Title: The Princess and the Mercenary (Fractured Heroes, #1)
Author: Victoria Paige
Genre: Military Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2019
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
It was hate at first sight.
She is the daughter of rock royalty.
He is a scarred, grumpy former Green Beret.
She thinks he’s an amoral, uncouth soldier of fortune.
He thinks she’s a limelight-grabbing goody two-shoes.
When Yara Emerson embarks on a humanitarian mission to Yemen, her company hires a security team for her protection.
Everything is business as usual until she meets Kade Spear.
Kade wants nothing to do with daddy’s spoiled princess, but he needs the cover of the humanitarian mission to hunt down a terrorist.
But their unwanted attraction burns hotter than the Yemeni desert.
The aid mission unravels and danger comes after Yara from every corner.
Could the man who betrayed her be her only hope for survival?
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Victoria Paige writes romantic suspense with badass alpha males and smart, feisty heroines.
Her heroes are possessive, overprotective, and frequently the obsessed, jealous type with a penchant for strong language. Her heroines are strong-willed and intelligent women who can hold their own against a bossy hero. Her books are sexually explicit and may contain dark themes, morally ambiguous choices, and disturbing situations
Victoria lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and their German Shepherd Dog.
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READ EXCERPT: Chapter 1 & 2
I did a lot of google maps both in 3D and satellite views for TPATM (The Princess and the Mercenary) and on a country like Yemen, I was afraid I’d be receiving a visit from the Feds or even the CIA. Anyway, in my research, I’ve encountered its rich history and I decided why not a map!
And what about Kade, a sunset and a waterfall.
A perfect setting for emotional moments.
Hey there! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and I have to apologize. Life got in the way, but I hope to post more regularly. I’m excited for my upcoming release because it’s unlike anything I’ve written before. This book is both character and plot driven and the story just exploded from me. I love that when it happens. It’s an enemies-to-lovers trope so you can be sure sparks will be flying and sexual tension is high.
Release date: May 21, 2019
Oh, and here’s a teaser! More to come.
*4.5* What a fantastic start to a new series! There’s almost non-stop action that was truly engaging to read. But what I enjoyed the most was the verbal sparring between Hugh and Elara. Both didn’t trust the other but an alliance between them was needed.
I love Elara … she’s close to a perfect heroine for me. As for Hugh, I somehow wanted more from his character from a relationship standpoint but I know that would be a departure from his character if he’s suddenly spouting love words. Even if I wanted more from him, I was very satisfied with the development of his story arc and I was glad the author removed a doubt in my mind about Hugh and Roland.
Excellent secondary characters as well.
We are left we several questions, but the biggest one is: What exactly is Elara?
This author-team can’t write fast enough. I’m still looking forward to more Rogan and Nevada, but now I want more Hugh and Elara.
I’ve been craving the need to read outside my typical genre to cure a recent reading slump. I didn’t think I would like the Tier One series because I like some romance with my action, but I didn’t miss it here at all. 🙂
The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
From page one, this book drew me in and didn’t let go. I like that I didn’t get lost in the acronyms or the jargon, most of them are familiar and there’s a glossary at the end of the book. The action was written in a way that non-military readers will appreciate, and yet I’m certain to readers with military background it would read authentic.
Jack Kemper/ John Dempsey isn’t the typical alpha hero I’m used to, but he is an ultimate badass. I am also intrigued by his boss, Kelso Jarvis. Their team Ember is black-ops outside the normal chain of command.
The action part was an adrenalin rush while the spy-games part got my cogs turning. What prevented me from giving this five stars was the sections involving the villain. I skimmed some of it because I felt it was a stereotypical portrayal and I didn’t find it as interesting as the rest of the book.
Twist and turns, direction and misdirection it’s a combination of a summer popcorn movie and a spy thriller.
I am vested in the Ember gang and can’t wait to read more of their rush to save the world.
I adored this book! The writing was tight and flowed well for me which enabled me to enjoy the story. At first I thought this was an ugly cry book, and though there were parts that made me teary-eyed, I would say this book was very uplifting. It showed that you can move on from the past. I love second chance romances. It’s like catnip.
Poppy lost her husband five years ago, and in fulfilling her husband’s birthday list she encountered Cole again—the man who had to inform her of Jamie’s death. Cole had always been attracted to Poppy, and for Poppy, that second encounter gave her something of an awareness to the hero. Not an instant lust or love and though this was a slow-burn romance, it wasn’t frustrating, but infinitely swoony because of Cole. Could there be a more perfect man? No doubt he was alpha, but he was also kind and understanding. Were there instances where he was jealous of the dead husband? Of course there were, but he knew he had to be patient and take it slow with Poppy. In the process of checking off Jamie’s birthday list, they spend time together and fall in love. And the way it happened had me grinning from ear to ear.
I loved the cast of characters. Friends and family all take part in helping Poppy fullfill the list. I especially love Jimmy who is Jamie’s grandfather. He and another cranky old man provided some laughter in the book.
This wasn’t sad. The theme of this book is hope and second chances. There were coincidences and everything came full circle to a satisfying end.
I love Cole so hard and that he was a man-in-uniform? Loved him harder!
I thought I’d have a few reviews for you all by now, but my reading streak hasn’t been good. Some books that I’d anticipated turned flat. I only post about books that are 3.5 stars or more to keep this site positive!
Anyway, I’m working on a list of my all-time favorite alpha males. Also, I know I tend to disappear into my writing world. That ends now! I’d love to keep in touch with readers if only to chat about books.
I’ve launched the sign-up for my Newsletter. I plan to publish one a month or at least every quarter. I will also have fun giveaways for every newsletter which could be Amazon gift cards up to $50. Who wouldn’t want more books, right?
I was excited for this book, so I pre-ordered and woke up early (5:30 am) and skipped my workout to to read it. LoL!
I’m really torn on how to rate it. The first 30%, I wasn’t too optimistic that I was going to like this installment. I felt there was too much internal monologue—and it could be a personal thing, because I’m not a fan of this. But then the book picked up and I couldn’t put it down. I did stumble some along the way. The interruption of one chapter shifting to a different scene when there was anticipation of action at the end of the previous one somehow messed with the momentum. Also, I felt Dani and Ryodan’s relationship jumped to a declaration of love too fast, I was taken aback. If Ryodan wasn’t such a badass, I would have thought it was too emo-boy and sort of out of character. However, I was thrilled with Dani’s transformation to her ultimate potential. I thought that storyline went very well.
So, I would say 3 stars for 50% and then 5 stars for the rest for a 4 star average rating.
What I didn’t like:
Highlight for spoiler: * The reason I love this series is because I’m intrigued by the nine. For them to be missing for 30% of the book was disappointing especially when nothing was really happening. *End Spoiler*
This series is not finished. There’s still a war brewing. We do get closure with Dani and Ryodan’s relationship arc, unless something else happens in future books.