Saturday, April 25, 2015

Blog Tour: Freeing His Mercenary by Vanessa Sims (ARC Review + Series Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Author Name: Vanessa Sims
Book Title:  Freeing His Mercenary
Series: Mercenary in Love #3
Book Length: Novella
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Book Release Date: April 15th, 2015


What would you do if the man you loved woke up and didn’t remember you?

Christian Storm was your normal kick ass bad boy, until his best friend admitted to having feelings for him.

One the heel of Rick’s confession, Christian gets his act together, and starts a relationship with Rick.

The case they’re working on together goes sour at the end and Rick is taken.
After a few days Rick is found broken and battered. When he wakes up in the hospital, Rick doesn’t know who he or anyone else is.

Now Christian has to find the man responsible for Rick’s abduction and attack before he strikes again. With his mind preoccupied with finding Logan, will Christian be able to convince Rick that they are deeply in love with each other? Or will Christian lose everything he holds dear?
Freeing His Mercenary is the continuation of Taming His Mercenary.
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Fuck they found him and it was all Christian’s fault. If he hadn’t come, Elliot would have been long gone.

“Go to your room,” Christian ordered.

“What the hell? I know how to take care of myself.” Maybe not against trained killers, but it was the principle of everything.

As he glared at Christian, something hit the wall behind his head. There was a slight sting making Elliot touch his ear, only to have the tips of his fingers come back bloody. One second he was staring at the blood on his fingers, the next his body was being pulled to the floor. The weight of Christian’s much heavier frame covering his as their assailant shot off a few more rounds.

“I’m going to distract him. I want you to crawl to the other side of the room, closer to the kitchen.” Christian whispered into his ear, and if his treacherous body didn’t pick that moment to go all soft and buttery, as if Christian were whispering sweet nothings into his ear and not trying to save his life. What the hell is wrong with me?

Putting that question to the back of his mind, Elliot started to low crawl to the other side of the room as Christian lifted up to return fire. As he settled behind the loveseat, he realized he was trapped because someone had just broken in through the kitchen door.

“Oh, fuck.”

Not giving himself time to think, Elliot stood up and charged the man that came through the door, tackling him to the floor. Sitting on the man’s chest, he delivered a right hook to the man’s jaw, knocking him unconscious. Scrambling off the man, Elliot quickly grabbed the discarded gun. Elliot wanted to take a break to give his heart time to slow down before it beat out of his chest. Before he could put that plan to action, he swung around with the gun pointed at the man that just entered the kitchen.

“Stop right fucking there!”

“Whoa. There’s no need to be hostile.”

“What the fuck? You came here to kill me and I’m the one that’s hostile?”

“Hardly. Christian come get your guard dog.”

At Christian’s name, Elliot realized that it had gone quiet in the living room. What the hell is going on? Was Christian okay? Why the hell did that matter?

“Killian when did you get here?” Elliot nearly jumped out of his skin at Christian’s words directly behind him.

“Not too long ago. There were two others out there waiting to get in. I took care of them.” Killian stated before looking pointedly at Elliot. “Are you going to tell him to put the gun down or am I going to have to take it from him?”

“Elliot, he’s good.” Christian stated calmly.

He wasn’t so sure about that, no matter how velvety soft Christian’s voice sounded in his ear. They could be waiting for him to let his guard down so they could kidnap him to get the information on Logan they needed. He could probably take one of them, but not both. Before he could tell Christian how not good he was, the gun was taken from him. He looked at Killian with shock and awe.

“I really don’ like guns pointed at me.” He said to Elliot, then looked over his shoulder. “I take it he had nothing to do with Rick’s condition?”

Mari’s Review:

I would’ve liked a little heads up going into reading that there is a threesome, so I was prepared. I don’t particularly care for those, so this review might reflect a bit on that.

The story was solid and pretty good. Vanessa Sims writing shows improvement with each book and that’s always great to see. The scenes are more detailed and fleshed out and they are paced nicely.

I would’ve preferred to see a bit more of Rick and Christian’s relationship, before they threw someone else into the mix. Then again, as I stated, I don’t see much of a point in threesomes, no matter how hot they might be, like in this case. But that’s just me.

I liked the amnesia plotline, and the continuation of the villains’ arc that were started in the previous books. That was very interesting. Book 4 shall be good, too, I imagine, considering the very evil cliffy at the end, so yeah, you've warned. ;) 

Rating: 4 Stars.


