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Sergeant Heath “Tick” Hawthorn, the best tracker in Mandrake Company and the captain’s right-hand man, has been admiring microbiologist Lauren Keys from afar for months. Unfortunately, she’s dedicated to her science and doesn’t seem to have any interest in relationships. He’s not even sure she knows his name.

Determined to change that, Heath develops a surefire plan: He signs up to be a specimen in her latest study. Once she gets to know him better, he’s positive she’ll find his charms appealing.

But when he starts hearing other people's thoughts and receiving eerie premonitions, he questions the wisdom of turning himself into a lab rat. On a mission planet-side with Lauren, they finally have some time alone together, but he’s too worried he’s turning into a freak to be charming. Further, the outing soon turns dangerous, as predators and bounty hunters show an interest in the party. If he and Lauren aren’t careful, they’ll end up dead instead of dating. Maybe Heath's plan wasn’t as surefire as he thought.

©2016 Ruby Lionsdrake (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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GOOD SIFY PLOT RUINED BY BAD ATTEMPT AT ROMANCE

The SIFY plot was worthy of expanding to make a book, but the attempt at steamy sex scenes between two 35 year olds
must have been written by a group of teenagers at a sleep-over. The SIFY plot was never developed and the rest was crushingly boring. Pity the poor narrator who did the best she could with this slop. I would listen to her again, but this is the first and last
book I'll spend time on with this author. I've just returned another of this series, unread.
I just wish there was a way to get the wasted time back. Even listening to it on speed #2 didn't help.

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bummer no more in the series 12/18

really enjoying this series on audible, even more so then reading as the narrator is great at getting you into the moment and bringing the action alive without being to overdramatic.
hopefully there will be more coming.

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Tick & germaphobe Lauren go back to raptor planet

This is the best of the three free Audible Plus books in this series. That’s partly because the space opera action side plays a bigger role in the story, compared to the romance side. I like that the crew went back to the planet from book 1, and yet again there are raptors, battles, and Stryker one-liners (that gun loving frat-boy has really grown on me).

As usual the romance features an inhibited, awkward half of a couple. This time, it’s biologist Lauren, who is eye-rollingly absorbed in science and completely uninterested in human interactions. Tick is patient and sweet, filling out the other half of the couple in now typical, merc-with-a-heart fashion. While not as bad as book 2’s robotic-romance HEA, this germaphobe-romance was still silly and clunky. Good thing there’s only 1 1/2 scenes to let the adventure part carry the book.

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Disappointed

I have liked the Mandrake Company series, and the narrator was good. However, I could not finish this one. I liked “Tick” character, but could NOT stand the lead female. She’s an self-absorbed intellectual snob. Basically she’s so focused on “her work”, doesn’t believe anything or anyone outside of that is worth her time or consideration. Don’t care if she ends up getting her head out of her butt, Tick’s a good guy and deserves better.

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Very Enjoyable!

Loved this free read! Fun to see how relationships developed in your books. Thanks Ruby

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Don’t want it to end

This has been an excellent series. I am hoping that book 6 won’t be the last. I like the fact that the heroes have quirks and not so perfect macho men. The heroines are self-confident and independent. The adventures are exciting and real ‘page turners’ to get to the resolutions.

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Great story, great series

I have been enjoying the adventures of the Mandrake Company, and the trouble they get into and out of. The author has a wonderful way of telling a story, that I have enjoyed in different universes. It is good to finally see women being an equal partner in a story, especially in science fiction. The mix of action and “naughtiness” is well balanced and intertwined perfectly. The narrator is excellent. I highly recommend this book and series, but if don’t like “naughtiness” in a story you may want to think twice. I hope there are a couple more adventures with The Mandrake Company at some point in the future...maybe Viktor and Ankari going to her family’s planet

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Happy Tick finally gets his HEA

I really like Tick/Heath he’s so sweet and considerate. Unsure of himself, yes, very. I find it adorable, because he is definitely deprived of flirtatious interactions with the opposite sex, being a mercenary. It’s funny listening to him out of his element.

Lauren was a little too judgmental for my liking, But if you like Sheldon (TBBT) type personalities I guess you will find her quirks funny. It’s funny at times but mostly awkward. It gets really awkward during intimate dialogue, because it seems too scientific and robotic, not hot and steamy.

Although I appreciate the characters so much and enjoy Lionsdrake’s books, this one wasn’t my absolute favorite. I’m holding out hope that Striker’s crazy butt will get his HEA.

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  • C M Silver
  • 08-13-20

No Ticks for this one

My dilemma with this book was when it was just too tedious to hear about Tick's penis issues one more time and switch it off. 85% of this book was related to this one issue, with the rest a mockery of an adventure to facilitate the closeness of said Tick to female of his desire to get said organ rubbed. Spoiler: it happens near the end. There is no romance. There is a scientist being hassled continually by a man with penis issues.

This is book 6 of this series which started off so well. The author seems bored now, but is flogging a dead horse to finish the series with whatever dross she can get away with.

The usual clever dialogue and banter was missing, as were the action sequences and actual plot. There is no description of how the MCs look, such is the focus on his organ, and there is no proper description of that considering how often it's mentioned!

SUCH A DISAPPOINTING BOOK

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  • Imee-B
  • 04-03-18

***A dilemma indeed***

Lauren is a female version of Sheldon Cooper lol she is a clueless genius who has no clue in dealings with horny men *grins* This book is not as good as the previous once but it's funny and having Jill Redfield as the narrator well she makes.everything sounds good and believable.