This was the first of Angela Knights books i ever read, and i have to say that i was very pleasantly surprised - if not just a teensy bit shocked. The sexual content is very strong, with a domination/submission theme running through each novella. In writing Mercenaries Knight has taken a detour from the usual sci-fi / paranormal romance formula. The sex scenes are gritty, explicit, and extremely well written. That's not to say that it is devoid of any romance, the novellas each end in the usual romantic fashion - it's just not the overkill of prose, longing looks and general cheesiness that is associated with an awful lot of the genre which is aimed at the female market. And i for one think it's about time. Providing you are not of a 'sensitive' nature, i highly recommend Mercenaries. Jane's Warlord is also another excellent novel by the same author, although slightly more conventionally written, it's still extremely steamy.