A routine mission Sean Taggart is hunting a deadly terrorist, and his only lead is the lovely Grace Hawthorne. She's the executive assistant for an employment agency Sean suspects is a front for illegal activities. To get the truth, he is going to have to get very close to Grace, a task he is all too eager to undertake when he discovers her deliciously submissive nature. turns into a dangerous seduction. Soon, Grace Hawthorne is living a double life. By day, she is the widowed mother of two college-aged sons. By night, she submits to Sean's every dark desire. She's living out her wildest fantasies of pleasure - intimate acts of trust she's only read about. As passion engulfs her, a murderer strikes, and Grace learns that Sean has a deeply hidden agenda. Will Sean choose his mission and break her heart or be the Master of her dreams?
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The storyline wasn't that bad I just found the heroine extremely annoying. They made her out to be bratty, but I didnt see that at all. Grace was extremely weak in her mannerism. She forgave too easily for a woman who was suppose to be strong in character. What woman would allow someone even the one she suppose to have loved, let them walk out of there life with a note, then completely back in because he demanded it! What person would forgive friends who completely lie to them? It wasn't just Sean who betrayed Grace, they all did and she just forgave them, I didn't respect the character of Grace. Sean wasn't much better, he blamed everyone else for his decisions, he let his brother come between him and his woman, he didn't know what he wanted.
I wish Grace would've made them all work a lot more for her friendship and her love, she was worth more.
I'm completely biased as this is one of my favorite books, but it was very easy to listen to and the performance by Ryan West made it one of the few audio books that I will listen to again in the future.
Excellent job on all the different male voices, each had a distinct tone that was easy to follow. Also really appreciated his ability to do the female voices. Sometimes it doesn't go so well, but the female voices flowed smoothly and were some of the best I've heard. Having a "good" Grace voice was important to me and I was very happy with his performance.
This book is a great set up for the Masters and Mercenaries series. You meet all of the main players but don't feel overwhelmed by too much back story. There are enough hints there that pull you into the next book to find out their story.
I've read the book and liked it. The narrator is so bad I can't stand listening to it and will return it. He reads every sentence as though it is the first sentence in a chapter, with emphasis on the first few words and trailing off towards the end. It is an aural roller coaster.
For those interested: The Masters and Mercenaries books are 1/3 BDSM story, 1/3 action, and 1/3 'mystery' (usually figuring out who is threatening / hurting a main character). I enjoy the stories because the characters are borderline believable and don't suffer from some abusive background that supposedly causes them to have screwed up love lives. The sex is hot and the plots are interesting though not very layered / detailed. I wasn't expecting John LeCarre, though, so I'm okay with that.
Overall, I liked the story. Of course, the Heroine and Hero fall in love in less then a week but, it is a romance; so just accept it. The characters aren't all that deep and I didn't experience an emotional roller-coaster but it was an entertaining story. I could nit pick the lack of details that could have made the story better, but it is what it is. Don't expect a story with the depth of those from Kristen Ashley or Diana Gabledon but it is a decent listen.
Ryan West does an overall awesome job with the narration. His weakness, in my opinion, is the female voice. it w I uld be awesome if they had a female narrator for the female voices.
-V from Kansas
Lexi Blake doesn't disappoint. The characters are believabe the writing is good and the story is knock off your stock good. The characters are fleshed out, I kinda wish I could meet Sean and that he liked old, fat women, the story is believable and the sex scenes are hot! If you want a good read get this book.
"Pretty dreadful plot."
People that don't think very much.
The cropping scene was quite good, even if I didn't like the plot points around it.
Yes, the book had moments and hence why I didn't give it one star, but they were few and far between in my opinion.
The major problems with this book is that the author was not smart enough to pull off the plot she imagined. You have a group of ex-special forces guys working for the CIA chasing down a supposed terrorist group. This would be ok except for the fact the CIA has no legal ground for operating on US soil. Add in that the brother of the person they are chasing is known to them, the person they are chasing they see on numerous occasions and yet for some reason they all focus on a PA instead. This made ZERO sense, as they knew who the bad guys were, but did nothing to capture them when they could have with ease. They didn't even bug the brothers office or home, but do so to hers. This again makes no sense other than to provide a reason for a romance story. I guess realism be darned.
Also, this book shows the flaws of a woman writing about men with no idea of them clearly. The men in the book all fighting over a woman unprofessionally, or punching each other at random times for very little reason. I just don't believe in it.
Then there was the spy craft in the book. It's the modern age, but at the end when they were staking out a party they have to run to and from a room a floor below to report to the guy running the operation. These are supposed to be special operation trained guys and the CIA and yet they don't even have communications tech to talk to each other?
The final straw is the relationship between the two main characters. A DS relationship is largely built on trust and honesty. In this it could not be further from that. At one point the male MC actually says, "Tell me how I lied other than my name and what I do for a living." Add in investigating her and sleeping with her under a heap of lies and I didn't believe in her responses to this at all.
Also, the male MC reads her like a book when they first meet, and again towards the end. He can tell every time she lies and knows every emotion she is feeling. Then in the middle he suddenly can't at all when it matters. It just boggles the mind the inconsistency. All in all I just found myself irritated with the plot and the characters.
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