Discover the Lexi Blake Crossover Collection
Release Date: April 10, 2018
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CLOSE COVER by Lexi Blake
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Remy Guidry doesn’t do relationships. He tried the marriage thing once, back in Louisiana, and learned the hard way that all he really needs in life is a cold beer, some good friends, and the occasional hookup. His job as a bodyguard with McKay-Taggart gives him purpose and lovely perks, like access to Sanctum. The last thing he needs in his life is a woman with stars in her eyes and babies in her future.
Lisa Daley’s life is finally going in the right direction. She has finally graduated from college after years of putting herself through school. She’s got a new job at an accounting firm and she’s finished her Sanctum training. Finally on her own and having fun, her life seems pretty perfect. Except she’s lonely and the one man she wants won’t give her a second look.
There is one other little glitch. Apparently, her new firm is really a front for the mob and now they want her dead. Assassins can really ruin a fun girls’ night out. Suddenly strapped to the very same six-foot-five-inch hunk of a bodyguard who makes her heart pound, Lisa can’t decide if this situation is a blessing or a curse.
As the mob closes in, Remy takes his tempting new charge back to the safest place he knows—his home in the bayou. Surrounded by his past, he can’t help wondering if Lisa is his future. To answer that question, he just has to keep her alive.
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Besides the book description there’s a Foreword by another author. If you don’t know who she is you might want to check her out – after you read this book of course. One thing I’ve learned is you don’t miss what’s written before the story starts. This is so true with this book especially when you read the Acknowledgements. If I hadn’t read it then I wouldn’t have learned something about the author. The sad part became that I didn’t ask to read all the books in this project.
Remy Guidry gives us the character’s names that split into the other stories as well as the series. That just adds to my sadness/stupidity. Good thing I have to smarts to go out and get the books I missed. But as I read further into the first chapter, I start to second-guess myself – maybe I should read the other books first. You may find yourself in the same quandary. I know it’s not possible but I got the feeling that I wanted to read each of these Crossover books simultaneously. Once I have all the books, as I go back a second or third time, I can change up the reading order.
Lisa Daley has been down on her luck lately. We see that she also has a past with Remy. But it’s a past that didn’t go anywhere. This author knows how to stoke a fire – there’s plenty of heat between our main characters. We’ll want to see where this author is leading our couple. Our author certainly knows what’s needed to add some suspense into her story - anything more than that is just an added bonus.
There’s one character that seems important to the group as a whole – Ian Taggart. It will be interesting to see if he appears in each story as I go along. Something happens toward the end of this one that makes me question whether he’s been around a while. Will have to go back and find his story and then come back and reread the collection again – may give me a different or more in-depth perspective. And that is one mystery you will have to solve for yourself.
If you’re someone that likes romantic suspense than this book will make you very happy. The storyline also includes scenes in a “club”. If you’re more the vanilla type than you need to be aware that this couple is far from that. But if none of that bothers you, you’re going to have a great time here. If you’ve followed the series, this will be a great addition to your library. If this is your first dip into the Masters and Mercenaries pool it may give you the incentive to reading more. And the ending may do that too since I didn’t get any sense of completion where this series is concerned.
About the Author:
About Lexi Blake:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.
HER GUARDIAN ANGEL by Larissa Ione
Suzanne is an earthbound angel on her critical first mission: protecting Declan from an emerging supernatural threat at all costs. To keep him close, she hires him as her bodyguard. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that she’s in over her head, defenseless against this devastatingly sexy human who makes her crave his forbidden touch.
Together they’ll have to draw on every ounce of their collective training to resist each other as the enemy closes in, but soon it becomes apparent that nothing could have prepared them for the menace to their lives…or their hearts.
JUSTIFY ME by J. Kenner
But when Riley learns that someone is stalking her, he races to her side. Determined to not only protect her, but to convince her that—no matter what has hurt her in the past—he’s not only going to fight for her, he’s going to win her heart. Forever.
SAY YOU WON'T LET GO by Corinne Michaels
1. Make it big in country music.
2. Get the hell out of Bell Buckle.
I was doing it. I was on my way, until Cooper Townsend landed backstage at my show in Dallas.
This gorgeous, rugged, man of few words was one cowboy I couldn’t afford to let distract me. But with his slow smile and rough hands, I just couldn’t keep away.
Now, there are outside forces conspiring against us. Maybe we should’ve known better? Maybe not. Even with the protection from Wade Rycroft, bodyguard for McKay-Taggart, I still don’t feel safe. I won’t let him get hurt because of me. All I know is that I want to hold on, but know the right thing to do is to let go…
HIS TO PROTECT by Carly Phillips
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Talia Shaw has spent her adult life working as a scientist for a big pharmaceutical company. She’s focused on saving lives, not living life. When her lab is broken into and it's clear someone is after the top secret formula she’s working on, she turns to the one man she can trust. The same irresistible man she turned away years earlier because she was too young and naive to believe a sexy guy like Shane Landon could want her.
