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Dungeon Games

(Masters and Mercenaries #6.5)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  3,198 ratings  ·  213 reviews

Derek Brighton has become one of Dallas’s finest detectives through a combination of discipline and obsession. Once he has a target in his sights, nothing can stop him. When he isn’t solving homicides, he applies the same intensity to his playtime at Sanctum, a secretive BDSM club. Unfortunately, no amount of beautiful submissives can fill the hole that one woman l
Kindle Edition, 1001 Dark Nights #5, 185 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated (first published May 6th 2014)
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Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. I've only read the first three books (e-book price issues again). Got this novella plus two others in this series for $0.99. (Guess what I'm reading next)

Derek and Karina were hot together. Great chemistry no matter where they were. Serial killer to catch. Lots of the previous peeps make appearances and help out. I just want to hate his ex-wife but she's hilarious in all her nastiness.
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4.5 'trust means everything'stars

“I’m worried that you won’t love me when I tell you my story, and I love you so much I think I’ll die if you can’t love me back.”



Derek Brighton has become one of Dallas’s finest detectives through a combination of discipline and obsession. Once he has a target in his sights, nothing can stop him. When he isn’t solving homicides, he applies the same intensity to his playtime at Sanctum, a secretive BDSM club. Unfortunately, no amount of beautiful s
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4.5 Stars

So this was quite the scrumptious little nugget.

In fact, now that I'm done, I must go download all the other books in this series.


Because even though my kindle is full, I can always just buy another one make room for more.

Short and to the point.

Dungeon Games is just another novella I devoured in the 1001 Dark Nights series. In it, you will meet Derek and Karina. Just like in every other novella in this series, these two had great chemistry. I mean, it would suck donkey balls if they didn't right?

Now I never knew about the Master and Mercenaries series... and after diving into this little novella - I might find this thing out. It was pretty interesting to see these too try to catch a serial killer because I have a
Kat Desi
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm
How is it that this novella turned into one of the best in the series?

We've met Derek Brighton and Karina Mills a couple of books prior to this with the suggestion that they seem to be each other's adversary with sexual tension simmering underneath.

After Derek's marriage crumbled, he's pretty sure what he needed this time--a 24/7 D/s relationship. Karina is not the type who would give up control... except during playtime. Despite the sexual tension between them, they try to stay away from each o
The suspense was pretty weak as it was obvious very early on who was the killer and was and plot was very predictable....but I didn't read it for the suspense so that didn't cause me a problem ;)
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
I jumped over all the other books in this series. It may have helped a little to know about the other characters in this series, but it doesn't make this book less understandable. Derek is a dominant who needs to protect and care for a submissive. When he can't control everything, he isn't happy. Derek's got issues, least of all his crazy ex-wife Maia.

When a case comes to him where his private life crosses his work life as a cop, all hell breaks loose. There is a killer out for submissives and t
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the enemies to lovers theme along with the BDSM.
Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book

I have become a fan of the 1001 Dark Nights Series of novellas. It's a great way for authors to share their series with and a wonderful way to find new authors, Win/Win.

For those of you who are unaware of the concept.. here is the basic explanation:

1001 Dark Nights, inspired by The Arabian Nights: Tales from 1001 Nights.

In the original, Scheherazade desperately attempts to entertain her husband, the King of Persia, with nightly stories so that he will postpo
Aղցela W.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love reading Lexi Blake her books are always well written and full of action. I have been waiting for awhile for a book about Derek Brighton the war and his ex-wife Maia really messed him up he has trust issues. I liked him two books ago I think he showed up in Ian and Charlie's book along with Karina both of them had some issues she was a drug addicted teen who turned tough PI. Derek and Karina are thrown together when a serial killer targets submissives from the local BDSM scene ( bad clubs ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sweet little gem here even if the villain was not a myster from the very start... but hey I loved it.

Karina is a great PI with more heart than money and she lives to help her customers. And when she becomes the next victim of serial killer there is one cop ready to help her and protect her. He incidentally is also a Dom and Karina is a sub, what a coincidence! LOL

Karina is really a great character while Derek is more an acquired taste with his fanatic hate for germs and his need to control every
This might just be my favourite story in the Masters and Mercenaries far.

I know Dungeon Games was only some short Novella part of the series, but for me it felt very well rounded and the pacing was right all around; I loved getting to know Derek and Karina as well as seeing some old friends again.

I just missed one thing...Ian. :D

So, now we have to wait again, right? August needs to be here, asap!
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Probably my least favourite of the series but still an enjoyable read. I really missed Ian and his snarky humour. Looking forward to the next book.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica, bdsm, own
This book is 6.5 in the Masters and Mercenaries series. These should be read in order to get the full effect of the characters.

I loved this book and to think I almost didn’t read it. The last few books I’ve read have been in the order that I found on I finished Dungeon Royale and wanted to move onto A View to a Thrill. I am so glad that I didn’t. I am glad that I went in order that Lexi suggests.

