Trial and Temptation

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Trial and Temptation

Trial and Temptation After ten years of flying freighter ships from planet to planet Val Calendula never thought she would apply for a job as a combat pilot in a mercenary outfit But her brother has gotten himself into f

  • Title: Trial and Temptation
  • Author: Ruby Lionsdrake
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • After ten years of flying freighter ships from planet to planet, Val Calendula never thought she would apply for a job as a combat pilot in a mercenary outfit But her brother has gotten himself into financial trouble, and he s heading to a mining prison if Val can t pay off his debts Mercenaries don t always live long but they make good money while they re alive A feAfter ten years of flying freighter ships from planet to planet, Val Calendula never thought she would apply for a job as a combat pilot in a mercenary outfit But her brother has gotten himself into financial trouble, and he s heading to a mining prison if Val can t pay off his debts Mercenaries don t always live long but they make good money while they re alive A few combat bonuses, and Val could earn what she needs The problem She might have graduated from the military flight academy, but she hasn t fought anything dangerous than dust bunnies on the bridge lately To make matters worse, the man in charge of hiring pilots was her instructor back at the academy Commander Thatcher was almost as brilliant as he was arrogant and condescending, and he never seemed to think Val was smart enough to be there She has no idea if she ll be able to convince him otherwise now or if she ll be able to stand working with him When Gregor Thatcher left the military, he never expected to run into any of his former acquaintances, much less the one he admired and mooned over during his two years teaching at the academy Back then, he never told Val Calendula he cared for her, partially because officers weren t supposed to have relations with cadets, but mostly because he didn t know how to speak of his feelings He might not have any trouble grasping navigational mathematics and astrodynamics, but people are problematic Gregor is elated that Val has entered his life again, but he s fairly certain she hates him Worse, he s responsible for deciding whether she s qualified to be a combat pilot How can he judge fairly when his tongue tangles and idiotic words come out of his mouth whenever she s around When the captain sends Val and Gregor on a mission to pick up a military advisor and deliver him to a planet at war, Val hopes she ll have an opportunity to prove herself capable of the piloting position Gregor hopes he ll have the opportunity to improve Val s opinion of him But when the military advisor goes missing, and they re forced to divert to a dangerous moon base, the mission turns into a fight for survival Val may learn too late that there s to Gregor than that aloof exterior and that inside is a man she could love Trial and Temptation is a full length science fiction romance novel of 73,000 words It is part of the Mandrake Company series and is recommended for readers who enjoy space based adventure such as Firefly and steamy love stories in the style of Linnea Sinclair.

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    1. Jacob Proffitt on said:

      Although you could probably read this one as a stand-alone (seriously, the characters from the previous figure very, very lightly in this one), I still recommend you read in order. Not only will you have a good idea what to expect, but the first story is ever so slightly better, I think.Not that there's anything wrong with Val or Gregor. Indeed, they're lovely and a great couple; I fell for Val almost immediately and Gregor wasn't far behind. The plot was much more straight-forward, though, and [...]

    2. Beth on said:

      Trial and Temptations is an action packed, science fiction story that includes space travel, planetary war and an endearing romance between a socially awkward genius pilot and a hotty pilot recruit.Geogor Thatcher had a huge crush on his training Val Calendula. He never thought he'd see her again once he left the military. Val Calendula needs money to save her brother. She joins the mercenary crew of the Mandrake Company only to discover the man that tormented her military career, Georgor Thatch [...]

    3. Mei on said:

      This is a second installment where another set of characters are the hero and the heroine.We've already met the hero: Thatcher, the strict and almost cyborg-ish member of the Mandrake mercenaries! :)Here we discover that he is yes, strict and sometime seems like he has no feeling, but he's also very perplexed with why other people do not understand his actions! It was hilrious to read! LOLThe heroine, a "normal" woman first loathes him, but when they're thrown together in a very dangerous situat [...]

    4. Tami (synchro from BL) on said:

      Another winner in this series! I very much liked Thatcher. He was so clumsy, but still so good. His interactions, his inner motives, the dialogues - it all made the book so enjoyable.The love interest was also very nicely done. An interesting and relatable woman. No beauty contestant, no wonder woman. Just a nice gal. The story had the same great pace and good writing. I like the world-building a lot and it was very nice to meet again with the mercenaries of the Mandrake company.  

    5. Coyora Dokusho on said:

      It was soooooooooooooo good. I was smiling so big when I read the ending. Gregor was so cute!!!! CUTE!!!!!! I'm really looking forward to the next book. Great world-building, cool plot, believable characters that I got emotionally involved with!

