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Librarian's note: See alternate cover edition of ASIN B00M8LWHVO here. A woman on a mission Phoebe Graham is a specialist in deep cover espionage, infiltrating the enemy, observing their practices, and when necessary eliminating the threat. Her latest assignment is McKay-Taggart Security Services, staffed with former military and intelligence operatives. They routinely per Librarian's note: See alternate cover edition of ASIN B00M8LWHVO here. A woman on a mission Phoebe Graham is a specialist in deep cover espionage, infiltrating the enemy, observing their practices, and when necessary eliminating the threat. Her latest assignment is McKay-Taggart Security Services, staffed with former military and intelligence operatives. They routinely perform clandestine operations all over the world but it isn’t until Jesse Murdoch joins the team that her radar starts spinning. Unfortunately so does her head. He’s gorgeous and sweet and her instincts tell her to trust him but she’s been burned before, so he’ll stay where he belongs—squarely in her sights. A man on the run Since the moment his Army unit was captured by jihadists, Jesse’s life has been a nightmare. Forced to watch as those monsters tortured and killed his friends and the woman he loved, something inside him snapped. When he’s finally rescued, everyone has the same question—why did he alone survive? Clouded in accusations and haunted by the faces of those he failed, Jesse struggles in civilian life until McKay-Taggart takes him in. Spending time with Phoebe, the shy and beautiful accountant, makes him feel human for the first time in forever. If someone so innocent and sweet could accept him, maybe he could truly be redeemed. A love they never expected When Phoebe receives the order to eliminate Jesse, she must choose between the job she’s dedicated her life to and the man who’s stolen her heart. Choosing Jesse would mean abandoning everything she believes in, and it might mean sharing his fate because a shadowy killer is dedicated to finishing the job started in Iraq. A Masters and Mercenaries Novel by Lexi Blake


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Librarian's note: See alternate cover edition of ASIN B00M8LWHVO here. A woman on a mission Phoebe Graham is a specialist in deep cover espionage, infiltrating the enemy, observing their practices, and when necessary eliminating the threat. Her latest assignment is McKay-Taggart Security Services, staffed with former military and intelligence operatives. They routinely per Librarian's note: See alternate cover edition of ASIN B00M8LWHVO here. A woman on a mission Phoebe Graham is a specialist in deep cover espionage, infiltrating the enemy, observing their practices, and when necessary eliminating the threat. Her latest assignment is McKay-Taggart Security Services, staffed with former military and intelligence operatives. They routinely perform clandestine operations all over the world but it isn’t until Jesse Murdoch joins the team that her radar starts spinning. Unfortunately so does her head. He’s gorgeous and sweet and her instincts tell her to trust him but she’s been burned before, so he’ll stay where he belongs—squarely in her sights. A man on the run Since the moment his Army unit was captured by jihadists, Jesse’s life has been a nightmare. Forced to watch as those monsters tortured and killed his friends and the woman he loved, something inside him snapped. When he’s finally rescued, everyone has the same question—why did he alone survive? Clouded in accusations and haunted by the faces of those he failed, Jesse struggles in civilian life until McKay-Taggart takes him in. Spending time with Phoebe, the shy and beautiful accountant, makes him feel human for the first time in forever. If someone so innocent and sweet could accept him, maybe he could truly be redeemed. A love they never expected When Phoebe receives the order to eliminate Jesse, she must choose between the job she’s dedicated her life to and the man who’s stolen her heart. Choosing Jesse would mean abandoning everything she believes in, and it might mean sharing his fate because a shadowy killer is dedicated to finishing the job started in Iraq. A Masters and Mercenaries Novel by Lexi Blake

30 review for You Only Love Twice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Flo

