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Peek Inside Merciless

I'm not always the hero. Sometimes I'm merciless. My whole life I've been the good guy—loyal friend, helpful son, dedicated firefighter—but in the bedroom I'm someone else. That’s where my inner villain likes to come out and play...

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I'm not always the hero. Sometimes I'm merciless.

My whole life I've been the good guy—loyal friend, helpful son, dedicated firefighter—but in the bedroom I'm someone else. That’s where my inner villain likes to come out and play.

With a kink as taboo as mine, it’s too risky to play with anyone who doesn’t crave it like I do, so I’ve gotten used to depriving that side of me.
Then I see her. She’s the most beautiful creature I’ve ever seen and my darker half recognizes itself in her mysterious brown eyes. She’s everything I could ever want and thought I would never find.

Our arrangement may seem twisted to everyone else, but the sex is explosive—and soon my soul demands to own every part of her. We come from different worlds that want to tear us apart at every turn, but I'll be damned if I let them.

I will fight for our future, and I will be…merciless.

Reader Advisory: Merciless deals with forced fantasy between consenting adults. Readers sensitive to non-consensual sex fantasies should be advised.


"Once again, Gina L. Maxwell brings the perfect blend of humor, heart, and heat. Austin's the hero I want for all my dirty fairytales." ~ Cindi Madsen, USA Today Bestselling Author
"Merciless is one deliciously kinky thrill ride that I enjoyed from beginning to finish. It was a little depraved and a whole lot of sexy." ~ Dirty Girl Romance
"[Gina] never ceases to amaze me, but this one--this story took my breath away... Stellar writing, while dealing with a sensitive topic she does so perfectly, that just pulls you right into the story and does not let go." ~ Goodreads reviewer
"Gina sails this one over the top. It deserves far more than 5 stars." ~Goodreads reviewer
"This was the perfect mix of sweet and filthy..." ~ Goodreads reviewer

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635715
Series: Playboys in Love, Book 3
Release Date: May 7, 2018
Page Count: 250
Imprint: scorched
Genre: erotic romance, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: across the tracks

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By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ April 27, 2018


I want to protect her, take care of her...and in the dark of night when we let our fantasies out to play, I want to violate her.

You see that squirming uncomfortable mess in the corner icing her ovaries? Yeah. That'd be me. Because this book SET THEM ON FIRE!!!

I've been stalking Gi ...more

By Sabrina May 13, 2018

Amazon US * Amazon UK

I really enjoyed this story. I thought it had the perfect amount of hotness to go along with the lighter storyline. The characters had a great connection and a pretty easy romance so I liked that the smexiness didn't overshadow that at all. There was also a good amount ...more

By Jaime May 08, 2018

I’m not a big fan of kinks in books (Go ahead and judge me, I judge myself) and so this whole series has been quite a journey in self-examination for me. What I’ve discovered is that if you ever have any doubts about a touchy subject matter, you should always feel safe with Gina’s writing. She has a ...more

By Richelle May 09, 2018

I’ve been waiting for Austin’s book and it did not disappoint at all. If you’ve read the other books in the series you will find out each guy has a sexual kink. Austin’s is a little extreme and to be honest I wasn’t sure how I would react while reading. I have to say Gina Maxwell wrote these scenes ...more

By Ayekah May 07, 2018

Settle yourself in for this one ladies and prepare yourselves to read yet another incredible book from Gina Maxwell. She never ceases to amaze me, but this one- this story took my breath away. The incredible steam combined with two characters you will love from the beginning it's the ultimate read. ...more

By Melissa May 01, 2018

Gina Maxwell is one of those authors that has a gift for combining humour and romance. Her books always make me laugh, but more importantly they never fail to make me fall in love.

Merciless is the 3rd book in the playboy in love series. Although it can be read as a standalone, I loved the fact that ...more

By Timitra May 02, 2018

I adored Merciless. I especially loved that it explored duality, the dual natures of both the hero and heroine, Emi and Austin; their secret and public personas as well as the contrast in their social status and upbringing. I also loved Austin's kink but it didn't feel non-con to me it felt like rol ...more

By Jessica May 20, 2018

Maxwell is a master! ...more

By Maria Rose May 13, 2018

Playboys in Love is a fun and sexy series filled with attractive and sinfully delicious men who like to take a walk on the wild side. This third novel features Austin, a firefighter by day, stripper by night and part owner of Playboys 4 Hire who sees an amateur female stripper, Raven, at a local clu ...more

By Bookgasms May 05, 2018

4.5 Stars!

Gahh!! The minute I read the blurb for Merciless I knew I needed it!! Gina L. Maxwell's novels are ALWAYS hot, sexy and has a storyline that just won't quit. I LOVED this story and Austin and Emi. I thought it was sexy, romantic and filled with a delicious connection that could not be deni ...more

By Nance January 25, 2019

So damn HOT!! Whew! A stripper firefighter and a former ballerina now a dance school owner. This has a recipe to be passionate and kinky to say the least. You will enjoy this one immensely if you you’re into intense and charming men. And, Emi was a strong beautiful woman just wanting to be her own p ...more

By Lisa May 09, 2018

Forget the Prince. I want the Villian!

