Memento Mori (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten, #1)
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 (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten, #1) Details

TitleMemento Mori (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 28th, 2018
PublisherDLZ Entertainment, LLC
Rating
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Erotica, Bdsm, Contemporary Romance

Memento Mori (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten, #1) Review

  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    January 1, 1970
    Originally I was planning on giving this book a pass. I use to wait with baited breath for every book this author released, but her latest ones just haven't been that great. Or maybe my tastes have changed, I don't know, but like a bad drug habit I was jonesing for a fix, so I dove in and hoped for the best.And...I enjoyed it. Was it as good as the early M&M books (that I still reread often), honestly? Not really, but it was undoubtedly one of the better ones she has written of late. Still, Originally I was planning on giving this book a pass. I use to wait with baited breath for every book this author released, but her latest ones just haven't been that great. Or maybe my tastes have changed, I don't know, but like a bad drug habit I was jonesing for a fix, so I dove in and hoped for the best.And...I enjoyed it. Was it as good as the early M&M books (that I still reread often), honestly? Not really, but it was undoubtedly one of the better ones she has written of late. Still, there were a few issues with it. It was super slow to get started. Snails move faster than the pace of the first 100 pages of this thing. Lucky for us the book is like 1000 pages long (I exaggerate, it was only 452 pages) and the pace does eventually pick up. One of the other issues I had was with a secondary character. In previous books, I LOVED the character of Ezra Fain, and couldn't wait to read more about him. In this book, Miz Blake pretty much turned him into a mean, whiny, short-sighted asshole. There is just no way the author can get me to root for a happily ever after for him and a certain other person. Not after his reaction, or should I say the total nonreaction to something that happens to said person near the end. On top of that, the set up for his story seems to be a rehash of the same plot used for Alex and Eve's book. On the more positive side, I LOVED Jax. He wasn't an over the top manwhore. In fact, he hadn't had sex since he was saved 18 months ago. He wasn't an over the top asshole <--- both these things were amazing since over the top whores and assholes seems to be all this author can write lately. But, don't get too excited, she pretty much ruined a couple of the other lost boys with unnecessary details about how they sleep around and use prostitutes. Which apparently is a big joke through a few books now. I don't find it particularly funny, more nasty, but whatevs. One of them was even treated for syphilis, which I hope like hell was a joke, because if not...ewww. I even liked River. Oh, she was still annoying here and there, but I liked her for the most part. Which is saying something since I have very hard on my heroines. I also found parts laugh out loud funny. I cried in parts. I loved seeing cameos of former characters. My heart broke for Nell. I really hope her and Henry are getting a conclusion to their story soon. Which brings me to my conclusion and a little "side note." First I will say this wasn't an issue for me since I have read pretty much every book Lexi Blake has written and didn't affect my rating in the least, but I felt I should bring this up for potential readers. In my opinion, there is NO way someone who hasn't at the very least read this authors Masters & Mercenaries series, and to the lesser extent, her Bliss series could read this book without being completely confused about what was going on. This cannot be read as a standalone, and as much as "I" enjoy all the interconnecting of characters, books, series, I am starting to feel like this author is painting herself into a very tight corner where only her most loyal fans will be able to pick these books up and enjoy them thoroughly. Anyway, just MY two cents on the matter. As I said, I enjoyed it. I am not sure if I will read Owen's book or not (he is one of the lovely manwhore boys), but we'll see.
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  • Kate's Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Boo '2 Stars for this one bumped up to 3 Stars' Why? Well because I can. This is tough to rate. It started off strong and then I was stuck at 24%. It sucked. And I stopped reading. I read another book in between and stuck this sucker on hold. The Lost Boys/Forgotten were saved by Taggart/McKay and are now trying to adjust to having no memory and not knowing that happened only when they were 'born' in a lab. They are in Bliss Colorado as they have found a former research facility to find out more Boo '2 Stars for this one bumped up to 3 Stars' Why? Well because I can. This is tough to rate. It started off strong and then I was stuck at 24%. It sucked. And I stopped reading. I read another book in between and stuck this sucker on hold. The Lost Boys/Forgotten were saved by Taggart/McKay and are now trying to adjust to having no memory and not knowing that happened only when they were 'born' in a lab. They are in Bliss Colorado as they have found a former research facility to find out more to what happened to the Forgotten and if they know who they are. The Hero in this book takes on a new name formally known as Harvey he is now Jax. A somewhat lost puppy with no idea about the real world but retaining some things like fighting and his computer skills etc. Jax is too lost for my liking. But he is celibate so bonus point there. Up until then it was okay. Then I met the heroine. River is a tour guide of the area and has had s shoddy time lately. Her "husband" cleared out all her accounts and stole anything of value. Two years later she is still ashamed. But now her "husband" is pushing her into more trouble. I felt for her but in a way I also didn’t. Cold hearted I know. Jax & Tucker get a night off and go to Trio. As soon as River walks in he is smitten. River is all ‘he can’t find me attractive’ bla, bla, bla, ‘he must mean Heather’ bla, bla, bla. But somehow she overcomes her issues and they spend the night together. Or they are meant to. Until…Tucker and Dante break into River's house. They all have an argument that Jax needs to come back to the operation base as he has a curfew. For Christ sakes he is a grown man. All through this River must be dead because she doesn't hear anything at ALL. What do they do to make him come with them? Yes they drug him and take his clothes and shit. He promised he would stay the night, she wakes up and her issues kick in once again. See the above bla, bla, bla. To help with the mission of finding the facility The Ranch they need a tour guide and whose company just happens to be used? Bingo. River’s!After numerous messaging with my bestie Eve. She somehow encouraged me to continue and well it didn’t completely suck. But I am disappointed. I decided to give it another try and it got better. But it isn’t the LB I’m used to. The whole series isn’t what it is meant to be anymore. This can only be considered to be mercenaries as there is hardly any BDSM. So that doesn’t really fit anymore either. It also all seems to be the same. For me it has lacked its spark. The same chess pieces but with a similar game. With Levi Green and the CIA.I managed to finish the book but that was because I ignored River and well I also skimmed. Mainly the sex scenes the plot was solid-ish. This is just me so take my review with a pinch or a truck of salt that is up to you.
