Thursday, September 15, 2022

No Time to Lie by Lexi Blake Blog Tour

A grandmaster of lies and deception

Drake Radcliffe has spent half his life in the shadows. Recruited by the CIA when he was barely out of high school, Drake doesn’t know how to have a normal life. While most people his age were playing sports or video games, he was playing spy games with the world’s most dangerous adversaries. It has been a life filled with thrills and adrenaline, but it’s also been lonely. All that might change when a mistake from Drake’s past rears its ugly head and he’s forced to face the only woman he ever loved—the one he’d vowed to stay away from.

A beacon of love and compassion

Taylor Cline committed the cardinal sin in her world—she fell for another operative. Drake was everything she wanted in a man, until he broke her heart. She had one unforgettable night with him and then he never looked back. Her future threatened and family in ruins, she shut down and moved on, hoping to never see him again. Just as she is beginning to put it all behind her, a critical assignment puts her under his authority and right back in his arms.

A deadly mission that brings them together

From the wilds of Wyoming to the glittering cities of Europe, Drake and Taylor must race against time to uncover the truth and expose an evil organization. The stakes couldn’t be higher. If they fail, the world could crumble. If they succeed, they could finally have everything their hearts desire.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Masters & Mercenaries: Reloaded series!
For book one, Submission Impossible, click HERE.
For book two, The Dom Identity, click HERE.
For book three, The Man from Sanctum, click HERE.


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No Time to Lie by Lexi Blake

Book 4
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Drake’s attention was completely focused on her. “I think I want to be honest and upfront with you. I’m attracted to you, Taylor, and I think you feel the same.”

She felt a jolt of heat power through her. “Even if I was, I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

“Can I ask why?”

She didn’t sense any threat from him. With any man who hit on her, she had to assess the potential of him taking rejection poorly. She didn’t think Drake was one of those guys. The last couple of days had made her comfortable with him. “I don’t think it’s smart to get involved with someone I work with.”

“You don’t work with me. From what you’ve said, you won’t be with the Agency for much longer.”

“Yes, and you will be,” she pointed out.

A thoughtful expression came over his face. “That’s kind of what makes it workable in my mind. I can’t tell anyone what I do. That makes for difficult relationships. You already know, and it won’t surprise you that I don’t talk about my work. You won’t get upset if I have to be gone for a couple of weeks without notice. I have a hard time making connections to people, but it was easy with you. Even if you’re not interested in me in a physical way, I hope we can be… friends.” He said the word like it didn’t quite make sense to him. Like it was a foreign word on his tongue.

There was no way for her to deny the electricity between them. She wasn’t sure she even wanted to. That inner voice kept getting stronger.

What would be the harm in seeing if it could work? You might get an orgasm or two out of it. He’s not saying he’s going to walk at the end. He’s actually saying he wants to see you outside this cabin. Why not try?

She was a careful woman. She’d learned that lesson from watching her father throw himself into deadly situations again and again.

But what was she risking? He was right. It was hard for her to connect. She’d had a couple of boyfriends over the years, and she had to hold back so much of herself to even have a chance at making the relationship work. She couldn’t talk about what her father did, couldn’t mention her own work. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to have no secrets between them?

“Did I make you uncomfortable?” Drake asked. “Because we can pretend like I didn’t say anything. This snow is going to stop soon, and I should be out of here in a couple of days.”

She reached for his hand. “You didn’t make me uncomfortable. I’m glad you were honest with me. The last couple of days have been… nice.”

A slow smile spread across his face, and he threaded his fingers through hers. “Nice? Awful sexual tension is nice to you?”

“I wouldn’t say awful. Anticipation can be fun.” It was good to know she hadn’t been the only one who felt the heat between them.

“Are you saying yes?” Drake asked.

Did she want to let him walk out of here and never know what it felt like to be in his arms? They’d been thrown together for a reason. It couldn’t be some random thing that they’d met again. She would hate herself if she didn’t give it a shot.

In a couple of months she would be out of this life and might be able to find some kind of normalcy. Maybe it was time to take a chance.

“Yes,” she said.

“Then come here and let me kiss you and tell you how the night’s going to go,” he said in a commanding tone.

Her whole body responded. She moved, standing and twisting so she sat on his lap. “How is my night going to go, Drake?”

One big hand cupped the nape of her neck while his other arm wound around her waist. “Let’s find out.”



He made her feel beautiful.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is book four in the Masters & Mercenaries: Reloaded series and is Drake and Taylor's story. No Time to Lie is a fast-paced rollercoaster ride that will have you on the edge from the very first page.

Drake is on a mission that goes wrong, and he is injured and needs to get to the safe house. Although he makes it to the safe house, he crashes into a tree and passes out. Taylor hears the crash and rescues him from the car, gets him inside the house, and patches him up. When he wakes up, he accuses her of trying to steal the data he has but she convinces him they are on the same side.

The chemistry between Drake and Taylor is off the charts and neither can forget the other when they are separated. A year and a half later and Drake and Taylor are back together to work on the same mission.

There is so much going on in this story and the suspense will have you trying to figure out what will happen next. And there are characters from the other books to help in this mission that makes this story even better. And the epilogue into the future shows what we can look forward to with Ian Taggert's children. Oh, and book five in this series is Kyle's book and I cannot wait for that one.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Second-Chance Romance

Taylor is known only for how she handles her dad. Her dad is a well-known operative. When she finds herself helping another operative, and falling for that same operative, Taylor knows this is dangerous territory. However, she's given up so much in her life – she wants just this one piece.

Drake is on a mission that goes awry. He knows that the material he has is sensitive and given to the wrong person, it will be catastrophic. When he finds himself at the safe house with Taylor, he can't help but be attracted to her. She's everything he would want in a partner.

With Taylor's heart crushed and Drake's trust broken, can these two figure out who's really behind the mishaps that are going on around them. It's a suspenseful story that will leave you turning the pages as fast as you can.

This is the fourth book in the Masters & Mercenaries: Reloaded series, and is another excellent story bringing together protagonists from earlier books, and tying up some loose ends for favourite characters. I highly recommend that you read the wonderful Masters & Mercenaries series from the beginning to completely understand the side jokes, the importance of each person's past, their family, and the loyalty of the group. It is both entertaining, amusing, and complicated – but always genuine.

Both Drake and Taylor have had the strangest of childhoods and career paths. I loved finding out the details and the similarities, yet differences which make them so perfect for each other. It was so enticing to see them in the snowbound cabin starting up their romance, that I was genuinely annoyed at the twist in the tale – but knowing Lexi Blake would find a way to give them their second chance, I carried on in hope and anticipation.

A great mix of old friends, embarrassing stories, and fun ensured that I read this late into the night and loved every minute of it. Already excited to see whether the hapless Kyle can finally get things straightened out with MaeBe.



She was so soft, and his world had been hard lately.


Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LEXI BLAKE lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. Since starting her publishing journey in 2010, she’s sold over three million copies of her books. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings.

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