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Stealing Mercury (Arena Dogs Book 1) by [Allden, Charlee]
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Born a slave, Mercury is an Arena Dog, genetically engineered to fight and die in the Arena for the entertainment of others. In their violent world, where men must form alliances and share what little bounty they have to survive, his only goal has been to keep his men alive. But he’s already lost two of them and the rest are slated for death. Worse, their demise will leave a woman Mercury has sworn to protect alone and vulnerable. And then there’s Samantha—a courageous human he has no right to claim. But she is his. He feels it deep in his soul and with an ache in his body that he can’t deny.

Samantha Devlin has lost everything, her ship, her crew, and her father. When an old friend hires her as an emergency replacement to pilot a cargo carrier for the Roma Company, she is shocked to discover her cargo is three, living, breathing, and dangerously sexy Arena Dogs and that she’s taking the men to their deaths. Is she willing to risk everything for a man whose customs require that he share her with one of his men and that he return to Roma to protect another woman? Her heart tells her Mercury is worth any cost, but her head sees nothing ahead but disaster.

Caution: features two scorching hot heroes and one impossibly impulsive woman. Their story may just make you want to steal an Arena Dog or two of your own.

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STEALING MERCURY is the first installment in Charlee Allden’s adult Arena Dogs romantic fantasy, science fiction series focusing a group of genetically engineered slaves and gladiators. This is Arena Dog Mercury, and space ship pilot Samantha Devlin’s storyline.

NOTE: STEALING MERCURY contains M/F/M sexual situations and may not be suitable for all readers.

Told from third person point of view STEALING MERCURY follows the rescue attempt and escape of three fighting Dogs of the RomaRex Arena-Mercury, Diablo (Lo) and Carnage (Carn)-three ‘brothers in arms’ and pack mates whose tortuous lives have been nothing but abuse, fighting and destruction. Due to a lack of females, their lifestyle requires the males of their species to share one female, and in this Samantha has caught the eye of Mercury and his pack mate Lo.

Arena Dogs are genetically engineered hybrids with animal and non-human alien DNA whose sole purpose is to fight for the entertainment of intergalactic patrons. The Dogs are bred to be hunted, tortured, destroyed and abused, and in this our heroine Samantha Devlin-who is not quite human herself- will make every attempt to free the captives now imprisoned in the cargo hold of the space ship she is currently piloting. What ensues is a crash landing on an uninhabited planet where the Roma Company will hunt the escaped slaves along with their female accomplice.

The relationship between Mercury and Samantha is one of immediate attraction although Mercury is considered an animal and a threat by the whip-master and his handler. Samantha sees something different-she sees a man whose pain and suffering pulls at her soul, and in this she is determined to free the men from bondage.
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I am instantly addicted to this fascinating, terrifying and heart rendering sci-fi story. Steamy romance, adrenaline filled action, strong female lead, believable and interesting science fiction world......what more could a girl ask for?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Sci Fi 6 September 2015
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Arena Dogs are genetically engineered human like creatures that are made to be fearless gladiators. They are loaded on Captain Samantha's ship and she doesn't like their treatment - like they are animals. Sam does her best to have them treated better by their human trainers but decides to take things in her own hands and initiate an escape for them. Mercury is the leader of the Dogs and he and Samantha start a sort of friendship by building trust and by being in each others company although Mercury is in a cage.

Sam's attempt for their freedom left them all shipwrecked on a Planet together. Mercury feels protective of Sam for her courage for saving he and his brother's lives. He also scented her as a mate (yes, like a dog). Mercury has two other brothers with him Lo, and Carnage. Lo is a scary dude with claws and Carnage is huge but is grieving the loss of his mate. When their kind loses their mate it is like part of their soul dies. The possessiveness of their mates is part of what makes Mercury so appealing. Another trait is that they share their mates... As Samantha and Mercury spend more time together, a relationship develops that is smoldering and believable. Sam isn't sure about this sharing thing but her relationship with Lo develops too and I was routing for them to get together. I expected this book to have tons of sex scenes but there are just a few that are written well and very descriptive. No closed door scenes here!

