Blog Tour – Review + Excerpt: Just One Taste (Topped #2) by Lexi Blake

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Hola, mi amigos! 

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Just One Taste (Topped #2) by Lexi Blake hosted by the wonderful Inkslinger PR ❤ 

Check out my thoughts on this beautiful book as well a sneak peak into this wonderful world that Ms. Blake has created! 😀 

Enjoy Your stay lovelies 🙂

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One Hot Chef….

Eric Vail has always loved a challenge. After leaving the Navy, he mastered his passion for cooking. As the sous chef at Top, one of Dallas’s hottest restaurants, his skills are pushed to the limit every night. Unfortunately, his ultimate prize still eludes him. Server Deena Holmes is the sweetest thing he’s seen in forever, but she’s as distant as she is beautiful. When they’re put together in the same training class at the infamous club Sanctum, he knows this is his shot. And this former SEAL never misses.

A Woman Who Lost Her Taste for Love…

Deena thinks Eric is the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen, but her heart has been burned too many times before. She’s sworn off relationships for good and she can’t trust herself with a man that easy to fall in love with. She takes a spot as a trainee at Sanctum in the hopes of finding a safe place to explore and experiment. When she discovers her partner is the same chef she dreams about every night, Deena knows she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

A Perfect Recipe for Passion

While exploring the world of Sanctum, Eric and Deena find themselves learning about each other and finding an intimacy neither expected. But when the ghosts of her past resurface, old wounds are reopened. Can their newfound love survive when it’s put to the test?

Review

Well Lexi Blake is my go to author for any sort of BDSM book – I have fallen in love with her Masters and Mercenaries series – I mean with Ian Taggert at it’s helm, how can you not? Those books redefined what BDSM relationships are supposed to be like (and trust me Fifty Shades does not even belong in the same universe!) – but those books were not just about the heroes and heroines getting down and dirty (but boy was that enjoyable!) but it was also about fighting your demons – both internal and external, about loyalty and bravery, about making a family where everyone is accepted for who they actually are! And that’s why when I found that series, I totally devoured them within a few days – yes the whole bloody series and I haven’t looked back since!

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Just One Taste is the second book in The Topped Series, a spin off the Masters and Mercenaries series – Topped is the restaurant owned by Sean Taggert, the younger brother of Ian Taggert – and follows the lives of it’s staff!

Eric Vail is the sous chef at Topped, second only to Sean Taggert, and is one beautiful beautiful man. Being a veteran, he should have been a man with rough edges, but honestly? He is the most gentlest man I have ever read about and he had my heart in the palm of his hands, even though he didn’t notice with all his attention at Deena!

Deena on the other hand, is wound up tight, and I do mean all the way tight! She has a very good reason for it though, she has been betrayed by a man she trusted in a way that no woman should ever have been. She has survived, for she is a survivor, but damn if she didn’t lock up the best part of her behind 50 ft walls for safeguard!

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Eric has been in love with Deena ever since she walked through the doors of Topped, but she has always kept him at arm’s length, till now. Now that both have training classes at BDSM club, Sanctum, Eric will use his dominant tendencies to win over her, even if it’s the last thing he does.

Just One Taste is different to Ms. Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries Series, in one very blatant way – there is absolutely no dangerous physical mission involved here, but there is a danger here, the worst kind – the emotional kind and even that Ms. Blake handles perfectly.

I have loved her writing style, and this one is no different at all – her writing speaks to you, inside at a place that you tend to keep locked up, because it feels too much. I love the fact that she introduces beloved characters without taking away attention from the protagonist and yet giving away tidbits that you know will be important in the next book. She has a way of making her characters feel like family and honestly, reading Just One Taste felt like homecoming!

“She didn’t know it yet, but he was the knight in slightly tarnished armor waiting for his princess to wake up.”

Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

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Excerpt

“Why? Why would you want me?” All her arrogance was gone.

