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Mercy

(White Collared #1)

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The first sexy installment in Shelly Bell's four-part serialized erotic thriller about a young law student who must go undercover at a sex club to prove her client is not guilty of murder.

Driven by ambition …
Third-year law student Kate Martin outran her tragic past to become an intern for her idol and secret crush, the powerful attorney Nicholas Trenton. She is thrilled wh
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ebook, 176 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Avon Red Impulse
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Sarah
Mercy is the first instalment of Shelly Bell's new White Collared serialised novel. Now, I've said before that I'm not a fan of this new trend of splitting one story into several parts for no apparent reason and that's still the case here. If this first part is anything to go by each section (apart from the final one I hope!) is going to end on a horrendous cliffhanger and none of them are going to work as a stand alone story. Basically, you're signing up to read all four parts, considering it's ...more
Karma♥Bites ^.~
Leaving note so I don't get recs for this one.

Aside from fact that it's yet another serial (which, for me, is even worse format for a supposed thriller), I can't suspend disbelief enough to accept the uber-fantasyland premise in the blurb--namely, a 3L/intern representing anyone, much less a millionaire suspected of murder. That's called practising law w/o a licence--which is a crime in and of itself in most jurisdictions. *smh*

(Oh and I'm assuming a sexual relationship develops b/n Kate & Jaxon
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Delia Binder
::sigh:: Giving it 2-3/4 stars thanks to the Hot "French Vanilla" sex near the end - and the character referring to the sex scene as "French Vanilla"!::

Yeah, I got a bit ranty in the Status Updates, for which I'm sorry to both you and to author Shelly Bell. It's just that, a few lifetimes back, I worked for a while critiquing mysteries and adventures for a radio drama company (yes, they still existed as far back as the 1980s and early 1990s!), and as a result I tend to find that holes in a story
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Carol Storm
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blazing hot and fast-paced, this short and shockingly vivid erotic novella features a heroine who's fought her way back from a truly horrific childhood to become a crisply professional intern at a law office. But then a murder case thrusts her right into a heated sexual relationship with two gorgeous, dominant men at the same time!

Avon has such a huge reputation in the romance industry. And when I read this short e-book I could see why! All the silly things you see in other e-books happen here.
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Amy
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where - or how - to begin discussing this book. Let's start with this, though: the four and five star reviews this has received? That's a bigger mystery than the murder in the book.

My loathing of breaking up a book into smaller novellas in order to make money is established. I hate it. This book clocks in about 170 pages, but given that 20 to 30 of those are superfluous, you could say that it's closer to 150. If this is going to be a four or five book series, then break it into
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Julie
White Collared Part one: Mercy by Shelley Bell is a 2014 Avon “Red” publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Kate is a third year law student and working as an intern when the murder of Alyssa Deveroux , the wife of prominent millionaire Jaxon Deveroux, has Kate's boss Nick slated to defend Jaxon who of course is the primary suspect, especially when it come to light that Jaxon and his wife were into BDSM and sex clubs.

Kate h
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Amy
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous start to an ongoing mystery series! Thankfully, I had GREED queued up so I could read it immediately...the story continues.

An amazing and engrossing start to a mystery that even when you think it’s solved, it’s not. The first installment of this fabulous series teases and cajoles you into the mysterious and misunderstood world of BDSM. Kate is attracted to two very Alpha males while involved in a relationship that has never been exciting for her but instead, just safe. Eager to please
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Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
OKay, So I had seen this series blowing up everywhere on FB. I needed something really extremely quick to read in between a buddy read and decided to pick it on up and see what all the fuss was about. It was exactly what I needed.

Even though the story moves quick, it never really gave me the feeling of things moving too fast. Jaxxon's wife has been murdered, his best friend Nick is a civil lawyer, but for him he's taking on the case with Kate his intern. kate has had a crush on Nick forever, se
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Vanessa Booke
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Hot Damn. White Collared Part One: Mercy is an incredible read. It mixes two things that I love in books - sexiness & suspense.

Kate is a wonderful main character who is so driven to succeed at the law firm she's interning at that she's devises a plan to go undercover to help her boss's client/best friend. But this isn't just any undercover operation. No, Kate is about to take a trip into the world of BDSM and the conductor of this sexy ass train is Mr. Jax Deveroux. (Yum) I loved that Jax
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Dee
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dee by: Shelly Bell
4.5 stars

I picked this book up thinking it would fit a challenge I was doing. The negative, it didn't. The positive, the story was fantastic and I discovered a new author.

