I like Toni Andrews ‘Mercy’ series and her latest “Cry Mercy” had me glued to the pages. This isn’t really a romance, per se; there are romantic elements, but this is essentially the story of a woman with unusual abilities living her life. Her differences and the reactions of people in her past have caused her to close herself off. Recent experiences though, have brought her into contact with people-some with special talents, some without-and she’s learning that EVERYONE is different in some way. So although this series so far has centered on her growing talents and her struggle to use them without abusing herself or others, for me it’s just a fascinating series of stories about someone struggling to be themself and be happy…and find love of course.
Mercy works as a hypnotherapist, very convenient since she has the ability to ‘push’ her wishes on others. Her work gives her the opportunity to use those talents to help others and keep the talent from escaping her control. Recently, she’s noticed some changes in her talent and that’s not necessarily a good thing. She’s also become involved with a group of ‘friends’, very different for the loner Mercy’s always tried to be. But now having friends means trying to help them, and somehow Mercy has become involved in trying to save a friend and his younger brother from continued life in a gang, but to do that she’ll have to use her ‘push’ in ways she’s never tried before. Mercy also delves into her past; trying to discover more about her birth parents and prove, once and for all, if she’s really human…or something more.
If you’ve not read any of the Mercy books, I wouldn’t suggest beginning here–you’ll miss alot of the changes in Mercy’s life that make each book so engrossing. Toni Andrews’ style of writing works well as Mercy tells her story in the first person and let’s us peer inside her mind and her struggles in using her ability without crossing the moral boundaries she’s set for herself. That personal touch of being inside Mercy’s head is part of what makes this such an ‘unputdownable’ series. Like I said, not exactly your normal romance. More of a fantasy with light romantic elements, mystery, and some action. Or maybe just the story of an unusual woman…or you could always read it and decide for yourself!