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Mercy Strange

Series: Legal Magick, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Romance, Suspense
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Some Talents are too dangerous to keep.

Mercy Strange - Genetic Research Lead, Strange Medical Technologies

There’s a madman who calls himself a scientist...and I have to stop him. Never mind that his med-magick drugs might be the key to my own research. Never mind that his red-and-yellow pill tempts me with the promise of turning off a Talent I’d give anything to erase. The madman developed his med-magick with an illegal drug trial, performing experiments on people like my father - and using my own family’s company to do it! The madman will pay for that, even if I have to hunt him down myself. I’ll train the FBI’s insanely sexy field agent to go undercover after the killer, but when this is done, I’ll be taking that pill...and finally destroying the part of me that’s too dangerous to keep.  

Swift Payne - FBI, Science and Magick Lab

This is just another job. I keep telling myself that, but Mercy’s emotional soundscape sings to me like no other. There’s so much she’s hiding, just under the surface. She doesn’t know what I am - few people do - and it needs to stay that way. Because I’m not just following leads to find our serial-killer-by-drugs - I’m investigating her. And if she’s dirty in this, I’ll have to march her out in handcuffs. Or get yanked from the case. Or get sent back to the military work I barely escaped. Mercy’s dangerously tempting, but I can’t go back there again. Yet I can’t seem to tear myself away from the music of her oh-so-brilliant mind....

Someone’s developed a drug that can erase magickal Talents...and they need to be stopped before they kill anyone else. Swift’s Talent is secret, and Mercy’s secret is her Talent. But they have to work together to find the mad scientist with the killer drugs...before he unleashes them on the streets of Chicago.

©2019 Alisa Woods (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • MJ
  • 06-08-19

HORRIBLE NARRATION

I've really enjoyed all of Alisa Wood's books up until this one. This story is lacking in character depth/development and there is almost no heat between the main characters. The story is also quite dull and even boring at times. Even the single intimate scene in the book was lackluster at best. All that aside my main criticism of this book is the audible performance. The narrators were all around horrible, and made me wish I had simply read it. The worst part by far was the attempt to make the character Nia, who is described as a beautiful tall black woman, sound "black". As a black female I feel it just came off as a stereotypical hot mess that made me groan and roll my eyes everytime I heard it. Also, the guy doing the narration sounded like a mix of someone from a TV commercial trying to sell me something & the stereotypical movie trailer voice from the 80s or early 90s. Definitely not her best work, but still a fan of her other works.

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  • kaylady
  • Morgan Hill, CA US
  • 10-03-19

Enjoyable but not earth-shattering

interesting story dealing with magical powers and the presumption that the magic was passed down in your genes.

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Suspenseful Paranormal Romantic Suspense!

This is the second book in the Legal Magick Series, a great paranormal romantic suspense. This time, this is Mercy Strange story. The story continues where the last ended. Mercy and Swift are great and strong characters. Mercy is a Genetic Research Lead at Strange Medical Technologies, her family empire. Swift is an FBI agent at Science and Magick Lab. They are both powerful (secret power) and strong. The storyline is as suspenseful as the first book, and we get to know more about the intrigue and mystery. I love to have both POV. I love the sisterhood and family spirit in this story. Once again, the story has a great HEA for now, but ends with a cliffhanger/introduction to Verity story. Summer Roberts and Alexander Cendese did a great job to bring to life this amazing and suspenseful story. I love their voices together. I enjoyed listening this story/Series.

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Heating Up

The FBI case is heating up with magic altering drugs at its heart. In comes Swift Payne undercover psy-ops with a talent Mercy Strange is not expecting but she has secrets of her own. This book is filled with crazy twists that will keep you guessing at every turn. Good performance from both Summer Roberts and Alexander Cendese.

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A Confusing, But Enjoyable Mess of a Story

This series is kind of confusing and there is a lot going on. I really enjoyed listening to Summer Roberts and Alexander Cendese tell this story, and I'm anxiously awaiting Verity's story!

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Awesome

This is book 2 in the Strange series and is a stand alone book with wonderful HEA. I recommend this book to anyone who loves hot magical alphas. The narrator does a awesome job of each character. Really easy to listen to.

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Mercy strange

I enjoyed reading this book! It had romance and action and the paranormal all in one exciting story.

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These two are both adorable and dangerous.

Mercy Strange, book 2 in the Legal Magick series, lives up to the first one! I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed Ever's and Zane's book, but this one managed to keep up great. Heads up, it's not a standalone, so please read Ever Strange first or you'll be mightily confused (and why on earth WOULND'T you read Ever's book? Seriously. It's awesome).

Mercy is the middle sister of the Strange family (I adore how that comes out) and Mrs. Woods does a good job of giving her a middle sibling feel: she faces similar issues that her older sister deals with, but rather than beating them into submission she just tries to fix. I like that the sisters had different ways of dealing with their deadly special Talents. Mercy hides hers from even her family and holds a good bit of self-loathing close to the vest as well, though she doesn't 'hide' that as she wears clothing to advertise exactly how off-limits she sees herself. Fun clothes, I might add.

