After a grueling battle that cost him dearly, mercenary captain Viktor Mandrake wants nothing than to get his ship repaired, let his men have leave, and spend time relaxing with Ankari Entrepreneur, schemer, and leaser of his companys one and only pink shuttlecraft, she has become the woman he loves and wants to keep at his side But as soon as Viktor sets foot on the space station Midway 5, it becomes clear that the Galactic Conglomeration Fleet wants him arrested for past grievances As a mercenary, confronting the Fleet isnt wise its not wise for anyone else, either Normally, Viktor would collect his people and depart, but a mysterious disease has resulted in a quarantine, leaving him stuck on the station with no access to his ship or his crew Fortunately, he has Ankari with him, but unfortunately, Ankaris family has been pointing out all of the reasons why she shouldnt be flying around on a mercenary vessel And hes not certain theyre wrong If Viktor and Ankari cant find a way off the station before the Fleet ships arrive, Viktor may never escape Worse, no matter what happens, he risks losing Ankari forever Mercenary Courage is the fifth novel in the Mandrake Company science fiction romance series and is a sequel to Mercenary Instinct If you havent read Mercenary Instinct yet, its available for free on ...
|Title||:||Mercenary Courage (The Mandrake Company Series Book 5) (English Edition)|
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Mercenary Courage (The Mandrake Company Series Book 5) (English Edition) Reviews
As the others in the series the book is very well written. It has a high paced action intertwined with the main characters relationship evolution. Good, fun dialogues and steamy sex scenes. I could barely put the book down. I definitely recommend the entire Mandrake company books.
As always I loved the writing and love this series as a whole but if I am to be honest I felt just a wee bit let down on this book. Not to say the book was not good or that the world building and writing wasn't awesome as always - but I think I have moved on from Victor and Ankari and was expecting a new romance (sorry I am a bit weird like that!). This read more like a good Science fiction romp based on a couple we already knew and I guess I wanted more romance ...I read that the writer is planning on stopping her writing of this universe for a while and I do wish she wouldn't because there are still plenty of characters out there - mostly outside of Ankari's group as I do understand that Lauren is going to be a very difficult to write about, and so much more to explore. But even if she were to write about a completely different plane of existence - she would still be on auto-buy for me. Her novels are gritty and very realistic and fills both my sci-fi and romance needsIf you are someone who truly wants Science fiction with romance and not a romance novel that has some science fiction elements which ask you to take huge leaps of faith - then Ruby Lionsdrake novels are the ones for you
It was very enjoyable to spend more time with Viktor and Ankari again, this time on a space station the Mafia wishes to take over. Ankari and her partners are there on business while Mandrake Company is fighting elsewhere. About the time Viktor's ship docks, problems begin to surface. Naturally this leads to plenty of action involving ingenious ways to blow things up! The space going Mafia is attempting to extort money from the station business owners and Ankari drafts Viktor into helping her disrupt their plans. At the same time, the Fleet arrives looking for more information on the alien artifacts discovered in The Ruins of Karzelek.The story is told from Viktor and Ankari's point of view but Lauren, Jamie and Sergei have important roles too. There is plenty of very hot scenes amidst the action to keep things interesting.I usually end up reading these stories at least twice . . . first time to find out what happens next and the second time to catch all the details I missed rushing through the first time. Would love to see Ruby write at least one more book in this series . . . Lauren's HEA. :-)
I seriously adore the range of grunts Viktor uses to communicate with. I also love how Ankari brings out a softer side of him. He still grunts, it's just a gentler grunt with the occasional lessening of his tough guy face. *thumbs up*So. A space station. Some danger. A quarantine. Nothing out of the ordinary for this group of mercenaries and the entrepreneurs who fly with them. Wait. Let me rephrase that. Lauren would probably prefer all that to be a little less ordinary. (I'm desperately waiting for her story, btw. There's a certain merc who I'd love to see breech her walls.)But I digress. We have Viktor and Ankari doing what they do best. Which amounts to kicking butt and having sexy times in borderline inappropriate places. And then kicking butt again. There might have been a fight or two. Which, I get. Viktor wants to keep Ankari safe and given what he went through on his last mission he's seriously wondering if his ship is the best place for her. Then there's his issues with the Fleet.It's a wonderfully tangled mess they've found themselves thrown into.I'm sad I've read all the books in this series now. SAD. I'd like more, please.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
I LIKE reading a second story with the same characters I have grow to know. I like that their HEA is complex, and growing, not a period at the end of a forgotten sentence. Here's the balancing part: to make the second, third, etc. story with the same characters, it wants to flow with a simple story - next installment next week -- like TV. But as a reader, I want to NOT ONLY check in with my favorite characters, and get the immediate episode satisfaction, the romance, but I want ALSO to see the series plot carried forward. Like TV, I watch an entire season to see what happens in the bigger picture. Most series of books carry the weight of the individual story, but only give dribbles and drips of the series plot, just enough to make the reader want to buy the next book. When, as a reader, I only get a run-of-the-mill romance AND only a dribbling of the series plot, I get frustrated and walk away from any further purchases of that author. It's a trend, and I really, REALLY don't appreciate spending money for whipped air. Please, please, please give us content AND length, and you will gain a VERY loyal customer!!
As always, Lionsdrake writes masterfully, with entertaining dialogue (and scenes), swift action, delicious mystery, and, for romance-lovers (?), well, romance.Ankari and Captain Mandrake are wonderfully entertaining characters to follow on adventures. (although, if the future holds, I'd love to see one with Lauren and Tick. And Azamov was quite lovely surprise--I personally would love to see more of him.)Kept in a tight, single-station space, was wonderfully paced. It always left me wondering how long they could manage escaping. Unlike so many other series, Lionsdrake rarely gives her characters easy ways out or simple solutions, which usually lead entertaining, if not, intriguing answers.If you like space stories, read it. Mercenary stories, yes. Action, absolutely. Mystery, sure. Romance, definitely. And the Mandrake Company?--You won't be disappointed.I always find reviews better if you have a Cons section, so...CONS:I'm not a steamy romance lover, so there's that. Huh. Mostly that. But it's more a personal thing than an issue with the story.