What Worked For Me:
Lexi Blake hits a home run, once again, with the latest installment of her brilliantly suspenseful and erotic Masters and Mercenaries Series. Dominance Never Dies is the story of Case Taggert and Mia Danvers….two people who feel so deeply for each other that every misstep they take in their relationship feels like a knife wound to the heart of the other. Case and Mia’s story begins in From Sanctum With Love and while you can read this story without reading that one first, my suggestion is that you read From Sanctum With Love first so you can get more of a feel for what happened prior to this book. Dominance Never Dies continues the search for the presumed dead, but now confirmed alive Theo Taggert, Case’s brother. Case has been stone cold and lost since Theo’s “death” and proof that he is alive sends him reeling. Especially since the proof comes from Mia, the woman who lied to him and made him feel betrayed. She invoked feelings in him that he had never felt before in his life, and brought a little bit of sunshine and peace to his chaotic world. Her deception crushed him and when she comes to him begging for his help and understanding, he is cruel and unforgiving. Mia decides to take matters into her own hands and continue the search for Theo on her own but Case, smoking hot and full of bad-ass dominance, decides to join her in her search and help her. He also decides that temporarily, she will be his. Mia knows that Case is the only man in the world for her and his unwillingness to forgive her breaks Mia’s heart. But, she is committed to finding Theo so she can give Case peace. One very interesting plane ride later (these heroes and heroines certainly know how to keep cool heads in crazy and mind boggling situations) and the search for Theo takes them to another country where plenty of action takes place. Action both in and out of the bedroom. In pure Lexi Blake fashion, the sex scenes are mind blowing and erotic and I love the chemistry and passion that burns between Case and Mia. I love that Mia is a totally kickass in her own right and the way she verbally spars with Case is both sweet and hilarious. She keeps him on his toes and brings out the loving dominant in him. Truly, Lexi Blake is a master at creating poignant and erotic love scenes that cause your heart to melt, your pulse to quicken, and your panties to burst into flames. The way Case loves Mia, and the way he woos her after another misunderstanding, blew my mind. It was so romantic and sweet. There is lots of suspense and some new characters that I am very interested in learning more about. This story kept me engaged from beginning to end and once again I was sucked into a story that completely and utterly wrecked me with its emotional punch. Normally by the 11th book in a series I would think it’s time to wrap it up but this is one series I hope never ends. It’s fresh and exciting and each book is different than the last. I’m on pins and needles for the next book and look forward to what creative genius Lexi Blake has in store for her readers.
Would I Recommend This Book:
Yes, to my reader friends who love romantic erotic romance and romantic suspense full of lots of emotion and intrigue.
Final Star Rating:
Dominance Never Dies
Masters and Mercenaries Book 11
By Lexi Blake
Coming June 14, 2016
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.
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“Are you ever coming back to Sanctum?”
Her eyes flared briefly at the mention of Sanctum, but then she shut down again. “I didn’t think I could.”
Ah, yes, she was still invested in the lifestyle. “Ian didn’t revoke your membership. I asked him not to. Kori and Sarah made a plea for you. Actually, they made him cookies. My brother can be bribed.”
“Somehow I can’t see Ian Taggart being happy with me in his club. I lied to him, too.”
“You would be surprised at how reasonable Ian can be when he wants to. You should come back.” Another thought hit him. A nasty one. “Unless you joined a club in Austin.”
“No, Case. I haven’t been out trolling for strange Doms,” she said with a sigh. “I’ve been working with my brothers. They have their own insane plans, you know.”
He knew they were investigating a couple of people. Adam and Alex had been working on it. Case had stayed away. He wasn’t sure why the Lawless brothers wanted to take down StratCast Industries or why they seemed to have a hard-on for Patricia Cain, who wrote cookbooks and shit. If they wanted to take down the ice queen, who had a whole network dedicated to her telling the rest of America how shitty their taste was in everything from food to throw pillows, more power to them.
“Well, you’re welcome to come back. I know Kori and Sarah miss you. Erin’s talked about you, too. She likes any woman who’ll threaten to shoot her. Once she hears how you dealt with my rudeness, she’ll want to be your best friend.” His sister-in-law understood the need for a violent reminder every now and then. “You should see your friends. You know, I never asked you about her. About the friend you lost.”
It had been the whole reason for her lie and he’d never asked her about it. They’d been far too busy bickering over inconsequential things or ignoring each other.
“Her name was Carrie. We were roommates in college. She was very excited to be working on her first set.” Mia looked wistful, her eyes misting. “She was my first friend in college. We kind of clung together. She was from a small town and I, well, I had an odd upbringing. We kind of clicked. We roomed together until she moved to Vancouver for the show. I miss her.”
“I’m sorry, darlin’. I really am.”
She gave him a wan smile. “You know what it means to miss someone. I’m sorry about everything, Case. I really thought I was doing the right thing. I didn’t mean to hurt you.”
He moved in, taking the opportunity she was giving him. They should have done this a long time ago. “And I’m sorry I made you think I didn’t want you. I did. Walking away from you every night was hard as hell. I still want you, Mia.”
She looked up at him. “I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
“Tell me why you looked for Theo.” He should be asking her how she’d found Theo. He knew that, but he couldn’t do it. They would be together for days. He could find that out later. Right now, he needed to find out if she wanted him, too.
“You know why.”
He did. It was the same reason he hadn’t played with a single sub since the day he’d met her. No play. No sex. No anything because no one was Mia and it seemed like she was the only woman in the damn world who could do it for him. “Because we have chemistry. Because nothing ever felt like kissing me. No sex. No intimacy. None of it ever worked the way it did with me.”
“God, you’re an arrogant man.”
He really wasn’t. It was all a front. “I’m not being arrogant. I know how you feel because I felt it, too. Why the hell do you think I lied about having a girlfriend? I haven’t touched anyone since the day I met you.”
Her eyes flared, her mouth dropping a bit. It was good to know he could shock her. “What are you trying to say, Case?”
He finally did what came naturally. He touched her, sliding his palm up her neck to cup her cheek. That was what he’d been missing. Connection. Warmth. “I think we’re going to be together for a few days. I know I’m tired of not knowing.”
He wanted to know what it felt like to cover her body with his, to have her spread and waiting and offering herself to him. To know how it felt to slide inside all that warmth. To be surrounded with her.
It wouldn’t last. It would only be for a few days, but for those days he would know what it meant to take care of her.
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.