This was the first time I’ve read anything by Annabel Joseph. It was recommended to me by a fellow Rauncher who had just begun to explore BDSM books. I picked up Mercy for a few reason: a) it was recommended b) the heroine was a dancer and I have a personal connection with dance and c) I was looking for something to follow up Fifty Shades of Grey in terms of a contractual BDSM relationship.
I had a hell of a time wrapping my head around this book. I was enjoying the ride for probably about the first half-ish, but then things took a serious turn. Mind you, while BDSM isn’t quite my cup o’ tea I still enjoy reading about it, if only because I find it fascinating. I’ve only really skimmed the surface of the genre, and Mercy really delved into areas that pushed me to a place I wasn’t comfortable. Like humiliation. And taking control in a manner that leaves the submissive with no choice whatsoever. I really struggled to push through my personal disagreement in the character’s choices and behaviors, but unfortunately it just dampened the rest of the book for me.
First of all, our heroine starts out interesting enough but she fell flat for me at the halfway point. No pun intended. She reminded me of that girl in high school who drops all of her friends when her flavor of the week comes along. She cuts her friends out of her life as things begin to revolve around her Dom, and I really disliked her for that. Our hero made less than admirable choices as well toward the climax of the plot that really left me wanting to throw this book at the wall and wonder why the hell I was still reading.
There was potential here and unfortunately it didn’t pan out for me. The characters doomed themselves with decisions I ultimately disagreed with and just flat out couldn’t process.
Mercy by Annabel Joseph, 10/11/09
Romance: 1/5 Raunch: 5/5