Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Acts of Mercy by Eleanor Aldrick


Title: Acts of Mercy
A Stepbrother Romance
Series: Men of WRATH #5
Author: Eleanor Aldrick
Genre: Forbidden Romance
Release Date: July 27, 2021



I’m fucked.

Broken down on the side of the road wasn’t how I pictured my first stint with independence, and calling my mother to let her know I already need help is completely off the table.

Throwing insult to injury, Mr. Tall Dark and Fuck Me has come to my rescue, strolling in like some Knight in shining armor.

Hudson Maxwell, with his chiselled jaw and striking grey eyes looks under the hood of my car like some sort of Greek God, sent to test my will.

His wicked mouth flirts with me, saying all the words any girl would want to hear. Especially me. He’s been my unattainable crush. The man I could never have.

But now? He doesn’t know who I am, fully grown and far from the little girl he last saw.

So as he continues his assault on my libido—unaffected by the rules that would keep us apart—I have to ask, do I stop this charade, or do I cave in and taste him just this once?


One moment is all it takes.

One move to wreck your world.

Alyssa Rogers, with her hypnotic green eyes and luscious lips was that for me. The siren that sang me straight to my demise.

I should’ve seen her for what she was. A trickster and a thief.

But as the walls cave in, our forced proximity forcing us closer and closer, the answer becomes clear.

Come hell or high water, Alyssa Rogers needs to go.

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

So this set the tone straight away with its hot, sexy and dirty opener. It covers two types of relationships that are judged frequently: an age gap and step-siblings. 

Alyssa is sent to stay with her step-brother Hudson whilst she is in college. Hudson still thinks of her as a dorky teenager so when he stops to help a sexy and gorgeous woman whose car has broken down, he has no idea that she is his step-sister. Alyssa immediately recognises Hudson and seizes on the fact that he doesn't recognise her to get what she wants from him. One chance for sex.

The problem for Hudson is that once he has a taste he is done for. She is his and his heart wants what the heart wants. But he tries to resist so hard because of her relationship to him. I was impressed with Alyssa's confidence in going for what she wanted at the side of the road and for never giving up.

This hot and dirty but there was more to it than this. Alyssa's strained relationship with her mother is brought to a head, along with Hudson's difficult relationship with his father. It added something to the story, giving an additional dimension.



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Writing about yourself is hard. Writing about yourself in the third person is even harder.

Instead of giving myself all kinds of accolades and touting my writing prowess (or lack thereof), I’ll just share some of the bits that make me who I am. Sound good? Good.

Reading has always been a big part of my life. Growing up, my mother would walk into my room well into the wee hours of the morning only to have to tell me to put my books away and sleep.

If you're a bibliophile like me, I’m sure you can relate.

I never stopped reading nor did my love for it diminish. As time passed, my reading tastes evolved and I found myself devouring romance novels left and right (find me on Goodreads). So naturally, when I found myself unfulfilled with my learned profession, I turned to writing the books I loved to read.

It started as a hobby but with my husband's encouragement, it grew into what it is today, the start of my new, and very much loved career.

I hope that my story serves as an inspiration and that regardless of where you are in life, you are able to follow your dreams and give yourself your very own happily ever after.

With Love,
Eleanor Aldrick


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