Just One Taste

Lexi Blake
Just One Taste
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DLZ Entertainment, LLC
Release Date
November 2015
Book 2 of Masters and Mercenaries: Topped
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

One Hot Chef….

Eric Vail has always loved a challenge. After leaving the Navy, he mastered his passion for cooking. As the sous chef at Top, one of Dallas's hottest restaurants, his skills are pushed to the limit every night. Unfortunately, his ultimate prize still eludes him. Server Deena Holmes is the sweetest thing he's seen in forever, but she's as distant as she is beautiful. When they're put together in the same training class at the infamous club Sanctum, he knows this is his shot. And this former SEAL never misses.

A Woman Who Lost Her Taste for Love…

Deena thinks Eric is the most gorgeous man she's ever seen, but her heart has been burned too many times before. She's sworn off relationships for good and she can't trust herself with a man that easy to fall in love with. She takes a spot as a trainee at Sanctum in the hopes of finding a safe place to explore and experiment. When she discovers her partner is the same chef she dreams about every night, Deena knows she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

A Perfect Recipe for Passion

While exploring the world of Sanctum, Eric and Deena find themselves learning about each other and finding an intimacy neither expected. But when the ghosts of her past resurface, old wounds are reopened. Can their newfound love survive when it's put to the test?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Sep 27, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
68 people found the following review helpful
Food and sex. Is there any better combo out there?

Eric Vail, former Navy SEAL and current sous chef at hot restaurant Top, has been hot for waitress Deena Holmes almost from the moment he met her. He knows her past really put her off of men, but he's determined to be her knight in slightly tarnished armor. Deena has a list of all the reasons why she refuses to go out with Eric, and she's totally not prepared to be partnered with him during D/s training at BDSM club Sanctum.

Another foodie book, my favorite! JUST ONE TASTE is book 9.5 in the Masters and Mercenaries series as well as the second offering in the Topped series by the fabulous Ms. Blake. Eric and Deena are sexy together, I liked their playful back and forth's during their training time at Sanctum. Deena is a bit bitchy during the duration of the book, using it as armor against getting too close to another man. Eric is very confident that he knows what he wants both from a D/s relationship and from Deena. He's not the typical manwhore, instead realizing that he wants a partner and not a random string of women. The love scenes were smokin' and the playful tone was fun and funny. I wish there were more kitchen scenes, but I guess I'll have to settle for butt plugs in playrooms and spankings on stage (though I thoroughly enjoyed the reciting of recipes so dude didn't shoot off like a rocket).

Bottom Line: The last few Masters and Mercenaries books have left me wanting, so I'm hoping this is an upward trend in the overall series!
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