For His Eyes Only

Masters and Mercenaries, Book 13

By Lexi Blake

Coming February 28, 2017

A night he can’t forget
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
A flame that threatens to consume them both
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.

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NY Times and USA Today
bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three
kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young
age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing
romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to
find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how
odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.


Nick went back to staring at the report. “Hayley’s not mine. She was
Desiree’s cousin. Now she’s my client.”
Who had been tired the night before and that was why she’d said the
things she’d said. This morning she’d seemed much more sensible. After she’d
had some sleep and a shower and had straightened herself up, she’d been quiet
and seemingly reflective. She was very likely embarrassed by what had been said
the night before.
I would get safety from
murderers and I would get orgasms. I’m sorry, Nicky, you’re going to tell me
how that’s a bad deal for me.
He was going to make sure she understood that his protection wasn’t
based on whether or not she slept with him.
Because he wasn’t sleeping with her. He couldn’t hurt her that way
“So she was your old lover’s cousin,” Owen mused. “The lover you
weren’t exclusive with and who wouldn’t marry you. The pretty girl who looks at
you like you’re the sun in the sky is her cousin.”
“She looks at me like she would look at man who can save her.”
“I can save her.” Owen’s eyes lit up, his brows waggling. “Maybe
she’ll look at me like that.”
Anger flared through his system. “Don’t you dare. I told you I would
take care of her.”
His arms crossed over his big chest and Nick knew he’d been had.
“Well, that answers the question with more honesty. You can pretend, but you
like the girl. And if you honestly don’t then you need to know that the boys
got a good look at her last night. If she’s going to be hanging about, she
should be ready for some serious male attention.”
“What are you talking about?”
“The lads talked it over last night and decided there’s no dibs on
this one. They all saw her at pretty much the same time. They looked over that
dead body and saw her walking in the hall and that was when the fighting
started. We all sat down and decided no dibs on her. She’ll get to pick. You
should know that Sasha and Jax have decided if she picks either of them,
they’re willing to share. I don’t play that way. That’s something I do know
about meself. No need for you to be telling me that tale. If there’s going to
be some sharing in the bedroom, it’s going to be the traditional kind between a
man and a woman and her stacked best friend. That’s what I say.”
“You tell those boys to stay away from her or they will be dealing
with me. They will not like to be dealing with me. I will put up with many
things from them. They can poke all the corpses they like. They can punch each
other. I do not care. They touch Hayley and I will be caring.”
“Wow, now you do sound Russian. A scary Russian. Still, I think if
you don’t want the girl, shouldn’t she be allowed to choose? Think about it. It
could be fun.”
“Are we talking about the lost boys and their battle for the new
chick?” Kayla strode in, her hair in a high ponytail. It bounced as she walked,
a testament to her seemingly ever-sunny personality. “I had babysitting duty
last night and they kept talking about her even after lights out. Bad boys. I
had a plan though. I think we make them compete in a beauty pageant. Hayley
gets to judge.”
“I’m judging a beauty pageant?” Hayley followed behind Kay, and both
women were followed by Charlotte Taggart and Penelope Knight. It looked like
Hayley was rapidly being accepted by the women on his team.
That was not necessarily a good thing. The women on his team could
create chaos like no others.
“That sounds like fun,” Charlotte said with a smile. “I think we
should require Speedos for the bathing suit competition. No boring board
shorts. If Hayley’s picking a lover, she needs to see some booty.”
Hayley stopped, her cheeks going the sweetest color of pink. “Wait.
Penelope put a hand on her arm. “They’re teasing you, dear. Don’t
worry about it. The lads will be very polite. Though you should expect some
suitors while you’re here. Especially if you come down to the dungeon.”
Now he was the one flushing. “Excuse me?”
Hayley shook her head as she joined him at the table. “It’s nothing.
I was just talking to the girls. Did you get the report? Penny said the Dallas
office had found something.”
He was all too aware that they weren’t alone. Damon and Ian walked
in with Brody Carter and Walter Bennett. The four men settled into chairs as
the women joined them. Nick held out a chair for Hayley. He would have to
remember that he couldn’t leave her alone for a minute or someone would be
whispering in her ear, giving her ideas she shouldn’t have.
Like visiting The Garden on a play night.
It wasn’t happening.

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