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Review: A View to Thrill by Lexi Blake

Posted April 10, 2017 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: A View to Thrill by Lexi BlakeReviewer: Casee
A View to a Thrill by Lexi Blake
Series: Masters and Mercenaries #7
Also in this series: Love and Let Die, Dungeon Royale

Publication Date: August 19th 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 394
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four-stars

A Spy without a Country

Simon Weston grew up royal in a place where aristocracy still mattered. Serving Queen and country meant everything to him, until MI6 marked him as damaged goods and he left his home in disgrace. Ian Taggart showed him a better way to serve his fellow man and introduced him to Sanctum, a place to pursue his passion for Dominance and submission. Topping beautiful subs was a lovely distraction until he met Chelsea, and becoming her Master turned into Simon’s most important mission.

A Woman without Hope

Chelsea Dennis grew up a pawn to the Russian mob. Her father’s violent lessons taught her that monsters lurked inside every man and they should never be trusted. Hiding in the shadows, she became something that even the monsters would fear—an information broker who exposed their dirty secrets and toppled their empires. Everything changed when Simon Weston crossed her path. Valiant and faithful, he was everything she needed—and a risk she couldn’t afford to take.

A Force too Strong to Resist

When dark forces from her past threaten her newfound family at Sanctum, Chelsea must turn to Simon, the one man she can trust with her darkest secrets. Their only chance to survive lies in a mystery even Chelsea has been unable to solve. As they race to uncover the truth and stay one step ahead of the assassins on their heels, they will discover a love too powerful to deny. But to stop a killer, Simon just might have to sacrifice himself…
A Masters and Mercenaries Novel

I continue to love this series. Lexi Blake writes BDSM in a way that draws me in. It’s not over the top, not just about tying your lover up and spanking them. It’s about give and take, but mostly about giving. It’s really different from any other BDSM I’ve read.

I adored Simon. He was so British. So proper. Imagining him in the BDSM lifestyle was almost laughable. Just picturing him saying “bend over” with his accent made me laugh. Moving on…Simon has had a thing for Chelsea for quite some time. Unfortunately, she has quite a few hangups and can’t give Simon what he needs as a Dom. Simon has been made a fool of one too many times by Chelsea and in front of an audience. A man’s pride can only take so much before he gives up. That’s before she shows up on his doorstep asking for help.

When someone puts a bomb on her car, Chelsea doesn’t go to her sister. She goes to the only person that she trusts and that she knows will help her. He’s also the only man that has made her feel anything her entire adult life. Simon is everything she wants in a man, but her childhood has made her question everything about herself. She is self-conscious of her body, but Simon makes her feel beautiful.

Chelsea is known as the Information Broker. Someone wants to draw the Information Broker out and kill her. Simon is determined that is not going to happen. Chelsea has lived her entire adult life behind a keyboard and she feels powerful there. As she finds herself falling in love with Simon, she doesn’t know if she can give up being the Information Broker for him. Simon knows that Chelsea needs to feel needed and being the Information Broker gives her that. He also knows that it will eventually destroy her.

I didn’t like Chelsea at first, but she grew on me. She really ended up putting Simon first. In the previous books she was a real bitch. All she wanted to do was protect Simon in the end, no matter what the cost. She really came to love him and would do anything to be with him, including giving up what mattered most to her. Her character really turned around. Of course I loved Simon from beginning to end. The BIG MISUNDERSTANDING was annoying, but it was resolved quickly.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Review: Dungeon Royale by Lexi Blake

Posted February 16, 2017 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Dungeon Royale by Lexi BlakeReviewer: Casee
Dungeon Royale by Lexi Blake
Series: Masters and Mercenaries #6
Also in this series: Love and Let Die, A View to a Thrill

Publication Date: February 18th 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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four-half-stars

Broken by betrayal, one woman holds the secret to his redemption…

An agent broken

MI6 agent Damon Knight prided himself on always being in control. His missions were executed with cold, calculating precision. His club, The Garden, was run with an equally ordered and detached decadence. But his perfect world was shattered by one bullet, fired from the gun of his former partner. That betrayal almost cost him his life and ruined his career. His handlers want him to retire, threatening to revoke his license to kill if he doesn’t drop his obsession with a shadowy organization called The Collective. To earn their trust, he has to prove himself on a unique assignment with an equally unusual partner.

A woman tempted

Penelope Cash has spent her whole life wanting more. More passion. More adventure. But duty has forced her to live a quiet life. Her only excitement is watching the agents of MI6 as they save England and the world. Despite her training, she’s only an analyst. The closest she is allowed to danger and intrigue is in her dreams, which are often filled with one Damon Knight. But everything changes when the woman assigned to pose as Damon’s submissive on his latest mission is incapacitated. Penny is suddenly faced with a decision. Stay in her safe little world or risk her life and her heart for Queen and country.

An enemy revealed

With the McKay-Taggart team at their side, Damon and Penny hunt an international terrorist across the great cities of Northern Europe. Playing the part of her Master, Damon begins to learn that under Penny’s mousy exterior is a passionate submissive, one who just might lay claim to his cold heart. But when Damon’s true enemy is brought out of the shadows, it might be Penny who pays the ultimate price.

