A spy who specializes in seduction
Kayla Summers was an elite CIA double agent, working inside China’s deadly MSS. Now, she works for McKay-Taggart London, but the Agency isn’t quite done with her. Spy master Ezra Fain needs her help on a mission that would send her into Hollywood’s glamorous and dangerous party scene. Intrigued by the mission and the movie star hunk she will be shadowing, she eagerly agrees. When she finds herself in his bed, she realizes she’s not only risking her life, but her heart.
A leading man who doesn’t do romance
Joshua Hunt is a legend of the silver screen. As Hollywood’s highest paid actor, he’s the man everyone wants to be, or be with, but something is missing. After being betrayed more than once, the only romance Josh believes in anymore is on the pages of his scripts. He keeps his relationships transactional, and that’s how he likes it, until he meets his new bodyguard. She was supposed to keep him safe, and satisfied when necessary, but now he’s realizing he may never be able to get enough of her.
An ending neither could have expected
Protecting Joshua started off as a mission, until it suddenly felt like her calling. When the true reason the CIA wanted her for this assignment is revealed, Kayla will have to choose between serving her country or saving the love of her life.
I’m a huge fan of Lexi Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries series; there’s something so raw…so primal…so intriguing…so sexy about the world Blake created and the heroes and heroines who lay their hearts, their bodies, and even their lives on the line for their job…for their friends…for a chance at love.
Blake’s newest release in the series, Nobody Does It Better, is the perfect blend of high intensity situations, passionate encounters, and startling revelations, and because there are multiple players with their own agendas when it comes to this Hollywood heartthrob and his submissive/body guard, it’s never clear whose side each person is on and what secrets might end up costing the contracted couple everything.
In the game of espionage, Kayla Summers knows her role and she has handled her double-agent status with expertise and precision even though, initially, she was thrown to the wolves and pushed to make it on her own. Living her life as a spy, Kayla has had to commit heinous crimes and endure hellish circumstances all in the name of justice. As one of the original members of the McKay-Taggart team, there’s not much she hasn’t experienced or helped other members trudge through, but her newest assignment is unlike any she’s ever encountered and by the time the mission is over, it’s unclear if her heart, her body, and her mind will be left in one piece, especially when she can’t help but want to give herself completely over to her client…her Dom…her lover. It’s a dangerous line Kayla is walking when it comes to Joshua Hunt because while he only shows the world his wealthy, regal, and indifferent movie star facade, Kayla sees beneath the acting…beneath the cold exterior, and while it only complicates matters more, she can’t help but want to save him, not only from a past that won’t let him go but also from himself and the scars he can’t seem to heal.
It would be so easy to not like Josh Hunt. He comes off as a very controlled and even tempered man – one who must have absolute say in every aspect of his life and one who has a clear vision as to the role a submissive will play in his life and in his dungeon, protecting and serving his every wile without getting much in return. But because Kayla is skilled when it comes to reading people, readers acquire the necessary insights about all that weighs Josh down and the reasons behind his cold veneer, so because Kayla is patient with Josh, not allowing him to treat her indifferently but also knowing when to back off and give him space, readers can only hope that these two will figure out exactly what they mean to each other and exactly what they can give and take from one another that will allow them to leave some of their past behind in order to move forward together.
Kayla and Josh’s story is not a straight-forward romance, not only because the couple seems to be deceiving one another from the start, but also because there is more to this mission than even Kayla knows and those in control are only willing to reveal small bits of intel at a time. Romantic suspense stories are some of my favorite because there’s a heightened awareness of what’s at stake and both the hero and heroine seem hellbent on doing what needs to be done to protect those they love, even if it means risking their own lives in the process. As I headed towards the climax and falling action of Nobody Does It Better, I found myself reevaluating my observations and hypotheses and hustling to put all the details together in order to solve the mysteries before they were revealed, and while I can say that I honestly didn’t see some things coming, in the grand scheme of things, because Lexi Blake allowed me multiple perspectives and insights the deeper Kayla and Josh got with one another, watching everything play out was one hell of an exciting and wild ride.
4.5 Poison Apples
Her eyes came up, a flash of recognition there. “Yes?”
“Are you going to sign the contract or do you have more questions?”
She picked up the pen sitting on top of the contracts that would bind the two of them together for the next six months. They would reevaluate the relationship at that point in time, but for the next six months, she was his. His bodyguard. His submissive.
Bought and properly paid for. He would take care of her and she would give him what he needed.
She signed with a flourish and sat back, a gleam of curiosity in her eyes.
He was curious, too, and there was zero reason to not satisfy their curiosity. Hard and soft limits had been gone over. They would find their communication style as they went along. But first she should understand that he was in control.
“Come sit on my lap.”
She didn’t hesitate. She stood and turned, shifting so she could maneuver her way onto his lap.
Her weight came down on him and he wrapped an arm around her waist. Damn but she made him feel big. He’d seen her take out a man twice her size, but sitting here in his lap she felt small and vulnerable, and fuck him but that did it for him.
He slid a hand along her knee, letting himself indulge in the silky smooth feel of her skin against his palm. “Did you do as I asked?”
He was well aware his voice had gone husky, deeper than normal.
“Yes, Joshua.” She squirmed the tiniest bit, as though trying to find a comfortable position. It might be difficult for her because she was sitting right on his cock, and it was harder and thicker than he could ever remember it being.
“How can I trust you?” This was all part of the game he loved so much. Here he could let go and play out the darker of his impulses-to control, to take, to possess. See. Want. Have.
“You’ll have to check,” she replied. “Though shouldn’t we go inside?”
He reached out and picked up his cell with his free hand, pushing one number and connecting to the security room. He put them on speaker. She needed to understand what she was up against in order for the game to be fair. “Landon?”
“This is Burke,” the deep voice replied. “Shane’s on patrol. What can I do for you?”
“Burke, I would like to fuck my submissive on the third-floor balcony. Is anyone watching us? Can you see any cameras pointed our way?”
A low, masculine chuckle came across the line. “No, Mr. Hunt. And given the angle relative to the beach, you should enjoy your evening without worry. The only peepers I would worry about would be your next door neighbor, and Jared is out for the night.”
“I wouldn’t care if he wasn’t. Keep up the good work.” He hung up and his hand tightened. “I would prefer when we’re playing that you don’t question me like that. I know where I want to fuck you. I know when I want to fuck you, and I’m in charge. If I want you in the middle of a crowded freeway, your only response is a yes or a no. Not to question me.”
She seemed to relax back against him, as though she was giving up the struggle and choosing to submit. “Yes, Joshua. Yes, I understand, and yes to the sex. Please.”
He liked the breathy little please and loved how she squirmed. Still, he wasn’t absolutely sure she’d obeyed him, and he was a man who required proof. He slid his hand up her thigh. “Spread your legs for me.”
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.