Broken Mercies by Lucy Marker ~ Book Review by Karen

broken-mercies-coverTitle: Broken Mercies

Author: Lucy Marker

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Christy Caughie

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/24/2014

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary

Blurb:

Musician Daniel Gilchrist has decided he’s broken.

He doesn’t deserve Jeremy Evans, a sensible, sweet artist who insists they belong together. Bad choices after a hellish childhood make Dan more suited to guys like his ex-lover, a toxic mega-star who wants to resume their affair.

But Jeremy is irresistible, and he’s survived a few nightmares of his own. He challenges Dan to get rid of the false shame imposed by his mentally ill mother. Her twisted zealotry had influenced his choices, and it’s time to stop blaming himself for inadequately protecting his little sisters from her cruelty.

While Dan wrestles with old guilt, his former lover persuades him to collaborate on a song that protests religious bigotry. Dan grows suspicious of the star’s odd behavior, and then law enforcement shows up.

That clinches it—Dan really isn’t good enough for Jeremy. Somehow he’s managed to drag the poor guy into danger.

My View:

This book had me very conflicted.

On one hand it was a really sweet love story about Dan, a musician, opening himself up to love with Jeremy, and slowly as well which was delicious.

On the other it was a dark (ish) story about addiction,and managing your demons.

And it was also a thriller (ish).

You can guess from all the ishes that these potentially complex strands didn’t mesh for me, as in the end what I got was great, sweet love story that could have been a lot more.

Dan, the musician was a complicated character, and really attractive. His road to addiction was chronicled really well, as was his hesitation over getting involved with Jeremy. Dan’s affection for his family and his gradual recognition of his triggers was well balanced as well. Jeremy was the perfect partner for Dan, further on on his his journey to forgiving himself, and skilled at reading Dan and encouraging his emotional progress.

So we have a tender love story, moving gently, with some emotional and physical obstacles that worked really well; then it’s like someone said, ‘this doesn’t have enough action’, and a whole daft suspense plot was thrown in, and it didn’t work for me.

Sometimes, less is more.

 

Links

Broken Mercies on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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