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Mercenary Princess

(Mercenary Socialites #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  488 ratings  ·  191 reviews
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, w
Published August 16th 2018
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Mercenary Princess (stand-alone). Princess on secret mission is swept off her feet by off-limits Russion playboy!

“A part of her found it dangerously tempting to show him just how filthy she wanted to be with him.”

Mercenary Princess (stand-alone) appears, at first glance, to be the collision of two worlds. We have the prim and proper, good-girl, real-life princess Crown Princess Sophia Helena Loredan. Her life has been mapped out for her and it does not include a
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Princess Sophia is not like any other princess you've read. She witnesses a murder at the tender age of 16 while at a boarding school with two of her closest friends. When they realize the wealthy families are paying to shove any and all bad deeds under the rug, they decide to take justice into their own hands.

Years later and these mercenaries have slowly and systematically help to serve that justice. While on their current assignment, Sophia's long time crush has taken notice of her at a time
The woman behind the demure façade…

***4.5 Stars***

IF I wasn’t afraid of heights, scared to death of being in danger and didn’t hate wearing heels with a vengeance, I would SOOOOO want to be in the Mercenary Princess’s gang. Well, I would want to be in the parts where you take down baddies and hang out with the gang. I could also handle going to fancy places, wearing fancy clothes and eating fancy food. Not so much when you have to hang with toffee-nosed aristocrats who think they’re better than
✰ Liz ✰
"There was no taking it back. It was out there."

Mercenary Princess is an action-packed contemporary romance with passion, intrigue, and smoking hot steam! Sophia is a princess who has spent her entire life doing whatever her royal family desires of her. But Sophia isn't just a docile princess. Living a double life, Sophia is a spy who seeks revenge for those who have been wronged. With a few of her friends, she has managed to help the oppressed and take down the evil doers of the world
Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
One of the things that really warms my cockles is when I try a new-to-me author's book and love it!

I went into this story blind.
I skimmed the blurb. I bypassed all of the reviews.
I wanted this author's words to take me over and transcend me to another place.
And they did.

From the comfort of my own home, I went on an international tour.
I visited London, Paris, and even a little island called Porenza.
I met foreign dignitaries and partied with socialites.
And I became enthralled by the story of a pri
As a young girl, Sophia and her friends experience a traumatic event that left them feeling helpless and out of control. From that point on they banded together to create a group that could bring down the powerful men that the law couldn’t, or wouldn’t touch. Now, years later, she’s concentrated on her job even as she continues to smile for the press and present the perfect princess persona they all believe her to be. When she runs into the man that she has obsessed over for a decade she suddenl ...more
Setta Jay
Aug 13, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author is new to me.
The cover and title caught my attention then the blurb and reviews made this a must read.

It’s crazy OTT.
I mean we have a crown princess and her socialite friends taking down the rich and powerful. It took me a while to settle in but then like I said this is a new author to me so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.
I’m not sure at what point I stopped settling and started loving but it happened. I was hooked, I couldn’t read fast enough and even fell asleep reading.

Dora Koutsoukou
2nd re-read 29/11/2020

3,5 ❤️⚡️❤️🌟s❣️

I liked it both two times I read it!
It was an enjoyable suspenseful romance read.
This time though I would have liked if the characters were slightly more developed and if Sophia and Viktor could have communicated further instead of spending their time in his bed.
Viktor was a great character, dark, vicious and possessive.
Sophia’s mercenary actions would be better if they were shown instead of being told.

I am looking forward for Irina’s story, the Mercenary
Anja H.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

“Real men didn’t trade in women; they protected them.”

A book about a badass princess, mercenaries, intrigue and sizzling romance? Yes, count me in!
At least, that's what I was thinking when I read the blurb, but unfortunately the story fell a bit flat in my opinion.

Meet Sophia, the princess of a small island country called Porenza, who leads a double life as part of a vigilante group that targets the evil and corrupt.
She's had a crush on the dangerous Viktor for years, an
Sophia is a princess, but her life isn't a fairytale. Her family believes they control her every waking thought, but little do they know she has a secret life no one can imagine. Viktor is the man she has been obsessed with for years. Despite being a billionaire, his family history and dark reputation make even her fantasies borderline treason. Viktor can't help but notice her beauty, but a chance sighting of her doing something incredulous, intrigues him, and sets them in each other's path.

Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the author and publisher via NetGalley YAY me!!

3.75 stars

This is my first read by this author, the story started off very slow for me. There was a lot of explanations of things that I would have been alright not knowing. It took some pushing through for my to continue but I am glad I did. The book did in fact pick up and so did the steam. Viktor was a great bossy, protective alpha and Sophia was a strong courageous heroine. I liked the secondary characters as well, Sophia has a l
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: rom-suspense
A new series about a group of undercover mercenaries who want revenge on the people who think they can get away with murder.  Sophia and her friends witnessed a murder while at boarding school, and then realized the extent of the cover-up. Eight years later, they are determined to get rid of every elite, dirty, person who covered up the murder. And along the way, they take out other bad guys too.

Sophia is a princess with a brother who rules as king, and a mother who rules her life. There is no l
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rated 4.5 Stars

Mercenary Princess was awesome. I really loved its take on the royal trope. There was mystery, intrigue, an unconventional princess interesting characters (both main and secondary) and a whole lot of sexy. I loved it, loved watching the main characters dance around each other so to speak before giving in to the sexual tension. I'm so ready for the next book in this series. I definitely recommend this book to one and all.

ARC won in a contest hosted by author
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
I loved the uniqueness of the story. Vigilante Princess drawn to a dangerous Russian, yes please! With secrets, murder, secrets, spies, secrets, shadowy deals (and did I mention more secrets?) this book kept me glued to my kindle.

