Book Review : Mercy (The Mercy Trilogy) by Lucian Bane
A Sneak Peek Into The Story :
Mercy (yes, that is her real name), has a dark past. A man rescues her from said past, take cares of her and teaches her how to fight and defend herself, who she eventually comes to call her father. Her father, who has been sheltering her for her whole life suddenly passed away and leaves her with an envelope.
Inside the envelope, there is a full and detailed report on a man called Sade, along with his picture. From what was written, Mercy can already summarize that Sade has been through some hardship and has turned into a dangerous man. Not only that, the fact that he was raised and is still living in the worst part of the city and is the son a man who deals in illegal drugs, prostitution and flesh trade just strengthens Mercy’s belief that Sade is definitely dangerous.
However, Mercy being a kind-hearted angel, who only ever sees her father as a kind and goodhearted man, strives to be like him, and decides that her father must have been wanting to help Sade from his current situation. Knowing that now her father is unable to help Sade, she decides step in and help him herself.
Despite Mercy already knowing the fact that Sade is not a good man, she still decides that she wants go and find out more about the man herself. I just find it funny that Mercy, who has had a horrible past, thinks that it is a good idea to just visit the man in his club, which is located in one of the worst parts of Los Angeles, all by herself. Without even thinking that it would probably be a good idea to at least tell someone where she would be going, in case something happens to her. But she just fly down to Sade’s club as fast as she possibly can, it is as if she just can’t wait to meet the man.
” The crowd in the front was vanilla ice cream in comparison to the crowd in the back and the energy screamed ‘welcome to your last wrong turn. “
That is what is written in the book in regard of what she thinks after she enters the back alleyway. At this point, I am not sure if Mercy is either stupid, naive or just plain crazy.
Once the two properly meets, it is as if they just instantly falls in love with each other. Which I don’t really mind when the writing is executed in the right way. But the way Lucian Bane does it, I don’t know, it just doesn’t sit well with me. It is more like Mercy has a bipolar disorder and sometimes she is being all snuggly and lovey-dovey and at times, just the simplest thing that Sade does will set her off and she will be on defense mode and literally fight with Sade (as in literal physical fighting). Not only that, in the very beginning of them knowing each other, Mercy is already feeling possessive about Sade, and I find it weird that she feels that way because they don’t even know each other that well yet and here she is, blowing up his phone when he doesn’t answer to her calls.
For the first half of the book, the story bounce around so much that I have a hard time trying to understand Mercy and Sade. I am still trying to wrap my head around Mercy’s motivation to find Sade and her trying to integrate into his life once she did. I get that Mercy wants to help Sade with his issues, but it somehow feels as if she is just trying to be in Sade’s life as fast as she can possibly be.
They both have serious sexual issues. Sade gets off on pain, it doesn’t matter whether he inflicts it or he endures it. And Mercy’s body shuts down at the thought of sexual pleasures when approached with triggers. And Sade is an equally complex character as well, while he is portrayed as the Dominant in this book, he doesn’t quite seem to fit the Dominant criteria based on his actions in this book. Moreover, in “Mercy” seems like Sade gives a lot of power, way too many power even, to his cock, to the point that it feels like his cock is the one controlling his actions not the other way around.
Another problem I have with this book is the heroine. Her mission is to help Sade with his past, and at the same time help herself with her past as well. While Sade does a good job conversing his past, Mercy seems to have more problems with it. As in, whenever she has a break down, she refuses to talk about it and opted only to have Sade comfort her, and will try to avoid it when Sade tries to pry about her past. Which is kind of odd seeing that her whole mission is to help him get past his traumas and yet she can’t even talk about her own traumas.
Moreover, I don’t feel like any of their deep seated problems or past traumas are even solved at all, there are a lot of the story that is hidden from the readers. When I read a book, I like to know what is going on, and even after finishing the book, I don’t feel like the ending helps me understand the situation or the main character any better. It is as if the author just decides to pull out all these problems and scatter it throughout the book without having a real solution in mind and pull the reader along with it.
While I can still cope with the half-baked character and the plot, what bugs me the most is the writing and grammatical errors. It is annoying how the heroine keep on using exclamation mark in her dialogue.
There are also a lot of times when the setting of the scene is sombre and sad, but then Mercy’s dialogue will consist of exclamation mark in them, so it makes me feel as if she is screaming for no reason and that just breaks the whole scene for me.
It’s not only that, there are a lot (and I mean a lot) of grammatical and vocabulary errors. How could Lucian Bane publish a book without having it spellchecked and grammar-checked (not sure if that is a word) is beyond me. And I don’t think I have ever read a book where the author blatantly writes, “Fuuuuuuuccck” as a dialogue. And it is not only one time occurrence, I am pretty sure it happens at least three times where Sade say “Fuuuuuuuuccck” in this book.
The Verdict :
Altogether, it was a pretty good read. There is something about the dynamic between Sade and Mercy that is oddly entertaining and keeps me coming back for more. There are a lot of things that stills needs a lot of improvement, like the dialogue, the punctuation or lack thereof. Lucian Bane comes up with a really unique and interesting plot, but his writing still needs a lot of work.
I might continue reading book two, just for the sake of satisfying my curiosity but it is definitely not “drop everything to read” kind of book. And if you are worried that this book might be too dark for you, I think it is safe to say that it has some disturbing flash backs, but there is nothing dark about this book at all despite what is written on the book cover.