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Publisher's Summary

Skulking around in the ruins on a planet swarming with treasure hunters, slavers, and bounty hunters isn't good for one's health. But Ankari Markovich needs a few archaeological samples for her latest business venture, a venture that might prove lucrative enough to move her family off the impoverished planet where she grew up. Unfortunately, she has no sooner collected her samples than she's captured by a band of brawny mercenaries. The captain might be handsome, but he's intent on turning her over to some finance lord who has, for reasons unknown, put a bounty on her head, a ridiculously large one at that. If she can't figure out a way to escape before she's delivered to the lord's home world, she could be forced into a life of indentured servitude - or worse.
Captain Viktor Mandrake doesn't usually take on piddling bounty hunting gigs, but when his intelligence officer informs him of a criminal on a nearby planet, he decides it wouldn't hurt to take a shuttle down to collect the woman. But Ankari Markovich is trouble from the start, nearly eluding his elite forces, then fighting and tricking his people left and right. He finds himself admiring her spirit, but according to her warrant, she's a criminal. The safest thing is to keep her in the brig and ignore her until she can be handed off to the man who wants her.
But the situation grows more complicated when other bounty hunters show up, wanting to claim Ankari for themselves. Thanks to this woman, Viktor's ship is in danger, his crew members are going missing, and he's fighting enemies he never asked for in a jungle in the middle of a hurricane. He's going to either strangle Ankari or fall in love. Either scenario could get him killed.
©2014 Ruby Lionsdrake (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cheri on 01-19-17

Pleasantly Surprised!

Love a really good space opera that mixes action, romance, humor and great characters, and Ruby Lionsdrake delivered them all!

The lead female character, Ankari, is strong, spunky, confident but finds herself in one sticky situation right after the other. She loathes being captured by the exasperating, good looking, always in control Captain Victor Mandrake and his crew. While she tries to convince him she's innocent, she's using her pickpocketing skills and marital art moves to try to escape. The captain can't help but to admire her tenacity; however, he's also determine to cash in on his bounty. After all, she and her associates have a high price on their heads, but the more time he spends around her, the more he questions the truth of the accusations.

The story was well written, creative, and had a great pace. The main characters as well as the secondary characters were developed and had distinct personalities. I loved how the H/h relationship evolved naturally and wasn't forced. There are a few sex scenes in the second half of the story but are more on the sweet side.

Jill Redfield delivered a stellar performance, and does an amazing job with both the female and male characters. Not all female narrators can pull off male characters like Jill, and make them sound not only believable but give them a sexy bedroom voice. She's one talented narrator who really brought this story to life!

All in all, Mercenary Instinct was fun to listen too, kept me engaged, and was another great KU/whispersync find. I will definitely be looking out for more stories in this series to be released in audio. (I really hope Jill narrates the rest of the series ;-) !)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sandy V. (o´〰`o)♡*✲゚*。 on 12-20-16

Most fun space adventure romance!!

Book synopsis says it all.

This is one of those science fiction romance novels that keep you entertained from the first page to the last; and are hard to come across. It was such a fun read, I had not realized I had the audible. The story has continuous action, romance, space ships, descriptions that would place you in the land, bad guys that aren't so bad but ain't good either. I really had a smile throughout the book. It had some laughs, some exasperating moments, and overall a bit of everything. What I enjoyed most was it was not love or lust at first sight. It was slow, more realistic and believable. Same as the world building. I was so emerged in the story did not notice the hours go by at work. I did have to go back several times when had to use my head for rational thinking at work. Hating having to pause. I literally have not been able to put it down. Even though I had the audio companion (at work), I still followed every word. Even the ending... has left me with a smile plastered on my face. Very, very entertaining!

My many thanks to narrator Jill Redfield. She uses her voice in a way she's able to animate all emotions. She has a great sense of pacing, and her adaptability to the tone of the scene was fantastic. She did amazing with the lighter and deeper aspects of the story. Jill's voice is so easy to listen to! She made me forget I was listening to a female narrator. Kudos to Jill Redfield for her dedication and her all in enhancing the book °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

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5 out of 5 stars
By IMEE B on 07-27-17

****Fantastic read****

i so loved this book, mercenary instinct is thrilling, sizzling and witty, i have giggled many times listening to this book. The narrative is excellent, Jill Redfield you are amazing, you have an incredible voice and can do both male and female voices successfully and you inflict so much emotions in your narrative. thank you to you Ruby and Jill for a job well done. xx

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