OK…so normally, the way it goes, as a series goes on longer, it gets more boring and predictable, right?!?! WRONG! Because Lexi Blake has found something very few authors have managed….a kicka** way to suck you in, believable suspense, and couples so hot for each other they are nothing short of a miracle. The Masters and Mercenaries Series is one of a kind and Love Another Day is a beautiful addition to this amazing series. Brody and Stephanie finally get their stories told and I have to tell you, it was one of the most gut-wrenching and emotional books of the entire series. No joke…I laughed (because we get a lot of Tucker in this one and I love Tucker) and I cried and I yelled and then rejoiced. There is nothing more moving and raw than a second chance and both Brody and Stephanie get one. I adored Brody…he is like a big, cuddly teddy bear. He is a bit stubborn but comes around pretty quickly and his introduction to the big “secret”….I LOVED IT!!! It was so awesome, hilarious, but awesome. Another huge plus…Brody is a fighter. And he’s willing to fight for Stephanie and everything she represents. It’s a good thing too because Stephanie has to be the most stubborn and self-sacrificing character I have ever read…IN MY LIFE! She takes self-punishment to a whole new extreme, so much so that it did take me time to really enjoy her character in the beginning. She won me over though. I loved the chemistry between Brody and Stephanie. I particularly enjoyed how easily he could read her every thought and need and how he eased her and her soul. Their battle to be together is not easy. But the outcome was amazing. I don’t want to give away too much but I can tell you the sex scenes are over-the-top emotional and poignant and the suspense is killer. There was an ending to beat all endings and I think this book, of all the books in the series, caused me to laugh and cry more simultaneously, than any others. I enjoyed every breathtaking second of it and I love how the author repeatedly brings back previous characters so you can continue to catch up on this evolving series. You can expect lots of fireworks and probably a headache from the tension. Not to mention, you have no idea until the very end who the bad guy and good guy really is. Have I told you yet how hot the sex is? Yes? Sorry, it’s worth repeating. This book was flawless and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Blake has in store for us next. If the teaser at the end wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, start this series back over at the beginning until the next book comes out. There is nothing disappointing about it! 5 stars!
A man born to protect
After a major loss, Brody Carter found a home with the London office of McKay-Taggart. A former soldier, he believes his job is to take the bullets and follow orders. He’s happy to take on the job of protecting Dr. Stephanie Gibson while the team uses her clinic in Sierra Leone to bring down an international criminal. What he never expected was that the young doctor would prove to be the woman of his dreams. She’s beautiful, smart, and reckless. Over and over he watches her risk her life to save others. One night of pure passion leads him to realize that he can’t risk his heart again. When the mission ends, Brody walks away, unwilling to lose another person he loves.
A woman driven to heal
Stephanie’s tragic past taught her to live for today. Everything she’s done in the last fifteen years has been to make up for her mistakes. Offering medical care in war-torn regions gives her the purpose she needs to carry on. When she meets her gorgeous Aussie protector, she knows she’s in too deep, but nothing can stop her from falling head over heels in love. But after one amazing night together, Brody walks away and never looks back. Stephanie is left behind…but not alone.
A secret that will change both their lives
A year later, Stephanie runs afoul of an evil mercenary who vows to kill her for failing to save his son. She runs to the only people she trusts, Liam and Avery O’Donnell. She hasn’t come alone and her secret will bring her former lover across the world to protect her. From Liberia to Dallas to Australia’s outback, Brody will do whatever it takes to protect Stephanie from the man who wants to kill her, but it might be her own personal demons that could destroy them both.
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The door slammed and she suddenly found herself with her back against it. Brody crowded in, taking up all the space and staring down at her. His body brushed hers and she found both her wrists captured in one of his. He dragged them over her head, forcing her chest to come out, breasts skimming along his body. “I shouldn’t do this.”
Tough chick was winning. Steph let her take over. It was surely better than the desperate girl who lived inside her. She kept asking for love and affection and getting swatted away. This was the next best thing, possibly the only thing she would ever get. “Then don’t. Let me go and I won’t bother you again.”
“No, you’ll go find Ezra Fain and bother him,” Brody said on a growl.
“Somehow, I don’t think he’ll find me a bother.” She’d barely spoken two words to the man, but she wasn’t going to admit it. It was better to let Brody think she wasn’t a love-starved girl.
“He won’t fucking find you anything at all. If you’re determined to not sleep alone tonight, you can damn well do it with me.” His mouth came down on hers and every inch of her skin came alive. His kiss was overwhelming, hungry. There was no slow meshing of mouths. He took her, his tongue surging inside and dominating her own. He let go of her hands and started to explore her body. His hands were on her hips when he came up for air. “I’m leaving in the morning. I’m going back to London and I can’t come back.”
She’d known that would probably be his answer. She’d known he wouldn’t want to stay and she couldn’t leave.
“One night. That’s all I want.” It was all she could have. It had been foolish to think it could be any different.
His mouth came down on hers again and she let herself get swept away. One night and her life would go back to normal. One night and then she would be alone again. His hands started to roam over her and she tried to forget all the reasons why this was a bad idea.
He stepped back, his entire body set in hard lines. He strode over to the bed and sat down. “Take off the gown. It’s pretty, but I want to see you.”
She hesitated, all her insecurities coming to the forefront. Somehow, she’d thought he would simply take her. “Let me get the lights.”
He was back in her space again, his hand wrapping around her wrist. “I didn’t say turn off the lights. I said take off the gown. How am I going to see you if you turn off the lights?”
“Brody,” she began.
He was having none of it. “You got on your knees in front of me and you said you knew what you were offering me. The first thing you were offering me was obedience. The second was your body. You’re giving me neither right now.”
His voice had gone midnight dark and something about the tone made her soften. He was right. She did know what she’d offered him and now she was trying to have it all her way.
There was nothing wrong with her body. It was feminine and she was healthy. What was she afraid of? “All right.”
He let go of her wrist and sat back down, looking like a damn king waiting on his concubine’s performance. For all his “I’m nothing but a grunt” talk, the man could be incredibly arrogant, and damn if she didn’t find it sexy as hell.
Something about that voice let her know that everything was going to be fine. He was past the point of rejection. He was in and that meant he would play her Dom for the night. He would take care of her. She was as safe with him in the bedroom as she’d been in the field.
At least she was safe for the night. In the morning she would be in a world of hurt, but she wasn’t thinking past tonight.
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh 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.