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I wish I could erase this from my memory,
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This review is from: Mercy (Kindle Edition)
This book is not a romance and I'm not sure that it can even be categorized as erotica. Maybe horror?
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. What we find in that head is just about as depressing as it gets, but she is a very "real" person. This was the only point on which I could award this book any stars.
Rape aside, the sex in the rest of this book was uninspiring. I'm having a hard time putting my finger on why, as the author goes through the usual recipe list of the kinds of sex expected in these books. They all fell flat to me, like I was reading a clinical description of what was happening, but I was never swept up or turned on. Perhaps it was the utter lack of emotional connection or trust-building between the two main characters. Without that, I was unable to find anything to enjoy about the sex.
Lucy needs to be rescued, she is unable to save herself - from herself or from the "hero", and ultimately everyone else in this book lets her down. Bleak.