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- Print Length: 250 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1945920866
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- Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated (April 10, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 10, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B071YTN89Y
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Close Cover is the sixteenth book in Lexi Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries series. This book can be read as a standalone, there are characters from previous books in that series, and it does touch on the other couples from the Masters and Mercenaries crossover event, but nothing that takes away from the understanding of this novel. Close Cover is the only full-length novel in the Masters and Mercenaries crossover. This book is written in third-person semi-omniscient perspective, alternatively following Lisa and Remy’s thoughts.
Secret keeping, misinformation, lying by omission. One of the more frustrating tropes in romance and this book was rife with it. From Remy and Lisa’s first meaningful interaction to the greatest conflict of their relationship. While I did understand Remy’s motivations in both situations, you could feel they were headed for disaster because he wasn’t forthright with Lisa about his feelings about her and the reason for his reentry to her life.
I was rooting for Lisa and Remy, I continually had mixed feelings about them – for myriad reasons – but they were pretty adorable together. I especially loved how reverently he spoke of, and to, her. The suspension scene was sublime; his poetry transcended the beauty of the rest of the scene. Lisa sometimes felt beyond awkward when they were together, the crux of their connection definitely rested on Remy’s massive shoulders.
Close Cover was well-paced. I never felt like there was a lull in the forward momentum of the book. It did have a little less action than I’ve come to expect from the Masters and Mercenaries series, and most of the tension was developed with speculation and revelations of coincidental past events. Lexi Blake did a great job of feeding her readers enough crumbs of information to feel invested in the plot without giving so much that the entirety of the plot was predictable.
I wish I would have felt more connected to the characters in this book. I’m not sure what was lacking, but I didn’t feel the deep emotional tie to these characters that I usually do when reading Ms. Blake’s stories. They fell a little flat for me, Lisa more so than Remy; he felt more well-developed than she did.
Lexi Blake is one of my favorite authors. She always develops interesting and suspenseful plots, with sympathetic characters. She writes strong heroines, who’s best qualities are complemented by their life partners. This book, while not my favorite of hers, carried those traits and was a great way to conclude the Masters and Mercenaries crossover series.
Because I've read Blake's books as they were published, I had forgotten about Lisa Daley and her siblings. It was a joy to have them return and get glimpses into Will & Bridget and Mitch & Lauren's current relationships. Even Lila Daley appeared and while she was disagreeable, I can't wait for her to get a story.
I think what I enjoyed the most about this book is that Blake introduced a new setting and a whole new set of characters related to Remy and his hometown. I would love to read a book where his sister gets her happily ever after.
This is a great book and unlike many of the other books in the Masters and Mercenaries series, I think you could read this book without having read any of the others and still fully enjoy it.
Lisa has been in lust with Remy since she set eyes on him. A woman who always goes after what she wants, she had no trouble approaching him at Sanctum one evening, he actually declined her offer and she never asked again. Not long after her life became one giant mess and returning back to Sanctum wasn't in the cards for her. Losing her job, her car and soon to be her apartment was more of a priority than coming up with the money to pay at Sanctum, but when Remy suddenly moves into the apartment across from her, those lusty desires come back full force.
Even through Lisa's life changes fairly quickly, what is that saying; fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. There won't be a third time because strong women don't roll over and become doormats - or something like that.
Close Cover is part of a 6 book collection in a crossover series world between 5 other authors. They all involve bodyguards from Lexi's world, but this is a complete standalone within that collection.
Remy Guidry is a Cajun "sex on a stick' bodyguard and Dom. Lisa Daley set her sights on the gorgeous Dom once, only to be rejected. Now he's back and she's getting a second chance to make her move. This time the outcome is different but Lisa's in trouble and what she doesn't know is that Remy is working as her bodyguard. While things work well between them and real feelings develop, the truth comes out after Lisa's life is endangered. Trust is broken and Remy must prove that she's not just a job to him. He takes to his home in the bayou where she meets his delightful and quirky family. Lisa's heart slowly thaws but it takes another dangerous incident to show her that loving Remy is all that matters. He is her destiny.
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Remy Guidry works for McKay-Taggart doing whatever they pay him for and he's made a solid group of friends there with Declan, Riley, Shane and Wade and I enjoyed their banter.
Everyone in the book seems to play at a BDSM club, Sanctum, started by the founding members of McKay-Taggart, although there is only one visit to the club in this book. The Daley family, also members of the club, book Remy to be bodyguard to the youngest of the Daley sisters, Lisa, but she is not to realise that's what he is doing.
This is due to be Remy's final job for McKay-Taggart before he's due to return to Papillon to buy back the family bar.
The problem is that Lisa and Remy have fancied each other from afar for a long time but after Lisa approached Remy months before and was rejected by him, for perfectly valid, and honourable, reasons, things get off to a sticky start. What follows is a series of misunderstandings and problems caused by the usual lack of communication that happens in relationships.
The sex is definitely not behind closed doors and although some may consider it a little close to erotica when it does happen it doesn't dominate the book.
Although this was fine to read as a standalone I did feel a little like I'd walked into a party where everyone already knew each other. Settings and characters were already well established and would probably be familiar to regular readers of Blake's.
This was an enjoyable, easy read with plenty of other books to sink your teeth into if one book is not enough for you.
As always I feel like I’ve lived with the characters and want more of their stories
It’s hard to wait for what comes next
Remy and Lisa well I have to say I didn't see this one coming, I kept wondering about Will's other sister's after Laurel but when they hadn't been around I kind of forgot them so it was a nice surprise to start reading this and they all pop back up with Lisa being in trouble or for Remy, Lisa just being trouble with a capital T...lol
The suspense and mystery in this story as with all the other's was fantastic, it kept me at the edge of my seat, there were some great plot twists and surprises and then there are the fun office pranks from Ian and Adam I just can't stop laughing I really feel for Charlotte not only does she have Ian to contend with but three kids with his genes...lol
Remy and Lisa's journey was rocky but as with all of Lexi Blakes books, a HEA is inevitable and worth the wait through the amazing drama.