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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful BDSM romance,
Book 3 in the Masters & Mercenaries series and this one is definitely a winner and the most exciting story so far.
I will confess that I struggled a little with the first two in this series. I loved the idea of ex-special Forces guys running a CIA linked investigative agency and that they're all doms. I love the covers and the James Bond themed titles but, even though I appreciated the first two books, I never fully connected with the characters the way I expected to. I was still invested enough to want to continue and I'm so glad I did because this one is a winner.
The McKay-Taggart gang are all in London hot on the trail of the rogue CIA agent that nearly killed Sean and Grace in the first book. They're sending in one of their own to seduce the assistant to Thomas Molina, someone they believe has gun-running connections with their arch-nemesis and the lucky agent is Liam O'Donnell. Liam has secrets and tragedy in his past and he needs answers. I loved Liam, I loved the way his Irish brogue emerged when he was getting emotional. He's fierce, protective, possessive, bossy - a perfect Dom.
He's sent in to seduce Avery Charles, innocent secretary to Thomas Molina. Avery is an awesome heroine - she's a girl who has lost everything, built herself back up and lost everything again only to spend the best part of ten years getting herself back on her feet. She's an innocent soul who's taken a lot of knocks and is only too lonely and ready when a big, bad dom comes along to charm the pants off her!
I was a bit uncomfortable with Liam and how aggressively he sought her submission in the first place but I understood why he did it and, once he'd finally managed to seduce her, the book started to hum like a finely tuned machine for me. This was the point of no return, I could no longer put the book down and I was completely engrossed to the very last page and then some!
It has an incredibly intricate suspense plot with twists and turns and double-crossings worthy of a great thriller writer. I literally gaped in shock more than once! I never knew what was coming and I won't spoil it with details in this review.
The love story is beautiful - these are two deeply wounded souls finding the salvation in each other they could never have hoped was possible. They heal each other and give each other hope for a future, finally allowing them both to leave their tortured pasts behind. They share some very erotic BDSM scenes but there's nothing too hardcore or intense but they fall deeply in love.
The rest of the gang are all here and it's nice to see Adam and Jake still bickering over Serena. Alex and Eve are still at loggerheads and I think their book will be next. It's obvious how much they love one another and I can't wait for their story. We get introduced to a British dom/MI6 agent Damon who I would very much like to see more of.
Ian is still the main man for me. We learn a little bit more about his tragic past in this one and I can't wait for his book. I can't wait to see that big bad dom brought to his knees by a sub who loves him. We're not getting his book for a while yet and, while I can understand that Lexi Blake is saving the best till last, I am a bit saddened that we won't get to see him happy in subsequent books the way we are seeing Jake, Adam and Sean right now. This is the way Liam introduced him to Avery.
I want you to meet my friend. His name is Ian. Don't let him scare you. He only looks like he eats small children for breakfast.
These books have all been given James Bond titles - the next will be On Her Master's Secret Service which I suspect will be Alex and Eve's story and then we will have Love and Let Die which I sincerely hope will be Ian's story. I'm just glad Lexi Blake didn't go for Octopussy!
4 stars thumping good BDSM romantic suspense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting predictable (book 3),
It's Liam's turn now to go on a mission and seduce the personal assistant of a man dealing weapons on the black market.
Avery is very sweet and naive well she starts off that way. Liam changes thing's by teaching her how to be a Sub. He's battling his own demons mainly his past. The loss of his brother and Ian's (his boss) hand in a failed mission resulting in death and destruction. Liam I thought was a bit too intense and at times selfish.
Although this story was about a Dom/Sub relationship it more like mercenaries first then bdsm.
There are still a few books in this series but I'm gonna leave them for a while cos the the men and the stories are becoming repetitive.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensationally HOT !!,
A great addition to the series. You really get a feel for the bond the members of McKay-Taggart security have for each other in this book. All these tortured soles searching for something special in their lives, finding it in the most unexpected of places. Both Liam and Avery's tormented pasts mean they are resistant to following their true feelings to start.
A real emotional roller coaster of a book, a couple of humorous moments early on before the real plot takes hold. The twist and turns are brilliant written. When you have CIA, MI6, MI5 and G2 all involved in a plot it leads to lots of double dealing and intrigue that keeps you hooked to the end. What Liam did to the baddie at the end surprised me though. (Won't spoil the plot and divulge.)
Can't wait to start the next instalment 'On her masters secret service' Alex and Eve's story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Furious and Glorious,
Yet another good story with all the thrills of espionage and betrayal. What a stunner. Cynical Liam gets his come-uppance and lives to enjoy it. I love the counterpoints of toughness and softeness Lexi Blake reveals in her characters. They live, they feel and boy do they love. Every time I read one of the Masters and Mercenaries, I become involved in the emotions and turmoil of their lives. It's like being with old friends and that, to me, is the sign of a really good serial.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read,
Great series. Nice how its got a plot you can follow and that you want to know what happens to the characters and their lovers. Want to read the next one right away.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just got to love the brutal men. hmmm hmmm .,
I loved the two books before this and thought it was not gonna live up to the others but I was very wrong. I just love the style of writing by lexi Blake. The characters have depth and substance
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book,
This is the third book of this series, l just wished I had read them in the correct order even so it as not detracted from the enjoyment really enjoy this author
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow,
This was a gripping story to the end. The strong characters and story absolutely brilliant . I loved that the story was set I'm London. I am so looking forward the next book about Alex and Eve.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dom forever,
Looking forward to the next book, well written, good story on all the series so far.
Readers must read in order because references are made about previous books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story,
Ok let me start by saying that Lexington Blake really out did herself here. Liams' story was brilliant so well paced and had a great mixture of love suspense thrill and laughter. It continues on from the Men with the golden handcuffs, London is the setting and we meet a couple of new characters one being Avery the heroine who has the biggest heart in the world. Eli Nelson is up to his old tricks and causing the team heart ache. In this book I fell more in love with Ian Taggart he once again shows both his serious get the job done attitude and his great big wounded soul. I was crying in some parts of the book for him.
Anyway read the series because it just gets better and better each book. Can't wait for On Her Majestys secret service. All in all read this book if you enjoy a good thriller or a hot erotic love story.
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A Dom Is Forever: 3 (Masters and Mercenaries, Book 3) by Lexi Blake (Paperback - 12 Nov 2012)