“Mercenaries” contains 3 short stories by Angela Knight.
Trinity only has one week left before her 25th birthday, when she’ll be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Approaching a female mercenary, she begs for help. She is advised to speak to the captain, Nathan August, a man who suggests Trinity pay for her transportation by sexually servicing both him and his second in command, Sebastian. Knowing she’ll end up dead if she stays grounded, innocent little Trinity agrees to a role neither man never thought she’d accept - Sebastian gives it a month before Nathan proposes.
3 centuries ago when interstellar travel was discovered, many groups decided to create their own Utopia. One shipload of colonists with a taste for BDSM landed and created their own world of domination and submission, a name which morphed into Bedesem over the centuries. Sebastian is working undercover on this world, pretending to be a submissive in order to free the kidnapped son of the Dominor. However he finds acting submissive to his new mistress Zaria a challenge, made more difficult when he realises Zaria would rather be dominated than dominate.
Cassidy crash lands her ship following an engagement with the Dharani, isolated colonists with the reputation of being the deadliest killers in human space. Major Rune Alrigo follows her to the planet to finish his kill, determined to destroy the brilliant warrior who has fought so well. He is amazed that his enemy is a female and his Tribeship instinct to revere all women wars with his obligation to kill her. Yet such a woman would breed magnificent warriors and would certainly make an invaluable addition to his tribe. To force Cassidy would be useless; instead Rune plans to capture, disarm, court and seduce.
I have read 2 other short stories by Angela Knight and thoroughly enjoyed them; however I found “Mercenaries” not up to my expected high standards. This is not due to bad writing, but rather the story lines themselves. I’m not a fan of D & S and was left wondering why I’d purchased this book. To quote Ms Knight herself “fans of my Berkley novels will find “Trinity” and “The Thrall” a little more hard-edged” - believe me; she’s not wrong! That said, this book still gets 4 stars – the sex scenes are HOT!!
on 12 October 2006
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.
on 14 September 2005
This book is HOT I really could not put it down, ive never read a book more daring than this ,with such explicit content,I was constantly blushing throughout,but saying that, the book had great plot and action too, it was addictive.. more mercenaries angela please!!! this book is NOT for the faint hearted.give it a go ,im off to get my grubby little hands on more by this spectacular author!!
on 1 December 2011
this is my first book with this author and i will definatly be buying more, the stories were interesting, sexy and imaginative, loved the way the different worlds and cultures were discribed,i love a book that is complete fantasy and takes you away from the everyday stresses and strains and this does that perfectly, the bdsm element just made it better, please please please write more like this angela.....
on 20 October 2005
I love Angela Knight and she doesnt disappoint you in this book, its basically 3 stories blended into one and its great with loads of passion and very steamy sex scenes, its a must read for any of her fans I just couldnt put it down, FAB !!
Come on Angela where is the next one??