Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Recovering Ivy by Riley Edwards

This story is part of the Special Forces: Operation Alpha series. It is also a Red Team crossover novel. The book contains a forward by Susan Stoker and explains that while this book is set in the Special Forces: Operation Alpha world and has some of the same characters, it is not a collaboration other than to consult on the pre-existing characters to ensure consistency. It also appears that Edwards has several books in this series, along with other authors. All of the books set in this world are listed in the back of the book. At the time of this review, I have not read any of the other books in this specific series by any author involved. I have read and reviewed other books by Riley Edwards, in addition to publishing press releases for some of her work. I am not paid for my posts. 

The story follows Zane and Ivy. Zane is a team leader for his group of mercenaries, Ivy is a woman struggling with personal issues. There is a trigger warning at the beginning of the book as the story involves topics that could be problematic for some readers. The story is well written and keeps a steady pace. The plot drew me in and I was unable to put the book down. I both liked and didn't like the character development. Ivy drew me in even though I found myself questioning the plausibility of some of her actions. Zane is a character who doesn't share much, which makes him feel flat at times, but at the same time, he's intriguing. Together they have good chemistry which translates well to the page when they are not too far into their own heads. 

This book appears to be the third one that Edwards has written for the series so some of my questions about the characters may have been addressed in the previous books. The overall story did not suffer from not reading the previous books. One thing that I did love about the book is how it dealt with the aftermath of the trauma. Zane's reaction was true to his character and so was Ivy's. It was both refreshing and frustrating to read. Thankfully there were other characters there to verbally slap them around about their own behavior. This set up a great exchange for discussing how the aftermath of trauma can affect people differently and how those actions can be misinterpreted. 

The series is intriguing and I look forward to reading more from this author.