Another hit on the books for Lexi Blake! By now I’ve read almost every book in Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries series. Dungeon Royale is my favorite of the bunch. I don’t know why exactly, but I’m going to take a leap and say it’s all Damon Knight.

So Damon was shot by his double agent partner at the end of Love and Let Die. It happened right after he realized that Baz was the leak and he was working for The Collective. He fully expected to die, but was found just in time. Damon feels defeated and betrayed when he thinks of Baz; he can’t believe his partner of ten years was not only a traitor, but that he also tried to kill him.

When Damon returns to SIS (MI6) seven months later, he is told by his superior that he will have to take a desk job. The bullet went into his lungs and they had to remove a part of one so he would live. Damon doesn’t know what he will do if he’s not in the field and convinces Nigel to give him a chance to prove himself. What seems like an easy peasy mission turns into something more when The Collective is involved.

Penelope Cash has worked at SIS for years. She’s watched Damon from afar, but never approached him nor does she intend to. Still dealing with the loss of her mother, Penny has shut down. When Nigel and Damon call her in and tell her she’s needed on the mission, she is hesitant. It’s a BDSM cruise and she is far from the kind of girl that would get into that lifestyle. Or so she thought.

Are there really BDSM cruises? I just have to ask.

Damon handpicked Penelope because she was the only one that appealed to him. He soon realizes how perfectly innocent she is. He also realizes that Penelope is far from vanilla, she just doesn’t know it. Damon takes it upon himself to teach her that submitting is nothing to be ashamed of.

The BDSM of this series is really good. It’s all about meeting the needs of your partner, not one partner dominating the other anywhere but the bedroom. Damon was so damaged when this book started. It was fun watching him fall for Penelope. I really loved Penelope too. There is only one person that can handle Damon and that’s her. She just has to show him that he deserves to be loved.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Guest Review: A Dom is Forever by Lexi Blake

Posted November 24, 2012 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Judith’s review of A Dom is Forever (Masters and Mercenaries #3) by Lexi Blake

A Man with a Past… Liam O’Donnell fled his native Ireland years ago after one of his missions ended in tragedy and he is accused of killing several of his fellow agents. Shrouded in mystery, Liam can’t remember that fateful night. He came to the United States in disgrace, seeking redemption for crimes he may or may not have committed. But the hunt for an international terrorist leads him to London and right back into the world he left behind.

A Woman Looking for a Future… Avery Charles followed her boss to London, eager to help the philanthropist with his many charities. When she meets a mysterious man who promises to show her London’s fetish scene, she can’t help but indulge in her darkest fantasies. Liam becomes her Dom, her protector, her lover. She opens her heart and her home to him, only to discover he’s a man on a mission and she’s just a means to an end. When Avery’s boss leads them to the traitorous Mr. Black, Liam must put together the puzzle of his past or Avery might not have a future.

This third novel in the Masters & Mercenaries series is a stand alone novel but it is, in many ways, a return to the world of the Taggert-McKay security team.  The first two novels contained numerous references to Liam O’Donnell and his place and function in the team, but he was always a solitary figure, taken up with his work and feeding his personal need for companionship at Ian Taggert’s BDSM club.  It appears that all the members of the team are into BDSM on some level, some more intense than others.  But this story really focuses on the emptiness of Liam’s life, the loneliness of his heart, and basis for the high walls he has put around his feelings, and his reasons for feeling like he no longer has a soul.

Liam was a former British operative whose mom had been a confirmed IRA terrorist.  That was not where he was, and together with a wayward brother who gravitated toward more trouble than Liam could handle, he ultimate found himself in deep trouble,  accused of murdering six people–a crime he didn’t commit–and designed to “take him out” permanently.  All of it was the work of a rogue CIA operative who was also responsible for nearly killing Ian Taggert’s brother and his soon-to-be wife.  All in all, it was a messy business and Liam O’Donnell was smack dab right in the middle of it.  The action in this novel takes place when it became known that the rogue CIA agent–Mr. Black–was again in London and Ian Taggert and his team saw their chance to take him out for good.  In the midst of all this, Liam was assigned the task of seducing the administrative assistant of one of the business men Mr. Black seemed to be involved with.  As luck would have it, Liam not only seduced the lady, but she managed to crawl right under his impervious Irish backside.  It sure made for some hot loving and some dangerous high jinks before it was all over.

Lexi Blake writes one heck of a story and she has managed to write stand alone novels that are also closely connected to the previous novels in such a way that they are skillfully continuing the tale of the Taggert-McKay security team while featuring individual members of the team.  I have no doubt that Alex McKay and Eve, a couple who have been divorced for years but who can’t seem to disconnect from one another, will get their own novel as will Ian Taggert, the enigmatic and unreadable leader whose story is deeply buried behind walls of CIA silence and Black Ops history.  Suffice it to say that Liam’s story is filled with danger as well as old sorrows over the death of his brother, frustration that he can’t remember what really happened the day his brother died, or his growing sense of being at loose ends personally.  He is slowly but surely becoming weary–actually bone weary–of having no family, no connections, no one for whom he is truly important except the team.  As much as they are his family of sorts, he still lacks that intimacy and closeness, even while the thought of feelings and emotions scare him to death.