    5 comfy mayhem STARS “You played me. You played me hard and well. You had me panting after you and then you pointed a bullet straight at my fucking heart. Do you see the irony, Phoebe? I was falling for you and you were there to kill me.” I have this almost irrational love for Ian Taggart and his group of carefully selected misfits and every time I pick up a new book in the Masters & Mercenaries series I fall in love all over again. This time around Lexi Blake tells the story of troubl 5 comfy mayhem STARS “You played me. You played me hard and well. You had me panting after you and then you pointed a bullet straight at my fucking heart. Do you see the irony, Phoebe? I was falling for you and you were there to kill me.” I have this almost irrational love for Ian Taggart and his group of carefully selected misfits and every time I pick up a new book in the Masters & Mercenaries series I fall in love all over again. This time around Lexi Blake tells the story of troubled former soldier and Dom in training - Jesse and McKay-Taggart's accountant who turned out to be anything but an accountant - Phoebe. “You're a selfless man, Jesse. It's a unique trait, one that I believe you were born with. Oftentimes a certain goodness comes from nurture, from having a loving family around you. But I believe some people are simply born good, selfless. They're the universe's way of making sure there are always heroes among us.” Let's start with Jesse Murdoch, one of the most interesting and unknown employees of McKay-Taggart. I've been waiting a long time to see what really happened in his past and how his future will look like. Let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed. Dear Jesse has a bit of a messed up back-story. Raised by his grandfather, he escaped into the service the moment he was old enough. Unfortunately an ambush on his army unit lead to his captivity. Over the course of his imprisonment he witnessed the death of all of his team mates, was drugged and tortured constantly and had to undergo rigorous psychological conditioning. So, when he was rescued and came home the only surviving member, poor Jesse had to endure a lot of suspicion and mistrust from his government and especially the general public. But when Big Tag took him into his fold life got a lot more interesting and some might say worth living. Especially one woman made him think there was more to life after all. “It occurred to her that she'd been stopping far too often. She'd been screaming a safe word at the universe for years, and she wasn't safer or happier for it. She was just lonely and afraid.” Phoebe Graham is the silent, timid and Harry Potter obsessed accountant at McKay-Taggart. Well, or so everyone thought. During the last instalment in the series it became clear that there is more to her than meets the eye. In fact, little sweet Phoebe is a plant to spy on Taggart and his team. Her most important mark is non other than Jesse Murdoch himself and she did her job well...got real close over the last few months and now she just got the order to take the shot. Literally take the shot! I'm really not going to give anything more away at this point. Let me just tell you that her past is so freaking perfect and tied in with another person we already know. For fans of the series this is one big fat present with a huge read bow on top. Just know...someone wants Jesse dead. But who could it be and why? “He was devastating when he was sweet, but she could hold him off. When he was sweet and alpha male, it was a combination guaranteed to ruin her common sense.” Ms. Blake has this highly imaginative mind to spin a great spy story, with suspense, heartbreak and really well developed characters. But this time around she outdid herself by putting the bits and pieces we already knew from the past books together and making them run into a completely different direction. I usually get into these books thinking about a character one way and somewhere round half-time I'm completely changed in my mindset. Jesse initially came over as less than smart, impulsive and adorably green. But once you get to know him and learn about all he experienced and spent some time in his head you see what a warm, caring and good person he is. A good person with a domineering alpha male inside and a penchant for sweet and girly long-drinks with an umbrella on top, that is. Phoebe on the other hand starts out rough in the eye of the reader...I mean pointing a gun at sweet messed up Jesse does that to you, but once you learn why she acted that way and what her fears and demons are there is no other way than to fall in love with her as well. And don't even get me started once they actually meet in the middle, work together and fall into the Sanctum approved Dom/sub mode. Holy freaking shit! HAWT!! Before I wrap this up, there is one thing I have to get off my chest. Ian Taggart is still the best thing that ever happened to my bookshelf and just seeing this man handling his guys, caring for his woman while being grumpy and sarcastic is reason enough to pick up this series. The supporting cast and reoccurring characters are what makes this not only a good but a great read. Ms. Blake has the ability to use a lot of characters and she still manages to make you care about each and every one of them and actually remember who they are and how they play into the story. Well, maybe that's just me re-reading the series again and again, but still...FABULOUS CAST ALERT! Period! “Sanctum is a place where I can just be me and no one judges me. They accept me. Big Tag brings us all here because this place, this life, binds us together. It makes us a family.” Oh, and BIG -slightly dysfunctional- but HAPPY FAMILY ALERT as well. ;D Yes, I very much loved this book and I'm in love with this series. That's all! Oh no, it's not all. Ten? OMG...you better run and hide, BigTag is going to have so much fun with this...situation. I'm already laughing my head off just thinking about it. ;D Is it August yet?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    5 Stars He'd fought and fought to live and now he was going to stand here and let her do her worst. He didn't want to live in a world where she betrayed him. He simply didn't. I've been a huge fan of this series since the very first book. Now eight books in and it's still going strong. I think this may have been my favorite of the Masters and Mercenaries. I've been curious about Jesse's story since we first meet him earlier in the series. He's always been such a broken and tortured soul 5 Stars He'd fought and fought to live and now he was going to stand here and let her do her worst. He didn't want to live in a world where she betrayed him. He simply didn't. I've been a huge fan of this series since the very first book. Now eight books in and it's still going strong. I think this may have been my favorite of the Masters and Mercenaries. I've been curious about Jesse's story since we first meet him earlier in the series. He's always been such a broken and tortured soul, that you couldn't help but crave a HEA for him. This is a man that's truly known suffering and needed a HEA that was truly worthy of the type of person he is, and boy did Lexi Blake deliver on that. She really gave it justice with this book. You played me. You played me hard and well. You had me panting after you and then you pointed a bullet straight at my fucking heart. Do you see the irony, Phoebe? I was falling for you and you were there to kill me. Phoebe has always been the super shy, clumsy and unassuming accountant for Taggart McKay. But looks can be deceiving and it her case, deadly. Having lost the love of her life in a mission gone terribly wrong, Phoebe is determined to bring those responsible for his death to justice...even if it means going deep undercover. Jesse has been half in love with the quiet and shy Phoebe, but when he finds out who she really is, his world gets flipped. He wants her heart, but her heart belongs to a dead man. This is probably the most emotional book in the series, or at least it was for me. Having tidbits of Jesse's problems in the earlier books, you know that his problems run deep. He lives a waking nightmare with the PTSD and the memories of a voice that tortured and almost broke him. He finally thought he found his redemption when he met Phoebe, but he knows that he can never have her. Every second of every day I want you to remember this... Remember every second that you could have had a man who worshipped you with his body and soul." I really don't want to give too much away, because this is simply a book you need to experience for yourself without any major details. But I will say that I absolutely loved it. There is nothing better than a kick ass heroine for me, and Phoebe was definitely that. But she also had a broken side to her that balanced out the tough operative persona. She can handle herself in the field, but her soul was broken with the death of her husband that she adored. I appreciated that Lexi Blake never diminished her love for her husband and yet made the reader truly see what her connection to Jesse was and make it real. It didn't feel like settling, which I was afraid of. The connection between them was tangible...and not to mention super sexy You won't be quiet when I fuck you. You'll give them a show. You'll let them know just how good it feels to be fucked by me and I will make sure you scream. Don't even think you can hold out on me. I won't let it happen. I'll fuck you so long and so hard, you'll give me everything I want. My other concern was how Jesse would come off as a Dom. He's such a tortured soul that I was afraid he may come off as almost too broken, but that never happened. When he finally got his shit together, the man was truly a top. But he always maintained this vulnerable edge to him which was so incredibly endearing that you couldn't help but completely fall for him. I really wouldn't recommend reading this book as a standalone as there is a story ARC that continues throughout the series. While you wouldn't necessarily feel lost, you would appreciate this story and all secondary characters and the MCs that much more if you read it in order. Of course it wouldn't be a Masters and Mercenaries book without Ian and his banter... This is really the greatest thing that ever happened to me. Well, besides the whole wife-coming-back-from-the-dead and having a baby and shit, but other than that, getting to punch Ten at random is really the best." You also finally get a true peak into the enigma that is Tennessee Smith, and you just KNOW that his book is bound to be a fantastic one. I don't think there was anything about this book that I didn't love. It was action-packed, emotional, filled with heart-pounding suspense and oh so sexy. I adored Phoebe and Jesse together. Their story will equal parts break your heart and absolutely melt it. I think what I've figured out is that we don't have a limited amount of love. It doesn't get all used up and then there's nothing left. We choose. We choose who we love and how we love, and how we love, and there is nothing between two consenting adults that brings them connection and pleasure and joy that's wrong. This is ours, Phoebe. Of course I also loved all the secondary characters (including some new faces). Did I already mention Ian and Charlie? Charlie, that's not a foot. It's a horn. We're having a demon. I know it." She rolled her pretty eyes and sighed. "They're your girls so they're probably slightly demonic." I can't wait to get my hands on Ten's book next and hopefully Ian's brothers will be getting theirs soon after. If you like sexy espionage and BDSM all in one action packed book, this series is a definite must read! For more reviews visit

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shayna

    Lexi Blake gives us another incredible installment of the Masters and Mercenaries series, with this heart pounding, nail-biting, and breath catching romance. Sexy and emotional to the max, Jesse and Phoebe's love story brought me to my knees and absolutely warmed my heart. There were so many passionate moments that just kicked me in the gut, leaving me gasping for air. I couldn't have asked for a more fitting happily ever after for these two amazing characters. A woman full of guilt, grief, and s Lexi Blake gives us another incredible installment of the Masters and Mercenaries series, with this heart pounding, nail-biting, and breath catching romance. Sexy and emotional to the max, Jesse and Phoebe's love story brought me to my knees and absolutely warmed my heart. There were so many passionate moments that just kicked me in the gut, leaving me gasping for air. I couldn't have asked for a more fitting happily ever after for these two amazing characters. A woman full of guilt, grief, and sorrow gets a second chance at love. A man with his own demons wants to conquer her heart, mind, body, and soul. A couple brought together by fate, but the past is determined to keep them at arm's length. In this installment of the highly suspenseful Masters and Mercenaries series, we learn that you have to let go of the past in order to have a future free of guilt and regret. Like the old poem says, "Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all." This is a story about a woman who lost the love of her life, and it left her broken, incapable of opening up her heart to another. When the jig is up, and all is out in the open, Jesse tends to be the man to break her, to mend her heart, and to wedge himself right in the center of it, not matter what it takes. Phoebe and Jesse are two of the strongest characters that Ms. Blake has ever created. The messages embedded in the story, the storyline that had me on the edge of my seat, and the electric, intense connection between the two characters, made You Only Love Twice, one of my favorites of the series! Just as a side note - the next book in the series was set up PERFECTLY in this book! I already have a million scenarios going through my mind right now. I'm giddy just thinking about it! I have a feeling the next one will take my breath away! With more classic and hilarious Ian moments, and me falling in love with every new character that comes around in this series, I just don't know how I find the time to read anything else! Read more of my reviews at Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads! *Gifted copy provided by the series in exchange for an honest review*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eve (Between The Bookends)

