Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by DLZ Entertainment
Released on February 18, 2014
I dipped right back into this long-running series and all of its off-shoot series and came back with a series I love. Dungeon Royale takes a physically and mentally wounded hero and forces him to realize there is more to life than a job and justice. A shy woman is about to break her shell and start living, but she can’t give up a chance at love. Throw in the Taggert Team for a wildly fun ride with lots of drama llamas!
I didn’t know if I was going to love a story about a MI6 agent who had to stick up his ass so far, I wasn’t going to try to pull it out. Seriously. He is so cold, but the one thing I loved about him was his decadence in his BDSM club. It wasn’t the usual dungeon, but one with a garden and skylights. It was warm, inviting, and decadent in all of its glory. But at the end of the last story, Damon Knight is betrayed by his partner with a bullet in the heart. Now he is on the hunt for the shadowy group, The Collective, to reclaim a career he has already lost and trying to survive his new weaknesses of the heart and it ain’t the love kind at this point.
Penelope Cash is a master of code and languages. A quiet analyst for MI6, she lives vicariously through the stories of her teammates, never going into the field. Recently she buried her dementia-stricken mother, dumped by her fiance, and learning what living means. Now she is partnered up with her crush on a mission she isn’t sure she is prepared.
Now Penelope is Damon’s submissive on a cruise ship for BDSM. Headed to meet a contact who has information on The Collective, they must present a couple in a bonded relationship. But they don’t go alone! Taggert and Charlotte bring their snarky humor to bear as Taggert thinks he is running things like always. Mousy Penny grasps this one chance to get out of her funk of life. She wants to be the woman who can take on Damon, but maybe Damon is too cold-hearted even for sweet submissive Penny.
Damon has been in past books and I really didn’t think much of him. He is calculating, cold, and willing to use people to get what he wants. His partner was a sleaze bag and when he shoots Damon at the end of Love and Let Die, you wonder if things will change. He has a heart issue that isn’t going to heal itself, and it comes out at times when he really doesn’t need to. He was kind of dumb enough not to care actually. Penny does what a woman should who is in love, but she also gives him tough love and a realization there is more than a career.
The Garden, Damon’s BDSM club, becomes a favorite haunt of mine. It is a fairytale location, with a spank and tickle…well, more than that. It also houses apartments they use to hide people. Throw in some offices and you can see a British version of McKay-Taggert. In fact, it becomes part of the empire of all things Taggert, but the Knight name gets its way in.
This wasn’t my favorite story of the series, but it was a good addition that brought the British side of the empire to the family. We see a lot more of this team as it builds up and the dominos fall….in love. Damon felt way too closed off and Penny just too sweet. But they make it work in the end. Oh, and also we have the new big baddie for several more books. Well a lot more books with just new heads popping up along the way. Watch out for The Collective!
About the book
An agent broken
MI6 agent Damon Knight prided himself on always being in control. His missions were executed with cold, calculating precision. His club, The Garden, was run with an equally ordered and detached decadence. But his perfect world was shattered by one bullet, fired from the gun of his former partner. That betrayal almost cost him his life and ruined his career. His handlers want him to retire, threatening to revoke his license to kill if he doesn’t drop his obsession with a shadowy organization called The Collective. To earn their trust, he has to prove himself on a unique assignment with an equally unusual partner.
A woman tempted
Penelope Cash has spent her whole life wanting more. More passion. More adventure. But duty has forced her to live a quiet life. Her only excitement is watching the agents of MI6 as they save England and the world. Despite her training, she’s only an analyst. The closest she is allowed to danger and intrigue is in her dreams, which are often filled with one Damon Knight. But everything changes when the woman assigned to pose as Damon’s submissive on his latest mission is incapacitated. Penny is suddenly faced with a decision. Stay in her safe little world or risk her life, and her heart, for Queen and country.
An enemy revealed
With the McKay-Taggart team at their side, Damon and Penny hunt an international terrorist across the great cities of Northern Europe. Playing the part of her Master, Damon begins to learn that under Penny’s mousy exterior is a passionate submissive, one who just might lay claim to his cold heart. But when Damon’s true enemy is brought out of the shadows, it might be Penny who pays the ultimate price.
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