Have Mercy by Shelley Ann Clark

Posted August 1, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Have Mercy by Shelley Ann ClarkHave Mercy by Shelley Ann Clark
Format: eARC
Published by Random House LLC Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary, Musician, Romance
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Rock diva Emme Hayes already broke up one band after sleeping with the lead singer, and she swears she won’t let sex screw things up again. The problem is, her new bass player—a lean, muscular, tattooed mystery man who makes her want to demand his absolute attention—has her so worked up she can hardly carry a tune. Emme promises he’s off-limits. She just doesn’t know how she’ll be able to confine the heat to her love songs.

The moment Tom McKinney lays eyes on Emme strutting around the stage of his blues bar—all curves, eye liner, and teased blond hair—he knows she’s one of a kind. So when she offers him a two-month paid gig to tour with her band, Tom can’t say no, despite family troubles and the bar’s precarious finances. Onstage and off, the music they make thrums in his soul, but Tom has too much going on to get involved—even if he burns to let Emme play his body like a fine-tuned instrument.

So I really love strong women in books, and I really like women who are musicians (don’t get me wrong I love the whole male rock star theme, but I love it when a woman is the rock star too). There were definitely elements of this book that I was a big fan of, and there were also elements of the book that made me go meh. I had a hard time deciding between 3 and 4 stars to be honest with you, but as always tie goes to the runner (I seriously need to lay off with the whole sports thing).

Of the things I liked, I really liked the dynamic between Emme and Tom, I liked that they were so drawn to each other. But more than that I loved how respectful Tom was. He knew that she was apprehensive about starting anything, and so he was more that willing to wait for her to come to him. And he let her have that kind of control when it came to the bedroom too, which was also nice to read since so much has been made in recent times about men being the dominating control force between the sheets. What can I say I like it when you flip the script.

The rest of Emme’s band outside of Tom… well they piss me off. Except Mo, he was cool people. The guitarist is a misogynist jerk face who blames Emme for like everything, and even worse doesn’t believe her when she tells him the truth about what really happened in the past and then continues to hold stuff against her in spite of her not being responsible for it. Oh and Andy, ended up being kind of a jerk face too. You have to read to understand and I don’t want to blow it for you. That being said the bad behavior of the band only helps to show what a good guy Tom is.

Also I love Tom on his own. He has a lot on his shoulders and he is just such a good guy. He is trying to hard to do the right thing in a tough situation. I like that he has real problems. I like that he’s a respectful person. And more than that, at the end I loved that he asked for help with his sister and did the best he could for her, in spite of her not seeing it the same way.

Ultimately I wish the ending had been a little more drawn out, or at the very least an epilogue to see what happened to them in the future. I also wish the author would have given you Emme’s POV when the members of the band finally have it out. Other than that it was a good book, it’s heavy on the hot and heavy, so if that’s something you are looking for in a book, I think this one just might do it for you.

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About Shelley Ann Clark

Shelley Ann Clark’s third-grade teacher told her that one day she’d be a romance novelist. It probably says something about her that, at age eight, she thought that was a compliment of the highest order.

Shelley now holds an MA in creative writing, a masters of library and information science, and has worked in public libraries for over a decade. A Southerner by birth, she lives in Chicago.

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