Nobody Does It Better by Lexi Blake ~ Sarah A’s Review

A spy who specializes in seduction

Kayla Summers was an elite CIA double agent, working inside China’s deadly MSS. Now, she works for McKay-Taggart London, but the Agency isn’t quite done with her. Spy master Ezra Fain needs her help on a mission that would send her into Hollywood’s glamorous and dangerous party scene. Intrigued by the mission and the movie star hunk she will be shadowing, she eagerly agrees. When she finds herself in his bed, she realizes she’s not only risking her life, but her heart.

A leading man who doesn’t do romance

Joshua Hunt is a legend of the silver screen. As Hollywood’s highest paid actor, he’s the man everyone wants to be, or be with, but something is missing. After being betrayed more than once, the only romance Josh believes in anymore is on the pages of his scripts. He keeps his relationships transactional, and that’s how he likes it, until he meets his new bodyguard. She was supposed to keep him safe, and satisfied when necessary, but now he’s realizing he may never be able to get enough of her.

An ending neither could have expected

Protecting Joshua started off as a mission, until it suddenly felt like her calling. When the true reason the CIA wanted her for this assignment is revealed, Kayla will have to choose between serving her country or saving the love of her life.

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It’s no secret I love Lexi Blake, I find her books phenomenal, and her storylines always draw me right in.  I’m not sure this book quite stands up to her others – don’t get me wrong – Nobody Does It Better was still fascinating and well-constructed, I just didn’t feel the same connection I usually do with her books.

Nobody Does It Better is the fifteenth and final book in Lexi Blake’s Masters & Mercenaries series.  There will be a spin-off series and this book set up the premise of that series wonderfully.  All the books in the Masters & Mercenaries series can be read as stand-alones, but some storylines continue throughout the series and knowledge of them is helpful.  I’ve not read all the books, and there were times I wished I had all the information from the previous books.  Nobody Does It Better is written in third person limited perspective, alternating between Kayla and Joshua’s viewpoints.

I always find arranged relationships fascinating.  The idea of committing to a relationship – and a person – without first exploring the chemistry and dynamics at play with your partner captivates me.  It’s even better when the chemistry between those people is immediate and intense like it was for Kay and Josh.  I could nearly feel the current between them myself, that’s how well Ms. Blake conveyed her characters’ attraction to one another.

Josh, while icy on the surface, was a wonderfully sympathetic character.  Between the tiny glimpse of his past, we got in the prologue and the hints of what his past had been like; his pain was palpable.  Once we got to know him, it was easy to forgive the crueler things he thought, said, and did in light of his past.  Kay surprised me; I wasn’t expecting her optimism.  I had assumed it was a persona she’d taken on, but as the story went on it became obvious she was very good at compartmentalizing her work like from her real life.  She was an engrossing creature, and I kind of loved her for her quirkiness.

Several storylines were converging in Nobody Does It Better, most of them introduced in this novel, but at least one was introduced farther back in the series.  It could have been too much, too many moving parts to keep track of, but somehow, I never felt like there was an overload, each moving part was laid out in such a way there was an ease to putting that part of the puzzle exactly where it belonged.  To the point, I had almost riddled the entire thing out before the reveal was completely laid out.

The only thing I wish for Nobody Does It Better was that it had that IT factor; the book just didn’t have the same magic that her other books do.  It’s one of those unquantifiable things, a feeling more than anything else, and I missed it.

Lexi Blake writes romantic suspense like few others.  She’s able to make you care for her characters, even while they’re doing and saying things you don’t agree with and wraps you up so tightly in her storylines you can’t help but feel each moment like you are in the middle of all the action.  I’ve loved each book in the Masters & Mercenaries series I’ve read and can’t wait to go back and fill in the blanks on the ones I’ve missed; I’m also eagerly anticipating the spinoff series.

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh 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 no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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