Lexi Blake never fails to drag me into these Masters & Mercenaries stories. The way that she weaves the sensuality and tension of the BDSM relationships between her characters and the thrill of the suspense in her storyline is spellbinding. Dominance Never Dies is another shining example of Lexi Blake’s brilliance.
Nothing about Case & Mia is straight forward. If you have read the previous book, you know that although they have sizzling chemistry that is hard to deny, their initial involvement is built on a stack of lies. And of course this implodes spectacularly.
As a reader, I love when a character comes out of the shadows and into the limelight as a true hero. This is exactly how I would describe Case’s journey throughout this book. For a long time he has believed that he was always second to his twin Theo, in the relationship with his brothers, knowing what the right thing to do in any given situation and especially in their line of work. But it is the moments in this boom where Case had to really step up and learn some home truths from those around him and drop the insecurity he carried like a noose, that readers are delighted with this unsung hero finding his light.
Without a doubt, Mia is an alpha female in her day to day life. Her need to be strong, fearless and forging her own path is a driving need in her. But it is this very quality that makes her the ultimate submissive in the bedroom. The way that she surrenders to her needs in the comfort and safety she finds in Case is spectacular to read. Her fearlessness carries so much of this book’s storyline.
As part of the Masters & Mercenaries series, Dominance Never Dies continues the story arc of The Collective and it’s impact on the McKay-Taggart gang. Readers finally get some answers that have been alluded to for several books now. The way that Blake continues to engage me in what is going to happen next with this family is utterly amazing – especially 11 books in. I will admit that there were moments where my heart was in my mouth with what was going to happen next. It was fat paced and never dull. The pages literally felt like they were turning themselves. I was worries that this storyline would be starting to get long in the tooth but I couldn’t be more wrong.
And the BDSM aspect of this book was handled in the usual hot and sizzling matter with the undeniable chemistry and pull between Mia and Case that is typical of all couples in this series. These scenes were so realistic that I could have sworn that I felt what Mia felt at times. I am never disappointed how well the sex is mixed with the suspense in this story and never does the sex overwhelm the suspense or detract from it.
The underlying theme of protecting what is yours and always relying on your family is multiplied with the greater introduction of The Lawless clan (Mia’s family). I really can’t wait to read the next installment and as many more that Ms Blake decides to write. This series is a MUST read for fans that like romantic suspense that is underpinned by real relationships that are heavily involved in BDSM. I cannot recommend Ms Blake enough.
About The Book
Author: Lexi Blake
Series: Masters & Mercenaries, Book 11
Genre: BDSM/Romantic Suspense
Heat Level: Off The Charts (BDSM)
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Blurb: A loss he can’t forget
Since losing his twin brother, Theo, in the line of duty, Case Taggart has felt dead inside. The former Navy SEAL has dedicated himself to his family and their business but he can’t help but feel stuck as he watches everyone else move on with their lives. Only meeting the beautiful Mia brings Case out of his misery, until he discovered she was just a reporter looking for a story. Betrayed, he turned his back on her and never looked back.
An attraction she can’t deny
Mia Danvers can’t get Case Taggart out of her head. Though they hadn’t been lovers, she’d felt more for him than for any man she’d ever met. Growing up in the shadow of her over-protective, older brothers, she felt free when she was with Case and she longs to feel that way again. She knows that if she can find any trace of Theo Taggart, Case will be forced to let her back into his life. Months of searching have finally paid off and she knows this is her second chance.
A desperate search
Case and Mia follow the clues they hope will lead them to Theo and the villainous Hope McDonald, but the search becomes increasingly dangerous. From Dallas to South America and beyond, dark forces work against them and threaten their lives. With each step forward, Case and Mia are pulled closer together and forced to confront their mutual attraction. But when the truth about Theo is revealed, Case may have to make a choice between his brother and the only woman he’s ever loved.
Case let his free hand stray down to Mia’s waist, enjoying the feel of her curves. “You’re a reporter, not a soldier. I’ve agreed to stand back and let you work. I’ve agreed to let you bring along Fain. Give me something here. I’m in charge of this operation.”
She sighed, a sexy sound. “I don’t want you to cut me out. I can’t stand being treated like I’m made of glass.”
She was so obviously made of warmth and sex. He lowered his head, lips hovering over her mouth. He’d waited so damn long. “I won’t cut you out. I promise. But I need to know you’ll obey me if things get dangerous.”
“It won’t,” she promised, her hands moving to his waist.
He wanted those hands all over his body. “But if it does…”
Her lips were so close. “I’ll follow your orders. You’re in charge if things get dangerous.”
That wasn’t good enough. “And here, Mia. I’m in charge when we play. You’re the sweet sub and I’m the dirty Dom who’s going to demand absolutely everything you have to give me. Tell me yes. Tell me we can play.”
“Yes, Case. Yes.”
He covered her mouth with his, devouring her like a starving man. He couldn’t be gentle. He needed her far too much.
Her arms wound around him and she held on, pressing her body to his. Her breasts flattened against his chest.
This was what he’d wanted that first night, the first moment he’d seen her. He’d wanted soft and submissive. She’d called to that dominant piece of him he hadn’t known existed. Before Mia had walked into his life, he’d enjoyed the lifestyle, but he hadn’t truly understood it. He hadn’t known what it meant to need to dominate a woman—not for mere sexual purposes or to feed his own ego. He needed to dominate her because she ruled his every thought, because he needed to be important to this one woman.
No. Case forced himself to stop. He pulled away from the drugging kisses she was giving him. He couldn’t go down that path. If he was going to take her, it would be on his terms, and that meant he wasn’t going to play the idiot. He wasn’t going to ask for more than she could give him. He wasn’t going to pretend this was some grand love. She wasn’t Charlotte and he wasn’t Ian. They didn’t get that forever thing.
But they could have this.
“What’s wrong?” She looked up at him and then started to pull away.
He wasn’t going to let that happen. He turned her around so his front nestled her back. “Nothing’s wrong. I want to feel you. Do you have any idea how long I’ve waited to touch you, Mia? How often I’ve thought about this?” His hands were on her waist and he brought them up slowly. “I want to memorize every inch of your skin, and do you know how I’m going to do it?”
She leaned back into him. “You’re going to touch me.”
He loved how breathless she was. No other woman ever responded as honestly to him as she did. He could trust her body even if he didn’t trust the rest of her. Oh, she wouldn’t mean to hurt him. He actually believed that, but she would choose her world. She would choose her family over him. He could keep her for a little while.
“What am I going to touch you with, princess?” He moved slowly, letting his hands find the warm skin under her shirt.
“Your hands.” Her head fell back against his chest. Without heels on she didn’t quite reach his shoulders. “I want your hands everywhere, Case. They feel so good.”
“I will touch you everywhere, but that’s not all I’ll do.” He was right under her breasts. This was one of the things D/s had taught him. Sex required discipline. Patience. Control. He wanted to shove her on that bed and force his dick inside her, but that wouldn’t make it good for her. This methodical arousal of every inch of her body would make her ready for him, would make her scream for him.
Might make her stay with him for a while.
About The Author
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.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lexi-Blake/e/B005JVSDJ0