Mercy’s Fight, by Tammy L. Gray

Mercy's Fight


Title: Mercy’s Fight

Author: T. L. Gray

Publisher: Waterfall Press

Release Date: August 19, 2014

Genre: Religious and Inspirational

Format: ebook, paperback, audio

Rating: 5 lattes

Heat Level: Light Roast


Recovering from a past shaped by violence, Matt Holloway has sworn to live a different life than his parents did. Matt has found a purpose that keeps his lingering pain and fear at bay: helping others to heal. Yet the nightmares continue to haunt him.

Grace has lived a life of luxury, sheltered by her family’s money and connections. When a betrayal forces her to question everything, she leaves her family and accepts an ambitious position in a career for which she may not be ready.

When the two first meet, they cannot deny their instant, intense attraction. While Grace is willing to take another risk with her heart, Matt remains chained by his past and struggles to trust their future together. Fighting to save the children they’ve pledged to help, Matt and Grace must learn to overcome the pain in their past and find their true courage.

First impression:

The eagerly awaited 4th book by T.L. Gray was everything I expected it to be.

We’d already met Matt Holloway in Splintered Oak, and in Mercy’s Fight we get to know him deeply. Matt has worked hard to become a confident, stable, hard working man who wants nothing more than to take his tortured past and allow God to use it. He runs the office of the anger management counselor that helped him get his life back on track and volunteers as a big brother at a local youth center. His life is ordered, controlled, and for reasons he’s not willing to admit to anyone, he’s a confirmed bachelor, and determined to stay that way….Until Grace comes along.

Grace Covington is his exact opposite. Though born and raised in the high society of the New York elite, she’s determined to break free and stand on her own feet, Trusting God to help her make her way on her own merit, she moves states away, refusing to rely on her parents money or influence. Her determination is sorely needed when she takes over as the new director of a youth center in the heart of a tough, inner city neighborhood. Dangers she’s never even imagined suddenly become very, very real.

What kept me reading (or didn’t).

Sparks fly when Matt’s stubbornness and grit collide with Grace’s strength and apparent naivete. Matt’s casual confidence is completely swoon worthy when he catches her checking him out, but seconds later his bitter disdain for her heritage makes you want to slap him! Grace takes everything he dishes out and gives back as good as she gets, and it’s her refusal to be intimidated or backed down by him or the uncomfortable and often dangerous situations she’s thrown into that makes you fall in love with her.

After taste.

In what is becoming classic T.L. Gray style, Mercy’s Fight manages to be squeaky clean, yet tells a story that is gritty and rough. The banter and the obvious attraction between the characters is masterfully written and keeps the pages turning, while the story and circumstances engage you in the lives of each character.

Overall impression.

I would recommend this book to all readers 15+. Though the story deals with some tough subject matter like gang and domestic violence, and drug distribution, there is no language, sexual situations, or descriptive violence.

About the Author

 Gray, Tammy L

Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas, even the erratic weather patterns. She writes modern Christian romance with true-to-life characters and culturally-relevant plot lines. She believes hope and healing can be found through high quality fiction that inspires and provokes change.

Her characters are real, relatable and deep, earning her a 2017 RITA award in the Romance with Religious and Spiritual Elements category.

When not chasing after her three amazing kids, Tammy can be spotted with her head in a book. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry.

Tammy L. Gray has lots of projects going on. For all the latest info, visit her website at

I’d love to hear from all of you! Come join me on Facebook at or twitter @tlgraybooks

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