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Series: Masters and Mercenaries #13
Published by DLZ Entertainment on February 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
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A night he can’t forget
Five years ago, Nick Markovic found himself consumed by his quest for vengeance. The one time he managed to find peace was in the arms of Hayley Dalton. Being with her was like bathing in sunlight, and he ached to feel that again, but he couldn’t. He gave his oath to Hayley’s cousin Desiree, his partner at McKay-Taggart and Knight, that he’d never let his darkness infect Hayley’s innocent world.
A spark she can’t put out
It was years before that Hayley offered everything she had to Nick. After that one amazing night, all she wanted was to be his forever. Unfortunately, Nick’s reaction was to walk away from her and never look back. The warm and caring man she’d discovered was gone, and after Des’s death, he’d only grown colder. But when Hayley finds herself in mortal danger, she’s forced to seek protection from the man who broke her heart.
A flame that threatens to consume them both
Haunted by the women he failed, Nick can’t allow himself to grow close to Hayley again. Running to stay ahead of the powerful forces that endanger their lives, they travel from the lush Garden in London to the glittering lights of Rio. As the threat against her becomes clearer, he realizes that to keep her safe he must confront the demons from his past, even if it costs him a future with the woman he loves.
Under the manipulative temptation of his ex, Nick Markovic chose vengeance over a loving future with Hayley Dalton. Now, in Lexi Blake’s 13th (Yes! 13!) installment of her Masters and Mercenaries series, Nick finds himself once more offered Hayley’s trust and love when she comes to him seeking protection from an unknown enemy.
Unfortunately, Nick has some problems with accepting Hayley’s offering:
- Nick’s ex-lover, Desiree, was Hayley’s cousin, whose death on a mission Nick feels he should have prevented
- Nick eventually resumed a sexual relationship with Des and her manipulations and deception left him reeling after her death
- His violent past and bloody vengeance campaign left Nick filled with self-loathing
- Nick’s current position as an operative for McKay-Taggert and Knight does not lend itself to stability
- Nick’s a BDSM Master who lives above a ‘lifestyle club’ owned by his employers
- Hayley is NOT experienced with, nor has ever previously been interested in, the BDSM lifestyle
With all this going against them, it’s a little surprising that within a few days Nick and Hayley sign a contract, he’s her Dom, and they are going at it like rabbits. There is A LOT of emotional baggage between these two that does not get addressed in greater depth until much later in the novel. Turns out the least of their problems was Hayley’s lack experience with spanking.
The suspense and action of For His Eyes Only is practically nonstop – but the mystery resolution itself left me a little wanting. The former MI6, Russian SVR and CIA agents peppering the cast of secondary characters add a lot of flavor to the story, with none of them coming across as one note. Having such a large cast with so many distinct personalities can be hard to juggle, but Lexi Blake pulls it off very well.
As crazy as it sounds for a novel taking place mostly in the same building as a BDSM club, but there were fewer intimate (and less kinky) scenes than I was anticipating. That’s not a bad thing – author Blake really focuses on the emotional and suspense aspects of the plot in For His Eyes Only. That’s doesn’t mean this is a ‘tame’ book by any stretch of the imagination – it is a Lexi Blake novel after all. 😜
Given that Nick and Des were featured as secondary characters in previous Masters and Mercenaries installments, I understand that their (toxic) relationship needed to be explored so that Hayley and Nick could move forward and their bond better explained and bolstered. Still … Des was the worst. I could have used less Des and more dungeon.
For His Eyes Only demonstrates Lexi Blake’s continued skill at writing quality fast-paced, character-driven, suspense-filled romance with a naughty twist. [Added bonus for fans of the Masters and Mercenaries series – Ian Taggert guest stars!]