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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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review 2015-11-17 00:00
Dead Wrong
Dead Wrong - Leighann Dobbs A* cosy mystery

Good story about 4 sisters. Good relaxing story with a couple of murders. The usual live interest. The complete cosy mystery
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review 2015-09-30 17:23
OK follow-up to Brian Vaughan's first 7 volumes`
Runaways, Vol. 8: Dead End Kids - Michael Ryan,Michael Ryan,Joss Whedon
Runaways, Vol. 9: Dead Wrong - Humberto Ramos,Terry Moore

The stories in these two books are definitely as intense as the first 7 volumes written by Vaughan. But they are still fun to read. 

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review 2015-07-22 18:52
Plot had potential but oh, the characters....
DEAD WRONG a gripping detective thriller full of suspense - HELEN H. DURRANT

I'll preface the review by noting the huge role played by personal preference when selecting a book. When I read the promotional blurb, this sounded right up my alley as I'm a big fan of police procedurals. The publisher even provided a subtitle to let me know it's "a gripping detective thriller full of suspense". Maybe that should have set off alarm bells.

Unfortunately, this was not for me. It makes a review difficult so I've split it into 2 parts, the plot & the characters, and will try to state my case without spoilers.


First, the main plot line. This is the book's strong suit. Body parts are popping up on the Hobfield Estate, a rundown housing development in the village of Leesdon. Local coppers suspect a turf war between rival gangs. But the reader knows better as we spend time with a twisted killer in alternate chapters.

The estate is well described & you get a real sense of the hopelessness & resulting violence that flourishes in an environment of poverty & lost dreams.

It becomes a game of cat & mouse as police scramble for clues before the madman snatches another victim. I figured out who the killer was early on but the motivation behind his spree wasn't clear 'til the end.


Second, the characters. This was the book's achilles tendon. Unfortunately, they're 2 dimensional at best & prone to actions that had me scratching my head, thinking "huh?"

DI Tom Callandine is the leader of his unit & we're told repeatedly he's smart & well regarded by his team. This was a mystery to me as many of his choices seemed more attributable to a rookie as opposed to a seasoned. experienced cop. We spend a lot (a LOT) of time in his head as he frets over every decision. You get a sense the author wants to portray him as an intelligent, decent guy but there's a real disconnect between this & his actions (particularly in regard to his personal life). I would have preferred a lot less "tell" & more "show". And just as an aside, I found his tendency to assess every female character in terms of her dress size a tad annoying. 

Other characters don't fare much better as stereotypes prevail. You have Ruth, the 30-ish single cop (who would be so pretty if she'd just lose weight, according to Tom). And the DCI they report to comes across as a self-important & pompous buffoon without a clue (how real life DCI's must despair...). As a whole, the gangsters were better developed & more believable characters than those in blue.


As for the investigation, I think I've been spoiled by reading authors such as Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Jo Nesbo & Michael Connelly. One reason they're popular is they've done their homework. But unfortunately, the result is errors in police procedure jump off the page. And my own background leads me to notice mistakes in medical practice. They're small details to be sure but easy to get right with a little research to avoid the plot taking a hit to its credibility. 


So I guess it comes down to the unpredictable element of personal preference. All an author can do is write the story they want to tell & hope it finds an audience. It's kind of like going on a blind date. Sometimes you know pretty quick you'll only be ordering an appetizer as opposed to a 3 course meal. 

But judging by other reviews, this book is finding compatible partners who now have a new series to look forward to & will stay for desert while I hail a cab.

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text 2015-02-01 23:17
January Wrap Up (2015)
By Leighann Dobbs Dead Wrong (Blackmoore Sisters Cozy Mystery Series) (Volume 1) - Leighann Dobbs
The Christmas Grandma Ran Away from Home - Nancy Warren
True Love - Jennifer Lopez
The Bobbsey Twins, or Merry Days Indoors and Out, Book 1, Newly Released Original Version - Laura Lee Hope
Grandma Catches a Wave (The Grandma Series Book 2) - Nancy Warren
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