Date read: January 25, 2016
The Mandrake Company
1. Mercenary Instinct
2. Trial and Temptation
3. The Assassin's Salvation
4. The Ruins of Karzelek
5. Mercenary Courage - Kindle
5.5. The Pirate Captain's Daughter
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After a grueling battle that cost him dearly, mercenary captain Viktor Mandrake wants nothing more than to get his ship repaired, let his men have leave, and spend time relaxing with Ankari. Entrepreneur, schemer, and leaser of his company’s one and only pink shuttlecraft, she has become the woman he loves and wants to keep at his side.Thoughts on Mercenary Courage: 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*
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 isn’t wise (it’s 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, Ankari’s family has been pointing out all of the reasons why she shouldn’t be flying around on a mercenary vessel. And he’s not certain they’re wrong.
If Viktor and Ankari can’t 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.
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.