Mercy Denied

Title: Mercy Denied: Trinity

Series: Steele Standing Book 2

Author: Jacqueline M. Sinclair

Genre: New Adult/College/Contemporary/Romance

Release Date: February 27, 2016





She and her friend set me up. Then they sent those pictures to my wife. Little did they know that she’d already left me and that I was devastated and ready to self-destruct. Because of her, I lost everything I ever wanted … the only hope I had. Now I will risk everything I have left to destroy her. It doesn’t matter why she did it, that she was hurting, or even that she was drunk. It doesn’t matter that she looks at me like she sees into my soul. Does it?


Melanie was the one that’d sent those pictures to his wife, but it was me who’d told her to get her camera ready. I’d been angry at my ex-fiance and took it out on Merrick, wanting to expose him for the cheater I thought he was. I never dreamed it would go this far – that he would vow to destroy me. I’d take it all back if I could, but the damage is done. My mother’s life’s work is at his mercy and he’s determined to make me feel the loss that I caused him. Still, the way he looks at me I have to ask myself, did my poor choices wake the monster…or the man?

Mercy Denied



Rating: 4 Stars ✰✰✰✰

Mercy Denied by Jacqueline M. Sinclair is book 2 in the Steele Standing Series but it can be read as a stand alone book.

Trinity has just ended a relationship after being cheated on. She is heartbroken and angry. Her friend Melanie drags her out to a bar and while they are there, in walks Merrick, Melanie’s friend Ella’s ex-husband. After a few drinks and some gossip about Merrick’s behavior during his marriage, Trinity decides he needs to be taught a lesson, and she’s just the person to teach it to him. She has no idea the damage she is doing or the resulting consequences of his anger when all is said and done.

Merrick is on a downward spiral after his wife and child leave him. All he wants when he walks into that bar is to numb the pain. When he meets Trinity at the bar, he feels a connection to her. Something about her makes him decide to try to make a fresh start. But he loses everything again when some incriminating pictures surface. Now he wants revenge.

Neither of them are expecting to have feelings for the other.

This book could teach you a lesson or two about making assumptions and taking it upon yourself to dish out justice. Both the characters make some pretty big ones here. They both act out of anger, even as they are falling for each other. Merrick especially can’t get out of his own head to realize that he is making even bigger mistakes and putting blame where it doesn’t necessarily belong. I got the feeling that Trinity realized her mistake and wanted to make it right. I think she also realized she had feelings for him, but then he would do something to hurt her again and she would go back to not trusting him. They both needed to get their heads out of their butts. I kind of found myself not liking Trinity’s friend Melanie as the book went on. She seemed kind of careless about hurting other people. Even Trinity. Everyone needs a Jonah in their lives. He genuinely cares about everyone and goes out of his way make everyone happy. He is just a beautiful ray of sunshine!

This was a great follow up to Renegade! I’m looking forward to the next book!


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About Jacqueline M. Sinclair:

Jacqueline M. SinclairJacqueline grew up in the rural southeast and is the youngest child of a large and rowdy family. Reading was an escape when there wasn’t much else around to do. She loves everything from classical literature to true crime and everything in between. With her two children grown and gone, she’s surrounded by a menagerie of adopted pets and a two-legged thief who refused to give her heart back after a night of karaoke.

With a day job and a dream job, her writing is a steamy combination of real life and seeking to answer the age-old question of what would happen if…and then characters come along and completely derail the plan. Letting them have their say provides plenty of sleepless nights and an endless combination of coffee and wine, but she hopes you enjoy their stories.


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