Series: Topped #1
Published by: DLZ Entertainment LLC
on July 2, 3015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A man who lost his future…
Macon Miles knows what it means to make sacrifices for his country. Married to his high school sweetheart, he once had a promising future in the military and everything seemed complete. All that changed when a routine patrol in Afghanistan turned into a nightmare. When the dust settled, Macon had lost his career, his wife, and his leg. Lost and alone, his only comfort comes from his newfound love of cooking. When his estranged brother, Adam, offers him a new home and a chance to work at a friend’s restaurant in Dallas, it’s an offer he can’t refuse.
A woman searching for the past…
Allyson Jones made her foster mother a deathbed promise. She would find out what really happened to Ronnie in Afghanistan. Ally doesn’t believe the Army’s reports about her foster brother’s death, and she knows only one man can tell her what really happened—Macon Miles. Following him to Dallas, she gets a job working alongside him at Top, Sean Taggart’s decadent new restaurant. She is sure Macon is hiding something about Ronnie’s death, and she’ll do whatever it takes to unravel the mystery.
When circumstances force Macon and Ally together, their chemistry is hotter than any dish at Top. But when Ally’s deception is exposed and the truth about Ronnie’s death is revealed, will they be able to reclaim the love they’ve lost?
✯Previously included in the Sweet Seduction boxed set✯
Confession time…In addition to being a romance junkie, I am an all out foodie. So, when Lexi Blake announced this spin-off series from the Masters & Mercenaries series that I adore, I shrieked with excitement. LUSCIOUS is book 1 in the TOPPED series and is centered around TOP, the influential restaurant owned by the one and only Sean Taggart. Don’t you freaking love the play on words here! Most of the people who are hired at TOP is involved in the BDSM lifestyle! Do you see a play on words here people? I can’t get over how giddy I am about this! All your favorite characters from the Masters & Mercenaries series is in attendance in this one! So therefore, you know absolute CRAZINESS ensues!
Macon Miles…recognize the last name? Well, that is because Macon is Adam Miles brother! Macon has sacrificed dearly for his country. He has the lost limb to prove it. He is a damaged man with a secret that haunts him every single day. With the help of his brother, he is picking himself up one day at a time. This soldier turned pastry chef sets his sights on a newcomer to TOP and is instantly smitten with her. She looks at him like he is a normal man. She doesn’t see the missing piece. He craves normal and she makes him feel needed and wanted, something he hasn’t felt in a long time.
Allyson Jones is on a mission. She has her sights set on the target. She never meant to fall for that target. She experiences first hand how amazing Macon is and her mission takes a detour. She has a huge secret that could tear them apart. Will she choose newfound love over her family?
Betrayal and love runs deep in this TOPPED novella by Lexi Blake. Macon and Allyson’s smoldering connection takes on a whole new level when Macon introduces Allyson to the lifestyle. With Macon being new to the lifestyle himself, they have a chance at something real, something that will have them both surrendering to their feelings for each other. No matter what series Lexi is writing in, she always brings the HEAT, the PASSION, and the SUSPENSE! Picking up one of her stories is like reuniting with your family. These characters, their lives, their achievements, their shenanigans, will always have a place in my heart.
Deena opened the door and felt her eyes widen immediately. Of all the things she’d expected to find, Eric standing there looking deliciously yummy without his shirt on wasn’t it. She supposed she’d expected some sort of practical joke. The guys she worked with were good at those.
There was no humor in the way Eric was looking at her now. He stood in the middle of the room, right in front of…was that a spanking bench? She glanced around feeling somewhat like a mouse who’d walked right into a trap. She was in a private playroom. Chef’s private playroom.
Why was she in Chef’s private playroom with Eric? Her Dom. Her mind was starting to work overtime. Yep, she was in a private, beautifully done torture chamber with a man who had the right to punish her.
She stared for a moment, trying to grasp what the hell was going on. Eric was standing there, his shirt off, all those gorgeous muscles glistening. “Hi. Uhm, are you supposed to give me something to take down to the party? Chef told me to come up here. Is he doing a demo? I kind of thought this was a PG party, what with Grace’s son being here and all.”
He stepped forward, his bare feet moving over the hardwoods. She thought for a moment that he was moving toward her, but he stepped around her, passing her and moving to the door. She heard the door close and the snick of a lock being set into place.
“The party is certainly PG,” he said, his voice a bit gravely as he moved to stand in front of her. He was so tall. He towered over her, seemingly taking up all the space around them. “What goes on in here will be anything but. Now, Deena, it’s far past time for us to have a long discussion about what happens to submissives who lie to their Doms.”
“Lie?” She hadn’t lied to him since those first couple of days. Well, mostly. She didn’t tell him everything, but then he didn’t need to know the things she didn’t tell him. Maybe the best and easiest way out of all of this was to give him some truth in exchange. It was obvious to her that someone had talked about what happened last night. “I’m sorry. My stalker diner came in and he did try to grab my ass, but I handled him. It was fine.”
His eyes flared and she realized she’d made a mistake. “He did what?”
“That wasn’t what you were talking about?” She hadn’t lied about anything else. Even that had been a lie by omission.
“No, but I’ll add that to your punishment. I’m talking about the fact that you lied to me when you said you didn’t go to Master Ian and request a new Dom for your training period. You sat there and looked at me and lied. You said you had gone in there to take him his lunch and that was all you talked about. I happen to know that isn’t true. Unless you intend to tell me that Master Ian is the one who lied.”
She was not even going to go there. A smart girl knew when she was caught. If she thought Eric could get a little spanky, she didn’t even want to know what Master Ian would do to a sub who lied about him. The man had been an assassin at one point, if the rumors were true. “Nope. He did not lie. And I did take the man his lunch. I also had a very quick conversation with him about the possibility that you weren’t the right training Dom for me, though I have changed my mind since then.”
He stared down at her and if those gorgeous eyes of his had laser beams, she would have been dead then and there. “Don’t try my patience, Deena. And don’t think for a second that giving me big doe eyes is going to change my mind about punishing you. I told you that night I wouldn’t forget and that punishment was coming. Here’s the way this is going to go. You’re going to take off your clothes. You’re going to fold them neatly because you have a party to attend afterward. You will then move to the mirror where you will lean over and grab your ankles, presenting your ass for my punishment.”
“I’m going to do all those things? Any reason why I’m not using that very nice spanking bench?” Her voice was a little shaky, her hands already beginning a fine tremble because his voice was mesmerizing. This was not the happy, smiling Eric she was used to. This was not the man who held doors open for her and made sure she always locked herself inside her apartment before he would leave. This wasn’t the man who made her a plate after work every night, always making certain she got the best of whatever they’d made.
This was the Dom and he wasn’t a pushover.
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?
COMING NOVEMBER 17, 2015
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