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A man born to protect
After a major loss, Brody Carter found a home with the London office of McKay-Taggart. A former soldier, he believes his job is to take the bullets and follow orders. He’s happy to take on the job of protecting Dr. Stephanie Gibson while the team uses her clinic in Sierra Leone to bring down an international criminal. What he never expected was that the young doctor would prove to be the woman of his dreams. She’s beautiful, smart, and reckless. Over and over he watches her risk her life to save others. One night of pure passion leads him to realize that he can’t risk his heart again. When the mission ends, Brody walks away, unwilling to lose another person he loves.
A woman driven to heal
Stephanie’s tragic past taught her to live for today. Everything she’s done in the last fifteen years has been to make up for her mistakes. Offering medical care in war-torn regions gives her the purpose she needs to carry on. When she meets her gorgeous Aussie protector, she knows she’s in too deep, but nothing can stop her from falling head over heels in love. But after one amazing night together, Brody walks away and never looks back. Stephanie is left behind…but not alone.
A secret that will change both their lives
A year later, Stephanie runs afoul of an evil mercenary who vows to kill her for failing to save his son. She runs to the only people she trusts, Liam and Avery O’Donnell. She hasn’t come alone and her secret will bring her former lover across the world to protect her. From Liberia to Dallas to Australia’s outback, Brody will do whatever it takes to protect Stephanie from the man who wants to kill her, but it might be her own personal demons that could destroy them both.
If you have been following my blog for a while (and if not, please do! I promise not to spam you :P) then you would how big of a stalker I am of Lexi Blake – if not, then you can just get a glimpse of it right here 😀
In this installment of Masters & Mercenaries; we get the story of Brody Carter and Dr. Stephanie – Stephanie, you meet in A Dom Is Forever (Liam and Avery’s book – Read My Review) while you meet Brody in the Dungeon Royale (Damon & Penelope – Read My Review).
Brody Carter is the rough and tough Aussie of Damon’s group – he is the silent kind and honestly, in the previous books you almost end up overlooking him (I actually did overlook him! *oops*)
Infact, to be fair, Brody was actually never even on my radar; and I especially didn’t even believe that these two would actually suit, when I realized that this book was about them!
I absolutely adored Brody – he is the epitome of “MY PERFECT BOOK BOYFRIEND”. Why? Oh I am so glad that you asked 😛
- He is an Aussie – ‘nough said.
- He is the ultimate alpha – broody, tough, emotionally stupid at time but has his heart in the right place!
- Gives it all to his loved ones; especially when he gets over his aforementioned stupidity!
- He gives off the vibe of being uninterested in the world; but few are able to see beyond his apathy.
- He is freaking adorable with his baby son – literally made my ovaries explode with each scene! *hearts in eyes*
But I lost patience with Stephanie halfway through the book. Her “martyr” attitude was empathy inducing at first – especially when you understand her past – I got it and even understood her reasons for her actions; her feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness.
But when it came to the plot for Brody and Stephanie; it went on too long and too far – knowing that Brody had done everything in his power not only to tell her but also show her that she had so much to live for and he was in for the long haul; she still continued with her attitude, not even changing her thoughts and reflections one bit! Every relationship is a two way street, and in this one Stephanie feel way short of doing her part (and is the only reason why this book gets the rating it does!!).
The reveal about one of The Lost Boys (I am not gonna say who!) had me shook. And now, I so want Lexi to do a whole series about their HEA’s because they certainly deserve it!
The writing as usual is impeccable – the plot flows with its sexy hot times, action packed fun and it’s twists that you never see coming; meaning I have closure from this story (YYAAASS). I actually thanked Lexi (in my head, of course we have conversations that she knows all about!!) for I do not fare well with those endings! 😀
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5
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The door slammed and she suddenly found herself with her back against it. Brody crowded in, taking up all the space and staring down at her. His body brushed hers and she found both her wrists captured in one of his. He dragged them over her head, forcing her chest to come out, breasts skimming along his body. “I shouldn’t do this.”
Tough chick was winning. Steph let her take over. It was surely better than the desperate girl who lived inside her. She kept asking for love and affection and getting swatted away. This was the next best thing, possibly the only thing she would ever get. “Then don’t. Let me go and I won’t bother you again.”
“No, you’ll go find Ezra Fain and bother him,” Brody said on a growl.
“Somehow, I don’t think he’ll find me a bother.” She’d barely spoken two words to the man, but she wasn’t going to admit it. It was better to let Brody think she wasn’t a love-starved girl.
“He won’t fucking find you anything at all. If you’re determined to not sleep alone tonight, you can damn well do it with me.” His mouth came down on hers and every inch of her skin came alive. His kiss was overwhelming, hungry. There was no slow meshing of mouths. He took her, his tongue surging inside and dominating her own. He let go of her hands and started to explore her body. His hands were on her hips when he came up for air. “I’m leaving in the morning. I’m going back to London and I can’t come back.”
She’d known that would probably be his answer. She’d known he wouldn’t want to stay and she couldn’t leave.
“One night. That’s all I want.” It was all she could have. It had been foolish to think it could be any different.
His mouth came down on hers again and she let herself get swept away. One night and her life would go back to normal. One night and then she would be alone again. His hands started to roam over her and she tried to forget all the reasons why this was a bad idea.
He stepped back, his entire body set in hard lines. He strode over to the bed and sat down. “Take off the gown. It’s pretty, but I want to see you.”
She hesitated, all her insecurities coming to the forefront. Somehow, she’d thought he would simply take her. “Let me get the lights.”
He was back in her space again, his hand wrapping around her wrist. “I didn’t say turn off the lights. I said take off the gown. How am I going to see you if you turn off the lights?”
“Brody,” she began.
He was having none of it. “You got on your knees in front of me and you said you knew what you were offering me. The first thing you were offering me was obedience. The second was your body. You’re giving me neither right now.”
His voice had gone midnight dark and something about the tone made her soften. He was right. She did know what she’d offered him and now she was trying to have it all her way.
There was nothing wrong with her body. It was feminine and she was healthy. What was she afraid of? “All right.”
He let go of her wrist and sat back down, looking like a damn king waiting on his concubine’s performance. For all his “I’m nothing but a grunt” talk, the man could be incredibly arrogant, and damn if she didn’t find it sexy as hell.
Something about that voice let her know that everything was going to be fine. He was past the point of rejection. He was in and that meant he would play her Dom for the night. He would take care of her. She was as safe with him in the bedroom as she’d been in the field.
At least she was safe for the night. In the morning she would be in a world of hurt, but she wasn’t thinking past tonight.
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh 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.