Saturday, May 16, 2015

Adored (A Masters and Mercenaries Novella #8.5) by Lexi Blake - Review & Excerpt Tour

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We are so excited to bring you the Blog Tour for Lexi Blake's ADORED! ADORED is a Contemporary Erotic Romance novella in Lexi's Masters and Mercenaries Series! Check it out below and grab your copy today!!

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ADORED Synopsis:

A man who gave up on love

Mitch Bradford is an intimidating man. In his professional life, he has a reputation for demolishing his opponents in the courtroom. At the exclusive BDSM club Sanctum, he prefers disciplining pretty submissives with no strings attached. In his line of work, there’s no time for a healthy relationship. After a few failed attempts, he knows he’s not good for any woman—especially not his best friend’s sister.

A woman who always gets what she wants

Laurel Daley knows what she wants, and her sights are set on Mitch. He’s smart and sexy, and it doesn’t matter that he’s a few years older and has a couple of bitter ex-wives. Watching him in action at work and at play, she knows he just needs a little polish to make some woman the perfect lover. She intends to be that woman, but first she has to show him how good it could be.

A killer lurking in the shadows

When an unexpected turn of events throws the two together, Mitch and Laurel are confronted with the perfect opportunity to explore their mutual desire. Night after night, of being close breaks down Mitch’s defenses. The more he sees of Laurel, the more he knows he wants her. Unfortunately, someone else has their eyes on Laurel and they have murder in mind.

He helped her up and had the rope in his hands before she could say another thing. She could see the relief stamped on his face. He needed the control, needed it so badly.
Something about her made him lose it and that was great at times. She loved their passion, but this was part of the man, too. He needed to be patient and slow. He needed to rise above his instincts.
She could give him both.
The room was quiet as he worked, wrapping the rope and tying it off. It wasn’t super tight and she suspected that was for her comfort. She found an odd place as she submitted to him. As he wound the rope around her, working it in diamond patterns, she relaxed. Her whole body was humming. Her blood thumped through her system and she was aroused by the feel of his hands on her skin, but there was no hurry.
She loved this quiet time when they didn’t have to talk, when they could simply be together. Peace and passion. They could have both if they tried.
“Did you hate the spanking? I haven’t had to discipline you before this evening.” They were the first words he’d spoken in fifteen minutes. His hands expertly tied two pieces of jute together before he began a row that would end at her hips.
She could feel where the knots were. The way he’d tied her, they rubbed against her skin, but not in an unpleasant way. It was like everywhere the knots sat was another place he touched her. “I didn’t dislike it and you know it. I suspect you can tell how aroused it got me.”
He breathed in. “I love the way you smell when you want me. And I love how your whole body blushes when I talk about how good you smell.”
It was something none of her previous lovers would have dared to mention, but then nothing was out of bounds sexually as far as Mitch was concerned. He might have a million hangups in real life, but once the clothes came off, he didn’t shy away from anything. “Like I said, I didn’t mind the spanking. And I like this. I like how the rope feels.”

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Adored (Masters and Mercenaries #8.5) by Lexi Blake

Mitch Bradford is an intimidating man in the courtroom and at the BDSM club Sanctum. He has a reputation at the club for being a very disciplined Master. When it comes to relationships, he has been an epic fail. Two divorces under his belt made him finally give up on love. No, he will stick to getting pretty submissive’s to bend to his will for a night and then move on to the next. Besides, he’s too busy keeping his law practice going to have time for a real relationship, he is just not good at love.

Laurel Daley is a woman who knows what she wants and goes after it. She’s decided that Mitch Bradford is the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, he’s older and has a couple of ex-wives but they just didn’t know what he needs. Laurel has watched him at work, and at play, figuring out all he needs is a little push in the right direction, and then he will see what a great life they could have. Laurel as his will submissive, Mitch, as her strong and dominant Master. She can show him that she is his perfect lover, friend, partner, and wife all he has to do is trust in her love.

Can Mitch realize that Laurel is the woman he has always wanted? Or will he throw it all away because he is too scared to take a risk? Will a dangerous killer get in the way of their happily ever after?

I have been on a little bit of a Lexi Blake high this week, first I read You Only Love Twice, then jumped into Adored, and immediately downloaded Sweet Child O’ Mine from Lexi’s website followed by purchasing the Sweet Seduction box set, which has Luscious in it. Therefore, it’s safe to say I am on a Masters and Mercenaries overload, and I love it!

I am obsessed with the series I simply cannot get enough of it. When a new installment is announced, I can’t pre-order fast enough. Each book leaves me with a book hangover as I anxiously wait for the next book to come out so I can delve into it with abandon. So this month, it’s good that Lexi has gifted us with so many releases in a row.

Mitch and Laurel are a fascinating addition to the Masters and Mercenaries series. Mitch is brooding and bitter from his two divorces. He is set in his ways and depends on his routines to keep his life in order. He has been through his share of heartache and disappointment in the past, so he tends to shy away from any real intimacy.  Then one day Laurel steps into his world and it’s all over for him, he wants Laurel but keeps his distances she’s his best friend’s sister she’s off limits. However, he can’t get her out of his head, she has entwined herself into his life, and he can’t imagine it without her in it. It was so sweet how he lets her make changes in his office and later his home, even though it bothers him to do so he will do anything to make her happy.

Laurel is young and a bit naïve at times, but it doesn’t take long for me to love her character. She’s feisty and smart she knows what she wants and she goes after it. Mitch and Laurel are perfect for each other and it shows as they navigate a D/s relationship. Laurel knows about the lifestyle since her brother and sister in law are in it, she’s decided it’s what she wants but only with Mitch. He tries to force her away make her understand he’s no good for any woman, especially her, but she holds her own and is determined to show him that they can have a future together. Mitch is stubborn and he messes up with Laurel a lot making for a deeply heartbreaking emotional story.

It is no surprise to me that I could not put this book down, it was fun and silly one minute and serious and sad the next. The characters are well developed and a joy to read. The BDSM scenes are exciting to read as always, no one does BDSM sex scenes like Lexi Blake. The story flows very nicely introducing us to some new characters as well as treating us to our old favorite’s I am talking about Big Tag of course. I can’t get enough of his sarcastic charm. Keeping with the action adventure plots that we have come to love with this series, there is a danger that threatens our main characters giving us a thrilling adventure to follow. This book may be read as standalone but as always, I recommend reading the entire series you will not be disappointed.

I am a huge fan of epilogues and this one has a doozy of an epilogue, it contains a sentence that will have the fans of the series gasping and screaming. I fully trust Lexi and I am sure that it sets us up for the next book about Tennessee Williams Master No coming in August. Yes, I already pre-ordered it, be sure to get yours.

*I was gifted an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review*

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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.

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