    6. (Eirene) Sleepless Romantics on said:

      I want a dwarf mango tree. I liked it, maybe not as much as the first and third book but it was a satisfying read anyway. The hero reminded me of Zachary Quinto's Spock but like shier and obsessed with flying.

    7. Judy Lewis on said:

      SCI-FI DELIGHT !!!Title: Trial and TemptationSeries: Mandrake CompanyAuthor: Ruby LionsdrakeDesignation: Book Two of Series, Full-Length Standalone Sci-Fi Romance, NO CliffhangerGenre: #sciencefiction #romance #action #adventure Reading Platform: Kindle EditionMy Rating: Five Delightfully Entertaining Stars*****Jackpot! I've found another great author to add to my list of favorites! This is my first time reading Ruby Lionsdrake but it certainly won't be my last! I love, love, love romance and ad [...]

    8. Jo(Mixed Book Bag) on said:

      I loved Mercenary Instinct and could not wait to visit the Mandrake Company again. Commander Gregor Thatcher was a side character in Mercenary Instinct (he got a small mention only) and Val Calendula is a brand new character in the series. However, the two are not strangers. They met years ago when Val was a cadet and Gregor was one of her commanding officers. Now both have left the military and are part of the Mandarke Company.I think Gregor Thatcher is one of the best awkward male characters I [...]

    9. Szinna on said:

      Wow, egy nagyon érdekes főhőssel találkoztam ebben a könyvben. Bár nincs kimondva, a főhős nyilvánvalóan Asperger szindrómás, aki nem tudja megfejteni mások érzelmeit, nem is próbál hazudni, mert csak még jobban összezavarná ezzel saját, kicsi rendezett és logikus világát. Emellett zseniális pilóta és matematikus, aki tökéletesen tisztában van elszigetelt helyzetével, és hiányosságaival. Mindez pedig finom humorral megfogva remek karaktert eredményezett. Mikor [...]

    10. Cogito_ergo_sum on said:

      3 stars.This sci-fi romance was action packed with laser gun fights, fighter jets(?), and assassins. Furthermore, the novel was well written with clean prose. But what I liked most of all was that the hero was unique. It isn't often that a romance lead has a social mental disorder. (I suspect he has some degree of autism.) His genuine effort to try to interact with people made him very likeable, in my opinion, and memorable. The heroine, on the other hand, while some of her internal dialogue was [...]

    11. Samantha Brody on said:

      Maybe closer to 2.5 stars, but I read this right off the heels of GAMES OF COMMAND, which I am fairly certain colored my view quite a bit. It didn't quite live up to expectations and wasn't as well written, which made it more of a tedious - rather than fun - read.(the insta-love on Val's part was also SO annoying to me sighs - I get regretting her misunderstanding of his behavior, but it switched into love just a bit too fast to be believable for me).

    12. Jess on said:

      This is the second book in the series, I liked it a little more than the first. The characters were a little more engaging and I found myself rooting for them more. The plot was still intense with a lot of details and fighting. This series definitely feels like it's leaning more towards more science fiction than romance. I'm going to bench the series for a bit and come back to it.

    13. Grace on said:

      A lot of people say they like this story better than Viktor and Ankira's. I felt that there was definitely more angst in Val and Gregor's story than the first.I'll be interested to see how Yarrow's issues work out.Basically, if you liked the Mandrake universe, you'll like this!

    14. Livvii on said:

      What is not to love about this book?? This was another fun and action packed sci-fi adventure. Well written, it grabs you right from the start and takes you on this fast paced mission, with some awesome characters for company. I liked that this book focused on a different member of the Mandrake Company crew. Although we were introduced to some of them in the previous book, we didn't really get a chance to really get to know them. I think that Thatcher was a great character, especially with his s [...]

    15. Llaph | No Frill | No Shill on said:

      Val and Gregor were just an awesome couple. I so love the super smart guy who is confident in his own intelligence, but woefully ignorant when it comes to social interactions. She writes these types of characters so well. Gregor reminded me of at least one of her more recent characters so I knew I was in for a treat.The background story of the war going on was a nice touch—the admiral was a jerkface however. I mentioned this in my review for the third book, but I’ll mention it hear too. The [...]

    16. on said:

      Full length but quick, and funlionsdrake seems to avoid the worn out trope of misunderstandings, and her characters are decent at communicating. In this novel we have a socially awkward hero that reminds me of Sheldon from Big Bang, and heroine that is trying out for a job a as a pilot with the mercenary company the hero, Gregor, is the head pilot for. Adventure ensues in this fun space romance.

