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Mercy Paperback – February 1, 2009
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If you are interested in sensual power exchange and the dramatic emotion of BDSM relationships, you will find the novels of Annabel Joseph both titillating and satisfying in a completely original way.
Annabel also writes non-BDSM erotic romance under the pen name Molly Joseph.
She loves to hear from her readers at annabeljosephnovels (at) gmail.com.
Top Customer Reviews
More than anything I wish I'd disregarded a review I read on here that urged me to "Look deeper. Expect more. Because of the darkness, the light at the end is so profound and entrancing." I could not disagree more. This book left me feeling violated, and sticking it out to the bitter end did nothing to dispell that feeling.
I'd like to see this book come with a warning:
IF YOU THINK YOU LIKE BDSM OR D/S, THIS BOOK IS A PORTRAYAL OF THE UGLIEST SIDES OF WHAT THAT WORLD HAS TO OFFER. Unless you are extremely grounded in your own sexuality, and know and understand the difference between a healthy D/s relationship and an abusive one, then I strongly discourage you from reading this book. It will warp your sense of what this lifestyle is all about. I think I have a good hold on what makes a relationship abusive or not, and this book still left me feeling just tragically sick inside. I feel like this book can be summed up in just a few words: Out of control "Dom" abuses trust of his sub. Mostly this is just a book about two extremely troubled people. I'd like to see a round of therapy for everyone.
I agree with the other posters who would like to see a rape warning put on this book. While there are many scenes of "dubious consent" as indicated in the book description, there is also a rape. And yes, rapists often have reasons for what they do...completely valid reasons - to them...that doesn't change the fact that the "hero" in this book rapes the "heroine", and there is no consent, dubious or otherwise, involved.
On the positive side, the author seems to really get into Lucy's head. She is a well thought out charcter.Read more ›
Lucy and Matthew's affair starts out interesting as he attempts to claim her as his. But as their relationship unfolds she is abused and used almost on a daily basis. I am involved in this lifestyle and quite frankly a seasoned submissive person could not endure the treatment she was put through let alone a tiny vanilla ballerina. Granted it is fiction, so I can over look that.
What I can't is the drug abuse Lucy has to continue dancing, Matthew raping her to make her stop dancing, sever beatings while she is pregnant with their baby, and using her prior rape as a reason that she wanted to be in a S&M relationship, basically saying she wanted to be attacked.
But through the magic of the written word fuzzy bunnies carry them and their baby off into the sunset to live happily ever after.
I don't recommend this book, going to try The Marketplace next.
Completely aside from the BDSM, the story rings false. Characters, both the two leads, but also other minor characters, are inconsistent, unreliable. It's very hard to get interested and involved with characters that change their essential character from page to page. This book was recommended to me, but now I feel like I sat down to enjoy a nice dish of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia, and was served sugar-free ice milk.
I hate that a writer again, portrays a woman falling in love with her rapist. The idea that a Masster who loves his "thing" would violate their contract for her own good by raping her in a sick and unconscious state.
I will never buy another book by this writer and I have mentioned this review to readers on serveral loops I belong to.
I don't believe that all erotica books are sweet kisses and gentle stroking but this is vile and a was a non-consensual violation of a woman
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book on the back of Torment Me, Miss Joseph's latest, which I loved, but unfortunately I did not love this story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paly
It's a dark romance. Twisted but good. Way better than all of this fake bdsm stuff out there. I enjoyed that the character was an adult and not some 21 year old idiot.Published 8 months ago by Alexandria
I love the story and it's probably one of the truest representations of scening and the lifestyle in general everyone's kink is different embrace it alPublished 10 months ago by jsmith
Not much of a story - just a lot of racy scenes. By the end of the book I still didn't care one way or another about the characters or what happened to them, which is never a good... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jessica Hanley
I really loved this story. Things are not as they appear and the characters are flawed, multi-layered and complex. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Heather B.
Thee are some seriously messed up things happening in this book that really disturbed me.... And yet I couldn't put it down and I have read it again since finishing it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by shannonnn
Love love loved it. A story definitely worth re-reading. This story looked at how a woman was abused early on and chose to live her life a certain way because of it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Waldine Fryer
Don't do it, don't buy it thinking the bad reviews have it wrong, WE don't. There is complex D/s relationships which makes up the characters but this is just WRONG. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Kerri