Series: Masters and Mercenaries, 5.5
Author: Lexi Blake
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment LLC
Genre and Pairing:Contemporary and M/F (light bondage, oral sex, anal play, toys)
Word Count: 50,440
Reviewer Name: Luna
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A curious woman
Ashley Paxon understands responsibility. After her fiancé left her alone and pregnant, she forged a new life for herself and her daughter. Moving to Dallas, she went back to school and found a job at a club called Sanctum. As one of the BDSM club’s waitresses, she watches the Doms and their submissives every night. She yearns to explore their lifestyle of discipline and power exchange, but she knows she wouldn’t belong.
A wounded man
Keith Langston believes in living in the moment. Haunted by the past, he moves from one causal relationship to the next and never looks back. But the moment he lays eyes on Ashley, something primal and possessive takes over. He can’t stop thinking about her and yet he knows he can’t offer her what she needs. Having her seems impossible until Sanctum’s owner, the mysterious Ian Taggart, makes him an offer he can’t refuse.
The perfect contract
Offered the chance to train Ashley and initiate her into the D/s lifestyle, Keith is delighted to accept. Under the guidelines of a carefully crafted contract, they lose themselves in the pleasures and intimacies of being Master and submissive. But when Ashley and her daughter are threatened, Keith realizes she needs much more than a part-time Dom. To protect her, he will have to break through the barriers of their contract and finally face the demons haunting his heart.
Ms. Blake has done it yet again! I started Unconditional, the next installment in the Masters and Mercenaries series, and was unable to put it down. While this story wasn’t as action packed as previous installments, it was filled with the passion and emotion that I have come to expect in Ms. Blake’s writings. I found myself quickly invested in both Keith and Ashley both who have made appearances in previous stories. I wasn’t expecting them to be the next match made but I was impressed with how well they fit together.
Keith felt unworthy and used a Dom’s contract as a way to distance himself from his sexual partners. Ashley was so submissive she allowed herself to be a doormat. Who would have thought a man so cold as to appear unfeeling would be exactly what Ashley needed to build her low self-esteem? Ms. Blake, that’s who, and she did it in such a way that it seemed natural.
I enjoyed Keith when we first met and nothing about his story made me love him any less, it made me love him all the more. He was far from unfeeling in fact he felt too much and protected himself the only way he knew how. But Ashley was not about to let him hide forever. She blossomed under his care and was determined to fight for a future she could now see because of her Sir. I loved that Ms. Blake gave us a couple that grew together. Whose strengths and weaknesses balanced each other all while passion morphed into friendship which then exploded into love. I can’t wait to read the next installment in this wonderful series.
Five Shooting Stars