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Quote-tastic Monday: Dominance Never Dies by Lexi Blake

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This is the eleventh book in the Master & Mercenaries series.  These books are serious security/BDSM romances which are actually hysterically funny.  I wouldn’t like them nearly as much if it wasn’t for the humor in them.  It’s not the situations that are funny necessarily.  It’s the lines and the characters reactions to each other.

Anyway, this book had a number of lines that I loved, but I’ll just give you one of Mia’s.

She should have damn well known that cleaning up after a couple of murders was definitely women’s work.

And that’s the closest any of these characters get to being a stereotype.

I highly recommend this series, BUT READ THEM IN ORDER.  The story lines continue from book to book and you will be totally lost if you try to pick up somewhere in the middle.  Of course, the books are so great that reading the entire series will be a treat.

By the way, book twelve Submission is Not Enough comes out this Tuesday, October 25th and I cannot wait.

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Big Easy Temptation (The Perfect Gentlemen, #3) by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

Big Easy Temptation (The Perfect Gentlemen, #3)Big Easy Temptation by Shayla Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Big Easy Temptation
Author: Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
Series: The Perfect Gentlemen, #3
Pages: 384
Publisher: Berkley
Date: May 3, 2016


The New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series present the third scintillating novel featuring the privileged, wealthy, wild men of Creighton Academy—the Perfect Gentlemen.

Years ago, Naval officer Dax Spencer and NCIS agent Holland Kirk indulged in a steamy affair—until she betrayed him in the wake of his father’s death. Dax tried to put her behind him with a payback of his own. But he never forgot Holland…

Now, as Dax and his fellow Perfect Gentlemen unravel a web of lies, he discovers his family’s tragedy is part of a much larger conspiracy. Soon, all clues point him back to New Orleans…where Holland waits, protecting her deadly secret and holding a torch for the only man she’s ever loved.

Once reunited, they can’t fight the passion flaring hot and wild. But something sinister lurks around every corner, from the elegance of the Garden district to the beauty of the bayou. Dax and Holland may find their way back to each other—if they survive…


This is the third book in “The Perfect Gentlemen” series and I finally feel like I know what is going on. I have read other series with overarching plots, but I don’t remember another one where the series plot was so integral to the individual book plots. It was hard to get used to and I felt I was left hanging in the first two books. This book was not any better in regards to finishing the major plot, but it did give a lot more information that made the ending more satisfying.

Probably half or even more of this book takes place in the past. It supplies quite a bit of backstory, but I thought it was excessive. I kept thinking, “Okay, move it along. Let’s get back to the real story.”

Speaking of backstory, this is not a series that should be read piecemeal. You really, really need to read each book in order. I kind of wish I had waited until the entire series was released and read them back to back. Of course, they are so engrossing, I plan to do that anyway when the last book comes out. Now, if I only knew if that was going to be five books or six!

This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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Seduction in Session (Perfect Gentlemen, #2) by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

Seduction in Session (The Perfect Gentlemen, #2)Seduction in Session by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: Seduction in Session
Author: Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
Series: Perfect Gentlemen, #2
Pages: 400
Publisher: Berkley
Date: January 5, 2016


Privileged, wealthy, and wild: they are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy. But the threat of a scandal has one of them employing his most deceptive—and seductive—talents…

Recruited into the CIA at a young age, Connor Sparks knows how dirty the world can be. Only when he’s with his friends can he find some peace. So when an anonymous journalist threatens one of the Perfect Gentlemen, Connor vows to take down the person behind the computer, by whatever means necessary—even if it means posing as his target’s bodyguard.

Publishing a tabloid revealing Washington’s most subversive scandals has earned Lara Anderson the ire of the political scene—and a slew of death threats. To keep herself from ending up a headline, Lara hires a bodyguard, a man as handsome as he is lethal.

When the bullets start to fly, Lara is surprised to find herself in Connor’s arms. But as they begin to unravel a mystery that just might bring down the White House, Lara is devastated when she discovers Connor’s true identity—and finds herself at the mercy of forces who will stop at nothing to advance their deadly agenda.


Alright, I’ll tell you how I feel about this book. Before I was even finished, I was checking to see when the next book was to be released. (Big Easy Temptation – May 3, 2016) I liked the first book in the series, Scandal Never Sleeps, but this one was even better. I think the difference was most of the world building took place in the first book. This one seemed to move faster.

Which brings up something I was a little worried about. I read the first book six months ago and I was afraid I would have forgotten so much, it would be difficult to follow the new book. Fortunately, I had nothing to worry about. The authors did an excellent job of giving just enough backstory for continuity without bogging down the flow of the plot.

Just like in the first book, there is an overarching plotline that is not settled in this book. However, that does not mean there is a cliffhanger. I HATE cliffhangers and have given up on authors who tend to use them. This is not one of those books. The story between Connor and Lara is settled and we are given a lead in for the next book.

What can I say? No, the series is not done, but the ending of the individual books is satisfying. I cannot wait for the next book.

The “brothers” are all back and we get more of their stories. It is obvious that there will be at least three more books, but I am hoping for a fourth. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but there is a plotline that I have hopes for that is not obvious. If so, I think there will be an extra book and that will be great.

I highly recommend the series, but do NOT try to read this book without reading Scandal Never Sleeps. It will mean so much more.

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Scandal Never Sleeps (The Perfect Gentlemen, #1) by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Scandal Never Sleeps (The Perfect Gentlemen, #1)Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: Scandal Never Sleeps
Author: Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
Series: The Perfect Gentlemen, #1
Pages: 400
Publisher: Berkley
Date: August 18, 2015


They are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives . . .

Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him . . .

Mad groomed Everly Parker to be a rising star in the executive world. Now that he’s gone, she’s sure her job will be the next thing she mourns, especially after she ends up accidentally sleeping with her new boss. If only their night together hadn’t been so incendiary—or Gabe like a fantasy come true . . .

As Gabe and Everly struggle to control the heated tension between them, they discover evidence that Mad’s death was no accident. Now they must bank their smoldering passions to hunt down a murderer—because Mad had secrets that someone was willing to kill for, and Gabe or Everly could be the next target . . .


I only gave this book three stars not because it is an average book, but because it is the first book in the series . . . and that is not fair.

We are introduced to six major characters in the prologue. We are introduced to six different personalities. We are given hints of how these six different characters will mature (or not, as the case may be.)

And that is a lot to absorb in a matter of a few pages.

I felt like I should be taking notes on who everyone was and their personality traits. I keep harping on their personalities because they are a diverse group of best friends/brothers.

Unfortunately, I never got past that state of confusion.

The story itself is excellent. Everly is a wonderful girl who gets in over her head with Gabe. Gabe is not a bad person, but he has always been entitled and his attitude reflects this. However, in Everly, he has met the one person who means more to him than even his friends. His problem is convincing Everly of that.

There is a strong, overarching storyline (Maddox’ death) . . . and that was another problem for me. I expected this plotline to be resolved. Instead, I was only given clues about the next book. The relationship between Gabe and Everly is settled and firmly on the way to a HEA. However, the reason Maddox is killed is not explained.

I don’t like cliffhangers, in fact, I hate them. I would not have read this book if I realized there was going to be one. What I would have done is wait for the series to be complete and then read them all at once.

Book two, Seduction in Session, is due out in January 2016. And yes, I will buy it as well as the others. I just hope the ending of this one is more settled.

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