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Lexi Blake can charm her reader's socks off, even when dealing with dark subjects, including death and torture. Memento Mori is the book that combines two of the author's series, the Bliss series with the Masters and Mercenaries. The result is an exciting book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, but one that is also a bit darker than some of her work. Yes, we have Ian Taggart's funny brand of snark, but the overall tone isn't as light, and the overall theme of the inevitability of death per Lexi Blake can charm her reader's socks off, even when dealing with dark subjects, including death and torture. Memento Mori is the book that combines two of the author's series, the Bliss series with the Masters and Mercenaries. The result is an exciting book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, but one that is also a bit darker than some of her work. Yes, we have Ian Taggart's funny brand of snark, but the overall tone isn't as light, and the overall theme of the inevitability of death pervades the book, starting with the title. But she also draws the conclusion that love makes living worthwhile.This is the story of Jax, one of the lost boys-young men whose memories were wiped by evil doctor Hope McDonald-and River, a nature guide in Bliss, Colorado, who's life has been on hold for years as she cares for her terminally ill father. Jax wants someone who sees him, not a victim, and as a result, he doesn't tell River the entire truth about what little he knows of his past. River, still trying to recover from the damage done to her finances by a con man, isn't willing to forgive someone else who lies to her. But the need to find the secret facility where Hope McDonald conducted her research overrides the emotional pain of the two people involved. Can Jax overcome their botched beginning and convince River to take a chance on him-and keep her safe from the various factions battling for McDonald's results-and for the lost boys themselves?We get to catch up with some of our favorite characters from Bliss and catch glimpses of some of the issues they are facing. And of course, the sex scenes between River and Jax are scorching. Wrap it up with a surprise ending, and you have a captivating read with suspense, romance, and great characterizations.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars Sooooooo.....I had been dying for the "Lost Boys" series to finally come out. Memento Mori is the first in the series and I will be totally honest, I am not sure where I sit on this one. I feel a tad bit let down.This story has a lot of the Lexi Blake elements that we can come to expect - great plotline with some good characters. However, parts felt a bit too similar to her other books and I had a hard time connecting to the characters. River really bugged me the most with her "I can' 3.5 Stars Sooooooo.....I had been dying for the "Lost Boys" series to finally come out. Memento Mori is the first in the series and I will be totally honest, I am not sure where I sit on this one. I feel a tad bit let down.This story has a lot of the Lexi Blake elements that we can come to expect - great plotline with some good characters. However, parts felt a bit too similar to her other books and I had a hard time connecting to the characters. River really bugged me the most with her "I can't believe he's into me, etc, etc" vibe and that turned me off on her quickly. I have to say that I truly wish there were more BDSM elements in this since it is tied to the Masters and Mercenaries series. I think that is what also hurt me with this book - I had a lot of expectations from Lexi in regards to this area of the book and there wasn't much. :/Anyway, overall is wasn't a terrible read, just not as enticing as I had anticipated. I will continue with the series as the plotline is always intriguing and keeps me glued to the book.
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    Woohoo it's here!!I can't wait to start it!!    