“Because we’re friends and I like you and you’re gorgeous. I’ve wanted to sleep with you from the moment I saw you. That might not be what you want to hear, but it’s the truth. I think we could be good for each other. Neither one of us has had a lover in a long time. Am I right?”

“You’re right,” she replied. “I haven’t even dated anyone since my divorce.”

“Then why not try? If it doesn’t work, we’ll go back to being friends.”

Her head shook. “That never happens.”

“I don’t know what kind of douchebags you’ve been dating, but I’m still friends with almost every woman I’ve ever dated. It doesn’t have to end in either happily ever after or hate. Especially if we’re both honest. The contract is for six weeks. I can promise you right now that I’m still going to like you after six weeks. You be honest with me. Were you planning on experimenting with your training Dom if you’d had chemistry with him? Before you knew I was the Dom. Would you have given that Dom a chance?”

She nodded silently.

“Well, then I suppose we’ll have a very abstinent training period and then we’ll go our separate ways when it comes to the club. I guess Big Tag and the shrink aren’t as smart as they think they are.” He wasn’t about to give up. This was only the beginning of a very long battle, but it was time to retreat. “We’ll talk about the contract later tonight and set up all the rules. I’ll still have to touch you during the scenes, but I’ll make it as impersonal as possible.”

“We don’t know that we have chemistry,” she said quietly, making no move to grab the bags.

He shrugged. “I guess we won’t know.”

He turned to begin helping her. He would take the bags out to her car and then let Grace know she was on her way. Someone would meet her in the parking garage to help her bring everything up. He would spend the afternoon planning menus with Chef and heading to the farmer’s market to find fresh vegetables for dinner.

A hand on his arm gently pulled and he turned.

Deena was standing right there, her face turned up to him, her eyes wide. “Shouldn’t we know?”

She went on her toes and pressed her mouth to his. He went still, unwilling to frighten her away. Soft lips moved over his as her hands found his waist. She was tentative, but he could sense the fire in her. Those hands told the real tale. They moved restlessly, as though she had them on a leash. He wanted that leash taken off.

When she ended the kiss and stared up at him, he decided to go for broke. She wanted to see if they had chemistry? He could show her how volatile they could be.

“My turn,” he whispered before he took control. His hands slid up her neck, fingers sinking into the soft, silky strands of her hair.

He kissed her, moving his lips over hers, commanding her. The minute he took control those hands of hers started to move, sliding up the muscles of his back, her body pressing in. He felt her relax as though happy to not be the one in charge. Deena could take control of a room of diners and work that floor with an iron will, but she was shy about this. She needed him to take charge of the physical part.

He could do that. It wouldn’t be sexy if she weren’t so together in the rest of her life. He kissed her again and again, his tongue finally moving over her full bottom lip. She groaned and her mouth opened, welcoming him inside.

The kiss turned wild, their tongues playing against each other as their bodies came together. He could feel her rubbing against him. He would bet her body was soft, her pussy already getting slick and ready for him.

He was so ready for her.

And if he took her right here on the prep table, she would likely run away forever. She wasn’t ready. Not even close.

He broke off the kiss, brushing his lips lightly against hers one last time. He’d promised her control. It was damn iron will that got him to take his hands off her. She was so sweet looking with her hair mussed and her lips puffy from kissing. This was how he wanted to see her all the time. Sweet and willing and ultimately satisfied.

Satisfaction would have to wait.

“We have plenty of chemistry, sweetheart.”

About the Author

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

Her first novel, Their Virgin Captive: Masters of Ménage, Book 1, was a collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black. There are five more books available in the series: Their Virgin’s Secret, Their Virgin Concubine, Their Virgin Princess, Their Virgin Hostage, and Their Virgin Secretary. The next book in the series, Their Virgin Mistress, is releasing this April.

In addition to the Masters of Ménage series, she is the author of the Masters and Mercenaries series. There are eight full-length novels and four novellas available now, with more coming in 2015.

In 2013, Lexi also began releasing her urban fantasy series, Thieves. The first five are available now, with Ripper, a spin-off to the series, coming in 2015.

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