Discover the Lexi Blake Crossover Collection
Release Date: April 10, 2018
~CLOSE COVER 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.
~WRITING – PLOT – PACE~
So I’ll admit I went into this one with a bit of trepidation. Remy was another of this author’s uber whores. At least that is pretty much all I remembered about him (lol). I seem to have the memory of an elephant when it comes to this stuff, unfortunately. In any case, it actually ended up being better than I anticipated. Much better. In fact, I would go so far as to say probably one of the best Masters & Mercenaries books this author has written in AGES. The writing was fantastic. It was a LONG book so I will admit the pace was a little slow in parts. That said, the plot was engaging and kept me turning the pages. I would probably suggest reading this one last out of all the crossover books. Mainly because the prologue and the epilogue take place after all the characters have found their happily ever afters. That is just “MY” suggestion and you won’t be lost reading it before the others.
REMY…I went into this one expecting not to love Remy. I am a little over the whole uber manwhore thing. Especially when it is brought up over and over in a book. There was some of that in this one and honestly, most of it was unnecessary (IMO), but it wasn’t as over the top as some of this author’s previous books. Plus it helped that the heroine’s past was thrown a bit in the heroes face when he finds out she slept with LINC her training partner. Anyways…I ended up really liking Remy a lot. He was alpha. He was sweet. He was funny. He spoke French. He recited poetry. He was a bonehead at times. He made mistakes. He apologized for said mistakes. He groveled. Surprisingly, he was a pretty decent hero.
LISA…She was a great character as well. She was feisty. She was funny. She was strong. She wore her heart on her sleeve. I loved that she wasn’t a doormat. She made Remy work to get her back. She was maybe a TAD overly stubborn, but it was a nice change from the doormat heroines of the last few books for sure. I really liked Lisa a lot.
“You should get to the dining room, Remy. We had a bus pull up ten minutes ago. They’re on a swamp tour. Seraphina said it was thirty hungry, ancient people. Like really old. I bet it looks like the walking dead out there.”
This book was jam-packed with excellent secondary characters. We get tons of Ian and some other M&M originals. We get brief appearances from most of the crossover bodyguards. We get glimpses of Remy’s family and people from his town in the Bayou <— PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me we are going to get books (or a series) set in Remy’s hometown and featuring his family??!! I was also VAWRY intrigued by Biondo. I *think* maybe he is from another series by a different author? Maybe a paranormal one? I don’t know, but I want to read more about this guy for sure.
Medium. This one was fairly hot and had a few BDSM elements. I think we have one club scene and then a few more outside the club sex scenes. It could have used maybe a bit more kink, but I wasn’t too bothered by the lack of that in this book.
Medium. This one was fairly angsty for me. Mostly because I knew the other shoe was going to drop at some point because Lisa wasn’t privy to some information that she should have been. On top of that, add in some confused feelings, some hurt when the truth comes out, some pushing away, and finally, some groveling and you have the basis for some pretty decent angst. There was also a bit of OW drama in the form of Remy’s ex-wife. But OMG I laughed my butt off at that scene. I wouldn’t say there was any OM drama, but Remy gets a bit jealous about Linc and Lisa having slept together <— personally, I was thinking “YAY finally the heroines past getting thrown in the hero’s face. *lol*
~IN THE END~
I enjoyed this one WAY more than I thought I would that is for sure. It felt more like the Masters & Mercenaries books of old. The writing (as always) was great. The plot was engaging. It was full of humor and great banter between the characters (both primary and secondary). Both main characters were likable. We got introduced to some great secondary characters. I loved the setting of Remy’s hometown and hope we see more books from there. Honestly, I don’t have much more to say. I loved it and therefore yours truly is going to be giving this one two very solid thumbs up.
~HER GUARDIAN ANGEL 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.
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~JUSTIFY ME 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.
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~SAY YOU WON’T LET GO by Corinne Michaels~
I’ve had two goals my entire life:
1. Make it big in country music.
2. Get the hell out of Bell Buckle.
I was doing it. I was on my way, until Cooper Townsend landed backstage at my show in Dallas.
This gorgeous, rugged, man of few words was one cowboy I couldn’t afford to let distract me. But with his slow smile and rough hands, I just couldn’t keep away.
Now, there are outside forces conspiring against us. Maybe we should’ve known better? Maybe not. Even with the protection from Wade Rycroft, bodyguard for McKay-Taggart, I still don’t feel safe. I won’t let him get hurt because of me. All I know is that I want to hold on, but know the right thing to do is to let go…
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~HIS TO PROTECT 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.
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~RESCUING SADIE: A Delta Force Heroes/Masters and Mercenaries Novella 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 visits her friend in San Antonio, and acts on suspicious activity at Milena’s workplace, Sadie puts both of them in the crosshairs of a madman. After several harrowing weeks, her friend is now safe, but for Sadie, 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 the situation in San Antonio 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.
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Rescuing Sadie by Susan Stoker
Sadie faced the man in front of her without trepidation.
Sean Taggart might know twenty ways to kill without making a sound thanks to his time as a Green Beret, but to her, he was just Uncle Sean. She’d only known him for six years, ever since Aunt Grace got married, but he’d always supported her no matter what she wanted to do and treated her and her aunt Grace like princesses.
Not this time.
“Uncle Sean, this is ridiculous.”
Sean crossed his arms, giving her what she knew was his “displeased” face. Brows drawn, lips pressed together, eyes narrowed. “It’s not and you know it.”
“Why can’t I just go back up to Dallas with you?”
Her uncle sighed. They’d been over this before, but Sadie couldn’t let it go.
“Because Jonathan is still missing. Captain Jackson said he’d continue to look after you until he’s caught.”
Sadie shook her head. “But if I came home, you could keep me safe.”
Sean looked down at her with love in his eyes. His voice gentled. “I could, you’re right. But I think we both know that you wouldn’t like my kind of protection. Or Ian’s. Or anyone else we could find.”
She knew what he meant without him coming right out and saying it. Sean was overprotective. As was Ian, and probably most of the other men who worked for McKay-Taggart. She could handle their overprotectiveness and bossiness…but only to a point. If she had to endure it twenty-four seven, it could damage their relationship. And that was the last thing she wanted.
“I can go stay with Milena’s parents again,” Sadie volunteered almost desperately. Maybe she’d even make it in time for Milena’s surprise engagement party. She might not want to become one of McKay-Taggart’s overprotected clients, but she wasn’t sure she wanted to be in close quarters with Chase Jackson anymore either.
From the second she’d laid eyes on the man, she’d wanted him. It was as if her body had said, This is it. This is the man I want.
Unfortunately, he’d been in the middle of rescuing her from a crazed, perverted pedophile at the time, and now she was afraid he felt responsible for her, rather than wanting her back.
~ABOUT SUSAN STOKER~
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.
She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.