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The Dom Who Loved Me (Masters and Mercenaries #1)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  9,512 Ratings  ·  511 Reviews
A routine mission…

Sean Taggart is hunting a deadly terrorist, and his only lead is the lovely Grace Hawthorne. She's the executive assistant for an employment agency Sean suspects is a front for illegal activities. To get the truth, he is going to have to get very close to Grace, a task he is all too eager to undertake when he discovers her deliciously submissive nature.

ebook, 372 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by DLZ Entertainment (first published September 25th 2011)
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Oct 11, 2013 ~IreneOust~ rated it really liked it


There were several reasons I enjoyed this book.

Here are my TOP THREE:

3. Lexi Blake can write a great story and even better sex plus younger H/older h pairing is always welcome in my book. If you are a fan of sexy suspense stories, this one was should do the trick!

2. Using CC as visual for Sean (thanks, Allison! I owe you one! He he ...) was a BONUS!

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... and if a still wasn't enough, here comes the GIF ...

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1. BRing this with Jennifer which is ALWAYS a blast! Thanks, babe! xo

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3.5 Flaggin' a Lil Stars

This was good and I enjoyed it.

Although, not gonna lie, the whole spy/espionage/mystery story line was a little lost on this idiot for a bit there.


So there's that.


Now, I'm not saying I'm a BDSM connoisseur by any means...

...but I've read a lot of BDSM.


And I guess I would classify this as "BDSM-lite."

Which I'm totally not knocking.

Because sometimes you feel like having your cake with a little less frosting.


Speaking of cake...

...this installment's Dom (Sean) is a wann
Aug 16, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it

I’m going to spank you because you’ll like it.

Before I even start this review, I want you to scroll down and look at Sean's arms.....


Now imagine those arms and hands spanking your ass.


Are you still there? Well, you shouldn't be.

My Sean:


My Grace:

She has a self-possession that only comes from being very well loved. It’s intensely attractive.

The first time Sean sees Grace, it is in a picture with a man who is the target of their next op. He works with his
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
3,5 I Want The Broody Brother Stars

Well... This was both better and worse than I'd thought it'd be. I thought I would love the romance and be bored by the suspense but it was the other way around. The plot-line was interesting and engaging but the romance left a lot to be desired.

My problems:

1) The insta-love. I have high tolerance for insta-love but saying the "I <3 u"s your second day dating is too much even for me. I may have choked it up but I think when the protagonists of a book are o
Oct 28, 2012 Dd rated it liked it
---3.25 stars---

Sean Taggart,32 years old,is a very,very dangerous man.Once a decorated Green Beret he had been on the most dangerous missions the army had in Afghanistan.He had also worked for the CIA.Now he works in McKay/Taggart security services lead by Sean's older brother Ian and Alexander Mckay.

And this man can COOK (heavenly,let me add that)!!


They are approached by Peter Lincoln,the head of a lumber consortium,to find a man named Patrick Wright who is the suspected leader of
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
Edited January 4, 2012 (I downgraded it from 4 to 3.5/3 stars)

3.5 stars.

"My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration: set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes, cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell simmer down and go about business as usual.”
- by Phyllis Diller –

I have to explain this quote. The Dom Who Loved Me got me all worked up; it was frustrating at times and I had to simmer down. Hold your horses, Baba...Although I have to admit that I didn’t use a kitchen timer. But I’m
Blacky *Romance Addict*

Well, I thought this would be a five star read when I started it. The first half really was fantastic but then the main dude did something that I really didn't like, plus I didn't like how the huge conflict between main characters was settled. Oh well. But I love the fact that these books have suspense in them and I loved all the humor!!!!!!! Brilliant! So I'm definitely continuing with the series :D
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***

***3 Stars***

I liked this, but unfortunately, nothing really wowed me.

I've never read Lexi Blake before, and although the writing was good, for some reason the book felt slow. Maybe it was just me? I was interested in what was going on...but I didn't feel like there was any momentum carrying me forward...does that make sense?

Sean and Grace were great together...the sex scenes were equal measures of sexy and sensual. I like that Grace didn't have this big internal struggle of wanting something t
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Oct 29, 2011 Jo * Smut-Dickted * rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-on-kindle, bdsm, mf
First I'd like to say thank you for that cover. It really got me in the mood for reading the book.

