Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Reading any Lexi Blake Masters and Mercenaries story is like watching a well-choreographed dance, the rhythm and pacing of these stories enthralls the reader. She throws so much at her readers in these books that you find yourself at various moments in the story, sitting at the edge of your seat and holding your breath. And each new iteration of this series always makes you wonder: can she do it again? Well, with the release of Submission Impossible, she indeed has done it again.
This story involves McKay-Taggart’s resident tech guru, Greg “Hutch” Hutchins. Lonely with a serious case of ennui, Hutch isn’t sure why he feels the doldrums of life. He’s recently purchased a home, he’s single and ready to mingle, and his life’s work is going well. But he feels like he’s missing something. We quickly find out that his missing piece resides in Blake’s heroine, Noelle, a woman who Hutch and Kyle Hawthorne are tasked to protect. Noelle’s workplace has suffered a tragedy, and her father, a friend of Big Tag’s, has called in a favor to protect his independent daughter. What transpires over the course of this book is the definition of workplace harassment.
As you enter Submission Impossible, your sojourn is everything you expect of Lexi Blake. There is a hero who is rudderless, a heroine who needs independence and success, a journey with more twists and turns than your standard rollercoaster, and some fun in McKay-Taggart’s Sanctum. As she does so well, her story pulls you in and keeps you suspended in its grasp. Like her last Masters and Mercenaries stories, this one seems resolved by its end, but it is anything but over, allowing for more suspense in upcoming books.
What I loved the most about this story is Blake’s heroine who isn’t your standard fare. She is highly intelligent (so a perfect challenge for Hutch) and successful at her job. However, she lives life with a disability. Her characterization allows Blake to discuss ability. In doing so, she creates a hero such as Hutch who is empathic enough to be exactly what Noelle needs. Even when their future is threatened by his actions, Blake shows how creating safe spaces for people with disabilities to maintain their independence and autonomy becomes this book’s central theme. The coupling of Hutch and Noelle is perfection, another couple in this world who complete each other, filling in the broken parts of each other’s souls.
By the end of Submission Impossible, Hutch and Noelle have found their happy ending, while there are still missing pieces to the greater puzzle of this world. As Lexi Blake does so well, she deftly titillates and challenges you to the story’s completion.
In love and romance,