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    Russian Hottie and Mercenary Princess

    It took me 3 days to read Mercenary Princess. Why you ask? Well it's not for the reason you might think. It's that I did not want this book to end. I love Setta Jay as an author of the paranormal. But to come in with a contemporary suspenseful romance and blow me out of the water, I'm amazed. Sophia is a kick-butt mercenary princess. That has seen some truly despicable things. She thinks she has to atone for her families misdeeds. So her and her 2 friends from college decide to do something about the people that think they are above the law. Now Viktor is a Russian tough guy through and through. He makes it a point to learn secrets. Secrets that will get you dead. And that's what makes him the most dangerous person. Especially when you are the woman falling in love with him. You just need to go get this book because I highly recommend it. I can't wait for the next book.
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    A story that screams to be read

    Well this unusual take on a royal romance story is certainly unique but then again I expect nothing less from this daring author. This is a very modern look at privilege, power and unfortunately corruption. This new series starts here with this story that actually works very well as a standalone but it introduces supporting characters that are very intriguing but for now though it's all about Princess Sophia and Russian business man Viktor. Sophia is one who projects a calm, demure facade. The reality is completely the opposite ! Sophia is a vigilante who along with friends she is discouraged from associating with seeks to stop those elite powerful individuals who believe they are indestructible. Sophia has a secret though and its her all abiding passion for the man she first encountered eight years ago and she's finally got his attention but it's a temporary thing isn't it ? Viktor hasn't been immune to the pampered Princess but seeing her sneak out of her room one night arouses his curiosity. Sophia is gorgeous, feisty, almost innocent and yet challenges him at every turn. Viktor knows to Sophia their intense relationship is temporary but somehow he knows deep down that he cannot let her go. Its just too bad she's obviously hiding something but is it just that she's about to be married off or is it perhaps a secret that puts her in danger ? I'm not a huge fan of contemporary romance and if brutal I don't think I've ever been tempted to pick up a royal one but knowing how this author has captured my imagination previously I just had to dive in. I'm far from disappointed and actually found myself immersed in this world that she has created with its close circle of friends getting up to what mere mortals can only dream of. These vigilantes are very interesting and honestly I actually wanted a lot more about them . I did feel that perhaps I would have preferred less sexual exploration between the couple although admit if you enjoy a steamy read then this fulfils every hot dream you've had. If I'm picky I thought that most of the excitement came right at the end but I cannot fault that stubborn, practical Sophia didn't need a knight but could save herself. Viktor might be an alpha, domineering man but admits to himself that Sophia owns him and my old romantic heart melted at that. There's secrets, lies, intrigue and hot, hot romance and yet again this author offers a story that screams to be read. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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    Rated 4.5 Stars

    Mercenary Princess was awesome. I really loved its take on the royal trope. There was mystery, intrigue, an unconventional princess interesting characters (both main and secondary) and a whole lot of sexy. I loved it, loved watching the main characters dance around each other so to speak before giving in to the sexual tension. I'm so ready for the next book in this series. I definitely recommend this book to one and all.
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    Focused on the wrong things

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley to give a voluntary honest review. This review contains only my own thoughts and opinions of this book. I am really on the fence with this book. While I enjoyed the premise and idea behind it, it dragged out and focused on parts that just held no interest to me. At the same time once the focus where were it was supposed to be, it became a page turner. I wouldn’t say that the idea behind the book is super original, but it still found its own unique ways. I especially enjoyed that it did not take place in America with way too American characters. For a romance book this was a fresh breath of air considering how the genre is cultivated mostly by American authors. Instead the story staged itself in France, England and ,what I assume is a made up country, Porenza, with characters from different cultures. I just wish that had been taken more advantage of, because while the story told me where they were and where they were from, it didn’t actually show it, more than the characters sometimes speaking their own language or having a Russian drink vodka (which honestly was a bit too much on the nose for me when it comes to stereotypes). The different cultures could have been a great tool to help form the personalities and even relationships and it would have been really interesting to learn about Porenza, shining some light on Sophia’s culture and ways. Sadly, the book didn’t offer much in the characterization or personality department. The characters didn’t have much that pulled them apart from the rest. To me they were pretty generic, which is a shame because there were such potential in building amazing characters, especially when it came to Sophia. Being a princess in a country we know next to nothing about, from a family that doesn’t really care for her and forcing a marriage upon her and her secret life that helps her survive her lot in life. There is so much there that could have formed a strong personality, and sure, the book sometimes tried to, explaining of how much pressure it had on her and how difficult it was for her to handle it. However Sophia’s personality didn’t show it, mainly because, just like the rest she didn’t have much of a personality to begin with. It also didn’t help that the story focused so much on her secret life and their mission, pulling the focus away from all the stuff that was interesting to me. To be frank, their mission to take down rich and powerful crooks didn’t interest me one bit. One, because I’m not really that much into that sort of detective kind of genre and two, because nothing in the story with lackluster personality made me interested in it. Having so little characterization also took a big hit on the romance. It was just sex and attraction and very little else. Of course, that was to be expected in the beginning, considering their deal. However, it never took of from there even if the story tried to tell us that it did. For one, they didn’t really speak that much to each other, which also hurt their characterization. When there is only sex and no dialogue there is just no hope of them building something deeper between them. Luckily, it got better when they actually started talking, after around 75 % of the book. It wasn’t enough to save the romance and a little bit to late, but it at least gave a better ending to the story. One thing that I must applaud the book for is the ending. It was then it finally focused more on her cruel family and put her in a very dangerous and distressing situation showing some real emotion from her, as well as Viktor. Because the same time all that went down, Viktor learn about Sophia’s secret life. It gave the emotional depth that I felt missing before and actually got me hooked to the story, or rather what little was left. It was a good redemption and had that same focus been throughout the story, this easily could have been a five star story. However since it only was in about 15 % of what was left it lands on barely three stars.
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    I loved Vicktor!

    As a young girl, Sophia and her friends experience a traumatic event that left them feeling helpless and out of control. From that point on they banded together to create a group that could bring down the powerful men that the law couldn’t, or wouldn’t touch. Now, years later, she’s concentrated on her job even as she continues to smile for the press and present the perfect princess persona they all believe her to be. When she runs into the man that she has obsessed over for a decade she suddenly finds herself struggling to keep her princess façade front and center. Vicktor’s past is painted in blood and violence. People fear him, rightfully so. He is not the type of man that a King or Queen Mother would welcome into their fold as a suitor for their princess. Nevertheless, he craves one night with Sophia. She intrigues him and he wants to know all of her secrets. When each step forward only creates more questions, he is determined to protect her at all cost. Sophia was strong and independent even as she had to live a freedomless life all the while wearing a mask of conservatism. I respected the way she had learned to tweak the system to work for her own personal agenda. Never brash, she was still capable of cutting a man down in quick order and Vicktor yielded to her dictates in order to gain his own desires. I absolutely loved how Vicktor wanted to force her to submit to his orders and yearnings and yet he knew the minute he pushed her she would be gone. This was definitely a hero chasing the heroine story and I gobbled it up in quick delicious bites. I absolutely love a hero who gets positively growly at times when not getting his way. And the dirty talk! Holy hotness, with a few guttural words he melted my kindle! This was a fantastic read with awesome secondary characters that I’m already antsy to read right now! The beginning was a tad bit slow and it took some time for this couple to actually take over the book, but once they did, the story took off like a shot with a pace to match. The steam was scorching and I loved the jealous, possessive and most of all protective tendencies the hero tried to contain. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes hard core alpha heroes (who try not to scare away the girl) and heroines who are smart, a bit feisty, tough but not harsh. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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