The Book That Starts the Kindle World! Close Cover: A Masters and Mercenaries Novel – Crossover Collection Book 1 by Lexi Blake

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A Masters and Mercenaries Novel
Crossover Collection Book 1
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Lexi Blake


Remy Guidry doesn’t do relationships. He tried the marriage thing once, back in Louisiana, and learned the hard way that all he really needs in life is a cold beer, some good friends, and the occasional hookup. His job as a bodyguard with McKay-Taggart gives him purpose and lovely perks, like access to Sanctum. The last thing he needs in his life is a woman with stars in her eyes and babies in her future.

Lisa Daley’s life is going in the right direction. She has graduated from college after years of putting herself through school. She’s got a new job at an accounting firm and she’s finished her Sanctum training. Finally on her own and having fun, her life seems pretty perfect. Except she’s lonely and the one man she wants won’t give her a second look.

There is one other little glitch. Apparently, her new firm is really a front for the mob and now they want her dead. Assassins can really ruin a fun girls’ night out. Suddenly strapped to the very same six-foot-five-inch hunk of a bodyguard who makes her heart pound, Lisa can’t decide if this situation is a blessing or a curse.

As the mob closes in, Remy takes his tempting new charge back to the safest place he knows—his home in the bayou. Surrounded by his past, he can’t help wondering if Lisa is his future. To answer that question, he just has to keep her alive.

The Lexi Blake Crossover Collection features a new novel by Lexi Blake and five books by some of her favorite writers:

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Larissa Ione – Her Guardian Angel
J. Kenner – Justify Me
Corinne Michaels – Say You Won’t Let Go
Carly Phillips – His to Protect
Susan Stoker – Rescuing Sadie


A Big Thank You to Susan Stoker for the gift of this ARC! I am so happy to review this great beginning to a New Kindle World!

Not only does this book set up for the Kindle World, giving just a glimpse of the rest of the stories. It also has one of the Masters and Mercenary bodyguards leaving to return to his roots.

When Remy looks at Lisa he sees what the world sees, a beautiful, educated, and wealthy self-assured woman. He also feels an insane attraction to her which is his reason for refusing to dominate her a Sanctum.

Lisa has some problems, she just blew the whistle on the accounting firm she worked for. Her first job since getting her Master’s degree. No one want’s to hire her, and she’s the only one who can testify about the content of some missing pages from the confiscated books.

Her family decided she needs a bodyguard, but she can’t know about it. She has battled with her brother Will over it and isn’t likely to give in. Needing money she decides to take a job offered her by one of her neighbors. Bartending at a strip club wouldn’t be a problem for her, that’s how she made money in college.

This is a favorite scene with Remy after everything falls apart her first night on the job.

Please, Lisa Daley. Please let me take you home. I’m worried stray dogs and cats are going to think you’re a movable feast and some random club kids will decide you’re a walking rave and party around you.”

She grimaced. “That bad, huh?”

“I think you’re cute as a button, ma crevette,” he admitted.

“Okay. But only because my feet are swollen.” She stuffed the dollar bills into her bag and then the shrimp that had been on her shoulder fell and she shrieked but managed to catch it.

“It’s not alive,” he said quietly, looking around to see if anyone was calling the cops on the massive dude and the tiny woman who had screamed. She stared at it for a long moment and the he heard her stomach rumble. Damn. The woman was hangry. He could understand that. It was one part of savage beast he could soothe easily. “Are you thinking about eating that?”

“Yes,” she admitted. “But that would be gross. Right?”

In the distance he heard the sound of a siren wailing. It appeared the ambulance was coming for her erstwhile customer. Remy pulled the shrimp out of her hand and tossed it away for some lucky roaming cat to find. This particular kitten had just found herself a keeper. “Pizza is on me.”
Blake, Lexi. Close Cover: Masters and Mercenaries Crossover Book 1 (Kindle Locations 963-973). Kindle Worlds. Kindle Edition.

