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Mercenary - A Deadliest Lies Novel

(Deadliest Lies #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Sometimes in life, choices just aren't part of the plan. When fate interferes and bulldozes right over you.

That's how I felt the first time I saw him. Standing in my kitchen, soaking wet, hotter than a man has the right to be, and holding a knife.

Declan's cold, stone-cold. I can't help but want him. His presence stirs up some raw emotion within me. He seems so...alone. But
ebook, Second Edition, 300 pages
Published September 3rd 2020 (first published September 5th 2016)
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A pair to remember!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙💚💛🧡🖤
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📒
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 👤👤👤👤

The setting: Okla-f*ck-me-over-homa, San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Texas.

The Hero: Declan – Works as a hitman for a corrupt corporation, an off-the-grid private security contracting organization. His boss is more like a Mob boss. Declan is sent out to take care of people that cross them.

The heroine: Madelyn – Her parents have both died, all she has
Elfina Renee
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five stars all the way, woot woot!
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Mercenary was one hell of a mind trip. Secret, lies, deception and powerful Oooo's yeah got hot under the collar on this one. Declan, is too damn sexy, dangerous and ruthless for his own good, Michele Mannon can I have a Mercenary?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It's Madelyn's 20th birthday and with her acceptance letter to college in hand, all she wants to do is celebrate with her twin sister Kylie. After their mother and father's death though, Kylie has become increasingly distant and now as Madelyn is three days from leaving, she still hasn't heard from Kylie. Thinking the hot guy out in their yard is friends with Ky
Sex, blood, a killer for hire and the naive sister of a black ops soldier on the run for assumed betrayal. Add a deep, dark mystery that is threaded throughout and sizzling erotic romance and, what can I say, looks like Michele Mannon has written herself a page scorching winner with Mercenary.

Madelyn is in danger, thanks to her sister’s possible defection and disappearance. Kylie was always the daring one, the brave one and Madelyn was the studious, and quiet one, the timid one who knew nothing
Carolyn Reilly
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mercenary is the second book in the Deadliest Lies series by Michele Mannon.

Wow! Loved this super-hot, fast-paced and suspenseful read!

This was my first book by Michele Mannon and I was really impressed by the story telling and writing style.

I’ll definitely read book one in this series and the coming instalments. Cant’ wait for Diego’s story!

* I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I had thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, Rogue, so when I was offered the opportunity to read an ARC of the second I didn’t hesitate - I jumped at the chance - and I am very glad I did! This is another romantic suspense and continues the story started in the first book - personally I think it helps to have read the first book before this one, but that’s only my opinion.

This time it is Kylie’s sister, Madelyn, that is at the centre of much of the action, however unwittingly as she
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Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Blood and love make an interesting pairing…

Fast-paced. Complicated. At times sexy. Other times, mysterious. All of these can describe this second instalment of the Deadliest Lies series, a story that plays out almost in parallel with the first. If you haven’t read Rogue, do that before starting this one. I read it and, honestly, spent a few times trying to re-orient myself with the characters and the timeline. And it is definitely a story worth spending the time with.

Declan is a man on a mission
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having read the first book in the series, Rogue, I was excited to get to read Mercenary as an ARC also. Unfortunately, it just didn't click with me quite the same as the first.

For me, the frustration was with the heroine, who we are repeatedly told she is innocent, so innocent she often comes across as stupid with literally zero common sense. Despite being tag-lined as an enemies-to-lovers story it was a sad case of insta-lust. Around 35% I started to skim read, with it being such a quick read
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it
A very convoluted love story that keeps your attention and makes you wonder what will happen next.

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Lindsey King
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Value 4
Panty Scorching 4.5
Angst 4
Storyline 4
Tissue 1
Overall Rating 4

Holy smokes! This was one high suspense read. I was flipping the pages fast because I had to know what happened. This is book two in a series but can be read as a standalone. Theres some serious chemistry with the characters! LIKE WOW!!!!!! Madelyn and Deacon are freakin smoking hot together.

Madelyn is a sweet little innocent thing. She believes the best in people and has a very sunny disposition when it comes to life. Only her
Pelusa Rivera
I am gonna be completely honest with you, I requested the book because the guy was hot, but that is probably the only thing I cared for. I know that I am definitely not in the norm as others rated it 5 stars, I could not see why. My second mistake was that I didn't know that this was the second book in the series, and I didn't take my own advice to always read the first book, and normally if I enjoyed this one I would go and read the first one, but I didn't and I wont. So yup was lost, felt this ...more
Mercenary is what happens when tender love story meets black 0ps thriller. It is also the companion novel to Rogue happening on the same time line and running parallel to the first book so make sure you get them in order for optimal enjoyment.

While Rogue focused on Kylie and Jaxson's story, Mercenary turns it's attention to Kylie's sister, Madelyn and Kylie's fellow operative, Declan. Madelyn is the younger sister. The gentle one. The one who looks for, expects, and sees the bright side. She was
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Mercenary", is Ms Mannon's second book in her Deadliest Lies series . In this book the intrigue and suspense continue and the plot line for this story runs concurrent with the plot line from her first book Rogue, this story follows Kylies sister Madelyn and what is going on with herald how what Kylie does affects her life.
Never fear you can read this as a standalone and Rogue as a standalone as well .
While Kylie is gone and Madelyn is at their trailer on her own wondering if her sister will com
Sep 08, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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💝 ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 💝
Sep 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received for review


I tried, multiple times, but I just don't see the connection or anything..
I originally saw the blurb for Mercenary before I found out about Rogue. I really wanted to read Mercenary and was offered Rogue as well for reviewing. Good thing I did! Word of warning to anyone who hasn't read Rogue before reading Mercenary - don't. These two books run do not run in sequential order, it's more of concurrently. The first book was all about Madelyn’s sister, how she is accused of betraying TORC and getting her lover killed. This book is happening roughly at the same time, so we ...more
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
"You never run, that's what you told me. But Declan you're running...from me."