This is an erotic thriller, so there are a number of things going on, namely sex and murder. A perfect blend of my favourite genres.

At the end of the story I was questioning the ethics/relationship between Jaxon and Kate, but am assured I should be. I can't wait to see what unfolds in the next instalments.

Bring it on!!
Nonieღserenity2bliss
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
Should've ordered all four novels at the same time. Now I have to wait a month plus for book 2-4 to arrive!

I did not expect the storyline to be so addictive. It was great from the start and I love the chemsitry between all the characters. My only gripe is that the story is too short, which made me wish that the book will either be thicker or just packed the entire story in one novel.
Lynelle Clark
A short story with a whole lot of suspense, heated sex and great hunks. And it ended in a cliffhanger. Well, no need to worry I have book 2...smile.
The way the story build's up really captures your attention from the very first page. Suspense that continues to grow as you learn more about Kate, Nick and Jaxon. The author had done a lot of research on the subject of BDSM, making this a very believable read. Her descriptive writing colors each scene so that it feels you are with Kate as she invest
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Ann
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God I loved this book one sexy woman and two sexy alpha males, she law student goes to work for her crush. He gives her the oppornity of a life time when he offers her to help him with a case against his best friend and when she meets the friends she falls for him. cant wait for the rest of the series/
Naughty Mom Story Time
Definitely intriguing, sexy and suspenseful. I can tell Kate is a survivor with a determination to succeed and she's going to have to put her wits and strength to the test in the next installment. Looking forward to finding out what happens next.
Alysia Tew
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You cannot read each book in the White Collard series individually. The ending of one book bleeds right into the next book. I am not rating each book individually but the entire story. What happens to Nick is heart wrenching. I like the chemistry with Kate and Jaxon.
The Romance Evangelist
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review at The Romance Evangelist

If you read my reviews with any regularity or follow me on Twitter, you’ve already heard how I’ve soured on most serial romance novels, especially when some seem to go on forever, with a total cost well beyond the price of a comparable full-length novel. But as with so many other romance trends I claim to dislike, there is always another writer out there who can prove me wrong and make me love the thi
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Jenn Green
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

*****5- something wicked this way comes -Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

“Mr. Deveroux and I have been friends for many years, and he requested me personally. Jaxon's a very private man, but those who are in his circle are aware of certain... proclivities that may come up in the police's line of questioning.”

After only one book into this series (for which there will be four), this already promises to be a wicked, suspenseful, mysterious, sexy as all hell and emotional ride. Thi
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Bookworm Betties

*****5- something wicked this way comes -Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

“Mr. Deveroux and I have been friends for many years, and he requested me personally. Jaxon's a very private man, but those who are in his circle are aware of certain... proclivities that may come up in the police's line of questioning.”

After only one book into this series (for which there will be four), this already promises to be a wicked, suspenseful, mysterious, sexy as all hell and emotional ride. Thi
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Bj
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love romantic suspense novels and like your stories with a little edge to them on the passion side, you will want to check out White Collared Part One: Mercy. Think of it as a cross between a thriller like Gone Girl and one of the hugely popular BDSM billionaire stories like the Fifty Shades of Gray or Crossfire Trilogies. Please note though that this story is divided into four parts, each comprising its own book. So to get the full story, you will need to read all four parts of the White ...more
Catherine Crook
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
review to come...

lots of sizzle...

The first sexy installment in Shelly Bell's four-part serialized erotic thriller about a young law student who must go undercover at a sex club to prove her client is not guilty of murder.
Driven by ambition …
Third-year law student Kate Martin outran her tragic past to become an intern for her idol and secret crush, the powerful attorney Nicholas Trenton. She is thrilled when Nick assigns her to represent his best friend and client, millionaire Jaxon Deveroux … t
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Court
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed this at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shelley!

Shel: As with many of the novella series we've read, the first book usually introduces us to characters, plots, establishing motives, and things like that; this series does this as well. We learn that Kate, our protagonist, is a hard working law student who has a very secretive past. We also learn that she's driven to succeed..probably because of her mysterious past... and because of this ambition, she has made and will make sacrifice
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Tina Lee Harris
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Ok this story had my attention after reading Chapter 1. I had to know who was the killer and why? Then we meet the main characters in the book. Kate, Jax and Nick each intrigued me. They all seemed to have secrets that I wanted to know.

