Blog Tour – Review & Excerpt: Lexi Blake Crossover Collection

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Discover the Lexi Blake Crossover Collection on the blog today – and my reviews for all the beauties a well as an excerpt ❤

Release Date: April 10, 2018

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Remy Guidry doesn’t do relationships. He tried the marriage thing once, back in Louisiana, and learned the hard way that all he really needs in life is a cold beer, some good friends, and the occasional hookup. His job as a bodyguard with McKay-Taggart gives him purpose and lovely perks, like access to Sanctum. The last thing he needs in his life is a woman with stars in her eyes and babies in her future.

Lisa Daley’s life is finally going in the right direction. She has finally graduated from college after years of putting herself through school. She’s got a new job at an accounting firm and she’s finished her Sanctum training. Finally on her own and having fun, her life seems pretty perfect. Except she’s lonely and the one man she wants won’t give her a second look.

There is one other little glitch. Apparently, her new firm is really a front for the mob and now they want her dead. Assassins can really ruin a fun girls’ night out. Suddenly strapped to the very same six-foot-five-inch hunk of a bodyguard who makes her heart pound, Lisa can’t decide if this situation is a blessing or a curse.

As the mob closes in, Remy takes his tempting new charge back to the safest place he knows—his home in the bayou. Surrounded by his past, he can’t help wondering if Lisa is his future. To answer that question, he just has to keep her alive.

 

I adore Lexi Blake’s Masters & Mercenaries Series; and this is one of the few series, I tend to read even without reading the blurb of the book.  

And that’s exactly what happened with this addition to this series – Remy Guidry and Lisa Daley are attracted to each other; but with their misconceptions and miscommunications they have not been able to move forward with each other.  

Now that Lisa’s work situation; that is her turning in her boss to be a mob’s front man (or something like that!) and now that the trial against him has been turned into a mistrial; she is in dire need of protection, protection she is too proud to accept from her siblings. So, they go behind her back and hire Remy to be her bodyguard.  

Now, Remy knows that he can’t be attracted to Lisa; he doesn’t really believe that she would the one to take his back when he goes back home to his family and his family’s bar. But he wouldn’t let anyone else to protect her either.  

Now this is a book that snuck up on me – as usual, both Remy and Lisa end up in bed and in contract together; and when it all goes to hell, and it does, they both have some major revelations to open up to!  

I loved that even though they went into physical relationship too soon; and thinking that it was with both eyes open and an end date; I found it extremely entertaining that the second half of the book was spent them trying to find a balance between them without the physical relationship.  

Now, this book didn’t have the main focus of the Masters & Mercenaries Series; so this does seem to happen in the peripheral of the main storyline – so while I loved Remy and Lisa; I cant wait to get back to the whole murder, mayhem and action of the M&M Series.  

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

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Crossover_Larissa_300dpi_newHER GUARDIAN ANGEL by Larissa Ione

After a difficult childhood and a turbulent stint in the military, Declan Burke finally got his act together. Now he’s a battle-hardened professional bodyguard who takes his job at McKay-Taggart seriously and his playtime – and his playmates – just as seriously. One thing he never does, however, is mix business with pleasure. But when the mysterious, gorgeous Suzanne D’Angelo needs his protection from a stalker, his desire for her burns out of control, tempting him to break all the rules…even as he’s drawn into a dark, dangerous world he didn’t know existed.

Suzanne is an earthbound angel on her critical first mission: protecting Declan from an emerging supernatural threat at all costs. To keep him close, she hires him as her bodyguard. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that she’s in over her head, defenseless against this devastatingly sexy human who makes her crave his forbidden touch.

Together they’ll have to draw on every ounce of their collective training to resist each other as the enemy closes in, but soon it becomes apparent that nothing could have prepared them for the menace to their lives…or their hearts.

I was really excited when I found out the Lexi Blake was doing a crossover series with some amazing authors; some I hadn’t ever tried, but I had always been recommended.  

