BXTCHES Gotta Warn: This book does feature rape. It’s not too graphic, but the rape is a focus in the book, so if this is something that you are sensitive about, please keep that in mind. You should know by now, that I will let you BXTCHES know if a book in a particular series can be read as a stand alone. Truthfully, Execution Style is one of them. Having said that, I will also tell you that this is a series that is definitely more enjoyable if you start from the beginning. Execution Style tells the story of Miller and Mercy, both of which were introduced in Bang Switch, but if you choose to read this one out of order, I do believe you’d be okay. Now that, that is out of the way, let’s get on with it.
Execution Style will be told through the POV of both Miller and Mercy.
You should remember Mercy if you read book #3 (Bang Switch), her and Memphis become friends, she is the one who runs Second Chances, the organization who helps acclimate those returning from the military. Well unfortunately for Mercy, she makes the decision to break up with her boyfriend Mitch and in doing so, she informs him that her sexual desires are a bit on the kinkier side. Well, Mitch does not take it well and not only beats Mercy in church, in front of everyone, but then proceeds to rape her for the world to see, because of course, this is being taped by the news. This is where the SWAT team enters. After a bullet is placed in Mitch, rendering him dead, Miller sweeps in and tends to Mercy. Hence, the beginning of their relationship.
Mercy is pretty well known and liked in Kilgore. Not only does she do good by running Second Chances, her dad is also the fire chief, so it’s a good thing that Mitch’s life came to a screeching halt, because surely he wouldn’t have lasted had the bullet not done it’s job. Miller is trying to do the right thing and help Mercy whenever possible, so. . .what was a cop helping out a victim, turns into a pretty solid friendship.
Things change when Mercy needs Miller to do her a favor. A favor that will change the course of their relationship for good. When Miller escorted Mercy to the hospital the night of the rape, the nurse asked him to try and convince Mercy to take the morning after pill. He was unsuccessful in his attempt, leaving a very sure possibility that Mercy could be pregnant with the rapist assholes kid. Know where I’m going with this yet? Mercy would like for Mitch to have sex with her. Her theory is that if Miller has sex with her (since it is still pretty close to the day that she was raped), then if she happens to be pregnant, than there are two possibilities as to who the dad could be and since Miller and Mitch share some of the same physical traits, it would put Mercy’s mind at ease a bit. Terminating the pregnancy was never an option, she just didn’t want to live with the idea that Mitch is certainly the father, if she happened to be pregnant.
Obviously the relationship changes at this point. Which all in all, is really good for Mercy. She is having trouble reconciling the entire Mitch episode. Part of her feels dirty because she did have an orgasm while being raped, not to mention, she enjoyed the roughness of it, she’s just pissed that her consent was taken away from her and the fucker did beat her and everything was caught on camera. With help from her therapist and Miller, she is working on it. It doesn’t help living in a small town, she’s the girl who was raped on national T.V., so of course there are whispers and lots of finger pointing, which is really difficult for her. However, when you have a big, badass, ex-SEAL cop, that helps make it a bit more bearable. The hurdle facing Mercy now is Mitch’s mom, who is blaming Mercy for the death of her son. This whole book is like a CSI episode, I mean, I’ve never actually seen an episode of CSI, but it’s how I would imagine it being. There is rape and murder and suicide and some good ole’ “who done it?”.
So all of that should provide you with enough drama to last you well past the last page. Let’s talk about the folks surrounding Miller and Mercy. I have to hand it to Lani Lynn Vale, she is spectacular at ensemble writing. This is my first series by Lani Lynn Vale that I have read, I just finished Whiskey Neat, which is the first book in the Uncertain Saints MC Series AND I loved it and each book just entices the reader to fall deeper in love with the series as a whole. Now, in Execution Style, unfortunately we don’t get too much of a glimpse into the lives of the couples from the previous books. But, that’s okay, because Miller’s brother Foster is really involved in this book and since book #5 is his, that works out well. So, while I may tell you that it’s okay to go ahead and read this book as a stand-alone (and it is), it’s such a good series, I’m not sure why you’ll want to do yourself that disservice, but to each his own.
Due to the sexual situation here, Mercy’s reaction to becoming intimate could’ve been tense and uncomfortable, but it’s not. And, the way that Miller handles the whole issue was spot on. One of Mercy’s issues (that’s not the right word, but it’ll work) is her desire to be taken roughly in the bedroom. Her sexual relationship with Mitch was very boring and while the rape was very traumatic, it was rape for crying out loud, she certainly had a positive reaction to the “roughness” of the sex. Which is how she wants Miller to take her (rough). Even though the sex had to be worked around a traumatic event, it worked well. Even with Miller being delicate with Mercy, you aren’t denied his bedroom abilities and the way he is able to curl some toes and drop the panties.
Even with the seriousness of the rape, Execution Style still brings the same humor that I loved about the previous books. Mercy is absolutely adorable. She epitomizes the definition of survivor and handles herself post-incident as you would expect a survivor to. I already knew I loved Miller. He is the one who fucked his way through Memphis’ wall in book #3. With that introduction, how could you not love him, right? And he just really ups the “book boyfriend” factor with just the way he not only handles the rape, but really how he falls in love with Mercy, loved it!
This series is really getting good. Each book is just sucks you in more and more. Cover to cover, it’s almost impossible to put down. Next, I’ll be diving right into Foster’s story and I can already tell that it’s gonna be a good one.