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?
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.
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.
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.