The way he calls her ma crevette, the dominance clear in his actions and words. Words that become even more romantic when he does a suspension scene with her.

Danger, suspense, attraction, family drama, alligators, assassins, plenty of heat in more ways than one and so much more!

I confess to only having read the first of the Masters and Mercenaries Series. Unable to resist, I bought Masters and Mercenaries Bundle: The Early Ops (Books 1-5) to learn all about some of the other players in this book.

What every you do, don’t miss these Crossovers or the Masters and Mercenaries Series!

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NY 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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Grizzly Survival – Arcadian Bears Book 5 By Becca Jameson

Grizzy Survival
Arcadian Bears Book 5
Becca Jameson


Hiding one’s true self might be possible in the human world, but grizzly shifters aren’t easily fooled.Gavin Wright is human. He is also not out. He has no intention of ever coming out. He’s unwilling to face the condemnation. Lucky for him, he’s had the privilege of hiding his true self inside a fake relationship with his best friend, Paige, for ten years.

Dale Gerben is a grizzly shifter. As such, he has the ability to sense things humans cannot. Therefore, it comes as a surprise to him that Gavin thinks he’s so well hidden from the world. He isn’t hidden from Dale. And Dale is up for the challenge.

It’s a summer fling. No one in the human world will find out. Dale needs someone to help him heal old wounds, and Gavin needs someone to show him what he’s capable of if he’d just trust himself.

No one needs to get hurt. Until they do…

The odds are not in their favor. It’s forbidden to change a human into a shifter. It’s challenging to maintain a life-long mixed relationship. Gavin has doubts. Dale has secrets.

Two young girls are missing. There’s an accident. A race against the clock.

Neither man will ever be the same.

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While each of these books is standalone, I do recommend reading the series in order.

Now I don’t read much MM unless there is an F in in there somewhere, but this story is so intricately entwined with the previous book – Grizzly Promise I had to read it.

Now shifters have a totally different view of things since they can smell arousal. That was how Dane knew Gavin was interested in him. What he didn’t know was that Gavin wasn’t out and that revealing himself would lose him his family. One thing was certain, Paige wasn’t going to be able to play his girlfriend anymore. She and Wyatt are mates and he’s not going to stand for her agreement with Gavin.

This is a favorite scene at Dale’s home, where Gavin finds the way to inform Dale he knows about shifters.

All his thoughts were way too premature for action. He had no way of knowing yet if Gavin was even a bottom or what sort of kink he enjoyed. If any.

Instead, he set his palms on the counter at his sides, white-knuckled the marble, and forced himself to remain where he was. “So, what do you do when you aren’t pretending to be in a het relationship?”

Gavin swallowed, setting his bottle on the island. “If everyone in this town is as intuitive as you, we’re in a heap of trouble.”

Dale frowned. “Why? I’m not understanding the need for the pretense.”

Gavin sighed. “It’s a long story.”

“You’re not out.” How had he not thought of that before now? Inwardly, he cringed. Outwardly, he stood rigid, pleading with whatever power of the universe that had made him attracted to this most inappropriate man. So far there was nothing about Gavin that Dale would normally find attractive. He was human. He wasn’t out. Worse—he was so totally not out that he lived in a pretend world with a fake het relationship. The man didn’t even like beer. He was a freaking college student. Dale didn’t go for anyone with even one of those qualities. Ever. And yet.

Gavin winced, lifting his gaze. “No.”

“And you’re hiding behind a fake relationship? That’s cold.” He stiffened. Why would any woman consent to such an arrangement?

Gavin shook his head. “It’s not quite as unequal as you’re envisioning, and I’ve never once forced Paige to continue the farce. She’s free to pretend to break up with me anytime she wants. In fact, I wish she would. It seems Wyatt Arthur is her…uh…whatever you want to call him.” His gaze darted to the counter where he reached for his beer and traced his finger through the condensation on the outside of the bottle. Had he been about to say mate?

