Discover the Lexi Blake Crossover Collection
Release Date: April 10, 2018
CLOSE COVER by 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 finally going in the right direction. She has finally 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.
HER GUARDIAN ANGEL by Larissa Ione
After a difficult childhood and a turbulent stint in the military, Declan Burke finally got his act together. Now he’s a battle-hardened professional bodyguard who takes his job at McKay-Taggart seriously and his playtime – and his playmates – just as seriously. One thing he never does, however, is mix business with pleasure. But when the mysterious, gorgeous Suzanne D’Angelo needs his protection from a stalker, his desire for her burns out of control, tempting him to break all the rules…even as he’s drawn into a dark, dangerous world he didn’t know existed.
Suzanne is an earthbound angel on her critical first mission: protecting Declan from an emerging supernatural threat at all costs. To keep him close, she hires him as her bodyguard. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that she’s in over her head, defenseless against this devastatingly sexy human who makes her crave his forbidden touch.
Together they’ll have to draw on every ounce of their collective training to resist each other as the enemy closes in, but soon it becomes apparent that nothing could have prepared them for the menace to their lives…or their hearts.
JUSTIFY ME by J. Kenner
McKay-Taggart operative Riley Blade has no intention of returning to Los Angeles after his brief stint as a consultant on mega-star Lyle Tarpin’s latest action flick. Not even for Natasha Black, Tarpin’s sexy personal assistant who’d gotten under his skin. Why would he, when Tasha made it absolutely clear that—attraction or not—she wasn’t interested in a fling, much less a relationship.
But when Riley learns that someone is stalking her, he races to her side. Determined to not only protect her, but to convince her that—no matter what has hurt her in the past—he’s not only going to fight for her, he’s going to win her heart. Forever.
SAY YOU WON’T LET GO by Corinne Michaels
I’ve had two goals my entire life:
1. Make it big in country music.
2. Get the hell out of Bell Buckle.
I was doing it. I was on my way, until Cooper Townsend landed backstage at my show in Dallas.
This gorgeous, rugged, man of few words was one cowboy I couldn’t afford to let distract me. But with his slow smile and rough hands, I just couldn’t keep away.
Now, there are outside forces conspiring against us. Maybe we should’ve known better? Maybe not. Even with the protection from Wade Rycroft, bodyguard for McKay-Taggart, I still don’t feel safe. I won’t let him get hurt because of me. All I know is that I want to hold on, but know the right thing to do is to let go…
HIS TO PROTECT by Carly Phillips
Talia Shaw has spent her adult life working as a scientist for a big pharmaceutical company. She’s focused on saving lives, not living life. When her lab is broken into and it’s clear someone is after the top secret formula she’s working on, she turns to the one man she can trust. The same irresistible man she turned away years earlier because she was too young and naive to believe a sexy guy like Shane Landon could want her.
Shane Landon’s bodyguard work for McKay-Taggart is the one thing that brings him satisfaction in his life. Relationships come in second to the job. Always. Then little brainiac Talia Shaw shows up in his backyard, frightened and on the run, and his world is turned upside down. And not just because she’s found him naked in his outdoor shower, either.
With Talia’s life in danger, Shane has to get her out of town and to her eccentric, hermit mentor who has the final piece of the formula she’s been working on, while keeping her safe from the men who are after her. Guarding Talia’s body certainly isn’t any hardship, but he never expects to fall hard and fast for his best friend’s little sister and the only woman who’s ever really gotten under his skin.
RESCUING SADIE: A Delta Force Heroes/Masters and Mercenaries Novella by Susan Stoker
Sadie Jennings was used to being protected. As the niece of Sean Taggart, and the receptionist at McKay-Taggart Group, she was constantly surrounded by Alpha men more than capable, and willing, to lay down their life for her. But when she visits her friend in San Antonio, and acts on suspicious activity at Milena’s workplace, Sadie puts both of them in the crosshairs of a madman. After several harrowing weeks, her friend is now safe, but for Sadie, the repercussions of her rash act linger on.
Chase Jackson, no stranger to dangerous situations as a captain in the US Army, has volunteered himself as Sadie’s bodyguard. He fell head over heels for the beautiful woman the first time he laid eyes on her. With a Delta Force team at his back, he reassures the Taggart’s that Sadie will be safe. But when the situation in San Antonio catches up with her, Chase has to use everything he’s learned over his career to keep his promise…and to keep Sadie alive long enough to officially make her his.
Close Cover by Lexi Blake
The light in his face blocked out the view of the man interrogating him. Remy blinked in the glare and sighed. He should have known this wouldn’t go the way he’d hoped it would. He’d come back to Dallas as a courtesy and now he had to worry that maybe he wouldn’t make it out of this office again.
He should have filed his report and run the other way, but the truth was this had been his team and it was in ruins now. Well, what some would call ruins. They had been a fully cohesive unit and then the last few weeks had played out the way they had and their ranks had been decimated.
One by one they’d fallen…
The team he’d known so well these last few years was gone and it wouldn’t be the same again.
“I want to know what happened,” a deep voice said.
Remy sat back. He wasn’t about to let that bastard know for a second that he was mildly intimidated. Besides, after everything that had happened in the past few weeks, the asshole probably had a right to take a chunk out of his hide. “It’s all in my report.”
There was the sound of shuffling and then his report slid across the desk and bounced into his lap.
“You mean this? This tells me nothing.”
“It tells you everything you need to know about what happened in Papillon. I’ve documented everything thoroughly, including all the bloody parts and where I buried the bodies in case you need them for anything. Of course, given where I was at the time, those bodies might not last long. The bayou tends to take everything it can from a man if he’s not moving. Sometimes even when he is.”
