My rating: 3 stars / I liked it
Fighting for his life after an ambush, Sheriff Josh Wellman awakes to find himself looking into the eyes of a real-life angel of mercy. Despite his groggy condition, he knows his life has changed the instant their hands touch.
Devastating heartbreak has left Mercy Smith's faith in tatters, her heart guarded against more loss. Her dedication to the air evac trauma team she leads has insulated her from the realities of the earth below, so now Josh faces the biggest challenge of his life.
Can he find a way around the walls that fortify her heart and convince this angel to stay on the ground with him? Can Mercy open herself to life again and find a way to restore her faith in God ... as well as love?
The plot of this book was solid and I especially enjoyed the perspective of a med-evac nurse. I didn't mind the love at first sight angle, but the romance didn't feel fully developed. The cockiness of the sheriff was charming... most of the time. His perspective was introduced midway through the story- I think it would have felt more balanced to have been earlier on. Mercy is a strong and independent character who has hidden vulnerabilities that rise to the surface when Josh stirs up feelings that she is not ready to face. She seemed to constantly deal with him in fight-or-flight mode which became frustrating as it repeatedly inhibited the progression of their relationship to any deeper level.
The story line of her mother's unexpected relationship with Josh's stepfather resonated with me since it echoes my own life- my widowed mother has also found a second chance at love which brings thoughts and emotions similar to what Mercy was feeling. Overall I'm glad I read this book despite some cliches and alcoholic consumption.