Beg For Mercy (Mercy Hollings #1)
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Beg For Mercy (Mercy Hollings #1)

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  917 ratings  ·  73 reviews
I've never been certain I'm human Oh, the X-rays and blood tests are normal, and most people have no reason to suspect I'm more than I appear to be. But if I tell you to do something? You do it--no ifs, ands or buts. My name is Mercy Hollings, and if you think that having the power to control people makes my life easy, you're dead wrong.

Because when I get angry, everyone a...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Mira Books
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Cathy
Dec 20, 2009 Cathy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cathy by: Keri Arthur
It opened and ended a bit better than the middle, but overall I liked it a lot. It's quite a fast read, with some dark themes but not the kind you can't let go of when you put the book down. The middle really dragged while Mercy was investigating. Everyone having to tell her the whole truth without hesitation didn't leave much room for intrigue. Yes, she had to think of the right questions and find people to question, but it was pretty dull. What redeemed it was the way the various characters Me...more
chucklesthescot
The blurb for this book made it sound very interesting-the not quite human, trying to hide her secret supernatural power to manipulate minds and suppress her desire to use it to her own advantage. It sounds like a dark urban fantasy book that will be full of ass kicking by our heroine as she faces dark forces around and within her. Great! Lets give this book a try! And doesn't it also have a great cover to entice you to buy it?!!

Sadly this was not what the book was. First we have to endure uber-...more
Anita
I really liked this book. This was a solid start to a contemporary fantasy series, and I'm not sure why it took me so long to hear about it, considering this is my favorite sub-genre. I wasn't sure about it after reading the blurb - it's about a telepath, not my usual werewolves and vampires living in modern day America - but the more I read, the more I liked it. The writing is very good. I felt for the characters and the decisions were all believeable within the context of the story. I even gre...more
Mara
<2

Sooner or later I'll have to find the will, if not the time, to create a new shelf. Cheesiness. Or something like it.

One reviewer wrote:
Failed as a romance, failed as a mystery, failed as an urban fantasy.


And I can't deny that with this rude sounding (but utterly true) statement a fellow reader hit the nail on its boring square head.

I found many problems with this story. There was no world-building at all. The cliché-ridden heroine was the only character with some paranormal aspect, toget...more
BizarreLibrary
Mercy Hollings has an unusual power of mind manipulation she calls “The Press”. With the help of her best friend, Sukey, she successfully builds a business as a hypnotherapist. She helps people overcome their psychological problems, from excessive drinking to nicotine addiction. Mercy has kept her power a secret from everyone around her and only believes in using her powers for good until a mysterious figure by the name of Dominic threatens to change everything. When Sukey doesn’t show up for wo...more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
3.2

I'm not sure where this would be located in the literary spectrum. Is it a romance? No, not really. There is some smexy but not so much that this is what the book is about. Is it a mystery? Well, sort of but we kind of know what happened and who the guilty party is. There's some blackmail I guess but...no not really a mystery. Sci-Fi/Fantasy? Well maybe. There's some empathy/telepathy thing going on.

Was is good?

Meh. It was entertaining but the plot wasn't as developed as it should've been, th...more
Karyogini
Interesting book. :) I wonder what she is. She seems to imply that she is a different species. Weird how Sam becomes bossy too. As if he has any right to act up.

Anyway. I like the story. It's an easy read and definitely readable in half a day. But the action/mystery if this book is pretty good too. I would qualify it as "cozy urban fantasy".
Sexy meter: 4/5 - hot but not and graphic but not over the top ;).
Weirdness/fantasy factor: 2/5 - mild really - seems like it is just mind control type.
Actio...more
Sarah
I enjoyed Mercy’s 1st person POV. I thought she was witty, comical and smart. The conflict with her struggle between using her powers or not was consistent throughout plot and I was drawn in from the first page (read in less than 12 hours – including some sleep time). I thought Sukey was funny and total polar opposite from Mercy, which was why they were good for each other as friends. Sam was someone I’d like to meet, definitely. I was glad Rocko, Dominic and Sergio got theirs in the end and I w...more
July
This is a new author for me. I thought this book was great. I can't wait for the next one. Twists and turns you don't expect which for me are great. Mercy is an unusual young woman who has capbalities to press people. And when I mean that I think reading the book is the best way to find out what I mean. There is drugs, murder and losts of mystery. Oh yeah even a Love interest.
Cecilia
This was a hard read, I forced myself through this one....the idea was definitely a good one, but unfortunately the execution was not good at all. I am not sure I will move to the next one, probably not.
Falling Off The Shelf
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I'm not sure why I waited as long as I did to finally pick this book up. I've literally had it on my to be read pile for a couple of months. The description alone had me intrigued, but then again, a lot of books intrigue me (and a lot of books are sitting on that same pile that this one finally came off of). I'm extremely happy I read this book though, it was a lot different than other paranormals, and fo...more
April
Pros: I loved the setting… Balboa, California.
Cons: The characters didnt seem developed enough.

The basic storyline of this is book is good. Mercy Hollings is a normal, fairly introverted person who just happens to have the ability to compel people to do what she wants. She calls it ‘the press’. She was adopted and doesn’t know that she is a telepath. Even though I enjoyed reading the novel, her character is a little flat. For example: she tries to ‘only use her powers for good’. Its understandab...more
Kit
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Stacey
This is the story of Mercy Hollings, who we are lead to believe has some crazy non-human mutant thing going on. (According to the back of the book, that is) Now if that doesn't have us paranormal freaks out there grabbing it up, I don't know what would. In actuality, Mercy is most definitely human. She has a job, a best friend, and a cat. How much more human can the girl get? She does have a 'gift'. She can bend someone to do as she says by stating her order in what Mercy refers to as her 'press...more
Kim
The story wasn't awful. It kept me interested enough to read the whole book, so that's a plus. The idea of what Mercy could be, also kept me wanting to read more.

