Friday 22 April 2016

Review - Devoted by Lexi Blake

Title: Devoted 
Series: Masters & Mercenaries #10.5
Author: Lexi Blake
Release Date: April 12, 2016

A woman’s work 

Amy Slaten has devoted her life to Slaten Industries. After ousting her corrupt father and taking over the CEO role, she thought she could relax and enjoy taking her company to the next level. But an old business rivalry rears its ugly head. The only thing that can possibly take her mind off business is the training class at Sanctum…and her training partner, the gorgeous and funny Flynn Adler. If she can just manage to best her mysterious business rival, life might be perfect. 

A man’s commitment 

Flynn Adler never thought he would fall for the enemy. Business is war, or so his father always claimed. He was raised to be ruthless when it came to the family company, and now he’s raising his brother to one day work with him. The first order of business? The hostile takeover of Slaten Industries. It’s a stressful job so when his brother offers him a spot in Sanctum’s training program, Flynn jumps at the chance. 

A lifetime of devotion…. 

When Flynn realizes the woman he’s falling for is none other than the CEO of the firm he needs to take down, he has to make a choice. Does he take care of the woman he’s falling in love with or the business he’s worked a lifetime to build? And when Amy finally understands the man she’s come to trust is none other than the enemy, will she walk away from him or fight for the love she’s come to depend on?

Love amidst secrets….

I love this series that is all about friendship, love and sex (and the freedom to explore both). This outing is no exception as Amy Slaten is exploring her boundaries and desires at Sanctum, a club that is all about doing just that.

“Now that I’m single I intend to be as skanky as possible. I’m serious. I want to tear through some dicks.”

Amy has had to deal with so much, including a father who ruled her whole life for way too long. Despite her upbringing (or maybe because of it), she is compassionate, funny, and honest. Even her ex-husband loves her. Determined to do the right thing in business, she is going forward in complete contrast to how things worked in the family company for so long. 

Flynn Adler knows all about the cutthroat world of business, and sees Amy as anything but an ethical business person. Their companies have been at loggerheads for years and underhanded dealings have been par for the course while their fathers were at the helms. Partnered with Amy in a club training class, he realizes who she is, and he is going to have to fight himself and her to keep aloof and distant. She is nothing like he thought she would be despite the fact she is the enemy. Being Dom to her sub is going to stretch him emotionally in a way he never saw coming…

“Because you’re the first woman to move me in a very long time and I want to know if that’s real or something I made up in my head because I’m lonely.”

Coming back to Sanctum is always a treat, and Amy and Flynn’s story was a wonderful blend of emotion, sex and intrigue. I’m not a big fan of secrets, especially when the reasons for it are questionable, but the characters and their struggles were so real that I couldn’t help becoming fully invested in the story. Amy and Flynn definitely had chemistry, and how the truth slowly comes out, while their relationship is developing in and out of Sanctum, had me glued to the story from start to finish.

After almost a dozen stories in this series, I’m still nowhere near ready to leave Sanctum! 
~ Review by Diane

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn't until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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