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From Book 1: *** Previously included in the Sweet Seduction boxed set. *** 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 From Book 1: *** Previously included in the Sweet Seduction boxed set. *** 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?


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From Book 1: *** Previously included in the Sweet Seduction boxed set. *** 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 From Book 1: *** Previously included in the Sweet Seduction boxed set. *** 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?

30 review for Luscious

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    3* not so luscious STARS! Master and Mercenaries series always be my favorite. Lexi Blake started a new series called Topped as a novella or side story. It started when Sean Taggart open his own restaurant called Top. It still involved with BDSM and the dungeon, Sanctum but not really intense like the M&M series. Though the main characters is new people aside from the group, they still make appearance as cameo. Macon Miles is a veteran soldier who discharged because the lost of his leg. He 3* not so luscious STARS! Master and Mercenaries series always be my favorite. Lexi Blake started a new series called Topped as a novella or side story. It started when Sean Taggart open his own restaurant called Top. It still involved with BDSM and the dungeon, Sanctum but not really intense like the M&M series. Though the main characters is new people aside from the group, they still make appearance as cameo. Macon Miles is a veteran soldier who discharged because the lost of his leg. He also lost everything include his wife. Macon works as a pastry chef at Top and met Allyson Jones. She's a mysterious woman with shady past who works at Top as well. But Ally has a mission to discover secrets from Macon. Although I enjoyed Master and Mercenaries, I hardly enjoy this one. Such a shame. A wee bit boring and slow paced. Maybe it's-me-not-you kind of. It was over-the-top romance for my taste. I couldn't feel the chemistry between Macon and Ally. Their BDSM scene seems off and unreal. The story was really sweet lovely. I liked it but not enough to love it. Ian will be always my favorite in everywhere especially with his addiction with Lemon. Of course, Macon has became his favorite person.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shayna

    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 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ❤️ Paulette Alphas Review

    Lexi Blake once again has brought together family and friends from the amazing Masters and Mercenaries series. I love Lexi Blake! This book was a great introduction to Lexi's new series Topped, revolving around Sean Taggart's restaurant Top. Macon Miles is Adam Miles' little brother, who was injured in the military. Macon lost a good portion of his right leg, returns home to find that he lost his wife too, to his oldest Alan.. Macon has drowned himself in booze and saddens. After wife divorced Lexi Blake once again has brought together family and friends from the amazing Masters and Mercenaries series. I love Lexi Blake! This book was a great introduction to Lexi's new series Topped, revolving around Sean Taggart's restaurant Top. Macon Miles is Adam Miles' little brother, who was injured in the military. Macon lost a good portion of his right leg, returns home to find that he lost his wife too, to his oldest Alan.. Macon has drowned himself in booze and saddens. After wife divorced him he just about gives up when his brother Adam brings his back home with him and gives him a reason to fight. Ally is searching for the truth of how her brother died in the overseas . She believes Macon is the key! She wants answers that only he can provide and she's vowed to do anything necessary to get her questions addressed. But she never expected to actually fall for the man who holds the secrets to she's desperate to have revealed. Lexi Blake – Masters and Mercenaries Series Reading Order  1- The The Dom Who Loved Me  2- The Men with the Golden Cuffs  3- A Dom is Forever  4- On Her Master’s Secret Service  4.5 Sanctum  5- Love and Let Die  5.5-Unconditional:  6- Dungeon Royale  6.5 Dungeon Games: (1001 Dark Nights)  7- A View to a Thrill  7.5-Cherished:  8- You Only Love Twice  8.1-Sweet Child O'Mine  8.25-Luscious ( Topped #1)  8.5- Adored  9- Master NO  10- From Sanctum With Love Expected publication: February 23rd 2016