Kate Martin, law student who is interning at a prestigious law firm, has left her past behind her. She learned at a young age that you can not trust anyone with your heart. Kate is determined to be the best intern. She devotes most of her waking moments to
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Ki
Oh my gosh! This is my first ever Shelly Bell book and man can I say it was steamy! This story really got me HOT like to the point where I had to…..take a shower…..

I knew it was going to get me somewhere and it didn’t disappoint! Right from the start when I read the synopsis I knew I had to get my hands on this serial and you know how I am with serials, I disliked them, but this, this serial got me hooked from just the synopsis!!! That was how much I wanted to read this!

And I’ll admit I have rea
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Adriana
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

I really enjoyed part one of this serial. It had a nice balance between the sexy and the suspense. Definitely met my expectations.

From the synopsis, we know Kate is a law student and interning for her long-time crush, Nicholas Trenton. From the beginning, it is known Kate has feelings for Nick; feelings that surpass those of an intern toward their mentor. Kate is definitely one of my favorite characters in this serial. It is hinted at that she
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Shayna
These serialized erotic romances are taking the Romance World by storm! Every time I log in to Facebook or other social media, I see more and more coming out! Ever since then, I have been devouring these like crazy! I LOVE them! If you want a sexy, suspenseful, quick read, a serial series is the way to go. The WHITE COLLARED Series by Shelly Bell had me gagged, bound, and held hostage from Part One and on. I was lucky to receive all four parts all at once, and let me tell you, THANK GOD! I’m not ...more
Talk Supe
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I am loving how these serials are stepping it up! Shelly Bell's White Collard is episodic with sexy vibes and a murder mystery to boot. At 100 pages, MERCY's pace is great with both the plot and characters introduced well. The blurb is spot on in telling us what MERCY is so allow me focus on the heroine... or anti-heroine, Kate Martin, instead.

Kate Martin is the girl I'd keep at arm's length. She's the ambitious overachieving girl, smart, has a Type A personality, and eager to please.

So you mi
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Cara Ross
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Driven by ambition …
Third-year law student Kate Martin outran her tragic past to become an intern for her idol and secret crush, the powerful attorney Nicholas Trenton. She is thrilled when Nick assigns her to represent his best friend and client, millionaire Jaxon Deveroux … the prime suspect in his submissive wife Alyssa's murder.

Seduced by desire …
Kate knows they have only a few days to find the real killer, and since signs point to a member of the BDSM community, she volunteers to go underco
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Anny hernandez
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was provided a copy of this book by the Author for an honest review.

I just finish reading this book, and I love it, I have to say this is not what I was expecting when I started reading this book, this book has suspense and passion, I love the book from the first page to the last, I am gone keep this short since I don't want to give anything away.

The story begging with the death of Alyssa Jaxon Deveroux, when he got home from a trip he found her dead, he call his friend Nicholas who is a power
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Erica
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

White Collared started with an intriguing start that only builds with each installment to the story. While I was intrigued from the start, I wasn't completely satisfied with what I found, wanting more from both the characters and the storyline.

Mercy really served as an intro to the lives of Kate, Jax, and Nick, and served to set up the situation that will soon unravel.

The secondary characters were the ones who really rang true for me with this e-serial. I loved Logan, Camille, and se
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Crystal
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Hannah! As my introduction into the works of Shelly Bell, I'd have to say... MORE! For the first installment, White Collared: Mercy did an excellent job setting up the rest of the series. Mercy focuses mostly on Kate and her relationships with the people in her life. I love Kate. Something unknown happened to her in the past and she is still greatly affected by it. While she's trying to control her emotions about what happened in the past, she's dealing with some pretty harsh events that ta ...more
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Shelly Bell is the author of the popular Benediction and Forbidden Lovers series.

Her book, Blue Blooded, received a Top Pick from Romantic Times Book Reviews and was nominated for an RT Award. At His Mercy, the first in her Forbidden Lovers series, was named a Top Pick from Romantic Times and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.

When she’s not working her day job, taking care of her
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