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Series: Masters and Mercenaries #6.5
Published by Other Genres: BDSM, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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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 left in his heart.
Karina Mills has a reputation for being reckless, and her clients appreciate her results. As a private investigator, she pursues her cases with nothing holding her back. In her personal life, Karina yearns for something different. Playing at Sanctum has been a safe way to find peace, but the one Dom who could truly master her heart is out of reach.
On the hunt for a killer, Derek enters a shadowy underworld only to find the woman he aches for is working the same case. Karina is searching for a missing girl and won’t stop until she finds her. To get close to their prime suspect, they need to pose as a couple. But as their operation goes under the covers, unlikely partners become passionate lovers while the killer prepares to strike.
After reading Dungeon Games by Lexi Blake, I think I’m going to need to invest in a thesaurus in order to find new superlatives to describe how fantastic each addition to her Masters and Mercenaries series is. Even when the book is a novella, Ms. Blake still amazes me with her ability to weave a spellbinding tale.
This time around Ms. Blake has drawn on her skills to pen another installment in the 1001 Dark Nights series. We have previously met Derek Brighton and Karina Mills. Their constant clashes barely mask the sexual chemistry. Derek is a cop and Karina is a private investigator and they are forced to work together to catch a serial killer who is targeting submissives. The two pose as a D/s couple but their cover becomes a reality as their connection grows. Both are dealing with past issues and secrets. Yet they are stronger together if they would just realize it.
Once I started reading Dungeon Games, I could not put the book down. Ms. Blake was able to work within the confines of a novella to still create a fully fleshed out story with well developed characters, an intriguing storyline and enough emotion to make me teary-eyed. Karina is a complicated character who was easy to like. She’s tough as nails on the outside but inside she has a big heart and so much love to give. I love that each of the submissives in the Masters and Mercenaries series are strong, smart, independent women who constantly earn my respect.
I also loved Derek. As with all the men in this series he is alpha and super protective of the woman he cares about. But Derek isn’t perfect and he has his own issues to work through. He suffers from PTSD and a betrayal from his past has soured him on relationships. Derek has a lot to learn about love and relationships and Karina is just the one to teach him. The emotions these two brought out in each other made my heart smile.
The hunt for the serial killer provided enough suspense to add an extra layer to the story. While I realized who the “bad guy” was pretty quickly, I enjoyed watching Derek and Karina trying to solve the mystery though it was the evolution of their relationship that I enjoyed the most.
One of the many reasons that I love this series is because the large cast of characters within it has become a family that I want to be a part of. Ms. Blake always includes many of these characters in each book so that we never have to say goodbye. Sean and Liam provided so much humor that I found myself laughing out loud. And new characters were introduced that I found intriguing and am curious to see if they pop up again.
If you are a fan of the Masters and Mercenaries series then you will love this addition. If you are not, I can only believe it’s because you haven’t read them. So start reading. To fully enjoy the series, you should start at the very beginning but even if you don’t, Dungeon Games still provides a fun and exciting read.