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review 2016-10-30 14:00
Thoughts: Beg for Mercy
Beg for Mercy - Jami Alden

Beg for Mercy

by Jami Alden
Book 1 of Dead Wrong



He lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching.... And once he has you, all you can do is...


Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love.  Cole Williams wasn't just handsome and passionate, he was one of the good guys.  Or so she thought, until he arrested her brother-the only family she has left-for a murder she knows he couldn't have possibly committed.  Now, with her heart broken and her brother's life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence.  Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO.

Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned.  But when she insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can't stand idly by.  Plunged into a secret world where the city's elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey.

I was actually really looking forward to this book (and this trilogy), mainly because I've read a few erotica-contemporary romances by Jami Alden and really DID enjoy them.  They were written well with some fluff love stories that I found decently likable.

And, to be honest, Beg for Mercy was enjoyable for some reasons... but utterly frustrating for others.  The book is written quite well.  Even the mystery and the story's set-up wasn't too bad.

But the murderer was completely obvious the moment he strolls into the book.  And also, I absolutely hated our main couple!  Okay.  Maybe "hated" might be too strong a word for two characters who made me cringe with everything they said and did.  To be blunt:  Megan Flynn is stupid, and Cole Williams is a douche-nozzle.  That is probably the best way to describe these two--their relationship will probably mainly have to be sustained on steamy sex and Megan's ability to overlook every asshole thing Cole does.

From the moment their relationship falls apart in the beginning to their subsequent reunion three years into the present, to Megan's frustrating attempts at investigating her brother's case, to Cole's continued douche-hole behavior...  I just really, really got frustrated with these two before the mid-mark of the book came around.

Megan's amateur and non-existent investigation skills not-withstanding, she is just a trouble magnet who can't seem to do anything right.  While I understand, and also admire, her desperation to find the real killer and get her brother out of prison, she really DOES just recklessly bowl into every situation without thinking about any consequences, and then is surprised when her activities come back to bite her in the ass.

Cole is just a jackass, period.  Even after admitting that he didn't handle his relationship with Megan very well, he still continues to prove to me that he's just a jackass.  He continues to handle his reunion relationship with Megan very poorly, and at times is kind of a condescending jerk.

And the romance was hard for me to root for because Megan all but drops her pants whenever Cole is around her, even though she's still vengefully angry at him for arresting her brother as well as dropping her like a hot potato three years prior when it all happened.  Though I suppose she DOES manage to walk away at least twice before finally just having sex with the asshole...

It's just that, even if she were able to understand Cole's "just doing his job" by arresting Sean because all the evidence added up; I'm not sure that it would have been as easy for her to forgive him for that fact, nor forgive him for walking away from her during a time when she needed support the most.  Sean is her only family, and with him being arrested, Megan pretty much had no one else in her life except for her not-so-serious-but-becoming-serious-because-love boyfriend, Cole.


The reason why this book got an average, 'meh' rating though, is because the book DOES pick up after the midpoint when Cole stops being an asshole and Megan starts using her common sense a little bit more.  Things get a little more interesting.

And also, I liked Sean Flynn.  For a guy stuck in a prison for most of the book, I think he was probably my favorite of all the characters in the entire book.  Coming in a close second might be some side characters such as the fourteen-year-old Devany who actually kind of exhibits a bit more sense than Megan does, even if she DOES make some terrible mistakes--but she's fourteen, so I'm more forgiving.  Also there's the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Kristin Slater, who makes a brief appearance; and even the mysterious former Ranger, Jack Brook.

But mainly, I liked Sean.  He is pretty much like the ideal older, protective brother.

And for this reason, I'm going to continue on reading the rest of the trilogy since Sean is the main character of the second book.


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Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/10/thoughts-beg-for-mercy.html
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review 2015-02-07 00:00
Kept - Jami Alden Let me pose a hypothetical question to you.

Let's say there is a clothing company that uses slave labor to create their products. They let their workers live in squalor and suffer inhumane working conditions. The local management abuses the laborers, sexually assaulting them and even murdering them. Horrible, right? Totally horrible. So, my hypothetical question is: do you blame the women modeling the clothes for the atrocities wrought upon the workers?

No, you fucking don't.

This is a god damn ridiculous beginning to a story and I'm not even bothering with this crap.
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review 2015-01-06 07:09
Private Party - Jami Alden

I've owned this book for ages, but somehow it got packed away in my old apartment, never saw the light of day at our old house, and was only just unearthed a few months ago while unpacking books at the new house. This was a happy turn of events, as I have been looking for light reads to help me ease back into reading physical books. (I've been reading mostly audiobooks or e-books lately, and not nearly as many as in years past.)


