Act of Mercy by Mandy M Roth
Reviewed by Mandi
Duke and his buddies are Paranormal and Security Intelligence (PSI) Operatives, kind of like cia/navy seals of the paranormal world. They have been alive for centuries. Duke is a lycan, but others in his unit are lion shifters or other animal shifters. There are also vampires and fae that roam this world, all a secret to the humans. We don’t really dive too deep into world building in this one, so I don’t really know how paranormals really live in the real world, we only see Duke and his unit together at work. Their friend and fellow PSI, James, has been missing for some time, but after a mysterious phone call from a woman, they think they have a lead as to where he could be.
Mercy is a brilliant scientist/researcher/engineer/doctor person. She has worked for “The Corporation” for a while now, thinking she was doing good for the world – advancements in science and technology and such. But then she realizes the people she is working for are truly evil. They captured people, who Mercy soon realizes are more than just people (aka shifters) and through torture and experiments, are trying to make a new super-race of humans. Mercy can’t believe how horrible they treat their prisoners, and befriends James who eventually tells her to call his PSI buddies and give them a coded message. They rush to save James, and Duke finds his fated mate in Mercy.
While the evil corporation, truly does evil things, this is more of a light-hearted paranormal romance. Duke is a growly, stubborn werewolf who has been alive for a very lont time and has given up on finding his mate. In this world shifters have fated-mates, so one sniff and you know you have found him or her. Duke has sniffed a lot, with no results. His brother-in-arms and him are very close and give each other a very hard time in this book, which was amusing at times. There are a lot of guys introduced which was confusing at first. When he first receives the phone call from Mercy, he gets a boner just from her voice, so you know she is going to be his mate.
I quite enjoyed this book until Mercy and Duke meet. Mercy goes from being this super intelligent woman, to a rambling, naive, person who did not fit her brilliant side at all. It confused me. Granted, while she knows shifters exist due to witnessing the people in prison at her work, she isn’t super familiar with them, but she has studied their DNA and if she really is brilliant, she knows they don’t always act human. Her complete confusion over Duke and him claiming her as his mate confused me. She rambled and giggled and just acted really strange. It’s made known to the reader that Mercy doesn’t have completely human DNA, and the guys get a good sniff of her and start using the word Fae. Maybe her Fae side made her giggly and ask a hundred questions – but the author never really explains the Fae. I kept waiting to hear about the Fae and how Mercy fits into that role, but it’s just not brought up.
Fun first half, disappointing second half.
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