Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A View to a Thrill by Lexi Blake

Title: A View to a Thrill
Series: Masters and Mercenaries, 7
Author: Lexi Blake
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment LLC
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/F (oral and anal sex, light bondage)
Word Count:132,463
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
A Spy without a Country
Simon Weston grew up royal in a place where aristocracy still mattered. Serving Queen and country meant everything to him, until MI6 marked him as damaged goods and he left his home in disgrace. Ian Taggart showed him a better way to serve his fellow man and introduced him to Sanctum, a place to pursue his passion for Dominance and submission. Topping beautiful subs was a lovely distraction until he met Chelsea, and becoming her Master turned into Simon’s most important mission.
A Woman without Hope
Chelsea Dennis grew up a pawn to the Russian mob. Her father’s violent lessons taught her that monsters lurked inside every man and they should never be trusted. Hiding in the shadows, she became something that even the monsters would fear—an information broker who exposed their dirty secrets and toppled their empires. Everything changed when Simon Weston crossed her path. Valiant and faithful, he was everything she needed—and a risk she couldn’t afford to take.
A Force too Strong to Resist
When dark forces from her past threaten her newfound family at Sanctum, Chelsea must turn to Simon, the one man she can trust with her darkest secrets. Their only chance to survive lies in a mystery even Chelsea has been unable to solve. As they race to uncover the truth and stay one step ahead of the assassins on their heels, they will discover a love too powerful to deny. But to stop a killer, Simon just might have to sacrifice himself…

Talk about unexpected twists and turns.  Ms. Blake has once again given us a story full of action and emotional depth.  We again see what friendship and family mean to the Mckay-Taggert bunch.  WithLexi Blake’s A View to a Thrill we finally see Simon and Chelsea work through their chemistry and emotions without their family’s well-meaning cock blocking.  With her life at stake, Chelsea has no choice but to look deep within herself for what and who she wants.  She turns to the man she has always trusted even as she hides the real reason from herself and him.  I loved how Ms. Blake showed us Chelsea’s strength even as she allowed her to be weak.  But we also got to see that Chelsea isn’t the only one that needed to let go of her past.  Simon also had some demons that precluded him from seeing just how far Chelsea came out of the shadows in an effort to give them a future.  He wasn’t as perfect as his upper crust British accent and style would lead one to believe.  His skeletons may not have been as deadly but they were enough to cut a budding relationship in its tracks.
The depth of emotional growth of both Chelsea and Simon even as they dealt with betrayal was incredibly well articulated by Ms. Blake.  She allowed them a chance to grow together even under the action laden circumstances they found themselves in.  Then with the help of friends and family, they were prodded to “see” each other and not through lens clouded by their past.  I thoroughly enjoyed my return to this world and look forward to where Ms. Blake will take us next.

                                        Five Shooting Stars!!

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