  • Shayna
    January 1, 1970
    “Tell me I don’t have to let you go.” Memento Mori by Lexi Blake is jammed packed with so much GOODNESS, I don’t even know where to begin! This is the start of a brand new spin-off series: Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten. It features Jax and River and OMG! I’m in LOVE with them both! So much action, suspense, passion, and romance, you won’t even know what hit you! This book is like a gathering of all of Lexi’s greats! Past characters, past worlds, past storylines…I’ll tell you right no “Tell me I don’t have to let you go.” Memento Mori by Lexi Blake is jammed packed with so much GOODNESS, I don’t even know where to begin! This is the start of a brand new spin-off series: Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten. It features Jax and River and OMG! I’m in LOVE with them both! So much action, suspense, passion, and romance, you won’t even know what hit you! This book is like a gathering of all of Lexi’s greats! Past characters, past worlds, past storylines…I’ll tell you right now, this book is an ABSOLUTE GODSEND to the hardcore fans of Ms. Blake! That’s not to say you couldn’t read this as a standalone romance, because you totally could, but I’m begging you to dive in to her backlist and immerse yourself in romantic greatness!The Lost Boys…The Forgotten…I’m so excited to see where this author takes us with these gorgeous, troubled, and precarious men. Each one brings something dangerous and exciting to the table, and I’m thrilled to find out where their journey will take them. I was ecstatic to see that my favorite Taggart makes himself known on MANY occasions and I hope that continues through the rest of the series. His sarcasm…his little jabs that he makes, out of love of course, are what brings me life. Some Bliss characters (as well as the town) make an appearance, as well as, some name dropping from other series. You guys, I could go on and on because you know how much I adore this author, these characters, and her impeccable writing, but I’ll digress and just tell you that you MUST pick up this book! This is romantic suspense with an emotional edge that will keep you on the edge of your seat! I loved it! You will love it! Take a chance and fall HARD for The Forgotten!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Memento Mori is the first book in a spin off from Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries series featuring a group of men known as "The Lost Boys" who were previously rescued by Taggart and the McKay crew in the original books. I have to admit I'm fairly new to Lexi's work, I fell in love with her writing this year when I discovered her rereleases of the Nights in Bliss and Texas Sirens series previously written under the pen name of Sophie Oak and I'm slowly catching up on her urban fantasy Thieve Memento Mori is the first book in a spin off from Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries series featuring a group of men known as "The Lost Boys" who were previously rescued by Taggart and the McKay crew in the original books. I have to admit I'm fairly new to Lexi's work, I fell in love with her writing this year when I discovered her rereleases of the Nights in Bliss and Texas Sirens series previously written under the pen name of Sophie Oak and I'm slowly catching up on her urban fantasy Thieves series but I've not actually read the Masters and Mercenaries books yet (they're on my list but she has a huge backlist so it's going to take me a while to get fully caught up!).Anyway, that means I've met Taggart and some of his men in the series I've already mentioned but I don't know any of the background history of the Lost Boys so I was worried I might be a little lost starting this book. Luckily Lexi Blake does a great job of catching new readers up and even though I'm now even more excited about reading the previous stories I didn't have any problem diving in here. I think it helps that all of her books are so interconnected, the setting for this story is actually Bliss so we get to catch up with characters from that series and it was good to see some familiar faces.Jax is one of the Lost Boys I've previously mentioned. Alongside his brothers he has no memories of his life until approximately 3 years ago when they woke up in a lab after having their memories wiped in a sick experiment. The men have no pasts and before their rescue they were regularly tortured as their captor tried to reprogram them into perfect soldiers. Now they're on the run from some very powerful people but at the same time they're trying to track down more information about what was done to them and find out about their lives before they were initially captured. Their research has led them to Bliss where they believe that a secret government lab is hidden in the wilderness that may contain the key to their missing memories. River is an experienced tour guide who knows the area like the back of her hand so Jax and his brothers need her help desperately to find the secret laboratory, but can they find the information they're searching for before their past catches up with them?Jax and his brothers are great, I loved getting to meet everyone and see how much they've all been affected by what they suffered and I'm looking forward to all of their stories. The brothers are all totally different but have been bonded by their shared experiences and they have some powerful allies in Taggart and his team. I really hope they're all going to get a book because I want to know more about all of them. Jax is a really sweet guy, he's been through so much but somehow still manages to put his trust in River and show her how much she means to him. He's ashamed of things he did in captivity but has done his best to move forward with his life and just really wants to find a place to call home.River is quite a prickly character at first, she had a pretty bad experience with her ex that left her understandably wary of men and the recent death of her father has left her worn down and struggling to cope. I found her very easy to relate to and although there was a point where I wanted her to trust in Jax and not listen to a complete stranger I did understand where she was coming from and felt it made her character even more realistic. I enjoyed the chemistry between her and Jax, they hit it off immediately before they know they're going to be working together, and things are only made complicated thanks to a mistake on his brother's part and the fact that River has huge trust issues. Jax is very patient with her though and when River makes up her mind she puts her all into helping Jax and his family.I really enjoyed this story and I'm definitely excited to continue this series, it's also left me even more eager to catch up with the original Masters and Mercenaries books too so Lexi Blake has definitely gained a fan in me this year!
