Friday, October 9, 2015

Review: No Mercy by Mary Martel

Publication Date: 10/27/2014
Series: The Dollhouse Series #1
Rating: 4 Stars

Official Blurb:

Warning: this series is intended for a mature audience. It contains violence, murder, prostitution, foul language, suicide and sexual content. 
This is a first part in a series. The books are meant to be read in order. 

“Do you know what the funny thing about Mercy is?” Cap asked her. Before she could answer he spoke again, “It can be a cold, hard, unforgiving bitch.” 

Duchess runs The Dollhouse. An old, two story mansion she recently purchased in an attempt to create a safe home for herself and her girl Franky, something neither of them have ever had. A safe home is not all The Dollhouse is though. The downstairs is a bar and the upstairs is home to something much seedier. A modern day brothel. A brothel Duchess is the proprietress of. 

Duchess is a cold, hard, tough as nails woman with a murky past. Her whole life revolves around taking care of her girls and keeping them safe. 

Life at The Dollhouse is irrevocably altered when its sole neighbor, the Mercy MC, strolls through the front doors of the bar. 

From that moment on Duchess’s fate is intertwined with theirs. She tries to fight it to no avail. They claimed her and her girls and that’s all there is to it. 

She gets a family she never wanted. Friends she never needed. And a lover she never expected. She also suffers loss and has no qualms about killing anybody who stands in her way or threatens her or her girls. 

This is the first part in a series and it is not a happy go lucky story.

No Mercy did exactly as expected. It took me on a merciless trip through a dark and dangerous world filled with escorts and bikers.  No Mercy is intensely satisfying with its raw and gritty story line and edgy characters.

Duchess is the kind of woman who would kill you for bumping into her or messing with her business or friends. She has rude and crude and as this screw with me I’ll kill you attitude.  She’s her own woman and doesn’t need a man forcing her into a submission and back into domestic hell.  Her life is a f-ing train wreck and it was a damn good ride to be on.

Cap on the other hand is the mysterious and sexy president of the neighborhood MC. When Duchess’ bar/brothel moves in, he knows he needs to keep an eye on the sexy little thing running a dangerous business next door.  He doesn’t need the drama or the issues with women selling their bodies so close to home. Yet, after drama pops up with her bar, Cap realizes she isn’t like the able bodied women in his clubhouse. She’s completely different and completely messed up from her past just like him.  

No Mercy is a different kind of MC read.  Its focus lies away from the club and lands squarely on Duchess and her life.  The dual POVs helps with interlacing the club with the brothel side of the story.  This book did not disappoint!

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