Title: Just One Taste
Author: Lexi Blake
Series: Topped #2
Genre: contemporary romance, erotica, bdsm
One Hot Chef….
Eric Vail has always loved a challenge. After leaving the Navy, he mastered his passion for cooking. As the sous chef at Top, one of Dallas’s hottest restaurants, his skills are pushed to the limit every night. Unfortunately, his ultimate prize still eludes him. Server Deena Holmes is the sweetest thing he’s seen in forever, but she’s as distant as she is beautiful. When they’re put together in the same training class at the infamous club Sanctum, he knows this is his shot. And this former SEAL never misses.
A Woman Who Lost Her Taste for Love…
Deena thinks Eric is the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen, but her heart has been burned too many times before. She’s sworn off relationships for good and she can’t trust herself with a man that easy to fall in love with. She takes a spot as a trainee at Sanctum in the hopes of finding a safe place to explore and experiment. When she discovers her partner is the same chef she dreams about every night, Deena knows she may have bitten off more than she can chew.
A Perfect Recipe for Passion
While exploring the world of Sanctum, Eric and Deena find themselves learning about each other and finding an intimacy neither expected. But when the ghosts of her past resurface, old wounds are reopened. Can their newfound love survive when it’s put to the test?
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Just One Taste by Lexi Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 **yummy** STARS
“She didn't know it yet, but he was the knight in slightly tarnished armor waiting for the princess to wake up.”
Just One Taste is the second instalment in the Masters & Mercenaries spin-off series Topped. If you follow my reviews you probably know how much I love the original M&M series and there was no question in my mind that I would enjoy this as well.
The spin-off series has everything I love. A freaking awesome surrounding cast, cameos by my favourite M&M characters, hot and kinky play time and of course a main couple that makes you all warm on the inside and leaves you with a good feeling in the end. Ms. Blake knows how to write an alpha male with a rough exterior and a heart of gold, and she sure knows how to pair him with a strong and slightly complicated female character.
Just One Taste tells the story of Eric and Deena. Eric is an ex navy-seal and the sous-chef at Top. He just entered the training program at Sanctum, Ian Taggert’s BDSM club and is paired with the woman of his dreams, Deena, the waitress working under him at Top, who is about to graduate with a BA in business. Both are interested in each other, but Deena has reservations about putting herself in a position where she could possible fall for another man, let alone let anyone into her life -due to some bad experience with men in her past. Eric has his work cut out for him, to say the least.
This book really is a nice combination of good food, scorching hot chemistry, human struggle and family. I love this universe and the characters in it. So yes, a fan of Ms. Blake's M&M series will love this book and for those who are completely unaware it might be a good gate-way drug to peak into the world of dominating commandos and cooks; as well as kick-ass and dangerous girls.
**ARC very kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.