August 29, 2014

Review: A View to a Thrill by Lexi Blake

Simon Weston grew up royal in a place where aristocracy still mattered. Serving Queen and country meant everything to him, until MI6 marked him as damaged goods and he left his home in disgrace. Ian Taggart showed him a better way to serve his fellow man and introduced him to Sanctum, a place to pursue his passion for Dominance and submission. Topping beautiful subs was a lovely distraction until he met Chelsea, and becoming her Master turned into Simon’s most important mission.

A Woman without Hope

Chelsea Dennis grew up a pawn to the Russian mob. Her father’s violent lessons taught her that monsters lurked inside every man and they should never be trusted. Hiding in the shadows, she became something that even the monsters would fear—an information broker who exposed their dirty secrets and toppled their empires. Everything changed when Simon Weston crossed her path. Valiant and faithful, he was everything she needed—and a risk she couldn’t afford to take.

A Force too Strong to Resist

When dark forces from her past threaten her newfound family at Sanctum, Chelsea must turn to Simon, the one man she can trust with her darkest secrets. Their only chance to survive lies in a mystery even Chelsea has been unable to solve. As they race to uncover the truth and stay one step ahead of the assassins on their heels, they will discover a love too powerful to deny. But to stop a killer, Simon just might have to sacrifice himself…


A View to a Thrill by Lexi Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 shaken, not stirred STARS

*melts into a puddle of goo*

What can I say? I've had a rather unhealthy obsession with James Bond ever since I was a little girl and reading about a British aristocratic ex-spy turned Mercenary just hits all of the right spots for me.

Remember this scene from Love and Let Die?

“Simon hauled himself onto the ramp, standing gracefully and straightening his tie. The fucker even swam in a tie. He slicked back his hair and sounded as though he’d come for tea instead of just drowned a man. “Sorry I’m late.”Ian pointed at him. “You I like.”

Yup. He is that kind of 007 awesome and at that moment I was in love. So, what is he up to these days? Well, nothing much, just saving little Brokers, killing bad guys in style and of course in a three piece suit. Would expect nothing less from a proper Englishman.

After an operation gone wrong Simon Weston quit MI6 and joined Mackay-Taggert, doing Mercenary work and occasionally dealing with international spy-shenanigans and lusting after Chelsea, Charlie's sister and Ian Taggert's sister-in-law. You know that's trouble, right? Well, the man wants a sub and unfortunately he has poor taste in women. Happens to the best of them. LOL.

I give A View to a Thrill 4 Stars because of this man. He is the best and I won't be persuaded otherwise. Poor judgment be damned.

“You’re my type. I didn’t know I had a type until I met you. Now I know what I need. I need a Brit who’s half aristocrat and half cowboy. I need a man who carries a full three-piece suit in his bug-out bag. I need a man who craves afternoon tea and thinks any Scotch under fifteen years is a travesty.”

Chelsea Dennis is a lot of things. Mostly she is a genius-level hacker with a slightly warped sense of right and wrong. She has been on the run for most of her life and finally settling down and living a normal life is very hard for her. Add to that the sexy British gentleman and all bets are off.

“From the moment he'd seen her all those months ago, he'd been utterly fascinated. She was a mystery to him. Closed off, with more barricades around her than he could count, she still pulled him in the minute she walked inside a room.”

Giving into Simon, accepting his help and taking a chance at another human being who isn't her sister is one of the hardest things she has ever done and she deserves an award for that. Seeing her inexperience at life, human interaction as well as intimacy is both heart-warming and hilarious. Chelsea doesn't know a lot of things the rest of us take for granted and the world she has built for herself has a completly different set of rules than the ones we life with. She never had to take responsibility for her actions before and that's about to change...oh boy!

“Do you understand what a fucking brat you are?”

Her priorities and reasoning’s are a bit warped sometimes and the back and forth about what she wants and doesn't want gives me a whiplash. She isn't my favourite heroine of all time, but I learned to live with her for Simon's sake, because he is marvellous.

Simon and Chelsea are the definition of bad timing and miscommunication! I'm still not sure if they should be together. There were times when I bought their relationship and others I just shook my head in total disbelieve. I have to say reading this book took way longer than I had anticipated. I was sick for a few days, but then the book dragged on a bit as well...oh I don't know.

There was very little BDSM in this one but a lot of deception and intrigue. I guess one made up for the other. And then they went to Venice...Casino Royale anyone? I'm so easy sometimes. *shrugs*

Here is something I liked a lot...the side-characters. Love Aunty Ava!! Satan, a.k.a Ian is the best and together with the lost puppy Jesse he is comedy gold. Little things like that just make all the difference in the world. All in all a enjoyable read, but it could have been better.

....oh, and that epilogue. HOLY SHIT!

I'm so looking forward to read the next book.

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