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Book Review: Mercy Burns by Keri Arthur

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Mercy Reynolds is a reporter in the San Francisco Bay area, but she’s also more—and less—than human. Half woman, half air dragon, she’s a “draman”—unable to shift shape but still able to unleash fiery energy. Now something will put her powers to the test.

Mercy’s friend Rainey has enlisted her help to solve her sister’s murder. Then a horrible accident claims Rainey’s life, leaving Mercy only five days to find the killer: If Mercy fails, according to dragon law, Rainey’s soul will be doomed to roam the earth for eternity. But how can Mercy help when she herself is a target? With nowhere else to turn, she must join forces with a sexy stranger—the mysterious man they call “Muerte,” or death itself, who’s as irresistible as he is treacherous. But can even Death keep Mercy alive for long enough to find her answers?

Mercy Burns begins with a car crash and doesn’t lose momentum. It’s a quick, easy read and it sizzles on the page.

I like how it goes deeper into the draman than the first book, Destiny Kills, did. The romance and suspense are good, too. For a while I thought the romance wouldn’t work out, that there would be a second or even a third book before the romance is concluded. But it does, and it does so in a very believable way.

Mercy’s best friend dies and worse, she dies before the dragon death rituals can administrated. That’s why Mercy hunts her murderers, so her soul can rest. That’s the same reason Damon, Mercy’s love interest, has for hunting the same people.

My favorite part is when she melts lock off her prison door. The part when Damon comes back to her is pretty good, too.

But for all that, Mercy Burns is missing something. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s just not as compelling as the Riley Jenson books or as Destiny Kills (the first book in this series, written a long time ago). It’s not the characters or the plot, where aren’t bad. The plot isn’t terribly complicated, but that’s not a bad thing.

It’s a solid story, just not as interesting as the Keri Arthur’s other work. I can’t think of any scenes that were boring or that should have been left out. It’s solid. But also disappointing and I don’t know why. 😦