After a major loss, Brody Carter found a home with the London office of McKay-Taggart. A former soldier, he believes his job is to take the bullets and follow orders. He’s happy to take on the job of protecting Dr. Stephanie Gibson while the team uses her clinic in Sierra Leone to bring down an international criminal. What he never expected was that the young doctor would prove to be the woman of his dreams. She’s beautiful, smart, and reckless. Over and over he watches her risk her life to save others. One night of pure passion leads him to realize that he can’t risk his heart again. When the mission ends, Brody walks away, unwilling to lose another person he loves.
Stephanie’s tragic past taught her to live for today. Everything she’s done in the last fifteen years has been to make up for her mistakes. Offering medical care in war-torn regions gives her the purpose she needs to carry on. When she meets her gorgeous Aussie protector, she knows she’s in too deep, but nothing can stop her from falling head over heels in love. But after one amazing night together, Brody walks away and never looks back. Stephanie is left behind…but not alone.
A year later, Stephanie runs afoul of an evil mercenary who vows to kill her for failing to save his friend. She runs to the only people she trusts, Liam and Avery O’Donnell. She hasn’t come alone and her secret will bring her former lover across the world to protect her. From Liberia to Dallas, Brody will do whatever it takes to protect Stephanie from the man who wants to kill her, but it might be her own personal demons that could destroy them both.
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After reading Revenge, my first Lexi Blake novel, I was so excited to receive an ARC of her newest book, Love Another Day. I knew it was the 14th book in her Masters and Mercenaries series (14th, Holy Cow!) but after reading Revenge, I felt like it wouldn’t matter.
This can be read as a standalone. Though the MCs meet in a earlier book, their story completely plays out in this one. I didn’t have a difficult time putting the pieces of their relationship together, especially as the prologue starts with their first night together. The conflicts that drive Love Another Day are also easy to follow and contained all within the book.
But… I really struggled to get through it.
First, it’s important to say that Stephanie’s story is a great one. She’s a woman who readers of the series will recognize as the character responsible for a horrible accident that left a past heroine widowed and childless. Anyone will be able to relate to the guilt that has surrounded Steph through all of her adult life despite the forgiveness and friendship she’s gotten from Avery. My heart filled with compassion for this brilliant, loving woman who couldn’t forgive herself and dedicated her life to serving others. Knowing how I would struggle if it were me, Blake writes Stephanie in a way that I could easily relate to every step of the way, especially after she becomes a mother. Watching her fight to overcome this was the best part of the story.
My problem was two-fold. I never really connected to Stephanie and Brody as a couple until the end. Throughout the book Brodie felt very one-dimensional. It felt like the only purpose he served as a character was to give Stephanie with a child. They loved each other, yes. But, other than being a person that Stephanie had to consider in her struggle to forgive herself he didn’t seem to serve a purpose. Towards the end, when he addresses his fears and realizes how he truly hurt her did he start to seem real to me. My other issue is the BDSM storyline, or lack thereof. While there are spankings and toy use, Brodie never felt like a true Dom and Stephanie’s only experience with the lifestyle came from reading a few books. This led to their sex scenes feeling more like a distraction from the story rather than moving it forward.
Overall, I think if you’ve read the previous books in the series you’ll enjoy this one, especially as characters from the series play important roles in the telling of this story. My favorite relationship in the book is between Avery and Stephanie as Avery is the character that really holds the key in helping Stephanie heal. For readers new to the series, again it can be read as a standalone, but I suspect that you’d enjoy it more if you start from the beginning.
3 stars for Love Another Day. Heat level: 4
I received a copy of this book from InkSlingerPR.
Love Another Day was published in August 2017 by DLZ Entertainment.
The door slammed and she suddenly found herself with her back against it. Brody crowded in, taking up all the space and staring down at her. His body brushed hers and she found both her wrists captured in one of his. He dragged them over her head, forcing her chest to come out, breasts skimming along his body. “I shouldn’t do this.”
Tough chick was winning. Steph let her take over. It was surely better than the desperate girl who lived inside her. She kept asking for love and affection and getting swatted away. This was the next best thing, possibly the only thing she would ever get. “Then don’t. Let me go and I won’t bother you again.”
“No, you’ll go find Ezra Fain and bother him,” Brody said on a growl.
“Somehow, I don’t think he’ll find me a bother.” She’d barely spoken two words to the man, but she wasn’t going to admit it. It was better to let Brody think she wasn’t a love-starved girl.
“He won’t fucking find you anything at all. If you’re determined to not sleep alone tonight, you can damn well do it with me.” His mouth came down on hers and every inch of her skin came alive. His kiss was overwhelming, hungry. There was no slow meshing of mouths. He took her, his tongue surging inside and dominating her own. He let go of her hands and started to explore her body. His hands were on her hips when he came up for air. “I’m leaving in the morning. I’m going back to London and I can’t come back.”
She’d known that would probably be his answer. She’d known he wouldn’t want to stay and she couldn’t leave.
“One night. That’s all I want.” It was all she could have. It had been foolish to think it could be any different.
His mouth came down on hers again and she let herself get swept away. One night and her life would go back to normal. One night and then she would be alone again. His hands started to roam over her and she tried to forget all the reasons why this was a bad idea.
He stepped back, his entire body set in hard lines. He strode over to the bed and sat down. “Take off the gown. It’s pretty, but I want to see you.”
She hesitated, all her insecurities coming to the forefront. Somehow, she’d thought he would simply take her. “Let me get the lights.”
He was back in her space again, his hand wrapping around her wrist. “I didn’t say turn off the lights. I said take off the gown. How am I going to see you if you turn off the lights?”
“Brody,” she began.
He was having none of it. “You got on your knees in front of me and you said you knew what you were offering me. The first thing you were offering me was obedience. The second was your body. You’re giving me neither right now.”
His voice had gone midnight dark and something about the tone made her soften. He was right. She did know what she’d offered him and now she was trying to have it all her way.
There was nothing wrong with her body. It was feminine and she was healthy. What was she afraid of? “All right.”
He let go of her wrist and sat back down, looking like a damn king waiting on his concubine’s performance. For all his “I’m nothing but a grunt” talk, the man could be incredibly arrogant, and damn if she didn’t find it sexy as hell.
Something about that voice let her know that everything was going to be fine. He was past the point of rejection. He was in and that meant he would play her Dom for the night. He would take care of her. She was as safe with him in the bedroom as she’d been in the field.
At least she was safe for the night. In the morning she would be in a world of hurt, but she wasn’t thinking past tonight.
ABOUT LEXI BLAKE:
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.