HAPPY RELEASE DAY to Nobody does it better, the next installment in the Masters & Mercenaries Series by Lexi Blake – a series that just keeps getting better and better with each book! 😀
don’t forget to get your hands on a copy of this book and check out my review + Excerpt on the blog today! ❤
A spy who specializes in seduction
Kayla Summers was an elite CIA double agent, working inside China’s deadly MSS. Now, she works for McKay-Taggart London, but the Agency isn’t quite done with her. Spy master Ezra Fain needs her help on a mission that would send her into Hollywood’s glamorous and dangerous party scene. Intrigued by the mission and the movie star hunk she will be shadowing, she eagerly agrees. When she finds herself in his bed, she realizes she’s not only risking her life, but her heart.
A leading man who doesn’t do romance
Joshua Hunt is a legend of the silver screen. As Hollywood’s highest paid actor, he’s the man everyone wants to be, or be with, but something is missing. After being betrayed more than once, the only romance Josh believes in anymore is on the pages of his scripts. He keeps his relationships transactional, and that’s how he likes it, until he meets his new bodyguard. She was supposed to keep him safe, and satisfied when necessary, but now he’s realizing he may never be able to get enough of her.
An ending neither could have expected
Protecting Joshua started off as a mission, until it suddenly felt like her calling. When the true reason the CIA wanted her for this assignment is revealed, Kayla will have to choose between serving her country or saving the love of her life.
Every time I think that the Masters and Mercenaries Series might be getting a too old (this book is the 15th in the series!) and just might not have enough to stand the test of time. At least that’s EXACTLY what I thought until I started reading this book!
Nobody Does It Better’s blurb didn’t catch my attention – as a thumb rule I rarely read Hollywood romances, mostly ‘cause I have never seen the appeal but it’s Lexi Blake that I am reading, so I made an exception.
Joshua Hunt has had a really bad start to his life – but now that he has made it in Hollywood, all he wants is some way to realize his appetites, and he has no interest in relationship; all he wants is a contract and some stratifying BDSM relationship. And that’s exactly what he gets when he meets Kayla Summers.
Kayla Summers has always been an enigma for me, ever since I met her in the series – a strong female who is also cool with her femininity; a combination that you rarely see in female MC, especially since she was an undercover spy as well as now working as a bodyguard with McKay-Taggart, a man’s world and yet she holds her own.
But with this book, Kayla showed a side that I never expected from her – complex sides that she didn’t herself understand.
Josh and Kayla relationship is based on a contractual BDSM relationship – but the fact that she doesn’t change her own personality just to appease Josh makes him change the way he deals with her right from the start – I found myself investing in their relationship right from the start and even though I knew that they were going to mess up, I still couldn’t help but have a teeny little hope that it might be a better resolved.
This relationship is also a lot more angst – ier than I expected but it worked, because the way the fallout was handled by Kayla was brilliant, and definitely unexpected and I adored it; but I wish I had been privy to how and when they fell in love with each other, all I know is that they had feelings for each other and the next they were expressing their love for each other.
The plot held me enthralled as well – the twists and turns, especially during the climax pretty much cemented my on-going love for this series – and with the reveals at the end of this book, I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHERE THIS SERIES GOES 😀
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5
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Her eyes came up, a flash of recognition there. “Yes?”
“Are you going to sign the contract or do you have more questions?”
She picked up the pen sitting on top of the contracts that would bind the two of them together for the next six months. They would reevaluate the relationship at that point in time, but for the next six months, she was his. His bodyguard. His submissive.
Bought and properly paid for. He would take care of her and she would give him what he needed.
She signed with a flourish and sat back, a gleam of curiosity in her eyes.
He was curious, too, and there was zero reason to not satisfy their curiosity. Hard and soft limits had been gone over. They would find their communication style as they went along. But first she should understand that he was in control.
“Come sit on my lap.”
She didn’t hesitate. She stood and turned, shifting so she could maneuver her way onto his lap.
Her weight came down on him and he wrapped an arm around her waist. Damn but she made him feel big. He’d seen her take out a man twice her size, but sitting here in his lap she felt small and vulnerable, and fuck him but that did it for him.
He slid a hand along her knee, letting himself indulge in the silky smooth feel of her skin against his palm. “Did you do as I asked?”
He was well aware his voice had gone husky, deeper than normal.
“Yes, Joshua.” She squirmed the tiniest bit, as though trying to find a comfortable position. It might be difficult for her because she was sitting right on his cock, and it was harder and thicker than he could ever remember it being.
“How can I trust you?” This was all part of the game he loved so much. Here he could let go and play out the darker of his impulses—to control, to take, to possess. See. Want. Have.
“You’ll have to check,” she replied. “Though shouldn’t we go inside?”
He reached out and picked up his cell with his free hand, pushing one number and connecting to the security room. He put them on speaker. She needed to understand what she was up against in order for the game to be fair. “Landon?”
“This is Burke,” the deep voice replied. “Shane’s on patrol. What can I do for you?”
“Burke, I would like to fuck my submissive on the third-floor balcony. Is anyone watching us? Can you see any cameras pointed our way?”
A low, masculine chuckle came across the line. “No, Mr. Hunt. And given the angle relative to the beach, you should enjoy your evening without worry. The only peepers I would worry about would be your next door neighbor, and Jared is out for the night.”
“I wouldn’t care if he wasn’t. Keep up the good work.” He hung up and his hand tightened. “I would prefer when we’re playing that you don’t question me like that. I know where I want to fuck you. I know when I want to fuck you, and I’m in charge. If I want you in the middle of a crowded freeway, your only response is a yes or a no. Not to question me.”
She seemed to relax back against him, as though she was giving up the struggle and choosing to submit. “Yes, Joshua. Yes, I understand, and yes to the sex. Please.”
He liked the breathy little please and loved how she squirmed. Still, he wasn’t absolutely sure she’d obeyed him, and he was a man who required proof. He slid his hand up her thigh. “Spread your legs for me.”
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.