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Charmed: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella Kindle Edition
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New York 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.
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- ASIN : B08152NC8Z
- Publisher : 1001 Dark Nights Press (June 23, 2020)
- Publication date : June 23, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1139 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 197 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,752 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Having JT Malone thrown into the corporate espionage op at the last minute isn't ideal. Nina Blunt was assigned on the op to act as a Texas billionaire's new assistant. Instead she has to quickly adapt and become the fake fiancée of a gorgeous, sexy billionaire. They agree that when when the bullets start to fly she's the in charge. He may not be an operative but he's a Dom and he's definitely the one in charge, at least in the bedroom. Unfortunately living up to that agreement is tough once things get dicey because these two develop real feelings for each other. His need to protect is as strong as her need to do her job.
It doesn’t matter that I entered Lexi Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries series with her spin-off, Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten. There are clearly books to be read and stories to inhale, but jumping into this series midstream has only whetted my interest in the series as a whole. Charmed, the newest novella from 1001 Dark Nights, is the type of story that feels like an extra cherry on a huge hot fudge sundae. Without having read the other Lexi Blake novellas in the 1001 Dark Nights series, Charmed reads as essential, but also tertiary to the Masters and Mercenaries world, and it’s perfection in its ability to grab your attention from the first page.
I read this novella in an afternoon, caught in the grasp of Nina and JT’s sultry romance. What does Lexi Blake do well with this story and the other Masters and Mercenaries stories? For one, she grabs your attention with the suspense side of her plot. Nina is a former agent for Interpol who has begun working for the security firm of McKay-Taggart. She has been brought in to help JT’s family’s company determine who has or is committing corporate espionage. Initially, she is tasked with acting as the CEO’s assistant during a corporate retreat; however, when the CEO falls ill, his son, JT, must step into his father’s role. Without having met JT or seen pictures of him prior to her meeting, she doesn’t realize that the one-night stand from the night before is JT, complicating their mission. Even more, when a mix-up occurs, their relationship becomes characterized as a fake engagement, not an assistantship. This makes Nina question her ability to complete the mission.
Secondly, Blake keeps you engaged in the progression of her story. Charmed is equal parts suspense and romance. This means the characters are either hitting the sheets or seeking out the bad guys. This is unendingly riveting. Thirdly, there is an emotional gravitas to the story in the characterization of Nina. This woman is complicated because her past has changed her perspective on life, her present is complicated by a hero who wants all parts of her, and as a woman, she fights for her equality in a male-dominated career. Blake uses Nina to engage in a discussion about agency and due respect when the alpha-JT tries to undermine it. This feels key to liking Charmed.
From start to finish, Charmed is (1) $exy, (2) suspenseful, and (3) entertaining. I ate up this story, hoping for JT and Nina to find their happy ending. Even more, many of your McKay-Taggart agents are found in the pages of Lexi Blake’s Charmed. It’s everything you love about her books in a bite-sized form.
She spots him in a bar, sitting there all handsome and alone. The bartender goads her into buying him a beer and meeting him. He loves the anonymity, he's just "JT," not the well-known heir to the Malone billions. Corporate espionage, so McKay-Taggart had been hired. He knows she is the MT operative from London. His twin wants to appear at the meeting in the morning and pretend to be him. The twin has never taken an interest in either the ranch or the oil business, so that plan is shelved. JT may know who she is but won't allow that to get in his way. Their interior dialog as each rationalizes his or her behavior is lotsa fun. Twin bro Michael smells a rat and JT's Personal Assistant thinks Nina's a gold digger. This is an entertaining feminist piece. There is an attempted murder. He over reacts so poor JT gets both barrels from MacKay AND Taggart as they lay it out about strong women. Big lesson.
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Characters are totally believable even if the storyline feels a little forced which is unusual for a Lexi Blake book. Maybe it's just me but I kept expecting an alpha female like Nina to put Deanna back into her place and being totally honest I couldn't understand why a leader like JT allowed an assistant to get away with treating him like a child. That is the only grating aspect with the story.
I enjoyed it, I will read it again because the writing is faultless.