From Sanctum with Love

Lexi Blake
From Sanctum with Love
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DLZ Entertainment, LLC
Release Date
February 2016
Book 10 of Masters and Mercenaries
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Psychologist Kai Ferguson has had his eye on Kori Williamson for a long time. His assistant is everything he's ever wanted in a partner—smart, caring, witty, and a bit of a masochist. More than a little, actually, but that's the problem. Kori won't admit her own desires. She's afraid of him and what he has to offer. Luckily for her, helping patients face their fears is one of his specialties.

Kori knows she wants Kai. Her boss is the most amazing man she's ever met. She's also smart enough to stay away from him. Having been down this road before, she knows it only leads to heartache. She's just found a place where she can belong. Another failed relationship is the last thing she needs. It's better to guard her heart and let Kai think she's frightened of his dark, dominant nature.

When Kai is recruited for an operation with McKay-Taggart, everything is turned upside down. Kai's brother, international superstar Jared Johns, is in town and Kai must juggle his family issues along with a desperate hunt for a serial killer. The investigation throws Kori and Kai together, and they quickly discover the chemistry between them is undeniable. But even if their new found love can survive his secrets and her lies, it may not be enough to save them both from a killer's twisted obsession.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Oct 04, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
127 people found the following review helpful
I can now say that I know what anal hooks, sadisticks and violet wands do. Thanks Google!

Kai Ferguson was gutted when he found out his fiancée was sleeping with his brother Jared while he was off getting shot at in Iraq. He's barely spoken to Jared in years. Kai's assistant Kori Williamson was gutted when her Master betrayed her in so many ways, so she left the movie business and her need for sadomasochism behind.

Even after working together for years, Kai has no clue that Kori is an experienced masochist…which would dovetail nicely with his sadist needs. Now that his brother is back in his life filming a movie and using Sanctum as the set, flirting with Kori and every other woman in the club, Kai has more motivation than ever to make a move on his lovely assistant. There's more going on beneath the surface of a movie shoot though, and Kai and Kori's relationship will be put to the test.

I was skeptical about FROM SANCTUM WITH LOVE. Kai's character hasn't been one of my favorites (more ambivalence than dislike) and I don't really care for heavy sadomasochistic scenes. I'm so glad I was wrong, because this book was really sexy and emotional for a lot of reasons. There was a LOT going on in this story…the strained relationship between Kai and his brother Jared, the fact that a serial killer is in their midst (and also an undercover reporter), the possibility that someone they thought was dead might be alive. Kai and Kori's story was more like a bridge novel, bringing back the focus on the McKay-Taggart team and away from the more Sanctum/CIA focused stories.

There were some wildly erotic sex scenes between Kai and Kori, and I didn't think I'd dig the harder-core pain slut storyline, but I really did. There were also a few funny nuggets that were thrown out there as per typical Lexi Blake fashion:

She seriously doubted he would walk in and make crazy demands. "If anyone tells you how to behave around him, it's probably coming from his creepy assistant chick. Apparently he's got an entourage, and one of them weighs five pounds and looks like she craps sadness. You won't be able to miss her. Well, unless she turns to the side and then you might be able to. But Jared himself seems cool."

Hahaha! There's always something in the Masters and Mercenaries series that cracks me up and breaks up the romantic suspense tension that all the books have.

Bottom Line: A busy but fantastic addition to the series, and while all the books can be read as standalones, this one has a nice little cliffhanger that'll drive you nuts!
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