The synopsis for The Mercenary by Katherine Garbera from Barnes & Noble.com:
"They're the Savage Seven—a ragged group of mercenaries who trust no one, risk everything, and get the job done, no matter what it takes. . .
So much for diamonds being a girl's best friend. . .
Once upon a time, Kirk Mann led a normal life. Now, as second-in-command at Savage Seven, he takes on assignments no one else would dare to handle. Like protecting Olivia Pountuf, a sexy, pampered socialite who was engaged to the manager of a diamond mine—until she discovered her fiancé's murderous business tactics. Kirk arrives in Johannesburg too late to stop Olivia being kidnapped, but rescuing her stirs up a firestorm of longing as hot as it is dangerous. And that's just the kind he likes. . .
Olivia grew up believing that money would protect her. But the man she was to marry wants her dead, and the one person who makes her feel safe is a rough-around-the-edges ex-Marine who couldn't care less about wealth or privilege. Now, the only way to survive is to uncover an illicit scheme that others will kill again and again to protect, and trust in a desire that's veering straight out of control. . . "
The Mercenary reminds me very strongly of the Dangerous series from Lisa Marie Rice--a compliment coming from this blogger. Garbera's writing involves a great deal less sex, and much less heat in the sex scenes included, than Rice's books, though.
I could have used a few less reminders that Olivia only felt safe while in Kirk's presence. Okay, okay; he's a strong, merciless, Alpha male who is soft only for Olivia, and she's a soft, nice, slightly helpless woman who needs a Real Man like Kirk in her life. Got it!
Overall, if you like your heroes strong, your heroines a bit high maintenance and in need of someone to take care of them, and some suspense and grit thrown in with your romance, this is a book you should enjoy.
I'm looking forward to reading future books in the Savage Seven series.
My overall personal rating of The Mercenary is a B.