Date read: January 18, 2016
The Mandrake Company
1. Mercenary Instinct
2. Trial and Temptation
3. The Assassin's Salvation - Kindle
4. The Ruins of Karzelek
5. Mercenary Courage
5.5. The Pirate Captain's Daughter
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When Jamie Flipkens signed on as a pilot and engineer for a small medical research company, she never expected to end up on a mercenary ship full of hulking soldiers who want to make her their latest conquest. The captain has been good to her--it doesn't hurt that he's her boss's new beau--but she's on the verge of quitting when a strange man shows up at her shuttle door.Thoughts on The Assassin's Salvation: Since we first met her in book 1, Jamie's been the one character who shrinks from confrontation instead of facing it head on. Well, her and Lauren, but that's more because Lauren is so wrapped in her research she'd oblivious to everything going on around her. Jamie, on the other hand, was aware, she simply sidestepped confrontation when she could or flat out ran from it when she had to.
Sergei Zharkov claims to be an old friend of the captain's. He neglects to mention that he's also an assassin, a dangerous man who even the hardened mercenaries avoid. Jamie should avoid him, too, but she's drawn to the charm that sometimes escapes from beneath his grim facade. She finds herself wanting to give him a reason to smile--and maybe a little more than that.
The problem? There's a fresh bounty on the captain's head, and it's possible Sergei is there to collect it.
Until she didn't.
Honestly, I like Jamie. She's brilliant, but unsure of herself all the same because of her lack of formal education in piloting and mechanics. Her quick thinking impresses Sergei, however, and he's hit with an immediate case of the smittens. Which is adorable coming from a dangerous assassin.
I liked seeing Jamie come out of her shell as she gained confidence. I liked how Sergei is willing to be her muscle until she has the skills to be her own. I just flat out liked how he wanted her, but was so careful to be gentle with her so he wouldn't scare her off.
What can I say? *I'm* still smitten with these mercs. From their grunts and growls straight on down to their propensity for blowing things up unnecessarily. *thumbs up*