For His Eyes Only

Lexi Blake
For His Eyes Only
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DLZ Entertainment LLC
Release Date
February 2017
Book 13 of Masters and Mercenaries
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

A night he can't forget

Five years ago, Nick Markovic found himself consumed by his quest for vengeance. The one time he managed to find peace was in the arms of Hayley Dalton. Being with her was like bathing in sunlight, and he ached to feel that again, but he couldn't. He gave his oath to Hayley's cousin Desiree, his partner at McKay-Taggart and Knight, that he'd never let his darkness infect Hayley's innocent world.

A spark she can't put out

It was years before that Hayley offered everything she had to Nick. After that one amazing night, all she wanted was to be his forever. Unfortunately, Nick's reaction was to walk away from her and never look back. The warm and caring man she'd discovered was gone, and after Des's death, he'd only grown colder. But when Hayley finds herself in mortal danger, she's forced to seek protection from the man who broke her heart.

A flame that threatens to consume them both

Haunted by the women he failed, Nick can't allow himself to grow close to Hayley again. Running to stay ahead of the powerful forces that endanger their lives, they travel from the lush Garden in London to the glittering lights of Rio. As the threat against her becomes clearer, he realizes that to keep her safe he must confront the demons from his past, even if it costs him a future with the woman he loves.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Mar 08, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
123 people found the following review helpful
3 ropes and rubles for FOR HIS EYES ONLY.

When Nickolai Markovic loved and left Hayley Dalton 5 years ago, he couldn't resist the pull of her cousin Desiree and the promise of retribution for his sister. But now Des is dead, Nick drinks too much and Hayley's home has blown up, prompting her to seek out Nick in England for protection. Nick is stunned when he finds the one who got away begging for his help...he'd love nothing more than to use The Garden's extensive BDSM equipment to tie her sexy ass up and keep her safe. But Nick's got more baggage than Heathrow Airport, and there's no way he can give Hayley what she needs. So he'll protect her body, but he'll protect both of their hearts by keeping things simple between them. Easier said than done!

FOR HIS EYES ONLY is book 13 in the awesome Masters and Mercenaries series by Ms. Blake, and I was thrilled to finally get the story behind the unlikely couple of Nick and Des. Seems to me that Des was an epic bitch, but also that Nick let himself be utterly used by her over and over for years. He had the chance to get out from under her stilettos but chose retribution over peace. I hated hated hated that he slept with Hayley when he was with Des...even if they "technically" broke up hours before, and I hated that Hayley begged him to leave with her and start a life together.

That said, Nick and Des had an open relationship, so my anger was at Hayley more so than at Nick. I also hated that Hayley went into The Garden all judgy but put all that aside so she could sleep with Nick again. It stank of manipulation to me, which was the last thing Nick needed in his life again. The action that is typically present in a Masters and Mercenaries story was spotty in FOR HIS EYES ONLY, and I found myself not as engaged as I usually am by Ms. Blake's writing (since there wasn't enough of the suspenseful to offset my distaste for Hayley). Even so, this is one of my favorite series, and I'll most definitely be looking for future books to put on my 'read right now' pile.

Bottom Line: OM/OW or sharing (Nick and Hayley sleep together early in the story despite the dubious breakup between him and her cousin Des); condom use; BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; violence/murder.
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