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  • Nadine Bookaholic
    January 1, 1970
    Memento Mori is the first book in Lexi Blake's newest series, Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten, if you haven't read the original series you're fine because this spin-off can be read on its own and if you have read it you're in for a treat. The Forgotten, I think this is a horrible term for the six men desperate to regain their memories because they aren't Forgotten just their memories are. They are also referred to as the "Lost Boys" which makes a little more sense to me because even the Memento Mori is the first book in Lexi Blake's newest series, Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten, if you haven't read the original series you're fine because this spin-off can be read on its own and if you have read it you're in for a treat. The Forgotten, I think this is a horrible term for the six men desperate to regain their memories because they aren't Forgotten just their memories are. They are also referred to as the "Lost Boys" which makes a little more sense to me because even they are grown men their minds have been erased of vital memories so there are a lot of new experiences for them to navigate around. For instance, Jax is like a young teenager with his first crush when he meets River, he knows he wants her but is hesitant because he is unsure on how is supposed to act. I found this rather refreshing, here we have a hunk of a man that could kill a person with his bare hands but he turns into a self conscious boy when he's near River at the beginning. I think this is one of the reasons I totally fell for Jax.River has been through so much in the last year and a half, her father became very ill and she was his only care taker, her husband left her and wiped out her both her personal and business bank accounts....lets just say things have been rough. Then she meets Jax, and this is where I really began to understand everything that she had been through. Let me explain, no matter how pretty you think someone is if they have been wronged it tears them down and if they have been wronged enough it can break them. Brooke might be a beautiful woman but because of everything she had been through with her ex she doesn't believe Jax truly wants her, she thinks that may be it just a game, or that he got stuck with her because his brother wanted Heather, or a million other reasons because why would a guy that looks like Jax be interested in her. I know some of you will think this is bull and she's just playing him but believe me, that shit is real you can really do harm to a persons self esteem by verbally degrading them on a daily basis. OK, enough of that...I enjoyed Jax and River's story and I look forward to reading about the other Lost Boys. There are one or two that I am looking forward to more than others but I will be reading them all that's for sure. If you have read Nights in Bliss, Colorado Series you'll be in for a treat as some of the townsfolk make their way into this book. I recommend this book to anyone that has read Lexi Blake's work before and if you haven't this is a great place to start. Happy Reading!!! You can see this and other Reviews I have written along with various cover reveals, excerpts, and giveaways here Nadine's Obsessed with Books
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  • Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
    January 1, 1970
    Memento Mori is the start of a new series by Lexi Blake and it had me completely enthralled. The very beginning was gripping, the middle held me spell bound and the ending had me desperate for more. I also felt completely in awe and in love with the story I had just read. Jax was such a fantastically written character. Through all the horrors he'd been through, he still retained so much kindness inside. He was a little bit nerdy, had a whole lot of capacity to be dangerous, but still had a good Memento Mori is the start of a new series by Lexi Blake and it had me completely enthralled. The very beginning was gripping, the middle held me spell bound and the ending had me desperate for more. I also felt completely in awe and in love with the story I had just read. Jax was such a fantastically written character. Through all the horrors he'd been through, he still retained so much kindness inside. He was a little bit nerdy, had a whole lot of capacity to be dangerous, but still had a good heart. The moment he met River was like a whole new world opened up for him.The strength River shows as she handles the many issues thrown at her was awe inspiring. I loved that even as I screamed aloud because I wished she was making a different choice, I also completely understood where she was coming from. I could respect her actions even if I wanted her to do it another way. If this book is a taste what this series has in store, I will be excitedly looking out for each new release and reading it the moment I can get my hands on it.
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  • Erin Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    5 Star Review of Memento Mori (Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1) by Lexi Blake The first in a new series spin off from the hugely popular Masters and Mercenaries. When I heard about this series I jumped at the chance to read.Rescued by McKay Taggart, 6 men wander the world no longer knowing their true identities. Used as experiments they have had their memories stripped from them and they all react in varying ways.This is Jax’s (formally known as Harvey)story and that of the woman who c 5 Star Review of Memento Mori (Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1) by Lexi Blake The first in a new series spin off from the hugely popular Masters and Mercenaries. When I heard about this series I jumped at the chance to read.Rescued by McKay Taggart, 6 men wander the world no longer knowing their true identities. Used as experiments they have had their memories stripped from them and they all react in varying ways.This is Jax’s (formally known as Harvey)story and that of the woman who comes into his life River Lee.Now in the town of Bliss to investigate a long abandoned research facility Jax is tormented by his lack of a past and what he did while under the control of the mad doctor. However in Jax has found a little peace in Bliss.However when his past comes back to haunt him, danger will rear it’s head. Will Jax be able to keep River safe or will he lose the woman who has come to mean so much to him?Nobody does romantic suspense books like Lexi Blake. Memento Mori is filled with suspense, danger, intrigue and the growth of a deep and committed love; one that made my heart pound at times. Lexi Blake always ensure that her characters are never one dimensional or superficial and I was engrossed from the first chapter to the last. As always it was great to see some familiar faces pop into the book. I cannot wait to see what Ms.Blake has in store for the rest of The Lost Boys, The Forgotten… as they seek to find their past and in doing so find their future.
