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Beg for Mercy (Cambion, #1)

by Shannon Dermott

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I was intrigued by this book the minute I read the description. Beg for Mercy is fast paced, and I was unable to put it down. I was beginning to wonder how this was going to be a YA book about a succubus, but Dermott pulled it off fabulously!

Many of the characters were easy to connect with. Mercy acted like a complete airhead at times, but I don't she realized the effect she had on people since she wasn't never taught what to do in certain situations. Luke is the all around great guy. He's easy going, patient and loyal. Flynn is awesome! He's the poster boy for bad boys everywhere. Paul is stuck in the friend zone. Well, Mercy wishes he wasn't, but can't change things. And then there is Sebastian. You never know his true intentions.

I love the mystery in the book. I also think it's a shock to Mercy that not everyone is as they seem. If you aren't a fan of love triangles, you might get annoyed. There are 4 main guys vying for Mercy's attention. At times I felt it was a little excessive, but it didn't take away from the story at all. Being put in these odd situations has helped Mercy grow, and learn to make better choices.

I can't wait to see what happens in Waiting for Mercy. Especially after the way this book ended!!!! ( )
  BookishThings | Mar 23, 2016 |
I got this book to read and review from the Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! So what I liked about this book:
how the story began, I've been reading young adult books which don't begin well and it becomes difficult to dive into the story because of that.
the whole high school set up seemed genuine and Mercy wanting to be the part of the "elites" also made her more real to me.
Flynn's character was very well-written and I like his transformation from a jerk to Mercy's friend.
I loved how the author eased us into the supernatural world because if there were succubi, then there sure can be vampires and shifters.
What I did not like:
Mercy's instant attraction to Luke and how comfortable she felt around him. She barely even knew the guy.
The sudden arrival of a mysterious voice that Mercy starts hearing in her dreams. If it was to be an important part of the story, it should have been included earlier.
How a girl as smart as Mercy couldn't have figured it out earlier that her friends were hiding something from her and even after she did realize that, the lack of curiosity on her part was just weird.
Plus she keeps ignoring clues like Miss Gibson or Brent's shifter behavior or Tommy's super hearing abilities. She wasn't written to be this dense. Then why?
Sebastian's appearance. Yes, Mercy's a succubus but it doesn't mean she should go all Anita Blake on us! We already had a lot of guys in the story without a vampire being added to it.
I liked the book, though and would definitely read the next installment.
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  MiduHadi | Jul 5, 2015 |
I am done reading this absolutely amazing novel, and boy am I STUNNED!!! My review will be published tomorrow, since I really need to lay it off for a while, to kind of understand exactly what I just read LOL

*The next day*

Oh.My.Angel! This book shook my world, uprooted it and tossed it in the deepest, darkest waters!!! I finished reading it yesterday, but was so SMITTEN, I needed to take some time to think it through. It was amazing, it was completely stunning, breathtaking and addictive. I cannot wait for the next installment to come out. So please, Shannon, hurry!!!

Please be aware that the following review may contain some minor spoilers.

Mercy is not an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Not in a long shot. But what she is isn't something to be proud of because it's like a fast-spreading poison, like a dagger straight through the heart. In one word, she's deadly. One kiss of hers can take away human life. True, the person may be quite happy about it at the time, but in the end he would just be a crumpled, motionless heap on the ground.

Two years ago Mercy had no idea what she was. So when the time came for her first kiss, and she braved the shame and embarrassment of it all, she couldn't possibly imagine that Paul, the boy she liked would fall breathless at her feet. After that incident, her mother had no choice but to give her the basics. And the rules. Main one is: no boys.

Truthfully, Mercy didn't mind that rule at all after the realization of the danger she may impose upon more intimate contact sunk in. And who could blame her, really? Who would want to suck out the life if their loved ones? You got it: nobody.

So when she gets stuck in a classic game of "spin the bottle" and Flynn, the most gorgeous bad boy of all french-kisses her, Mercy expects the worst. But to her surprise, he's still alive and he's even laughing about the whole thing. How could that be?

After that night, things change dramatically for Mercy. Suddenly, guys are interested in her, girls are jealous of her, and her own containment of her inner demons is about to crack. Especially so when gorgeous blonde Luke steps in the picture and claims her.

Would she be able to control herself around him? Or would he be her first victim ever?

All I can say about this book is that it shattered me to pieces. So much that I actually had to take my time to write this review, because my thoughts were scattered in millions of fragments and it took a while to stitch them back together. Rarely do I feel so strongly about any novel. Only the masters have been able to provoke such grand emotions in me.

So, what I liked about this book was, well.... EVERYTHING. Okay, well yes, I admit there were some grammar inconsistencies, and they did kind of distract me from time to time. But everything else was so brilliant and engaging, I just couldn't put the kindle down.

I love romance/self-exploration stories, and this one was just that. It had lots of kissing and romance scenes; it had light action; it had lessons, breaking of rules and over-the-top excitement. There was uncontrolled passion and self-growth. The constant banter between Flynn and Mercy really cracked me up. The discoveries she made about the male gender were funny, and in a way - unexpected.

In short: I really enjoyed this book and would surely recommend it to anyone who loves paranormal romance stories.

