The Lexi Blake Crossover Collection
Close Cover (Masters & Mercenaries #16) by Lexi Blake
Remy Guidry doesn’t do relationships. He tried the marriage thing once, back in Louisiana, and learned the hard way that all he really needs in life is a cold beer, some good friends, and the occasional hookup. His job as a bodyguard with McKay-Taggart gives him purpose and lovely perks, like access to Sanctum. The last thing he needs in his life is a woman with stars in her eyes and babies in her future.
Lisa Daley’s life is finally going in the right direction. She has finally graduated from college after years of putting herself through school. She’s got a new job at an accounting firm and she’s finished her Sanctum training. Finally on her own and having fun, her life seems pretty perfect. Except she’s lonely and the one man she wants won’t give her a second look.
There is one other little glitch. Apparently, her new firm is really a front for the mob and now they want her dead. Assassins can really ruin a fun girls’ night out. Suddenly strapped to the very same six-foot-five-inch hunk of a bodyguard who makes her heart pound, Lisa can’t decide if this situation is a blessing or a curse.
As the mob closes in, Remy takes his tempting new charge back to the safest place he knows—his home in the bayou. Surrounded by his past, he can’t help wondering if Lisa is his future. To answer that question, he just has to keep her alive.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book…..I don’t even know where to begin! This is Lexi Blake’s book in the Crossover Series that she is doing with several other authors. It is book 16 in her Masters and Mercenaries series, and I knew going in, that I’d love it, because I’ve adored all of the other books in the series. But Remy…..
Remy begins the story with a hard ass persona, you know what I’m talking about, all gruff, and closed off, not making a connection with anyone and holding himself apart. And the initial interaction with Lisa…well I kinda can’t blame her for not wanting anything to do with him. He was kinda a jerk. But, he is a total alpha male, and that is how they roll when they don’t really know what to do with what they are feeling.
Lisa is a strong independent woman, who grew up in a less than perfect setting. She worked hard to become who she is, but has gotten in over her head with some pretty bad people. She doesn’t really even realize how bad they are. Her life is spiraling out of control, and she is quickly running out of options to take that control back.
Remy and Lisa are so perfect for each other! She is everything he thinks he can’t have, and he is everything she wants and needs. And the scenes between Remy and Lisa! OMG so swoon-worthy and HOT! The way they are together makes me just want to melt!
This book has elements of BDSM, specifically a D/s relationship, but doesn’t include much in the way of the more hardcore stuff. It really highlights some of the more beautiful aspects of this type of relationship. This story is packed full of not only the development of this relationship, along with all of its ups and downs, but also lots of the familial relationship we’ve come to expect from the McKay-Taggart Clan, bad guys, suspense, and all of the action to keep everything moving. There were parts that I couldn’t help but laugh at the group dynamics, and parts that were so beautiful, I had to hold back tears. All of the makings of a truly superb book that totally took my breath away and kept me hooked from first page to last!
Her Guardian Angel (Demonica Underworld #6) by Larissa Ione
After a difficult childhood and a turbulent stint in the military, Declan Burke finally got his act together. Now he’s a battle-hardened professional bodyguard who takes his job at McKay-Taggart seriously and his playtime – and his playmates – just as seriously. One thing he never does, however, is mix business with pleasure. But when the mysterious, gorgeous Suzanne D’Angelo needs his protection from a stalker, his desire for her burns out of control, tempting him to break all the rules…even as he’s drawn into a dark, dangerous world he didn’t know existed.
Suzanne is an earthbound angel on her critical first mission: protecting Declan from an emerging supernatural threat at all costs. To keep him close, she hires him as her bodyguard. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that she’s in over her head, defenseless against this devastatingly sexy human who makes her crave his forbidden touch.
Together they’ll have to draw on every ounce of their collective training to resist each other as the enemy closes in, but soon it becomes apparent that nothing could have prepared them for the menace to their lives…or their hearts.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have a confession to make. I’ve not read anything by this author before now. (I know, shameful, right?!?) As much as I love paranormal romance, and as many times as I’ve looked at this author and this series, I’ve just not gotten around to it. After reading this story, that is an oversight I’m going to have to correct ASAP! The good news is, this book was written in such a way that I didn’t feel like I was lost or had missed anything (other than some really good stories) and was able to keep up with the story just fine.
I have to admit, I was initially concerned about how a PNR was going to fit into the totally contemporary world of the Masters & Mercenaries. I’m totally surprised and impressed at how well it turned out. I’m a huge fan of comic based super hero movies (Avengers, Superman, Batman, etc) and this book read a lot like that.
Declan and Suzanne are amazing together. They just fit together perfectly. And throughout everything that is thrown at them that doesn’t waver. There is so much going on in this book, that I was totally engrossed the entire time I was reading. Considering I was coming in blind, with no back story from the Demonica Underworld Series, I was hooked right from page 1. I’m totally amazed at how much I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different from a PNR. I’m definitely going to go back and start at the beginning now!
Justify Me (A Stark International Novella) by J. Kenner
McKay-Taggart operative Riley Blade has no intention of returning to Los Angeles after his brief stint as a consultant on mega-star Lyle Tarpin’s latest action flick. Not even for Natasha Black, Tarpin’s sexy personal assistant who’d gotten under his skin. Why would he, when Tasha made it absolutely clear that—attraction or not—she wasn’t interested in a fling, much less a relationship.