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  • Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
    January 1, 1970
    Also Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via Inkslinger PR and the Author as part of the Blog Tour. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own. This is the first book in a series that I have been waiting eagerly for Ms. Blake to write – this is all about The Lost Boys – men who were part of an experimentat; lost all their memories and were made into killing machines until they were rescued along with Theo Taggart Also Posted on For The Love of Fictional Worlds Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via Inkslinger PR and the Author as part of the Blog Tour. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own. This is the first book in a series that I have been waiting eagerly for Ms. Blake to write – this is all about The Lost Boys – men who were part of an experimentat; lost all their memories and were made into killing machines until they were rescued along with Theo Taggart inTheir journey starts off with Jax – the “problematic” one; the one who still had a sense of empathy within him, a sense of hope even when being made to do all the criminal activities against his own will.Now these Lost Boys are finally on their own journey to find out the truth about their past lives; lives that were erased but they need to know who or what they were before they were born again.This journey takes Jax and his brothers along with Ezra Fain to the small town of Bliss, Colorado (yes, it’s the same town from Nights in Bliss Series) – where he and his brothers are trying to find out a shut down government research facility that remained under the radar.On a night out with his brothers; he bumps into River – River who has had her own personal hell; her father passed away from cancer and she lost everything to her ex – husband who turned out to be a con man.Jax and River have an instant connection – but due to circumstances out of their control – their relationship starts off rocky. But the beguiling innocence of Jax does more to counteract the cynical attitude of River than anything else. His innocence and straightforward style was the perfect anti – thesis of the cynicism of River.I adored Jax – there is innocence in him that even experiments and years of torture couldn’t erase. Plus, the gentleness that he showed with River almost hurt to read about- and since River learnt the hard way not to trust words, the struggle she had to differentiate between lies and truth was hurtful to read about; but definitely worth the effort.But it was the plot itself that had my heart racing throughout – the twists and turns that never stopped coming; the revelations that had my jaw dropping in surprise; everything with this book makes me impatient for the next one to be written and in my hand already! This was the perfect roller coaster ride that I have loved Ms. Blake for and I am so excited to to see where she takes the Lost Boys off to! For more reviews visit For The Love of Fictional Worlds :)Do come join us at For The Fictional Worlds Facebook Page | Twitter | Instagram  | Goodreads  | Amazon |
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  • Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    3.75-4 stars. This was a good book! Memento Mori is the first book about the Lost Boys and a spin-off of the Masters & Mercenaries series. The Lost Boys are a group of men that were captured, had their memories erased and tortured at the hands of the evil doctor Hope McDonald. Because one of the boys was Theo Taggart, his brother Ian who runs McKay-Taggart Security has taken the men under his wing to try to get them back on their feet. None of them know who they were prior to being captured 3.75-4 stars. This was a good book! Memento Mori is the first book about the Lost Boys and a spin-off of the Masters & Mercenaries series. The Lost Boys are a group of men that were captured, had their memories erased and tortured at the hands of the evil doctor Hope McDonald. Because one of the boys was Theo Taggart, his brother Ian who runs McKay-Taggart Security has taken the men under his wing to try to get them back on their feet. None of them know who they were prior to being captured by Mcdonald and don't even know their names. Now, they are investigating leads to find information about their true identities. Memento Mori finds Ian and the Lost Boys in Bliss, CO following a lead that McDonald did some of her experiments at a secret lab nearby. Heading this investigation and search for the lab is Jax, one of the Lost Boys. River owns a guide service where she leads hiking and rafting adventures in Bliss. Jax has never had a relationship that he remembers, but is attracted to River as soon as he meets her. River feels a connection to him too, but has been hurt in the past and is afraid to trust anyone. McKay-Taggart hires River to help them find the secret lab, which leads to Jax spending more time with her. They fall for each other along the way and have to figure out how they can have a future together when Jax doesn't even have a past. This book was fast paced, suspenseful and action-packed. I really liked the story and I liked both Jax and River. Jax was adorable in his cluelessness about relationships. It was nice seeing River regain her confidence lost from her past relationship and get the HEA they both deserve. There is a good bit of angst and there is not as much romance and happy times as I prefer in the first half of the book. But there is more happy times in the second half and a connection that made me believe in River and Jax's romance fully. I felt like the pacing was off a little bit. Still, I liked seeing River and Jax's relationship develop and I believed in their love. I also enjoyed seeing old faces from the M & M series and in Bliss. This was a great start to this new series! Lots of suspense, intrigue and room to grow. I can't wait to see where Ms. Blake goes with the on-going series story arc. I also can't wait to find out more about Ezra's past relationship and if the Lost Boys ever find out their identities. I am intrigued and anxiously waiting for more from the Lost Boys!