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Beg for Mercy [Mass Market Paperback]

Toni Andrews
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077832365X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778323655
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,044,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new paranormal series - Book 1 28 Oct 2007
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The blurb on the back of this book made me wonder if Mercy Hollings is something like the Incredibly Hulk in that we're told that people around her are at risk when she gets angry. But no, Mercy doesn't turn into an unjolly green giant, instead she has an ability to 'press' or bend people to her will. For example, if someone annoyed her and she said "go and take a running jump" they would. Clearly this is significant in terms of her interaction with people; something said in the heat of the moment, when drunk, without thought, could cause significant harm - and has in the past done so.

So Mercy is a loner, newly working as a hypnotherapist (with very good results) and with a strong personal code of ethics as to how she uses her ability. Not much, in other words, unless with the person's full consent, which is only really possible as part of her hypnotherapy practice. However Mercy's life is undergoing something of a change - she's finding herself with some friends who seem to care about her and when she cares about them too, and rescues her ditzy friend Sukey from an unsavoury man, she opens up a whole can of worms. Sometimes breaking some of her code of ethics means having to break even more to clean up the mess.

The cast of characters in this book is excellent, from Mercy herself (yes, another Mercedes, like in Patricia Briggs' paranormal series) whose daily decisions about whether to use her talent, together with doubt over her own humanity and her origins, give her a vulnerable and yet powerful edge; to Sam, the love interest, a surprisingly phlegmatic man who sees enough in Mercy to overlook her secrets; and to Sukey, the friend with a frightening taste in men who grows up quickly in this book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First Book in a New Urban Fantasy Series 24 Oct 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mercy Hollings has an extraordinary gift. She has the power to make people do what she wants. She calls this power 'the press'. Mercy's friend Sukey has appalling taste in men, when her latest boyfriend (Rocko) slips her heroin and causes her to overdose, Mercy takes matters into her own hands to ensure it will never happen again. Unfortunately in getting rid of the sleazy boyfriend, Mercy manages to draw the attention of Dominic, drug dealer and Rocko's boss. Dominic wants his heroin back.

Mercy is just trying to live an ordinary life without hurting people. She has four rules for when she can and cannot use her power. The most important being - do no harm. But when a word spoken in haste or anger can do irreparable damage it's easy to understand why she's chosen to try and isolate herself. However, she's made friends in this community and when she puts those people in danger, she sorts her mess out and ultimately has to break her rules. (Though it has to be said, she sometimes seems to have a pretty flexible approach to most of them.)

Mercy does let her emotions over-ride her judgement, which considering the power she has isn't a good thing. She initially pursues Rocko without being certain of his guilt. She makes a big assumption because of her own self-recrimination. And when she uses the press on him, she sets in motion a chain of events that ultimately put Sukey, and Mercy's other friends in even more danger. I very much liked this ripple effect. Nearly everything that happens can be traced back to that initial press on Rocko. As Mercy tries to put things right, she ends up having to use the press even more. It shows how easily she could become corrupted by her power.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic little thriller 14 Jan 2008
By Rachel VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is great...buy it if you like books like those written by Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris and Kelley Armstrong although its not derivative of these, just a similar genre. Toni Andrews deserves your pennies for writing a story with a great heart, marvelous, believeable characters and an achingly real location...read her afterword, Balboa jumps off the page and she obviously loves the place. Where this novel is so strong is that although it is a supernatural read, it is rooted in reality and all the better for it. I am looking forward to the next one, and so will you be...delicious villains,realistically spiky heroine, good, solid plot, scrumptious men and generally just one of those books you can't wait to sit down and read. Roll on the next installment!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chills and, yes, a few laughs, too. 5 Sep 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love paranormals but I've gotten a little weary of the mysterious stranger who turns out to be a vampire/werewolf, although I love the chills that go along with the urban fantasy genre. So Beg for Mercy turned out to be a wonderful surprise.

Not truly a romance (although Sam can put his deck shoes under my bunk any time!), this is the first book in a series that introduces one of the most complex and compelling anti-heroines I've ever met. Mercy's encounters with the villainous Dominic raised the hairs on my arms!

The book is also full of dark humor - Andrews' voice is often sardonic - and introduces a cast of characters that I'm looking forward to meeting again. I especially loved Sukey, Mercy's irrepressible side-kick. More installments, please!
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