  4. 5 out of 5

    Raine

    I really liked this book. I haven't yet read any of the Masters and Mercenaries series so I was a little bit lost with some of the people they were bringing in and some of the comments from incidents that happened in the previous books. This is the start of a new offshoot of that series probably all focused on the hot military guys that work at the restaurant Top which Sean Taggert owns and is the head chef. I really like Macon Miles. This story seems a bit more real since even though he is kind I really liked this book. I haven't yet read any of the Masters and Mercenaries series so I was a little bit lost with some of the people they were bringing in and some of the comments from incidents that happened in the previous books. This is the start of a new offshoot of that series probably all focused on the hot military guys that work at the restaurant Top which Sean Taggert owns and is the head chef. I really like Macon Miles. This story seems a bit more real since even though he is kind of an alpha male he has a disability, no money, and had only been with one woman which was his ex-wife so he is not a manwhore. It was a bit refreshing reading this because even though I do love billionaire arrogant alpha males it is a nice change of pace to read about someone like Macon who is a bit down on his luck. Though Ally Jones is typical down on her luck heroine and character isn't as original I still liked her. She wasn't as annoying as some of the heroines I've recently been reading.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    This series spin off is sexy, tasty and sweet. I had to test it out because it was at a reasonable price. I liked it. I love the story of reintegration of veterans into civilian life. What I really liked is how this showcased an alpha male who was patient and who isn't physically perfect. He is missing part of his leg and he's trying to let it all go and die. Because of a guilty secret, he doesn't feel as if he should live. When Macon's brother, Adam comes to save him, it takes a turn for the This series spin off is sexy, tasty and sweet. I had to test it out because it was at a reasonable price. I liked it. I love the story of reintegration of veterans into civilian life. What I really liked is how this showcased an alpha male who was patient and who isn't physically perfect. He is missing part of his leg and he's trying to let it all go and die. Because of a guilty secret, he doesn't feel as if he should live. When Macon's brother, Adam comes to save him, it takes a turn for the better. I enjoyed Macon's courting of Allyson Jones. The chemistry between the two is vanilla with a little chocolate twist. I have to admit the sex in this story isn't really my style. It's now a bit too tame for me so I skimmed through most of it. The kinky parts are sugarkinky delightful. This erotica novel is recommend to kinky romance lovers who love happily ever afters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    MountainKat

    I love this series! This was a sweet addition. I liked Macon and Ally. They each had lots to overcome, but together they were better. I'm looking forward to more from this group! I listened to the audio and enjoyed Lance Greenfield's narration.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jujubee

