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At a Stranger's Mercy

(Badge and Bullets #1)

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Making eye contact with a killer wasn’t exactly how Bradley Danforth had planned to start his day. As an accountant, he craved structure and routine. What he hadn’t anticipated was being part of a real-life murder mystery with him cast in the starring role.

Death and sorrow were part of Max Donohue’s job description, leaving the detective hardened after years on the job.
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Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published March 22nd 2019
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~Volha~
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a book with absolutely no romance or steam, I rather liked it. There were moments when the actions of both characters irritated me to no end, but the mystery of the murders and the gruesomeness of the crimes kept me glued to the book. Told from dual POV, the story features ill-tempered detective, straight-laced accountant, forced proximity, crazy serial killer and a hint that there might be something more between two men in the future.

Bradley Danforth has a set routine. He never deviates an
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Becca
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two things. One, this could have possible triggers. Beatings, murder, stalking, etc. Two, this is NOT a romance. There is a possibility at the end of maybe a romance building, but it will be a slow thing lol. One MC thinks the other is an asshole and the other thinks victim and protection and such since he's a cop. So feelings are a bit...non existent at the moment. Although the cop is noticing. Anyway.
This was one of the best thrillers/murder mystery type books I have read. And I read a lot of
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Joyfully Jay
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars


With brutal intensity, author Brittany Cournoyer unleashes a new murder mystery with At a Stranger’s Mercy. With incredibly graphic crime scene descriptions and an edge-of-your-seat pace, the novel unfolds the murder spree of an insane man who not only decapitates his victims, but takes pieces of them as trophies. This novel is not for the faint of heart by any stretch of the imagination. This is a fast and furious story that doesn’t shy away from describing every
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Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
DNF @ 50%

When the defective detective decides to arrest a guy for looking shifty and refusing to answer questions - neither of which are crimes, btw - that's the time to put this down.

For a mystery, this is a mess. Max is just plain Bad at His Job. It's like this precinct operates without a manual or rules of any kind. I would half suspect this is Max's first homicide ever, but he claims numerous times to have been doing this for years. How he manages to catch anyone is beyond me, unless he gets
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ReadingAllNite
Sep 18, 2019 marked it as dnf-not-for-me
Shelves: ku-borrow, m-m
DNF 27% poorly researched and edited. Exposition!
~RMG
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I gave this 2 stars only because liked the realism and creepiness of the crime scenes. However, I was pretty much disappointed by the rest of the story(view spoiler) ...more
Annika
Audiobook review

Story: 2,5 stars
Narration: 4,5 stars

First thing first, this is not a romance, it’s pure murder mystery with not even a kiss in sight. However, there is the possibility of a relationship further along the series, so inquiring minds need to stick with it to see what happens in that area. Secondly this book is not for the faint-hearted. The murders are gruesome and by this I mean in the headless kind of way – and that’s only to start.

It all started with Bradley waking up early one
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Mimi
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 solid stars
Peter Leslie
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I regret giving this two stars. This author is a good writer. The narrative flows, the dialogue is believable and you always know who is speaking. However, that’s as far as it goes. The characters are flat, two dimensional. They have major hangups yet we don’t know why and we consequently don’t really get to know them. There’s really no indication of a budding romance and if one is developing, I suggest that it is more the result of horniness or Stockholm syndrome that attraction. The story is a ...more
Finnegan
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this much, as I really disliked both MC's. Max, (the cop) has a serious attitude problem, but it is fine because he is a really good detective . Which is a shame because I have never read about a more incompetent investigator. Ever. His actions defies all logic, and he should be fired, not commended. What he did to Bradley at the end of the book is criminal. I did not like Bradley either. And any chemistry between them feels fake. I get it that it is a slow burn romance spanning ...more
Oaken
Apr 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Dnf

Would be good if the author had read a basic law enforcement textbook before attempting to write a crime story.
Megan
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-bi, arc, tumultuous
With a lot of acerbic interactions interspersed with disturbing and grizzly murders, this book was intriguing and dramatic from the word go. I enjoyed that the main characters weren't caustic and antagonistic out of spite and that when there was fear, it was a real fear expressed in a real way. There were no unbelievable or unlikely moments of sudden heroism, adrenaline-filled bravery, or blinding passion. Starting the series strong with a case straight from hell and a tentative bond between two ...more
suebee ~Always Reading~
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Faye K
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This got me glued straight from the start but this has gruesome scenes included but I kept reading. The murder scenes are not for the squeamish readers (but you can always skim over). Includes serial murderer, danger, and staying alive where a must.. Their chemistry is there when they meet but is put on the back-burner for now with a propriety for keeping alive with a vicious killer on the loss. This is a start of their relationship which continues in the next book..this one a HFN ending. I see ...more
Amy Dufera
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn! At A Stranger's Mercy is completely different from Brittany Cournoyer's normal style. It's gruesome and gritty, and it's phenomenal. The first book in her Badge and Bullets series, I can't wait to see what else she comes up with next.

I need to start with this cover, as holy hotness, it is incredible!

