Herc’s Mercs Series by Ari McKay: My Round Up of Books #1 to #6

The Bigger They Come (Herc's Mercs #1)The Bigger They Come by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this bodyguard and client falling in love during a job romance even with the slightly over the top towards the end stalker plot.

Both Cade and Jude were sympathetic characters and I liked their dynamic together and completely believed in their feelings for each other.

There’s good world building and a bunch of interesting secondary characters that I look forward to reading more about as the series progresses.

Line in the Sand (Herc's Mercs Book 2)Line in the Sand by Ari McKay

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Short but sweet second offering in the Herc’s Mercs series. I really liked both Jon and Alex and the romance felt believable and even the big jungle adventure didn’t become two outlandish.

There’s low steam in this one and lots of caregiving and a nice lack of angst and I was rooting for them from the start.

Bloody But Unbowed (Herc's Mercs Book 3)Bloody But Unbowed by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my favourite so far, featuring street smart but not academically smart Daryl, a potential Nobel Prize winning scientist and a whole bunch of dodgy terrorists.

It’s also the sexiest so far in the series with the two men not only getting down and dirty in the Amazonian jungle but also continuing their escapades once they got back from the rescue mission.

They have insane chemistry and there wasn’t a whole lot of angst to make the plot last longer. Each man has his hang ups but together they just work.

Once A Hero (Herc's Mercs Book 4)Once A Hero by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am thoroughly enjoying this series from Ari McKay as various different members of Herc’s mercenary team find themselves falling in love.

Each story has had quite different settings, even if the premise of falling in love is central and I really liked this one with former stealth specialist Ezra and his Judge employer Mason.

There was also an added bonus of a great kid who acted like a typical 12 year-old and not an overly educated or intellectual prodigy and we got to hear about the other guys in the firm still being happily in love.

Now onto book five 😉

The Harder They Fall (Herc's Mercs Book 5)The Harder They Fall by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was a bit different to the others as it involved two of Herc’s employees falling for each other in the midst of a threat when one discovered a whole load of criminal activity during routine IT work.

I liked the contrast between the two guys but I also wanted to shake Chris for his insecurities and the way he treated Jason.

Jason himself was very much a sympathetic character and his fears about being hurt all over again were completely justifiable.

The secondary plot proved a good one to hook the rest of the second chance romance on and it had a good bit of action.

Where Angels Fear To Tread (Herc's Mercs, #6)Where Angels Fear To Tread by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well that was action packed! Another utterly different style of meet and romance than any of the others in the series and thoroughly enjoyable.

I loved the juxtaposition of Geo’s control and the shibari ropes with the chaos and mayhem of the flight through a country in turmoil.

I loved Ellen, a feisty and strong spirited politician with lots of good advice to hand out when our mercenary got a little too caught up in his own head.

It’s also way more violent than any of the previous and I have to say,:

***SPOILER***

I felt really bad for the poor guys who didn’t make it even though they’d only just been introduced in this book!

#ARCs kindly provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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