    Love Jessie and Phoebe!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    I've been looking forward to making it to Jesse and Phoebe's gut-wrenching, sexy and sweet story! Phoebe Graham was devastated when her husband and love of her life Jamie was killed after being captured in Iraq. Raised as a covert spy, Phoebe is now in deep cover with McKay-Taggart Security, but she's gone soft. She genuinely likes the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect others, but shockingly, it's the one person who survived the hell that her husband died in, Jesse Murdoch, I've been looking forward to making it to Jesse and Phoebe's gut-wrenching, sexy and sweet story! Phoebe Graham was devastated when her husband and love of her life Jamie was killed after being captured in Iraq. Raised as a covert spy, Phoebe is now in deep cover with McKay-Taggart Security, but she's gone soft. She genuinely likes the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect others, but shockingly, it's the one person who survived the hell that her husband died in, Jesse Murdoch, who makes her question her orders. Something smells in Texas, and with every plot they uncover, the stench grows. Someone wants Jesse, the tool they tried to create with torture and mind games, and they're ready to stop at nothing to get him back. YOU ONLY LOVE TWICE is the 8th book in the excellent Masters and Mercenaries series and one I was really looking forward to. Jesse got totally fucked by the government after surviving as a POW for months with hostile jihadists. As positive of a person as he is, he had seriously skewed self confidence, but kept bouncing back with an unwavering devotion to Phoebe and his McKay-Taggart family. The thing I had a hard time with was when he switched to Dom mode. It was like a personality transplant instead of a natural transition. And Phoebe's reactions to him also were so varied depending on the personality he took on. Was he the kicked puppy? The muscle but not the brain for missions? Was he the broken POW whose government screwed him? Was he the Dom in charge who exuded confidence and ego? I don't know, it changed constantly, and while Phoebe was always attracted to him, it wasn't until he put on his metaphorical leathers that she allowed herself to indulge. Phoebe didn't act like an operative much either, most of the time she was either whining or crying or lamenting the fact that she was falling for someone who wasn't her hubby. My heart broke for what both had gone through, but the story felt kind of disingenuous for some reason. That said, it was overall well written, sexy and heart-wrenching, as witnessed by this poignant statement: "I was just thinking about family." "And it made you turn slightly green?" Simon laughed, slapping him on the shoulder. "Don't think about it. Just do it. There are no guarantees in life except that if you waste it, you'll regret it. Take it all – the good, the bad, the risky. This is yours and it's all you have. Having a family is the most frightening thing in the world if you really let yourself think about it. All that pain waiting out there if you lose one of them. And still, it's meaningless if you don't have them. We find our families, Jesse. Some of us are lucky to find them when we're born, but a lot of us have to look. So be grateful and welcome every single person who becomes family to you. Hold them close and yes, mourn them when they're gone, so at the end of all of this you know you had a life." Bottom Line: Another sexy suspense filled offering from Ms. Blake! - See more at: http://www.theromancereviews.com/view... - See more at: http://www.theromancereviews.com/view...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Taralinda

    Five smokin' hot, suspenseful Stars! First off I loved this book . I carved out time from my busy schedule and binge read this, and struggled putting it down. Phoebe was a great character. She was tormented by her past, she was constantly plagued with guilt because of her feelings for Jesse. She was conflicted by her secrets she knew would come to light, but feared they would ruin her budding relationship with Jesse. She couldn't deny her feelings for him, but she didn't know how to handle the Five smokin' hot, suspenseful Stars! First off I loved this book . I carved out time from my busy schedule and binge read this, and struggled putting it down. Phoebe was a great character. She was tormented by her past, she was constantly plagued with guilt because of her feelings for Jesse. She was conflicted by her secrets she knew would come to light, but feared they would ruin her budding relationship with Jesse. She couldn't deny her feelings for him, but she didn't know how to handle them. I've loved Jesse since his introduction in Alex and Eve's book. He is the ultimate tortured soul. He has severe PTSD, survivors guilt because of being the only one to survive his units captivity in Iraq, and shame and insecurity, constantly feeling he is unworthy of being a part of Tag's team. He thinks all he is good for is being the muscle in the team and has nothing else to contribute. But he's felt alive and secure with Phoebe, only to discover she's not who he thought she was, compounding all his feelings of insecurity. The team soon finds out that Jesse is in danger, but they don't know what is motivating the attacks against him. Phoebe and the team have to work together to protect Jesse and uncover the plot to kill him. This forces Jesse and Phoebe to work together, and soon the chemistry between them is too much to deny. But both of their issues, namely Jesse's insecurity and Phoebe's guilt, interfere with their relationship. Fortunately, Jesse isn't one to give up easily and won't let Phoebe go; all he has to do is convince Phoebe to give them a try. This book was full of suspense and danger, and I was dying to know who was trying to kill Jesse and why. I had some ideas about what was going on, and most of them were confirmed, but there were still many surprises and twists. I got frustrated with Phoebe's constant denial of her feelings for Jesse, but they were very understandable considering her past. I was rooting for Jesse the whole time, and it was great to see him overcome his issues. This whole series has been amazing! I had my suspicions about who the next the book would be about, and I was totally right, but now I'm dreading waiting another six months for the next book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~

    What can I say - I adore Lexi Blake - and this series. I don't ever want it to end. I wasn't sure going into it that I would enjoy Jesse's story - but I couldn't have been more wrong. I loved every word - and I couldn't be more excited by the secondary characters that (I hope!!) will grace future installments. If you haven't tried this series yet - do it. What can I say - I adore Lexi Blake - and this series. I don't ever want it to end. I wasn't sure going into it that I would enjoy Jesse's story - but I couldn't have been more wrong. I loved every word - and I couldn't be more excited by the secondary characters that (I hope!!) will grace future installments. If you haven't tried this series yet - do it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ☆ Sammy ☆彡

    4.5 ⭐'s 4.5 ⭐'s

  9. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I found myself laughing at the start of this one, the way that the baby shower spun out of control. You would have thought that this one event could have been normal for these people, however normal isn't a word that ever comes close to describing the group. When you add in Ten and his group of merry men, it isn't even a possibility. I liked how these two groups seemed to integrate, wish it could have been more and a permanent thing. Things weren't all rainbows and sunshine, but bumps along the w I found myself laughing at the start of this one, the way that the baby shower spun out of control. You would have thought that this one event could have been normal for these people, however normal isn't a word that ever comes close to describing the group. When you add in Ten and his group of merry men, it isn't even a possibility. I liked how these two groups seemed to integrate, wish it could have been more and a permanent thing. Things weren't all rainbows and sunshine, but bumps along the way, which is what made it fun to read. Jesse and Phoebe's relationship went about much the same. Both of them had to face horrible things in their past and let them go. It was their frank decision that were the most interesting, I especially liked how Jesse realized the connection between them and then shared it with Phoebe. With how this one ended it will be interesting to see what happens next. I can't wait to see Ten Dom it up.