Larissa Ione was one such author – I have yet to read her Demonica Underworld Series; but I have heard some amazing things about it, but I was more excited to see how she would incorporate the paranormal world with the Masters & Mercenaries world!  

And she did a plenty amazing job of it – It should have been a novella, but it honestly read like a full length novel expertly weaving the M&M world into the paranormal world; enough so that I have to get my hands on the Demonica Underworld series soon enough.  

It was easy to like Suzanna and Declan; their chemistry and connection hot and sizzling – and with low on drama and high on suspense and action, a definite read in this crossover section.  

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Crossover_J Kenner_300dpiJUSTIFY ME by J. Kenner

McKay-Taggart operative Riley Blade has no intention of returning to Los Angeles after his brief stint as a consultant on mega-star Lyle Tarpin’s latest action flick. Not even for Natasha Black, Tarpin’s sexy personal assistant who’d gotten under his skin. Why would he, when Tasha made it absolutely clear that—attraction or not—she wasn’t interested in a fling, much less a relationship.

But when Riley learns that someone is stalking her, he races to her side. Determined to not only protect her, but to convince her that—no matter what has hurt her in the past—he’s not only going to fight for her, he’s going to win her heart. Forever.

This is the next book in the Masters & Mercenaries crossover series; and this was the novella length book; especially since everything moved at quite the speed; but the link was weak enough to the M&M series, which is to be expected considering that this is part of a crossover seriesthe characters though were wonderful and definitely likeable; its’ just that the plot wasn’t strong enough to actually hold any depth – and as well, low on angst and drama and had a sweet happy ending! 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

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Crossover_Corinne_300dpiSAY YOU WON’T LET GO by Corinne Michaels

I’ve had two goals my entire life:

1. Make it big in country music.

2. Get the hell out of Bell Buckle.

I was doing it. I was on my way, until Cooper Townsend landed backstage at my show in Dallas.

This gorgeous, rugged, man of few words was one cowboy I couldn’t afford to let distract me. But with his slow smile and rough hands, I just couldn’t keep away.

Now, there are outside forces conspiring against us. Maybe we should’ve known better? Maybe not. Even with the protection from Wade Rycroft, bodyguard for McKay-Taggart, I still don’t feel safe. I won’t let him get hurt because of me. All I know is that I want to hold on, but know the right thing to do is to let go…

I haven’t read much of Corrine Michaels – I don’t how, I know she has so many amazing books, but somehow I have never actually had the chance to actually sit down with her books. But that’s a regret for another day.  

So here’s what I liked about the book – the hero and heroine were actually likeable; even though there is a bit of angst in the plotline for the hero is hung up on the heroine’s best friend *face palm* – a trope that I honestly am never comfortable with since I could never be sure that the hero has let go of his residual feelings for a woman who would be part of their lives for a long time to come.  

But my issue with the book is that it had the weakest link to the M&M series; I wanted HEAs for the family in the M&M not for characters I have never met before – don’t get me wrong, I liked this world fine, but this crossover series was supposed to be about M&M and that’s why it has the rating it does.  

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

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Crossover_Carly_300dpiHIS TO PROTECT by Carly Phillips

Talia Shaw has spent her adult life working as a scientist for a big pharmaceutical company. She’s focused on saving lives, not living life. When her lab is broken into and it’s clear someone is after the top secret formula she’s working on, she turns to the one man she can trust. The same irresistible man she turned away years earlier because she was too young and naive to believe a sexy guy like Shane Landon could want her.

Shane Landon’s bodyguard work for McKay-Taggart is the one thing that brings him satisfaction in his life. Relationships come in second to the job. Always. Then little brainiac Talia Shaw shows up in his backyard, frightened and on the run, and his world is turned upside down. And not just because she’s found him naked in his outdoor shower, either.

