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.
Mercy is a teenage succubus. She learned the hard way that kissing boys leads can be deadly. Despite her efforts to be refrain from this popular teenage past time, she gets swept into a relationship that she just can’t say no to. However, every moment with him she worries that she could be the one to end his life. And he’s not the only one she’s worried about.
Right off the bat, I was entranced by Beg for Mercy, which made it extremely difficult to put it down. It’s a steamy hot young adult paranormal romance with tons of kissing. So much, that I began to worry about whether the main characters were getting enough oxygen. Beg for Mercy has a little mystery, a little suspense, and a whole lot of steamy romance.
The only thing that bothered me about the book is the number of love interests in the book. Not two, not three, not four, but five guys (and even a couple stragglers in there as well). As a succubus you would image that she gets attention wherever she goes, so that fits right in with the story without a complaint from me. What gets under my skin after awhile, is how Mercy flirts with all of them throughout the book even when she is in a relationship.
Even though I did throw my hands up in the air a couple of times at Mercy’s behavior, the story still completely consumed me and I got over my frustration with her quickly. The multiple love interests are really intriguing and their characters are really likeable to the point where it’s extremely difficult to choose which one you want Mercy to end up with.
As a reader of many paranormal romance novels, I often find that after awhile they all start to blur together and feel like the same book. However, Beg for Mercy surprised me by it’s originality as the world Shannon Dermott created is delightfully unique. It was tons of fun to read and I highly recommend it to fans of young adult paranormal romance. I can’t wait to see what sort of mischief Mercy gets herself into in the next book in the series.