Series: Topped #3, Masters and Mercenaries #12.5
Published by DLZ Entertainment LLC
Publication Date: November 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
A table for two
Waitress Tiffany Hayes knows what she wants and she wants Sebastian. Top’s grumpy sommelier calls to her in a way no man has before. She simply needs to show him that they belong together. Finding an opportunity to spend some quality time with him turns out to be the easy part. Convincing Sebastian to look beyond his damaged heart and soul is far more difficult.
A thirst he can’t deny
After losing everything he held dear, Sebastian Lowe has finally rebuilt his life and the walls around his heart. Tiffany is a sweet temptation he struggles to resist. She’s bright and complex, but he’s sure she can’t handle his dark desires. When they’re thrown together on an assignment, he can’t help himself.
A perfect pairing
As passion builds, the new lovers are both forced to face their pasts. To have a future, they must find a way to heal the wounds they thought would haunt them forever.
I’ll admit that when I first started this book, I wasn’t very enthusiastic about it because it wasn’t about the core MK team and it was a little slow at the beginning. I’ll also admit that I wasn’t feeling the characters because Tiffany came across as a ditz and Sebastian was wound a little too tight for me. Okay, a lot too tight. But that’s the beauty of Ms. Blake’s writing because first impressions are not always correct and in the end I can say that as usual, PERFECTLY PAIRED is exquisite and emotional writing from Ms. Blake, with a wounded Dom in need of some TLC, a scheming sub willing to pull out all the stops to love on her Dom, and lighthearted relief in the form of the manipulative Taggart brothers; all of this set against the backdrop of food and wine. And can I just take a minute here to gush about Ms. Blake’s brilliance? Danger, food and wine are prefect complements for passion and we get all three here!
Sebastian Lowe has lost a lot: both legs in war and his family in the fallout on his return home, so he treasures the new life he has built around his new family at Topped and isn’t willing to do anything that will affect it which means staying away from the temptation that is wide-eyed and bubbly waitress Tiffany Hayes. But working with her on assignment is about to become the biggest test of his resolve.
Tiffany has wanted Sebastian from the very first day and the perfect opportunity to show him how good they can be together is not one she’s going to pass up. Convincing him of this is the hard part but she’s determined to let nothing stand in her way.
Tiffany turned out to be so much than she appeared to be – strong, determined, patient and focused on her goal to the exclusion of everything else. I love her no holds barred play for Sebastian because that was exactly what he needed after all the rejection and loss, someone to go all out for him. Tiffany’s chaotic world was just what a control freak like Sebastian needed to feel useful and needed.
I can never get enough of Ian and Sean Taggart and they provided much needed hilarity here alongside the rest of the secondary characters. Overall, an enjoyable read and a great addition to the series, and although it can be read as a standalone, I would recommend investing in the entire series because you won’t regret it.