Mercenary Princess (Mercenary Socialites #1) by Setta Jay
Released: August 16, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Setta Jay, LLC
Reviewed by Keyrsten
A crown princess living a dangerous double life and a sinfully sexy Russian billionaire with a ruthless penchant for collecting secrets: a match set for disaster.
For years, one man has ruled Sophia’s fantasies. The harmless obsession keeps her warm on the nights her double life starts to take its toll. She, unfortunately, gains his attention at the worst possible moment, when she’s in the middle of a dangerous job. Now, she’ll be forced to protect her heart along with her life of lies.
Viktor has been tempted by the innocent princess’s lust-filled glances for far too long, and he has fought hard to resist her beauty. When her secrets finally draw him in, getting through her royal guard proves a minor inconvenience. But one sexually charged night isn’t enough. He wants more, including whatever she’s hiding beneath that demure façade.
As much as Sophia wants Viktor, she can never fully allow him in because her secrets aren’t her own. Viktor is determined to have all of his princess. Will they find a way to be together, or will her dangerous secrets tear them apart?
Sophie is not your normal princess. Darkness and tragedy tainted the world around her, and once she was aware of it she had to do something to stop it ... even if it was at her own expense. She has spent the last 8 years crafting her perfect shy innocent princess cover. The people around her only see what she wants them to see, that is until she takes one look into the eyes of the man she has craved for the last years. Viktor can see right through her. She can't afford for Viktor to see right through her. Sophia will lose more than her heart when Viktor breaks through her barriers, but she can't help but want to steal every moment she can get with him.
Viktor has worked hard to scrub his business clean from the blood his family tainted with it, but even with that darkness eradicated he will always be seen as the vicious Russian billionaire no one will dare cross. No one has ever caught Viktor's attention, until one night he notices a princess climbing down a wall and he can't help but want to own her and all the secrets she holds inside. Sophia makes him go through so much trouble to break through her walls, but he'll be damned if he doesn't succeed. She's more than a pretty face, and Viktor craves to know every piece of his kotëhok ... even the dark parts she desperately tries to hide.
The chemistry between Sophia and Viktor was so damn scalding that I needed to keep a fan on standby just to cool off from all their sexual tension. They were more than just sexual tension though. The emotional and intellectual tension between them was so magnetic. Viktor is a man who makes it his business to own secrets to his advantage. Sophia is a woman who conceals so many secrets that only a few select people know the real Sophia deep down. They are able to match each other blow for intellectual blow and every turn, and it was so invigorating to see them go toe to toe trying to figure the other one out. It was almost like watching an intense Pasodoble as they went against each other sexually, emotionally, and intellectually. Viktor was the bullfighter guiding his bull Sophia to see the possibilities of all they could be once they tore down their walls and bared their secrets.
The story itself is so unique and I was eating it up word for word. I was constantly trying to figure out the puzzle Setta was laying down for us in this glorious mercenary world of hers, and dammit she held that final puzzle piece till the very end. I was shocked at what I found and it all fell into place beautifully. I'm so excited to see where we go from here. I need Ivan and Jen to work out all their sexual tension. I can already see the havoc Irina and Titian are going to have on my heart. My body is pulling for a Forde and Gabriella Cruz love affair, I mean he is the brain behind their operations and she is the most badass mercenary for hire on the market. I'm holding out for who our darling Riot is going to entrance. Gahhh I'm practically a giddy schoolgirl waiting in anticipation for the rest of our Mercenary Socialites to have their shot at love.
Viktor needed a woman who was smart enough and strong enough to stand by his side, to be his queen. Sophia needed a man who wasn't going to keep her in a golden gilded cage, a man who would help her fly. Neither of them were prepared for each other, but they were both exactly what the other needed. She is his mercenary princess. He is her Russian billionaire mobster. Together they are going to take the world by storm.
Rating: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.