He taught me to kill. Murder is in my blood now. It runs through my veins and though I hide the monster I see in the mirror with ink, it doesn’t keep him from coming out.
My street name is Mercy, but I never show any. Except for her. I watch Becca, though she doesn’t know. She saved me a long time ago; the day my father killed my mother. Her bravery turned her into a target.
My father holds a grudge and knife with the same proficiency, and Becca is the focus of his hatred. And I’m the only monster who can save her.
Poughkeepsie was one of those books that stuck with me for ages, I recommended it to everyone who asked. I loved everything about it. I don’t read comedy, I just don’t, so I haven’t read any of Ms. Anastasia’s raunchy comedies. After the paragon of romance that was the Poughkeepsie series, I was so happy to see she was again writing something in my wheelhouse and I jumped at my chance to read Mercy. Poughkeepsie is a pretty high standard to be held to, Mercy was good and enjoyable, but just didn’t quite have the same magic as it did.
I don’t think that the synopsis does this book justice. I was expecting Mercy (Fenix, Nix) to be a cold, callous, heartless person, he was anything but that. To his enemies, sure, he was merciless, to everyone else he was the best kind of person they could hope to have in their life. I felt a particular sadness for Nix and the way he viewed himself, the things he put himself through, the pain he carried like a shield. It was evident from the first interaction he had with Christina, underneath all the layers he hid his heart under he was just a little boy who needed someone to love him unconditionally.
I didn’t fall in love with Becca like I did Nix. I appreciated how strong of a woman she was but there was something about the way she seemed so wishy-washy about most things I found off-putting. I was happy that, by the end of the book, she had grown enough to know what she wanted and stand up for herself. I just wish we could have witnessed more of that transformation, as I think seeing her go from the girl putting up a tough front to a truly strong person would have been important.
For the most part, I really enjoyed Mercy. It was, thankfully, light on comedy – though there were a few cringe-worthy moments that seemed to only be included for comedic relief, I could have done without those. I enjoyed the intensity that Nix and Becca shared. Their relationship may have seemed crazy and fast to some people, but it felt like perfection while I was reading. They each seemed to fill all the holes the other had without even trying. I loved them together, they were the epitome of a whole being better than the sum of its parts.
Debra Anastasia writes gritty, angsty romance like few others. While I’m not sure anything will ever hold a candle to Poughkeepsie, I did really appreciate her approach to this story and the style with which she writes. I am excited to see more about the secondary characters we met in this book and to spend some more time in this world. Animal was such an enigma in Mercy, I can’t wait to see what he has waiting for us in his book.
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Debra Anastasia likes to write from her heart, her soul or her butt. The genres she dabbles in are examples of that. There are two paranormal romances in the Seraphim Series and now four contemporary romances in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series and a stand alone in the same genre, Mercy. Fire Down Below and Fire in the Hole, Booty Camp Dating Service and Beast complete her comedy repertoire. The Revenger, a dark paranormal romance, is finally in the light, and the last, a novella called Late Night with Andres, is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research.
Debra lives in Maryland with her two kids, husband of twenty years and two dogs. The king of the house is clearly the tuxedo cat that is the size of a small donkey. Find about her latest adventures on DebraAnastasia.com