    Read in the anthology Sweet Seduction Boxed Set 08/31/17 rating Ally and Macon's story a solid 3.5*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    (Read in Sweet Seduction Boxed Set anthology) ETA: Woohoo! It is a spin-off ... New series ~ Topped Luscious, Lexi Blake's short in Novak's anthology to benefit diabetes research, gives Masters and Mercenaries fans a look inside Sean Taggert's restaurant Top as well as telling Macon Miles and Ally Jones' love story. Adam Miles' youngest brother, Macon, lost 3/4 of a leg in war and a cheating wife in divorce. Macon's at his lowest when Adam stops by to check in on him. After not standing up for (Read in Sweet Seduction Boxed Set anthology) ETA: Woohoo! It is a spin-off ... New series ~ Topped Luscious, Lexi Blake's short in Novak's anthology to benefit diabetes research, gives Masters and Mercenaries fans a look inside Sean Taggert's restaurant Top as well as telling Macon Miles and Ally Jones' love story. Adam Miles' youngest brother, Macon, lost 3/4 of a leg in war and a cheating wife in divorce. Macon's at his lowest when Adam stops by to check in on him. After not standing up for Adam in the past, Macon is shocked into action when Adam insists he come to Dallas to live with he and his family, Jake, Serena and baby Tristan. This gesture gives Macon the courage to take the steps necessary to regain control over his life and make a fresh start. Sarah Allyson Jones' foster brother, Ronnie, died in the war and the reports of how he died never set well with her. Her foster mother's dying wish to find out exactly what happened to Ronnie leads her to Dallas to track down Macon Miles, who has been avoiding her attempts at answers. The pair meet for the first time at Sean Taggert's restaurant, Top, two months later. Allyson, upon first seeing Macon, is so flummoxed she says she's there looking for work instead of looking for answers. Macon, now an extremely talented pastry chef, can't help but fall for the luscious Ally. Privately, he becomes possessive of this quiet beauty. It's only after their safety is threatened, in two separate incidents, that they both begin to face their feelings for one another. "... between the two of us, we are practically a fully functional human being." Each is struggling with hidden secrets they feel protect themselves yet could risk ruining the life they both dream of having together. Macon is a much softer addition to the Masters and Mercenaries family. He was mentioned briefly in prior books ~ in Adored (view spoiler)[, where Sean mentioned Macon and Ally had gotten married in Las Vegas (hide spoiler)] and Sweet Child O' Mine, where Macon's mentioned being treated as Ian's "personal bakery" and Adam's baby brother. So, it was a nice, sweet treat (pun intended) to get a closer look at this couple and their triumph over life's obstacles. I truly enjoyed this short. There's some great set up for Ten's upcoming book, Master No, as well as the sadist and M&M shrink, Kai, who I hope gets a book very soon. There are also some hilarious Ian moments (view spoiler)[ ~ Apparently, he's taken to marking behind the ear of baby Kala with a Sharpie so he can tell her apart from her twin. And, already making sure she knows, "Daddy sees everything. Including how [she] look[s] at that Tristan kid." He tells Serena, "... It's never too early to start [keeping an eye out]. I know what your boy's going to think. He's going to think Mom didn't have to pick, why should I, and then suddenly my sweet baby girls are in some weirdo relationship where they have to worship the boy." (hide spoiler)] . I loved having a brief look at the men working at Top, Sean's farm to table restaurant, and I cannot wait for more; I'm hopeful there's a spin-off series in the making.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Before I start my review there is one thing that I need to say and that is I should never have doubted Ms. Blake when it comes to Ian Taggart. I love him. He is one of the best heroes of all time. He puts a smile on my face and he is just a fantastic character. Enough fangirling now lets get down to business. We walk a road no matter how twisted and broken it is. It leads us to where we need to be. Macon Miles is having a bad year. He lost a part of his leg thanks to IED. He lost his whole team. Before I start my review there is one thing that I need to say and that is I should never have doubted Ms. Blake when it comes to Ian Taggart. I love him. He is one of the best heroes of all time. He puts a smile on my face and he is just a fantastic character. Enough fangirling now let’s get down to business. We walk a road no matter how twisted and broken it is. It leads us to where we need to be. Macon Miles is having a bad year. He lost a part of his leg thanks to IED. He lost his whole team. He came home to find that his wife had slept with his oldest brother Alan. She took half of the insurance money and give him half of her credit card debt. He is living in a cockroach motel on his best way to becoming an alcoholic till he drink dials Adam without remembering it. Adam Miles wronged by his family can’t leave Macon by himself. He drags Macon back down to Dallas and helps him get on his feet. He begins working at Top and then becomes an assistant pastry chef. Ally has never had a lot but has lost everything. Her brother who died in Afghan. Her foster mother who died of cancer. But they never really believed the report that the Army gave them. Should you really grant a dying woman her last wish? All will it just bring more pain and hardship. She wants answers and the only person who can give them to her has decided not to talk to her. Her plan has changed and she has decided to get closer to Macon and gets a job at Top. What she never thought? Is that she would he attracted to Macon. There were no qualms when it came to their relationship they wanted each other, Macon may or may not have forgotten to tell her that he is a Dom and that his brother Adam was throwing a grownup party. The lifestyle is very misunderstood especially to Ally. Adam is too hasty and only wants to protect his brother. They both screw up. Secrets can’t be kept. I read Just One Taste (Topped 2) before I read this book. I didn’t like Deena but this book is completely different. And Ms. Blake is on top form here once again.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Interrupted Reader

    Novella introducing new series Top. Macon Miles and Ally. Best part of this book was revisiting previous characters, especially Ian. Macon's character was well thought out and lovable, but Ally's character lacked depth. Maybe due to the short book length, the connection between Macon and Ally was not convincing. Their conversations were sappy, and their D/s relationship was unbelievable and boring. Skimmed second half. While I am looking forward to the new series, this story surprisingly fell Novella introducing new series Top. Macon Miles and Ally. Best part of this book was revisiting previous characters, especially Ian. Macon's character was well thought out and lovable, but Ally's character lacked depth. Maybe due to the short book length, the connection between Macon and Ally was not convincing. Their conversations were sappy, and their D/s relationship was unbelievable and boring. Skimmed second half. While I am looking forward to the new series, this story surprisingly fell flat. D+, re-read 2/5

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    This was just an ok read for me. Although I really Inked Macon. I guess the sex just wasn't has hit as the Master and Mercenaries series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eve (Between The Bookends)

    One of my favorite authors!

