The Dom Who Loved Me

Masters and Mercenaries, Book 1
Narrated by: Ryan West
Series: Masters and Mercenaries, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,357 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Suspend disbelief and you’ll be ok.

It’s a romance... the plot is unbelievable but the writing is good. The characters are two dimensional. Grace, the heroine, is weak-willed and not very smart, Sean, the Hero, isn’t going to be joining Mensa anytime soon. If you’re ok with all that then this is an amusing listen.

** spoilers ahead

The worst part of the story was Grace’s character. A 40y.o. widowed mother she finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and international intrigue. Along the way she finds fulfillment in the world of BDSM when she submits to Sean. Grace discovers the freedom and joy often written about in these novels when she puts her safety and trust in the hands of Sean the dominant. The problem is Grace “knows” Sean is worthy and can be trusted despite all evidence pointing to the contrary. To that point in the story he had repeatedly lied to her, invaded her privacy at home and at work, used hidden surveillance on her, had unprotected sex with her without Grace’s permission or knowledge, drugged her, stole from her, kidnapped her, threatened her with physical violence and jail and accused her of criminal activities. Despite all this she “knew” she could trust him.

It would be nice occasionally to read a story about a woman who had a backbone and didn’t lose 40 IQ points at the prospect of receiving an orgasm with the help of a caveman who really has a heart of gold beneath his rough and crusty exterior.

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Annoying H and h

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.

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The narrator killed it for me...

I desperately wanted to enjoy this book but the narrator killed it for me. He was awful unless you like William Shatner narrating a BDSM story. Annoying as hell. Takes all the sexiness out of it. Too many highs and lows in his voice, with emphasis in the wrong places. Then the pauses after every sentence. urrrrr I just can't do this again. This is my last book by Ryan West.

I skipped many chapters so I really don't know the whole story. I just couldn't get pass the narrator. The story seemed very interesting and I was looking forward to getting into the series. From what I heard, I liked the story.

I suggest you listen to the sample in full before purchasing this book.

I'm sorry. Not fair to Lexi Blake. I'm going to look for Lexi's other books with a different narrator. I don't want to give up on the author just as yet. I am going straight to book 9.5 "Just One Taste" which is narrated by Sebastian York. OMG! What a surprise. He's one of my favorite narrators. He's awesome. Looking forward to jumping into this book.

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You will be HOOKED!! Good sex and you get to laugh

I am not sure how I found this book but once I started listening to it I couldn't stop. First off you could not ask for a better narrator. I listen to lots of audible books but I must say Ryan West puts this story on a whole new level. I just found this series so I never read the books but I am so happy I found this audio series. I give this book five stars in everything. This was a very sexy Dom story on top of being super funny. In this book you got to laugh and you got good sex. There is no going wrong with this book/series. Lexi Blake writes great stories and Ryan West really knows how to narrate them.

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Great narrator for one of my favorite books

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dom Who Loved Me to be better than the print version?

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.

What about Ryan West’s performance did you like?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Beautiful

I have listened to most of the series and this is still one of my favs.

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE SERIES

Lexi Blake has created the perfect series. You can feel the connection and comradely between all the characters. It's like you're in the room with them. They're all Dom's and Submissive's and their also x-military and x-CIA. Now they all work at a security company which also does side jobs for the CIA.

Yes...this book has detailed BDSM, action, mystery, suspense and fun. If you like this type of book you'll love this series.

Ryan West draws you in with his performance.

Absolutely worth the credit/$$.

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Awful narration - decent 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.