The main story was Mercury and Sam's relationship but the adventure part of the story was interesting and fun. I liked the character development of all the side characters and the advertures on the Planet. Overall, a satisfying good Sci-Fi read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Escapism at its best! 14 May 2015
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This book was a rollicking escapade, encountering aliens, new worlds, cool tech, and people trying to do the right thing along the way. Samantha Devlin is a freighter pilot who discovers her cargo are the scary but magnificent gladiators known as Arena Dogs. These genetically-manipulated men are scheduled to be terminated in a "hunt," and that doesn't sit well with soft-hearted and righteous Sammie.

While the slavery/ battle arena situation isn't all that new, I was intrigued by the refugee angle in Charlee Allden's Stealing Mercury. This was a story about escape, conditions that make asylum necessary, and finding those sympathetic to help. This thread runs throughout the book and affects more people than just the Arena Dogs. I personally know a refugee who spent most of his childhood in a camp, and some of the details of Haverlee Port reminded me of the experiences he related. Kudos to Ms. Allden for placing hints of the weird permanency of "temporary" shelter refugees experience into her story.

The slavery and refugee situations aside, Allden has crafted a fun and exciting space adventure with a strong love story. Aliens (of the humanoid variety) are everywhere, and a lot of actual-humans are the bad guys. Samantha is courageous, a little foolhardy, and a lot clever. Though Mercury and the other Arena Dogs are clearly warriors, they find themselves relying more and more on Samantha. They save her a few times, too. Nobody is the weak link in this story.

Amazingly, Charlee Allden made me like a menage book. Usually if I see the m-word or see those three little letters, M/F/M, I scroll right past, but somehow, in my anxiousness to get at a new science fiction romance book, I managed to overlook that not-so-tiny (pun intended) detail. Genetics and slave conditions predispose Arena Dogs to share mates. Gradualness, choice and acceptance were hallmarks of the relationship.

Though there is a clear ending to this book (no cliffhanger), I get the feeling Ms. Allden is just getting starting with her world building in the Arena Dog series. Roma and Gollerra are just the beginning. There are still little mysteries to solve, underground rebellions to foment and insurrections to ignite - just wait and see.
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Awesome!!! 11 June 2017
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I am always willing to give new authors a try and I am glad this book was suggested to me because I loved it. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. My emotions were once again all over the place. This book had me in tears within the epilogue so I knew then I was going to love it.

You just fall in love with each character and their story and you want to help the Arena Dogs find their freedom. This book has lots of twists and turns and you never know who to trust. Makes you want to jump in and kill people. Heck it even makes you go, Ms. Author lady you better not let happen what I think is gonna happen.

Trust me you will enjoy this journey thru the world of Arena Dogs and discover with me if they find love, their freedom, and maybe even some good friends.

Until Next Time... Tabi
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written 20 January 2016
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I have been very fortunate so far this year to have 'stumbled' across two new writers who will certainly do great things. This is one of them. Ms. Allden has given us the first of hopefully many Arena Dogs books. I honestly can't think of one thing in her writing that needs altering or could be better; prose, character and story development,pacing, and general world building was perfectly done. The characters weren't always perfect, but the writing was.This was an interesting and invigorating read from the very first paragraph. It was an awesome story in its own right, but it also makes you yearn to read more of Mercury's pack and go back to Roma to free more Arena Dogs.

If you love SciFi, Fantasy, Romance/Erotica, Action/Adventure I would highly recommend this book. I so look forward to reading more from Ms.Allden, and I hope that even now she is writing madly... Well done, Ms Allden, and thank you very much for all your hard work and talent.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I debated awhile before purchasing this book... 10 September 2015
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...but I'm glad I did. Based on the reviews and description, I figured I'd either love it or hate. Looking at those 5 stars I gave it, you figured out which one it was! I won't go into the description because there is enough of that. The writing was good, it did have very minor lagging. I read the book in one sitting so it was obviously not enough to be off putting. The story had everything I look for - action, suspense, tragedy, conflict, resolution, love, chemistry and a HEA. It also had secondary characters that I am now vested in and am waiting for their stories. Overall, well worth the time & money. A good, satisfying read.

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