Dungeon Royale

Lexi Blake
Dungeon Royale
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DLZ Entertainment, LLC
Release Date
February 2014
Book 6 of Masters and Mercenaries
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

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.

A Masters and Mercenaries Novel

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jul 14, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
80 people found the following review helpful
The plot of this story takes place on a BDSM cruise. I can only imagine the kind of things one would see on such a cruise...I'm gonna have to look into that!

Damon Knight is hellbent on revenge. After being shot by his MI6 partner and best friend, Damon has been plotting all the ways he'd torture and kill the international terrorist. Damon's determined that his first assignment back in the field, on a BDSM-themed cruise with analyst Penelope Cash, is just what he needs to get back in the game. He's had a hard-on for Penny since he met her, and Damon can't wait to get the mousy blonde under him. You know, for the sake of the job.

Turns out his attraction to Penny is more than he ever thought possible, and he's terrified that she'll get hurt on this mission. Penny has spent her career behind a desk translating and breaking codes, but she's still a trained agent, something her man seems to keep forgetting. But Damon's caveman keeps making an appearance at all the wrong times, and if he doesn't shelve that shit, more than just Penny's life will be at stake in this clandestine game of international espionage.

I'm so excited that Ms. Blake took us across the pond for book 6 in the Masters and Mercenaries series, DUNGEON ROYALE! Damon was SUCH an asshat for most of the book that I had a hard time liking him with Penny, who was sweet, loyal and submissive. Damon ran so hot and cold with her during this story, and I get that his past and present don't necessarily inspire a whole lot of trust, but man, give a girl a break! You throw her into the field, as a trained submissive, and forget that she has literally no experience with spankings or protocol or collars. The punishment scene on the boat just pissed me off, as it was completely out of line for multiple reasons. That said, their chemistry was excellent when they were getting along (which wasn't a whole lot of pages in this book, honestly), and the sex scenes were nicely erotic.

Fortunately, we got more of Ian and Charlotte Taggart as well as a few other members of the McKay-Taggart Security team. They lent a comic relief in DUNGEON ROYALE that was lacking in Damon and Penny's story. I always love the suspense that Ms. Blake writes so brilliantly, so that was another check in the "win" column for me. While not my favorite in the series, this was still a well written and fun addition to the overall series arc.

Bottom Line: You may not totally dig Damon and Penny's characters, but fear not, there's plenty of our McKay-Taggart favorites in DUNGEON ROYALE to go around.
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