Review: Mercenary Princess by Setta Jay

Posted August 20, 2018 by StaceyisSassy in Reviews, Romantic Suspense / 0 Comments

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Review:  Mercenary Princess by Setta JayMercenary Princess by Setta Jay
Published by Setta Jay LLC on August 16, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 269
Format: eARC
Source: Author, Social Butterfly PR

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, when she’s in the middle of a dangerous job. Now, she’ll be forced to protect her heart along with her life of lies.

Viktor has been tempted by the innocent princess’s lust-filled glances for far too long, and he has fought hard to resist her beauty. When her secrets finally draw him in, getting through her royal guard proves a minor inconvenience. But one sexually charged night isn’t enough. He wants more, including whatever she’s hiding beneath that demure façade.

As much as Sophia wants Viktor, she can never fully allow him in because her secrets aren’t her own. Viktor is determined to have all of his princess. Will they find a way to be together, or will her dangerous secrets tear them apart?

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The woman behind the demure façade…

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 everyone. Oh, and like I said above…not too keen on being in danger. So, in other words, I’m going to have to live vicariously through Setta Jay’s, exciting Mercenary Socialites lives.

Mercenary Princess is very different from The Guardians of the Realms series but they do have a few things in common which is why I’m such a huge Setta Jay fan. Setta’s heroines are intelligent, courageous and not afraid to get what they want. Her heroes are strong, determined and bossy with all the skills needed to protect those they love. There’s always a cause to fight for and you, as the reader, are ready to sign up to fight the battle alongside the characters. It’s a team effort and each of the characters has a part to play. This team will have your back in good times and bad. Setta Jay’s characters are fantastic, and the storylines always manage to suck me in and leave me grinning by the end. SUCCESS!!

I found myself looking at Sophia with a Catherine and Megan type of “Princess” in mind. Like Sophia, I get the impression that what we see in the media is not the real Catherine and Megan. I bet you they are quite capable of swearing like a trooper, have good and bad days and don’t always want to put on a smile. But, you wear a crown, it’s expected that you hold yourself with decorum and put that smile on because you love your job, charities, people and country. It’s an honour and privilege to wear a crown and be treated like a Princess…or so we’re lead to believe.

Sophia is leading a double life. Princess is what people see but Mercenary is what’s behind the façade. With the knowledge Sophia and her Socialite friends have gained throughout their years, it’s their mission to bring down those in power who abuse their positions. From a very young age, they have known the hard and brutal way power can give you control. They have seen murder swept under the carpet, the abused being paid off, and greed leading to taking what you want…at any cost. I think this kind of stuff is happening in the real world that we wouldn’t have a clue about. A little part of me was reading and thinking that it would be pretty cool if there was a real Mercenary Socialitesgroup seeking justice and dealing with them.

Viktor…Viktor…Viktor…oh, how I loved this bossy, BOSSY man. What I wouldn’t give for a bit more of a glimpse inside his mind. Brought up in a world where abuse means power, it was surprising to meet such a good man. Oh, he wasn’t too good, mind you. He still has his finger on the pulse and knows how to deal with people who threaten those he loves. Viktor’s power is not from abusing those around him, his power is in knowing the secrets of people in power. And now, it’s time to find out what his demure little Princess is hiding.

Mercenary Princess was an exciting step into a world of glamour and opulence. It’s always a little funny how much pleasure I get knowing that the fairytale isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, I could get to wear nice clothes and visit new places, but I would also have to do it while being bored out of my brain. I can’t imagine having a headache and not being able to cancel plans to stay in wearing my comfy clothes. There is no way I’d be able to smile at people who were nasty, evil or deceitful. No crown would ever be worth standing for hours in heels (my back hurts just thinking about it).

In Setta Jay fashion, this is a SEXY story. Sophia’s had a crush on Viktor for years and now that he’s seen her as a woman, he will do all in his power to have and keep her. When Sophia and Viktor come together IT IS HOT!! We can see the connection between the characters and how much trust is gained in the short time they have together. I loved watching their feelings get tangled up with lust and knew that it was always going to be more than they bargained for.

Like any first book in a series, we need to get the lay of the land. Sure, I wanted them to hurry up already but I knew that I needed more than a Wham, Bam, Thank you, Ma’am, to get to know them better. Besides Sophia and Viktor, we also need to meet the other Socialites and the team that has their backs. There are a few people I REALLY want to get to know better, starting with Forde, Titan, James and Ivan. It may seem like I’m only interested in the blokes, but I’m kind of hoping I’ve already met some of their happy ever afters in Jen, Irina and Riot. What I wouldn’t give to see Forde matched up with someone like Gabriella Cruz…hint, hint, nudge, nudge…Setta Jay.




Mercenary Princess, the first in a thrilling, new erotic contemporary romance series by Setta Jay is available NOW!


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, when she’s in the middle of a dangerous job. Now, she’ll be forced to protect her heart along with her life of lies.


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With all attention currently off her, she raised her glass again and allowed her gaze to drift in Viktor’s direction. She held the glass suspended at her lips as their eyes connected. Even with the distance and his dimly lit seating area partially obscuring her view, she felt a shot of electricity slide over her skin, sending tingles of awareness coursing through her body. How was that kind of chemical attraction even possible? She’d lusted after him for years, but to be on the receiving end of his bold appraisal was something very different and far too enticing.

It made her crave something she couldn’t have.

Viktor was seductive in a way no man should be. He lounged in a chair, his long legs stretched before him, and all she could think about was climbing over those strong thighs and straddling him before ripping his shirt open and using his body. It didn’t matter that he was surrounded by men and women, to whom he paid no attention, or that armed, tattooed guards stood at the private stairs going to his section and beside his leather seat.

She groaned mentally.

Having him in her sphere was rapidly becoming a harsh lesson in frustration. The space between their VIP alcoves could have spanned an ocean, and they’d have been more likely to interact. There was enough firepower between his guards and her own to ensure their worlds could never collide.

A “prim” princess of a small country and a ruthless Russian billionaire with a dark history—it was definitely not a match for the storybooks.

About Setta:

Setta Jay is the author of the popular Guardians of the Realms Series. She’s garnered attention and rave reviews in the paranormal romance world for writing smart, slightly innocent heroines and intense alpha males. She loves creating stories that incorporate a strong plot with a heavy dose of heat.

An avid reader her entire life, her love of romance started at a far too early age with the bodice rippers she stole from her older sister. Along with reading, she loves animals, brunch dates, coffee that is really more French vanilla creamer, questionable reality television, English murder mysteries, and has dreams of traveling the world.

Born a California girl, she currently resides in Idaho with her incredibly supportive husband.

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