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This series has been one of my favorites

I have held my review until I read every single book and I can honestly say that I loved every single one. The characters are engaging; the books are not all about sex but have enough to really engage the readers. Just enough DS without being too hardcore. I love how you can follow the characters from previous books in the following books and I absolutely love the epilogues that start in a little with the character that the following book will be about but don’t repeat the epilogue in the beginning of the following book. Ryan West is amazing! He has been able to do so many different accidents from Irish, British, Russian, southern, Italian, Latin, and more, even the different female dialogue, you can tell which female is speaking. The alpha males are all complex but lovable, the women are strong women that choose to submit ( in most books). I wish Sanctum was real!! The only book that I didn’t truly relate to was Kash’s story which disappointed me a little but it wasn’t the writing, just that I didn’t see him submitting... it didn’t speak to me... however, the complexity of what was going on in his head and his struggle to come to where he was was amazing and I still loved the book. I love Ian and Liam’s characters the most and loved to see how they grew from the beginning to the current, the change and maturity they went through. I can’t recommend this series enough. I listen to probably 250-300 audiobooks a year and will say that this series has been one of my favorites!

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Don't normally review, but here we are.

I'm not picky, really, when it comes to my audiobooks--doesn't have to be perfect, just give me realistic characters with flaws I can dig who do some self-journeys and come out better for it. Even books I don't like, I normally don't review beyond star level. This one, however, is... something else. Suspending disbelief is not enough. The story itself could have been so much more if only the author & editor focused on being concise as well as steamy.

The twists and turns were mostly expected from miles away because the pace of the story was too spread out. Would have been more exciting if there were 48292949302 chapters between chapters that advanced the plot.

And I have never heard anyone in real life call someone "sub" as much as the hero here. Pet names, sure, but to just toss it around like it gains him something or has a universal meaning... it got really annoying by chapter 10 but luckily wasn't an every chapter thing. Ot would happen in a cluster of chapters then they would find a thesaurus again for a little while.

I wanted to like the book mord than I actually did. some of the characters are actually interesting, but I can't sit through another book like this to hear their stories.

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  • M. Paddon
  • 01-28-15

Pretty dreadful plot.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People that don't think very much.

Has The Dom Who Loved Me put you off other books in this genre?

No.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The cropping scene was quite good, even if I didn't like the plot points around it.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • KayBear
  • 09-07-20

Sexy, suspense filled listen

Sexy read turned into a very sexy listen. Love the actors voice and he made the book come alive and I loved every minute of this book

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  • Susan Rogerson
  • 05-04-19

Excellent

I loved reading these book by Lexi Blake and listening to Ryan West reading the book to you is even better, can’t wait to listen to book 2 .

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  • DMA
  • 11-21-17

superb!

totally love this ladies writing and they have done a great job turning it into an audible book! this will give u many hours of enjoyable listening!

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  • Dolores
  • 07-02-17

LOVED IT WITH HEA

What a beautiful love story, yes some might say deception whilst others will see it how it began
Sean Tagget & his old military men working undercover for the CIA Then when he meets pa Grace Hawthorne who they're investigating as well as her boss for selling information to other countries.
But he can't help himself he has to have her, he's falling for her, especially the tell tale lines of the submissive she is. & when she falls for his talk & charisma she had to have him, but she's terrified as she hadn't been with anyone since (or before) her husband died 6 yrs prior & she's never done any of the ways Sean takes her to but what she had dreamed about.
Then Team Leader (who is His brother Ian) takes him off being her personal trailer. As he jeopardised the situation what with sleeping with her & his team mates can see he's falling for her, so he wouldn't be able to do his job unprofessionally what with his feelings being so much deeper​. Then they had to pull her in before they can finish off their investigation.
Sean didn't then have the time to let her know the truth about the feelings he's getting. Then Would She believe the truth about his feelings after she finds out he & the others she started to become close to, were investigating her & she was.one of the.main people they were investigating. Though he didn't really think she had anything to do with it & he then WAS TOO scared to tell her the truth.
So will everything turn out the way you'd want it you....

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  • AMW
  • 09-28-19

THE DOM WHO LOVED ME

Loved this book. Have read all in this series by Lexi Blake. Now listening to them on audio. Great book to introduce you to the Masters and Mercenaries family.