take that risk. So instead he takes baby steps, but is it too late?

Lorenda suffered rejection at the hand of one Lawson twin, the last thing she needed was to fall for the other. But when it seems she is in danger, Mitchell steps up to protect her. But will it cost her too much to stand by him?

This really was a sweet story about love and redemption. About coming home and finding where you belong. I loved how the kids played matchmakers and how their bond grew and as the community lashed out at them. Sometimes all you need is that one person to believe in you.

There was also a bit of angst, as Mitchell was the town bad boy and twin brother of the town hero, but that was handled really well. Sometimes it’s just about the here and now. The added suspense of who was behind Lorenda’s attacks and the recent strings of arson added to the angst as well and though you quickly figure out who is behind it, it kept me interested in the story.

I really loved the way the author told this story and kept us drawn in and invested. I plan on reading the other books in the series. (Side note, these are interconnected standalones, so you do not have to read the other books first. I did not and never felt lost.)

I give It’s In His Arms by Shelly Alexander 4-stars!

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