Title: No Mercy (The Dollhouse Series Book 1)
Author: Mary Martel
Published Date: October 27th 2014
Genre: Biker Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Warning: this series is intended for a mature audience. It contains violence, murder, prostitution, foul language, suicide and sexual content.
This is a first part in a series. The books are meant to be read in order.
“Do you know what the funny thing about Mercy is?” Cap asked her. Before she could answer he spoke again, “It can be a cold, hard, unforgiving bitch.”
Duchess runs The Dollhouse. An old, two story mansion she recently purchased in an attempt to create a safe home for herself and her girl Franky, something neither of them have ever had. A safe home is not all The Dollhouse is though. The downstairs is a bar and the upstairs is home to something much seedier. A modern day brothel. A brothel Duchess is the proprietress of.
Duchess is a cold, hard, tough as nails woman with a murky past. Her whole life revolves around taking care of her girls and keeping them safe.
Life at The Dollhouse is irrevocably altered when its sole neighbor, the Mercy MC, strolls through the front doors of the bar.
From that moment on Duchess’s fate is intertwined with theirs. She tries to fight it to no avail. They claimed her and her girls and that’s all there is to it.
She gets a family she never wanted. Friends she never needed. And a lover she never expected. She also suffers loss and has no qualms about killing anybody who stands in her way or threatens her or her girls.
This is the first part in a series and it is not a happy go lucky story.
I love biker books. I don’t know why, but I do. This one is so different from the ones I’ve read by authors like Kristen Ashely. How? It doesn’t just focus on the story of the bikers. This story, from my perspective, seems to be two stories rolled into one and it was amazing. You get to know Duchess, her girls and their story and then you get Captain, the No Mercy bike club and their story intertwined together. At first I wasn’t sure about it but the author did a wonderful job making them synch up as one book.
I love Duchess. That girl is like no other I’ve seen or read. She is hard as nails and has no trouble showing you she’s in charge. Duch has baggage; a lot of it. And I enjoyed that we didn’t get all her issues up front: instead, you get glimpses throughout the book that help you understand why Duchess turned out like she did.
Cap is your typical biker hottie who puts up with no nonsense. I love that he gets Duchess and doesn’t try to change her or get her to understand his life. She already gets it so he just continues the ride. Their relationship was very well written; she doesn’t invade his life and vise versa. You can see he loves her and cares about her from his actions; he doesn’t have to say it to her.
My only complaint is how the book ended. It’s not a happily ever after and that’s fine. What I didn’t like with the ending is that the book simply stopped. I don’t know what will happen next or if Duchess and Cap are happy. I hope that there’s more answered in the next book. Pick up a copy today and take a wild ride with Duch and Cap.
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