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A Merciful Promise by Kendra Elliott
Series: Mercy Kilpatrick #6
Published by Montlake Romance on June 18, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
The job: infiltrate a militia amassing illegal firearms in an isolated forest community. FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick is the ideal candidate. She knows Oregon. She’s near the compound. And having been raised among survivalists, Mercy understands the mind-set of fanatics. Lay low, follow rules, do nothing to sound an alarm, and relinquish all contact with the outside world. She’s ready to blend in.
As Mercy disappears into the winter hills, something just as foreboding emerges. Mercy’s fiancé, Eagle’s Nest police chief Truman Daly, is faced with a puzzling series of murders—three men dumped in random locations after execution-style shootings.
Now, for Mercy, trapped in a culture where suspicion is second nature, and betrayal is punishable to the extreme, there is no way out. No way to call for help. And as plans for a catastrophic terrorist event escalate, there may be no way to stop them. Even if Mercy dies trying.
The Mercy Kilpatrick series feels more crime/ mystery suspense than a romance. You do want to read the series in order. There is kissing but the sex is off page. I’ve enjoyed the world-building of this small town in a rural mountain area with many survivalists. The preppers are fascinating to me and cool; I love DYI and self-sufficient people.
I was just going to start this at bedtime and ended up reading it in one sitting, ending at 2:40am. It was a fast, suspenseful ride with plenty of raking my emotions over the coals.
A Merciful Promise has a many different law enforcement people working together – Truman for the local town, Evan Bolton on the county front, Mercy for the FBI and some ATF folks. I had a bad feeling about the case from the beginning and so did Mercy. It was as expected – bad. Most of the book, Mercy is undercover and cut off from everyone.
Mercy was her usual resourceful self. The events went as I anticipated but the motivations and catalysts were more of a surprise. The family and personal growth are great to experience and wrap up some little loose ends. I can’t believe this is the final one – I’ll miss these people. There is a hint of a novella or Mercy showing up in some other books and I hope it happens.
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