Review: Sweet Mercy & Gabriel Fallen by Nina West

Posted 14/09/2020 by Isabelle MBTL in review / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free from Valentine PR, Available through Kindle Unlimited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Sweet Mercy & Gabriel Fallen by Nina WestSweet Mercy by Nina West
Series: Dirty Empire #1
on March 27, 2019
Cover Design: Shanoff Designs
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Suspense, Adult, Mafia
Pages: 252
Format: ARC, digital e-book
Source: Valentine PR, Available through Kindle Unlimited
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From internationally bestselling author K.A. Tucker, writing as Nina West, comes the dark and steamy Dirty Empire trilogy.

One visit to my father in prison—convicted for a murder he didn’t commit—and I’ve attracted the attention of the last man I’d ever want knowing that I exist.

Gabriel Easton.

Son of an infamous crime boss. Deplorable womanizer. Scoundrel to the core.

Worse, he has figured out how desperate I am to protect my father from brutality behind bars. He has the power to grant that protection, and he has offered it … for a price.

Me.

I am to become a “guest” in his mansion, to live with him until he tires of having me around.

I'll do anything for my father, including agree to Gabriel's cruel game. But I won't comply with his every whim and wish.

Not when he taunts me with that ruthless spark in his cold blue eyes.

Not when he requires that I share his bedroom at night.

Unfortunately for me, I think my loathing for him is what he’s enjoying most.

That's fine. By the time I’m through with him, he’ll be crying my name.

Mercy.

This title is recommended for mature audiences only due to graphic content.

Warning: For readers who might be triggered by sensitive subject matter, this book contains scenes which depict suicide, rape, murder, and other graphic violence.

four-half-stars
four-flames
Series Rating: five-stars
Also by this author: Wolf Prey

Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Suspense, Mafia

First Person, DUAL-POV

This is book #1 of the Dirty Empire series and it can’t be read as a standalone as it ends in a cliffhanger.

Contains issues and situations some may find triggering.

Creative plot, well concepted characters, hot romance!

This was such a great, addictive book. I had to read the second book right after this one, without a pause.

Really looking forward to what will happen with Gabriel and Mercy!

Combustible love!!!

32.5/35 STARS –  4.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)

Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4 Freshness: 4.5 Plot: 4.5 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 5

Action 4/5 Angst 3/5 Darkness 2/5 Humor 0/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 4/5

Would I recommend? Yes, for all readers of twisted romance!

Would I re-read this book/series? Yes!

Would I read more from the author? Definitely!!!

Addictiveness: 5/5 This book hooked me from the beginning, and it kept me at the edge of my seat. I spent an entire day reading this series, without stopping for anything else. As addictive as chocolate!!!

Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Multifaceted characters with great background stories and wonderful growth during the book.

Mercy was an amazing heroine. She was loyal, brave and strong. She was a wonderful daughter and a good friend. She was dealt a bad hand, but was holding her own. She was gambling on everything to help her dad, how could I fault her for that?

Gabriel was a great antihero. He was another lovable jerk. 🙂 At least, I love myself a good jerk. Seriously, he started all wrong, but when he decided to go after what he wanted he became a good boyfriend. Oh, I can’t forget to mention how HOT he was.

Secondary characters There were several interesting ones. Caleb and Michelle were a must. The twins, even the girls from Empire.

Villain/antagonists there are a few villains here and several antagonists or future antagonists.

They were all easy to love, connect and understand!!!

Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, color-font 4/5, subtitle 1/5, background 3/5 buy 4/5  I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I always try to be true to myself, I buy so many books because of the cover and I have skipped many because of not very appealing art. Covers are part of the experience for me and I do like to understand them. This one was ok, but too generic for me. I missed more personal touches that would refer the reader to the story. I really liked the title and the font used were good also. I would buy this book by its cover but I would probably need to read the blurb!

Freshness: 4.5/5 Refreshing! I loved the plot idea. It felt unique, original. As fresh as mint tea when you are dealing with a bad cold!

Plot: believable 3.5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 4/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5  Amazing opening with a cliffhanger at the end. Superb plot, with well written dialogues and intense pace. Great setting, a few really good subplots with unexpected twists. High level of enjoyment!

This story was original, fast-paced with lots of suspense and the heat was very high. It really hooked me from the first page.

Romance: believable 3/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 4/5, steam 4/5  Hot!!! Really the chemistry from these two was burning my hands through my kindle. They were explosive when together, Gabriel was hot and dirty! Explosive romance!!!

Writing Style: 5/5 What is not to like? Creative plot, multidimensional characters, hot romance, great smut and cohesive writing. Work of a wordsmith!!!

Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really believe in perfection…

I understand the need of cliffhangers, but I don’t have to like them. 🙂 This end, the last page, I wished for something more shocking!

You MAY read this because you follow the author; you SHOULD read this because you like twisted romance; you MUST read this because it felt original!!!

Gabriel Fallen

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free from Valentine PR, Available through Kindle Unlimited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Sweet Mercy & Gabriel Fallen by Nina WestGabriel Fallen by Nina West
Series: Dirty Empire #2
on May 23, 2019
Cover Design: Shanoff Designs
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Adult, Suspense, Mafia
Pages: 222
Format: ARC, digital e-book
Source: Valentine PR, Available through Kindle Unlimited
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

From internationally bestselling author K.A. Tucker, writing as Nina West, comes the dark and sexy Dirty Empire trilogy.

Mercy Wheeler and Gabriel Easton’s sordid tale continues in Gabriel Fallen as Mercy finds herself heading down a dangerous path.

Gabriel has made an art of dangling what I’m most desperate for in front of me, what he knows I can’t refuse, no matter the cost. In this case, that cost continues to be me.

He is still a scoundrel, but I’m starting to see something more.

And while our bargain is proving advantageous in ways I never anticipated, the risks that come with being associated with a man like him are becoming painfully clear.

But how much longer before this arrangement with Gabriel costs me everything I am?

This is the second book in the Dirty Empire series and should be read after Sweet Mercy.

This title is recommended for mature audiences only due to graphic content.

Warning: For readers who might be triggered by sensitive subject matter, this book contains scenes which depict suicide, rape, murder, and other graphic violence.

four-half-stars
four-flames
Also by this author: Wolf Prey

Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Suspense, Mafia

First Person, DUAL-POV

This is book #2 of the Dirty Empire series and it cannot be read as a standalone. It does end in a cliffhanger.

Contains issues and situations some may find triggering.

Clearly I haven’t found what I want with promiscuity, so maybe monogamy is the way to go.

by Gabriel

It just gets better!!!

Avoiding spoilers here, but that ending… OMG!!!!

Combustible love!!!

33/35 STARS –  4.5 STARS (between 31.5 stars and 33 stars)

Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4 Freshness: 4.5 Plot: 4.5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 5

Action 4/5 Angst 3/5 Darkness 3/5 Humor 0/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 4/5

Would I recommend? Yes, for all readers of twisted romance!

Would I re-read this book/series? Yes!

Would I read more from the author? Definitely!!!

Addictiveness: 5/5 I have read book one and two on the same day almost in one sitting. This is how hooked I have been. As addictive as chocolate!!!

Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 The just became better and more complex.

Mercy here struggle with her conscious and what is right or wrong. Something very natural for all the changes that have happened in her life. I like her and her personality. She is not a pushover.

Gabriel was the star in this one for me. How much he has changed and have been trying to evolve was really great. Really looking forward to see more of him.

Secondary characters Caleb and Michelle, maybe?

Villain/antagonists In this type of book there are so many suspects that we never know who is the biggest villain. I mean, with that shocking ending… would you try to guess it?

I love them all!!!

Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, color-font 4/5, subtitle 1/5, background 2/5 buy 4/5  I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I always try to be true to myself, I buy so many books because of the cover and I have skipped many because of not very appealing art. Covers are part of the experience for me and I do like to understand them. This one still felt too generic for me. I wanted more connections to the story. I would buy this book by its cover, but I would need to read the blurb.

Freshness: 4.5/5 Original! It is so hard to make contemporary romance feels unique. Ms. West has been spot on here. It felt fresh and something I haven’t really read before. As fresh as mint tea when you are dealing with a bad cold!

Plot: believable 4.5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 4/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5  Good opening with a shocking ending (cliffhanger). Superb plot, with well written dialogues and great pace. Simple but realistic setting, a few really good subplots with a shocking twist. High level of enjoyment!

OMG! What was that ending! I almost threw my kindle away, when I figured I still didn’t have the third book to read.

Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 4.5/5  Explosive! Panty-wetter!!! Squirming in your sit type of read. This couple is hot and Gabriel is swoon worthy. Hot romance!!!

Writing Style: 5/5 Amazing writing by the author. Characters, plot, romance, smut, it has everything. Oh, in a very clean, cohesive writing too. Work of a wordsmith!!!

Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really believe in perfection…

I mean, that ending was torture…

You MAY read this because you follow the author; you SHOULD read this because you like twisted romance; you MUST read this because it is unique!!!

four-half-stars

About Nina West

Nina West is the author of the sinfully sexy and highly addictive The Wolf Hotel series and Dirty Empire series. She lives in the city but spends her summers in the wilderness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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