  10. 4 out of 5

    crashqueen73

    I wanted to like this. The writing was good but the characters were so inconsistent. That frustrated me and all the other goings on was just too much. If the hero had actually grown as a character rather than jumping in and out of two radically different ones I would have liked it a whole lot more. The fact that the heroine liked him better when he was domineering didn’t appeal to me either. Giving up at 67%. Not for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rara

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Brilliant. Masterpiece. Superb. Magnificent. Outstanding. I had to ravage my thesaurus to come up with enough superlatives to describe how I feel about Lexi Blake’s newest addition to her Masters and Mercenaries series. Yet all of these words seem a lukewarm description of my exact feelings while reading You Only Love Twice. I don’t think I was more than one min I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Brilliant. Masterpiece. Superb. Magnificent. Outstanding. I had to ravage my thesaurus to come up with enough superlatives to describe how I feel about Lexi Blake’s newest addition to her Masters and Mercenaries series. Yet all of these words seem a lukewarm description of my exact feelings while reading You Only Love Twice. I don’t think I was more than one minute into reading before I was already screaming and yelling OMG. I wasn’t even more than three percent into reading when I started crying. With her usual exceptional writing, Ms. Blake grabbed my heart and soul within two minutes of opening the book. There was so much pain and sadness in both Jesse and Phoebe. Ms. Blake pulled these emotions to the surface for the reader to understand who these people were and help us understand their actions and motivations. But it also meant that I shed a lot of tears while reading. I shed those tears because Jesse and Phoebe were no longer fictional characters, but instead so real that I could practically feel them standing next to me. With each addition to the series, Ms. Blake blows me away with her ability to create characters with so much depth that I truly care about them. In fact, the brilliance of this series can be directly attributed to the characters and specifically the individuality of each of the books’ featured couples. While they have BDSM and spying in common, they are never carbon copies of each other. Jesse may be a Dom in the bedroom, but when he’s not in a scene, he is full of insecurity and hurt. Phoebe has spent so many years taking care of herself and hiding her vulnerability that it is going to take someone special to knock down her walls. I found myself wanting to reach out to both of them and tell them it was going to be all right. My arms ached to give them a hug. But there is always so much to Ms. Blake’s story than just the perfect romance. She always manages to write the perfect blend of romance and thriller. There was so much intrigue in You Only Love Twice and Ms. Blake slowly peeled the different layers of the mystery at just the right pace to keep you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think you have things figured out, she will throw another curve ball at you that mixes it all up. But it all makes sense, and every surprise is just another piece of the perfect puzzle. Once all the pieces are put together it results in a beautiful story that will stay with you long after you have read the last page. For those who are fans of the Masters and Mercenaries series, there is plenty of Ian and the other members of the McKay-Taggert family. Ian has never been funnier or sarcastic and he is the undisputed center of this amazing group of people. I absolutely love that Ms. Blake keeps bringing back all the couples that we have previously fallen in love with. I’m never ready to say goodbye to these people that I have fallen in love with so it’s good that I don’t have to. You Only Love Twice ended by setting up the next book in the series and I’m already counting down the days until its release. With each new release, I swear that this one is my favorite so I have no doubt that the next book will blow me away. Until then, I think I am going to go back and read You Only Love Twice again because I am not ready to leave this amazing universe that Ms. Blake has created.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shauni

    Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book Just so you know, I am doing the unthinkable, I am reading Lexi Blake's, Masters and Mercenaries Series out of order. WAY out of order *gasp* alert the media.. *grins* I began with her contrbution to the 1001 Dark Nights Series, Dungeon Games (Book 6.5) and now am reviewing book 8! Yep totally skipped books 1-6 and 7. What is the world coming to? I will say that Dungeon Games totally intrigued and captured my attention. One of the things that caught my attent Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book Just so you know, I am doing the unthinkable, I am reading Lexi Blake's, Masters and Mercenaries Series out of order. WAY out of order *gasp* alert the media.. *grins* I began with her contrbution to the 1001 Dark Nights Series, Dungeon Games (Book 6.5) and now am reviewing book 8! Yep totally skipped books 1-6 and 7. What is the world coming to? I will say that Dungeon Games totally intrigued and captured my attention. One of the things that caught my attention was the presence of BDSM but the lack of it. Does that make sense? We know the characters are Masters and Submissives but so far it's more implied than reality. Which makes this series a totally different concept than the other BDSM Series I have read. That being said, I really do need to read a few more books before I declare this as fact. Phoebe Graham is a sweet, slightly clutzy accountant for the McKay-Taggart Security Service. A group of very strong personalities who just want to take care of her, except she's not. Phoebe is the daughter of a man who created a special ops team for the CIA. Her brother runs it and her husband died for it. But there's a mole somewhere and Phoebe has been sent out to see if McKay-Taggart Security Services is a treasonous organization. Phoebe certainly hopes not.. she actually likes these people. Jesse Murdoch was the only member of his team that survived a brutal attack. Questions circled around him and it was suggested he leave the military. Fortunately for him, the powers that be at McKay-Taggart believe in him and have offered him a job. And now that he has a partner he respects and he is finally finding his footing. But that sexy Phoebe Graham has captured his attention. He's even willing to go gently and slightly vanilla to make her happy. Only she keeps him at the "just friends" arms length. But this is a mercenary organization and someone is questioning just who is this Phoebe Graham? Oh my, the spies are gathering and the mercenaries are questioning.. yeppers the doo doo has hit the fan. Full of action, greed, corruption, redemption and two wounded souls finding each other. I really enjoyed this book and honestly feel that even non BDSM lovers will enjoy it. It read very well as a stand alone but I knew all of these people had lives an stories to tell.. so of course I am working on catching up. As I read and explore I will let you know if the kink gets any kinkier.. A really good story! Shauni

  13. 5 out of 5

    Trio

    Excellent, loved this one (and all of them!). Can't wait for Tennessee's story in the next book, he intrigued me in and the author put a very interesting hook at the end of this book which will be really fun to see how that plays out. Such a great series. Excellent, loved this one (and all of them!). Can't wait for Tennessee's story in the next book, he intrigued me in and the author put a very interesting hook at the end of this book which will be really fun to see how that plays out. Such a great series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rosebud

