Born a slave, Mercury is an Arena Dog, genetically engineered to fight and die in the Arena for the entertainment of others. Trained as a gladiator from boyhood, he’s gathered and led one of the most successful teams in arena history and earned a reputation for fighting against his animal instincts to strategize as well as any free man.
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 two of his men are dead and he, Diablo and Carnage are condemned to be hunted down like animals in an inhuman sport designed to end in their deaths. Worse, their demise will leave Carn’s mate, a woman Mercury has sworn to protect, alone and vulnerable. And then there is 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 he can’t deny.
Diablo knows he isn’t far from becoming the devil he was named. But he’s still levelheaded enough to be skeptical of the little female that has Mercury enthralled. Lo has personally experienced of the treachery of human women. Could this one really be different?
Samantha Devlin is a down-on-her-luck indie-freight pilot, working in the belly of a corporate hauler until she can earn the credits for her own ship. When an old friend hires her as an emergency replacement to pilot a cargo carrier for the Roma Company, she’s shocked to learn her cargo is three, living, breathing, and dangerously sexy Arena Dogs. When Samantha learns she’s taking the men to their deaths, she must decide is she if willing to risking everything for a man whose customs require that he share her with one of his men and demands 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.
“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.” ~Amazon Reviewer A Stewart
Regrets and Comfort
This scene takes place while Sam, Mercury, Lo and Carn are traveling from the wilderness planet to Haverlee. (630 words)
This scene was removed from Chapter 23. It takes place at the Haverlee Refugee Camp, 2210.170. (700 words)
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Excerpts from Stealing Mercury are available at:
- Toot’s Book Reviews: Spotlight, Teasers, Excerpt & Book Sale: Stealing Mercury (Arena Dogs #1) by Charlee Allden
- 6 Feet Under Book blog: Stealing Mercury Spotlight
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