Author: Lexi Blake
Series: Masters and Mercenaries #12
Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM, Erotic Romance
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment LLC
Release Date: October 25th 2016
My Rating: 5 cups
Source: InkSlinger PR
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A fallen hero reborn*Disclaimer: I rececived an eARC of this copy from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or opinion of the book in any way.
Theo Taggart lost everything the night he died. His family, his beautiful Erin, and worst of all, he lost himself. A twisted doctor brought him back from the brink of death, but reprogrammed his identity to serve her will. Rescued by his brothers, he must fight to reclaim the man he was and the life, and love, that were stolen from him.
A love worth fighting for
Erin Argent thought she'd lost Theo forever. When he walked back into her life, it was nothing short of a miracle. Months of torture and conditioning at the hands of Dr. Hope McDonald have done damage to Theo that may never be mended. He has no memory of her or the life they shared. Breaking through to him, and helping him rediscover all he lost, will be the toughest mission she's ever faced. Luckily for Theo, Erin loves a good fight.
Their reunion under siege
Unfortunately, Hope is far from done with Theo Taggart. Obsessed with her prize experiment, she will do anything to get him back. If the only way to finally break him of his past life is to kill Erin and his son, then she's only too happy to oblige…
I absolutely loved this book, guys! I've been scared to read this book, I'll be honest, but I'm here to tell you that there's absolutely nothing to fear.
I loved Erin and Theo. First of all, Erin is badass. She's my heroine. I love how she managed to be both very scary, and very vulnerable at the same time. I love that she's a woman who can take care of herself, and I am so sorry that it took so long for her to accept who she is, mostly due to the fact that most of the men in her life that should have loved her disappointed her, and made her feel like she wasn't enough. I also love how honest she was, at least with herself, regarding how much she had to deal with since she lost Theo, how much she had to change. There's a moment where she has to deal with something that's happening with her baby, and I love how she kind of has a revelation about herself, about how she would have reacted had she not went through the terrible loss of her partner. I'm pretty sure I'll sound crazy, but it kind of made her grow as a person, having to lose Theo. I also love how determined she is, how strong she is. I admire Erin.
Theo, my dear, dear Theo, what can I possibly say about him? This is probably one of the very few times when I've read a book in a series without reading the previous ones (I'm a bit behind in the series, but never fear, you don't get lost!), so I don't actually know how Theo really was before he went missing, other than what we see in the flashbacks. So I can't judge him or expect him to be a certain way. My heart broke for him, though, because you can tell how hard it is for him, knowing that there's something missing. I am happy with how the story ends for him, though.
I love how the book ended. I don't want to spoil anything for you, but just know that I'm super happy with what happened, or what didn't happen, in the end. I know I would have been disappointed had it ended any other way, because I love getting a little salt in my romance books, from time to time. And there's definitely a bit of salt there.
Speaking of salt, I was very impressed with the craziness of Hope McDonald. I found her very scary, but also very deranged, and the fact that she's a genius made her scarier. Some of the things she did kind of change the rules of the game a little bit, so I'm curious, very curious to see what's next, especially since towards the end of the book there were a few shocking stuff that happened because of her.
The pacing of this book is fantastic. The idea of using flashbacks for Erin and Theo's love story is fantastic, and I hope that in the future, we'll see more flashbacks. As I said before, super happy with how the book ended. I'm also very excited for the sneak peak we get into the future book of the series.
Submission Is Not Enough is a great story, a wonderful addition to the series, and I hope Blake will keep exploring the repercussions of what Hope did not only to Theo, but to others as well.