    Phoebe Graham, the klutzy timid accountant at McKay-Taggart, is hiding a secret. As an undercover agent tasked to infiltrate the McKay-Taggart Security firm, she's assigned to gather ongoing intel on the key players in the firm though it's Jesse Murdoch who is to be her main focus. What better way to get close than to pose as his super shy ultra conservative vanilla girlfriend. Problems arise when the lines between her job and heart start to blur and she's given orders that will test her true lo Phoebe Graham, the klutzy timid accountant at McKay-Taggart, is hiding a secret. As an undercover agent tasked to infiltrate the McKay-Taggart Security firm, she's assigned to gather ongoing intel on the key players in the firm though it's Jesse Murdoch who is to be her main focus. What better way to get close than to pose as his super shy ultra conservative vanilla girlfriend. Problems arise when the lines between her job and heart start to blur and she's given orders that will test her true loyalties to self, family, country, and heart. Jessie has survived the army and being held prisoner by a radical jihadist faction though some still question if he actually was a prisoner or not. With the help and support of his friends at McKay-Taggart he's at a point where only the physical and psychological scars remain as a testament of what he went through. Devastation doesn't begin to cover his feelings when he's told Phoebe isn't who they thought she was. The question is who does she work for and why is she at McKay-Taggart Security firm. Those questions become secondary when they catch Phoebe in the act of lining up a kill shot on Jesse. * * * * This is the 8th installment in the "Masters and Mercenaries" series featuring Jesse Murdoch and Pheobe Graham, the timid klutzy mouse employee who cried and became hysterical whenever Ian Taggart was around. In this installment we find out the answer surrouding the teaser ending of A View to a Thrill. Wasn't a stretch of the imagination though. It's the circumstances surrounding it that are key. In a voice/speech pattern mimicking Mr. Rogers from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood: Can you say 'soap opera' boys and girls? Overall this book has all the bells and whistles I love in a story including layering & depth in the world building, action-adventure, angst, suspense, mystery, unexpected twists & turns, emotional ethical/morality conflicts, and an unexpected surprise or two along the way. Lexi is a master storyteller who is able to use all of those elements to her advantage to keep the reader enthralled to the very last word of the very last sentence of the very last page. In this case she ends with a 'teaser' to the next installment Master No scheduled for release August 4, 2015. In a voice/speech pattern mimicking Mr. Rogers from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood: Can you say 'sadistic tease author' boys and girls? At the core of this story the author takes up PTSD and how those who cope with it may have the physical appearance that everything's fine, but with a specific sound, smell, or unique trigger, they go into a crisis event. There are those who legitimately struggle with this so it is a timely topic to include into a fictional story that fans can appreciate on different levels. Romance between the central characters. I'm going to be in the minority going on record that their relationship didn't quite work. I definitely was a fan of these two and hands down wanted that HEA ending for them. My issue was key scenes that pretty much defined the core issues between the two didn't play as important a role in the story as they should have. Non spoiler CoC restricts me from expounding on who/what/when/where. If this book had been tagged as action-suspense-thriller I wouldn't have blinked an eye on this thought. but as a romance genre read it did. Adult content. Do I even need to include that this is a Lexi Blake written book. Expect the BDSM action (glitterkink variety). Expect the erotica romance scenes, but above all expect toe curling goodness that will result in some quality time with BOB or a long looooong cold shower. :D Secondary characters. The gangs back and better than ever. One of the best things about the author is she does realize life does go on after a featured installment so old and new characters do make appearances. I do appreciate that the new characters are eased in just as someone new to the neighborhood, school, job, or what would. They get the lay of the land (or bulldoze their way in depending) to find their nitch. The character Erin is certainly one who has done that. OK. Maybe Kashmir Kamdar & Chapal too. Oh and Kai and Deke and Theo and Case and Kori and Ace and Michael and .... well you get my drift. I know I probably should have rated this a five star but I'm right in the middle with a slight move to the 4. Reason is I noticed story line inconsistencies, details, and grammatical/spelling errors that stuck out like a sore thumb. Lexi Blake is on and will continue to be on my auto buy list. That is a high bar as I do look for more than a superficial romance and Lexi consistently delivers that. In this story there was a stumble or two. That's all. I can't end this without mentioning Ian and Charlotte. For those fans (like me) who can't get enough of Ian. He's back. And. There are a few unexpected 'bombshell' moments. Vague nonspoiler reference. The numbers '10' '2' and 'priceless' come to mind. Those who have read this book know what I'm talking about. Loved loved loved the circumstances around those numbers. ps. priceless refers to the required monetary replacement scene Recommend this book? Hell ya. It COULD be read as a standalone if you haven't read any of the previous installments. It's got all the elements that fans of contemporary m/f erotic romance will appreciate and than some. Looking so forward to the next installment where Ten .... well, you'll have to read THIS book to find out the teaser ending.... and it's a doozy. :D

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jacque

    This is the 8th book in the Master and Mercenaries series and is not a standalone book. I think this was the most complex book so far in the series. It brought so many of the characters together that were in the previous books. It seemed like the other books were just the character development for this one. The author references many situations that were in her other books. My heart went to Jesse and everything he went through. I can’t imagine how he survived. Thankfully he found Phoebe and a rea This is the 8th book in the Master and Mercenaries series and is not a standalone book. I think this was the most complex book so far in the series. It brought so many of the characters together that were in the previous books. It seemed like the other books were just the character development for this one. The author references many situations that were in her other books. My heart went to Jesse and everything he went through. I can’t imagine how he survived. Thankfully he found Phoebe and a reason to live. I love Lexi Blake; she not only gives a good suspenseful story, but she adds in romance in a way that doesn’t make it boring. I might have to check to see if she has any straight suspense books!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    These books just keep getting better and better. Jesse Murdoch was tortured by a militant called the Caliph when he was captured in the Middle East. The Caliph could never break him and turn him against his unit and eventually he was rescued. He came to work for Ian in book 4 "On Her Master's Secret Service". Jesse has always been the muscle and since he has PTSD from his capture, he has always been thought of as a little unstable. Phoebe (Grant) Graham has been working for Ian Taggert as his ac These books just keep getting better and better. Jesse Murdoch was tortured by a militant called the Caliph when he was captured in the Middle East. The Caliph could never break him and turn him against his unit and eventually he was rescued. He came to work for Ian in book 4 "On Her Master's Secret Service". Jesse has always been the muscle and since he has PTSD from his capture, he has always been thought of as a little unstable. Phoebe (Grant) Graham has been working for Ian Taggert as his accountant and no one knew she was a long term plant put there by Tennessee Smith to watch Jesse and make sure he wasn't a threat. When Phoebe gets a kill order from an unknown person, she doesn't realize until it is almost too late that she is supposed to kill Jesse. Phoebe and Jesse, along with the McKay-Taggert team and Tennessee Smith's CIA team must find out why someone wants Jesse dead. I have loved Jesse since he joined the crew. He has always thought of himself as less than the others, but no one else thinks that. They know he has needed help and have gotten it for him and have given him a family that he never had. Phoebe thinks that Ian picks at Jesse because he thinks Jesse is stupid but that is just Ian's way of caring. Simon has become his best friend and work partner and the others respect him knowing how much he went through and care about him. Phoebe wants to defend and protect him and Jesse is not used to anyone wanting to do that. This book was probably the least centered around domination/submission but it works for Jesse and Phoebe. I love the fact that Ms. Blake incorporates such an in-depth story into her books and that the BDSM and sex are just a part of the bigger story. It is something that makes them all family but doesn't solely define any of the characters. I am really looking forward to more Masters and Mercenaries books and the upcoming one with Ten sounds great! SPOILER RIGHT NOW: It is hilarious that Ian is having twins...and they're GIRLS!