*arc provided in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I knew going in to this book that there was a strong connection the the Masters and Mercenaries series by this same author. I had an idea of the general principal of the series. But I had no idea how much of an impact this story would have on me as I read! This was an amazing introduction to his series, and a book that was definitely worthy of its place on my recommend list!Jax and the lost boys were rescued from a mad woman by the M&M guys, but they have no idea who they are, where they cam I knew going in to this book that there was a strong connection the the Masters and Mercenaries series by this same author. I had an idea of the general principal of the series. But I had no idea how much of an impact this story would have on me as I read! This was an amazing introduction to his series, and a book that was definitely worthy of its place on my recommend list!Jax and the lost boys were rescued from a mad woman by the M&M guys, but they have no idea who they are, where they came from, or where they belong. They have no past, except what she gave them, their brains were programmed to do despicable things at her word. She even programmed them to kill themselves, instead of get caught! Even though that part of their life is over, they are still dealing with the ramifications. Jax seems to be equal parts naive and mischievous. He has no clue how to survive in the world, but it seems as if he would cause all kids of havoc if he were turned loose. He knows what his strengths are, but that is all. When he runs into River, she is at a low point in her life. She was deceived by a man she though she would spend her life with, who turned out to be a con artist. She has no self esteem, and thinks he can't possibly be looking at her. There is an immediate attraction, that kinda explodes when they are thrown together again. This book was full of action, adventure, danger. But there is also a lot of mistrust, that has to be worked through. Both characters have a lot of issues that they have to get past to make their way to their HEA. I enjoyed the book, and look forward to future visits with the "Lost Boys"!
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Gosh, I don’t even know where to start with this review!! Seriously, Memento Mori is one of the best romantic suspense books I’ve read—ever! And I real a lot of romantic suspense!I adored Jax and his Lost Boys brothers. I can’t imagine what Jax and the others are going through just to trying to make it through the day, not really knowing who they are, what they were, where they’ve been. All while trying to prevent what happened to them from happening to others!And River’s just trying to take thi Gosh, I don’t even know where to start with this review!! Seriously, Memento Mori is one of the best romantic suspense books I’ve read—ever! And I real a lot of romantic suspense!I adored Jax and his Lost Boys brothers. I can’t imagine what Jax and the others are going through just to trying to make it through the day, not really knowing who they are, what they were, where they’ve been. All while trying to prevent what happened to them from happening to others!And River’s just trying to take things one day at a time. She’s trying to keep her business afloat and that means taking on the job to guide Jax and his team into the wilderness as they search for the government facility Jax believes holds the link to all their pasts and their memories.But all is not easy in this relationship. Jax’s relationship knowledge is nil. He knows nothing about love, until he realizes that the feelings he has when he’s with River are much different than what he’s used too—there’s a sense of peace and comfort. Neither of which he’s willing to give up.I loved the relationship between Jax and River . . . once things got moving. I adored Jax and his learning to love, River and her ridiculously forgiving heart, and the menagerie of “family” and friends that were there to support them. I loved how Jax and his “brothers” worked together and truly treated each other like family—right down to the teasing and nosiness that only family can get away with. I can’t wait for more from this Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten series—Owen’s story is next. ~ Missy, 5 stars
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  • Romance Between The Sheets
    January 1, 1970
    I hope that I can effectively express how Memento Mori blew me away.  I fell for this book in the acknowledgments.  Memento Mori was not a term I had not heard before but the meaning could be felt throughout this book.Jax is the perfect character to start this lost boys spin-off series.  He is instantly likable in his dealings with other people and his brothers. He has been through so much and is learning with each interaction with everyone how to be a complete man again.  When he falls for Rive I hope that I can effectively express how Memento Mori blew me away.  I fell for this book in the acknowledgments.  Memento Mori was not a term I had not heard before but the meaning could be felt throughout this book.Jax is the perfect character to start this lost boys spin-off series.  He is instantly likable in his dealings with other people and his brothers. He has been through so much and is learning with each interaction with everyone how to be a complete man again.  When he falls for River, his world became more complex.  He now is torn between his brothers and the person he loves.River is a woman who has lost a lot.  Her first husband turned out to a horrible human being and then she lost her father.  She definitely has trust issues.  Jax coming into her life confuses her that much more.The beginning of Memento Mori instantly transported me back to Bliss before I knew Sophie Oak and Lexi Blake were one in the same.  I love all the characters new and old.  Getting to know Nell again was so much fun.  She and Henry are perfect together. Also we were revisited by other residents of Bliss. I also really enjoy Ian Taggart.  He has a way of adding his special brand of advice and commentary that makes everyone think.I can't go into too much more without giving away major spoilers but I loved the Masters and Mercenaries series and this spin off series has captured the same magic for me.  I can't wait to read about all the lost boys.
