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The Second Betrayal: A Lexi Steele Novel (Lexi Steele Novels) Mass Market Paperback – August 4, 2009

4.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Lexi Steele Series

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“Superior action-suspense! McCray has created a powerhouse in Lexi Steele, who's strong, vulnerable, sexy and smart. Powerful characters and a dark and compelling plot make this a great read.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on The Second Betrayal

“No matter what the genre, McCray is hot!” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews

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THEY ARE BOUND BY DUTY AND DESIRE.

As an undercover agent for the NSA's Recovery Enforcement Division, Alexi Steele is no stranger to the ways and means of the country's most notorious sex criminals. Still, she's never seen anything quite like this. Girls from across the globe are being recruited for a modeling competition in New York City, only to end up as enslaved prostitutes. Now it's up to Lexi and her partner―and lover―Nicholas Donovan to infiltrate the operation.

BUT WILL THEIR FIGHT FOR JUSTICE TEAR THEM APART?

Finding the mastermind behind the sex trafficking is only one half of the challenge. The other is Nick. Even though she has always trusted him, Lexi can't help but wonder whether he's keeping something from her―a shocking secret from his past on the Special Forces unit. Meanwhile, time is running out for the victims…and Lexi may be forced to do the unthinkable to see that the job is done.

"No matter what the genre, McCray is hot!―Romantic Times BOOKreviews

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Product Details

  • Series: Lexi Steele Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312946457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312946456
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,033,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me preface by saying I like Cheyenne McCray's writing. I really do. I've been a fan of hers from the beginning. I understand the whole romantica genre that is on the uprise however, I was disgusted by this book. This book is about sex slaves that are "imported" from countries around the world. Lexi and Nick work on the RED team mission to put a stop sex slave ring. The story line sounded interesting and since I like her writing I thought I'd give it a chance.

For me this book was too graphic in the area of torturing the women. She even references using a battery and electrical wires. It got to the point where I literally skimmed past those chapters. I felt dirty after reading the book. Something I've never felt before.

I know this review doesn't go into detail about the plot. I haven't written a review in a long time, however, I felt like it was necessary to give a fair warning to other readers. I was shocked when I got to some of the parts and literally felt vile. A fun summer romance read this was not.
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I have been waiting for this book from the minute I put down the first book in this series and it was worth the wait. For all you people who read The First Sin and loved it, this one was every bit as good, if not better. The Second Betrayal had me hooked from beginning to end. It was full of Action, Romance and eroticism. I was so into the book that it played like a movie in my head and had me thinking that these were real people I was reading about. I absolutely love Lexi and Nick, those 2 can really kick butt. The bad guy in this book has got to be the wickedess man that I have ever read. The only problem now is, when will Cheyenne write the next Lexi Steele book? Cheyenne if your reading this, MORE Lexi Steele books please.
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Alexi Steele, an agent with the Recovery Enforcement Division (RED), a clandestine branch of the NSA, is unpleasantly familiar with the vast underground world of human trafficking. Heading up an op to bring down the mastermind behind multiple sex trafficking rings takes Lexi's team from their home base in Boston to New York City, where girls from all over the world are being recruited to become models, only to find themselves enslaved as prostitutes. Lexi's a pro, but she can't help but be distracted by a family emergency. Not to mention her continuing frustration that her partner and lover, Nicholas Donovan, is still keeping his past a secret from her. Going undercover to infiltrate one of the clubs where girls are being held will put all of Lexi's considerable skills to the test. The clock's ticking and there's no telling what Lexi will have to do to get the job done.

Cheyenne McCray has delivered another hard-hitting novel with the adrenaline-packed The Second Betrayal. The second Lexi Steele novel is every bit as engaging as the first, though the romance between Lexi and Nick takes a back seat to their op. Lexi continues to be a smart, kick-a** heroine you can respect, and family trauma adds a degree of vulnerability to her character that only makes her more appealing. Nick continues to be one of my favorite heroes (and not just out of those Ms. McCray creates), but he isn't as prominent in this book, which was understandable but still a pity. The secondary characters, heroes and villains alike, are as fully-fleshed out as the story's protagonists, which is one of the things I love about The Second Betrayal. I particularly hope I see more of Lexi's family and RED agent Chandra Kerrison in future novels.

As with the first Lexi Steele novel, The First Sin, Ms.
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Second in the Lexi Steele, erotic romance suspense series revolving around Special Agents Lexi Steele and Nick Donovan.

My Take
All the fairy tale code names are pretty funny...and surprisingly appropriate. It's a good story and does address a very real problem in the real world.

Hmmm, this time around, RED has set Lexi and Chandra up in an undercover apartment. We learn a bit more about Donovan's family and military background. Jeez. But I don't know why Lexi has to be so damned pushy about insisting Nick cough it all up.

Whoa. McCray has got one nasty imagination. The stuff she comes up with that Bachmann does to people...!??! I thought the sex slave operation was bad... I can see how Bachmann got away with things for so long as he is extremely careful in hiding his identity.

I can sorta see why McCray hasn't written anymore...it was difficult reading all the horrible things people do to others.

The Story
Lexi is going in undercover as a replacement madame at the Elite Gentlemen's Club--after they arrange a kidnapping of the current madame. Chandra will be her backup, but Nick has his concerns. Not the least of which, he thinks he's falling in love. Not such great timing as Lexi has her own personal family trauma distracting her.

Hagstedt uses the promise of high-paying careers in the United States to lure or kidnap women into his clutches. Once they arrive, the girls are imprisoned, drugged, beaten until they are no longer useful. They are kept in line with threats of torture and death to the families and friends they've left behind. Each girl has a "handler", their own personal jailer who can do anything they like to the girls.

Jenika has managed to get critical information to RED, but it's made her cocky.
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