Book Review: BETRAYING MERCY by Amber Lin

02_Betraying Mercy
Publisher: Harlequin E
Released: August 4, 2014
Source: Review copy from HFVBT
Rating: ★★★★

Can she be more than a mistress?

With a tarnished reputation, Mercy Lyndhurst expected to become the Earl of Rochford’s mistress, not his wife. Immediately abandoned by her husband after their wedding, Mercy transformed herself from commoner to countess, vowing to protect the lands and people her husband was forced to leave.

Over the past six years, William has restored the family fortune all the while tortured by his memories of Mercy…and the dark night he killed a man. When a threat draws him home, William learns just how much has changed—including his wife. While the passion still flares between them, he fears he has wounded her too badly to regain her trust. But as the danger grows they must unite to save the estate…and possibly their marriage.

BETRAYING MERCY is a dark and delicious romance set in late 18th century England. Two unlikely childhood friends, the son of an earl and the daughter of the town drunk, are reunited by a tragic event. William, the Earl of Rochford, is summoned home after many years by a cryptic message: “A legacy of riches. Beware the ghosts and witches.” His first night back in the village starts with him killing a man, and ends with a hasty marriage to lowborn Mercy to save her reputation. Then, William departs in a flurry of guilt, not to be seen again for six years.

Mercy was an amazing heroine, using her new status as a countess to save her struggling village from an unscrupulous businessman. She was very smart, brave, and not afraid to get her hands dirty, and no sitting around, pining for her absent husband. When William returns after six years at sea, Mercy is conflicted. There’s still a spark between them, but can she trust him not to ruin her secret project or abandon her again?

BETRAYING MERCY was a short read, but there was a lot of excitement packed into its 134 pages. There’s mystery, deception, betrayal, attempted murder, and plenty of passion. The story had a captivating Gothic atmosphere, which I loved. There were parts I wish had been more fleshed out, and a couple of loose ends that are niggling at me, so, of course I’m hoping for a sequel.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion.

Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” She has been published by Loose Id, Carina Press, and Entangled.

Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.

For more information on Amber Lin and her novels please visit her website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter,Pinterest, and Goodreads. Sign up for Amber Lin’s Newsletter.


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