Shadow’s Review – At Your Service (Masters and Mercenaries #14.5) by Lexi Blake

There is a reason Lexi Blake’s books are a must-buy for me-they are entertaining, satisfying and emotionally supportive. ~ Shadow, Guilty Pleasures 

Juliana O’Neil’s promising future was burned away in the heat of battle. She had been an officer with a bright future in the military, but now she is struggling to survive. Her husband gone and her career in shambles, she finds a job at Top as a hostess and tries to put together the pieces of her life. The last thing she needs is any kind of male attention, but she can’t help but be amused at her neighbor and coworker’s lothario antics. Not that she would have anything to do with him, at least not for more than one night.

Javier Leones doesn’t understand monogamy. No woman could ever be enough for his endless libido, but he has to admit Juliana has his attention. For reasons he doesn’t fully understand, he can’t seem to get the gorgeous redhead with the sad eyes out of his head. After one scorching night together, he realizes he’ll never be able to get her out of his system. But with his reputation, he fears she’ll never see him as more than a one-night stand.

When their passions collide, these new lovers will be forced to confront Juliana’s past and come to terms with Javier’s present. Will they find their way or will this reservation be canceled at the last minute?

A Masters and Mercenaries: Topped Novel by Lexi Blake

There is a reason Lexi Blake’s books are a must-buy for me-they are entertaining, satisfying and emotionally supportive.

This powerful entry into the TOP series explores the relationship between hostess Juliana and sous chef Javier. Several things make their connection unlikely: Javier’s brother and his own reputation as a himbo, and most importantly, Juliana’s recovery from the loss of her hand while in the Navy.

In addition to strong, likable characters, an intriguing plot and steamy sex scenes, the story, like others in this series, explores the problems faced by veterans returning from service with missing limbs. Juliana is doing everything right-seeing a therapist, going back to work, even trying things that scare her-but is she really moving forward? Can Javier overcome his past to show Juliana that a relationship is worth trying and that there are ways to make her dreams come true.

We catch up on some of the previous characters from earlier books in the series, and from the related Masters and Mercenaries series. Expect some mild BDSM, and some angst, along with some twists and turns in the story. This is another five star read by this talented author.

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