Series: Masters and Mercenaries #5
on October 1st 2013
Genres: Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense
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A Tragic Love Story
Charlotte Dennis’s mission was clear: distract and misdirect CIA operative Ian Taggart by any means necessary. If she failed, she would never see her sister again. With her training, it should have been simple, but after one night in Ian’s arms, she knew that saving her sister would mean losing the man of her dreams.
Ian was tracking a terrorist when he met the beautiful American daughter of a Russian mobster. His instincts told him Charlotte was trouble, but his body craved her like a drug and his heart would not be denied. She took his ring and his collar. For once he was truly happy. But as he closed in on his target, her betrayal cost him his mission while her sacrifice saved his life. As she died in his arms, Ian vowed he would never love again.
A Dangerous Reunion
For six years, Charlotte has thought of nothing but returning to her husband, her Master. Working in the shadows, she has devoted herself to earning a chance to reclaim her place in Ian’s life. But forgiveness isn’t a part of Ian’s vocabulary.
Nothing is more important to Ian Taggart than his new mission. But the information he needs is firmly in the hands of the woman who betrayed him. To catch his most dangerous prey, Ian will have to let Charlotte back into his life. As the hunt takes them to some of the world’s most exotic locations, the danger grows and their passion reignites.
Will Ian forgive his wayward submissive…or lose her again?
LOVE AND LET DIE
by Lexi Blake
This is the book I was waiting for since I started reading the Masters & Mercenaries series. That Ian thought that his wife was dead, only to find out that Charlotte was alive and betrayed him five years ago promised we’d get a good dose of angst. And Lordy did we!
Ian has always been one of the most edgy characters in this series. He is a sarcastic bastard, an asshole extraordinaire, so I was hoping for somebody who would be able to smooth out those edges. Charlotte is the perfect heroine for him – she has sass, knows when to stand up to him and when to back down. She is very aware that what she did five years ago hurt her husband deeply. She does everything to earn back his love and her place in his life, even if it means taking Ian’s righteous anger.
“You chose everyone but me. I’ll fix this. I’ll save you. Choose me, Charlie. Choose us. Trust me. Give me the option of being your hero.”
Charlotte’s trust was everything to Ian and that she didn’t give it to him, that she didn’t trust him to protect her is still a knife in his gut. He is furious and I totally get that…but held on to his fury just to be stubborn and that annoyed me a little.
While it was obvious that Ian would never be a tame pussycat it took a little too long for him to come around but when he fell, he fell hard. Once he realized that Charlie would do almost everything to mend the deep crack between them he started to open up to her. Looking past his douchey behavior you could see that Ian was a good man who loved his friends and family deeply.
“I don’t have mood swings. I just hate everything.”
What I really liked about this was that I understood both sides of this story. Both of them had a reason to act the way they did. There is also a lot of explosive chemistry between Charlie and Ian – I knew from the beginning that Ian would be one dirty f*cker and boy was he ever.
Love and Let Die concludes the Eli Nelson – story arc. The whole plot from the first installment to this one was suspenseful and action-packed, leaving me sometimes breathless and on the edge of my seat. The James Bond-themed titles give you an idea what you’re getting into – spy games, secrets, lies, intrigue and undercover missions.
It seems that this series is getting better with each book. Next up is Damon Knight, whose story I’m salivating for. He seems sophisticated and typical British so it’ll be fun to see him getting down and DIRTY.