Review: Love and Let Die by Lexi Blake

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Review: Love and Let Die by Lexi Blake
Love or Let Die

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Series: Masters and Mercenaries #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, BDSM Romance
Published by DLZ Entertainment
Released on October 1, 2013
Pages: 372
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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I didn’t know where to start after I had jumped ahead by quite a bit in this series thinking a few books were actually another series. Only I found out it was a small spin off and jump in years. Yikes. After I finished it off, I jumped back where I left off so many years ago and started my journey with McKay-Taggert again.


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It’s funny what a few years will do with your view on a series of books you gave up on. I started the Masters and Mercenaries series years ago and I think I hit a road block with this book. Ian Taggert was pissing me off in books before and I just didn’t want to read his story. So when I started reading about the Lost Boys (those reviews will come much later), I was once again intrigued by this series but didn’t want to start over with it after reading my reviews of the first three books. I found irritating things in two of the three books I didn’t want to revisit, so I grabbed up Love and Let Die and forced myself to get past the first chapter and then I was hooked. Yeah, hooked.

Without hashing out to much of the overall story, we do have to give some background that aren’t quite spoilers. Ian Taggert is a sarcastic asshole, but he does have some reasons for that. Abandoned by his father he practically raises his younger brother, Sean (book #1). He goes into the military and is recruited by the CIA. Falls in love with his dream woman and sub only to have her die tragically. He leaves the CIA and forms McKay-Taggert with is best friend, Alex (book #4). Vowing to never love again, he is honest, but he uses subs to releave the pain of losing the one woman he loves. He also thinks he knows it all and what is best for everyone around him. Oh, and he is tracking a man who betrayed him and the CIA.

So imagine his chagrin when his dead wife shows up five years after she supposedly dies. Yeah, he is a royal dickhead to her, but you really can understand where he is coming from. Charlotte shows up ready to explain everything that happened, what she did to protect him and hand over information to find the one man who manipulated them both. Charlie knows it isn’t going to be easy winning her man back, but she is just submissive enough, in love enough and willing to walk through Hell to get him back.

I was once again introduced back in the Masters and Mercenary fold and fell in love with this family that formed from friendship, not blood. This time around I see how Ian cares, but cover sit with tough love. He spars with sarcasm, but when the cards are down, he has everyone’s back. This is not what I felt of his character in the first book with his brother Sean. He threw Grac under the bus I felt and even Sean did some damage. To see Grace (Sean’s wife) now running McKay-Taggert from the office side is something I loved. Serena is still writing her stories and taking notes in the club, Santum, while scenes are going on. Adam and Jake (Serena’s husbands) still spar with Ian on everything. In fact Adam and Ian play practical jokes on each other through the entire series. A love/hate relationship  – a bromance. Liam and Avery are as sweet as ever and while I can’t remember Alex and Eve’s story, they make their own appearances.

Charlie is a complex character that made me want to break her open to figure out … why Ian? She brings on her younger sister Chelsea as well. Once they faked her death, they became information brokers, learning to survive out from the thumb of their abusive Russian father. Charlie made a deal with the devil to save her sister, but in the process destroyed a man’s heart. She is a badass, not taking Ian’s shit when he throws her out. She walks into McKay-Taggert claiming her rights as Ian’s wife and the story starts a rollercoaster ride of action.

While Ian is the Dom and Charlie the sub, do not mistake, Charlie is the alpha female. Her past has forged a spine of steel in this woman, but also she embodies compassion and the need for love. Willing to do almost anything to get her man, she does everything she can to give him what he needs.

This also made me realize just how broken Ian was on the death of his wife. Living was just breathing and taking care of the people he loved, almost to unbearable means.  He couldn’t save the one person he loved more than anything, but nothing was going to stop him from save everyone else he loves.

Now I really need to go back and read the first four books again now that I have finished the series and see if I have the same hangups and problems with them knowing now what I know. Each story is about a new set of characters, but they also bring along the whole team. Sometimes just a few show up in a story, or the whole team. This is a storyline that spans years and even goes off into the future. But for now, Charlie and Ian have some loving to make up for all the years they were apart. And Wowie! They do. Onto the next sucker to fall under Lexi Blake’s hand of writing. I can’t wait.


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Love and Let Die by Lexi BlakeLOVE OR LET DIE BY LEXI BLAKE

A Tragic Love Story

Charlotte Dennis’s mission was clear: distract and misdirect CIA operative Ian Taggart by any means necessary. If she failed, she would never see her sister again. With her training, it should have been simple, but after one night in Ian’s arms, she knew that saving her sister would mean losing the man of her dreams.

Ian was tracking a terrorist when he met the beautiful American daughter of a Russian mobster. His instincts told him Charlotte was trouble, but his body craved her like a drug and his heart would not be denied. She took his ring and his collar. For once he was truly happy. But as he closed in on his target, her betrayal cost him his mission while her sacrifice saved his life. As she died in his arms, Ian vowed he would never love again.

A Dangerous Reunion

For five years, Charlotte has thought of nothing but returning to her husband, her Master. Working in the shadows, she has devoted herself to earning a chance to reclaim her place in Ian’s life. But forgiveness isn’t a part of Ian’s vocabulary.

Nothing is more important to Ian Taggart than his new mission. But the information he needs is firmly in the hands of the woman who betrayed him. To catch his most dangerous prey, Ian will have to let Charlotte back into his life. As the hunt takes them to some of the world’s most exotic locations, the danger grows and their passion reignites.

Will Ian forgive his wayward submissive…or lose her again?


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Delighted Reader was founded in 2011 after Shari decided she wanted to review the books she loves so much. Constantly on the run, she still finds time to read in pick up lines, in the middle of the night, and sometimes hiding to get a chapter read before she is found. Check out her reviews at DelightedReader.com

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Sophia Rose
24 days ago

Wow, a lot of emotional stuff and some exciting suspense. I’m so glad the time away allowed you to really enjoy this series again and see a different side of Ian.

Shari
23 days ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

It took me looking at my Audible books and finding a series of hers I thought was new only to find out it was part of this series and I was lost on character names. So I just had to go back and see them. Sometimes years change our perspective of a book. So now that I am caught up on the series as on this week, I need to go back and read the first set of books again.

Mary Kirkland
24 days ago

This author is on my list to read at some point. Her books always sound good.

Shari
23 days ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I have two series of hers I need to read. I seem to be picking authors lately and reading all their books. Rebecca Zanetti was the last author I read through. Now Lexi Blake. Also Lexi has the Butterfly Bayou series with some characters from this series, but is a more laid back, small town series that got me back to reading her again.

Iza
Iza
23 days ago

Funny, I recently (for the first time) loved a novel I thoroughly intended to hate and DNF. I tried reading it one time and gave up after a few pages, only to pîck it up months later and finally seeing what all the reviewing fuss was all about. Great review 🙂

Melliane
22 days ago

I really need to read more books by this author. I always hear great things!

Mary Kirkland
20 days ago

I love the premise for this story. It sounds so good. Thanks for the great review. 

Greg
20 days ago

Glad this turned out good! This cracked me up “ is a sarcastic asshole” haha! But yeah sometimes a book turns out good after we power through the beginning. I do love how it sounds all interconnected- like a living, breathing world. And I’ll be honest the play on Bond titles caught my eye. 🙂

Melliane
19 days ago

I’m really curious about this author’s books.

Carole Rae
19 days ago

Awww! I am glad you gave this series another shot!

RO P
13 days ago

This sounds like a keeper! Happy Easter and lots of hugs! RO