This one is really top notch - fantastic writing, strong and believable characters, humor, and hot wicked erotic BDSM! Grace is every womans woman in nearly every way - from how she thinks to the fact that her body isn't perfect. She's strong in all the good ways - the ways us normal girls have to be. We can't all be kick a$$ demon hunters you know! She is also willing to be open enough to be a litt
~ Becs ~
I was sucked in by the cover on this one – it’s just gorgeous.

Unfortunately, it took me more than half the book to connect with the characters before I felt fully engaged and cared about what happened to them. Grace is a lovely heroine – a sweet, trusting widow who’s been alone too long and indulges in BDSM romantic fiction but has never actually tried the lifestyle for herself.

Enter Sean – deep undercover, he attempts to woo her and get her to submit as part of his cover to infiltrate her boss’
Aly is so frigging bored
3rd read:20th-22nd December
Buddy read with Jo

2nd read: 25th-28th November 2013
Buddy read with Maru

1st read: 16-17th March 2013

I was in a D/s-book-mood for the week and I was lucky to read only great books, I love it when it happens!

This book here is a blend of D/s and suspense, and it's done fantastically! The author builds great characters, has an interesting plot, there's the adrenalin to mention and she has amazing secondary characters who's stories I can't wait to read.

The story starts with
The summary says pretty much what the story is about so I'll get down to the nitty gritty. After seeing so many high scores and reviews for this book, I was expecting much more from this.

The cons:

Grace is 40 years old and Sean calls her "little one". That's just weird and it got on my nerves after the fourth or fifth time reading that.

The whole D/s thing didn't come across as believable. He's supposed to be a practicing Dom, yet he established no ground rules with Grace, he broke the Dom charac
Lover of Romance
Feb 18, 2017 Lover of Romance rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance  Summary
Sean Taggert works for his brother in hunting terrorists cells for the government. They are ex military, tough and get the mission done. Sean's target is to get to Grace Hawthorne, their targets secretary. She is different from any other woman he has encountered. Sean knows there is more to this woman than meets the eye. She dresses in plan office colors but has colorful shoes, only leads to his imagination of what is under those
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

First things first, LOOK AT THAT COVER! Sorry, got that all out. I admit the cover and the title where the two reasons I bought this book. At the time I had read the Masters of Menage series she co-writes with Shayla Black, but a lot of times it's hard to tell who's voice you are reading at one time or another. I didn't know either that she was Sophie Oak, not that it would've made much of a difference since I haven't read her stuff yet.

So I'm going in
My first Lexi Blake and am now looking forward to reading more, reminded me very much of Cherise Sinclair who I love so if you enjoy Ms Sinclair's work then I am sure you will like Ms Blake too. The story was good and flowed really well making it an easy book to read. The heat level is high as the sex scenes were not rushed but it also had plenty of story with a bit of suspense thrown in - a very enjoyable read!
Sep 07, 2013 Marulett rated it really liked it
Buddy read with Aly

Our Sean:

Our Grace:

Aly: Hi Maru. We've read THE DOM WHO LOVED ME by Lexi Blake a few weeks ago, but I still remember with pleasure
Maru: Hi Aly! Yes we did, and I loved the book! Thanks for making me read it
Aly: My pleasure :)) Did you like the blend of erotic romance and suspense? Would you change anything in the book?
Maru: No, I think that everything worked perfectly for the story. It had a lot of suspense and the steamy scenes were AWESOME
Aly: They were, they were... )
Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
May 30, 2012 Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Loved this book!! I was pulled in right from the opening pages and I didn't want it to end. I loved that Sean was immediately drawn to Grace when he saw her picture and I loved that Grace always wore sexy colored high~heels and Sean always noticed. Oh...and I loved how Grace described Sean as looking like a viking!! Ian, Liam, Adam and Jake *sigh* ~ especially Ian!!