This is a novel that is erotica wrapped in suspense and danger, under cover operations that take the reader into the bedroom often, a little bit of BDSM mixed in with the comraderie of friendships that have been forged in the crucible of danger and near-death.  It is a book that will rivet the reader’s attention to the page from the start, especially those for whom the spice of intrigue and deep cover operations are important, even addictive.  Even though there is a very intentional reference to the D/s lifestyle in the book’s title, the actual content of the book is quite mild and certainly does not overwhelm the romance and other aspects of the story.  It is truly a spicey read and one that will certainly raise the room temperature a few degrees while entertaining and stimulating the mind and imagination.  I think the overriding characteristic of this book, though, is that sense of aloneness that is so deeply a part of Liam.  He’s terribly good at what he does except when it comes to taking care of himself emotionally.  And it is that lack of self-care that is catching up with him in this novel.  I think even those readers who have not read the first two books will connect with that quality about Liam and recognize that this is really about a man who needs to wanted and needed for himself and not just for the skills that make him an indispensable member of the team.

I had previously read some of Blake’s work as a co-writer with another author, but she certainly holds her own in this series.  I think she is rapidly becoming one of my favorites and a writer who can be trust to give her readers a wild and woolly story that is well conceived, well-written, and truly a piece of very good romance fiction.  This is not one you are going to want to miss.

I give it a 4 out of 5.

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Guest Review: The Dom Who Loved Me by Lexi Blake

Posted January 28, 2012 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Romantic Suspense

Judith’s review of The Dom Who Loved Me by Lexi Blake

Sean Taggart is hunting a deadly terrorist, and his only lead is the lovely Grace Hawthorne. She’s the executive assistant for an employment agency Sean suspects is a front for illegal activities. To get the truth, he is going to have to get very close to Grace, a task he is all too eager to undertake when he discovers her deliciously submissive nature.

Soon, Grace Hawthorne is living a double life. By day, she is the widowed mother of two college-aged sons. By night, she submits to Sean’s every dark desire. She’s living out her wildest fantasies of pleasure—intimate acts of trust she’s only read about. As passion engulfs her, a murderer strikes, and Grace learns that Sean has a deeply hidden agenda. Will Sean choose his mission and break her heart or be the Master of her dreams?

Terrorism and war are familiar backdrops in novels that use the undercover operative as a hero, and in today’s world, that’s about as contemporary as you can get. I make no bones about the fact that I have always really liked suspense/mystery/undercover/espionage kinds of novels and I suppose the Robert Ludlum/Tom Clancy kind of novels still attract. Add in the very keen sense of the erotic and romantic that Lexi Blake brings to stories, and you have a novel that calls out to me loud and clear.

It’s always a struggle to have clear warm fuzzies about a hero who starts out seducing a “mark” as Sean does to Grace, using her trusting nature to his advantage, knowing that her ability and willingness to trust will be the inevitable victim when all is said and done. Yet the character of Sean still calls out to us as a man who simply must have some quality of good in him or else he wouldn’t be trying to get the bad guys. It is that need to like the hero that keeps us glued to the pages of this and other novels like it, wanting in the worst way to know that when it is all over, Sean can find a way to redeem himself in spite of the lying and subterfuge. Grace is an older woman, and as an older woman I am delighted to make her acquaintance. As a romance fan, I am happy to meet heroines who are at all stages in their aging process but encountering a woman of mature years is even better. I am especially delighted when the author puts that character into a situation where she can once again feel loved, cherished and valued, considered beautiful and sexy, upending the social “norm” that you have to be blonde, 105 pounds, and barely over 21 to be attractive to persons of the male persuasion.

This story is indeed about a relationship that is initially based on lies, but the emotions between Sean and Grace are not false. Identifying Grace’s needs is the task of an experienced and caring Dom, and in this instance, Sean comes through. That he is strict and overbearing is a part of who he is. That is why the BDSM way of relating, if nowhere but the bedroom, is a part of who he is. I could accept this in him. The person I really didn’t like and wanted to hit upside the head with a brick was his brother, the head of the Taggert Agency, the Dom who was so afraid of genuine emotional connection that he kept every sub he had ever had away with his need to control 24/7. In the end, he was the one I really felt sorry for.

This is a story of discovery on the part of several of the characters, about themselves and about those with whom they were involved. It had its nail-biting components, and some of the bad guys were really scary. I think crafting those kinds of characters has to be done with a deft hand. Lexi Blake pulls it off! All in all, it is a story that is full of unique people with all their human flaws and kinks, situations that force readers to face the reality of terrorism in American life, and the strength of love to keep individuals grounded and centered on what are the important things everyone should pursue and cherish.

I liked this novel a lot and found it to be one that kept me reading non-stop from start to finish. Can’t ask for anything better than that.

I give it a rating of 4 out of 5

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