Sophia is the prim Princess of Porenza to the media and public but she hides a secret part of herself from everyone but a select few. An unjust killing and a murderer who got away scot free because of his family connections, power and wealth changed Sophia's view of the
Nikki Van Horn
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing!!!!

Sophia is a princess that will kick your butt. She witnessed a lot when she was just a teenager. Her friends and her couldn’t take the violence that other royal people were doing. They took a stand and went after the bad to make good again. The mercenary group is amazing. They kick butt at what they do and they take down the most powerful people in the world.

Viktor is smokin hot and such a dangerous man. He has eyes for the princess and can’t keep himself away from her.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting concept. Batman, but more James Bond then super hero. It took me a little to get really into the story. It jumps in really fast and it almost felt like I missed something. Viktor was hot, Russian growling and pet names are always a turn on. Sophia didn’t lose her way and she did stay the course of what she wanted to accomplish, which I liked because a great deal of the time the woman gets the man and forgets everything.

Good story, good read. Received a copy from the author. Thanks a
Princess Sophia of Porenza has had it drilled into her head since childhood that her life is not her own, it's in service to the monarchy and people of Porenza.

From the clothes she wears to the company she keeps, her whole life is scrutinized at every turn as a measure of her royal status. Her only freedom was during the years she spent at University though her brother, the King, recalled her home when salacious news of her friends escapades threatened to incriminate Sophia. Her life ever since
Brandi Hay
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Princess Sophia and a couple of her friends witnessed a boy murdered when they were in boarding school. They knew who done it but realizing the very wealthy will pay anything to anybody to get away with anything. So they decide to take it into their own hands. Searching the schools office they found a ledger with all the things that had happened but was paid to stay quiet. So this began their journey of finding evidence against these people in the ledger and getting justice for what they had don ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received for review

Sophia has been lusting over Viktor for years and years. Finally she gives in and boy are they HOT! But I think all tattooed Russian heroes are hot. Their drama does not disappoint. I did feel the way Sophia and her friend's organization was created and run and little weird.

They both have lots of peeps to get HEAs in future books. Their body guards really need one.
Chitra *CJ*
"Mercenary Princess" is the story of Sophia and Viktor.

This is my first book by this author, and the first of its kind that I've read. In this, we explore the plot of "mercenary princess"- Sophia.

Our h is tired of her overbearing and controlling family who belong to royalty. Since witnessing an injustice during her college days, she along with a selected group of friends work as secret mercenary soldiers, trapping and punishing those in the elite circles while they maintain their outward appeara
Bookgasms Book Blog
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
I absolutely loved Mercenary Princess so so much!! It was a sleeper hit that came out of nowhere honestly as I didn't know what to expect. But Lord was it sexy, adrenaline pumping, swoony and filled with all the alpha-growly moments we love. Viktor and Sophia were absolutely amazing and I seriously never wanted it to end.

There is nothing more I love than a sassy lady who delivers all the badassery and brings her alpha man to his knees. The fact that there is a team of Mercenary socialites in thi
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4-4.5 Stars

OK, so if the ending had been "better" or rather more definitive or at least what I prefer then it could have easily been a 5 Star read or almost perfect!

I truly loved the story, the writing was fantastic and full of suspense. There was alot going on so for me, yes, I enjoyed and understand it sets up the backstory and it was good BUT I like my couple time more...... I had selfishly wished for MUCH more couple time than I got with Viktor and Sophia, hence part of my star deduction rea
I liked this story bec the whole premise was unlike anything I’ve read before. It was an enjoyable and entertaining read with a great cast of characters, both main and secondary.

I’m definitely picking up the next book in this series!
I loved the Hero. I'm all for dark Russian alpha males. He had only eyes for the Heroine and there wasn't any OW drama at all. He was intense, loyal and protective. Would have loved to read more about him. He and the Heroine were perfect for each other.

My problem with this book was with the "organisation". It was all telling, not showing. So much information in so little text. I had a hard time grasping the situation, what it is, what they do, who the people in this organisation are and how it a
 Reading In Pajamas
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review: MERCENARY PRINCESS (Mercenary Socialites Book 1) by Setta Jay
Publication Date: August 16, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 4.5 Stars

I don’t know what I expected, but this hot romantic suspense kept me turning the pages past my bedtime. Sophia’s dual life was given depth by her personal bodyguard, along with her friends and teammates. They added a realism to the story. Viktor was pure domineering alpha male, with glimpses of
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued from the very start. Viktor and Sophia are both very strong characters. The premise of a crowned princess who lives this double life is mysterious and bad ass. Sophia was definitely bad ass. While I did enjoy the book, my only problem was that I wanted the connection between Viktor and Sophia to be stronger. They were explosive in the bed but outside of it, I wasn't convinced by the author that there was an emotional connection. There are some minor hiccups in the story but overa ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed my first Setta Jay book, the Mercenary Princess. I devoured it! It's like Mission Impossible meets Charlie's Angels rolled into one. It has action, suspense, a royal drama and not to forget the scorching scene between Sophia and Viktor. It's an amazing read. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Looking for a royal trope with a twist, I recommend this one! ...more
Jul 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
💝 ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 💝
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a new author to me, and I am in love with her! This book is sexy, steamy, and fast-paced. The author does a great job of developing all the characters in the book so that you can't wait until their stories get published too.

Sophia and Viktor will steal your hearts and the love scenes are extremely sexy. I love the fact that all of the females in this book are strong, independent women who are skilled, courageous, and have moral values. They choose to right the wrongs of the wealthy elite
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