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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

Dark Mercy (Masters of Mercy #1) - Rebecca Lyndon This is more of a short story than a novella and since it's an ongoing "series" it probably should be viewed as a chapter from a serial. The two I've read so far took me less than 20 minutes each to read. There are 9 warriors involved so that probably means 9 of them at 99 cents each. Because of the format, there is almost no characterization here. The plot is fine. This (and the rest of the series presumably) is the story of a group of warriors who have been changed into sexual incubi who steal orgasms rather than souls for their goddess. It's an okay premise, and it allows the author to explore the supressed fantasies of 9 different women.The drawback is that there's really not much story or suspense here. The only thing learned is what the woman's fantasy is. In this first chapter, there's some very, very light bdsm. There is an HEA, so this qualifies as erotic romance, I guess, but with so little characterization it's hard to buy it as romance.The sex scenes are well written and kept my interest, but that's pretty much all there is to this - a sex scene and its set up.Note, it is lendable and I own the first two. Haven't decided yet whether or not I'll buy the third. I intensely dislike this trend towards serialization. More than one favorite author has lost me as a fan over it. The third chapter here seems to be more light bdsm, so its pretty doubtful.