  13. 4 out of 5

    tinyteaplots

    Oh, I think I'm really going to enjoy the Topped Series, if Luscious is anything to go by. Sure, it was light on the BDSM. But it was full of the feels. It was sexy and sad and sweet and uplifting. Basically, it was erotic romance awesomeness.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Shadow's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Luscious is a short story with a lot of titles. It is book 8.5 in the Master and Mercenaries series; it is also the first book in the Topped series by Lexi Blake and as such lives up to her usual standard of intriguing, funny, and hot as sin. Macon lost a leg fighting in Afghanistan, but almost lost is life. When he returns home he finds betrayal as his wife has divorced him and is about to marry his brother and he buries himself in a bottle. Shadow's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Luscious is a short story with a lot of titles. It is book 8.5 in the Master and Mercenaries series; it is also the first book in the Topped series by Lexi Blake and as such lives up to her usual standard of intriguing, funny, and hot as sin. Macon lost a leg fighting in Afghanistan, but almost lost is life. When he returns home he finds betrayal as his wife has divorced him and is about to marry his brother and he buries himself in a bottle. His brother Adam takes him in and gets him a job at Top, the restaurant owned by BDSM player Sean Taggart. Macon takes to becoming a chef as born to the role and things only get better when Ally shows up. But Ally is hiding a big secret that is its own form of betrayal. Can Macon find a way to move past the pain of the past to embrace his future? I liked both Macon and Ally-both were good people who had overcome traumatic childhoods-although for different reasons-and become likable adults. The plot was good and as always when Ian Taggart is involved, the snark is hilarious. Overall this is a delightful addition to one series, and a great start to a second. Review copy provided for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Expected way more from it. Didn't like the writing style. It felt rushed. It didn't feel set up properly. The characters, and the setting wasn't properly introduced. The characters weren't developed and they didn't grow. It just didn't grab my attention. I really couldn't get in to it and I feel like I really tried. Maybe if I read the series that this book is a spin off from, then I'd felt different regarding character introduction etc, but I didn't. I might be alone in this because this book Expected way more from it. Didn't like the writing style. It felt rushed. It didn't feel set up properly. The characters, and the setting wasn't properly introduced. The characters weren't developed and they didn't grow. It just didn't grab my attention. I really couldn't get in to it and I feel like I really tried. Maybe if I read the series that this book is a spin off from, then I'd felt different regarding character introduction etc, but I didn't. I might be alone in this because this book has high rating here on goodreads. It might just be my state of mind right now. Anyhow don't let my review keep you from reading this book just because I don't like it, you might.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    4.5 stars. I forgot how much I really like this series. I like the addition of the restaurant characters for this series. You can read this book as a stand alone, you just might not understand some of the relationships that are already established which would not take away from the story. Ian is such a stand out. I laugh out loud and some of his statements. His love of desserts was a standing theme so I think we will see more of Macon in the series of Ian is involved!! Macon and Ally were great 4.5 stars. I forgot how much I really like this series. I like the addition of the restaurant characters for this series. You can read this book as a stand alone, you just might not understand some of the relationships that are already established which would not take away from the story. Ian is such a stand out. I laugh out loud and some of his statements. His love of desserts was a standing theme so I think we will see more of Macon in the series of Ian is involved!! Macon and Ally were great together. Definitely being added to by go-to book selection when I am in a reading rut.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Bailey

    As always, this author pleases my inner need for a dominant and kick butt military or ex-military and a woman who knows her mind. Except we have a spin off of sorts and have brought in Little Tag's restaurant, TOP. I love that we have all of our other people and we have new ones in the restaurant business. Macon is a man with a mission, Jake as a brother who practices menage, Ally who has hunted Macon down for the wrong reasons -- the whole gang is there and Macon has an ace in the hole. He is a As always, this author pleases my inner need for a dominant and kick butt military or ex-military and a woman who knows her mind. Except we have a spin off of sorts and have brought in Little Tag's restaurant, TOP. I love that we have all of our other people and we have new ones in the restaurant business. Macon is a man with a mission, Jake as a brother who practices menage, Ally who has hunted Macon down for the wrong reasons -- the whole gang is there and Macon has an ace in the hole. He is a master pastry chef with Lemon's protecting his future. Lets see if he can get the girl.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amber J.

