For His Eyes Only – Lexi Blake


A night he can’t forget

Five years ago, Nick Markovic found himself consumed by his quest for vengeance. The one time he managed to find peace was in the arms of Hayley Dalton. Being with her was like bathing in sunlight, and he ached to feel that again, but he couldn’t. He gave his oath to Hayley’s cousin Desiree, his partner at McKay-Taggart and Knight, that he’d never let his darkness infect Hayley’s innocent world.

A spark she can’t put out

It was years before that Hayley offered everything she had to Nick. After that one amazing night, all she wanted was to be his forever. Unfortunately, Nick’s reaction was to walk away from her and never look back. The warm and caring man she’d discovered was gone, and after Des’s death, he’d only grown colder. But when Hayley finds herself in mortal danger, she’s forced to seek protection from the man who broke her heart.

A flame that threatens to consume them both

Haunted by the women he failed, Nick can’t allow himself to grow close to Hayley again. Running to stay ahead of the powerful forces that endanger their lives, they travel from the lush Garden in London to the glittering lights of Rio. As the threat against her becomes clearer, he realizes that to keep her safe he must confront the demons from his past, even if it costs him a future with the woman he loves


I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 2 Stars DNF

Alright, let me paint a picture for you. Imagine you’re sitting in your grandparents living room, and you ask them to tell you the romantic story of how they met. You lean forward eagerly so that you don’t miss a word, and out of your grandmother’s mouth comes this, “Well dear, we met when your grandfather was sleeping with my cousin Des. They weren’t really dating because she didn’t like commitment, and they had an open relationship. So one night, they get into a big fight and while I’m comforting your grandfather, we end up in bed together. The next morning your grandfather absolutely breaks my heart by telling me he’s getting back with Des and leaving me alone in a disgusting motel room. Years later, while being chased by hitmen, we reconnected and the rest is history”. Now I get that not all romance stories start in adorable ways (Wallbanger by Alice Clayton comes to mind), but holy crap! Within 10 pages I already disliked the male lead of this novel.

Now I will admit, it wasn’t all bad. Lexi Blake really is a great writer – the book was descriptive without being overly so,  and the sex scenes were hot. However, after the debacle that was their introduction, I read on only to discover that the headquarters for the agency Nick works for, are also a BDSM club. It was just too much for me, and I had to force myself to read further. While fans of Lexi Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries series may enjoy “For His Eyes Only”, it just wasn’t a book for me.

My Takeaway: Unfortunately, “For His Eyes Only” was not a good fit for me as a reader. Although I like Lexi Blake’s writing, I had a difficult time connecting to either of the lead characters. 

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