  17. 5 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    Wow, who is this woman, Phoebe Graham? The previous book already hinted that Phoebe is not whom she seems to be. Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? When Phoebe is revealed I'm pleased. At first I thought based on the hints that I would hate her. I love her. Goodness I cried over her. Her life has been rough. The lost she experiences breaks my heart. She is a strong woman and I can only admire her for it. The way she handles Ten also amuses me. Love it. Most of the males in this series are Wow, who is this woman, Phoebe Graham? The previous book already hinted that Phoebe is not whom she seems to be. Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? When Phoebe is revealed I'm pleased. At first I thought based on the hints that I would hate her. I love her. Goodness I cried over her. Her life has been rough. The lost she experiences breaks my heart. She is a strong woman and I can only admire her for it. The way she handles Ten also amuses me. Love it. Most of the males in this series are good. I mean, I like them but they don't touch me much, except for Ian. Jesse, he is the other man I like. I really like Jesse. He is so straightforward. He may be loco when his triggers are set off, but man, he is the backup I want. When he goes into his berserk-er rage, others may be fearful. I'm turned on and love it. The way it is described when he is seeing red is fabulous. His only instinct is to destroy and raze everything to the ground. I can respect this. I especially like that he will even bite the shit out of a tango. He is not just a mad dog though. He is a man with issues. He is a man of complexity. And he is a man with a good heart. I cry for Jessie and what he has been through. He and Phoebe work so well together and I love this pairing. Ms. Blake did her damn-est as a bloody sadist when she put these two together. Their shared history unbeknownst to them could have really derailed this relationship. But these two are such sterling characters even though they have battered around badly, that they overcome all obstacles. This is a story of love triumphs all. Highly recommended for kinky readers who thrive through pain and angst.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Shadow's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Once again, Lexi Blake has brought us a book that features adventure, hot sex, love, pathos, humor and insight into what makes up a family. You Only Love Twice is Phoebe and Jesse’s story and it is a tough one. Jesse was captured while fighting in the Middle East and underwent some major torture and now suffers from PTSD flashbacks. Phoebe, working undercover for the CIA and her adopted brother, Tennessee Smith, once thought Jesse might be re Shadow's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Once again, Lexi Blake has brought us a book that features adventure, hot sex, love, pathos, humor and insight into what makes up a family. You Only Love Twice is Phoebe and Jesse’s story and it is a tough one. Jesse was captured while fighting in the Middle East and underwent some major torture and now suffers from PTSD flashbacks. Phoebe, working undercover for the CIA and her adopted brother, Tennessee Smith, once thought Jesse might be responsible for the death of her husband, whom she still mourns after two years. Since working for McKay-Taggart Security Services, she has not only come to believe Jesse is innocent, but she has gained a family in the other members of the company. But that changes when she gets the word to take out Jesse. Can these two people overcome their pasts, the threat posed by an unknown killer, and the interference of their respective adopted families to find their HEA. The interaction between Jesse and Phoebe is delightful and as always, Big Tag’s humor keeps the reader laughing. The intrigue keeps you turning the pages, and the entire book is a delightful addition to the Masters and Mercenaries series. Expect some flogging and spanking, but the BDSM lifestyle plays a very small part of this story, although what happens to Sanctum is unexpected. Overall, a roller coaster ride of fun, sex and danger brought to you by an author who has become a master of her craft. Review copy provided for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aղցela W.

    This was a really good book I love reading this series. Jesse Murdoch is a man with a big heart and considering all the things that he went through it's a wonder that he was able to show compassion for others. Jesse was a POW and people that he betrayed his country, but Ian and the rest of the crew knew the truth. Phoebe Grant lost her husband when Jesse's unit was taken hostage he was spy and so was Phoebe who is the sister of Tennessee they thought that Jesse was a trader. This was a really go This was a really good book I love reading this series. Jesse Murdoch is a man with a big heart and considering all the things that he went through it's a wonder that he was able to show compassion for others. Jesse was a POW and people that he betrayed his country, but Ian and the rest of the crew knew the truth. Phoebe Grant lost her husband when Jesse's unit was taken hostage he was spy and so was Phoebe who is the sister of Tennessee they thought that Jesse was a trader. This was a really good book and I love reading this series. Phoebe who was the mousy accountant that worked for McKay-Taggert who took Jesse in and helped him adjust to civilian life. I love that Ian finds strays and makes them part of the family and speaking of family it was good to see how the couples in this series are doing like Alex and Eve had adopted an baby boy and that Ian and Charlotte and having twin girls. The book also introduced new players on the Team like Erin I really liked her and Ian and Sean's twin brother's Theo and Case. This book was well written like the rest of the books in this series. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I am glad that Jesse got his happy ending.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nichole

    It was OK. The problem I have is while the plot is interesting the actual emotional issues the heroines have to overcome feel the same. The root causes might be different but they all just ... feel the same. And it only takes some in-depth conversation with whomever to make them realize that yeah, they really do want to fall in love with some badass and be happy forever. So, yeah, not digging the repetition.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jambarie

    I love the characters throughout this entire series. Enjoy the way Blake has developed each one... Their sarcasm, humor, asshattery and off course the hot hot hot couples. This one certainly is no different and doesn't disappoint I love the characters throughout this entire series. Enjoy the way Blake has developed each one... Their sarcasm, humor, asshattery and off course the hot hot hot couples. This one certainly is no different and doesn't disappoint

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    I'll never get tired of this series. No matter what. Yes, it can be totally predictable, but the fun characters make it worthy. OTP Doms and sassy subs. Spy games and danger. I love it all. I'll never get tired of this series. No matter what. Yes, it can be totally predictable, but the fun characters make it worthy. OTP Doms and sassy subs. Spy games and danger. I love it all.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elen Mariano