    This was a really sweet and quick read. You can't help but love Macon and pull for Ally. Even though the story line and ending were very predictable I still loved it. I just can't get enough of these crazy Mercenary Doms and their subs!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Traci Odom

    More please I love this series, and this new direction is already delicious. I look forward to more of the prolific Lexi Blake's writings.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mareli

    Very good. And a little too much on the sweet side but it was good.

  21. 4 out of 5

    ღFloღ the coffee addict

    3.5 STARS

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I actually picked this book up first before I knew about the whole series b/c of the narrator. Then I found out this was book 8.2/14. So being me I had to start with the actual first book. And I have REALLY enjoyed this series. As for one of the side stories I really enjoyed this one, more than some of the others. It was a nice change to have the restaurant be a feature in this one. I enjoyed both Macon and Ally. There were several lol moments and this was an overall funny and engaging story. As I actually picked this book up first before I knew about the whole series b/c of the narrator. Then I found out this was book 8.2/14. So being me I had to start with the actual first book. And I have REALLY enjoyed this series. As for one of the side stories I really enjoyed this one, more than some of the others. It was a nice change to have the restaurant be a feature in this one. I enjoyed both Macon and Ally. There were several lol moments and this was an overall funny and engaging story. As always I enjoy seeing the group together and the various interactions between all the family members. I do think it is strange that the few books from Topped have different narrators from the rest of the series. And while I originally got this book b/c of the narrator, I have come to love Ryan West and his voices for the characters and was a bit off kilter with characters having different tones. What made it even harder is that Lance and Ryan have similar voices and yet Ian Tagger sounded different.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bingeworthy Book Blog

    Luscious features Macon Miles (brother to Adam Miles) and Allison Jones and is the first novella in Lexi Blake's Topped series, another interconnected spin off from her Masters and Mercenaries series. Topped is a series of novellas about the men and women that work at Sean Taggart's restaurant. Every book that I read in this series makes me feel grateful for the life that I have and feel immense respect and gratefulness for those who choose to serve. The Topped novellas are a must read series Luscious features Macon Miles (brother to Adam Miles) and Allison Jones and is the first novella in Lexi Blake's Topped series, another interconnected spin off from her Masters and Mercenaries series. Topped is a series of novellas about the men and women that work at Sean Taggart's restaurant. Every book that I read in this series makes me feel grateful for the life that I have and feel immense respect and gratefulness for those who choose to serve. The Topped novellas are a must read series and the first book really sets the tone for those that follow. Macon and Allie's story is beautiful, heartwarming, angsty and emotional and is definitely a favourite of mine. The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that all the cooking in the book made me feel very hungry. Highly recommended

  24. 5 out of 5

    ☘KathyD☘

    I know what to expect from McKay-Taggart, but I didn't know what to expect from Topped. I shouldn't have been too concerned! Ms. Blake opened the door to Sean Taggart's restaurant and offers a bunch of new people to get to know. The McKay-Taggart gang isn't sitting idly by, so their crazy still makes it into the pages. This first installment in the Topped series introduces Adam's brother, Macon, and Ally. Both of these characters are broken inside due to the horrors of war, but as they get to I know what to expect from McKay-Taggart, but I didn't know what to expect from Topped. I shouldn't have been too concerned! Ms. Blake opened the door to Sean Taggart's restaurant and offers a bunch of new people to get to know. The McKay-Taggart gang isn't sitting idly by, so their crazy still makes it into the pages. This first installment in the Topped series introduces Adam's brother, Macon, and Ally. Both of these characters are broken inside due to the horrors of war, but as they get to know each other and fall in love pieces are put back into place. This is a shorter story compared to most of Masters and Mercenaries novels, but it still packs a huge punch. Every emotion is captured in this book, which makes it truly special.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eva Wiggers Holmbom

    Normally I dont do reviews but this time I have to. This book was so good. I love all of Lexis books. So of cause this book lived up to all my expectations. I loved the little visit we get from Adam and Jake, Ian and Sean. Macon is this damaged soldier, but he cant seem to see his worth. Ally is damaged in her own way, but she sort of becomes this confident, strong woman, who makes him see him self as she does. Of couse they have a HEA but it still surprised me. Dont want spoilers in this but I Normally I dont do reviews but this time I have to. This book was so good. I love all of Lexi´s books. So of cause this book lived up to all my expectations. I loved the little visit we get from Adam and Jake, Ian and Sean. Macon is this damaged soldier, but he cant seem to see his worth. Ally is damaged in her own way, but she sort of becomes this confident, strong woman, who makes him see him self as she does. Of couse they have a HEA but it still surprised me. Dont want spoilers in this but I dont not see her brothers death like that. I serious thought he had died another way. If you are new to Lexi´s books,I can serious recommend you start with Seans book and you have fun with Mckay-Taggert.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Konny