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Tour Schedule

4/15/2015             Man2mantastic
4/15/2015             The Purple Rose Tea House
4/15/2015             Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

4/16/2015             Molly Lolly
4/16/2015             RJ Scott

4/17/2015             Hearts On Fire Reviews
4/17/2015             Diverse Reader
4/17/2015             Carly's Book Reviews

4/18/2015             Love Bytes reviews
4/18/2015               Elisa - My reviews and Ramblings
4/18/2015             3 Chicks After Dark

4/20/2015             MM Good Book Reviews
4/20/2015             Divine Magazine
4/20/2015             Inked Rainbow Reads

4/21/2015             Because Two Men Are Better Than One
4/21/2015            Cate Ashwood

4/22/2015             The Novel Approach
4/22/2015             Sue Brown's Stories
4/22/2015             Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends

4/23/2015             Prism Book Alliance
4/23/2015             Jill Prand

4/24/2015             Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
4/24/2015             BFD Book Blog

4/25/2015             Bayou Book Junkie
4/25/2015             Drops of Ink
4/25/2015             Rainbow Gold Reviews

Author Bio
I live in Texas but originally I am from Trenton, NJ. When I graduated from high school, I joined the military. Yay me. I did three years with one tour to Iraq. I am happily married because seriously would put that they are unhappy. I have three kids. No pets, they scare me. I am currently a stay at home mom and I love to read! A lot.


His Mercenary will be free after April 15th

His Mercenary


Chase Black and his team are Mercenaries who go after Human Traffickers.
Working a case for the FBI, Chase meets special agent Cameron Allen.

Special Agent Cameron Allen has been with the FBI for five years.
Being an openly gay man in the agency is not easy, but he does his job well.

Chase and Cameron team up to find Angelo Marini, who has escaped from FBI custody. Working close together, Chase and Cameron can't fight their attraction for each other, even if they wanted to.

What happens when a Mercenary and FBI agent come together to find a wanted fugitive and fall in love in the process?

Buy Links: AmazonB&NAReSmashwordsKobo iTunes

Mari’s Review:

This story started up strong, but somehow, for me, it failed to deliver. It was good, enjoyable even, with strong characters that engaged my interest and with an intriguing plot, but it needed to be more fleshed out and perhaps less rushed.

Cameron and Chase had chemistry, but despite that I would’ve liked to see more of a chase and not just fall into bed like they did. I prefer stories that take a little more time to build.

Still, it was a good read, even if too short.

Rating: 3.5 Stars.

Taming His Mercenary


When a missing persons case turns into a race to save a woman from human traffickers, Christian Storm and Rick North must not only deal with the increasingly dangerous situation, but also the stormy emotions building between them.

Coworkers and best friends, Rick and Christian have always worked together seamlessly, but that is beginning to change. Rick has been denying his true feelings for Christian for years, but has finally been pushed to his breaking point. He decides it’s time to either move forward with Christian or move on.

Christian’s a one-night-stand kind of guy who lives for fun and has no interest in a serious relationship. When Rick lays his feelings on the line one night, Christian doesn’t know what to do. He’s never thought of Rick as anything more than a friend, and is terrified that no matter how he responds to Rick’s revelation their friendship will never be the same.

When the criminals they are chasing bring the fight to their doorstep one of their own is captured. Christian and Rick must put aside their emotions and work together like never before in order to stay one step ahead of the danger that threatens their very lives.

With so much on the line, will Rick and Christian be able to give love a chance, or are the odds against them stacked too high?

Warning: This book is intended for a mature audience.
Buy Links: AmazonB&NAReSmashwordsKobo iTunes

Mari’s Review:

This book is my favorite of the three. It was paced nicely and we get to see how the relationship between Christian and Rick develops.

They’ve been friends for a long time, best friend, and Rick has been in love with Christian for three years and his friends have been hassling him to speak up. When he finally tells Christian, the response isn’t all that great.

I wanted to slap Christian more than a few times for making Rick suffer like he did. Rick was awesome, so loyal and supporting. And the chemistry between the two was hot!

Never mind that the secondary storyline with the mercenary team was more developed in this case and that we got to see more of the team’s dynamics and it was so good, despite the evil cliffhanger!

Rating: 4.5 Stars. 


  1. Thank you for the poat, excerpt, and reviews. I can't wait to read more of this series.

    1. Thank you, Jen! You won a copy of Freeing His Mercenary, could you please email the blog with your email address and preferred format, mobi, epub or pdf?