This was always a conundrum whenever a shifter met a full human—figuring out how much they knew without giving away anything unnecessary. Though it was interesting to note that Gavin could have simply asked Paige if Dale was a shifter and they wouldn’t be engaged in this awkward dance.

Dale nearly slapped his forehead when it occurred to him that Paige had no idea Gavin was here in his house. Why was he keeping this secret from Paige? So many questions. He decided to fall back on his regular standard method of inquisition to put an end to the charade. “It would be so much easier if we kicked the elephant out of the room now rather than dance around it all evening.”

The line worked perfectly. Any human with no knowledge of shifters would assume he was speaking of sex. Any human who was well informed would react totally differently.

Gavin hesitated and then chose not to take the bait. Instead, he glanced at the row of windows behind the kitchen table. “I seriously doubt you see a lot of elephants in this part of the country, but I bet you have some grizzly bears.” He bit his bottom lip again as he returned his gaze to Dale’s.

Dale glanced at Gavin’s mouth and licked his lips. “More than you can imagine.”

“That’s what Paige tells me.”

Dale couldn’t stand the distance or the dance another moment. He shoved off the counter, rounded the island, and pressed his front against Gavin’s back, flattening his hands on the marble on both sides of the smaller man’s frame. He set his lips on Gavin’s ear and whispered. “The bear population is larger than what you’d find recorded anywhere. You never know where you might find one.”

Dale also has his secrets as is revealed by all the computer equipment he has. But he really loves building things.

This is an inspiring tale, wrought with emotion, missing young girls and a sizzling love story. One that definitely brought out my tears more than once and with giggles, and sighs to round everything up.

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Becca Jameson currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two kids, and the various pets that wander through.

After editing for about five years she recently started writing. She is loving the journey, dabbling in various genres.

When not writing or editing she can usually be found taxiing kids to and from their activities, scrapbooking, and reading!

Late at night she can usually be found sequestered in her office creating fantasy with a glass of red wine and a bar of dark chocolate.

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New Release!!!! Wrangling Wanda – Special Forces & Brotherhood Protection Book 5 – by Heather Long

Wrangling Wanda
Special Forces & Brotherhood Protection Book 5
USA Today Bestselling Author
Heather Long


No one taught him how to disarm his heart…

Clayton “Brick” Wall specialized in explosive ordinance removal, but a near miss, which almost cost his team their lives, left his nerves shot and his spirit a little broken. Even with his trusted buddy Hondo at his side, medical discharge feels like just another test he didn’t study for—what the hell is civilian life anyway? A friend sends him to Montana to heal and the Brotherhood Protectors give him a place, and a purpose.

No one taught her to stay over the safety net…

Ex-CIA asset, Wanda Aiken is working overtime to keep her grandfather’s Merry Circus afloat. Coming back had never been a part of the plan, but she’s burnt on operations and family is family. When a series of accidents threaten to sideline the whole operation, she’s torn between going old school, and throwing in the towel.

No one taught them how to not go it alone…

Sent to protect Wanda, Brick’s not prepared for the stubborn, infuriating woman determined to do it her way. All he needs is one foot to get in the center ring. Fortunately Hondo has four paws and Wanda’s charmed by him.


Once again Heather takes us on a journey of suspense and love with plenty of chuckles as well.

I couldn’t help but giggle at the name Clayton ‘Brick’ Wall, such are the nicknames given by buddies in the military. However my true love in this one is his bomb sniffing dog Hondo. Hondo and Brick were partners in the military and Brick was fortunate to be able to adopt him as they both left it under medical discharge.

As a child I always loved the aerial performers at the circus, so as we learn about Wanda and she takes to the high wire I can visualize every move she makes. Having returned from years in Europe, she is in charge of this tour of the Merry Circus. A small traveling extension of her family’s main event in Vegas.

This is a favorite scene with Brick, Hondo and Wanda as Brick tries to learn more about her.

