A Masterly Crafted Story

Submission is Not Enough; Masters and Mercenaries (Series)
by Lexi Blake (Author)

This review is from: October 29,2016 By Kay Daniels (Kindle Edition)

Submission is Not Enough is one of the best Lexi Blake, Master and Mercenaries, books to date. Erin and Theo’s story was so masterly crafted that you discover, or remember along with Theo, just how long ago their love story actually began. I always enjoy reminiscing with former characters, which Lexi has skillfully crafted within McKay-Taggert so no one ever is really forgotten, but this story went beyond just family get-togethers. Let me see if I can highlight why you will not be able to put this book down once you start.

Theo and his twin brother, Case Taggert, joined the Master and Mercenaries series several books ago. The romance between Erin and Theo was not instantaneous, as a matter of fact, Erin pretty much hated every single thing that Theo did, that even including existing. That sounds like a perfect romance story you say. Yin and yang.   Well, this went beyond opposites attract. Erin was a hollowed out, darkly seasoned, kill-you-for-looking-at-her-the-wrong-way bitch. That is probably putting it nicely. Ian Taggert loved every dirty, nasty quality about Erin, she was a hard working employee of his, she was sort of the female version of himself. Now his brother on the other hand was the complete opposite. Yes, Theo had been a Navy SEAL and former CIA operative, but he was also optimistic, Mr. Sunny sunshine lets make the world a better place. Ian didn’t understand his brother one bit. I think he actually wondered if Theo was his brother on numerous occasions. If Theo didn’t look just like him, I’m sure Ian would have ordered a DNA test. It was actually Ian’s idea to pair Erin and Theo together on an assignment in hopes that Erin’s hard ways would rub off on Theo. Not that they would actually rub off each other. He did have a business to run after all and he was getting tired of all of his field ops growing vaginas. Or at least losing his field operatives when they became family men. So potato-potatoe or something along those lines. I love Ian Taggert, which I believe I’ve said before. He says what’s on his mind, yet he’s also manipulative and sneaky. I can’t get enough.

Back to Erin and Theo. It wasn’t until I was throughly engrossed in Submission is Not Enough that I truly began to realize just how long this love-hate relationship had been going on between Erin and Theo. You see, Lexi Blake does a beautiful job retelling their falling-in-love tale through their eyes as former stories take place around them. You get to revisit Faith and Ten from Master No along with Jesse and Phoebe from You Only Love Twice just to name a few. I loved hearing, not only a different side to old stories, but also reading a new one as well.

The character growth for these two people has to be the biggest metamorphosis I’ve ever read. You expect every character you read to come out at the end a wiser and hopefully happier person because they finally have their true love. These two characters intersect and weave between the dark and light. The stark contrast of where you see one has complete darkness in their soul the other tries to fill it with light is poignant, there is no happy medium with these two. It is all or nothing and completely beautiful to watch. The ramifications of not being there for the other is almost more than you can stand. They have to complete the other. They just have to!

Okay, panic attack abated and lastly I’ll say normally the Master and Mercenaries books are filled with spy tales, espionage, and lots of mercenary stuff, which is exciting to read, but this book blended the past with the present in such a beautiful way that the spy stuff didn’t overwhelm the heart of the story. Lexi is a master of layering her characters and plots where everything is very visual and I’m never left wondering who is who, aside from who might pop up in her next book. I love the anticipation and look forward to each and every installment. The next Masters and Mercenaries book is due this coming spring of 2017, but if you need a snack like I do in between, she has a few novellas from Topped coming out, a series spinoff where Chef Sean Taggert has mastered the kitchen, but his team is still learning what it takes to master his art. Also from Lawless, another series spinoff in which Case Taggert married into the Lawless family, a family who’s spent a lifetime seeking revenge. Make sure to check them both out.

Find more of my reviews on: http://www.amazon.com under kayreader
or on Goodreads under Kay Daniels

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