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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  3,926 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Lucy Merritt has always defined herself by her body, whether dancing in a small avant-garde company or posing for art. But she has always felt as if something is wrong with her, as if something is missing. She has never been in love.

Suddenly, in the darkness of the theater wings, a strangely affecting man enters her life. Matthew Norris, rich, handsome patron of the dance
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 226 pages
Published February 1st 2009
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

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This book is f*cking idiotic!

No actually, the characters are some of the most idiotic I've ever read!!!


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I grabbed this cause I wanted some kinky erotica, this has dancing in it, why the hell not.

The main guy is a sadist. Ok.
The main woman is a pain slut (I think that's the term). Ok.

Put both of them together and you have the stupidest couple ever to be written!

They actually deserve each other cause OMGGGGGGG they are such idiots i can't explain it in words.

Well actually, I can!

SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

★★★★! Mercy (stand-alone) Ballerina is swept off her feet by mercurial patron who wants to dominate her & show her no mercy!

“I want to use your body because I find it beautiful and perfect. I just want to play with you, but I think you’ll enjoy it all the same.”

Mercy (stand-alone) is the story of ballerina Lucy Merritt, Lu nearing the end of her career when she is swept off her feet by wealthy ballet patron and business man Matthew Norris, Master in need of his next submi
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: (Hardcore) BDSM lovers. Pure vanillas need not apply lol!
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Female

Lucy Merritt's one and only passion was dancing. As the principal dancer of a small dance company, she was fairly content with her life except when it came to her relationship. She felt something was missing without understanding exactly what.

Matthew Norris was a distinguished older gentleman. As a patron of the dance company, he watched Lucy from afar admiring her beauty and grace. He saw something in her that she hers
This book is crap. I tried really hard to get through it, but I couldn't. He rapes her, he beats her, he has his friends fuck her whether she wants it or not, he verbally and mentally abuses her, and she takes it. She loves it, actually. This book is sickening, and I'm seriously questioning Ms Joseph's sanity if she thinks any of the shit in this book could be called romantic. It's not romantic when a guy debases you and calls you a whore, or a slut, or a bitch. It's not romantic when he beats y ...more
Nov 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-f, disgusting, erotica
Warning. Spoilers below.

25 pages left and there's no chance I'm finishing this book. When the other characters started encouraging Matthew's abusive behavior, I was fucking done with Mercy. Where in America would a doctor encourage a patient to return to her boyfriend after he nearly (view spoiler) her with rough sex? Where in America would a so-called friend encourage your boyfriend to (view spoiler) and then tell YOU to forgive HIM. I'll give
I have no idea how I feel about this book. Like none at all, I'm just too confused about my own feelings right now. And after thinking about it for the whole night I've finally come to the conclusion that I will never figure it out.

Yes, I liked the story and I found it interesting. So it's not that that's confusing me. It's the fact that I couldn't connect with the story or characters at all. The writing style wasn't for me and I felt like I was being told the story from the heroine instead of

Lucy Merritt is a classically trained modern dancer who is completely devoted in mind and body to her occupation; however, at 28 years old, she knows her career is short lived due to her age. With dancing being her entire life, Lucy immerses herself in her craft until one day she meets the new patron of her dance company that makes her want more instead of simply waiting to become the person she wants to be.

“I had never been in love and probably never would be, because there was something wr
Amber Rose
Simply amazing!!!

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First off Annabel Joseph has yet to let me down. The cover is brilliant for this book. I loved it and made me think it fit perfectly.

I must say this book may not be for everyone. It has a darker approach, nothing vanilla what so ever. There is so many twisted things that happen. But still brilliant with every word. I love darker books so this is right up my alley. Just a warning though!!!

When you make your life by your body, it's actually better not to feel to mu
** 3,5 little fuck STARS! **

My first read from Annabel Joseph! #NoRegret
What can I say? Surprising + jaw dropping story.


