Review: Demon’s Mercy by Rebecca Zanetti

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series. And I am just over the moon that she has come back to it. Even more, I love her Kyllwood demons. These brothers have fought so hard for their entire lives to get where they are and ensure the future of their people. Zane was awesome and now we have Logan, who is just a fantastic hero.

He is poised to undergo the ritual to become one of the Seven… guardians of bubble dimensions which hold back basically the most powerful bad guy ever. The heroine, Mercy, is one of three women who serve as “keys.” If these women are brought together, they can kill that bad guy. So, as the story begins, Logan is watching her, waiting for an opportunity to bring her in. He has no idea she is actually bait for a trap to catch him.

Mercy is Fae, a species this series has not ever really focused on. Their numbers are small and they have come up separate from the rest of the realm. They are hell-bent on preventing the seven from fully forming, because they believe it will wreak havoc on the universe. The book follows the back-and-forth between Logan and Mercy as they each try to one up each other in order to do what they think is right. Unfortunately, those ideas are in direct opposition.

I read a few reviews where people don’t like Mercy, and I understand that, because as readers we know her people are wrong and it’s difficult to empathize with choices we know are bad. But, you got a remember, she believes in what she is doing with her whole heart. And it’s not like her ideas are baseless, either. She believes she has science on her side and, really, she does her best to mitigate damage to Logan along the way.

Another thing I love about this series is how well Zanetti builds her secondary characters to enrich the stories. Specifically, I am super excited with Hope’s storyline, though I do it knowledge it is a lot like Janie’s was in the first several books of the series. I don’t care, though, I am fascinated by her Kurjan buddy and I can’t wait to see where Pax fits in. I’m also super intrigued about Sam. He has a big role to play, even though he is not part of the seven. And I definitely want more of him. I even want more of the super cranky Adaire and his human mate.

My only complaint is the spanking. This pops up in several books in the series and I am just not down with a hero spanking the heroine to teach her a lesson. It is such a tremendous turn off and I wish desperately that Zanetti would stop putting it in the books. Thankfully, it is not overly drawn out and it does not dominate the dynamic. It just gets under my skin.

Otherwise, it is a fantastic book. Great plotting, great pacing, great sexual tension. And it’s got awesome world building and fascinating characters. Would definitely recommend this series for paranormal romance fans it is good stuff

Rating: B/B+

*ARC provided by publisher

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Demon’s Mercy
by Rebecca Zanetti
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Publisher: Lyrical Press

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