    17. Coral on said:

      3.5 stars. Better than the first one. The characters were better formed. You could see the attraction developing between them, rather than *BOOM!* I want to jump your bones. World building was ok. You'd definitely want to read the books in order to see how the universe works. The action sequences were hit and miss. I enjoyed the space battles and dog fighting. But the hand to hand action was still lacking flow; I tended to skim. I'll continue with this series.

    18. Claire on said:

      Really loved the interactions between Gregor and Val, and how Val's opinion of Gregor slowly changed as they spent more time together, and she learned to see past his awkward exterior. Thatcher is an excellent nerdy beta hero, and it was nice to have the tables turn and get an anxious inner monologue from the man's perspective.

    19. Laura on said:

      I liked this couple better than the first because they were just so much fun to read about. Thatcher is completely socially awkward and takes EVERYTHING literally. Val's sarcasm was such a great counterpoint to his personality.

    20. Helen on said:

      I enjoyed this one more than book 1 - but I think that's mostly because I preferred the couple. Ankari really irritated me, but I loved Val and Gregor here. I'm not sure the story was as strong, but the action didn't really let up, so who cares?! :)Good KU find for me: I'm off for the next book!

    21. Helena on said:

      this story was cute at best. the guy was super awkward and nerdy. it was painful to read their interactions.

    22. Qing on said:

      Ah you got me with the "beauty and the nerd" trope.Thatcher was so adorable and sweet - those stars are for him.

    23. Christy Griffin on said:

      OkI liked this book but to me Gregory and val just was not a good match. Gregory is more of a nerd. He needs loosen up. They just didnt fit to me.

    24. Brittany on said:

      I really liked this one. Thatcher was kind of an Ian McKenzie, aspergery character and it was lovely seeing him become understood. I think the downside of this book for me was not enough was spent on their actual romantic relationship and so at the end it felt a bit rushed. I hope they show up again in subsequent books.

    25. Sonia on said:

      Me ha costado llegar al final pese a que la primera mitad ha sido entretenida.Gregor es adorable, listo pero socialmente torpe, una especie de Spock con sentimientos y capacidad para ruborizarse. Val se presenta independiente y decidida pero me parece demasiado vacilante y lo remata al (view spoiler)[desestimar la agresión que casi sufre como algo sin importancia.(hide spoiler)]El mayor problema es que la acción una vez llegados al planeta en cuestión no es demasiado interesante y la trama co [...]

    26. Sandra on said:

      I am loving this series and this, the second book is just as good as the first with likeable characters and plenty of action. In this one former military pilot Val applies to join the mercenary company in order to raise enough money to bail out her only living relative - a brother. In order to be accepted she has to meet the standards of her very correct, perfectionist former military instructor who she is sure hated her. Little does she know that Gregor has been nursing a crush on Val since aca [...]

    27. Courtney Lee on said:

      Another perfect Mandrake novelI can't tell you how much I love this series. It's Firefly meets Star Wars in the most delicious way possible. I'm always a bit nervous when I start a new series, and I instantly fall in love with the first book. There's always the chance that the second won't live up to my expectations. That's so not the case for the Mandrake series! I loved this second book just as much as the first. Val is trying to pay back her brothers debts, and is basically interviewing for a [...]

    28. Denise on said:

      Val Calendula left the fleet after it destroyed her home planet and has been making a living flying freighters ever since. Now her last living family member, her younger brother, has gotten himself into some deep financial trouble and she needs a better paying job, prompting her to apply to Mandrake Company as a combat pilot. Now if only the man in charge of the mercenary group's pilots weren't Commander Thatcher, the very arrogant, condescending man she despised as an instructor for the fleet S [...]

    29. Kelly on said:

      I'm digging this series. Not just because it's about mercenaries in space (although that's a big part of the draw), but because these characters are so nicely flawed. Gregor has zero social skills and comes across as hard, arrogant, and overly obsessed with the rules. In reality, he simply can't relate to others with ease and has to rely on his flawed understanding of social cues when he interacts with them.Man, I felt for the guy. For all he acts like a robot, he's well aware that his responses [...]

    30. Lara on said:

      I really liked the heroine of this book. Val's a good pilot who needs money to get her younger brother out of trouble. So, she leaves a steady job and applies to be a mercenary. Unfortunately, she doesn't realize that her super-rigid former flight instructor will be a superior officer. What she doesn't know is that Gregor's been nursing a crush on her for years. His poor social skills (he was a boy genius) keep him from making friends, much less real romantic partners.How they end up spending ti [...]

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