This book was suspenseful. It had me guessing the whole time. I kind of figured out
Trish R. Ali
I was coming out of my high from reading Dungeon Royale (Book #6) and didn't think any book could top that but boy was I wrong. I think I love this book better than book #6. Yes, it is just a novella but it packed a wallop! I still am in love with Damon but Derek is right up there next to him.

When I came across Karina a couple of books back, I didn't think I was going to like her as much as I do. I thought her to be a petulant character and an unworthy sub but Lexi Blake proved me wrong. Karina
Tracy Reads
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio book of Dungeon Games This one was very good the only thing that I didn't like was that I wanted more! I loved the narration on this one and his Irish accent for O' Donnell was spot on lol I loved that
Would Derek be my book boyfriend ? He'll yes I'm a bad girl officer now cuff me and take me to bed #Claimed
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I forgot I had this! Derek is dreamy. That is all.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it

The only reason for the stars is that I figured out who the bad guy was when first appeared in the story. I loved the karma she dealt out it was great.
Awesome 😊
It was easy to figure out who the bad guy was, but I just loved Derek and Karina and everyone else so much that I can't even care about that.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2019
4.5 stars
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lexi has brought the inner Sanctum to the forefront once again with Derek and Karina. The demons that Derek and Karina have faced in their lives will tug on your heart strings. They are truly a couple that needs BDSM in order to function in their everyday lives. Karina is dealing with her dark past and finds comfort in getting into her sub space where nothing else matters. She does not need to have sex with a Dom and has not made love to anyone in over 5 years.

Derek was in Afghanistan and is dea
Ivy Deluca
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm
In this novella set in Ms. Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries ‘verse, Derek Brighton and Karina Mills are thrown together when a serial killer targets submissives from the local BDSM scene in Dallas. Derek and Karina have been dancing around their attraction to each other for quite a while in Ms. Blake’s books. Derek is brought in on the serial killer case because of his BDSM background, and finds out that Karina has been targeted as the killer’s next victim. Derek volunteers to become her Dom and ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x-botb-2014
The big problem with short stories like these is that they're...short, much too short!

Derek and Karina have been definitely not attracted to each other at all, nope! No lust here folks, just keep moving. Karina's an itch he badly wants to scratch, but she's reluctant to get involved with anyone, especially Derek. However, someone is murdering subs, so they agree to work together on a police op to try and identify the killer.

Both of these characters are great. Karina's had a troubled past, but s
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My only complaint about the book was that it was too short. One of the best books in this series imo.

Derek comes across as a judgmental ass but I think he was allowed a few issues after his piece of work ex Maia and going through a terrible experience in Afghanistan. He's battle wary in more ways than one, which presents the challenge of making a real connection with women, especially Karina.

And then there's Karina who's facing her own demons as well as having feelings for Derek but not wanting
Jackie  Kiwibooknerd
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lexi-blake
I love this series..... These books and novella are like cake, one piece is not enough....I need to devour it all in one sitting..... I loved Derek and Karina's story.....These 2 have had some sexy intense tension for a few books now, so it was great to finally see them get their story and their HEA!!!!

Love, love, loved it.....Thanks Lexi Blake for always delivering....

Cant wait for Simon's story...:)
Paige Turner
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great addition to the series

I thought this was a great addition to the Masters and Mercenaries. I have read a the others and this could be read as a standalone too.
I loved the connection between Derek and Karina. despite their differences they we perfect for each other. he needed to be needed and she needed to serve.
The book also had a great plot. I found it difficult to put down once I started.
I even liked Maia. she was one tough cookie.
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
For such a short (less then novella length) book it was very well written. The plot was fully fleshed out, and we were provide with enough character development to get a good feeling for the characters.
The humor and one liner's are great.
I love Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries series.
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Derek and Karina's story was a great read. It had a great storyline and I really enjoyed the 'bringing in' of other characters in the series - great continuity!
Apr 01, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebies-2015
Free on Amazon on 4/1/15!
5 Derek & Karina Stars.

With the glimpses of our main characters in previous books my curiosity for this book was high. What I can say that this is a positively delightful, mouthwatering, emotional, adorable, breathtaking journey that we are taken on.

There are on the hunt for a serial killer. Derek and Karina must put their differences aside. Although their differences are actual their fears of getting too close to one another and blindly trusting the one person you can’t live without.

Through cl
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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

Other books in the series

Masters and Mercenaries (1 - 10 of 23 books)
  • The Dom Who Loved Me (Masters and Mercenaries, #1)
  • The Men with the Golden Cuffs (Masters and Mercenaries, #2)
  • A Dom is Forever (Masters and Mercenaries, #3)
  • On Her Master's Secret Service (Masters and Mercenaries, #4)
  • Love and Let Die (Masters and Mercenaries, #5)
  • Dungeon Royale (Masters and Mercenaries, #6)
  • A View to a Thrill (Masters and Mercenaries, #7)
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