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Throwback Thursday is a meme where I can share some oldies but goodies…books that are older than a year and have been sitting on my Goodreads TBR for awhile or books that I’ve read & enjoyed, often from my READ AGAIN E-SHELF.
I’ve seen this meme floating around for awhile now so I finally decided to jump on board. Thanks to Renee @ It’s Book Talk who started this meme…if you get a chance, go check out her blog!
Memento Mori (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1) by Lexi Blake
Published August 28th 2018
Six men with no memories of the past
One leader with no hope for the future
A man without a past
Jax woke up in a lab, his memories erased, and his mind reprogrammed to serve a mad woman’s will. After being liberated from his prison, he pledged himself to the only thing he truly knows-his team. Six men who lost everything they were. They must make certain no one else gets their hands on the drugs that stole their lives, all while hiding from every intelligence organization on the planet. The trail has led him to an unforgiving mountainside and a beautiful wilderness expert who may be his only hope of finding the truth.
A woman with a bright future
River Lee knows her way around the Colorado wilderness. She’s finally found a home in a place called Bliss after years lost in darkness. The nature guide prefers to show her clients the beauty found in the land, but she also knows the secrets the mountains hold. When she meets Jax, something about the troubled man calls to her. She agrees to lead him to the site of an abandoned government facility hidden deep in the forest. She never dreamed she was stepping into the middle of a battlefield.
A love that could heal a broken soul
Spending time with River, Jax discovers a peace he’s never known. Their passion unlocks a side of himself he didn’t even know he was missing. When an old enemy makes his first move, Jax and River find themselves fighting for their lives. But when his past is revealed, will River be caught in the crosshairs of a global conspiracy?
Memento Mori by Lexi Blake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
MEMENTO MORI is the first book in the Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten series. This is a spinoff from the Masters & Mercenaries series and I think a bit from the Nights in Bliss series. Honestly, I have never read either of the original series «hangs head in shame» and although the beginning scrambled my brains a little while I was trying to keep up with all the various characters thrown my way, I still found it relatively easy to dig into the story.
Jax is part of a group of men who were essentially kidnapped and mind raped. They’re known as the “Lost Boys” because they can’t remember their past, not even their real names. The Lost Boys were rescued by a group called McKay-Taggart (these are the heroes from the original Masters & Mercenaries series) and they travel to the tiny town of Bliss, Colorado (from the Nights in Bliss series) in search of a hidden laboratory. There, Jax meets River. She’s the owner of a Nature Guide company and agrees to take the Lost Boys into the forest to look for the lab.
Now, there’s a LOT of other intriguing subplots happening within the book so don’t think it’s as simple as the summary! But in the interest of keeping this as spoiler free as possible, I won’t say too much more. I can say how much I totally admired how Lexi Blake crafted this story because with everything that needed to be told, the actual romance between River and Jax could have gotten lost but I felt like there was a perfect balance between the suspense/action and the love story.
I wanna talk about Jax though because oh my gosh…I loved his character! He was a bundle of contradictions: naïve but experienced, sweet but possessive, trustful and complicated. The things this poor man went through…GAH! Breaks my heart! I was rooting for him to find his other half from the very beginning. And I’m glad that River was not portrayed as a bad ass but not a pansy either. She was smart and passionate and heartfelt.
This is definitely a series to keep my eye on and now I need to go back to the original series so I can get my sticky hands on the other heroes and their lady loves! Told from dual POVs with a happy for now ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
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I loved the Lost Boys!!!!!