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The Dom Who Loved Me

Masters and Mercenaries, Book 1
Narrated by: Ryan West
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (847 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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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.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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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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Beautiful

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

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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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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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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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Fun

It’s an easy listening “read”. Grace is sweet and Sean is a beast. Their dynamic is amusing. A lot of fun and super sexy.

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Sexy, Dirty and oh so HOT!

Let me say this I didn't want it to end but hunger for what was next and couldn't put it down!! Can't wait to read the next book to this series!

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searching for love

Sean Taggart (little Tag) meets Grace Hawthorne and falls head over heels. By day, Grace is the's the executive assistant for the target his team is investigating for illegal activities. By night, she submits to Sean's every dark desire she's been reading about in her BDSM books. When Sean's brother Ian forces him away from Grace and off the investigation, Sean becomes angry. Grace learns that Sean has a another agenda.
This story is fun and Ryan West does a good job as the narrator inflicting personality

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You have got to be kidding me

This book is pretty bad.

I don't know much about the BDSM culture, so I can't speak to how accurate the depiction is. The sex scenes were definitely interesting, but I can guarantee you some of the things described don't work that way.

**spoilers ahead**

What really bothers me about this book is the complete one-dimensional nature of the "heroine". She has zero personality beyond her dead husband and a rapid obsession with this new guy. That's. It. He treats her like absolute crap and the closest she gets to standing up for herself is a quick 'f*** you' which he takes literally. I know people are going to say "But that's the point, she's a 'sub'".
First of all, stop saying that. There are literally dozens of words that could be used in place of 'sub' and 'dom', just to keep it interesting, but never-not-once is a single different term used. It's intensely repetitive and annoying.
Second of all, they make a big deal about their D/s relationship only being in the bedroom and they are equals outside. He treats her like garbage and she just takes it, letting literally everything in the story happen TO her. Never once does she create an occurrence in the entire book.

Also, screw that jerkface. I was on his side until he forgot that she can't read his mind and took our his insecurities on her. Also, I'm not even mentioning the fact that MULTIPLE people decided they want her barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen AT 40. THIS CAN BE DANGEROUS (not impossible, obviously, if you're over 40 with a child please don't come at me). It just really felt like many characters forgot how old she was at MULTIPLE points in the book. It's like we're reading '40', but supposed to understand '20'.

2/10. Read for the sexy bits, but please, God, don't expect it to be like that if you try it at home.

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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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  • 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....