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Monster Without Mercy

Monster Without Mercy, October 2023
by Cynthia Eden

Hocus Pocus Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1960633481
EAN: 9781960633484
Kindle: B0CHK43L13
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"Is he really a monster?"

Fresh Fiction Review

Monster Without Mercy
Cynthia Eden

Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Posted January 4, 2024

Romance Suspense | Romance Paranormal

What happens when the King of Chaos and Destruction meets a sweet, innocent woman? One of them falls hard. Xavier Hollow is a hybrid – shifter, vampire demon – and is fighting off a curse that will end his dark reign. Easy enough; women fall at his feet all the time. All he has to do is snap his fingers and what he wants is his.

Until Mercy Josephine catches his eye. To break a curse he needs someone good to fall for him. But everything good gives him hives and causes him pain. However, to save himself and the lifestyle that he loves, he will endure for a few days. His plans go awry when the heart he doesn’t think he has ends up falling for Mercy's innocent beauty. He knows that he will become a monster - something more feared than anyone could imagine - without her. Even he could never foresee a time without his Mercy but in a moment of weakness, it just might happen. Because though he is a monster, his heart is starting to get in the way of his evil thinking.

MONSTER WITHOUT MERCY is a fun read, delving into the dark world that brings good and evil together in a sweet steamy romance. Author Cynthia Eden does an amazing job of pulling in the paranormal and making it believable; that a sweet girl and evil anit-hero can change each other in ways neither can imagine.

At first, Mercy comes off as a confused woman who isn’t sure what is real and what is not. Xavier is rather endearing – he is so evil, but deep down he isn’t. All he needed was for Mercy to come into his life. He fights his feelings for Mercy because those kinds of feelings are for the good people in the world and not for him. He will turn her to the dark side of life and then things will get back to normal... or so he thinks.

Many supporting characters in MONSTER WITHOUT MERCY are varied and intriguing. You will find those who would be considered evil in a normal world but not so evil in this one. Yet some would be considered good but - yep, you guessed it – not so good in this one.

The ending is interesting and gives fans hope that there will be more books to come in this series. A brother and a dragon are introduced – what could be a better lead-in for another amazing read?

If you love paranormal worlds, characters that will have you glued to every word and action, and a romance that will have you fanning yourself, then MONSTER WITHOUT MERCY is exactly what you need.

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SUMMARY

Anyone can be tempted…

Xavier Hollow is the king of destruction. A shifter, a vampire, a demon—every nightmare you have—all rolled into one very smoking hot package. Xavier snaps his fingers, and the world falls at his feet. His enemies tremble in fear. And the women who want him? They tremble with yearning. Life (and death) is one fabulous ride…until a certain very old curse kicks in for him. A curse that threatens to take away all of his dark power.

He needs someone good…to fall for him. STAT.

Three days. That’s how long Xavier has to tempt one Mercy Josephine. Innocent, pure, the actual descendant of an angel, she’s all the things that normally give him hives—literally. He’s allergic to good and just can’t stand it. Committing a “good” act causes Xavier physical pain. The bigger the act, the more intense his suffering. But, for Mercy, he’ll have to pretend to be someone very, very different. Someone who is—unfortunately and ever-so-disgustingly—good.

He’ll corrupt her. She’ll save him.

A simple enough task. Go to the costume ball. Charm the modern-day princess. Get her to sacrifice her soul for him. Done. He could probably bring her to the dark side with just a kiss. But then he meets Mercy and realizes that he’s not the only one looking to destroy some goodness. Other beasts are closing in, and in order to break the curse that haunts him, Xavier will have to do the one thing he never expected…protect Mercy. Beautiful, brave, and—shudder—good Mercy.

The plan won’t change.

By the time the clock strikes midnight on the third day, Mercy will be under his spell. He’ll convince her that he’s a hero, that she’s desperately in love with him. She’ll give up her soul—and her life—for him. The desire that rages between them is hotter than the fires of—well, home. Temptation is his specialty, and he can seduce her like no other.

Not like he’s going to change his mind for her. Not like…

Not like anyone can teach a monster to love. Because only the good love. And Xavier is many things, but he will never, ever be good. Not when being bad is so much fun.

Time for the world to burn. Time for an innocent to fall. And time for the monsters to reign…


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