Sunday, April 26, 2015

ARC Review- Stealing Mercury (Arena Dogs, #1) by Charlee Allden

Title:  Stealing Mercury (Arena Dogs, #1)  
Author:  Charlee Allden
Date:  May 11, 2015

Plot:  Born a slave, Mercury is an Arena Dog, genetically engineered to fight and die in the Arena for the entertainment of others. Trained as a gladiator from boyhood in a violent world, where men must form alliances and share what little bounty they have to survive, his only goal has been to keep his men alive. But two are dead and the rest are condemned to be hunted down and killed for sport. Worse, their demise will leave a woman Mercury has sworn to protect, alone and vulnerable. And then there is Samantha—a courageous human he has no right to claim. But she is his. He feels it deep in his soul and with an ache in his body he can’t deny. 

Samantha Devlin is an indie-freight pilot who has lost everything: her ship, her crew, and her father. When an old friend hires her as an emergency replacement to pilot a cargo carrier for the Roma Company, she’s shocked to learn her cargo is three, living, breathing, and dangerously sexy Arena Dogs. When Samantha learns she’s taking the men to their deaths, she must decide is she if willing to risking everything for a man whose customs require that he share her with one of his men and demands he return to Roma to protect another woman. Mercury, their leader, and Lo, his emotionally broken arena-brother, challenge all her notions of honor, loyalty, and love. Her heart tells her Mercury is worth any cost, but her head sees nothing ahead but disaster. 

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!! ☆

I loved this book! It was like gladiator meets sci-fi, with a modern twist to boot!

For slave leader Mercury and his pack brothers, a day in the RomaRex Arena meant one thing--- “Kill or Be Killed.”

That is, until one fateful mistake leads to the lives of two of his men and marks the rest of them for death.

Now enter Sam.

Samantha “Sam” has nothing to lose, and yet, so much to prove.
She is hired to pilot these men or dogs to their demise, but in the end, it is she who must make a decision that could change all of their lives.

Fight or die. And in this brutal world of survival, Sam and this unlikely crew of men will have to fight their way out, while battling love, rescuing lost brothers and mates, and drawing up a war between what’s right and wrong.

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My thoughts:
*For readers who don’t like MFM elements, be warned that there is. While I have no issues or qualms with this, I know some of you would like to be alerted beforehand as some don’t particularly like or care for it.*

As for the sexual content, yes, there are erotic scenes but there are only a tasteful few and they’re rather highlighting the love and passion that exists between the protagonists.

I really hope for Saber’s story up next and to hear from Rachel! Maybe Saber and Rachel?  I highly doubt the author might go that route since Rachel has some, err, history but I think they would make an interesting combo!

Otherwise, I really enjoyed this story! Hope to still see Sam, Mercury, Lo, Carn and Hera, and “the fallen” in the mix!


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 About the Author 


Charlee is a long time fan of love, adventure, and happily-ever-after. She grew up in Florida where a huge fallen oak tree in the swampy woods near her home served as her very own Star Ship Enterprise. Luckily the alligators were almost never a problem on her spaceship as the flight-deck was several feet above the muddy ground. She did lose a few tennis shoes on away missions, though.

Today, Charlee writes super sexy, intensely emotional, romantic adventure that takes readers to exciting new worlds, populated by tortured alpha heroes and heroines tough enough to tame them.

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