But when Riley learns that someone is stalking her, he races to her side. Determined to not only protect her, but to convince her that—no matter what has hurt her in the past—he’s not only going to fight for her, he’s going to win her heart. Forever.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There is a history between Riley and Natasha. A history of attraction, possibilities, and tragedy. Then Riley goes his way, to McKay-Taggart, and Natasha finds her way in Hollywood. Riley does his best to avoid Los Angeles, because Natasha finds it too painful to have him near. But when trouble finds Natasha, Riley is the first one to volunteer to keep her safe.
This novella is all about second chances, putting aside hurt to find your HEA. Riley and Natasha are amazing together. They just fit so well. There is lots of action in this story, and a mystery to be solved. I’ll just say, I never saw this one coming! Totally took me by surprise!
The author did a fabulous job on this novella. The descriptions are so vivid, I could easily picture the action in my head, like a rolling movie screen. I could feel what the characters were feeling. I could feel the anticipation, the fear, and even the hope and love. Amazing!
Say You Won’t Let Go (Return to Me #3.5) by Corinne Michaels
Emily Young had two goals in her life:
1. Make it big in country music.
2. Get the hell out of Bell Buckle.
She was doing it. She was on her way, until Cooper Townsend landed backstage at her show in Dallas.
This gorgeous, rugged, man of few words was one cowboy she couldn’t afford to let distract her. But with his slow smile and rough hands, she just couldn’t keep away.
With outside forces conspiring against them, Cooper hires the McKay-Taggart team to protect her. Emily refuses to let Cooper get hurt because of her. All she wants is to hold onto him, but she knows the right thing to do is to let go . . .
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Emily is an up and coming Country Star. Cooper is a rancher from her home town that has had her heart forever. Emily and Cooper meet up at one of her concerts, and sparks fly! Emily thinks that their biggest problem is that she is out on the road touring and he has to go home to his ranch. But all of a sudden, strange things start to happen. Cooper calls for help from a friend with McKay-Taggart, and things go from bad to worse!
Emily and Cooper are the sweetest couple! It seems like they are on the same page from day 1, as far as feelings go, and its just external problems that are getting in their way. But this stalker means business, and brings with it a whole host of drama. I was rooting for Emily and Cooper to find their HEA, even when it looked hopeless. This was a beautiful, exciting, action filled story that I totally enjoyed!
His to Protect (Bodyguard Bad Boys #2.5) by Carly Phillips
Talia Shaw has spent her adult life working as a scientist for a big pharmaceutical company. She’s focused on saving lives, not living life. When her lab is broken into and it’s clear someone is after the top secret formula she’s working on, she turns to the one man she can trust. The same irresistible man she turned away years earlier because she was too young and naive to believe a sexy guy like Shane Landon could want her.
Shane Landon’s bodyguard work for McKay-Taggart is the one thing that brings him satisfaction in his life. Relationships come in second to the job. Always. Then little brainiac Talia Shaw shows up in his backyard, frightened and on the run, and his world is turned upside down. And not just because she’s found him naked in his outdoor shower, either.
With Talia’s life in danger, Shane has to get her out of town and to her eccentric, hermit mentor who has the final piece of the formula she’s been working on, while keeping her safe from the men who are after her. Guarding Talia’s body certainly isn’t any hardship, but he never expects to fall hard and fast for his best friend’s little sister and the only woman who’s ever really gotten under his skin.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Talia and Shane grew up together. Shane is Talia’s big brother’s best friend. Talia is a scientist that has just had a major break through that someone doesn’t want to see come to light. When she realizes someone is after her, she calls her brother, who sends her to Shane.
Shane had a thing for Talia in high school, but never acted on it. Now she needs his help. The feelings are still there, so the question is, does he make his move, at this less than perfect time, or loose out on yet another chance to have her as his?
This was a fast paced, brother’s best friend, second chance novella. I enjoyed the connection the two had, as well as the non stop action.
Rescuing Sadie (Delta Force Heroes #7.5) by Susan Stoker
Sadie Jennings was used to being protected. As the niece of Sean Taggart, and the receptionist at McKay-Taggart Group, she was constantly surrounded by Alpha men more than capable, and willing, to lay down their life for her. But when she learns about a friend in trouble, she doesn’t hesitate to leave town without a word to her uncle to help. After several harrowing weeks, her friend is now safe, but the repercussions of her rash act linger on.
Chase Jackson, no stranger to dangerous situations as a captain in the US Army, has volunteered himself as Sadie’s bodyguard. He fell head over heels for the beautiful woman the first time he laid eyes on her. With a Delta Force team at his back, he reassures the Taggart’s that Sadie will be safe. But when her past catches up with her, Chase has to use everything he’s learned over his career to keep his promise…and to keep Sadie alive long enough to officially make her his.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first book by Susan Stoker that I’ve read. I have to admit, I really enjoyed it. Sadie and Chase were a great couple that fit well together. I enjoyed the familial feel of the book as well as the abundant action. The book was well written, and kept me entertained. However, while the author did a pretty good job providing the back story, it kind of felt like I started reading in the middle of the story. This doesn’t feel like a stand alone, instead it feels like I should have read Milena’s story first.