Thursday, May 28, 2015

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

I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant when I started STEALING MERCURY because I really had no idea what to expect. However, STEALING MERCURY is another example of how stepping outside of your comfort zone every once in a while, even in reading selections, can sometimes pay off and that's the case with this one. The love/sexual relationship in this one is ultimately a menage. Yet the way that it unfolds and the reasons for the menage works really well within the story. Samantha, Mercury, and Lo do not just fall into a licentious tangle of limbs trying to get to the nitty gritty. The relationship that develops between them is complicated and not at all comfortable for Samantha or even Lo. I really enjoyed the fact that there were realistic issues and emotional indecision that had to be overcome in order for Samantha, Lo, and Mercury to come together as a unit. 

Mercury, Lo (Diablo) and Carn (Carnage) are Arena Dogs who are being taken to receive ultimate punishment after reaching their breaking point in the arena. The Arena Dogs aren't human and aren't treated with any humanity either. Strong, fierce, and loyal to a fault this trio of males aren't going down without a fight and will do whatever necessary in order to return and free those that they were separated from. Which is particularly important for Carn.

Samantha is a great female character. Intelligent and determined to achieve her career goal of having and piloting her own ship despite the obstacles and secrets that could ruin her chances. Samantha also proves to be courageous and inventive when faced with a dangerous challenges to her ultimate mission. As Samantha's real agenda is revealed, she and the Arena Dogs have to fight their way through some tough obstacles in order to simply survive. 

 Allden has created a truly interesting world in her Arena Dogs series and I look forward to getting more. There is still plenty to explore within this world that is still full of unrest, rebellions, injustices along with plenty of other Arena Dogs that will need their stories told. Dare I say it? A menage romance is going on my favorite reads list!

Happy Reading!


**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**



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 if she is 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.

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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