Ugh....I had such a LOVE/HATE relationship with Sean. I was so mad at him for constantly expecting Grace to trust him as a Dom when
Aug 31, 2013 Fiordiligii rated it did not like it
Lately, it seems, I am unable to find a good m/f BDSM romance novel. I really do enjoy the genre and like supporting those authors, but The Dom Who Loved Me (a story with a rating over 4 on GR!), was another book I just wanted to throw against the next wall. I truly wanted to like this story, what isn't there to enjoy upon first sight? A big bad alpha/military dom looking like a viking who falls for a petite and cuddly older woman, some hot sex scenes and a nice happy ending and I would have bee ...more
It only took a split second for Sean Taggart to look at his newest assignments picture to realize that his life is about to be changed forever. Grace Hawthorne in all her dowdiness in the photo sparks something within Sean, he knows there is something lying beneath her sheltered exterior. His only worry is how deep Grace is involved with the terrorist group that is hiding within the employment agency she is working for.

Grace Hawthorne saw her life as complete, widower and mother of two college
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Former military as a hot Dom is always a pleasurable read. This is a new series of smexy SugarKink fun. I want to read the next book but I'm trying to savour each book from Ms. Blake.

Sean is the younger brother built like a Viking. I do love the Viking image. Mixing it up with Grace, a loyal secretary is adorable. Ms. Blake does a great job of creating engaging characters. Even if the character makes a person want to smack them upside the head. There are several hot guys in this story and all of
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
Jan 14, 2014 SamJ ★Needs a HEA★ marked it as on-kindle-waiting-to-be-read
Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
I'm not really a fan of the older woman/younger man trope, but I gotta say Lexi Blake reeled me in, and made me love the characters in this one!
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DiDi's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

I just found another favorite BDSM author. The Dom Who Loved Me has off the chart smexin', a hotter than hot DOM, a fiesty sub (who wasn't sure she was a sub), humor and a SMOKIN' hot secondary cast. The best part...there is in intriguing story to go with the BDSM line. This is truly a romantic suspense with BDSM elements.

The bigger they are the harder they fall and this is so true with Sean, he sees Grace and knows she is the one. Grace leads
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
1/15/12 re-read

I recently read a great review of this book, and it brought it all back, so I just had to do a re read

I just love Grace. Honestly, she is one if my favorite heroines of all time, She's sweet, and strong, and brave, and forgiving. There is just something about her that makes you want to wrap her up in a big 'ol hug.

Shawn is a great hero - though he certainly had his monuments where I wanted to kick him in the balls. (I mean seriously dude, you know the kinds of issues that Ian ha
Kasi Alexander
Sep 28, 2011 Kasi Alexander rated it it was amazing
Lexi Blake is an impressive author. She has a nice writing style and her characters are both likeable and believable. And her sex scenes are absolutely the best I've ever read. They're not rushed or cliche. They're very sensual, erotic, with a nice dash of kink mixed in. This story had a really good plotline with plenty of twists, surprises and a suspense-filled ending that wasn't predictable or too easy. Very nice writing, satisfyingly erotic, some really well-turned phrases. I highly recommend ...more
I'm not sure why it took me forever to read this book. I did read Luscious before I read any of this series and I was slightly confused because some of the characters that were in that book seemed to have had their own back story. I'm finally starting this series and it is nice to read from the very beginning. (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 04, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it

I did read the second book first and I did like this one a lot but it wasn't as good as the second one. The plot isn't as compelling as the second one but I still found to be intense and suspenseful where I wanted to see what was going to happen next. I love Grace. She is tough, has her insecurities and is a strong character. She really gives herself a break and gives Sean a chance to prove himself and she sees that her life can start over with the right man. Sean is a bit more intense then
Dec 18, 2011 Vivian rated it liked it
Entertaining erotic suspense romance. Hot Dom (Sean) with some dangerous and delightful skills and using them all on his target, Grace. Sizzling interactions, realistic plot line, but I would have clobbered Sean upside the head with a skillet at some point. Let's just say that Grace is a more forgiving person than I.
Nadine Bookaholic
Looks like this is going to be a good 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 n ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Masters and Mercenaries (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Love and Let Die (Masters and Mercenaries, #5)
  • Dungeon Royale (Masters and Mercenaries, #6)
  • A View to a Thrill (Masters and Mercenaries, #7)
  • You Only Love Twice (Masters and Mercenaries, #8)
  • Master No (Masters and Mercenaries, #9)
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  • Dominance Never Dies (Masters and Mercenaries, #11)

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