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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  4,123 ratings  ·  771 reviews
He taught me to kill. Murder is in my blood now. It runs through my veins and though I hide the monster I see in the mirror with ink, it doesn’t keep him from coming out.

My street name is Mercy, but I never show any. Except for her. I watch Becca, though she doesn’t know. She saved me a long time ago; the day my father killed my mother. Her bravery turned her into a targe
Paperback, 1st edition, 402 pages
Published August 20th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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I picked up 'Mercy' as a Kindle Unlimited selection recently and was pleasantly surprised. This was a dark romance, that didn't cross over into the territory of seriously disturbing. It was just dark and dangerous enough to hold my attention without being so dark as to lose it's appeal for a mainstream romance audience.

Rebecca Dixie Stiles, aka "Becca", waits tables and bartends at a popular bar in town to make ends meet. Unbeknownst to her, she is the object of a dangerous man's obsession. Ever
Karen Mc
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

People who are meant to be together find their way back. They may take a few detours, but they’re never lost.

When you both begin and end a story with tears streaming down your face from so many feels, you know it's meaningful. Oh was MERCY by Debra Anastasia meaningful! Mercy is so much MORE than a romance; it's salvation, redemption, hope, and destiny. Passionately poignant, soul-shattering, and devastatingly beautiful, Mercy hits the heart hard and slays the soul. Oh was my SOUL SLAYED!!!

Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
It's official, I want a stalker please!!! (with lots of tattoos, thank you very much) 😂

Fenix and Becca only met briefly 15 years ago when they were kids, but that encounter affected Nix's life so much, that he remained a part of her life... without her knowledge. 😱

📚 "𝗜𝗳 𝘀𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝘁, 𝘀𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝘁. 𝗠𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱. 𝗠𝘆 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁. 𝗠𝘆 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲.
𝗦𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗺𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵." 📚

Nix's name on the streets is 'Mercy', but he has NON - yet he's a protective man and a loyal friend (at least, towards the
Bookworm Extraordinaire
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it


descriptionThis is a fabulous cover although it's not really a great representation of the hero. He is tatted as a skeleton all over, but hey I guess you work with what you can find. The composition is very good as well.description

descriptionThis is the second book I have read by this author and the second one I have really loved. It was fabulously well written. The pace was slow, but I didn't find myself bored. That said, I did find it a bit hard to get into at first. This was relatively slow burn, so the hero/heroine don't
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark

➦I've never read anything by Debra Anastasia and I enjoyed this read a lot. Somehow I thought it would be a bit darker, just judging by the cover of it, but I didn't find it to be too dark. There's a tortured stalker-ish hero who is heavily tattooed.

➦You are probably wondering which one of those three things I am so happy about. Yeah, the stalker part. Definitely that one.

➦Wait, I should have added killer to that list.

➦S'all good, people! Fiction. I loved the chemistry between the two main char
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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MERCY: is a standalone full length, contemporary romance novel by Debra Anastasia, spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ In this we meet Fenix Churchkey aka Mercy and Rebecca Dixie Stiles.

This unlikely duo met the day or night of Fenix’s mothers death they are at the supermarket picking up a few grocery items when his dad got rough with him when a young superhero of a girl stepped up and told him off for hurting him. He never forgot that day when she stood up to his father, a beacon of light i
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
My first by Debra.....and I'm gonna kick myself for it !
The story of a broken boy- Fenix Churchkey aka Mercy . He meets a young girl in a supermarket parking lot and she pierces his scared , tortured heart and camps there. His entire life is now dedicated to keeping Rebecca Dixie Stiles safe .
Safe from his father
Safe from him.

If she wanted it, she could have it.
My hand.
My heart.
My life.
She took my hand, and that was enough.