    Loved it!!!! Jesse own me when he said Phoebe she would never cry alone again.See, he didnt say she'd never cry, but she'd never cry alone!!!! Awesome!!!!!! Loved it!!!! Jesse own me when he said Phoebe she would never cry alone again.See, he didnt say she'd never cry, but she'd never cry alone!!!! Awesome!!!!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    5 Mai Tai’s and Harry Potter Cake Stars. “Sure, Phoebe’s a spy. I always knew it.” Sometimes it was best to go along with these things. It helped him fit in. Of course once the gig was up, he was going to find a way to get Si back. Alex McKay sighed. “He’s going to need proof. God knows I did. “Yes, I need proof.” You might want to rethink that one Jesse. I love Jesse and out of the whole series that I have read so far he is one of my top favorites but Ian is still my number one. Jesse has been to 5 Mai Tai’s and Harry Potter Cake Stars. “Sure, Phoebe’s a spy. I always knew it.” Sometimes it was best to go along with these things. It helped him fit in. Of course once the gig was up, he was going to find a way to get Si back. Alex McKay sighed. “He’s going to need proof. God knows I did. “Yes, I need proof.” You might want to rethink that one Jesse. I love Jesse and out of the whole series that I have read so far he is one of my top favorites but Ian is still my number one. Jesse has been to hell and back. He is the only one that survived extreme torture methods. Jesse is selfless being a unique individual. He forgives easily and there are no hard feelings it’s not worth the time or the energy. They couldn’t break him. “I already beat him. I beat him when I survived and I beat him when I thrived.” He came back splintered but he came back. Jesse lacks some self-esteem but throughout the book we see the beauty of him changing. No one really knows what happened and no one cared enough to find out until McKay/Taggart. We know what Phoebe is going to do but with that prologue you can’t help but not feel for Phoebe. Ms. Blake makes you like characters where you wouldn’t under normal circumstances. Phoebe is to go undercover at McKay/Taggart. To get nearer to Jesse to find out what happened to her husband. Phoebe blames herself and feels that her one chance at happiness is gone. Jamie was on an undercover OP that went wrong. Phoebe is agency. Her undercover gig saved her. What wasn’t planned was to fall for every single one of the team. “Are you going to let the babies eat me? I read somewhere that if you lie still long enough pretty much any animal will try to eat you, even deer and bunnies. I’m a little worried babies are the same.” “Ah, the joys of Stockholm syndrome. You have a really bad case of it, love. Not super spy material what it comes to this bunch but they can soften up even the hardest spies in the business. Bless Jesse his one saving grace that he thought he deserved? Phoebe. “He didn’t want to live in a world where she betrayed him. He simply didn’t.” It is time for Jesse to finally face his demons. Now Jesse isn’t as suave as Si but I don’t freaking care. Phoebe is grieving for a past that has been gone a long time. She needs to the girl who lived. Got to love Harry Potter references. Phoebe changes and learns to let go of the past. She becomes Jesse’s sub. They are good together well when they at least get their act together. Phoebe can’t deny it in the end but she was lost from the start. It had been right there on the tip of her tongue to say “he’s mine.” Every time someone questioned her rights to him, her damn alpha girl seemed to come out. Pure and simple they are made for one another. They deserve the happiness they have. And Jesse had me with this sentence. “I will go to my grave loving you, woman.” Ms. Blake is a fantastic storyteller and I can’t get enough of this series. I am addicted. Ms. Blake reminds me from the plots of her books a bit of John Le Carré where my heart beats faster and I love the espionage theme but she has put her own twist on it with the modern day espionage and the smut & kink of BDSM. The idea of American sleepers, moles everywhere was riveting. Some of the book being based in Dubai and we get to see the King of Loa Mali again. Fighting the Caliph an obsession can become a downfall. Just saying. Sanctum being blown to hell but I’m sure we’ll get a bigger and better one. My one big surprise in this book? I did not see the connection between Phoebe and Ten coming. Holy hell Batman. But getting to see more of Ten has made me warm up to him immensely.

  25. 4 out of 5

    crashqueen73

    Tried the sample. This one is not for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    JB's Book Obsession - Jennifer

    You Only Love Twice (Masters and Mercenaries #8) by Lexi Blake Phoebe Graham is a woman with a secret she is in deep cover infiltrating the enemy observing their everyday lives watching for an opportunity to take out the man she holds responsible for her husband’s death. Jesse Murdoch is part of the McKay-Taggart Security team. He is gorgeous and sweet and he makes Phoebe want to trust him. Still living in the past mourning her dead husband, she is consumed with guilt and cannot move on with her You Only Love Twice (Masters and Mercenaries #8) by Lexi Blake Phoebe Graham is a woman with a secret she is in deep cover infiltrating the enemy observing their everyday lives watching for an opportunity to take out the man she holds responsible for her husband’s death. Jesse Murdoch is part of the McKay-Taggart Security team. He is gorgeous and sweet and he makes Phoebe want to trust him. Still living in the past mourning her dead husband, she is consumed with guilt and cannot move on with her life. Could Jesse make her see that she deserves a second chance at love? Jesse Murdoch is a man without a home or family. He has never had brothers to count on and to have his back. When jihadists capture him, Jesse was sure his days were numbered. Forced to watch his friends and the woman he loved to be tortured and killed he loses his mind. Finally rescued, he comes home to suspicious as to why his captives spared his life, making him the sole survivor of his unit. Jesse has the same question. He struggles with PTSD until he starts life as a civilian working at Mckay-Taggart they take him in and treat him like one of their own. He finally has a place to call home and people he is beginning to consider his family. When he starts spending time with Phoebe, the stunningly beautiful accountant, she makes him feel like he could be more than the broken man who failed his unit. “Ten’s words went straight to his gut. If he could make her smile, make her happy shouldn’t he fight for the right to do so? Even if it meant fighting her?” Once again, Lexi Blake knocks it out of the park with this next installment in the Masters and Mercenaries series. She continuously manages to pull me into the book right from the first page, I am happily dragged back into the McKay-Taggart world where the men are gorgeous and insanely overprotective, and the woman is strong and feisty. These Dom’s all manage to make me weak in the knees every time I read a new installment. Master in training Jesse is no different, his vulnerability touches my soul, and his inner strength that he doesn’t even realize he has make me love him even more. It was a privilege to read about his transformation from victim to hero. ”I think what I’ve figured out is that we don’t have a limited amount of love. It doesn’t get all used up and then there’s nothing left. We choose. We choose who we love and how we love, and there is nothing between two consenting adults that brings them connection and pleasure and joy that’s wrong.” Jesse and Phoebe’s story was beautiful and heartwarming. Jesse loved her unconditionally from the beginning even when he found out she had been lying to him. Even without ever kissing her or touching her, he fell in love with her soul. He tries to be mean and toss her aside but he can’t. She’s already a part of him and he refuses to let her go. Phoebe wants Jesse but feels like she is cheating on her dead husband consumed with guilt over her part in his death. She can’t seem to forgive herself. Phoebe and Jesse have great chemistry sexually they are totally steaming. However, I loved how they had some deep conversations as well, hashing out their feelings and what the next step for them would be. When Jesse brings out his dirty talking Dom side watch out, panties will melt. As the book progressed, I felt like we were following Jesse and Phoebe on their journey of self-discovery. They couldn’t love each other until they were able to forgive themselves for their past mistakes. ”The key he discovered was simply overwhelming her with what she needed so desperately-love and affection. And no small amount of dominance.” As always, Lexi gives us time with our favorite McKay-Taggart operatives, like Liam, Alex, Jake, and Adam. As well as some new guys Tag and Sean’s half-brothers Case and Theo and a sassy new female operative Erin she was a trip. I cannot forget Ian Taggart; the big man does his best to stop his employee’s from creating drama even though we know he loves it. The whole book was full of tender loving moments as well as crazy hot sex at our much-loved BDSM club Sanctum. I could not put the book down for a second. Way to go Lexi great job building fascinating story and strong characters. “Tag smiled and went back to unpacking the food. “This is really the greatest thing that ever happened to me. Well, besides the whole wife-coming-back –from-the-dead and having a baby and shit, but other than that, getting to punch Ten at random is really the best” The set up for Tennessee Smith’s story in Master No is great I love his relationship with Tag and can’t wait to read more. As always I highly recommend this series, the books need to be read in order so you can understand where the story is going as all of the plots intertwine as they go along, and flow. “Don’t think about it. Just do it. There are no guarantees in life except that if you waste it, you’ll regret it. Take it all—the good, the bad, the risky.”