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  • Ruthie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is a fantastic new spin off from the Masters & Mercenaries series. I would highly recommend that you read that series as it is brilliant, and will also give you a better understanding of where this story is rooted. You will not regret it, as it is a brilliant series, combining thriller / espionage with some very hot and erotic romances. As a newcomer, you will soon learn about the heinous crimes committed on the ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is a fantastic new spin off from the Masters & Mercenaries series. I would highly recommend that you read that series as it is brilliant, and will also give you a better understanding of where this story is rooted. You will not regret it, as it is a brilliant series, combining thriller / espionage with some very hot and erotic romances. As a newcomer, you will soon learn about the heinous crimes committed on the Lost Boys, and how they went on to commit crimes themselves. But one can only ever feel sympathy for these men, even if they are hardened and ruthless at times. The M&M team have been working hard to protect them, and to try and help them assimilate to civilian life. But first they have to try and find the research that caused them to be what they are, both to prevent it happening again, and possibly to help them regain their pasts. Jax is one of the Lost Boys, and he is finding it strange not living as they had, but is also desperate for a more normal life. Even if on a mission, time in nature brings him comfort. Meeting River is like opening his eyes to the possibility of positive emotions and a brighter future. But he also knows that the road to a relationship is long and complicated, and fundamentally dangerous. However, he really has no choice but to pursue her, as she makes him feel. As we follow the mission, and the romance, it is almost impossible not to become invested in the outcome and wish for it to work out well. There is still plenty of drama to play out in this complex, convoluted thriller, but it is a great start to a new series.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads*Memento Mori is the first book in Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten series. The "Lost Boys" are a group of men who've been abducted and used for nefarious purposes. These men have no idea who they WERE, where they're from, or any important information. To be completely honest, the beginning of this book was super confusing. There are multiple characters immediately introduced, we're in the middle of a rescue/extraction, and I h *I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads*Memento Mori is the first book in Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten series. The "Lost Boys" are a group of men who've been abducted and used for nefarious purposes. These men have no idea who they WERE, where they're from, or any important information. To be completely honest, the beginning of this book was super confusing. There are multiple characters immediately introduced, we're in the middle of a rescue/extraction, and I had to read the 1st chapter a few times before I was able to get every thing/everybody straight. Once I was comfortable and proceeded on, I found the flow of the story was much easier to follow. Jax is a lost soul. His adult memories consist of some horrendous abuse, terrible crimes, and being surrounded by his "brothers". NO family, no love or affection, no pleasant memories of any kind. He's ready to join the real world and experience life and love. River has serious trust issues (well deserved, if I may say so). She's dealing with grief, has been screwed over, and is at a low point. When Jax notices her, she can't believe it's her that he's interested in. This story contains sweet romance, action, intrigue, and a bit of suspense. There are so many characters that I can't mention all of them, but they each play their part in the story. I liked the "Lost Boys" story line and this is what kept my interest. I removed a star due to the heroine's antics. I do want to know what happens next as I'm totally interested in each of these guys stories!
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  • MRIDULA
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome to the world of Lost Boys. Here you get to meet tall, dark, handsome, somewhat-brooding, mostly crazy or innocent boys who are out there in the world to find more about their identity, which they lost because they were subjected to some crazy laboratory experiments.Jax Seaborne, is one such lost soul, who is looking for a true connection in this world. Hence, when the Lost Boys visit Bliss, a small town, to find their secret past, and possibly a cure, Jax finds himself being drawn toward Welcome to the world of Lost Boys. Here you get to meet tall, dark, handsome, somewhat-brooding, mostly crazy or innocent boys who are out there in the world to find more about their identity, which they lost because they were subjected to some crazy laboratory experiments.Jax Seaborne, is one such lost soul, who is looking for a true connection in this world. Hence, when the Lost Boys visit Bliss, a small town, to find their secret past, and possibly a cure, Jax finds himself being drawn towards River, a resident and a local hiking guide.But this is a world of secret, lies and manipulation, and Jax and River have a long road ahead to find their Happily ever after.Lexi Blake has been one of my favorites, though I have never officially reviewed her work. The book doesn’t disappoint me either. There is a plot full of suspense and twists. The characters are complicated with a side of adorable. Each character has a past and the story switched between dark and happy sides. It is also a short and entertaining read, and I found myself engrossed in the plot more than once. The romance and the sex has been placed at regular intervals, but they didn’t sound unnecessary.Memonto Mori is the first book of a series I am already looking forward too. Lexi Blake had written a great introduction and I would love to see the fate of the other characters and the mission in general.
