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Posted February 26, 2014
Events from the previous books in the Wylde Shore series rear their ugly heads in this steamy BDSM read with an exhilarating bit of suspense that puts numerous characters in jeopardy. Even if you haven't read the other books in this series you'll have no trouble getting caught up in the heart-pounding action of Switching Mercedes as the characters are entertaining and the author pulls no punches in amping up the suspense. Seamlessly interwoven with the suspense is numerous sensual scenes that ultimately evolve into hot BDSM play involving the personal rivalry of Dom and sub players for the burgeoning ménage of Mercedes and twin brothers Zane and Ash with the prize of forever up for grabs.
Mercedes is a strong-willed woman who became a Dom after a traumatic experience in her teens. It caused her to close herself off a bit, she became more guarded and more contrary to protect herself. She never wanted to be taken advantage of again and has become an ice queen as Mistress Mercedes. She doesn't have relationships, but for the last few years she's enjoyed the playful banter between her and the overly protective Dom, Zane. When the women who work for her start dying, and she loses a bet with Zane, she's brought into his and his twin brother's safe keeping where her body may be safe but they put her heart and mind through the wringer to accept the love and submissive play that she promised. Mercedes is an outspoken woman and the playful banter between her and the boys is entertaining. She's no shrinking violet where the villain is concerned and I applauded her never backing down to his vileness. From start to finish she remained a wonderfully admirable heroine unafraid of anything, even when loving the men who love her.
After a mission gone wrong where he was tortured, Zane turned his back on his covert job and joined the real world. To keep his soul he turned his back on the past and has embraced the feelings of love and softness that he feels towards Mercedes. He's extremely protective of her and is grateful for the knowledge of his past to keep her alive now. I found Zane's sexy yet caring side immensely appealing and found humor in how everyone was scared of his intimidating size but he in fact was very softhearted. There's a calming influence always surrounding him and this is just one of the subtle ways he's the opposite of his twin. Ash dealt with their torture in a very different way, he's built up a tolerance to all kinds of pain but in the process it's hardened his heart. To save his soul Zane wants him to join into a ménage with Mercedes where he can see the joys of living a life in the real world. Ash is far less romantic than Zane and talks in more gritty terms. He oozes sex appeal in his early meetings with Mercedes and they were full of sexual tension. He's clearly the more aggressive in his looks, words, and deeds and it's extremely appealing for Mercedes to be offered such a sexually stimulating dichotomy of men which made for a compelling sexual journey for their burgeoning ménage.
Along with appealing characters and steamy sexual interludes came a well-paced and pulse-pounding storyline of revenge. The villain's identity is tied to the past and the author spends ample time in his head to make his part of the story compelling and vividly depicted. His deeds keep you on the edge of your seat and help make this an entertaining story from start to finish and highly recommended!