Monday, April 16, 2018

Close Cover by Lexi Blake – Lexi Blake Crossover Collection Blog Tour

Remy Guidry doesn’t do relationships. He tried the marriage thing once, back in Louisiana, and learned the hard way that all he really needs in life is a cold beer, some good friends, and the occasional hookup. His job as a bodyguard with McKay-Taggart gives him purpose and lovely perks, like access to Sanctum. The last thing he needs in his life is a woman with stars in her eyes and babies in her future.

Lisa Daley’s life is finally going in the right direction. She has finally graduated from college after years of putting herself through school. She’s got a new job at an accounting firm and she’s finished her Sanctum training. Finally on her own and having fun, her life seems pretty perfect. Except she’s lonely and the one man she wants won’t give her a second look.

There is one other little glitch. Apparently, her new firm is really a front for the mob and now they want her dead. Assassins can really ruin a fun girls’ night out. Suddenly strapped to the very same six-foot-five-inch hunk of a bodyguard who makes her heart pound, Lisa can’t decide if this situation is a blessing or a curse.

As the mob closes in, Remy takes his tempting new charge back to the safest place he knows—his home in the bayou. Surrounded by his past, he can’t help wondering if Lisa is his future. To answer that question, he just has to keep her alive.

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The light in his face blocked out the view of the man interrogating him. Remy blinked in the glare and sighed. He should have known this wouldn’t go the way he’d hoped it would. He’d come back to Dallas as a courtesy and now he had to worry that maybe he wouldn’t make it out of this office again.

He should have filed his report and run the other way, but the truth was this had been his team and it was in ruins now. Well, what some would call ruins. They had been a fully cohesive unit and then the last few weeks had played out the way they had and their ranks had been decimated.

One by one they’d fallen…

The team he’d known so well these last few years was gone and it wouldn’t be the same again.

“I want to know what happened,” a deep voice said.

Remy sat back. He wasn’t about to let that bastard know for a second that he was mildly intimidated. Besides, after everything that had happened in the past few weeks, the asshole probably had a right to take a chunk out of his hide. “It’s all in my report.”

There was the sound of shuffling and then his report slid across the desk and bounced into his lap.

“You mean this? This tells me nothing.”

“It tells you everything you need to know about what happened in Papillon. I’ve documented everything thoroughly, including all the bloody parts and where I buried the bodies in case you need them for anything. Of course, given where I was at the time, those bodies might not last long. The bayou tends to take everything it can from a man if he’s not moving. Sometimes even when he is.”

As his brother had learned. God, he hoped his brother forgave him one day. Of everything that had happened in Louisiana, his brother’s pain was the one thing he truly regretted.

Remy picked up the report he’d submitted only last week when he’d done all his exit paperwork. He thought he’d been extremely thorough in his mission report. His final report.

“Tell me what else you need from me, Tag.”

It was his last report because he wouldn’t be back here again. Not to work. After what had happened that wasn’t possible. He was needed somewhere else.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the sixteenth book in the series and introduces the crossover series that is being released with a number of super talented authors. I am so happy to be reading these books and reviewing them. I am a huge M&M fan, and this was a wonderful addition to the series. I love that we have been reading the last few books in preparation for these stories.

Remy is nearly ready to go back to his family business and leave the team. But he takes one more bodyguarding job to get the funds together – but looking out for Lisa Daley could be the job to break him. He has been attracted to her for a very long time, but after he rejected her at Sanctum, to protect himself from another mistake, she has been distant to say the least.

This is such a great set up for an emerging love story, what with the mafia involvement in Lisa's case, the bayou business being rescued, the hoodoo and family issues, and the delicious D/s dynamics. I also absolutely loved the humour – some of it is really laugh out loud funny. Ms. Blake is such a talented author and has delivered another winning novel – with lots of catch up time with all the team and their families (plus a huge hint as to Dec's future too!).

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F BDSM (light) romance
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Remy is a tough nut. He is the most stoic character in these crossover books that I've come across, thus far. He is rugged, determined, and takes on a lot of responsibility. Despite having dominating tendencies, he was burned very badly by a woman before and he intends to make sure that it doesn't happen again.

Then you have Lisa. She is talented and worked very hard to give herself a great life. She grew up with siblings who care deeply about her and her well-being, but she has always kind of felt a little left out. Money was something that they all aspired to make and when her dream job turned out to be a nightmare in disguise, her family steps in to protect her – something that she doesn't take to lightly.

There is mistrust, and communication between Remy and Lisa is terrible. I really felt bad for Lisa in a lot of this story because despite her attempts to show people she was more than capable of making decisions for herself, they don't really see her. Remy finally wakes up enough to show her that she is capable, but not before she sees a side of him that makes her question her lust and love for him.

I really enjoyed this story, and the chemistry between the two characters was great. You got to see their relationship develop and see how each character worked through the same situation. I can't wait for more!

New York 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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Close Cover (Masters & Mercenaries #16) by Lexi Blake to read and review for this tour.

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