Also by this author: The Men with the Golden Cuffs, A Dom is Forever
Also in this series: The Men with the Golden Cuffs, A Dom is Forever
Series: Masters and Mercenaries #1
on September 27th 2011
Genres: Erotic Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger, PR Company
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A routine mission…

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.

…turns into a dangerous seduction.

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?


by Lexi Blake

Lexi Blake is one of those authors who effortlessly implements highly erotic tension into a suspenseful plot. In the first Masters & Mercenaries book we are introduced to all the keyplayers of the first couple of installments in this series. This story is about Sean Taggart and Grace Hawthorne.

Sean is ex-special ops and a hobby cook. A combination that is unusual as it is intriguing. Sean loves the spicy and erotic lifestyle of D/s but doesn’t want a 24/7 slave. He loves his women independent, self-sufficient, standing up for themselves but submissive in the bedroom.
Sean’s now working for his brother’s security firm. He has been assigned a case and while he studies his file he comes across a photo of a woman. A woman who is the assistant to Sean’s target, wearing black widow clothes and yellow heels. What a fascinating combination. Under cover he installs himself into her life and guess what…from the first second Sean knows that Grace is a willing sub. He’s a dominant, commanding but also kind and endearing character. But also a little too proud.

I loved Sean mostly, he embraced his feelings for Grace almost from the first encounter. This felt a little insta-love but I don’t mind if the rest of the story explains why he feels that way. Sean inserts himself into Grace’s life and makes her promises…and the next day he’s gone, leaving a note and for Grace to handle the fallout.

I’m always a little puzzled when men fall for a woman fast in books but when there falls doubt on her character they retreat fast, without questioning it and looking for actual proof. I didn’t like that Sean pulled away because he believed what he THOUGHT he saw. When he was offered to take a deeper look at how Grace was handling he declined. At one point he said that Grace was his soul mate. It was when he was furious with her, accusing her of all kind of crimes. Wouldn’t he, I don’t know, think better of somebody who is supposed to be his one and only, or at least give her the benefit of doubt, especially given his own deception of her? I was angry on Grace’s behalf and I hoped that she’d let him grovel in a big way and she kind of did but she never got a real apology for the way he treated her. It’s one thing to use the trust somebody puts into you for bedroom play. But Sean abused that sexual connection when he thought that Grace betrayed him and that wasn’t cool.

Grace’s job as a secretary isn’t just to pay the office’s bill, she is also kind of her boss’s baby sitter who drinks too much and doesn’t really have a good hand for his business. She is completely unaware of the covert schemes going on in the background. When Sean enters her life she feels like a woman for the first time since her husband’s death. What she doesn’t understand is why this hunk of a man, at least 10 years her junior, would want her, a forty year old widow with the body of one.

Grace is lovely, sweet as candy, but also fierce when being wronged. Her harping on about her being forty started to get a little old towards the middle of the book. I got it that she felt that Sean was out of her league. Yet, I liked her well enough, she didn’t wow me though. The fact that she didn’t want to become an accidental grandmother and thus keeping condoms stocked in her house for her two grown up sons but didn’t bat an eye when she had unprotected sex was unbelievable. And it was never mentioned afterwards either.

I love Lexi Blake’s combination of erotic romance and romantic suspense – the books are unputdownable and keep you on the edge of your seat, making you rage a little, swoon a little and sigh a little. Although this wasn’t a winner all the way though I can’t wait to start the next in this series. I know for a fact that Lexi Blake can do much, much better. The Dom Who Loved Me is pretty light on the BDSM, I’m pretty sure the next one will be a completely different story.


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