Title: Their Bounty (Four Mercenaries #1)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Release Date: May 20th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary, Dark romance
Page Count: 250
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
— Taken. Prized. Possessed. Loved. —
Clover is an orphan and has led a tough and chaotic life. No stability. No money. No friends. He trusts no one.
His already miserable life takes a nosedive when he ends up in the hands of a human trafficking gang. Someone has placed a request for a young albino man, and Clover is to become the property of a mysterious buyer who will stop at nothing to satisfy their depraved desire. Clover’s fate seems sealed until four bounty hunters appear to take out his captors and accidentally save him.
The four mercenaries want to move on, but when Clover pleads for protection, they offer it to him at a price. In the beginning, the arrangement is all kinds of shady, but as he gets to know the four men who’ve taken him on a wild ride, his developing feelings might become as dangerous as the elusive buyer.
But can a relationship with four such different men even work? Men who kill for a living? Men so full of contradictions?
Tank. The massive ex-soldier eager to be Clover’s Daddy.
Pyro. Wild, tattooed, with a filthy mouth and an itch for violence.
Boar. Ginger, bearded, a big teddy bear who can turn into a grizzly.
Drake. Dark and dangerous, with a tongue as sharp as his knives.
Can these men provide him with the love and security he craves? Or has Clover made the worst mistake of his life?
THEIR BOUNTY is a dark gay harem contemporary romance, book 1 in the “Four Mercenaries” trilogy. The story contains scenes of explicit violence, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters and lots of scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes.
Themes: abduction, polyamory, mercenaries, bounty hunters, albinism, commitment issues, indecent proposal, dark past, male bonding, human trafficking, size difference, enemies to lovers, danger, alpha male, found family, size difference, distrust, shared, victim and protector
Length: ~92,000 words
This was filth. It was hot, twisted and utterly dirty. It was romantic as well!
I think the biggest challenge in polyamory romance, especially the kind that includes 5 people, is to make each and every character distinct so that the reader doesn’t get completely confused and lost while reading. K.A.Merikan nailed that part. I never had to stop and think about who’s who and who’s talking every time, not even at the beginning. Each character is very unique:
Tank, the leader. The level headed bear. He’s Daddy!
Boar, the romantic, kind hearted, ginger teddy bear.
Pyro, laid back but very hard at the edges.
Drake, the mysterious one. Predictably, he was my favorite.
As for Clover, the albino twink…yeah I totally objectify him, feel free to judge. When you read, keep in mind that Clover is only 19 and has already been through a lot. His level of immaturity and his actions triggered by fear felt very realistic and resonated a lot with me.
The mystery was on the down low for most of the book, what with the story being focused on the dynamics between the five men, but in the end it took a totally unexpected turn, at least for me. I definitely did not see this coming although it was right in front of my eyes the whole time. Well played!
Things escalate pretty quickly sexually, that’s the premise of the story anyway. Romance comes more naturally towards the end of the book, but I suspect there is much more of that to come in the next books.
My biggest fear was that this story would feel unbelievable, not because of the number of partners but because of the deal Clover made with the four guys. Like, how possible is it for four mercenaries to agree to provide protection in exchange of sexual favors? It started that way,as a deal, but it really didn’t feel like this at all. From the first chapters it felt like the guys took pity on Clover, decided to help him and why not have some fun while doing that? At least that was my take on the story.
What Ele’s pervy little heart hopes to see in the next books:
-More bonding between the four men.
-Sex that includes other pairings as well instead of only Clover being in the middle.
-One of the other guys bottoming.
I can’t wait to find out what the future holds for the four mercenaries and their bounty!