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The Dom Who Loved Me

Masters and Mercenaries, Book 1
Written by: Lexi Blake
Narrated by: Ryan West
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Romance, Suspense
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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. turns into a dangerous seduction. Soon, Grace Hawthorne is living a double life. By day, she is the widowed mother of two college-aged sons. By night, she submits to Sean's every dark desire. She's living out her wildest fantasies of pleasure - intimate acts of trust she's only read about. As passion engulfs her, a murderer strikes, and Grace learns that Sean has a deeply hidden agenda. Will Sean choose his mission and break her heart or be the Master of her dreams?

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  • Old n'tired
  • 2018-03-08

Suspend disbelief and you’ll be ok.

It’s a romance... the plot is unbelievable but the writing is good. The characters are two dimensional. Grace, the heroine, is weak-willed and not very smart, Sean, the Hero, isn’t going to be joining Mensa anytime soon. If you’re ok with all that then this is an amusing listen.

** spoilers ahead

The worst part of the story was Grace’s character. A 40y.o. widowed mother she finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and international intrigue. Along the way she finds fulfillment in the world of BDSM when she submits to Sean. Grace discovers the freedom and joy often written about in these novels when she puts her safety and trust in the hands of Sean the dominant. The problem is Grace “knows” Sean is worthy and can be trusted despite all evidence pointing to the contrary. To that point in the story he had repeatedly lied to her, invaded her privacy at home and at work, used hidden surveillance on her, had unprotected sex with her without Grace’s permission or knowledge, drugged her, stole from her, kidnapped her, threatened her with physical violence and jail and accused her of criminal activities. Despite all this she “knew” she could trust him.

It would be nice occasionally to read a story about a woman who had a backbone and didn’t lose 40 IQ points at the prospect of receiving an orgasm with the help of a caveman who really has a heart of gold beneath his rough and crusty exterior.

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  • Jeannie Carter
  • 2015-01-07

Annoying H and h

The storyline wasn't that bad I just found the heroine extremely annoying. They made her out to be bratty, but I didnt see that at all. Grace was extremely weak in her mannerism. She forgave too easily for a woman who was suppose to be strong in character. What woman would allow someone even the one she suppose to have loved, let them walk out of there life with a note, then completely back in because he demanded it! What person would forgive friends who completely lie to them? It wasn't just Sean who betrayed Grace, they all did and she just forgave them, I didn't respect the character of Grace. Sean wasn't much better, he blamed everyone else for his decisions, he let his brother come between him and his woman, he didn't know what he wanted.

I wish Grace would've made them all work a lot more for her friendship and her love, she was worth more.

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  • Susan
  • 2017-01-10

Beautiful

I have listened to most of the series and this is still one of my favs.

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  • IceWanda
  • 2019-04-01

The narrator killed it for me...

I desperately wanted to enjoy this book but the narrator killed it for me. He was awful unless you like William Shatner narrating a BDSM story. Annoying as hell. Takes all the sexiness out of it. Too many highs and lows in his voice, with emphasis in the wrong places. Then the pauses after every sentence. urrrrr I just can't do this again. This is my last book by Ryan West.

I skipped many chapters so I really don't know the whole story. I just couldn't get pass the narrator. The story seemed very interesting and I was looking forward to getting into the series. From what I heard, I liked the story.

I suggest you listen to the sample in full before purchasing this book.

I'm sorry. Not fair to Lexi Blake. I'm going to look for Lexi's other books with a different narrator. I don't want to give up on the author just as yet. I am going straight to book 9.5 "Just One Taste" which is narrated by Sebastian York. OMG! What a surprise. He's one of my favorite narrators. He's awesome. Looking forward to jumping into this book.

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  • DurhamLang
  • 2019-03-13

You will be HOOKED!! Good sex and you get to laugh

I am not sure how I found this book but once I started listening to it I couldn't stop. First off you could not ask for a better narrator. I listen to lots of audible books but I must say Ryan West puts this story on a whole new level. I just found this series so I never read the books but I am so happy I found this audio series. I give this book five stars in everything. This was a very sexy Dom story on top of being super funny. In this book you got to laugh and you got good sex. There is no going wrong with this book/series. Lexi Blake writes great stories and Ryan West really knows how to narrate them.

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  • Blue Sky Days
  • 2015-02-20

Great narrator for one of my favorite books

Would you consider the audio edition of The Dom Who Loved Me to be better than the print version?

I'm completely biased as this is one of my favorite books, but it was very easy to listen to and the performance by Ryan West made it one of the few audio books that I will listen to again in the future.

What about Ryan West’s performance did you like?

Excellent job on all the different male voices, each had a distinct tone that was easy to follow. Also really appreciated his ability to do the female voices. Sometimes it doesn't go so well, but the female voices flowed smoothly and were some of the best I've heard. Having a "good" Grace voice was important to me and I was very happy with his performance.

Any additional comments?

This book is a great set up for the Masters and Mercenaries series. You meet all of the main players but don't feel overwhelmed by too much back story. There are enough hints there that pull you into the next book to find out their story.

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  • Vicki
  • 2016-11-03

ONE OF MY FAVORITE SERIES

Lexi Blake has created the perfect series. You can feel the connection and comradely between all the characters. It's like you're in the room with them. They're all Dom's and Submissive's and their also x-military and x-CIA. Now they all work at a security company which also does side jobs for the CIA.

Yes...this book has detailed BDSM, action, mystery, suspense and fun. If you like this type of book you'll love this series.

Ryan West draws you in with his performance.

Absolutely worth the credit/$$.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-22

loved it

loved the story. lots of adventure and the BDSM element was nice. But as a 40 YO woman with grown kids there is no way she should be starting over with children.

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  • Vanessa
  • Adelanto, Ca.
  • 2019-08-05

WOW! and WOW!

Yes I have fallen in love with this series and this is only the second book. I had jumped ahead and read Book 15, which had me coming to the beginning. Everything about this series is awesome. Suspense, a little mystery, DS action and well oh so much more. On to the next book!

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  • Carolyn
  • 2019-05-30

The Dom Who Loved Me

Loved the suspense of the book. There was very explicit sexual situations in the book so if this offends you this book is not for you.