Review: The Mercenary by Cherry Adair

May 8, 2013 Reviews 0 Comments

Review: The Mercenary by Cherry AdairThe Mercenary by Cherry Adair
Series: T-FLAC #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Harlequin on 1 February 2008
Pages: 250
One Star


I’m afraid I really did not like this book. I can suspend a certain amount of disbelief – most people who read romances and urban fantasy can – but I have my limits. I found the plot way too implausible, the characterisation poor and the characters’ interactions tedious. I know that is a strong attitude so let me qualify it by saying that I checked out Goodreads and at the time of this review, 1401 people had reviewed it and the average rating was 3.74. Clearly the book has fans even though it didn’t work for me.

The premise of this novel is that Victoria Jones gets a psychic sense that her twin brother Alex, an anti-terrorist agent, is in trouble. She travels half way around the world to check on him, gets held hostage, breaks her arm and then travels back to recruit his partner, Marc, to help her free Alex. I could handle that she is a strong woman to endure all of this but she then faints when Marc threatens her. Um, okay. She has dealt with terrorists but one hot and surly man is too much?? Instead of calling in reinforcements, which I kind of thought was the main point when it came to teams, Marc and Tory toddle off by themselves. I found Marc quite distasteful and the fact that Tory would willingly give her virginity to a man who has been so horrible to her was just bizarre. The plot was nonsensical and I had to reread scenes just to confirm I had not misread.

If you view this piece as a satirical take on the romantic suspense genre than it is quite comedic but I’m fairly sure that was not Adair’s intent. I understand that this was an old novel that Adair revised and perhaps her style, characterisation and plot construction has improved since then.

I feel quite bad about giving such a low grade but  I can’t in all consciousness rate it higher.


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