Unconditional: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella

Lexi Blake
Unconditional: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella
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DLZ Entertainment, LLC
Release Date
January 2014
Book 5 of Masters and Mercenaries 5.5
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

A curious woman

Ashley Paxon understands responsibility. After her fiancé left her alone and pregnant, she forged a new life for herself and her daughter. Moving to Dallas, she went back to school and found a job at a club called Sanctum. As one of the BDSM club's waitresses, she watches the Doms and their submissives every night. She yearns to explore their lifestyle of discipline and power exchange, but she knows she wouldn't belong.

A wounded man

Keith Langston believes in living in the moment. Haunted by the past, he moves from one casual relationship to the next and never looks back. But the moment he lays eyes on Ashley, something primal and possessive takes over. He can't stop thinking about her and yet he knows he can't offer her what she needs. Having her seems impossible until Sanctum's owner, the mysterious Ian Taggart, makes him an offer he can't refuse.

The perfect contract

Offered the chance to train Ashley and initiate her into the D/s lifestyle, Keith is delighted to accept. Under the guidelines of a carefully crafted contract, they lose themselves in the pleasures and intimacies of being Master and submissive. But when Ashley and her daughter are threatened, Keith realizes she needs much more than a part-time Dom. To protect her, he will have to break through the barriers of their contract and finally face the demons haunting his heart.

A Masters and Mercenaries Novella

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jul 12, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
96 people found the following review helpful
Meh, this wasn't my favorite of the Masters and Mercenaries series, and Keith is one of the few MC's from Ms. Blake that I really don't like.

Even though Ashley Paxton works at BDSM club Sanctum, the bartender is certain she's not a submissive. Until she's asked to act the part for her new brother-in-law's best friend Keith Langston as he's earning his Master's rights at the club. Keith is not happy about topping Ashley, the woman is a too damn young for him, a single mother, and he is most certainly not fated for a family. But something about Ashley makes him want to keep her, makes him want to be a better man, and he's not sure he deserves her. It'll be up to Ashley to show Keith that he's not only worthy of her love, but also of a family.

UNCONDITIONAL is book 5.5 in the Masters and Mercenaries series by Ms. Blake and a quick read that won't take long to get through. I'm on the fence about this one. On one hand, the chemistry between Keith and Ashley is good and the sex is surely hot, on the other, there just seems like there's more that they don't have in common than they do. Ashley is a naturally submissive person, but does that really mean she needs a leather wearing Dom to show her the way? It seems a bit extreme for her personality. For that matter, Keith's blatant disregard for her daughter bothers me a lot, and it kind of pisses me off that Ashley is willing to keep bringing him around when he's shown nothing but disinterest in not only kids in general, but specifically hers. He wants to marry her and will tolerate the kid as long as it means she says yes? As a mom, my first thought is "PLEASE let the door hit your motherfuckin' ass on the way out."

And like I said, the sex was yummy, but did they really need to have a convo about kids and parents and hang-ups while he's playing with her ass? Mood. Killer. As much as I adore Ms. Blake's Masters and Mercenaries series and this book was technically well written, there were just too many things about UNCONDITIONAL that made me cringe.

Bottom Line: All I'll say is that this book isn't integral to the overall Masters and Mercenaries storyline.
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