As his brother had learned. God, he hoped his brother forgave him one day. Of everything that had happened in Louisiana, his brother’s pain was the one thing he truly regretted.
Remy picked up the report he’d submitted only last week when he’d done all his exit paperwork. He thought he’d been extremely thorough in his mission report. His final report.
“Tell me what else you need from me, Tag.”
It was his last report because he wouldn’t be back here again. Not to work. After what had happened that wasn’t possible. He was needed somewhere else.
Close Cover by Lexi Blake
I have been a fan of the Masters and Mercenaries series for awhile now, so I was excited to see that Remy was going to get his turn at finding his HEA!
The sexy Cajun Dom has been on Lisa’s radar for months, but when she approached him at Sanctum he didn’t exactly handle turning her down with finesse and that hurt still lingers with her. Remy is a really good guy and there is no doubt he is attracted to Lisa, but he has some hangups that hold him back from allowing himself to enjoy her. First and foremost, family is everything to him and he is laser-focused on saving up enough money to buy his family business back from his cousin. That business supports his whole town in Louisiana, and if he cannot come up with the required funds, his cousin is going to sell off the land to a developer and destroy their bayou. Remy knows that he will be leaving McKay- Taggart to return to home to run the business so creating roots in Dallas is not in his best interest. Also, Lisa scares him to death. He thinks she is a rich girl looking to take a walk on the wild side with a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, and he has already gone down that path once. He was burned pretty badly by his ex-wife who fit that bill, and he is all set with going for round two.
When Lisa’s family approaches him about protecting her from the danger she now finds herself in, his first instinct is to say no and run in the opposite direction as fast as he can. But he is the only operative available at the moment, and the money they are offering him will allow him to make the final payment on the family business. As much as he knows this assignment will be a bad idea, he cannot realistically say no and destroy not only his town’s hopes but also Lisa’s best chance at surviving this mess because he is her best option to keep her safe. Keeping little Remy in his pants is a whole different story… and when her family asks him to keep the fact that he is on assignment to protect her from Lisa herself, you know things are going to get ugly!
Lisa may look the part of the spoiled little rich girl, but looks can be deceiving. Her sister-in-law is not shy about sharing her designer wardrobe, and Lisa is not averse to looking nice or wearing nice things. Her roots are laid firmly in the trailer park though where her older brother Will had to become both mother and father to Lisa and their sisters when he was just 16 in order to keep them off the radar of social services. She has worked hard to get her MBA and she cannot believe her first real job turned into a debacle of discovering her boss is a money launderer. No one wants to hire a whistleblower though, so she finds herself out of a job and in dire financial straits. She is a prideful woman and doesn’t want to let anyone know how bad her situation is becoming, especially her family. When Remy moves in across the hall from her, she just adds it to the list of little insults life is throwing her way. Then he saves her from a bad situation, and his natural charm and that dang sexy accent are just going to be her undoing…
Remy and Lisa have palpable chemistry, and their kinks fit together remarkably well when they can actually communicate with each other and get on the same page. Her stubbornness and pride are big issues, but so is his aversion to women who he thinks resemble his ex-wife. Add in the fact that he is keeping a big secret from her and things are sure to go off the rails! When he has to go back home and takes Lisa with him to keep her safe, that homecoming is both sweet and funny at times, but he has his work cut out for him when it comes to winning her trust. I loved the poetry that his mind generates when he is in the moment- it definitely had me swooning right along with her! Close Cover is equal parts romance, action, suspense and heat, and it is a great addition to the series!
Her Guardian Angel by Larissa Ione
I think I was looking forward to this story even more than Close Cover, and Declan and Suzanne definitely lived up to my expectations!
Declan has always had almost superhuman skills when we have seen him in action in the past M&M stories, and now we finally get to find out why. Dec is Suzanne’s assigned Primori- a human whose life is fated to have an important effect on the world in some way. When Declan is attacked by a demon and her warning system doesn’t alert her that he is in danger, she puts a plan into motion to keep him close despite the protests of her overprotective big brother Hawkyn. So what if she finds her assigned charge to be far too sexy for her own good? She can behave herself… right? If not, she is determined to have enough fun that losing the chance to Ascend will be worth it!
Declan’s family history has given him a natural aversion to the rich and powerful, so taking an assignment as a bodyguard to a spoiled heiress is not exactly his first choice. Big Tag doesn’t give him much choice though after Declan passes out on the street; no one realizes he passed out thanks to a demon mind attack on him, especially Dec himself. When he realizes he is going to be living in close proximity to the lovely Suzanne for an indefinite length of time, he knows he is going to be in for a whole lot of frustration in more ways than one! She is the oddest mix of innocence at times and wise beyond her years at others and he just cannot figure her out. His idea to try to get some real answers out of her turns way hotter than either of them expected, but things are about to get even more dangerous.
Her Guardian Angel was a wonderful mix of hot, sexy moments with great characters and world building that I have come to expect from Ms. Ione’s Demonica world! The addition of the faces from the McKay – Taggart world were a fun bonus for me as a fan of both series, and this story will go into the books as one to re-read for me when I need a quick re-visit to the Demonica universe!
About the Authors
About Lexi Blake:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.
About Larissa Ione:
Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.
About J. Kenner:
Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.
Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.
J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.
About Corinne Michaels:
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Corinne Michaels is the author of nine romance novels. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife.
After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. She enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak and finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love.
About Carly Phillips:
Carly Phillips is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.
About Susan Stoker:
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.