Shane Landon’s bodyguard work for McKay-Taggart is the one thing that brings him satisfaction in his life. Relationships come in second to the job. Always. Then little brainiac Talia Shaw shows up in his backyard, frightened and on the run, and his world is turned upside down. And not just because she’s found him naked in his outdoor shower, either.
With Talia's life in danger, Shane has to get her out of town and to her eccentric, hermit mentor who has the final piece of the formula she’s been working on, while keeping her safe from the men who are after her. Guarding Talia's body certainly isn't any hardship, but he never expects to fall hard and fast for his best friend’s little sister and the only woman who’s ever really gotten under his skin.
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Talia Shaw’s life is about to change. Shane Landon gets the shock of his life – somehow what I’m thinking doesn’t compare with the real thing. Comedy relief comes in the form of a character named Hutch and two little rascals. And ending the book with a smile on my face is always a good thing.
This story has a lot of sexual tension – very steamy. You know this is a work of fiction but it’s not too hard to believe how real this seems. And at times you may want to hold your breath. This book may have characters that connect the Crossover Collection but each storyline doesn’t so you can read them in any order. Do you start with your favorite author first? Read them in order? How do you go about deciding the order?
For me, this book is all about the suspense and what these two do the rest of the time is a pleasurable addition. I was all about what happened to Talia and how Shane was going to get her out of it. We get to see how Shane’s skills come in handy when doing his job. But is it all about the job or is there more going on here. I can’t help but thing about how creative the author is because there’s no way that I would ever come up with the twists and turns that she comes up with – I’m in awe. If you happen to start the Crossover Collection here, I think you’ll find yourself wanting more. Plus you have the author’s Bodyguard Bad Boys series and luckily I have only one book to catch up on.
RESCUING SADIE: A Delta Force Heroes/Masters and Mercenaries Novella
by Susan Stoker
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Sadie Jennings was used to being protected. As the niece of Sean Taggart, and the receptionist at McKay-Taggart Group, she was constantly surrounded by Alpha men more than capable, and willing, to lay down their life for her. But when she visits her friend in San Antonio, and acts on suspicious activity at Milena’s workplace, Sadie puts both of them in the crosshairs of a madman. After several harrowing weeks, her friend is now safe, but for Sadie, the repercussions of her rash act linger on.
Chase Jackson, no stranger to dangerous situations as a captain in the US Army, has volunteered himself as Sadie's bodyguard. He fell head over heels for the beautiful woman the first time he laid eyes on her. With a Delta Force team at his back, he reassures the Taggart's that Sadie will be safe. But when the situation in San Antonio catches up with her, Chase has to use everything he's learned over his career to keep his promise...and to keep Sadie alive long enough to officially make her his.
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Sadie Jennings set things in motions so that now she feels like a burden. Make sure to check out Justice For Milena so that you can understand how she gets where she is in this book. Chase Jackson will do anything to protect those he loves. Annie is back and still stealing scenes – if you’ve not been following the Delta Force Heroes you may not know who she is. She also may be an incentive to go back and find out what other books she may have appeared in – try Rescuing Emily.
You might think that this is going to be serious but you don’t know Annie. If this is your first book, because you’re following the Crossover Collection, you won’t know Rayne either. It’s a nice change where you can have a romantic suspense story where the author has time to include some comedic relief. And know you’re even going to chuckle at the end.
There was a point in the book that where I was getting to a good part and had to make a phone call. This was when I realized that I couldn’t read and talk on the phone at the same time. This author’s books are just too much of a distraction and need my full attention – which is never a bad thing.
This crossover is going to come down to which author you want to read first – that will be your hardest choice. The tougher choice will be who to read next and then who do you leave for last. But the good thing is that if you go back and reread the collection, you can change your reading order – that way they each have a change of being the first book.
Close Cover by Lexi Blake
He should have filed his report and run the other way, but the truth was this had been his team and it was in ruins now. Well, what some would call ruins. They had been a fully cohesive unit and then the last few weeks had played out the way they had and their ranks had been decimated.
One by one they’d fallen…
The team he’d known so well these last few years was gone and it wouldn’t be the same again.
“I want to know what happened,” a deep voice said.
Remy sat back. He wasn’t about to let that bastard know for a second that he was mildly intimidated. Besides, after everything that had happened in the past few weeks, the asshole probably had a right to take a chunk out of his hide. “It’s all in my report.”
There was the sound of shuffling and then his report slid across the desk and bounced into his lap.
“You mean this? This tells me nothing.”
“It tells you everything you need to know about what happened in Papillon. I’ve documented everything thoroughly, including all the bloody parts and where I buried the bodies in case you need them for anything. Of course, given where I was at the time, those bodies might not last long. The bayou tends to take everything it can from a man if he’s not moving. Sometimes even when he is.”
As his brother had learned. God, he hoped his brother forgave him one day. Of everything that had happened in Louisiana, his brother’s pain was the one thing he truly regretted.
Remy picked up the report he’d submitted only last week when he’d done all his exit paperwork. He thought he’d been extremely thorough in his mission report. His final report.
“Tell me what else you need from me, Tag.”
It was his last report because he wouldn’t be back here again. Not to work. After what had happened that wasn’t possible. He was needed somewhere else.