Lucy Merritt with two t's is a 28 y.o. woman and live as a dancer. She broke up with her cheating fiancee and swear no man in her career. Enter Matthew Norris, a handsome and mysterious rich man; ten years older than her and already divorced. He try to approach her many times but she was scared. She didn't know anything about him. Until one day, something really bad almost happ
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: into BDSM
Recommended to BookAddict by: Linda
Matthew is emotionally crippled, that is my psychoanalysis of the bastard. Lucy is a messed up little girl who is a masochist. This intense BDSM story from Ms. Joseph created fits of fury, frustration and rage for me. Matthew is not what I consider a healthy dom. To put it simply, he's one f-ed up mo-fo who perversions leads Lucy down a subversive and destructive path.

I couldn't relate to Lucy at all. I wanted to shake her several times and then slap some sense into her. Matthew's emotional blac
Ivie dan Glokta
Sep 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could not finish for the life of me. The more i read the more i grew detached from the characters. It gave me the shivers. Lucy and Matthew are FU***D UP! He is an abusive asshole and she started of more then OK but then graduated to the position of a DOORMAT! Even that I could take, it's just a book, right?


She overdoses on painkillers, and she is unconscious!

He finds out she was raped!


WTF? I almost g
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kobo

Originally I DNF'd this one back in Oct 2017 because it was just too violent for me. But for some reason I've been on a serious smut bender lately. :D And you all know how hard it is to find well-written smut.

So I gave it another try, and this time I got caught up in it!

If you're in the mood for serious S&M with an angsty plot, you can't go wrong with Annabel Joseph.
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.

I thought this book would be something similar to the Fifty Shades Series and I liked the cover, so I decided to try it, but it was NOTHING like it.
This book was just too raw, brutal, vulgar and primitive, in short a "bit" too much for me-I guess not my cup of tea.

I didn't like the female protagonist, because I can't stand weak and whiny characters and this girl was too naive, immature and weak- she kept on crying and crying and feeling sorry for hersel
Verra mechanical, un-erotic scenes. So not sexy when told - not shown - thru 1st POV, long ass narrative. The author's voice just didn't work on so many levels. I was looking for a hardcore, spankalicious story but it turned out to be limp Bizkit. Ballerina got raped by stalkerific fan 3 years ago, but craves pain & degradation as therapy. Mutual insta luv between hypocritical H/h. Honorable mention : HEA is achieved after hero intentionally drops his potent li'l swimmers in heroine's canal 4 X ...more
Michael Dunellen
I've liked all of Annabel's books I have read and this one is no exception. I almost started it a couple of months ago but the negativity of some of the reviews scared me away at first. But I am glad I did take the time to read it.

So many of Ms. Joseph's submissives are so driven, their desire is so strong. Lucy certainly is right up there. But this time there are a couple of twists - the end of her dancing career and the "event" - that ratchet up the intensity level way higher than any I have s
Pam Godwin
Erotic, arresting, and as deeply distressing as it is sensual, this story is brazen in its depiction of D/s. It gets to you through its uncomfortable intensity rather than complex plot twists, but Ms. Joseph has a magnetic talent with words.

Despite the heavy doses of rough sex, it is meaty for a peddler of its type. If the taboo explicitness was moved behind the curtain, the psychological elements alone could carry the story.

There aren't any breath-catching moments of sappy relief for the reade
Wow - I just finished this book. I am normally pretty open to BDSM, D/s, controlling relationships, etc.. I've read a bunch of other books that fall into this category and have enjoyed them. I can honestly say, though, that I did not enjoy this book.

It opens with Lucy basically saying that she is emotionally bankrupt (as in - no capacity to scream out her rage & anger and no ability to cry when she needs to). She meets this guy who makes her uncomfortable on a base level but decides to embark o
Feb 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish it was possible to give a negative star.

For all of you who just happened to find this book and are planning to read it, please DON'T , DON'T , DON'T , Unless of course you don't mind being abused , beaten, raped, humiliated, insulted, called names, demeaned, used, and .....then I guess you can go ahead and buy the book.

For me the sharing part alone was the turn off point, however the point where I was truly and utterly disgusted was where (view spoiler)
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mercy is probably the most realistic BDSM story I have read so far. It was quite refreshing to read romantic book which was not so lovey-dovey. Moreover, the storyline was truly unexpected. Every coin has two sides and it is the same with this story. On the one side, I found their relationship disturbing and I had hard time to connect with characters. But on the other side, whole story was untraditional, interesting and it was hard to put down.