Private Party is a quick, light read with some very hot sex. Nothing kinky, just straight-up vanilla hot. There was a review on Goodreads that mentions size, which cracked me up but is also definitely worth mentioning. Hey, it's erotica, right? Chris is big without being laughably big. Every time I read about a 12-incher, I roll my eyes. 9 is nothing to scoff at, to be sure, but not unrealistic either.


Unlike some of the erotica that I have read recently - I'm lookin' at you, Fifty Shades! - this one actually has a decent story. Poor Julie discovers her brand-new husband banging his secretary at their wedding reception, and she decides to throw off the shackles of her old life and go after what she truly wants for once. This lands her in the hotel room of Chris, her husband's brother and an old crush. Needless to say, this get steamy fast. Chris leaves in the morning to get back to his regularly scheduled life, but Julie hasn't quite had enough. She follows him back to his resort on St. Thomas - not as stalkerish as it sounds, I promise - in hopes of enticing him back into her bed. Sexy hijinks ensue. Chris is a little macho but not IN YOUR FACE ALPHA DOUCHEBAG so it totally works.


I know a few people will have problems with how much Julie allows her family's expectations to rule her life, but let me just say this: When you come from a family that has traditionally made these decisions for everyone, high society or not, it's tough to realize that you are actually allowed to make your own decisions. So long as you can live with the consequences, of course. I was proud of her for finally taking her own path.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-10-09 12:16
Guilty as Sin by Jami Alden
Guilty As Sin - Jami Alden


8/10 - Really enjoying this. The mystery is engaging, despite how fast I worked out who the killer was. The sex, well there hasn't really been any yet, but the sneak peak we get in the prologue was promising.

I didn't really read the blurb before starting the book, so I was surprised when they caught Michael's killer. I thought it would remain a mystery, and then Kate would come back and the crime that she came back for would have similarities and she would solve that crime and save the child and solve her brother's murder, all at the same time. As soon as I read John's outburst about all the other girls who would kill for the chance to go out with him I knew he would be the killer. I figured it would have something to do with trying to get back at her, or something, but then Michael was found in the local crime family's shack with the suicidally dead killer's body beside his. Immediately my suspicions were raised as that all seemed way too easy and I thought they might find some little piece of evidence that couldn't be explained by the story that was being told by the crime scene. But no, everyone just took it at face value and Michael's murder was solved. I thought, "Hmm, maybe I read too much into that outburst, maybe my SVU and Criminal Minds marathons are colouring my judgement.". But then, as I kept reading more John kept making innocent comments or doing innocent things that had sinister motives for someone already primed to believe the worst of him. The look Magda gave him when John introduced Kate, the exchange between John, Kate, and Magda's mentally challenged son Christian, the overly generous offer to pay the ransom money. All that has lead me to believe 100% that John killed Michael and is also responsible for the kidnapping of Tricia and the deaths of the other kids/teens that have been linked to Tricia's case.

What I think happened with Michael is that John went there looking for Kate, expecting her and Michael to be home alone. Maybe he wanted to kill her, maybe he wanted to rape her, that's not clear. When he got to the house he found Michael in Kate's bedroom instead of Kate, and once he'd disturbed Michael there was nothing he could do but take him in order to keep him quiet. He probably already had Flannery picked out as the perfect fall guy who would 'kill himself' to avoid the shame of a trial, and the shack picked out as the perfect place to commit two murders with no one around to hear. If he had managed to take Kate the same thing probably would have happened to Flannery, it just would have been with a different victim. I also think (but am not quite sure) that he (or my second guess would be his father) may be Christian's biological father. I wouldn't be surprised if he had started out raping the family's staff and that's why Magda has never named the father of her child. John tells Kate that Magda had a very difficult birth and this lead to a deprivation of oxygen to Christian which lead to his brain damage. I wouldn't be surprised if the reasons for the difficult birth were due to the fact that she was having trouble coming to terms with the fact that she was about to give birth to her rapist's child, and maybe she fought the labour process, refused to push etc.

Despite my positivity that I'm right with my deductions on who the killer is, I'm still enjoying the story, and even the mystery because there is still the possibility that I'll be proven wrong. Plus I'm enjoying the process of working out who the killer, and if it turns out as I think it will, I will enjoy being right. To be continued...


