Review: A Merciful Promise by Kendra Elliot

Posted July 7, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: A Merciful Promise by Kendra Elliot
A Merciful Promise

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Series: Mercy Kilpatrick #6
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on 6/18/19
Pages: 359
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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A deep undercover assignment that cuts her off from everything ups the ante in this final, daring entry in the Mercy Kilpatrick series.  As usual, I felt the danger close by, hoped all would turn out well, and relished the love between Mercy, Truman, and her family.


As I pointed out, A Merciful Promise is the last in the series and the sixth installment.  It worked best getting it in order because Mercy and Truman’s romance and Mercy’s relationship with her family grew through the series even if each book posed a different case for Mercy and Truman.

A Merciful Promise starts out with Mercy being segundoed to work on an ATF assignment that takes her undercover into a militia compound where she has no outside contact to Truman or even her own FBI office.  She has to figure out if they have stolen weapons and verify the details of rumors of some big plot involving the weapons’ cache.
Meanwhile, Truman encounters a series of murders that have him dreading that a serial killer is loose.  The wedding draws nearer and he worries about what could be going on with Mercy.

I love this series and I slid easily into this latest book.  Mercy and Truman are great characters and I enjoy how they are both smart and capable in their respective law enforcement fields, her prepper background, and have a loving relationship full of respect and friendship besides the attraction.  They were separated for most of the book, but because of the circumstances, it worked- though of course, I would have loved more time with them together.

I had a weird reaction to this book.  I enjoyed it and I was all in as I whipped through the pages, but  I felt a mild disappointment in how the big mission wrapped up.

It had the sort of plot that got intense fast because it starts with Mercy being plunged into a mission with barely a day’s warning and little preparation.  She’s in a compound of extremists who feel more like a cult with the men waving weapons about and everyone living on the edge of deprivation with little to no survival or preparation skills with crazy conspiracy notions.  Crazy, but still dangerous as a mob with a charismatic leader.
Truman’s side investigating murders seemed almost blase in comparison.  In a previous book, Truman was off in danger and Mercy was left fearful, this time the shoe was on the other foot and Truman was helplessly on the sidelines having to hope for the best in the face of tough odds.  This situation did allow for some tender moments when Truman is able to slide into a real father role with Mercy’s orphaned teenage niece and the orphaned youth Ollie.  They all draw close while Mercy is away and in danger.
I enjoyed the updates on Mercy’s family and to get some closure there since this was the end book.

I was fine switching back and forth between Mercy and Truman’s side of the story since they are apart, but then that stopped working for me in the last third of the story.  For example, without too much detail, Mercy is literally in a life or death moment, then the narration switches to Truman, but when it comes back the moment is over and the time has jumped ahead and what came during the narration switch is summarized quickly in past tense.  This all served to take me out of the story rather than heightening the tension for me until it could build when a new situation came.

And, then my one true niggle, and this could be semi-spoilery so skip if you want.
<spoiler>I felt a letdown when the militia situation resolved and their mysterious plot was unveiled leaving me with a ‘that was it?’ and lots of whys.  Maybe it was just me and others will feel it was fine.  Guess I was expecting a Waco, a Ruby Ridge, or a situation like that the way things were building up.</spoiler>

I don’t mean to say that it was dull or that I didn’t like it, because I would even say I loved it with a few caveats.  The final scenes leading to the big climax had my heart in my throat so to speak and offered a great finish with a nice denouement to wrap things up nicely.  Mercy was her usual tough self and Truman had to find the courage to trust in her to keep herself safe, but now it is finally time for them to become a family with Kaylie and Ollie.

I will really miss this series and I’m glad the author said there will likely be cameos in later series.  Meanwhile I must go hit her backlist and anticipate the new releases in her other ongoing series.  This is a fab romantic suspense series that I can heartily recommend.

I rec’d this book from Montlake via Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.

The Challenges Met

New Release #87
Reading Assignment #2 Professor Mix Up
Books N Tunes #34 Etta James’ At Last
COYER Summer #3  Title that included my Initials


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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2 years ago

One word to describe the great Etta James – classic! I like a good suspense story that keeps on the edge of my seat, but it sure is the pits when it ends with a letdown and me scratching my head. Another great review! Happy Sunday and Hugs. RO

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  ROP

Oh yes! She’s a real class act. 🙂

This series is so thrilling. I was bummed when I discovered that this was it. I’ll have to go back for her older ones now.
Yes, it wasn’t an awful thing when I felt let down, just a little one when I had to get the exciting part in summary. Oh well, the rest was fab.

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I’ve heard that her books are good but I haven’t read her yet. This sounds good though.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh yeah, so worth it if you get the chance to pick them up, Mary. 🙂

Melanie Simmons
2 years ago

I have book one on my ipod to listen to, but just haven’t started yet. I really need to. Sounds great. Wonderful review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes!! I think you’d get a kick out of these, Melanie. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Ugh. Bummer on the spoiler. So annoying!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yeah, I was like ‘this is it?’ All that build up. Oh well, it was still plenty tense in other ways.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I’m sad to say goodbye to the series too! I do agree,
I wasn’t a fan of the time apart. To be honest, I speed read Mercy’s time in the camp because it stressed me out so much. I wished more time was spent together as a family.

I hope we get a spin-off with Detective Bolton and Brittany. I thought there was something between them maybe.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yeah, it didn’t really feel right for them to be separated for the whole last book.

That gets my vote. I want Bolton and Brittany, too. I want to go back and read her other older series, too.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
2 years ago

I do want to read more of this author’s work and I like the overall sound of this series. Too bad you had a few issues with this one and had some disappointment.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

This is a series I think you’d really like, Carole. It was a bitty disappointment, but there are some really good moments in this one and definitely over the series.

2 years ago

I really need to start reading her books. I understand how you feel about the issues you highlighed, especially where you were left
wondering. I am glad you still enjoyed regardless of the issues encountered.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes, Nadene! I love these and hope you get the chance. They’re a little different with the prepper lifestyle and all the militia stuff, but I think you’d like them.

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

It’s good to know that it’s better to read the series in order. I like how the series has built up the relationship and ends with some closure. While it sounds like there are some elements that detracted from your enjoyment of this novel, it wraps up the series nicely – and it’s fun to know there will be cameos in later series!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh yes, this is definitely a series that brings along the family, the romance, and establishes the setting over all the books. Yeah, I had a bit of a blip with this one, but over all this has been a wonderful series. 🙂

Lover Of Romance
2 years ago

I definitely need to pick up this series since I haven’t read a romantic suspense in a long while. I love those big finishes that make it worth it!!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

The big finales are almost worth the sadness of finishing a series. 🙂 Oh yes, Renee. These are great.