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Great book but needs a trigger warning
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2021
So here is the good, elatively short fun story for the first two thirds of the book. Somewhat light on details, and a bit dues ex machina in several plot points, but overall good fun standard urban fantasy.
Then the rape. And it’s aftermath. Making her listen to the video. And the WTF sex three days after? Hard no.
Here’s the deal. Rape isn’t necessarily a topic I will say “no never write about it” but it was like the entire book walked Mercy who is already relationship shy towards this event. First she finds out that the weird love triangle thingy is over and she is Really Adam’s mate. (Which TBH I don’t like because this isn’t a paranormal romance whee woman and man find their life mate bologna). The she unknowingly flirts with a twit with an aggressive over patronizing persona going “oh it’s so nice to use my history degree” hard eye roll. She is a female mechanic and coyote. There is No Way she is dumb enough to fall for or flirt with the ass. Even given his use of magical objects. Every animal instinct she had should have triggered. The marsh horse fae who chased her into Adam’s house...that she then feels upset about but oh, she’s Adam’s mate and is neglecting her duties so she better decide quickly if she wants to be his without him Ever asking if it was ok to claim her. Finally. The potion date rape rufie fae goblet, and Tim taking away her free will and destroying her arm. I was so angry I was sobbing. Then everyone watching the video...while she was in shock nearby....I get they are animals but.
And afterwards Ben watching her crawl and having to explain to Adam....Where the Hell is Any of the pack’s Drs or psychologists? These wolves never age. They live forever. And rape has to have occurred within their worldview before. The ending almost made me throw my eBook reader across the room. None of it was ok. None of it was correct. And Mercy needs therapy Now. Not to be within earshot when Ben tells Adam she crawled because she felt dirty and unclean. This should have been explained in the hospital, by a therapist, since she was In the hospital for a day? And to throw herself at Adam at the end of the book. No.
Lastly. The ending where she and Ben go reform some highschool kids...by threatening them? I really want to enjoy this series. But I am not a fan of fantasy characters being raped. Especially if it’s seems purely just to prove how week she is. Nothing in this story was her choice. She Had to help the fae to repay a debt then was manipulated into continuing to search for a killer. The choice of who she would be with was made by the Men not her. And Tim tiny narcissistic Tim, took her free will away. But that’s ok because it was the only way she could kill him?
So three stars because I enjoyed the first part... and I realize many many people liked the ending because it is highly rated. But trauma to a MC doesn’t mean it’s a good story.