He has very little in life to love or derive joy from . He's hooded
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰


15 years ago little Becca tried to protect little Fenix from his a**hole dad in a supermarket.
He never forgot that one bright moment in his childhood.
Even after all these years he's still looking out for her - she just doesn't know it.
He thinks she would run away screaming if she ever saw him.
He's tattooed all over - from head to toe.
He thinks he had to do it - he looked too much like his dad.
And if that wouldn't scare Becca away, his job would definitely do it.
He only takes the jobs were he can
Helena Hunting
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Obsessive, consuming, intense. MERCY is a romance like no other, with an anti-hero who will draw you in and make you fall hopelessly, desperately in love.

I am in love with this story. Just head over heels in love. This is the kind of story that stays with you, the kind you can't stop thinking about long after you've finished. Prepare yourself for an epic, but amazing book hangover.
Debra Anastasia
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Jacqueline's Reads
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, killer
4 This one is different stars

I picked up Mercy because of all of the five star reviews. I’ve seen this author before, but I don’t know why I never picked up any of her books. I just knew that the Hero is a killer (yes something I like) and there should be a damsel right?

The book starts out GREAT. It starts out with Mercy, but his real name is Fenix and he uses that most in the book (so the title is slightly misleading, but nothing to cry over). He’s ruthless and he has a terrible past.

Laura Lee
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
By: Debra Anastasia
4 Stars

Mercy was my first book to read by Debra Anastasia and what a start it was! This cover alone could sell me on this book! But the story that was inside sealed the deal. I love reading about men that “He had a horrible childhood. He was secretive. He was loaded, and he wasn’t Batman.”

While Nix certainly didn’t have the picture-perfect upbringing, he did survive. Now he is on a road to revenge. Making sure the ones who mean something to him are watched after, are
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Quick review:

Cover: Sexy AF
Rating: NC-17
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: so DAMN good
Characters: Well Done
Plot: Broken boy will sell his soul for the woman he loves
Page Turner: Absolutely
Series Cont.? YES
Recommend: YES
Book Boyfriend: Merc y/Nix

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
It’s been forever since I read a book that has me so pumped up. I LOVED it, every second. Even though there were parts that touched on areas I’m not a fan, I was so absorbed in this book, none of that mattered. Best book I've read in a
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is official! I want a stalker. Especially a stalker with skeleton tattoo. I want it now! God Nix is really squeezing my heart. Cut it and rubs a salt into it. I can feel his loneliness on his isolation life. A life he resent and hates. And the only thing that makes him living is a girl, Becky. Becky defended him when they were young. Becky's bravery, gives Nix hope.

Nix undying love for Bex is really romantic and beautiful. Gut wrenching. When Becky finally realizes who is Nix, I can not help
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, arc
Debra Anastasia delivers with this book a very surprising story with a gripping plot and amazing characters.
Mercy isn't a dark read, as I thought it would be in the beginning, although it starts out with a very sad and dark scene.
It's a love story between two people who were made to be together from their childhood.
Fenix vowed himself to protect Becca and make her happy (without her being even aware of it), and he will stop to nothing to keep his promise. Inked with a skeleton from head to toe,
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English / Português

3,7 stars

What first caught my attention in this book was the cover. Beautiful, right? The fact that it looked like a dark book was the second thing. And at last, the synopsis. That was it. I couldn't wait to read. Although it was not as I thought it would be, I quite enjoyed the book.

I imagined Fenix totally different from what was presented. The blurb implies that he is a cold guy and has no mercy. And right at the beginning of the book, right after the prologue, I came acros
Beneath The Covers Blog
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2017-reads, sonal
One hundred and forty four million stars for my Nix!!!! *heart eyes*

He was taught to kill when he was just a kid at the hands of his own father. His whole life has been one kill after another. That's what happens when all you know is hate. His street name might be Mercy but his victims know he shows anything but.

The only solace in the hell that is his life is Becca, his superhero. She stood up against his monster and he has loved her ever since. He follows her, makes sure she is safe. Because he
Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends

5+++ Stars

Badass soulmates united!

Mercy wasn’t the usual romance story, it’s a mix of dark and rom-com, with a hint of angst!! It was really amazing!! Mercy made me laugh and cry, made me sigh with love and worry for the characters and had me on edge. I fell in love with Nix and Becca, with how their lives were connected, with how they affected each other in so deep levels, and most of all, how they protected each other. They were perfect together.

