Toni Andrews introduces us to the world of Mercy. She has the ability to "press" people into her will. Mercy has learned to be very careful of her ability. She has hurt people by saying the wrong thing. But keeping everyone at arms length and learning strict control does not guarantee their safety.
This was a very good book by a new author. It takes place in present day, present time, Mercy just has a little something "special" about her. The ending is set up for a sequel. I will be loooking for the next book to see if author can keep me interested.
Please pardon the ever-so-obvious pun, but this book was begging for my readership. And it didn't fail to deliver.
Andrews puts Mercy Hollings, a hypnotherapist with a deep advantage over others in her field, through some extremely trying times in this page-turner. What starts out as a slip of her "pressing" ability, which she uses to manipulate others to do what she orders them to, on a dim-witted lug turns into an across-the-city chase to save her only supposed friend, Susan (or Sukey, and she is more widely known), from the grips of a drug dealer out to dig into Mercy's "special ability". It's all intertwined, you see - the drug deal is the lug's boss or cousin, depending on which chapter you're reading, and the snaky little drug runner has a weaker version of Hollings' ability.
It's much easier to understand when you're reading the book than the shortened version I give, and all the excitement and suspense weaved into the plot make it even better. Mercy's potential love with Matthew McConaughey look-alike Sam heats it up substantially, while Dominic (the drug dealer)'s occasional debonair entrance twists things around, almost suggesting a romantic turn in his favor.
Andrews adds many humorous bits, including a frequent camero by Hollings' cat, Fred, who favors the occasional trip to the apartment floor above her home for champagne wishes and caviar dreams (at least the latter, anyway); and the late appearance of Cujo/Cupcake, the lovable, terrorizing Rottweiler owned by a hand of Dominic's.
Mercy is a powerful character, oozing of intellect and girl power; Sukey is her perfect sidekick, fully understanding and very slightly air-headed. Sam is Mercy's handsome counterpart, creating constant sexual tension between the two. And how can you not love a big-faced, doe-eyed Rottweiler?
This book sat for ages, unread, on my bookshelf. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. The author writes in a way that makes you care about the characters, and Andrews has all of the ability to be a staying force in the paranormal genre.
Sexy without overt sexual reference, strong without being overbearing, and just dark enough to make it believable...Mercy is one I'd recommend to all of my friends.
Beg for Mercy was a great book. I had never heard of the author but when I found an autographed copy at the local bookstore I picked it up and read the back cover and since it sounded interesting I thought I would give it a try. This book was definitely worth picking up and reading. It reminds me of some of the other series out there but the main character, Mercy, doesn't actually know what all she can do and the way she learns throughout the book makes this a great first book in a series. I can not wait for the second book in May of 2008.
I really tried, but I just could not get into the book. The heroine's psychic ability to "press" people into doing exactly as she says - her own Jedi Mind Trick - and her propensity to do it with little provocation and for not very good reasons at the opening of the book made it impossible for me to like her. I was so angry with her by the fifth chapter, that I just gave up.
I picked up this book based on the back blurb. It was a good read. I enjoyed it. Looks like this is the 1st book in a new series for this writer. I will definitely be reading the second installment.
I am a big fan of the urban fantasy genre.
What I didn't like about this book. Two main characters have same names as 2 main characters from another popular urban fantasy series.
I noticed this book some time ago, and I finally decided to give it a shot. I found it to be an okay read. It kept my interest for a while, but I found myself skimming as the story seemed to drag on. The author leaves a lot unanswered about her heroine (if you want to think of her as one - I found some of her actions/choices to be questionable). She is obviously setting the stage for the sequel, but I don't know if I'll be reading it. As it is, I'm kind of glad I didn't pay money for this one, and I sure won't be picking up the sequel at the bookstore.
Although the cover didn't entice me, looking to sci-fi, it was a really good story. Mercy is an appealing character as she tries to remain on the right side of using her gifts and helping the friends around her. Those friends turn around and help save her, but ultimately she saves herself by crossing the line of right and wrong.
I greatly disliked Mercy Hollings and will not continue this series. I just couldn't relate to her at all. She has this ability to influence people by making them do what she wants them to do. This was ok when she was practicing hypnotherapy and helping people stop smoking and diet. However, when she went from therapist to thug, I lost interest. Granted her best friend was kidnapped by a drug dealer and Mercy was trying to find her. But her methods were just something I don't like and am not willing to read about again.
This is the start of a new series and it got my attention from the start & it was hard to put it down. I like the character of Mercy alot. The author allows the reader to see Mercy grow & let her guard down with her friends. I will definitely read the next in the series.
I really enjoyed this book, and am anxious to read the next installment in the series, Angel of Mercy. It's sitting here on my TBR, and will be reading it after I finish a couple of other review books that arrived before it.
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