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So I read Undressing Mercy a couple of days ago, dontcha just love the cover? No? Well sod ya then!

Anyway, here’s the blurb:

My Verdict

I really liked this book, I really did.

I was initially drawn to Undressing Mercy because I liked the front cover, but when I read the blurb, it seemed just a tad too bland for me, but I persevered, and decided to have a quick flick through anyway. (Note to Ms Lee, the blurb needs work..)

I read the first couple of pages, and decided to purchase. (By the way, I paid a whopping great £8.99 ($15) which I thought was bloody expensive for a book that only has 182 pages. This is what I call a rip-off.)

My favourite thing about Undressing Mercy was the hero, Shamus Montgomery. He was lovely. I love me some darkly brooding, yet sensitive arty type men, who know how to use their penis properly treat a girl right.

I loved his intensity, and this is something that Ms Lee managed to convey very well. He wasn’t an arsehole, and at no point in the book did I feel the urge to take a meat cleaver to his very manly tackle. Can I hear a Hallelujah for that?

I loved the fact that Ms Lee also managed to make him sensitive, without turning him into My Gay Best Friend. I love sensitive men, but I certainly don’t want to be channeling Lizza Minnelli’s David Gest whilst reading a romance book, ya know what I mean?

Mercy was a slightly more complicated kettle of fish. I did like her, but I had to fight really hard to understand her reasoning for not pressing charges on the arsehole who raped her. She had all the evidence she needed, but instead she chose to leave her place of work, and so the perpetrator managed to get off scott free. Grrrrr. HOT BUTTON, HOT BUTTON, HOT BUTTON!

Now I know that this is often the case in real life, but Mercy was a very strong character, and it just seemed to me that somebody as mentally tough as she was, would have wanted to see justice done. In the book, her motivation for not pursuing the bastard who raped her, was because she didn’t want to be seen as a victim, which, I would have understood a bit better, had her life not been ruled by the actions of the colleague who’d assaulted her.

Now being a Borderline Feminist which basically means I like to wear perfume, and shave my under-arm hair choosing to not act against a man who raped you, is something that I find hard to understand, and never having been a victim of rape, I can only imagine that I’d want justice if it had happened to me.

Having said the above, I did like the heroine. Apart from the whole rape issue, she was a strong woman, who didn’t take shit from anyone. I especially liked the way she dealt with the obligatory arsehole in the book, who’s sole mission in life was to make her life a misery.

I loved the chemistry between Mercy and Shamus. The contrast between these two people, which had nothing whatsoever to do with colour, was one of the things that I especially liked about the book. I felt that Mercy was the more fiery, (if sometimes slightly insecure) character, whilst Shamus was her anchor, who was able to pull her back, when things got too rough. They felt like real people, and it was easy to relate to them.

Not to say that they could be my next door neighbour or anything, because I imagine that Mercy is nothing like Betty, the elderly lady, who lives next to us, with her noisy freakish Yorkshire Terrier dog…. Erm I digress…

Anyway, to sum up, I often compare reading a book to taking a cruise on the Mediterranean, sometimes, the waters are so rough, you want to puke your guts up, and the people who you meet are so fucking annoying, they make you want to eat your own children, but other times, the waters are lovely and smooth, with hardly a ripple to mar the coastline, and it’s a joy to share a margarita or two with your fellow cruisers.

Well this book was comparable to the latter. Deanna had a good voice, the book was easy to read, it had the right emotional elements when needed, flowed along at a nice pace, and didn’t make me want to punch the bookseller chick at Borders or demand my £8.99 back. What more can a reader ask for?

By the way, for those who don’t particularly enjoy page after page of gratuitous, mind-numbing sex scenes, *cough*Elizabeth Bevarly*cough, cough* I can assure you that this book is probably on par with your average Blaze, in terms of the sexual content. The words, cock, fuck, and clit were used on the odd occasion, but don’t worry, it was all very tastefully done. *g*

You can visit Deanna Lee here and buy Undressing Mercy here.

9 Comments »


  • CynthiaB
    July 20
    5:32 pm

    Good review, I read this recently, and agree with all the points that you make. I found it frustrating that she didn’t the rape, because like you said, it was an out of character decision to make.

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  • Katie
    July 20
    8:07 pm

    Karen, I have to say this review is positively mouth watering *G*. I don’t know the author, but *sigh*, I just put one more name on my try out list. Thanx.

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  • Dee
    July 20
    8:40 pm

    My only complaint on the cover is that the title is in my way, thank you very much. 🙂

    I hope it’s at Nationals lit signing. My book buying funds are all getting siphoned there this month!

    Thanks for giving me something to look for!
    Dee

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  • Dawn
    July 21
    8:34 am

    I love the review K. I’ll have to save for this one though – £8.99 for a book that’s not even as long as a M&B Modern Romance? That’s an utter rip-off.

    BTW, I read Betting Hearts on your say so, and really enjoyed it.

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  • Karen Scott
    July 21
    8:49 am

    Cynthia, don’t get me wrong, I loved both characters, but it just made me mad that the perp was allowed to get away with raping her.

    Hi Katie, It really was a lovely book, which I think you’ll enjoy, and if you don’t, you can come back and tell me. *g*

    Dee, you’re such a perv *g* Don’t you get lots of freebies at the Nationals?

    Dawn, it’s actually £7.19 on Amazon UK, but that’s still fairly expensive to me. I got Alison Kent’s The Bane Affair the other day, and that was £9.99, and it wasn’t much longer! I wouldn’t mind, but I’d already read it, but lost it, and wanted to keep all the SG5 books together. Sigh.

    All Brava contemps are priced at £9.99, and I think it’s utterly ridiculous. I keep telling myself to go to a used book store, but who has that kind of time? And this is England, UBS don’t offer much in the way of good romance books anyway.

    It gets right on my tits!!

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  • Dawn
    July 21
    11:08 am

    I’ve actually bought a lot of used books from Amazon, and have got a lot of bargains. Of course, you pay about £2.75 for postage, but if I can get the book for less than full price then I reckon it’s worth it.

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  • Paz
    July 23
    5:22 am

    I’ve enjoyed all of Deanna Lee’s books.

    Paz

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  • Anonymous
    August 22
    9:06 pm

    Spoiler…

    Did we all read the same book? She did file charges against her rapist in the end of the book.

    The blurb does suck. Also disappointing to discover that the print cover in stores covers up his fine butt all together.

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  • Karen Scott
    August 23
    7:28 am

    Spoiler

    Anonymous, I know she filed rape charges in the end, but I was annoyed that she hadn’t done it sooner, plus I didn’t want to add that tidbit of info, as I consider that to be a spolier.

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