I love Max and Bradley together, as their relationship begins with a murder and they fall in love through this thriller. They struggle as they try to survive, try to protect, and try to solve
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brown_eyed vixen
This was a new type of book for me. Even though it wasn't romance by nature, the book was quite good. I liked the details of the murders and how they took place. It was evident the author did her homework and researched everything quite well. I will finish the second book at a later time, but I am so curious about Max and why he is so jaded despite his job. I am also looking forward to he and Bradley exploring a relationship. I love the slow pace of the romance because it keeps the interest goin ...more
Patricia Nelson
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a clever, powerful, fantastic, fascinating, intense, intriguing, slow burning, grab-you-by-the-feels, raw, gritty, and engrossing tale filled with mystery, danger, suspense, violence, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster. I was hooked from the very first page, and can't wait to see what happens next.
Karolina Cebula
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review in English and Polish || Recenzja po angielsku i polsku

*4.5 stars*

Leaving home in the morning and hoping for a coffee before work, Bradley Danforth doesn't suspect that one meeting can change his whole life. One moment, simple eye contact with a strangers who comes out from a neighbor's house, and nothing is the same anymore. It turns out that the man with black eyes whom Bradley meets is a brutal murderer who killed his neighbor, and now Brad is the only one who can identify him. Max Don
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Jaymie
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

Okay, I’m going to be real here and say this is one of those books that frustrated the hell out of me and I’m not sure if I loved it or hated it (maybe I hated loving it, who knows?). No matter how I label it though, I can’t deny the fact that I was compelled to see it through to the bitter end. I absolutely had to know who the killer was and why they were doing what they were doing. That alone earned At A Stranger's Mercy 2 Stars!

My review is going to contain spoilers galore and while I
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Mari  Cardenas
4 Stars

Rating and reviewing this book is probably one of the hardest things I've done in my life.

First things first, I guess. I absolutely hated Max, he was a sociopath (really, I actually went and researched sociopaths because of him and the description fit him to a 't', actually, I was kind of surprised his pic wasn't under the definition) and an asshat of the first order. He completely lacked empathy regarding Bradley's plight and behaved in an unprofessional manner with him with that harebr
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Deirdre
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Girl (aka Brittany Cournoyer)
Your Mo and your Jo got me good 2 nights ago. When I go to bed I turn on my Kindle to listen to. To lull me to sleep. So Thursday night I innocently picked AT A STRANGER'S MERCY. Lights are out, doggies sleeping downstairs, cats weighing my comforter down upstairs and I snuggle into my pillows close my eyes & then we get to the crime scene my 👀 pop open! A hand! Let's just say I had to chose a much more comedic book after that to finally fall asleep. But I didn't hav
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Meg
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The suspense throughout the story kept me completely engaged. We do get enough background about the MCs to get to know them enough for this story, but I look forward to delving deeper into their lives in future installments.

This thriller involves a sadistic serial killer that evades the efforts of homicide Detective Max Donahue. Unfortunately for Bradley, an accountant who thrives on routine and structure, he's having a bad morning, and happens to make eye contact wit
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Claire Annovazzi
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
(audiobook) This is NOT romance. At least, not until the very end, and even then, it’s a suggestion of romance. This is a murder mystery, with a serial killer and lots of blood. But it’s also the story of two men who meet under less than agreeable circumstances, and slowly learn to at least appreciate each other, and maybe more.

The book navigates between scenes of carnage or police investigations, and more everyday scenes--I loved the details of Bradley’s life with Max. There’s a contrast here t
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Maya
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: gaybook-reviews
This is a first book in series and it shows. It does a good job of setting a stage for rest of the series, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a standalone.
It’s a murder mystery and a pretty solid one at that, as I definitely hadn’t seen end coming so points for that. But the descriptions of murders were pretty gruesome, which I don’t like and it somewhat diminished my enjoyment, especially when two men met for the first time. The gross factor overshadowed emotions in their meeting which is a shame,
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caroline wilson
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The early bird catches the worm, or in this case a deadly foe who wants your blood


I received this book by the author and This is my honest opinion.
I've seen books by this author before and just skipped past them, but this book description really hits the spot for me, I love murder mysteries, suspense, intrigue and seems this is going to be a series, the character development should be phenomenal with a slow burning romance. And if all her books is as good as this one I've been missing out on a t
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Xanthe
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! What a fantastic story! There's a big plot line with a sadistic serial killer. Our MC, Bradley, is an account and loves his set daily routine. However, it all goes to hell when he see a killer outside his neighbour's house. Max is the homicide detective on the case and the two are thrown together after the serial killer goes after Bradley.
There is a really interesting dynamic between the two MC's as whilst they have moments of attraction, there is also a lot of contempt, annoyance and sna
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Cathy Brockman
Bradley had no idea how much worse is already bad day could be until he locked eyes with a stranger that sent shivers up his spine and he had no idea just how much this would change his life until he comes home that night and finds his neighbor has been murdered in a gruesome way and that he is the only witness.
He meets Max the lead detective that is hot but once he opens his mouth Bradley sees what a butthole Max really is. Though he didn't remember anything that night he is brutally attacked
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Rachwithheadinabook
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.75*
This is a thriller of a book a bout a murder so expect violence, gore and assaults. This is not a book for the squeamish, there was plenty of mystery too. I really rather enjoyed this book.

This not a romance but in this book you can see the tentative beginnings of attraction between Detective Max Donohue who is a bit of an a*****e throughout understandably when he sees what he does and his witness routine loving Bradley Danforth. So hopefully the relationship builds as the series progresse
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Kathryn Manzella
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At A Stranger's Mercy by Brittany Cournoyer is the first book in a new murder mystery/suspense series, Badge and Bullets. And what an absolutely brilliant beginning it is. Graphic and detailed descriptions make you feel like you are right there besides the characters, like you can reach out and touch the scenes. The characters are well written and make you care about their interactions and their ultimate fate. The romance aspect of this book is very slow burning, but you definitely feel the sexu ...more
Dixiecowgirl
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gritty, dark, suspenseful who-done-it drama that will captivate your attention. Well written crime/psychological story that surprised me with the bad guy's. Lots of twist and turns with the plot that will keep you engaged. The characters were well done, i really felt that i knew Max and Bradley. They are so not perfect characters and i really liked that aspect.

This is not a romance and does not offer a HEA for these guys. It does offer a possible future and a little tension but that will be dev
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