Sweet Mercy (Dirty Empire #1) – Nina West

four stars black
Genre: Romance 
Publisher: Self-published  
Pages: 270
Release Date: March 27, 2019

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.


I was a little apprehensive about Sweet Mercy because the premise reminded me of a bully romance style novel. While Gabriel is no saint, he’s certainly not the villain I thought he would be.

It’s best to keep a glass of cold water nearby because Mercy and Gabriel’s chemistry is fire hot. Their chemistry is instant despite the setting in which they first met. Like West’s Wolf Hotel, the sex scenes are graphic and hot.

What makes Sweet Mercy work so well is the power balance between Mercy and Gabriel. The power swings back and forth without creating too much of an imbalance between the characters. Mercy is by no means at the mercy of Gabriel. She’s able to hold her own while still maintaining a more innocent vibe.

Sweet Mercy’s premise is slightly unrealistic, but it works because of the power balance mentioned earlier. It’s the perfect balance of unrealistic and romance fantasy.

Overall, Sweet Mercy is a quick and sexy read that will keep you turning pages well into the night.

Have you read Sweet Mercy? What did you think?

3 thoughts on “Sweet Mercy (Dirty Empire #1) – Nina West

  1. After reading a small sample of this one I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to pick it up because I was not getting nice vibes from Gabriel and I didn’t know if I wanted to get into that. Re-thinking my decision now lol great review!

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