“You know an awful lot about this.” She dragged her gaze off the dark and looked around Hondo. The dashboard lights only partially illuminated his face. The shepherd gave her a kiss on the cheek, a light swipe. Running her fingers through his fur, she gave the dog a scratch just above his collar.

“I’ve been doing some research,” Clayton admitted. “Hank and his guys began to deep dive everyone’s backgrounds.”

Of course they had.

“Including yours.”

Sensing a reckoning, she waited.

“I also asked a friend to pull your records. You’ve got a scrubbed background check, a very thorough and squeaky-clean one. So which did you work for?”

“The circus.” It wasn’t a lie. She’d worked for several of them.

“Wanda,” Clayton’s voice dipped low and a shiver rolled across the surface of her skin. “Is it possible they didn’t scrub you as thorough as it looks? Could someone from a life you didn’t lead in a job you didn’t do for an alphabet agency you won’t admit, be gunning for you?”

Laughter spilled out of her at the absurdity of the question, and she shook her head. “If anyone from a mythical life that didn’t happen on a continent where I worked for the circus, and didn’t do any side jobs for anything resembling an alphabet agency were to come looking—I’d guess they’d be a lot more direct than bloody threats on a trailer door and a fire to drive me out of my trailer.”
Long, Heather. Brotherhood Protectors: Wrangling Wanda (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Special Forces & Brotherhood Protectors Series Book 5) (Kindle Locations 564-575). Kindle Worlds. Kindle Edition

From suspicious activities, to geeky moments, this book will have you turning the pages. I didn’t see it coming and the true hero of this book is Hondo. I love Military and Service dogs so very much!

This book melds characters from Brotherhood Protectors, and of others from Heather’s Special Forces: Operation Alpha books. Links are below, if you want to meet them, including the couple Brick is housesitting for.

I can’t wait for Heather’s next book in this Kindle World.

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From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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Rescuing Kassie – Delta Force Heroes Book 5 By Susan Stoker

Rescuing Kassie
Delta Force Heroes Book 5
New York Times Bestselling Author
Susan Stoker


Graham “Hollywood” Caverly feels the chemistry with Kassie Anderson in the emails they’ve been exchanging through a dating site. When they finally meet in person, and that online chemistry proves to have real-life sizzle, he knows she’s the one. He couldn’t be happier when their first date, at an annual Army Ball, goes better than he could have imagined. Until Kassie drops a bomb.

Kassie doesn’t want to approach Hollywood on the dating site, but threats to her family leave her no other choice. She definitely doesn’t want to fall for the man. But fall she does. Hard. After she admits the ruse–and after some understandable anger on both their parts–Kassie wonders if, in Hollywood’s arms, a happy future is within her grasp.

But her past always finds her, and in Kassie’s case, that’s a dangerous proposition–because she’s connected to an old enemy of Hollywood’s Delta Force team. Very intimately connected… And it will take Hollywood, his Delta brothers, and even some outside help to do what should have been done the first time–eliminate the threat once and for all.

** Rescuing Kassie is the 5th book in the Delta Force Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

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Somehow, even with all the love I have for this series, I managed to miss reviewing this one. So without further ado…

Just when we thought Jacks was out of the picture, he rears his ugly head from prison. One would think that a maximum security prison would keep him from causing anymore trouble. Yet he manages to manipulate his ex through a friend.

Kassie never really expected an answer from Hollywood when she messaged him on a dating site, she also didn’t expect to feel any sort of connection with him. However as they chat through e-mail the inevitable happens, he wants to meet in person.

The venue, The Army Ball in Austin. The outcome… a night of disaster, the next day groveling.

I must say Hollywood is pretty darn good at the grovel. Here’s part of it, so very good.

