Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dungeon Royale by Lexi Blake

Title: Dungeon Royale
Series: Masters and Mercenaries, 6
Author: Lexi Blake
Publisher:  DLZ Entertainment LLC
Genre and Pairing:Contemporary and M/F (light bondage, oral sex, anal play, toys)
Page Count: 411 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
An agent broken
MI6 agent Damon Knight prided himself on always being in control. His missions were executed with cold, calculating precision. His club, The Garden, was run with an equally ordered and detached decadence. But his perfect world was shattered by one bullet, fired from the gun of his former partner. That betrayal almost cost him his life and ruined his career. His handlers want him to retire, threatening to revoke his license to kill if he doesn’t drop his obsession with a shadowy organization called The Collective. To earn their trust, he has to prove himself on a unique assignment with an equally unusual partner.
A woman tempted
Penelope Cash has spent her whole life wanting more. More passion. More adventure. But duty has forced her to live a quiet life. Her only excitement is watching the agents of MI6 as they save England and the world. Despite her training, she’s only an analyst. The closest she is allowed to danger and intrigue is in her dreams, which are often filled with one Damon Knight. But everything changes when the woman assigned to pose as Damon’s submissive on his latest mission is incapacitated. Penny is suddenly faced with a decision. Stay in her safe little world or risk her life, and her heart, for Queen and country.
An enemy revealed
With the McKay-Taggart team at their side, Damon and Penny hunt an international terrorist across the great cities of Northern Europe. Playing the part of her Master, Damon begins to learn that under Penny’s mousy exterior is a passionate submissive, one who just might lay claim to his cold heart. But when Damon’s true enemy is brought out of the shadows, it might be Penny who pays the ultimate price.

I don’t know why Lexi Blake continues to surprise me.  She is one of those authors that I impatiently wait for her next release and from the moment I read the first words I knew exactly why it tries my patience.  She is an awesome storyteller.  And with Dungeon Royale the sixth installment to the Masters and Mercenaries series I am reminded yet again why I love her.
I am impressed with how complex both her stories and her characters are.  I mean there isn’t much that can be said about a romance, it is usually boy meets girl, boy messes up, girl forgives and they live happily ever after.  It isn’t as though the formula can change but Ms. Blake has a way of making the details so compelling and believable that I find myself lost in her world.
But back to this particular story, I adored Damien.  He was almost too perfect.  He was cold but appeared to have it all until he was betrayed.  Seeing his life flash before his eyes and understanding who was important to him even before his journey began gave us a road map so to speak.  And then we meet Penelope, a woman who allows life to pass her by while she remains detached.  These two characters wouldn’t appear to make a good fit, but with the skill of a tactician Ms. Blake showed why she really is one of the best at what she does. 
She gave us layers upon layers in her characters without taking away from the story she wants told.  She gave us two characters that were more alike than one would think at first glance but together they became magical.  Damien unlocked something in Penelope that allowed the sultry women, hidden by responsibility and fears, to blossom and fight.  While Penelope allowed Damien to see that he could offer more than just his body.  She showed him while his job was and is important, he could offer and demand more.  These lessons were learned all while saving the world as we know it.  Gotta love kick-ass characters and Ms. Blake gave us that and more with the latest addition to the Masters and Mercenaries series.

                         Five Shooting Stars

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