That’s right! This villain is everything Emi has wanted and never knew possible. He gives her the best of both worlds. First time reading from this author and the blurb sounded interesting. Plus the cover sold me. I didn’t realize this is book three and will be ...more

By Stacy May 08, 2018

Once again Gina managed to break my heart and repair it in a book that I couldn't put down. Both point managed to bring me to tears. Love Gina's books and each has a moment that standout to me. This was by far the best make it up to her scene ever! ...more

By Nayab May 20, 2018

Okay, being completely honest (as you know I like to be in all my reviews) I wasn't completely sold on Merciless when I picked it up to start reading it, I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of forced fantasies but I gave it a go because I trusted Gina’s talent and judgement enough to know that whatev ...more

By Kim May 06, 2018

WOW just plain WOW .. How can the P4H get any Hotter or Sexier but when Firefighter/Strippers/Hero Austin falls for Ballerina/ Princess Emmelie he knows he is out of his league.

When he first meets Emmelie .. aka .. Raven .. he feels it .. there is dark In Emi just like there is dark inside him but w ...more

By Lourdes May 05, 2018

Austin is a sexy firefighter that moonlights as a stripper. He is essentially a good guy through and through, but like anyone else, there’s more to him than meets the eye.
Emi is a woman from an affluent family, a good daughter caring for her father, a now retired ballerina teaching at what used to b ...more

By Amber May 07, 2018

Ive been on pins and needles waiting for Austin's story to arrive from Gina L. Maxwell and the debate in my head has gone back and forth. Yes, I knew Austin's kink was KINK-EEE. I mean, this guy is one dirty bird. Would I be comfortable reading this? Hell yes. *smirk*
I love to read taboo but I have ...more

By Stacy May 04, 2018

I've been waiting for this book for a long time and wasn't sure how she'd write Austin's specific kind of kink, but I loved how it turned out and how the rest of the gang was included. I'm pretty sure there needs to be at least two more books based on characters mentioned! Yes! Austin and Emi had a ...more

By Jodi May 02, 2018

Wow! What a great book! The characters really came to life. Gina L. Maxwell did a great job with this book. I highly recommend it. ...more

By Meaghan May 12, 2018

Loved this book

Best in the series so far! Loved how they fought for their relationship. Great seeing how the other couples in the series are doing ...more

By Barbara R. Cady May 11, 2018

Yikes, hot, hot, hot

This is an intense book. I very much liked the characters and the story. Their relationship is explosive and the scenes well written. ...more

By Terri May 08, 2018

Love the hell out of this series and this book did not disappoint. Gina Maxwell once again proves why she is on my auto buy author list! ...more

By Jennifer May 07, 2018

My favorite

Out of this whole series so far this one is my favorite. Had just enough steam but still had that sweetness to it that I loved ...more

The moment he spies Raven walking onto the stage Austin is left completely breathless, she is beautiful, captivating, and carries a strong air of mystery... and he wants to solve every little tidbit there is about her. Then they share a heated exchange, and he sees it, a little glimmer of himself in ...more

By MJ May 01, 2018

Oh that Gina Maxwell. Her naughty side has come out to play once again and we are the lucky benefactors with her latest, Merciless. I was extremely curious about Austin after we got to see him up close and personal in both Shameless and even more so in Ruthless. I wanted him to find his happy and oh ...more

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Gina L. Maxwell

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Gina L. Maxwell

Gina L. Maxwell is a full-time writer, wife, and mother living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weather. An avid romance novel addict, she began writing as an alternate way of enjoying the romance stories she loves to read. Her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, hit both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists in less than four weeks, and she’s been living her newfound dream ever since. When she’s not reading or writing steamy romance novels, she spends her time losing at Scrabble (and every other game) to her high school sweetheart, doing her best to hang out with their teenagers before they fly the coop, and dreaming about her move to sunny Florida once they do. You can find her on Instagram at and sign-up for her newsletter at:

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