On Her Master’s Secret Service is the fourth book in the Masters and Mercenaries series. Throughout the series, we have been witness to the complicated relationship that Alex and Eve had. They were divorced but continued to maintain a sexual relationship. The readers have been witness to many verbal altercations between these two and fans have been chomping at the bit to delve into their relationship. Well Ms. Blake does not disappoint. On Her Master’s Secret Service is a moving, emotional look into the healing power of love.
Unable to heal the damage, Alex and Eve are still trapped together in a cycle of pleasure and misery that even their divorce cannot sever. But when a threat from Eve’s past resurfaces, Alex will stop at nothing to save her life and reclaim her heart.
Alex and Eve were happily married when the unthinkable happened. A madman that Alex, an FBI agent, was tracking kidnapped and tortured Eve for seven days. She lived but the experience fundamentally changed both and their marriage was a casualty. But they couldn’t walk away from each other. Alex continued to serve as Eve’s master but only within the narrow constraints that Eve insisted upon. They found themselves unable to share their true thoughts and feelings and this lack of communication kept them apart emotionally. Alex would not give up his plans for revenge and when a lead came in, Alex dropped everything to give his wife the security he didn’t provide the last time.
But Eve had other plans. She decided to try one more time to repair her marriage, otherwise she needed to let Alex go so they could both move on. Alex can’t give up his desire for revenge and Eve is afraid that his single-mindedness will get him hurt or worse. She goes undercover as Alex’s submissive in order to ensure his safety. While serving as Master and submissive, the two are able to open up and reconnect.
As Alex and Eve struggle to reclaim the love they thought was lost, I felt a part of their journey. I was rooting for each to overcome the obstacles that were keeping them apart. Eve had been so busy being angry at Alex that she failed to realize her own responsibility in their marriage’s breakup. Alex had to learn to let go of his anger and guilt and give Eve what she needed. He had lost sight of his responsibility as Eve’s Dom. The physical scars left from the week of torture may have healed, but the emotional scars still remained. As Alex said to Eve, “Seven horrible days and we’ve let them ruin the thousands of good ones.”
I was deeply moved by Eve’s struggle to overcome the rape and torture she suffered. Ms. Blake has written a heart wrenching account of a rape victim’s determination to take back control. I can only begin to imagine the inner strength it takes to come back from such devastation. On Her Master’s Secret Service also shows the turmoil felt by the victim’s loved ones. Alex has his own emotional scars from the event and when he shed tears, I couldn’t help myself from crying along with him.
There are several twists in On Her Master’s Secret Service. While I saw each one early on, I didn’t find that it detracted from my enjoyment. Ms. Blake has written such three-dimensional characters, that I was excited and eager to see how they would respond to the twists. And I wasn’t disappointed. Alex and Eve’s reaction to each twist includes all the anger that I felt myself.
I love how Ms. Blake has written Alex as a strong man who didn’t mind admitting that he needs the love of a special woman to survive. And her heroines are strong women who know that submitting isn’t weak. Eve comes out of her tragedy a stronger woman who is in control of her life.
The romance enhances the storyline. Ms. Blake writes the love scenes as a natural extension of the love between two people not as gratuitous sex. But the sex is still hot, steamy and erotic.
On Her Master’s Secret Service also includes all the characters we have grown to care about and love in the Masters and Mercenaries series. I always enjoying visiting with characters that I have connected with in previous books. It’s fun to see how their relationships have progressed. We were also introduced to some new characters that most assuredly take center stage in future books. If you are a fan of this series, then you know that Ms. Blake loves to provide a sneak peek into the future as a wonderful tease.
By the time On Her Master’s Secret Service reached it’s highly satisfying conclusion, I was emotionally wrung out. I truly believe that this is Ms. Blake’s best book to date. On Her Master’s Secret Service has it all – believable characters that I care about, a well- written plot filled with passion and danger, and enough humor to keep you grounded between bouts of crying. While you can certainly read On Her Master’s Secret Service as a standalone book, you will enjoy it even more if you have read the entire series. And it will give you something to do while you wait for the next book. Hopefully, you won’t have to wait very long!