    Luscious by the outstanding author Lexi Blake is book 8.25 in the Masters and Mercenaries and book 1 in the Masters and Mercenaries : Topped Series. Topped is a spin-off and is all about Sean Taggarts restaurant Top and his staff. Macon Miles, younger brother of Adam Miles is back from military. He was severely wounded and didnt only lose his leg, hes lost his will to live too. He was cheated on his now ex-wife,( with his older brother no less), and drowns his pain and sorrow in alcohol. He Luscious by the outstanding author Lexi Blake is book 8.25 in the Masters and Mercenaries and book 1 in the Masters and Mercenaries : Topped Series. Topped is a spin-off and is all about Sean Taggart´s restaurant Top and his staff. Macon Miles, younger brother of Adam Miles is back from military. He was severely wounded and didn´t only lose his leg, he´s lost his will to live too. He was cheated on his now ex-wife,( with his older brother no less), and drowns his pain and sorrow in alcohol. He carries a lot of guilt and a mountain of issues. When Adam shows up and breaks out of his shell I was so so happy for Macon. He now has a future and a reason to live. Luscious 4,5 stars. And then she shows up. Ally. Sarah Allyson Jones. She´s one of his regrets, only he doesn´t knows it, yet. Ally wants to find out the truth about her brothers death. Is Macon responsible? But nothing is as it seems in this story, nothing. There are so many twists and turns, the story had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. I read Luscious in one sitting because I had to know what happens to the characters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Marnell

    Emotional Lexi Blake takes us into the world of Top, Sean Taggart's restaurant, in this Master and Mercenaries spinoff. Macon and Ally are the focus of this love story but all the M&M chatacters are there. I love the aspect that deals with Macon's war injury and how his emotions are so wrapped up in the loss of his leg as well as how it happened. Lexi dealt with this emotionally charged issue beautifully. In addition, it was great watching Ally as she grew from a damaged soul, who didn't Emotional Lexi Blake takes us into the world of Top, Sean Taggart's restaurant, in this Master and Mercenaries spinoff. Macon and Ally are the focus of this love story but all the M&M chatacters are there. I love the aspect that deals with Macon's war injury and how his emotions are so wrapped up in the loss of his leg as well as how it happened. Lexi dealt with this emotionally charged issue beautifully. In addition, it was great watching Ally as she grew from a damaged soul, who didn't believe in her worth, into a strong vibrant woman who becomes the strong foundation of support for her man. Finally, having Ian's droll sarcastic quips is the icing on this cake.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allyson

    Absolutely amazing as always by Lexi Blake!! This is a piggy back series from Masters and Mercenaries (one of my favorite series). Characters are from TOP restaurant in which Sean Taggert is Chef. You will encounter all characters from the MM series especially Ian Taggert in who I love!! My emotions were all over the place with this story between Macon and Allyson, their love blossoms fast but of course with speed bumps along the way.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angel Padillo

    Luscious is probably my least favorite book set in this world with the exception of Simons book, because words cannot express how much I hate Chelsea. But I liked Macon just fine, it was Ally I had a problem with. I just never connected with her, and she was really annoying in the beginning, which is probably why I never connected with her. It was nice it get a peek into the lives of the Sanctum crew when they arent on a mission. Luscious is probably my least favorite book set in this world with the exception of Simon’s book, because words cannot express how much I hate Chelsea. But I liked Macon just fine, it was Ally I had a problem with. I just never connected with her, and she was really annoying in the beginning, which is probably why I never connected with her. It was nice it get a peek into the lives of the Sanctum crew when they aren’t on a mission.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chasity

    An emotional, funny, sizzling and quick read! I loved the Masters and Mercenaries series so I was excited to start this spinoff series. Macon & Ally both have been through tragedies in life and when they find each other the chemistry is explosive! It's full of love, laughter, lies, steam, pain and healing. Plus having the couple's from previous M&M books is always entertaining!

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