The stone cold killer meets his ultimate match when he gets involved in the muddy waters left behind by Kylie and Jaxson. One his only friend, the other...yet to be decided yet she holds his friends heart in the palm of her hand. Sent to end the mission any way he can instead he comes face to face with the one thing he never planned on - a woman who melts the ice encasing his heart. Madelyn is Kylie's sister and should
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book is the second in the Deadliest Lies series, and I would say that you probably shouldn't read it as a stand alone. I read the first in the series and was able to follow along easily, but I think if you only read this book by itself you may end up a little confused as to what is going on at times. If books that contain violence aren't your thing then I would probably skip this one, it IS about mercenaries after all. lol!

Madelyn is a bit sheltered and also a naive, trusting, and honest pe
Meghan Lloyd
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! There was a LOT of heat packed into this book. I had to take a minute to cool down after each scene, because it I would call this an erotic romance, with lots and lots of spice with some romance sprinkled in to make it a little less insta-lust. Even though that's basically what it was. Love came eventually, but not until after many, many pages know.

Madelyn is on the run. She has no idea what from. All she knows are two things: (1) Her sister is missing, and (2) She has a
Cathy Geha
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Still a virgin, never been kissed, twenty years old and off to college to study marine biology – Kylie’s sister Madelyn is the heroine of book two in the deadliest lies series that deals with a secret group known as TORC. The alpha hero of this book is Declan - a ruthless assassin that just might have a kernel of humanity buried somewhere inside.

Told in first person from both viewpoints this is a fast-paced, intense, scorching story that parallels part of the timeline of the first book. Madelyn
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Mercenary is the second book of the Deadliest Lies series. In this book we learn more about Madelyn, Kylie's sister from the first book, Rogue. Madelyn is unaware of her sister's "secret" life and is getting ready to head off to college on the west coast. Outside of her trailer there is a mysterious man, who unbeknown to her is going to change her life. Declan is drawn to the innocent and naive Madelyn who has no idea the danger she is in. T ...more
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mercenary
ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review. Also reviewed for Alina Melinda's Reads

Holly mother of clusterfucks!
You really can't trust any of these characters.
Now this is the kind of story that if you're not constantly paying attention you will more than probably get lost. At first Mercenary didn't made any sense and the first half of the book confused me. I had to stop and seek a few good reviews for Rogue . Mercenary cannot be read as a stand alone. You need to read the first book,
Paula D
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Madelyn is 20 years old innocent woman going to collage to be a marine biologist, sees a man outside by her door , lets him in cause the weather is bad. The man is sexy as sin and Madelyn can't help herself and wants to know more about him. The man is very quite and tells her you shouldn't have invited me in stay away. Madelyn sister Kylie tells her to leave and then just disappears then the man comes back and brings her to California. Crazy up and down book very suspenseful you never know what' ...more
Heather andrews
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I sometimes wonder if Madelyn intentionally drives her man bananas to see his possessive side:
“Are all ***ks this beautiful?” she asks.
“You’ll never find out,” I choke out.
She laughs. “I love how you’re so possessive.”
With a growl, I roll her onto her back and tug off her shorts...
I really liked this book, Declan was bossy, an ***, demanding and a total sexy alpha.
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
via netgalley

Declan and Madeline oh boy. This book was so freaking good. Declan the bad boy/hero. Umm he can come protect me any day of the week. Declan is a stone cold killer and Madeline is an optimist. Always seeing the good in people, which just keeps pissing Declan off. This was so good cannot wait to read more from this author.
Aug 26, 2016 added it
3 stars, review to follow on Boundless Book Reviews
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about Declan, stone cold and Madelyn, innocent & trusting...two polar opposites. This is another edgy, sizzling story that will keep you flipping pages. Really enjoyed it. ...more
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Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review

I have not read the first in this series, however this did not affect my reading of book 2.

There is a heck of a lot going on in Mercenary. From the strange man on her doorstep to the last word, Madelyn and Declan's story is full of mystery, suspense, intrigue and is packing a whole lot of heat.

I was never completely sure who is the good guy, who I could trust, and who I liked or didn't like.

I did like Declan, even with all his coming and going, faf
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author and even though it was in the middle of the series I wasn't lost while reading it. It starts right off into the story which I love and it slowly builds as the story progresses.

Madelyn has no clue what her sister Kylie has been involved in or that she has brought it right to her and doorstep. Madelyn comes home to celebrate her birthday and finish packing for college when she notices a man across from their trailer. Declan is the mysterious man outs
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars

After reading the first book, Rogue, I came to this book a little better prepared. However, there were still a lot of surprises and things I hadn’t caught in the first story. Mercenary runs concurrently with the first one, but the reader is seeing things from a very different point of view–Kylie’s sister Madelyn.

Madelyn had just turned twenty the day the stranger showed up outside the trailer she and her sister had moved into. She was getting
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Michele Mannon has been writing romance since her first publication in 2012. A multiple recipient of Romantic Times Magazine’s prestigious TOP PICKS award, Michele’s books always pack a punch, leaving readers laughing out loud or swooning and biting their fingernails at all the appropriate times.

To date, she’s written a contemporary sports romance series and a spicy contemporary/Ne

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