“I can’t deny I was pissed, but I was upset because of the connection I’d felt between us. Then I woke up this morning feeling as if I’d lost something precious. That I’d made a big mistake. I spoke with my friends and they helped me figure out what I already knew. Kassie…” He paused and looked into her eyes. “I know you didn’t have to tell me why you messaged the first time. The fact that you did shows me how much integrity you have. If I gave you a chance to explain last night, I know I would’ve settled my shit and realized how brave you actually are.”

Kassie closed her eyes, scared to give in. She was hanging on by a thread. The entire day had been too much. She felt his fingers tuck a piece of hair behind her ear as he spoke.
“I’m sorry you’ve been living with Jacks hanging over your head. I’m sorry he put his hands on you. And I’m really sorry you’re dealing with his friend. Let me help you, Kassie.”

“Why?” she whispered.

“Why do I want to help you?” Hollywood clarified.

Kassie nodded and opened her eyes. She had to see his face when he answered. Surely she’d be able to tell if he was genuine or blowing smoke up her ass.

He didn’t shy away from looking her straight in the eyes as he spoke. “Because I’ve never felt a connection with another woman the way I do with you. A year ago I might not’ve realized what we had. But since I’ve seen my friends experience true love, I’m not willing to give up what I feel in my heart is the same thing. In the past, if someone had told me they’d done what you did, I would’ve blown them off and not thought about them again. But I literally can’t do that with you. You’ve somehow somehow crawled inside me and taken root.”

Ignoring the “true love” statement—no way was she touching that one—her lips quirked involuntarily. “So I’m a virus? That’s what you’re saying?”

He smiled back. “No, sweetheart. I’m just saying that as hard as I tried to write you off last night, I couldn’t. We got to know each other pretty well with only emails back and forth. Meeting you last night solidified the fact that there’s something special between us. I’m thinking you feel it just as strongly as I do, otherwise you wouldn’t have risked telling me about Jacks. You get me and I you. I don’t want to throw that away. So you messaged me because Jacks told you to. Whatever. If I didn’t hate that motherfucker so much, I’d thank him.”

Kassie looked up at the man next to her with big eyes. She couldn’t believe he’d gone from completely pissed off and never wanting to see her again last night to saying that he thought they clicked. “I’m perfectly willing to work with you and your friends to tell you what I know about Richard and what he’s planning, even though I have no idea what he’s planning. But I’ll be the go-between and give you any information you want. I’ll feed false info to him and I’ll even be bait if that’s what it takes. I’ll do all of that without being your friend, Hollywood. I hate what he did to Emily and her daughter. You don’t have to give me pretty words and pretend to like me just to get to Richard.”

Now he looked pissed. Kassie should’ve been scared of him, but she knew he wouldn’t touch her in anger. Last night had proved that. He’d been furious, but hadn’t hit, grabbed, shoved, or otherwise done anything physical to hurt her. “I’m not telling you how much I like you to get you to be bait. Jesus, Kassie, I can be an ass, but I’m not that much of one. I’m not here because I want you as a go-between either. Me and my friends can take care of that asshole without your involvement. I want to get to know you better. Take you out to dinner. Watch movies with you. Get to know Karina. Watch her cheer in games. The bottom line is that I want Kassie Anderson. No hidden agenda, sweetheart. Just two people dating and hopefully getting closer.”

“Oh.” It was a lame response, but it was all she could come up with.

“Is that an ‘oh, yes,’ or an ‘oh, no?’” Hollywood asked.

“I guess…yes.”

“Even though it’s not a hundred percent yes, I’ll take it,” Hollywood told her.
Stoker, Susan. Rescuing Kassie (Delta Force Heroes Book 5) (Kindle Locations 1271-1302). Stoker Aces Production, LLC. Kindle Edition.

Even as their relationship grows, Jacks and his cohort Dean are in the background. Plotting revenge against Hollywood’s team. All while holding threats over Kassie and her sister.

Sweet and sexy scenes, Annie to make you laugh and shake your head, and of course all the guys and the strong women that make this series what it is.

Captivating, with some harrowing moments and plenty of action. Don’t miss this book!

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

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