Lucy, main female character, has her dancing but ot
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't sure if I should rate this a 3 or 4 because it was a mess at times, but because I enjoyed the ending I went with a 4. ...more
Shayla Quinn
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again, Good Lord!!! It irritates me to no end when readers know the book is about spanking/discipline, dark erotica, BDSM, twisted, & whatever else, but still buy the book anyway just to give it a low rating. Looking for something like FSOG is no excuse, and for those of you who listened, when the person that recommended it to you told you it was like FSOG, you're both stuck on stupid! Can you read or not? How do you even get to that conclusion?

Hey hater/idiots get a clue. We buy these types of
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MERCY is one of those fantastic, but slightly twisted reads that leaves you feeling excited and a little confused about why you enjoyed it so much.

Millionaire Matthew and dancer Lucy begin their relationship as master and slave in a very business like fashion. Matthew explains what her role as his submissive would be like with such clinical detachment that it truly boggled my mind and it was obviously just as confusing to Lucy...but it was also very exciting. Watching their relationship grow was
This is one of the first books in years that I nearly didn't finish. As an avid reader of BDSM fiction, I'm not particularly squeamish, open minded about texts containing dubious consent and I really enjoy reading various interpretations of the D/s dynamic. I was therefore shocked to find that this book honestly disgusted me and left me feeling rather empty and genuinely quite miserable.

The protagonists show very little ability to understand that their interactions amount to little more than abu
After reading this I have discovered I do not like a Dominant male referring to his Submissive female as a slut or whore etc.

This is a BDSM story with minimal BDSM. He controls her without all the paraphernalia usually seen in these types of stories. He does control her well- up to a point.

You can feel her pain when her body and legs ache from her dancing and her punishments.

He betrays her terribly and I did have issues with this act.I am not sure if I would forgive him, but I guess it is what
Aly is so frigging bored
1st read 11-12 July 2014

2nd read 12-13 June 2015
Buddy read with Maru
They are one of the most fucked up couple I've ever read
Lucy Merritt is at the tail end of her ballet dance career. Late twenties is still a baby for mortals, but nearing thirty for a dancer is creeping toward retirement. Matthew Norris is the new dance company investor with an intense interest in everything related to her. Lucy recognizes a powerful connection, open to exploring his world of wealth, and passion.

The Good:

1. I love a dance theme, and Lucy's story felt so real. The beauty and ugliness of that world is really brought to life well.

2. Mat
This book wasn't for me. The heroine, Lucy, was a depressing character. She seemed so lonely and sad. The hero seemed to almost hate Lucy at times. He was almost borderline abusive to her. (view spoiler) I know this is a Dom/Sub relationship, but he still seemed excessively cruel and cold to her. This just wasn't ...more
Bree Cheese
Nov 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, dark-reads, m-f
Wow, I couldn't believe the plot device used in this book. It was actually disturbing and I have read some crazy stuff. Honestly, I don't mind non-consensual scenes in books, but when you through in something like (view spoiler) and (view spoiler) near the end of the book, out of nowhere, it was rather confusing. Not the (view spoiler) itse ...more
Alma (aka Mrs. Rhaw)
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Amanda Ryan
Dec 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first time I've read anything by Annabel Joseph. It was recommended to me by a fellow Rauncher who had just begun to explore BDSM books. I picked up Mercy for a few reason: a) it was recommended b) the heroine was a dancer and I have a personal connection with dance and c) I was looking for something to follow up Fifty Shades of Grey in terms of a contractual BDSM relationship.

I had a hell of a time wrapping my head around this book. I was enjoying the ride for probably about the fi
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Annabel Joseph is a NYT and USA Today bestselling BDSM erotic romance author. She writes mainly contemporary romance, although she has been known to dabble in the medieval and Regency eras. She is recognized for writing emotionally intense BDSM storylines, and strives to create characters that seem real--even flawed--so readers are better able to relate to them.

Annabel also writes non-BDSM erotic

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