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The Men With the Golden Cuffs

by Lexi Blake

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A woman in danger… Serena Blake is a bestselling author of erotic fiction. She knows how to write a happy ending but hasn’t managed to find one of her own. Divorced and alone, she has no one to turn to when a stalker begins to threaten her life. The cops don’t believe her. Her ex-husband thinks she’s making the whole story up. She has no one left to turn to except a pair of hired bodyguards. They promise to guard her body, but no one can protect her heart. Two men in search of love… Adam Miles and Jacob Dean are halves of a whole. They’ve spent their entire adult lives searching for the one woman who can handle them both. Adam is the playful, indulgent lover, while Jacob is the possessive, loving Dom. When Serena comes into their lives, Adam is certain that she’s the one. But Jacob’s past comes back to haunt them all. He is suspicious of Serena’s story, and his concerns are driving a wedge between him and Adam. But when the stalker strikes, they will have to come together or lose each other forever…… (more)
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4.5 - I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I really enjoyed the story and the romance was kinda sweet and really hot! ( )
  Colette_Miranda | Jul 29, 2019 |
Originally published at Ruby's Books.

*Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion or my rating of the book in any way.

The Men With The Golden Cuffs picks up right where the previous book in the series left off. I love that, because it reminds me of a TV show, with each book being a new "season" in the series. It also kind of helps tie the books together really well, as well as keep you on your toes, because that means you know that at the end of the book, you'll get a tiny hint of what's to come in the next book.

I loved Serena. She's really strong, and she found it in herself to follow a dream she had, despite her asshole of a husband. I would love it if the disdain she encounters for being an erotic romance author was pure fiction, but I fear it's really real. So it was really interesting, as a reader, to read about what some authors might go through. Because most people focus on the prejudice and mean comments that romance readers receive, but not on what authors have to face. So I really loved that aspect of her story, even though it made me really angry for her too. So I think she's really strong for following her dream, but also for keeping her head high and not letting jealous, petty people get her down, or make her feel inferior.

Adam and Jake are awesome. They complete each other in such a great way, like only really good friends can. Adam is the fun, easy-going one, while Jake is the more serious one. At the same time, Adam is the wait-and-see kind of guy, while Jake sometimes lets his emotions influence his judgement, especially when he's angry or he feels betrayed. I love Adam's fashion sense. And I love his humor, his sarcasm. I would, honestly, fall for the two of them as well, because they each bring the best out in the other one. Jake kind of helps Adam reign in his impulses, while Adam helps Jake be more playful and more daring. They're also really loyal, but where Adam is a guy full of hope, no matter what happens to him, Jake seems a bit jaded, which made me sad.

As with the previous book in the series, the pacing is really good. I enjoyed the villain in this book. I kind of saw it coming, not every single detail about this particular villain, but about half of it. What I most enjoyed about it is the twisted, perverse nature that this villain had. It takes dedication for doing what poor Serena had to go through, and I really liked reading about it. It all felt very real, the escalating nature of this person's evilness.

I also liked finding out who's next in the series to get his story told, especially after certain scenes from this book. Like I said in my review for the first book in the series, I'm hooked on this series, and each book that I read makes me love the series more and more. ( )
  Rubys.books | Oct 15, 2016 |
September 28, 2012

I have enjoyed this series very much. I look forward to the next book in the series. While this book has a big misunderstanding element I can over look it as the rest of the book is very good and the mystery is intriguing. I had guessed one of the stalkers but the other was kind of a surprise. I like Adam and Jake in The Dom that Loved Me. I was hoping they would get a happily ever after and soon. They are quite the pair and they are definitely the bane of Serena's existence. Serena holds her own with these two strongly alpha males. I loved seeing all the other characters and I look forward seeing Ian get his mate and soon. The man is just too arrogant and sure of his rules and what he wants of a woman. I also hope that Alex and Eve find a way to get back together. I also hope that Mr. Black soon gets what he is due for all the trouble that he caused in the first book.

July 10, 2015

After Adam Miles making a fool of himself over Grace Hawthorne he is convinced that he and Jacob Dean will never find a woman that will take on the two of them. In walks Serena Brooks. Serena is an erotic romance writer and she has acquired a stalker. The stalker is escalating and she needs a bodyguard or two. Adam falls for her right off the bat, Jake takes a little longer. It doesn’t help that the police think that Serena is behind the whole thing in a bid for free publicity. Serena isn't interested in publicity she just wants her quiet life back. Since her divorce she has worked to buy a home and a car that make her happy. She still has to deal with the ex-husband but she was in a good place before the stalker. It doesn’t help that anything when the team begins to think that there are two people involved. Things almost unravel when someone no one expects confesses to the emails that Serena has been getting but this person isn't the one that seems intent on killing Serena.

There are parts of this story that are hard to read. All three of these people are emotionally damaged which is not a good starting point to form any relationship. Adam has lost his family because they think he is gay and because he received a general discharge from the military. He also was hurt by the woman that got the two of them discharged. Jake has never really had a family; his parents have most of his life trying to find their self. The only family he has is Adam and the team of McKay-Taggart. Jake was hurt much more than Adam with the whole Army debacle. Jake thought he was in love with the woman that causes all the problems. He hasn’t really trusted anyone since the incident. I love both of these guys but heavens I think they need a few sessions with Eve St. James.

Jake is the Dominant of the two. He thrives in that environment. Adam is the good guy. Adam is the one that handles with emotional stuff while Jake just kicks the ass of whoever needs it. It is funny to watch Jake trying to handle the emotional stuff when Adam is moping and closed off. It was very enjoyable to watch Adam find his inter Dom with Serena. These guys are no different from anyone else. They have the same problems and insecurities plus they really are half of a greater whole.

Serena brings her own problems to this relationship. Her divorce was messy and her ex-husband with a jerk. He did approve of her writing and divorced her because of it. That was, of course, before he realized how much money she was going to be bringing in. Her ex was also abusive to Serena and her confidence suffered for it. The guys help her realize that she hasn’t been really living her life. They show her a world that she has dreamed about and written about most of her life. Serena also lives in her head quite a bit as I am sure any author does. I liked Serena.

There are some very tense moments in this book and some really heartbreaking moments as well. Keep the tissues handy. When these three finally get together they burn up the pages. Lexi Blake can write some really, really hot sex scenes. She also writes some sizzling Domination and submission scenes. I loved this book and this series. I look forward to starting the next book in the series. ( )
  LadyIsis | Sep 28, 2012 |
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A woman in danger… Serena Blake is a bestselling author of erotic fiction. She knows how to write a happy ending but hasn’t managed to find one of her own. Divorced and alone, she has no one to turn to when a stalker begins to threaten her life. The cops don’t believe her. Her ex-husband thinks she’s making the whole story up. She has no one left to turn to except a pair of hired bodyguards. They promise to guard her body, but no one can protect her heart. Two men in search of love… Adam Miles and Jacob Dean are halves of a whole. They’ve spent their entire adult lives searching for the one woman who can handle them both. Adam is the playful, indulgent lover, while Jacob is the possessive, loving Dom. When Serena comes into their lives, Adam is certain that she’s the one. But Jacob’s past comes back to haunt them all. He is suspicious of Serena’s story, and his concerns are driving a wedge between him and Adam. But when the stalker strikes, they will have to come together or lose each other forever…

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