Psychologist Kai Ferguson has had his eye on Kori Williamson for a long time. His assistant is everything he’s ever wanted in a partner—smart, caring, witty, and a bit of a masochist. More than a little, actually, but that’s the problem. Kori won’t admit her own desires. She’s afraid of him and what he has to offer. Luckily for her, helping patients face their fears is one of his specialties.
Kori knows she wants Kai. Her boss is the most amazing man she’s ever met. She’s also smart enough to stay away from him. Having been down this road before, she knows it only leads to heartache. She’s just found a place where she can belong. Another failed relationship is the last thing she needs. It’s better to guard her heart and let Kai think she’s frightened of his dark, dominant nature.
When Kai is recruited for an operation with McKay-Taggart, everything is turned upside down. Kai’s brother, international superstar Jared Johns, is in town and Kai must juggle his family issues along with a desperate hunt for a serial killer. The investigation throws Kori and Kai together, and they quickly discover the chemistry between them is undeniable. But even if their newfound love can survive his secrets and her lies, it may not be enough to save them both from a killer’s twisted obsession.
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Suspense & Romance
As usual, this is a wonderful addition to the "Maters & Mercenaries" series. Kai and Kori are great together!! The suspense has you turning the pages in an effort to learn who the murderer is!! A+
Ok, but not her best work
First, let me say I am a fan of this series and have read all of the stories related to it. With that being said, I think this would have been better served as a Sanctum novella and not an M&M novel. The attempt to link both story arcs seemed a little ham-fisted. The inclusion of McKay-Taggart team was unnecessary, and just drives home the fact that the previous book "Master No" was probably the worst book of the series.
As for the story of Kai and Kori, I thought it was interesting but kinda frustrating. I believe that Ms. Blake introduces characters into the series one way, and then when she decides to focus on that character for a novel, their core personality seems to change. For Kai to be a shrink that deals with profiling and PTSD, he is awfully unaware of what is going on in his own life. I couldn't understand how he could be so distant with all of the people in his personal life. I felt really bad for his brother Jared, and how Kai treated him. I kept wanting to say "physician heal thy self" as I read this book. For a person the made a living by having people talk through their issues with him, Kai was the most uncommunicative person. All of the conflicts in the book come from the fact that he has no discussions about what he is feeling with the people he is involved.
Drama, suspense, heartbreak and sex fantastic!!!
Kai Ferguson has been watching his beautiful assistant Kori Williamson since she started working for him. She’s stunning, funny and he has grown to depend on her office skills and her friendship. However he is also physically attracted to her in a way he shouldn’t be he is a sadist and there is no way she can handle that side of him. So he keeps his distance, until one day fate throws them together and Kai learns Kori has been keeping secrets from him and that just won’t do.
Kori wants her boss Kai in the worst way, her masochist side cries out for his dominance. But she can’t let any man have that control over her again. The last master she let in abused her and her trust. She knows Kai is different but her fears are stopping her from being with the man who seems to be made just for her. A chance encounter at Sanctum one night pushes these two people together and they both realize they can’t hide their feelings for each other anymore.
I can’t say enough about this series, when Lexi puts out a new book with the Masters and Mercenaries fellas I literally drop everything to read it. I love every minute, the action, the suspense and the hot as hades sex keep my attention glued to the pages. I find myself sneaking chapters as I run errands or do household chores because I MUST know what will happen next. I have to admit when I heard Kai was getting his own story I didn’t think I would love it. When Kai was introduced he seemed nice enough but Lexi gave us so little of him (the tease that she is) I just thought he seemed nice enough. Boy did she prove me wrong. I did not expect to love Kai so much, from his sad childhood to his strained relationship with his brother—oh my god I can’t wait for his story, all the emotions broke my heart. Kori was Kai’s perfect match in every way, their chemistry was undeniable—once they both learned to let go and feel.
So many other stories are introduced in this installment as well. Case and Mia their book is next and I can’t wait. Lots of stuff happens with the rest of the McKay / Taggart crew. I absolutely love Erin—her grief over Theo wrecked me. She is one tough cookie but seeing her vulnerable side was fascinating. We also get to meet Kai’s brother Jared, super stud actor but underneath all the drama beats the heart of a tortured soul. Jared and Sarah Kori’s best gal pal share some great moments that I hope to read about in their story later in the series. As always Ian is the ever present leader of the Alpha males and I still adore him.
All in all another great book from Lexi Blake featuring a group of characters that you will love and want to be a part of. There is drama, suspense, heartbreaking revelations, sex and a few laughs as well. If you have not read the series you need to grab it now, what’s stopping you go one click it.