Title: The Dom who Loved Me
Author: Lexi Blake
Publisher/Year: DLZ Enterainment 9/7/11
Length: 372 Pages
Series: Masters and Mercenaries #1
A routine mission … turns into a dangerous seduction.
Sean Taggart is hunting a deadly terrorist, and his only lead is the lovely Grace Hawthorne. She’s the executive assistant for an employment agency Sean suspects is a front for illegal activities. To get the truth, he is going to have to get very close to Grace, a task he is all too eager to undertake when he discovers her deliciously submissive nature.
Soon, Grace Hawthorne is living a double life. By day, she is the widowed mother of two college-aged sons. By night, she submits to Sean’s every dark desire. She’s living out her wildest fantasies of pleasure-intimate acts of trust she’s only read about. As passion engulfs her, a murderer strikes, and Grace learns that Sean has a deeply hidden agenda. Will Sean choose his mission and break her heart or be the Master of her dreams?
Im usually a huge fan of Lexi Blake and all that i’ve read by her, and in this instance, i’m on the fence a bit and i’m not entirely certain why. What we have here is a sweet story of the expected Alpha Male, and the innocent woman who kind of finds herself in a situation where she needs to be rescued. Of course said dom man is the one to do it right?
This story starts off where Sean Taggart finds himself on an assignment to hopefully find an ecoterrorist who’s been up to no good for while and off the radar because of some fairly impressive means of plastic surgery and the like. While he’s learning about the job, he sees a photo of a woman who may be an ‘in’ to this guy, and of course all that maleness comes to the forefront when he’s attracted to her.
The story from there is watching Sean trying to get his job done while also allowing himself to be incredibly attracted to Grace and teach her the ways of his life. We know that Sean and his brother and their friends are part of the BDSM lifestyle and Sean seems to think that Grace has been part of it too, although he learns that it’s really just from reading a lot.
Anyhow, we have 2 story lines here – one of the attraction between the two and seeing how that plays out since Grace is fairly sure of herself and she’s a bit older than him so she knows what she’s going to bring to the situation. Then there’s the story of trying to find Patrick who’s the guy that’s gone rouge. There are hints throughout the story on who he is and i think that it’s just a matter of time until he slips up and they’re able to get him.
The challenge in this story is twofold. one is that Grace is somehow put in the middle of things and when things go pearshaped, she’s the one that gets the focus of the blame. It o course has the chance to tear her and Sean up and i think that it’s a nice journey that we see them go through since they do end up split apart. Then there’s the story of how Grace and Sean really work together. She knows that it can’t be forever since he’s not from Dallas but she’s willing to do right now until things go wrong.
All in all, it’s a sweet story. It’s nicely written and there are some intensely steamy scenes – yet i don’t know what about it makes me hedge a bit. I know that there’s more to the series though which i’m going to stick with for a bit just to see how it goes. Anyhow, have a great day and enjoy the Super Bowl if that’s your thing!