Review: Close Cover by Lexi Blake (Masters & Mercenaries #16 / Lexi Blake Crossover Collection #1))


Note: This ARC was provided by the publisher via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

I've read and loved Lexi Blake's Lawless series, and I'm currently enjoying her re-releases of her work under her Sophie Oak pseudonym, but I'm embarrassed to admit that while I do have her Masters & Mercenaries series and its first spin-off, Topped, on my to-be-read list, I have yet to read either one. Until now, thanks to the Lexi Blake Crossover Collection. Me being the kind of reader that I am, I was a wee bit wary because I like reading books in order, but this was a case of now or never, and I bit the proverbial bullet and totally don't regret it! And I went all in because I decided to read and review all six books in this new collection, and not only did I get novellas as part of series I've read in the past, but I also discovered a new-to-me author! Reading the stories was a win-win (times six).

The crossover collection kicks off, aptly enough, with Lexi Blake's Close Cover, which is also the sixteenth in her Masters & Mercenaries series. This is the story of thirty-four-year-old Remy Guidry who is set to retire from his position as a team leader with McKay-Taggart in order to return to his hometown of Papillon Bayou in Louisiana and buy back the bar their family once owned. He's assigned one last bodyguard assignment, though, and it's to keep twenty-nine-year-old Lisa Daley safe from a would-be assassin, one her family and Remy's bosses think may be connected to Lisa's former employer. Remy has no problem taking the position, except Lisa also happens to be the same woman he rejected six months ago--the same woman he wants but knows he can never claim as his own.

If this book is a preview of what I can expect from all the previous books in Lexi Blake's Masters & Mercenaries series, then I've definitely been missing out and I'm certainly in for one hell of a treat once I rectify that error. I enjoyed the tension between Remy and Lisa and can I just say that Lisa totally gets kudos for her being the kind of woman who wasn't going to be any person's doormat. She was independent and capable and had the kind of fiery spirit that made her a good match for someone like Remy. Speaking of Remy, the Cajun had a poet's soul and even though he treated Lisa rather abhorrently in the past, the man redeemed himself time and again. From the romance and action to the suspense and humor, Close Cover was an absolute treat to read, and receives 4.5 stars. ♥

Date Read: 08 April 2018

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