Series: Masters and Mercenaries #4
on May 12th 2013
Genres: Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Her submission fulfilled her
When Eve St. James married Alex McKay, she had her whole life ahead of her. They were the FBI’s golden couple by day, but by night Eve gave herself over to her husband’s world of Dominance and submission filled with pleasures she came to crave.
His betrayal destroyed her
Worried for her safety, Alex left Eve behind to tackle a dangerous mission. But Alex never suspected that Eve was the real target and her security is destroyed by a madman. By the time he rescues her, his wife has been changed forever.
But when her life is in danger, he is her only hope
Unable to heal the damage, Alex and Eve are still trapped together in a cycle of pleasure and misery that even their divorce cannot sever. But when a threat from Eve’s past resurfaces, Alex will stop at nothing to save her life and reclaim her heart.
ON HER MASTER’S SECRET SERVICE
by Lexi Blake
I can’t repeat it often enough: Lexi Blake writes one hell of Romantic Suspense. She has been keeping me on the edge of my seat with the overarching plot about a rogue CIA agent throughout four books so far. This time we also get a second-chance romance made for the ages.
Five years ago Eve and Alex were the couple everybody was jealous of until Alex’s obsession with a case at the FBI led to his wife being abducted and raped by a well-known terrorist. It is hard to move past such trauma and it isn’t really surprising that their marriage didn’t survive. Yet, everybody knows that they are still deeply in love with each other – they lost their way to each other and can’t seem to find their way back. When new leads turn up and Alex gets a second chance to capture Evie’s rapist he is coming close to making the same mistake again but this time his ex-wife won’t have it. She is ready to start fighting to salvage what’s left of their love.
“I thought he cared more about punishing the man who hurt me than he wanted to be with me.”
Angsty? Yes! Deliciously so. What made this installment so good was that there was no doubt that Alex and eve were IT for one another. They struggled, fought, despaired but they did it together with love ever present. They were frustrating but not in the way I wanted to slap them. These were two broken people who truly wanted to break the cycle and heal the damage. What they didn’t manage the past five years, acknowledging guilt in both of them, communicating their respective needs so that the other one can take care of them was possible this time because they were forced to work together.
I loved Eve and Alex, as a couple and individually. Their adoration for one another, their strength, which multiplied once they were on the same page, it was so good to see them move on and build something new. Eve was a resilient woman, strong but with a penchant to be inside her head a lot. Alex was the dominant alpha guy who was man enough to admit that there would be no one else for him but his ex-wife.
“I can let go of the twenty-three-year-old idiot who didn’t realize just how much he could love you. I can. He’s gone.
I can let go of the man who was so tied up in his own guilt that he didn’t really see you for years.
But I will never let go of the eighty-year-old man who will hold your hand until the day he dies.
I will fight for that old man. I will never let go of him.”
One word about the BDSM in these books. D/s lifestyle isne’t for everyone – I’m not sure I would be cut out for it but there is one thing that all the books in this series have in common. They explain how these relationships work and there is nothing degrading or derogatory about it. It is not being used to hurt somebody emotionally. In fact, it’s based on respect and love and the rules actually ensure a safe environment to practice your kink. I have no idea how true to the reality it is but it’s definitely interesting to read about.
I’ve praised Lexi Blake for the intricate plot lines and overarching story lines in her books. While the romance in the first two books wasn’t entirely my cuppa she seems to have found the right balance with me now. I loved Liam’s story already and On Her Master’s Secret Service was another success.
Finally I’m getting to badass and asshole extraordinaire, Ian Taggart, whose story I’ve been waiting for since the beginning. He is one tough bugger and he definitely needs a sassy, strong heroine.