I generally liked the character's, but I didn't love them.

The writing itself waxed and waned. The sex scene actually was more in-depth then the rest of the writing. Oddly enough I couldn't really tell you much about what the characters looked like. Sam is blond & blue eyes. Sukey is a redhead. Mercy is a tallish brunette. That's it....more
Krs
The book itself is not bad, interesting premise. The only thing about it though, as other reviews have mentioned, is that the description blurb part is misleading about kind of book this is and what it's about. I was expecting a much darker story, for it to be about questions like if we can fight against our darker nature, how we deal with inner turmoil, how someone handles something horrible being what makes them feel alive, what makes someone human. But not so much. It's more a woman with a hi...more
Schuyler Greene
So, we didn't new about Mercy's abilities but the writing was ok and the pace and tone were good. The characters were likable and the whole thing kept me interested. Normally, there's a mystery and the lead character becomes some implausible sleuth. In this case, it was plausible and it worked. I'm curious to see what comes next.
Sarai
Feb 13, 2008 Sarai rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal readers
Recommended to Sarai by: amazon
Shelves: urbanfantasy
So this book was different. For once the character had a different ability then most people. She could "press" people, or get people to do what she wants by forcing her will onto them. That in itself was an interesting plot development.
The character was okay I found myself wondering if she was just too much of okay. Very boring always saying how she hates to get to know people always shocked when she discovers that she has friends... You have lived in the town for a few year (a small town no le...more
Jess
This was definitely an interesting book, and for me it was the first of it's kind. I have read a lot of paranormal books but never a book about a woman who has the ability to "press" people. Meet Mercy who is hiding her ability to use "press". This means she has the power to make people do whatever she wants, and it comes out most when she loses control of her anger. Unfortunately, lately she's been getting pissed. She tends to do that when people threaten her friends. She is minding her own bus...more
Holly Booms Walsh
Though I can tell this writer is a new writer in some of the writing and the "convenience" of the resolution of the plot, this was a decent effort in the paranormal fiction explosion. The lead character has an unusual talent (the ability to "press" or compel people to do or think something) that is not explained, and is a hook for the readers to get the next book to find out what she is or how she has come by this talent.My biggest complaint is that the names are all common to other paranormal w...more
Tracey
This was an interesting and original read as Mercy has the unusual ability to 'press' people or compel them to do what she wants them to do. She hides this ability from her friends and those she treats as an effective hypnotherapist. But do not get her angry as this affects her control over this strong power that she has.

The writing style does not have a real 'wow' factor to it but I still enjoyed the book and learning more about Mercy who comes across a little reserved due to her life of hidin...more
Kristen
If you love paranormal romances and anything paranormal, you'll be interested in the Mercy Hollings series. Mercy is anything but normal. She has a special "gift", when she can take control of their minds with the "press". Sometimes she uses it for a greater good, while other times not so much. We can get into her world--and her mind--on when and how she controls it by a flick of a switch in her mind. And she's been a loner with no clue to her biological parents. But when her friend Sukey is in...more
Jocelyn Adams
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Lynn Colt
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Tammy
From the very beginning of this book I flat-out liked Mercy Hollings. Sure, she's isolated herself for the good of others, which is not a trope I particularly love, but she's pretty bad at it, and she's starting to realize she's become a part of a community whether she wanted to or not.

Her powers--the ability to persuade people to do whatever she wants--are pretty cool, and she uses them to help her friends. In the case of her friend Sukey's abusive boyfriend, using her powers gets her into a m...more
Johannes
Somewhat lacking in plot consistency and originality, but overall an enjoyable fantasy book.
Patrice
There's a dark edge to this story that works. The character is well developed to the point she is flawed without being a goody-good. You want her to use the gift (or curse) that she's suppressed to help others, and yes sometimes herself. It's interesting that she calls it 'the press' (is it short for pressure or pressing?)--whatever I like it.

There's some really nasty villains that are original cliches that juice things up.

This is a book with a solid narrative style that sucks you right in and...more
Barbara ★
I greatly disliked Mercy Hollings and will not continue this series. I just couldn't relate to her at all. She has this ability to influence people by making them do what she wants them to do. This was ok when she was practicing hypnotherapy and helping people stop smoking and diet. However, when she went from therapist to thug, I lost interest. Granted her best friend was kidnapped by a drug dealer and Mercy was trying to find her. But her methods were just something I don't like and am not wil...more
Bradley
I was looking for my next book to read on my to-read shelf and this one practically dared me to read it. From page one I was enthralled by a fun and quirky story. Best of all, it had hot and randy fun.. but the storyline was strong enough to go without it. Sign of a very good story. This book is a great paranormal suspense romance. Very cool. And here is the kicker, I am very very picky about keeping books. This book is going into my permanent collection right in with Drizzt, Elric, Felix and Go...more
Deirdre
This has potential, that isn't quite realised. Mercy Hollings has an ability to make people do what she wants them to do. She calls this the Press. She tries to control it but it frightens her, though sometimes when she gets angry there's nothing she can do about it.

It shows potential and I would like to read more by this author at some stage, I'm just not sure that I want to continue with this obvious romance masquerading as a paranormal novel.
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