Series: Masters & Mercenaries, Book 12
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Heat Level: Explicit
Lexi Blake truly delivers in this latest book of the Masters & Mercenaries series. Heart Wrenching. Explosive. Action Packed. Sexy. Submission Is Not Enough delivers all the Lexi Blake action, fast paced writing, kink, love and suspense that readers have come to love. But this book also brings a bucket load of emotions.
To say that I was excited for this book, is a complete understatement. Since the inkling was dropped about Theo Taggart, I have been on tenterhooks awaiting his return. This book did not disappoint. I got everything in the return of the love story between Erin and Theo, as well as the suspense that I crave from this series.
This book is not a standalone (nor is this entire series). The underlying story ARC is best experienced from book 1.
Erin & Theo’s relationship has never been without obstacles. In the beginning, Erin herself was the obstacle and Theo the one to break down her walls and show her what love is and how it can make a person stronger – not weak and reliant. But now, with Theo’s return, along with the loss of his memory, the struggle is Theo finding himself now – not a resurrection of what he used to be. Problem is, Erin (and the whole entire McKay-Taggart clan) remembers who Theo was before Hope McDonald got her hands on him. Can this family overcome the push and pull between the old Theo and the new Theo while still hunting down their enemy and making them pay?
The emotion in this book was entrancing. Whether it was heart-break, passion or down-right anger, I felt every intended emotion along with the characters in this book. The way that the emotion interplayed with the suspense and the relationship of ALL the characters (secondary included), was what kept me gripped to the words that I could not devour fast enough. I have to say that on EVERY level, this was Blake’s most emotion driven book to date in this series.
One of the main reasons that I keep coming back time and time again when Lexi Blake releases a new M&M book is that it covers both my love for kinky romance with explosive heat, passion and sex with my need for a suspense novel that keeps me on my toes and always trying to figure out what is going to happen next or anticipate the next move. I do have to say that the kink was definitely on the milder side in this story, as was the dominant/submissive relationship. But when these two did come together, I loved the way that Theo brought THE ALPHA female of the team to her knees (literally and metaphorically).
What I also loved in this book was the glimpse of all the other players in this series and their sense of family, loyalty and duty.
The story ARC in Submission Is Not Enough was as intriguing, mind bending and fast paced as ever. I loved the way that this book built and built upon the tension that was Hope McDonald. The twists in the plot kept me constantly on edge and changing my mind about where this story was going, what action was going to be taken and if finally we will get some answers to The Collective and Hope McDonald’s experiments.
Of all the books in this series to date, I am going to say that this one has been my favorite. I loved the complexity that is Erin & Theo. I loved the way in which the suspense storyline drew me further into the hunt. I loved the way that I got to see that submitting is not weak nor does it make you lose your identity. I loved the way we got more insight into some of the secondary characters which have been on the periphery. But most of all, I loved the way that you can’t deny true love – no matter the circumstances, horrors or outside forces. I will be waiting eagerly for the next installment. A definite Redhot Recommendation.
A fallen hero reborn
Theo Taggart lost everything the night he died. His family, his beautiful Erin, and worst of all, he lost himself. A twisted doctor brought him back from the brink of death, but reprogrammed his identity to serve her will. Rescued by his brothers, he must fight to reclaim the man he was and the life, and love, that were stolen from him.
A love worth fighting for
Erin Argent thought she’d lost Theo forever. When he walked back into her life, it was nothing short of a miracle. Months of torture and conditioning at the hands of Dr. Hope McDonald have done damage to Theo that may never be mended. He has no memory of her or the life they shared. Breaking through to him, and helping him rediscover all he lost, will be the toughest mission she’s ever faced. Luckily for Theo, Erin loves a good fight.
Their reunion under siege
Unfortunately, Hope is far from done with Theo Taggart. Obsessed with her prize experiment, she will do anything to get him back. If the only way to finally break him of his past life is to kill Erin and his son, then she’s only too happy to oblige…
Theo took the stairs as quickly as he could. He knew where he was going, but he wasn’t going to think about it. For the first time since he’d gotten home, he didn’t care about his past or figuring out who he’d been. He wanted. He wanted something right now and that felt good.
She’d been right. There wasn’t a place for guilt here.
He strode up the stairs, her weight comforting in his arms. Yeah, he wasn’t going to think about that either. He was going to enjoy it, not wonder why his body remembered her when his mind would not.
“Hey, is everything okay?”
Damn it. Case was standing at the top of the stairs, obviously having come out of the privacy rooms. His wife was at his side, her face flushed. Mia had sex hair. Good for them. Red was about to have sex hair, too. Lots of filthy sex hair. “Everything’s great. Night.”
Case put a hand on his shoulder. “Whoa. I thought you were going to take this slow, brother.”
“If you don’t get your hand off him right this second, Taggart, I am going to ensure that you never have children,” Red said, her eyes narrowing on his brother. “You won’t be able to cock block anyone because you won’t have a damn cock. Am I clear?”
Case’s hands came up immediately as though he knew that tone and was not going there. “Trying to help.”
“Three is clean and has plenty of condoms. We’re taking a monitor turn up here. I checked all the rooms.” Mia grinned at him. She actually was helpful. “Have fun and we’ll see you at home.”
He didn’t bother to look back. Case could give him a lecture later. He wasn’t waiting anymore. He’d waited forever. Even when he couldn’t remember her face, he’d known she was there. He’d felt her, or rather he’d felt her absence.
Could he truly be with a woman whose name he couldn’t think without hurting her?
It didn’t matter. He wasn’t making those decisions tonight. He was enjoying her. His sub. He was bringing her pleasure and he probably should do a good job of it because his sub was fucking mean.
And fragile. He’d seen the moment she’d thought he was rejecting her. He’d watch her skin flush and her body start to turn in on itself. She was such a mix of strength and need. It was intoxicating. He wanted so badly to be the man who gave her what she needed.
Affection. Pleasure. Comfort.
Love—he wasn’t thinking that word tonight. Nope. Pleasure was way better.
He kicked out lightly at the partially open door number three. It looked like Mia had done her job. The room was perfectly clean, the lighting soft and romantic. The best thing about this room though was the complete lack of any of his friends or family being here.
It was him and her, and that was exactly what he wanted. No Ian. No Li. No Kai asking them hundreds of questions. Him and her and the night.
He tossed her on the bed and stood back, looking down at her. “Tell me why you thought I was rejecting you.”
The instant she hit the bed, she was up on her knees. So graceful. So deadly. What the hell was this woman like out in the field? She moved like a predator, but the look on her face was pure sarcasm. “Uhm, your words. That’s what sealed it for me. ‘I don’t want to do this’ is generally considered a rejection.”
Somehow she managed to put an unsaid “dumbass” on the end of her sentences. Not all of them. She’d been perfectly sweet most of the night, but she could turn it on when she wanted to. “I didn’t mean that. When I said the words, I watched you change. Why? You’re good at slapping people down. I wouldn’t have said that until today.”
“Because I’ve been careful around you,” she admitted.
“Why? You think I’m delicate?”
Her lips curled up. “I don’t think you’re delicate. I think I’m a lot to take, but I also am starting to believe I was wrong. You like me rough.”
“I like you a lot.” More than he could ever tell her.
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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.