UNDRESSING MERCY

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It's taken two years and a dedicated therapist, but Mercy Rothell has successfully rebuilt her life in a new city and in the art business. Mercy is very close to becoming director of an exclusive art gallery, where her success depends on her bringing in highly sought-after artists and sculptors. Shamus Montgomery is just the artist to guarantee her promotion, but there is a hitch.

While Shame's new exhibit is nearly complete, he needs a model for his final piece. It isn't until after the contract is signed that Mercy discovers that she's the model Shame want—or he'll take his exhibit elsewhere.

Tackling a delicate subject with finesse and poignancy, Lee hits the mark time and again with Undressing Mercy. The significant and moving title and the multifaceted plot—there is a finely handled secondary story about art appreciation and inspiration—are true complements to this romance of a rape survivor and a true hero. Mercy is a complex and non-stereotypical stand-in for the many women who've been violated by men but who haven't lost sight of their own sensuality. Shame's intuitiveness and patience make him the perfect hero to bring about wonderful healing for Mercy. Beyond that, their interracial love story is penned sensitively and with a wonderful flair. (dl $5.75)

Reviewed by: 
Leigh Rowling