9/10 - Christian's birth father is never mentioned, but I still think my idea of John being the father is quite possible. From my experience watching SVU and Criminal Minds, it's a common behaviour of rapists who believe they are God's gift to women and can't understand why any girl/woman wouldn't be honoured to be chosen by them, including their own staff. I did enjoy being right with my deduction of who the killer was, but do think that maybe Alden could have made it a little bit more difficult to figure out.

There were a few editing mistakes in the second half of the book, including:

'"Tommy," she whispered taking the lobe of his teeth between her teeth.' on page 181; and somewhere after that the pronouns his and her got mixed up, but I can not remember (or find) where it was (that's a lesson to take a note of it next time, idiot!).

Some readers may find the ease with which they are able to work out the killer frustrating and too predictable, but as I said above I was able to find the silver lining in that situation in that I was able to be right (I hardly ever pick the killer, so this was particularly exciting for me) and that was great. Would recommend to those who don't mind knowing the killer within six pages of beginning the book.


P.S. Her name! It would be fine if this had been written five or more years ago, before the show really became popular, but it's from last year, so it was a strange decision on Alden's part. She could easily have gone with Kara Beckett or Kate Bennett, but Kate Beckett? *shakes head in confusion*.

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text 2014-10-08 03:44
The ever-changing TBR list... TBR Tuesdays?
Lark Rising - Sandra Waugh
She Drives Me Crazy - Leslie Kelly
She's Got the Look - Leslie Kelly
Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey
Cry Wolf - Tami Hoag
SEAL of My Dreams - Robyn Carr,Cindy Gerard,Jami Alden,Stephanie Bond,Kylie Bryant,Helen Brenna,Helen Kay Dimon,Tara Janzen,Leslie Kelly,Elle Kennedy,Alison Kent,Jo Leigh,Gennita Low,Marliss Melton,Christie Ridgway,Barbara Samuel,Roxanne St. Claire,Stephanie Tyler,Loreth Ann
The Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance - Trisha Telep,Shannon K. Butcher,Sydney Croft,Laura Griffin,Cheyenne McCray,Marliss Melton,Charlene Teglia,Michele Albert,Gina Robinson,Shiloh Walker,Jordan Summers,Caitlyn Nicholas,Liz Muir,Nicola March,Gennita Low,Debra Webb,Penny McCall,Rinda Elliott,Ch
Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier

My local library's e-book site took my recommendations a lot more quickly than normal and now I have three new books to add to my already growing reading list.  I always make a tentative reading list each month and now the flow is slightly disrupted.  


This is why reading lists cannot be written in stone!


Lark Rising - Sandra Waugh 

She Drives Me Crazy - Leslie Kelly 

She's Got the Look - Leslie Kelly 


The other book I had recommended was Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.


It's a plethora of library book reads for the coming duration as I had also checked out and am currently reading Tami Hoag's Cry Wolf, the third in the Doucet series, and Mercedes Lackey's Beauty and the Werewolf, the last book in her Five Hundred Kingdoms fairy tale retelling series.  So while finishing off selections on other Reading Challenge lists, I am now adding onto the big ol' TBR list in the sky.


This will be an interest next two-three weeks... and only slightly over-whelming...


Ever get that feeling of "I don't know what to read!", not because you can't find something to read, but because you have so many books to read at the moment and you don't know where to start?  I may or may not have to pull a Russian Roulette for this list...



In other news, another Kindle Daily Deal has graced my e-mail this morning with an anthology compilation of various romantic suspense authors: SEAL of My Dreams, with such authors as Kylie Brant, Cindy Gerard, Leslie Kelly (all three of whom I love), and a select few other authors I have been eyeing for some time now like Roxanne St. Claire and Stephanie Bond.  It feels weird not reading some of their books already before reading from the anthology, but the whole point of an anthology like this is to give you an idea of how these author write... right?


Anyway, for a nice little price I now have a large collection of several short stories in the romantic suspense categories, written by well known romantic suspense/romance authors.


Now I'm also awaiting a chance to get a hold of or read another anthology:  The Mammoth Book of Special Ops Romance, which also sounds interesting and include a barrage of few other romantic suspense authors I'm familiar with, even if not the ones I have a particular soft spot for--Shannon K. Butcher, Sydney Croft, Laura Griffin, Gina Robinson, Shiloh Walker, Gennita Low, and several others.  Pending my reading lists or pricing, I may or may not get to this one.


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