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Cherished: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00MC41BHI
- Publisher : DLZ Entertainment, LLC (October 28, 2014)
- Publication date : October 28, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 389 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 164 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1937608395
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #78,373 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Bridget is begging? In a corset and a thong? No way! Unless the guy is Channing Tatum. It's down to Tatum or that yummy doctor with the harem who lives across the hall. We learn he is a self-made man, who raised his three younger sisters and put himself through med school. Their mother is in jail. He has a deep need to control, so he is a Dom. Bridget is a disowned daughter of wealth (She writes menáge-flavored romance novels! Gasp!) who has a fiery temper and a less-than successful personal life. Her father is a robber baron who has no regard for the lives he ruins. Our two lovers are made for each other. They clearly are combustible; but they need to agree on the word "love." BTW, Lexi overuses "predator."
Will helps Bridget to bring to life the characters from her novels and live out the fantasies. But when the agreed upon contract between the Dom and his Sub becomes more can Will get past his feelings about love?
The characters from one book to another are starting to blur - Ian now sounds like Charlotte. Everyone has a snarky, humorous voice. It now feels like there is a universal persona for this series, and that is really detracting from my enjoyment.
This was a miss for me, as was the last M&M. I will read the next one, because Lexi Blake's worst novel is head and shoulders above most others, but I feel like it might be time to wrap up this series. I've already given up on her Shayla Black menage series, where each book has become identical to the one before it. Looks like her Steal series has moved into my favorite Lexi Blake series.
The Good, The Bad and Everything in Between
-I do like this ‘verse: full disclosure, I am a Lexi Blake fan and I’ve enjoyed her Masters & Mercenaries series for a good long while. When this pre-order showed up on my kindle, I rushed to finish up what I was reading to get to this one. I love the glimpse of previous couples living their own HEAs and this one is no exception.
-Great chemistry and hot sex: something Ms. Blake does well is steamy sex scenes and considering this is a novella, there was a good balance between sex and story development and I never felt as if there was too much or too little.
-Likeable characters: I haven’t loved all the novellas, but the last couple have been fun to read, with slightly different takes on the Alpha Dom. Will has a need for control, but he’s a stealth Top, helping Bridget without being so domineering that she completely ignores him. Bridget is only submissive in the bedroom, and is pretty bratty, which I enjoyed. Bridget is a funny heroine and I loved the way her brain would take off and start plotting different scenarios for her characters.
-Well paced novella: It’s not a full length novel, but the plot progresses at a good pace, and I learned much more about these two than I had ever glimpsed of them before in earlier books.
-Not quite a Standalone HEA: I think you could read this without the earlier books, BUT there are alot of characters and it could be overwhelming. That said, it’s a HEA with enough of a tease (no cliffhanger) for future story that kept me interested.
-Smart, but emotionally stupid characters: Will and Bridget are likeable, flawed characters who have been unlucky in love. While at times frustrating, I enjoyed the fact that they weren’t just dummies who I’ve been told are smart, but they do some smart maneuvering - of each other and other characters, when the situation calls for it. It’s only emotionally that they’re stunted and dense, yet somehow Ms. Blake managed to make me not want to smack them upside the head...well, not too much.
My main issue with the romance was Bridget’s need to lock down a relationship and a HEA within a week of being with Will. I understand condensed timelines are something that happens in a romance novel, but I side-eyed her intense need to be forever, when they barely knew each other.
The Bottom Line
The M&M formula felt fresher this time around and even when frustrated, I still liked the story. If you haven’t read this series and you’re into, I’d encourage you to start from the beginning, then dive into these novellas.
Top reviews from other countries
I have been longing to see their story ever since poor Bridget was almost murdered at Serena's book signing and poor Will, the Dom who was the victim of Karina's twisted serial killer brother until Derek took him down.
Not a traditional MT book but it does give a deeper insight into the peripheral characters that populate the world of MT.
If for no other reason you have to read this book for the hotel room scene!
Holy hell, it was got as sin.