200% Recommended.

Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars

‘If she wanted it, she could have it. My hand. My heart. My life. She took my hand, and that was enough.’

Wow! We loved this contradiction of a story! Mercy is difficult to categorise and in some ways had a bit of an identity crisis. If you were to go off the synopsis, you’d be thinking this was a particularly sinister, dark read – for us, it wasn’t. Yes, there were dark elements, especially in the last 20% of the book, however the story was essentially one of never ending love, acceptan
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
As soon as I saw the striking cover I had to read this, and once I started I couldn’t put it down!

Mercy is a full length standalone romance, written in dual point of view.

Nix had the childhood from hell. When a young Becca stood up to his father to protect him, Nix never forgot her. He’s been watching over her ever since, fearing his father would seek revenge.

Nix isn’t your average hero. Hating what he saw when he looked in the mirror, he’s covered himself from head to toe in tattoos. He earns h
1.5 a complete waste of time stars

I did some hardcore skimming to get through this. I wouldn't have finished it, but I was reading it for a challenge. The blurb was misleading. It wasn't nearly as dark or messed up as it implied. So this was one of those lame books where the characters interacted for about a minute (literally) as young children and never forgot each other. This extremely brief interaction set into motion a ridiculous chain of events. The reason for Nix's dad wanting to get reven
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Audiobook Review

I was looking for a book by a “new to me” author and stumbled upon Mercy. It has high ratings, but I was on the fence about reading it because I don’t like my romance on the super dark side. Don’t give me a book full of kidnapping and torture and then try to make me fall in love with the victimizer. Zachary Webber and Muffy Newtown narrate the audiobook, though, and I love them hard so I figured it was worth a shot. I was pleasantly surprised. Mercy is actually a heart melting lo
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017

4.5 Stars

‘If she wanted it, she could have it. My hand. My heart. My life. She took my hand, and that was enough.’

Wow! We loved this contradiction of a story! Mercy is difficult to categorise and in some ways had a bit of an identity crisis. If you were to go off the synopsis, you’d be thinking this was a particularly sinister, dark read – for us, it wasn’t. Yes, there were dark elements, especially in the last 20% of the book, however the story was essentially one of never ending love, acceptan
Christina Szczepan-santos
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING! I actually beta read this one.
I may have read it a few times.
This is Debra's best book. She killed it.
Bookgasms Book Blog
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
Mercy was a deliciously sexy and  dark(ish) ride by Debra Anastasia! It reminds me of this author's roots going back to Poughepsie as it has a very gripping, real and honest feel to it. I really enjoyed Nix and Becca's love story. Their passion was strong and Nix's devotion to Becca was unparalleled. You could feel the intensity coming off the pages. I could not get enough.

After a lifetime of abuse at the hands of his father, Nix has become a product of his upbringing - he is now a trained kille
Steffi De Ceuster  ♥
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned

For the ones who don't really know me : I love skulls everything with skulls. So I have a lot of skull items. But I don't know if I would love it if my bf would come home as a skeleton. Forever.

I had some moments that it was a bit much, the stalker things. I know it all comes from a good place, but still it was a bit much at times.
I liked Animal a lot! I liked them all. And I enjoyed this one but not loved.
Sentranced Jem
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This book almost went into the pile of 'DNF' but I stuck through and finished it.
It was ok... nothing great...I got bored sometimes but it did have some saving graces plus I like the last few chapters...sort of.
I'd give it a go with another book from this author.... suggestions anyone?
4.75 Skeleton Princess Stars!!

“This girl was the sun on the darkest horizon. She made dark turn to light.”

Omg!! MERCY, a soul-consuming story of fates colliding and surviving against all odds amid the ever present danger that lies in wait, was absolutely phenomenal! The extraordinarily gifted Debra Anastasia has been on my radar for a while and after DEVOURING this book, I can see why see why she has such a loyal fan following!

Fifteen years ago, Fenix Churchkey and Rebecca Stiles had a chanc
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