With Talia’s life in danger, Shane has to get her out of town and to her eccentric, hermit mentor who has the final piece of the formula she’s been working on, while keeping her safe from the men who are after her. Guarding Talia’s body certainly isn’t any hardship, but he never expects to fall hard and fast for his best friend’s little sister and the only woman who’s ever really gotten under his skin.

Now this is the kind of novella I was expecting in this crossover series! I loved that this book was a complete standalone story and that we were not dropped in the middle of an on going story; which is exactly what I wanted with this series.  

The writing of the author was fan – freaking – tastic; not only did the author do a very good job of introducing the characters into a plot totally recognizable and understandable to a new reader; but also characters who were wonderful and suspense that had me intrigued. 

Loved this edition of book; especially considering that we get some really amazing cameos from some series favorites! 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Crossover_Susan_300dpiRESCUING SADIE: A Delta Force Heroes/Masters and Mercenaries Novella by Susan Stoker

Sadie Jennings was used to being protected. As the niece of Sean Taggart, and the receptionist at McKay-Taggart Group, she was constantly surrounded by Alpha men more than capable, and willing, to lay down their life for her. But when she visits her friend in San Antonio, and acts on suspicious activity at Milena’s workplace, Sadie puts both of them in the crosshairs of a madman. After several harrowing weeks, her friend is now safe, but for Sadie, the repercussions of her rash act linger on.

Chase Jackson, no stranger to dangerous situations as a captain in the US Army, has volunteered himself as Sadie’s bodyguard. He fell head over heels for the beautiful woman the first time he laid eyes on her. With a Delta Force team at his back, he reassures the Taggart’s that Sadie will be safe. But when the situation in San Antonio catches up with her, Chase has to use everything he’s learned over his career to keep his promise…and to keep Sadie alive long enough to officially make her his.

This is my first book by Susan Stoker; and again I was thrust into a world that was not to my knowing – which is quite okay, because it means that I will be reading more series in the future.  

Sadie Jennings already has a backstory from the previous books in Susan Stoker’s series; and one that had me floundering for a while into the story!  

Loved the chemistry between Sadie and Chase; although to be fair, this was again a rushed plot; and there are loose threads still left at the end; which I think will be dealt with in the author’s original series! Though we do get a cameo appearance from one of the M&M’s favorites (HI SEAN!!); yet the plot was rushed and I rarely like being left with loose ends even in a novella, especially one that is supposed to be a complete standalone! 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .75

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His to Protect by Carly Phillips

Shane narrowed his gaze, not liking the sound of that at all. “I’ll get to the bottom of it,” he promised, knowing his friend was in China and would be worried sick about his sister.

“Keep in touch,” Tate demanded.

“Will do.” Shane disconnected the call and looked at Talia.

A woman he hadn’t seen since high school because, although he was good friends with her brother, he and Talia ran in different circles.

They always had.

A year younger, the little brainiac who’d tutored him in chemistry his senior year had saved his ass and enabled him to graduate. Too bad he’d been stupid enough to kiss her as a thank you, then shove his tongue down her throat and his hand up her shirt like she was a horny cheerleader and he was the football captain copping a feel. Which he had been.

But she wasn’t that kind of girl. She’d deserved better. No wonder she’d pushed him away and slammed the door in his face, avoiding him afterward. Then life had taken them their separate ways.

But now she needed him and he found irony in that.

He had wrapped the towel around his waist and tucked the corner in to keep it in place. Folding his arms across his chest, he pinned her with his most serious gaze. “Tate says you’re in trouble. And I can’t help you unless I know the extent of it. So let’s hear it,” he said, getting down to what he did best.

Business.

Because if he kept staring at her porcelain skin, big brown doe eyes, and silky, chocolate-colored hair falling haphazardly and adorably out of a bun on the back of her head, his cock wouldn’t go down and this situation would remain embarrassing. Apparently she still made him lose control just as she’d done years ago.

 

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About Carly Phillips:

Carly Phillips is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.

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