Beg for Mercy (Trilogy, #1)

Beg for Mercy (Trilogy, #1) - Jami Alden Megan and Sean Flynn are sister and brother that have survived losing their parents as children. Now they must survive Sean's death penalty conviction for rape and murder. Megan knows that her brother is innocent but even Sean's best friends have their doubts and attest to this in court. It doesn't help that Megan's boyfriend, Cole Williams, a detective on the Seattle Police Department, is the arresting officer. Sean finally gives up on the entire appeal process and is determined to stoically face the death penalty. Megan refuses to give up and knows that there is more to this murder than meets the eye. Just when it seems like things couldn't get any worse, Megan's juvenile advocate client comes across a dead body and Cole re-enters Megan's life. Sparks fly between the two old lovers but is it love or hate? Will she uncover the truth in time to save Sean’s life? The clock is literally counting down...

Intrigue abounds in this romantic thriller by Jami Alden. Most of the thrills are centered around Megan's amateur investigation into her brother's conviction. Her investigation stumbles upon an underground prostitution ring with loose ties to a serial murderer and this provides most of the suspense. Megan's actions are credible because most of us are willing to do whatever it takes to legally protect and fight for family. The romantic aspect of this thriller is only truly apparent in the beginning of the story with the burgeoning romance between Cole and Megan. Regrettably their romance dies a sudden and horrible death when he arrests her brother. The mystery and suspense aspects were somewhat predictable towards the end, but this did not detract from the overall storyline or my reading pleasure.

As a romantic thriller, this was a little light on the romance but the thrills were abundant. Ms. Alden has provided a well-written and quick read that I expect will be perfect for weekend or summer beach reading.