Guts & Glory: Mercy

In the Shadows Security, Book 1
Narrated by: Ava Lucas, Aiden Snow
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Romance, Erotica
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You must fall before you can rise...

Former Delta Force Operator. Scarred inside and out.

In the military, Mercy had seen and done things most people could never imagine. Now working for In the Shadows Security, dangerous jobs are his specialty, the more difficult the better... until his boss assigns him to protect a spoiled, rich woman who never shuts the h*ll up. He has two ways to stop her running mouth, but either could get him fired.
However, first impressions can be deceiving, and underestimating this woman is a mistake Mercy never intended to make. One that might not only threaten his job but the carefully built barriers he’s surrounded himself with.

Witness to a horrific crime, Parris must leave Vegas immediately. After her best friend hires a professional to get her out of Nevada and keep her safe, she discovers there’s more to this emotionally crippled “bodyguard” than meets the eye. As a therapist, Mercy’s a challenge Parris can’t ignore, even when his walls seem too high to breach.
In the end, will Mercy not only be able to keep her safe but allow her to save him? Or will he let the woman who’s become his addiction simply walk away?

Note: Mercy is the first book of the Guts & Glory series, a six-book spin-off from my Dirty Angels MC series. While it’s recommended to listen to both series in order, each book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. As with all my books, this has an HEA and no cliffhanger or cheating.

©2019 Jeanne St. James (P)2019 Jeanne St. James

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Mercy Me !!

OMG wish I could give this Audible 6 stars I started this book and could not bring myself to stop listening till the end and wanted more. Excellent story I fell I love with the characters. Mercy broken, scarred , strong, dark, and honorable a perfect mix for his character an ex military man who works for In the Shadows Security which is owned and run by Dirty Angels MC a great lead in from the DAMC Book series. Mercy is given the job to protect Parris (Rissa) who witnessed something that could get her killed. Rissa is a sex therapist and the therapist in her wants to help the broken Mercy and he doesnt.want help. Lots of heat and passion in the characters and the plot. The narrators rocked this . Excellently written and exceptionally preformed. I cant wait to listen to the next book in this series. I highly recommend this.

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Super hot

What can you say about Mercy and Parris or as he calls her Rissa they are hot!! Mercy is a total a**hole who is always right and Rissa has a mind of her own! They clash and sparks fly all over the place. Mercy needs to keep ner safebut can he do it? Of course all the shadows are in the book and even some DAMC members.

Narrrating the story is Ava Lucus and Aiden Snow who are awesome! The stroy comes alive with them at the helm. Wh!t can you say about Jeanne St. James other then BEST author evèr! Every story is fresh and newand just draws you in!

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Setting off the Fire Alarms!

Another hot, hot, hot story from Ms. St. James with great performances by Ava Lucas & Aiden Snow. When it was announced there was an MC series with Special Forces guys I knew I would be devouring these books - and it was worth the pre-order credit. Loved the fact that Parris was a strong character and even though Mercy put her in the "dumb with big boobs" box he changed his mind without much pressure from her - she just was her strong, resilient self and that proved the point.

And now not only has my "girl crush" on narrator Ava Lucas continued, but now I may have a bit of love for Aiden Snow, too. Too many books, not enough time!

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more to the man than it appears

A phenomenal start to an awesome new series. Jeanne St. James opens the door to a man that has teased my curiosity from the first mention and I wasn't disappointed. Ava Lucas and Aiden Snow made this book breathe!

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Another home run!

As always, listening to Jeanne St James' books is just as fantastic as reading them. Mercy and Rissa's story is wonderful, full of heat, drama, and an HEA. Ava Lucas and Aiden Snow are phenomenal narrators and brought this story to life in the best way possible

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Such a great story!

I absolutely love the world Jeanne has created with the DAMC and In the Shadows. I instantly became obsessed with Mercy when he was first introduced in the series and I could not wait for his story. I had his story so hyped up in my mind that I actually was nervous that it might not meet my expectations. I was wrong. Jeanne is amazing at what she does and Mercy and Rissas story was fantastic. My poor stomach was in knots the whole time because I just wanted Mercy to realize that he did indeed deserve to be loved. The whole story was amazing but the last 1.5 hour is what really wrenched my heart. Rissa tried so hard to love Mercy but he refused to believe that he deserved it. He felt too damaged and it was so sad. I’m so glad in the end he realized that they were meant to be and she was the perfect person to fill his inner voids. Once again Ava did such a great job narrating along with Aiden. I wish I could give this more than 5 stars. I absolutely love love loved these two.

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Great story, great narration

Book one in a spin off and new series to me from Jeanne St James which was narrated by Ava Lucas and Aiden Snow who drew me in and kept me captivated with their narration which was spot on and really brought this story to life for me.
I fell for Mercy, hook line and sinker. The story was raw and gritty and I listened to this in almost one sitting as I couldn’t wait to hear what happened. Mercy was an elite soldier who is now a member of the Shadow Security team and one that I found absolutely fascinating.
There is so much more to him than meets the eye, so much lurking under the surface that you will be drawn in and kept on the edge of your seat as the story progresses. Now I am off to listen to the rest of the books that are available.
Guts & Glory: Mercy was well written and entertaining and In my opinion Ms. St James has another winning series on her hands.

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Great Listen

Loved this book. Mercy and Rissa are great together. Ava Lucas and Aiden Snow did amazing bringing these characters to life. Looking forward to more in the series.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 01-08-20

Mercy....what a story!

I was just asked if I like this book, and my response is Jeanne St. James books to me are like comfort food. There is something about her stories that I find myself escaping into and coming out completely satisfied. Mercy is my kind of man. Full of flaws, hard to tackle and truly has a good heart. When hired to keep Parris safe, she sees the same things and as a therapist, she finds her attraction both to him and to his issues. But can she break down his walls? And will Mercy keep her safe? St. James has done it again and filled my heart as I listened to this story. I love the military man, and what I love about this one is he is not your typical hero. He is gruff, severely scarred and keeps to himself. Parris is a fantastic woman. In the beginning I was a little wary of her, but she proves there is more to her than meets the eye. With thrilling suspense and danger, St. James weaves a steamy story with crossovers of our favorite DAMC characters. I could not stop listening and can't wait for Ryder's story next!

Jeanne St. James takes her narration choices seriously and her casting of this book is spot on. Mercy is a growlie, alpha male and Aiden Snow has the perfect voice for him. He gives that extra protective feel with a hint of danger in the underlying tones. He understands his characters and gives them the personality I would expect if I was reading it. Parris is a little bratty, but she is smart and as Mercy would say, a manipulator. She knows her craft well, knows what she wants and will work on getting it. Ava Lucas hears that and makes Parris exactly that way. She finds the nuances in this woman, giving her that crafty edge when getting to know Mercy but also the vulnerable side. Another amazing book and performance, a great way to end my day.

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  • Sarah
  • 01-10-20

Duet narration please

Story was up to Jeanne st James usual high standards. Aiden is an excellent choice to narrate for Mercy. Although I enjoy listening to Ava she doesn't sound good when she tries to read in a male voice. It ends up sounding like an old man which ruins the whole story. It would be better if she read in her normal voice or have a duet narration where they only read respective characters. There are lots of examples of great duet narrated stories which work really well. Hope the rest of the series sounds better.