Publish Date: February 14, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: After graduating from the prestigious Dewhurst University, Mercy Montgomery finds herself in a bit of financial trouble: over $108,000 worth of financial trouble, in fact. She can’t find a job to save her life, and with bill collectors constantly at her heels, she has no idea how she will ever come up with the money needed in order to keep her head above water.
Mercy’s monetary worries seem to be over after a chance meeting with mystifyingly pale Michael Graves, who offers her a high-paying job at his company, Dignitary. But there’s a catch; the seemingly harmless Dignitary is an underground organization that offers human chaperones to wealthy bloodsucking clients.
As if congregating with the undead doesn’t make life complicated enough for Mercy, there’s a savage killer on the loose who appears to have a craving for her blood. Soon Mercy is torn between a dark and dangerous underworld of supernatural desire and a simple life of practicality, and business magnate Robert Bramson is the man she blames for her confusion. If he just wasn’t so damn sexy… And dangerous. As the killer closes in, Mercy realizes that she must make a decision. But will she make her choice too late?
Review: Mercy Montgomery has now completed college and earned her degree from Dewhurst University. Her tuition is now due: over $100,000 and then there are the normal expenses – rent, etc. She’s trying to find a job in her field, but everyone wants a psychologist with more schooling. Essentially she needs to go to graduate school, but she can’t even pay her undergraduate tuition right now. When her roommate, Liz, convinces her to enter a wet t-shirt contest at a bar (and she wins) she runs into a man who offers her a job. Mercy’s highly skeptical at first, but after meeting with the owners of Dignitary she is on board…even if she’s going to be a human companion for vampires. Her first job is escorting a reclusive vampire name Robert Bramson to a company party. Mercy and Robert are entranced by each other, but the owner’s wife has a strict hands-off policy and Robert’s human escorts have a bad habit of disappearing. Mercy realizes she is being stalked and when tragedy strikes will Mercy make the right choice?
Mercy Montgomery is an interesting woman. If I were in her position, I’m not so sure I’d take a job as a human escort to vampires as she did. Even with the mountain of debt she has, I think I’d choose a normal job (even if it wasn’t in my field) before choosing a job at Dignitary. Even so, I truly felt the connection between Robert and Mercy, but not so much in the relationship between Mercy and Liz. I think it’s because Robert is a very old vampire and Mercy is, at heart, an old soul. As with any relationship, there are miscommunications. There were a couple of times I felt Mercy flew off the handle without truly thinking through the events, which didn’t seem to jibe with her overall personality. ‘Mercy’s Debt’ has well-developed characters, humor, angst, and action. The one big drawback for me was the abrupt ‘ending’ to the story. To me, there wasn’t a well-defined ending and it seemed more like the first in a serial novel versus the first in a series. ‘Mercy’s Debt’ is a quick read and readers will be easily engaged in the story.
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