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Amelia Wilde’s Sweet Mercy ARC Review

Thank you to Amelia Wilde and the team at Dangerous Press for the advance reader copy of Sweet Mercy, the second book in The Collector trilogy. This releases on January 18th!

I am looking forward to diving back into Daphne Morelli’s story, to see where this next chapter takes her.

I am a member of The Dangerous Press review team, but I stand by my reviews remaining honest and true.

“Daphne Morelli is trapped in a gilded cage.

She fought to escape her family, only to be caught by a billionaire. Possessive. Commanding. And determined to keep her.

Emerson LeBlanc wants to own the little painter. She’s become more than his obsession. She’s part of his collection now.

Except she’s more perceptive than he’d like. Her artist’s eye sees the shadows in him. She paints his pain on stretched canvas.

He’s determined to own her. She’s determined to escape.

In the end only one of them can truly be free.”

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: We are finally getting to learn more about Emerson, the Collector remained quite elusive throughout the first instalment. So I was never fully sympathetic towards him. I love how in Sweet Mercy, Amelia depicted the push and pull of his emotions and thoughts. The internal battles he fought, on whether or not to open up and be vulnerable with Daphne were believable. I found myself understanding how Emerson is and what makes him do what he does. I love that things were cleared up as it helped me appreciate the story more. Daphne does not change too much in this instalment, I am expecting bigger changes to come in the next story. I did enjoy how she flexed her own agency throughout her time in a captivity of sorts.
  • Setting: The story is primarily sent at Emerson’s house and its surroundings. What may seem like Daphne’s fortress is also Emerson’s safe house, and I enjoyed that dichotomy. The outside, the ocean and painting all play a big role in the setting and the wider story. This is the first Dangerous Press book where some wider metaphors are worked in and explored through the setting. Which is not something I look for in these books, rather it is a really interesting aspect of Amelia’s craft as a writer.
  • Pacing: The book moved at a good pace. The ending was quite predictable, but that did not really upset me. I could not see this instalment ending in any other way and I really like what Amelia has set up for the third and final story, Last Resort which arrives in March.
  • Romance: These two have a lot of chemistry in bed, and the scenes in this book were sure hot and heavy. What did surprise me though is that Amelia took some scenes in ways I could never have predicted. There is an incredibly hot scene that I was not expecting. It took a turn to a kink I had not predicted to be on Daphne and Emerson’s roster. To put it simply I loved that scene and I really think many readers will too.

Sweet Mercy receives four out of five stars.

You can pick up the story below…

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Thank you again to Amelia and the Dangerous Press team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!

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