Five clean stars.
This book landed on my to-read-list because of it’s gorgeous cover. It collected dust there for a long time because I was too busy with writing, but I was glad I finally found the time to dive into Mercy.
This is the first book I read from Debra Anastasia, and it certainly won’t be the last. Although I write contemporary romance myself, I’m usually quite indecisive in my choice of books to read because most of them are the same. In this genre, it’s either military or MC romance, but this is something new.
Nix aka Mercy is not the usual badass-alpha-male, I’m-tattooed-because-it’s-cool guy. He’s burdened with a horrible trauma from his childhood which is why he covered himself in a skeleton tattoo from head to toe. Debra managed to make the reader feel what Nix feels. Nothing felt out of place. What she writes feels realistic and is never exaggerated. Nix is brutal but just. He’s not a macho with a big mouth despite his physics and scary tattoos, and I like that about him.
I also love Debra’s writing style. While it’s plain simple with short sentences, it brings things straight to the point. No unnecessary phrases, no super long sentences. Her language is clean, and the story is straight-forward. This is really something considering the book has over 400 pages which is quite unusual for a stand-alone in this genre. It’s proof that the author knows how to create a story with depth.
Can’t wait to read Animal’s story in Havoc!