Lexi Blake
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Evil Eye Concepts
Release Date
March 2015
BDSM, Erotic Romance

A man who gave up on love

Mitch Bradford is an intimidating man. In his professional life, he has a reputation for demolishing his opponents in the courtroom. At the exclusive BDSM club Sanctum, he prefers disciplining pretty submissives with no strings attached. In his line of work, there's no time for a healthy relationship. After a few failed attempts, he knows he's not good for any woman—especially not his best friend's sister.

A woman who always gets what she wants

Laurel Daley knows what she wants, and her sights are set on Mitch. He's smart and sexy, and it doesn't matter that he's a few years older and has a couple of bitter ex-wives. Watching him in action at work and at play, she knows he just needs a little polish to make some woman the perfect lover. She intends to be that woman, but first she has to show him how good it could be.

A killer lurking in the shadows

When an unexpected turn of events throws the two together, Mitch and Laurel are confronted with the perfect opportunity to explore their mutual desire. Night after night of being close breaks down Mitch's defenses. The more he sees of Laurel, the more he knows he wants her. Unfortunately, someone else has their eyes on Laurel and they have murder in mind.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jun 01, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
143 people found the following review helpful
ADORED had a little something for everyone, from heat and humor to heart.

Mitch Bradford is in hell, working with the woman who makes his body sing and heart start pounding. But Laurel Daley has too many strikes against her for Mitch to consider hooking up with her: she's his BFF's little sister, his employee, she's too young, and most importantly after two disastrous marriages, he isn't going down that road again!

Laurel has tried everything to get Mitch to disregard his self-imposed restraint when it comes to her, but he's not budging. The shitty thing is that he won't let anyone else have her either! But Mitch can only be pushed so far, and one night of unrestrained passion has unintended consequences. Mitch will have to work hard to get back on Laurel's good side, and the longtime Dom finds himself in uncharted waters for the first time in his life.

ADORED is a novella in the Masters and Mercenaries Series by Lexi Blake, and also a stand-alone book in the innovative and fun 1001 Dark Nights Series featuring magical and mystical erotic stories by a variety of popular authors inspired by the classic The Arabian Nights tale.

I wanted to like Mitch and Laurel so badly, and for awhile in the beginning I thought their chemistry was explosive. Sure, Laurel was a bit manipulative and Mitch was unnaturally stoic, but hey, we all have our quirks. Then they "officially' got together and their dynamic completely changed. Gone was the sexual tension and humor, and welcomed was the 'eh storyline and dour personality transplants.

There were bright spots of humor throughout ADORED, like this little gem:

It would start with amazing sex and end in divorce because the only thing stupider than his dick was his heart.

But I wanted MORE; everything just became so flat. Mitch stayed an idiot for almost the entire book, while Laurel worked out various ways to get him to commit. I couldn't really understand what Mitch wanted from Laurel when it came to BDSM. Did he want a hardcore sub who stuck to strict protocol, a partner who stayed with a routine every day, or to get rid of a woman who was too young and too good for him and forever stick her in baby mama zone? His desires fluctuated wildly in ADORED, and in the end I just couldn't get on board with their relationship. The best thing about this book was the slight bit of intrigue, but sadly that fell flat upon culmination, too.

Bottom Line: ADORED wasn't my favorite addition to the 1001 Nights Series, but it wasn't a horrible read either. You'll enjoy it if you're a fan of Ms. Blake's Masters and Mercenaries Series.
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Book Review by Jennifer Smaldone Bosco (reviewer)
Sep 04, 2015
110 people found the following review helpful
Mitch Bradford is an intimidating man in the courtroom and at the BDSM club Sanctum. He has a reputation at the club for being a very disciplined Master. When it comes to relationships, he has been an epic fail. Two divorces under his belt made him finally give up on love. No, he will stick to getting pretty submissive's to bend to his will for a night and then move on to the next. Besides, he's too busy keeping his law practice going to have time for a real relationship, he is just not good at love.

Laurel Daley is a woman who knows what she wants and goes after it. She's decided that Mitch Bradford is the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with, he's older and has a couple of ex-wives but they just didn't know what he needs. Laurel has watched him at work, and at play, figuring out all he needs is a little push in the right direction, and then he will see what a great life they could have. Laurel as his will submissive, Mitch, as her strong and dominant Master. She can show him that she is his perfect lover, friend, partner, and wife all he has to do is trust in her love.

Can Mitch realize that Laurel is the woman he has always wanted? Or will he throw it all away because he is too scared to take a risk? Will a dangerous killer get in the way of their happily ever after?

I have been on a little bit of a Lexi Blake high this week, first I read You Only Love Twice, then jumped into Adored, and immediately downloaded Sweet Child O' Mine from Lexi's website followed by purchasing the Sweet Seduction box set, which has Luscious in it. Therefore, it's safe to say I am on a Masters and Mercenaries overload, and I love it!

I am obsessed with the series I simply cannot get enough of it. When a new installment is announced, I can't pre-order fast enough. Each book leaves me with a book hangover as I anxiously wait for the next book to come out so I can delve into it with abandon. So this month, it's good that Lexi has gifted us with so many releases in a row.

Mitch and Laurel are a fascinating addition to the Masters and Mercenaries series. Mitch is brooding and bitter from his two divorces. He is set in his ways and depends on his routines to keep his life in order. He has been through his share of heartache and disappointment in the past, so he tends to shy away from any real intimacy. Then one day Laurel steps into his world and it's all over for him, he wants Laurel but keeps his distances she's his best friend's sister she's off limits. However, he can't get her out of his head, she has entwined herself into his life, and he can't imagine it without her in it. It was so sweet how he lets her make changes in his office and later his home, even though it bothers him to do so he will do anything to make her happy.

Laurel is young and a bit naïve at times, but it doesn't take long for me to love her character. She's feisty and smart she knows what she wants and she goes after it. Mitch and Laurel are perfect for each other and it shows as they navigate a D/s relationship. Laurel knows about the lifestyle since her brother and sister in law are in it, she's decided it's what she wants but only with Mitch. He tries to force her away make her understand he's no good for any woman, especially her, but she holds her own and is determined to show him that they can have a future together. Mitch is stubborn and he messes up with Laurel a lot making for a deeply heartbreaking emotional story.

It is no surprise to me that I could not put this book down, it was fun and silly one minute and serious and sad the next. The characters are well developed and a joy to read. The BDSM scenes are exciting to read as always, no one does BDSM sex scenes like Lexi Blake. The story flows very nicely introducing us to some new characters as well as treating us to our old favorite's I am talking about Big Tag of course. I can't get enough of his sarcastic charm. Keeping with the action adventure plots that we have come to love with this series, there is a danger that threatens our main characters giving us a thrilling adventure to follow. This book may be read as standalone but as always, I recommend reading the entire series you will not be disappointed.

I am a huge fan of epilogues and this one has a doozy of an epilogue, it contains a sentence that will have the fans of the series gasping and screaming. I fully trust Lexi and I am sure that it sets us up for the next book about Tennessee Williams Master No coming in August. Yes, I already pre-ordered it, be sure to get yours.

*I was gifted an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review*
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