The characters:
* Mercy was a well grounded character. She had her head cleared that she could not date. Perhaps not ever, or at least not until her mother gave her the basics on how to control herself. I loved her desire to strife to know more, and that she used the SAT vocab list in her daily life. I cracked up laughing at the big words she kept throwing at Flynn. I felt her pain and struggle with her darker self all along. I hurt with her, I laughed with her. She was a very real character.

* Flynn was the all time bad boy that every girl ultimately falls for. Mercy isn't one to hold back either. However, the fact that she despises him and his huge ego kind of pulls that attraction back a little. I loved his blaze demeanor, and I loved that underneath the hard shell, there was a core full of tenderness and desire to love and be loved back.

* Luke was the one character who kept me on edge the whole time. Not only was he smart, gorgeous and the ultimate boy a girl would want to wake up next to every morning, but he was also mysterious. So much, that we only find out what he is in the last few pages of the book. Not that I couldn't guess way before then, but I just really wanted to see it stated somewhere. Gosh, every time he held Mercy in his arms, I felt like I was in her shoes. It was amazing!!!

*Sebastian was another bad boy. Delicious and unearthly from the very beginning, he made my blood boil the moment he made his appearance.

*Paul - urghh, well, I really didn't like Paul. He was so self-centered and hypocritical I could barely stand him. Honestly. And he pretended to be the best friend, when he was of no help at all. He's close to my list of dislikes only with the bad guy.

*Maggie - well, she was a nice girl most of the time. She wasn't of much help, unless we count the romantic department. She isn't in on Mercy's secret, but truth is, I'd rather it's kept this way. I feel like her mouth is too big for her own good.

*Mercy's mom - well, what can I say, she must've had her reasons for keeping Mercy in the dark for all her life, and for not teaching her how to control her darker half.

Several quotes that I marked as I read along include:

"You are a pompous licentious asshole, and there is nothing I need to hear from you but thank you for the ride," I said closing the car door maybe a little too hard on my exit.

As I continued down the hall Flynn fell in step with me.
"You could thank me," he said.
Barely turning in his direction, I scowled and rolled my eyes. "I could scream bloody murder too." I said flippantly.

"Oh, I'm just thinking, that's all."
"About?" I said. (...)
He stopped again. "I guess if I'd wanted to fill you in, I would have," he said giving me the eye that said "duh".

I hadn't really wanted to spell it out but here it goes. "Does she know you're sleeping with me?" I asked.
When he stood, turned and cocked his head to one side I realized the error of my words.
"She knows that I'm sleeping at your house but I doubt that she really could comprehend my fantasies," he said, raising his eyebrows as he eyed me up and down.

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  karlaihdez | Sep 20, 2013 |
Beg for Mercy by Shannon Dermott

I found I really enjoyed this book, I liked all the characters and I really enjoyed the writing style of Shannon Dermott. This is a series I will keep my eye on.

In the beginning of the book we are introduced to Mercy who is a teenage Succubus, Mercy doesn’t know much about being a Succubus because her mother won’t talk about it. After a bad experience with a boy and her first kiss, Mercy knows her mother is right she needs to stay away from boys.

One night her friend Maggie convinces Mercy that they should go to a party where all the popular seniors will be hanging out, and this leads to Mercy sitting around playing a game of spin the bottle. Turmoil inside of her when she realizes the bottle has stopped and is pointing at her and to her horror the boy besides jumps in grabs her and plants a kiss right on her lips. In a panic she runs out of the room, so worried about what she may have done only to find out a few minutes later the boy is fine.

This moment is when she starts to wonder and realizes she needs to question her mother more. Can she have a boyfriend???

Now Mercy has a boyfriend, Mercy is going to have a step brother and her best friend Paul is looking at her different. She meets a few werewolves and a young man named Sebastian who she is not quite she what he is.

Throughout this book the internal struggles and dialogues she has with herself and her inner Succubus is great. You actually start to feel bad for her, trying to figure out if it's her or the Succubus.

This was a fantastic story, I think its better then a love triangle type of story because Mercy is just coming into herself a young woman and a succubus. In the end, I believe she lets go of the one she loves to protect his soul. But I am hoping that they somehow they get reunited in book two.

I would recommend this story to anyone who likes to read y/paranormal romances types of books. I cannot wait for Waiting for Mercy (Cambion #2).
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  TanaT | Aug 7, 2013 |
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Everyone dreams of that first kiss. Of that magic moment when your lips finally meet those of that special person you've waited your whole life for. A little awkward, a little scary, a little hot and every bit amazing. We speculate that the whole world will shake and time will just stop. No one, however, ever imagines that kiss to bring Death himself knocking.

Sixteen year old Mercy Moore's life just got more complicated. The kiss that originally could have meant she would finally have a boyfriend now was the kiss that could have very nearly ended his life. A small detail her mother conveniently never told her will take her life for an abrupt u-turn. Dating, no love, was now completely and utterly impossible. And the boy well, that boy would never be the same.

But life, however cruel, goes on. Far too soon for her taste, Mercy finds herself at a senior party with the elite students of her school and her best friend. And of all things, playing a stupid game that could very well mean the death of someone in that small room. If it were not for her best friend, the hottest guys in school, and a small need to fit in, she may have been able to escape the disaster that was to come. Her worst nightmare, her personal curse, her very life, only gets dangerously worse.

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