New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.
The Masters and Mercenaries series by Lexi Blake is one of my favorite and I was excited to be able to participate in this review tour. Although Adored is only a novella, it read like a complete story, and because the characters had been introduced in previous books, I neither felt that I was missing out on part of the story line or that the story itself was rushed.
I really liked Mitch's character in Adored. In fact, I felt that I empathized more with him than with Laurel, the heroine. While I did feel that he didn't give Laurel enough credit for being a different woman from his exes, and, in the beginning, he wasn't even willing to try to have a "real" relationship with Laurel, I could completely understand, from his past experiences, why he was so gun shy. This flaw in his character was one of the reasons I kept reading Adored - I wanted to see what would happen with Mitch and Laurel. Obviously, I knew there would most likely be a HEA, but I was rooting for the two to be able to overcome their insecurities without too much struggle.
My one complaint about Adored is that there was so much going on in the story, considering it was a novella. I don't want to give out any spoilers, but there were two subplots besides the relationship aspect and I was concerned the ending would be too rushed, or that the the subplots would become confusing and not end satisfactorily. However, in the end, this didn't happen and I thought Lexi Blake did a good job of tying up all the loose ends and giving her characters a happy ending.
Excerpt from Adored:
"I won’t stop this time. I won’t play the gentleman again,” he whispered before his mouth descended on hers.
Thank god. Six months. They’d passed and every night she dreamed about what they could have had if he hadn’t played the damn gentleman that night in Hawaii. They’d wasted six months. Six months when she could have felt him against her, when she could have had the heat of his body to warm her own. They could have been sleeping together, sharing a life beyond the confines of this office.
His lips found hers and he was ravenous. He slanted over her mouth again and again, dominating and taking what he wanted. His tongue surged in and she could feel that slow slide in her womb.
Just like that she was wet and ready. Her body felt malleable, as though it knew this man was the one who could mold her and bring her to fruition. Every inch of her body felt primed. Her nipples rasped against the fabric of her bra, her breasts heavy and wanting. Her clothes were suddenly too tight and she wanted nothing more than to throw them off. She didn’t need clothes around him.
A sudden vision of what it would be like now that Mitch was finally claiming her stamped itself in her brain. She could hear him commanding her to be naked when they were alone. She would curl up at his feet as they relaxed. It would be the two of them and they wouldn’t have to argue. They would be together.
His hands found her backside, squeezing. A low groan ground out of his mouth as he explored her. She could feel herself softening, offering herself up for his slow exploration. This was the man who would finally teach her what all the fuss was about.
Mitch pushed her to be better than she was, to think more clearly about points of law and to challenge herself to greater heights. She’d always known it would be the same in the bedroom. She’d had lovers before, but sex had been something to do, a way to show affection. Sex with Mitch was a force of freaking nature.
He pressed her against the door. His mouth was a marauder, plunging in and taking what he wanted. His hands gripped her hips and suddenly she felt her feet leave the ground. Mitch had a good half a foot on her, but it didn’t seem to matter. He simply lifted her to where he wanted her to be.
Adored (Masters and Mercenaries #8.5)
Adult Contemporary Erotic BDSM Romance
Published: 12 May 2015 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Mitch Bradford is an intimidating man. In his professional life, he has a reputation for demolishing his opponents in the courtroom. At the exclusive BDSM club Sanctum, he prefers disciplining pretty submissives with no strings attached. In his line of work, there’s no time for a healthy relationship. After a few failed attempts, he knows he’s not good for any woman—especially not his best friend’s sister.
A woman who always gets what she wants
Laurel Daley knows what she wants, and her sights are set on Mitch. He’s smart and sexy, and it doesn’t matter that he’s a few years older and has a couple of bitter ex-wives. Watching him in action at work and at play, she knows he just needs a little polish to make some woman the perfect lover. She intends to be that woman, but first she has to show him how good it could be.
A killer lurking in the shadows
When an unexpected turn of events throws the two together, Mitch and Laurel are confronted with the perfect opportunity to explore their mutual desire. Night after night of being close breaks down Mitch’s defenses. The more he sees of Laurel, the more he knows he wants her. Unfortunately, someone else has their eyes on Laurel and they have murder in mind.