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Reads

    Brilliant book i could not get enough and the narrators did a really fantastic job at bringing me into the story with them this is one of my favourite series

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristin & Sue Ellen ~ GirlyGirlBookReviews

    Another heart pounding and inspiring story to add to one of my all time favorite series! This book was amazing! The men of McKay-Taggart Security are incredibly sexy and all around bad ass! Jesse Murdoch in my eyes is a hero. He gave his all for his country until his Army Unit was captured and tortured while in Iraq. He should be broken but his will to live is stronger. He was the lone survivor. After surviving that nightmare he should have come home to love and encouragement but after being rescu Another heart pounding and inspiring story to add to one of my all time favorite series! This book was amazing! The men of McKay-Taggart Security are incredibly sexy and all around bad ass! Jesse Murdoch in my eyes is a hero. He gave his all for his country until his Army Unit was captured and tortured while in Iraq. He should be broken but his will to live is stronger. He was the lone survivor. After surviving that nightmare he should have come home to love and encouragement but after being rescued he found himself surrounded by accusations. He has put his trust in the wrong people. He is struggling his way through a normal life but when the men of McKay-Taggart take him in he finally has the family and friends he needed all along. After his nightmare of a past, he never expected or hoped to find a women like Phoebe Graham. She makes him feel more than the shame and guilt. She makes him feel alive. We have seen Jesse Murdoch's sweet side around Phoebe but now he has to let go and let his inner Dom do some work because she is not going down easy. For months he has played the sweetheart, afraid he would scare the quiet, shy Phoebe away. As he comes to find out that is not her at all. She is a deep cover agent and he is her assignment. Phoebe Graham has many secrets. She was sent undercover to gather Intel on the ones at McKay-Taggart. She never expected to make friends and actually like them and even consider them family. She was supposed to get close to Jesse Murdoch and uncover his secrets, not fall in love with him. Shocked when she gets the kill order she has to choose between her job or the man she has come to see as innocent. Jesse and Phoebe will have to find a way to let go of their need for revenge if they are gonna have a brighter future. Both of their past will come back to haunt them and an old enemy that will stop at nothing to take back who he believes is his. Lexi Blake has a way of writing that makes you feel you are right there beside them, along for the ride. Feeling every emotion they are and that to me make one awesome read! One of the best in the series! Reviewed by Kristin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I hadn't really been expecting much from Jesse and Phoebe's book -- but boy was I mistaken! Now that Blake's "Masters and Mercenaries" series has started moving past the original principal characters to newer 'secondary' characters, I was thinking perhaps I wouldn't feel the same level of involvement with people that I felt I didn't know very well. But "You Only Love Twice" is just a wonderful story. Jesse Murdoch's got his eye on quiet, shy Phoebe Graham, McKay-Taggart's accountant...until it's o I hadn't really been expecting much from Jesse and Phoebe's book -- but boy was I mistaken! Now that Blake's "Masters and Mercenaries" series has started moving past the original principal characters to newer 'secondary' characters, I was thinking perhaps I wouldn't feel the same level of involvement with people that I felt I didn't know very well. But "You Only Love Twice" is just a wonderful story. Jesse Murdoch's got his eye on quiet, shy Phoebe Graham, McKay-Taggart's accountant...until it's obvious that Phoebe's much more than anyone suspected. Phoebe's been a deep cover agent and was 'activated' to kill Jesse, but she just can't, so Phoebe, Jesse, and the rest of the guys are on the hunt for whoever gave the order. As they re-connect with Tennessee Smith and his team to find the traitor, Jesse and Phoebe begin to really see each other -- Jesse's a survivor who won't give up on himself or his teammates, and Phoebe is trying to find her place in a world without the husband she adored. You gotta feel sorry for Jesse. He's always seemed to be the M-T's tag-along little brother who couldn't be completely trusted not to mess up. But he just keeps on....keeping on. However, as he and Phoebe grow closer, he just develops into this amazingly layered character who's courageous and so protective of those he loves, but is still gentle, playful and caring. I think my absolute favorite scene in the whole book was the Florentine flogging scene where Phoebe's reluctant to participate, and Jesse says, "Let me be her cross," and he holds her while Ian flogs her. It's so intimate...you can almost feel Phoebe fall in love with him right there ('cause I sure did). There's loads of action and suspense, and lots of plot twists and turns. We get tons more back story on Tennessee Smith and his guys, and we get updates on all the other M-T families as well. There's great dialogue and hot sex, but more than anything this story has a lot of heart. ...so definitely something for everyone!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lia

    I might have already mentioned it in my earlier reviews on previous books of this series, but I feel like the people of Sanctum are my family. Certainly, anyone like me knows what I'm saying, but let me explain ... When I pick up a book in the Masters and Mercenaries series I'm welcomed into this wonderful place... everything in these books is precious - from all those kinds of relationships we come to get involved in, to the interesting and exciting story telling that Lexi delivers. Reading Mast I might have already mentioned it in my earlier reviews on previous books of this series, but I feel like the people of Sanctum are my family. Certainly, anyone like me knows what I'm saying, but let me explain ... When I pick up a book in the Masters and Mercenaries series I'm welcomed into this wonderful place... everything in these books is precious - from all those kinds of relationships we come to get involved in, to the interesting and exciting story telling that Lexi delivers. Reading Masters and Mercenaries makes me want to belong there. AND for those hours that it takes me to get through a book I actually feel like I belong there. I see them going through a lot of shit and then reach happiness and I feel for them, I cry with them, I laugh at the jokes and I'm kind of one of them.... Then suddenly the book ends and it is like for some reason I'm being disconnected from good friends. I hear nothing from them for months.. I think about them a lot and I want to back together with them... And when time comes for another piece in the series, my friends return and I can be part of their lives again, and cry and laugh and my heart gets warm when things work out eventually... And then the whole thing starts again.... we're torn apart and then we find each other again...and again and again ... As painful it is for me to part from them from time to time, I wish this series went on for as long as it can... and when it's going to be over, I'll be very sad.. I'll miss my friends forever but I'll remember them always and thankfully I can just pick up the books again and meet the friends yet again like they've never really gone anywhere :) That's actually a very long intro lol but this is just what I think.. Lexi Blake, you keep making me feel so many things and I'm so grateful for that! Thank you again for an amazing installment of Masters and Mercenaries!

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