Memento Mori by Lexi Blake
Series: Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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?
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I have been waiting for the story of the Lost Boys for a while now. I knew their stories were going to be epic and let me tell you we are off to a wonderful start.
Jax has no idea who is was before the crazy doctor Hope McDonald erased his memories. All he knows is the small group of men are his “brothers” and the crazy doctor was “mother”. He could not be more grateful that Ian Taggert and his team freed him and killed her. He knows they weren’t looking for him but he’s grateful none the less.
River is losing everything she has ever loved and known. Her father has passed away and she lost all of her money to her ex who turned out to be a con man. She is ready to sell her home and attempt to put her life back together.
These two were simply wonderful together. I love how Jax selected his name and when he discovered who he truly was it could not have been more perfect. Jax has something missing in his soul and he feels it deeply everyday. Bliss becomes the first place that feels like he belongs and when he meets River it is like everything settles inside him. He loves her from the first moment, even when he doesn’t understand those feelings.
Of course River is reluctant to feel anything for another man ever! Yet Jax does everything he can to break through those walls without trying. When a misunderstanding leads to her not trusting him he tells her who is really or rather what happened to him and what his mission is. When the CIA jerk off spins a tale and River pushes Jax away, he lets her go even though it kills him to do that.
As with all of Lexi Blake’s suspense books there is plenty of action, a super sarcastic Ian Taggert and his ever supportive wife, Charlie. This time around we get plenty of Bliss characters mixed in. We have the protesting Nell along with Henry who is trying to get back into his wife’s good graces. Along with several other members. We also learn so much more about Erza in this book. More than we ever learned before. Lexi Blake has once again given us characters that make us believe in love at first sight.
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“This place is beautiful,” he said when she hesitated.
She nodded but didn’t move from her seat. “I love it here. I went to college in Denver, but I always missed this place. When I was younger, my dad had a house in Creede. He started the business there, but when he could, he moved us out of town. My dad was a loner, I suppose. Creede has a population of four hundred and Dad thought that was way too many people.”
“I know the feeling. I lived in London for a while. That was definitely too many people.” He kept his tone even. It was odd. Now that he was here, that hunger he always felt was tempered by her fear. He’d thought he would take anything offered to him, but he couldn’t having met her. If the blonde had offered herself up, he would have turned her down. Over the two hours they’d sat in the booth, eating fried food and drinking beer, he’d figured something out. Some people were more special than others. River was special. He should be more cynical. He could hear Damon Knight telling him to be cautious, but he couldn’t make himself do it. Perhaps it was the fact that he didn’t have a long well of history to draw from and to teach him that this was likely a mistake.
It didn’t feel like a mistake.
“Wow. I’ve never been farther than Kansas City.” She still wasn’t moving and her voice had taken on a tremulous tone.
His heart constricted, and it was surprisingly easy to not listen to his dick. His dick was pleading with him to get aggressive. His dick was trying to convince him that if he could get inside her, she would accept him.
Yeah, he wasn’t going to listen to his dick.
“If you’ve changed your mind, I can call my brother to pick me up. I have a phone and so does he. His number is programmed in. I don’t want to scare you. I had a good time talking to you tonight. It was one of the nicest nights I’ve had in a long time.” Ever. It was the best night ever. It was the first night he felt normal, though he wasn’t exactly sure what that word meant. Comfortable was a better one. That tight feeling in his chest had eased as he’d sat in the booth with River and Tucker and Heather.
Although he’d hated lying to her.
She finally turned, looking at him. Her eyes shone in the moonlight. “You mean that, don’t you?”
He wanted to touch her. He’d had to force his hands not to move toward her all night long. The most he’d allowed himself was to have their hips and shoulders touch as they’d sat next to each other. He’d decided it had been a good thing he’d sat next to her because he was fairly certain he had a case of Big Tag’s crazy eyes, and she would have seen them had he sat across from her.
“I do mean it. Please don’t get me wrong. I want you. I would like nothing more in the world than to take you into that cabin, lay you out, and make a feast of you. I want to kiss you and when I say that I don’t merely mean your lips. I want to put my mouth all over your body. But more than I want that, I want you to like me.” It was important somehow. He wouldn’t see her after tonight, but he couldn’t stand the idea that she was afraid of him.
Everyone was afraid of him. Everyone he knew was waiting for his powder keg to blow, but he’d sworn to himself earlier in the evening that it wouldn’t blow around her. He would protect her even if it was only for one night.
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