Swift Payne (and the joke was made, thank goodness) is Mercy's perfect match, I have to say. A secret agent even in the FBI, he, like Zane from the first book, possesses an illegal Talent: he hears, and can control, emotions. I really liked getting to understand this Talent, and really feel for him. Swift is Zane's opposite in personality, which was fun to experience. Though his past was very unfortunate and not at all pleasant, he keeps an overall positive attitude and maintains his zeal for life despite his circumstances.

The two make a very interesting set and their adventure in continuing the search for the culprit behind the murders and Talent theft is both enlightening and heart breaking. We learn a few things, but the biggest questions still remain and the end of the book is a drop off for Verity's upcoming book. I think the best part of the book was watching Mercy ultimately find her backbone and realize both her worth to her family and herself. Followed closely by Swift's discovery that he doesn't want to loose his Talent, despite it's negative history.

The narration in this was pretty good. I've listened to books read by Alexander Cendese before, and though I like his energy, he might have been a bit over the top for this book's overall mood. He's very good at emoting and proper pauses though, so it wasn't unpleasant. As with most male narrators, his female voices are just this side of terrifying. Honestly, I've come to conclude that that's just a given and no longer fault them for it. Summer Roberts did a good job all in all as well. She wasn't quite as good at emoting, but she was definitely on the scale. Her male voices were pretty awful, but it just amused me really. I wish more audibles would be done in true duet style, but I know that is costly. Overall, they worked well together and I enjoyed the narration. I do like how Mrs. Woods picked different narrators from one book to the next; it separates them in a good way.

An excellent book, and you should totally give it a go! I'm waiting impatiently for Verity!

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Mercy and Swift

This is the second book about the incredibly talented Strange sisters. This story is about Mercy who specializes in Med Magic but has another talent, one she has kept hidden, even from her family. The story continues from where Ever's story left off with the FBI, SCIOPPS and the Strange family trying to track down the Resurrectionist who has managed to perfect a way of turning off, or on the talents of people in their community, but is also murdering innocent people.

Mercy is a flamboyant personality, she wears incredible clothes and very unusual makeup all to warn people off from trying to become too close to her. She is also brilliant at what she does within the Strange organization. It's become her job to analyze the data from all the bodies of the people the Resurrectionist has murdered in an attempt to break the code or learn how he or she can manipulate other people's magic.

Mercy is being forced to work with SWIFT PAYNE from the FBI, Science, and Magick Lab division, he will be going undercover, with her help to try and find the source of the drug used to aid the Resurrectionist. Swift also has a secret talent and it's because of this talent that he is being forced to work for the FBI. His talent is that he can read peoples emotions, not only that, he can influence them too and can make them do almost anything he wants.

The story is exciting, and compulsive as all avenues are investigated in an attempt to stop further deaths and defeat the evil being perpetrated. But, as with all of Alissa Woods stories we have an incredible love story too! Once Mercy and Swift discover each other's talents and give in to their attraction and feelings for each other there is no stopping them. They make a wonderful couple, Swift has never known love, not from his parents or anyone else and he would know as people cannot lie to him. Love is something he thought he would never have but the connection he feels for Mercy is strong and deep and his love is returned by Mercy. Whilst Mercy for her part has been afraid to love anyone because if anyone learned about her hidden talent they would leave her - but Swift doesn't leave, he accepts all of her and would lay down his life to make sure she was safe.

The chemistry between these two is palpable and so well documented by Alisa. The story is exciting and in it, we get to meet the third sister Verity who has become involved in some sort of cult, the leader of which is under suspicion by the FBI. We also touch base again with Ever and Zane.

The writing style is excellent and very descriptive and the narration by Summer Roberts and Alexander Cendese bring the book to life beautifully. I can hardly wait for Verity's story and the conclusion of this exciting tale.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review which contains only my personal opinion.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 05-31-19

5 stars for Alexander Cendese and -1 star for SR..


I didn’t like Mercy at all. First, she had purple lipstick on and a spiderweb painted around her eye, then she had turquoise lipstick on, that was smeared across Mercy’s and Swift’s mouths after their kiss, then she had black lipstick on. So, I’m guessing this book was aimed at teens and YA’s, and not grown-ups. That doesn’t sound like the way a twenty-eight-year-old genius would dress when she’s at the office. For me, the way she dressed, and her make-up were a real turnoff. It was hard to take her serious when she was talking, and I would picture how she looked. It really was laughable.

If there’s another book in this series I won’t be reading it. The story was ok, about them trying to find some mad scientist who was killing people while trying to change their magic or take it away all at once and the people would die.

There was a lot more sexual feelings in this book, and sex, than the other book so I didn’t enjoy it as much. And the F-bomb was used 107 times.

As to the narration: OMG! Why in the hell would you change narrators and choose Summer Roberts, of all people? She’s one of the worst female narrators out there! Didn’t you listen to her first? All her men sound just like women! She doesn’t even try to sound masculine. When Swift and Mercy were declaring their love and started having sex I couldn't listen. It sounded like 2 women, which would have been great if I'd been listening to a book about lesbians. If it hadn’t been for Alexander Cendese I would have stopped listening as soon as Swift Payne opened his mouth, when Ms. Roberts was reading. Hate to say it but she’s awful. BUT if you don’t mind your hero sounding like a girl, I guess she’s great.