May 21, 2015

Review: Adored (Masters & Mercenaries #8.5) by Lexi Blake

Title: Adored
Author: Lexi Blake
Series: Masters & Mercenaries #8.5
Genre: contemporary romance, erotica, bdsm
A man who gave up on love

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.

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Adored by Lexi Blake
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 adorable STARS

“When he kissed her, when he put his hands on her like he would die if he didn't, it felt like love.”

Here is the thing about Lexi Blake books. I love them. A new release from the Masters&Mercenaries series always gets an immediate read from me. I just can't stay away.

Now, the novellas are no exception...BUT...for me they don't hold as much of a punch as the main books usually do. There really is nothing better than Ian Taggart and his merry men and women being the centre of the story. The side characters are lovely as well, but argh...way too little Tag. Although we got this little gem...

“Big Tag is only capable of sarcasm and sitting perfectly upright while he naps.”

Much appreciated, btw. ;D

So, a 3.5 Star rating for this book isn't a bad thing. It's just that in comparison to the main full length novels it falls a little short, that's all. I still loved Adored and I had a great time reading, it's just that something is missing to warrant a higher rating.

Now story!

We have Mitch Bradford, the lawyer. That being Ian Taggart's lawyer. It all has to tie in with McKay-Taggart, of course. Now Mitch also happens to be Will's best friend. Will we already know from Cherished. Now Will has a bunch of sister, one of them is Laurel. And Laurel Daley started working for Mitch six months ago as an office manager and in the meantime became a para-legal.

Laurel has always had a thing for Mitch and everyone including Mitch knows that. In fact they kissed once in Hawaii (back in Cherished when Will got married). The thing with Mitch is, he was already married twice and he is cured from the whole institution. In fact, he is trying hard not to get himself into a relationship and especially not with Laurel. Who is not only his best friend's sister, but also ten years younger and who -in his opinion- deserves someone better than him.

What I really liked about this book was the whole dynamic between Mitch and Laurel. She constantly pushes him to change. Renewing his office furniture or even changing up his meals. Mitch gets grumpy like no ones business. But that's part of the fun. Because normally he likes his women submissive and he is one hell of a control freak.

Laurel also has a thing for D/s relationships and in order to learn more about the lifestyle and maybe get her boss' attention she joined Sanctum, Ian Taggart's BDSM club. The Dom in Mr. Bradford doesn't take too kindly to that little move.

It even might have been one push too far...

So, things happen...accidents occur...relationships get very difficult and people need to face facts and maybe get over themselves.

The writing is as always exceptional. The story is really sweet and the chemistry is great. But the thing I'm about to put in a spoiler tag didn't really do anything for me... [Still not a fan of an accidental pregnancy being the catalyst to bring a couple together. I actually like the baby boom in the M&M series, but this one ....ehhhh, I would have loved to see them get together without being 'forced' in that way.] (Highlight to view Spoiler) Don't get me wrong, it's all well done, but my personal preference just gets in the way. A case of - it's me, not you!

At last but not least. Let's talk about the elephant in the room. I actually wanted to start my review with this, but I had to restrain myself. What the hell was that BOMB Ms. Blake detonated at the end? I had a perfectly good read and then you do this? And Master No is months away. How on earth? ... [WHO DIED? WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED AND HOW CAN YOU JUST CASUALLY DROP THAT ON US LIKE IT'S JUST ANOTHER WEDNESDAY? I'M STILL TRYING TO FIND MY JAW...IT MUST BE SOMEWHERE DOWN THERE ON THE GROUND... ] (Highlight to view spoiler) ...and yes, the shouting was more than necessary within the spoiler tag.

Suffice it to say, I can't wait to get my hands on Master No. Is it August yet?

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