(A Masters and Mercenaries Novella)

by Lexi Blake

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake comes a new story in her Masters and Mercenaries series…

JT Malone is lucky, and he knows it. He is the heir to a billion-dollar petroleum empire, and he has a loving family. Between his good looks and his charm, he can have almost any woman he wants. The world is his oyster, and he really likes oysters. So why does it all feel so empty?

Nina Blunt is pretty sure she’s cursed. She worked her way up through the ranks at Interpol, fighting for every step with hard work and discipline. Then she lost it all because she loved the wrong person. Rebuilding her career with McKay-Taggart, she can’t help but feel lonely. It seems everyone around her is finding love and starting families. But she knows that isn’t for her. She has vowed never to make the mistake of falling in love again.

JT comes to McKay-Taggart for assistance rooting out a corporate spy, and Nina signs on to the job. Their working relationship becomes tricky, however, as their personal chemistry flares like a wildfire. Completing the assignment without giving in to the attraction that threatens to overwhelm them seems like it might be the most difficult part of the job. When danger strikes, will they be able to count on each other when the bullets are flying? If not, JT’s charmed life might just come to an end.

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An Exclusive Interview With Lexi Blake:

~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog

Oh, how I loved JT and Nina! How did you choose them for this novella?

JT’s been hanging around the Masters and Mercenaries universe for a long time. I’ve been waiting for the right heroine and she came along with Nina. Nina is a character who showed up in one of the cookbook short stories and kind of really found a place on the London team. She’s a great match for JT, and I’m a sucker for a good bodyguard story. Especially when the guard is the heroine!

If you could pick a theme song for them, what would it be?

I’m going with one my baby girl introduced me to and that’s I Love You by Billie Eilish. It’s a gorgeous atmospheric song that captures the idea of not wanting to fall in love and still doing it. It’s very much where Nina is in her life. She doesn’t think this is a good idea, but he pulls her in.

What is in your desk at this very moment?

I don’t actually have drawers to my desk. It’s funny because a couple of years back I bought this gorgeous Theodore Alexander desk that was supposed to be my writing desk, and I found myself cramped in it. So I work on an IKEA table-top style desk. Right now it’s got my laptop, some cups crammed with pens, a picture of my youngest daughter covered with all our dogs, my daily journal and calendar, the Post-it Notes I use to keep track of my word count with, the water bottle where I fold said notes like a weirdo and keep them forever, and a Sugarfina bento box.

It’s a big desk.

You write in a couple different genres and I love everything you write. Is there a genre you haven’t written in yet that you would like to?

I’ve got a couple of ideas banging around in my head for what we would call women’s fiction, but since women are humans, too, I would just call it fiction. And horror. I would love to write a straight-out horror novel. I’ve got one of those in my head, too.

Can you give us a hint as to what you’re working on now?

I’m working on the final Forgotten novel. It’s called No Love Lost and it’s the long-awaited story of Ezra Fain and his wayward wife. It ties up all the loose ends in this M&M spinoff and sets the whole universe up for a new twist. I’m excited about it.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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