I’ve always been a healer, a saver of lives, until the day my life is taken from me. A drunk driver destroyed my life and got away with a slap on the wrist.
Where children used to be happy to see me, they now run from me.
I want him to pay, to suffer just like I’m suffering. I want him dead.
I used to be scared of my neighbor. But since the switch in me is flipped and I’ve become this monster, I’m drawn to him like a moth is drawn to a flame. He’ll burn me - just like the flame will turn the moth into nothing but ashes – and I’m okay with that as long as I get my revenge.
I deal in death. Killer. Assassin. Mercenary. I go by many names.
I miss the smell of baking that used to come from her apartment. I see the hate festering in her eyes, killing the light that shone so bright. It lit the darkness in me.
I used to be a killer until that car hit her. It woke something in me, a need to save her.
How does a wolf save a lamb without the darkness in him devouring the little light that’s left in her?
*** This is an over the top, insta-love, hot as hell HEA with a twist of kinkiness. HEA are always more satisfying when the characters have to fight for it. If you're looking for a jaw-dropping, panty-melting page turner then jump right in. This is a Standalone Novella with NO cheating. ***
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author: Michelle Horst
I've read quite a few novels written by Michelle Horst, but if memory serves me right, Mercenary is the shortest i've read from her. I had almost scoffed off her 'buyer beware' note at the beginning of her book about it being hot, insta-love and containing darkness, but in reality, it was all there, just not the way i had expected it to be. Insta-love: yes and no. why do i say that? Because Liv was always so nervous around Mason, but it wasn't until her accident that things changed. His patience and willingness to help her deal with her emotions created a link, a chemistry between the two that neither could have guessed would happen. Hot: undeniable. Liv and Mason make the most unlikely of couples, and yet, it just worked. Darkness? That depends on your definition of the word or the expression. Yes there is darkness, but not the twisted type that i had almost expected. Yet, for that, Mercenary was the underdog, the kind of dark novel that makes you think. See things differently.
There's one thing that this author doesn't know: Mercenary resonated to me in ways that she couldn't have ever thought... back in 2013, i was injured. The subsequent results gave me a handicap that still plagues me to this day. The anger, the sadness, the grief, the darkness and the thoughts that rolled through my brain were all there. So incredibly strong that some days i wondered if getting out of bed was possible. Some days it still hurts, but with Liv and Mason's outlook on a few things, it helped. That's why Michelle Horst has no idea why this book resonated in me, creating that connection with these two characters in ways that will stay with me for longer than i could have imagined. Even with the misgivings that i had mentioned earlier, the insta love considering Liv's fear, the length of the book (which on a hindsight, it was still great) and the darkness that wasn't quite what i thought it would be, Mercenary was and is a book that i can't recommend enough for any who live with difficulties not created by time but by circumstances or for those that live with others who do. My last words to Michelle Horst? Thank you. Thank you for saying what is in our minds and delivering it to so many others.
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