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  • Mary Mooney
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review.4.5 starsMemento Mori is the first book in The Forgotten series and I really need to go back and read the Masters & Mercenaries series to catch up on the back stories of these Lost Boys.The men have come in search of the place where experiments were done that wiped out memories of men like them, maybe even their memories. But can they find this hidden place before those wanting to keep it hidden to I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review.4.5 starsMemento Mori is the first book in The Forgotten series and I really need to go back and read the Masters & Mercenaries series to catch up on the back stories of these Lost Boys.The men have come in search of the place where experiments were done that wiped out memories of men like them, maybe even their memories. But can they find this hidden place before those wanting to keep it hidden to use it for evil? Jax meets River and he has found an emotion he never knew anything about or that he can remember. He wants to spend time with her because of the way she makes him feel. River is tired of men using her, maybe she needs one night with this stranger to help her move on in her life. He says some weird things but she can't explain the way he makes her feel.Can Jax and River continue to see each other without outsiders interfering? Can he keep his non-existent past from her? Will River learn the truth and push him away? Will Jax give up his live to save her?This is a first for me from Lexi Blake but I do have a lot of her books on my TBR list. I love a good romantic suspense and this one hits all of those buttons. If you are looking for a really good who done it and I never thought that one was a bad guy story, then you should read this one. I'm going back and read the Masters & Mercenaries series so I can learn more about these men. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. I can't wait for the next book.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This novel is classic Lexi Blake. I love being back in Bliss and catching up with old friends. The life that Jax is living is not the one he had hoped to have had -- that is if he could remember what it was like to hope. He's been tortured, abused and coerced to kill on behalf of his "mother", the evil Dr. McDonald. Her death may have freed his body, but his mind and soul are still caged by what was done to him.His one chan I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This novel is classic Lexi Blake. I love being back in Bliss and catching up with old friends. The life that Jax is living is not the one he had hoped to have had -- that is if he could remember what it was like to hope. He's been tortured, abused and coerced to kill on behalf of his "mother", the evil Dr. McDonald. Her death may have freed his body, but his mind and soul are still caged by what was done to him.His one chance to find out who he was before "mother" took him, brings him to Bliss and into the path of River Lee. River has lived her own version of hell, which includes watching her father die of cancer and marrying a con man who stole all of her savings and is now threatening her further.Ms. Blake has an uncanny ability to write stories that hook the reader from the paragraph to the last and immediately want more. I'm one of those readers, wondering what I'm going to read between now and March when book 2 comes out.~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    So. The Lost Boys. I was intrigued to see what the author was going to do with this story, and I have to say that it lived up to all of my expectations.Although involving characters that we have come to know and love from the Masters and Mercenaries series, this has a completely different feel. Jax is refreshing as a male lead. The straightforward way in which he (and his brothers) approach daily life is filled with humour and yet their story is underscored with heartache at the same time.Well b So. The Lost Boys. I was intrigued to see what the author was going to do with this story, and I have to say that it lived up to all of my expectations.Although involving characters that we have come to know and love from the Masters and Mercenaries series, this has a completely different feel. Jax is refreshing as a male lead. The straightforward way in which he (and his brothers) approach daily life is filled with humour and yet their story is underscored with heartache at the same time.Well balanced, touchingly beautiful and completely engrossing. I can't wait to read more.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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  • Jackie Kiwibooknerd
    January 1, 1970
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    January 1, 1970
    Memento Mori (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1) by Lexi Blake4.5 starsM/F Romance, ThrillerTriggers: Stalking, MurderI was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.While this is the first book in the forgotten series, I suggest that you read the previous books in the Masters & Mercenaries, as there are quite a few crossover characters and plot lines that follow in to this series.This is Jax's story. The Lost Boys are on the trail of their past and despite the dangers, Memento Mori (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1) by Lexi Blake4.5 starsM/F Romance, ThrillerTriggers: Stalking, MurderI was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.While this is the first book in the forgotten series, I suggest that you read the previous books in the Masters & Mercenaries, as there are quite a few crossover characters and plot lines that follow in to this series.This is Jax's story. The Lost Boys are on the trail of their past and despite the dangers, they want some answers. This story takes them to the mountains and they will need all of their wits about them to figure this mystery out. It also helps that there is a local who is unwillingly, willing to help them.Jax is immediately connected to River. She's everything he could ever want and despite having such a limited past, he knows that he needs to treat her well. With their growing connection, Jax has to decides whether the mission is more important than his connection with River. He wants to fight her battles for her and protect her from all of the harm they might be walking in to. River is a strong woman, despite recently being kicked while she was already down. Even though she needs the work from Jax's group, when a steamy night with Jax kicks off what could be a dangerous hike/search, River isn't really willing to listen to Jax's lies. River will need to decide if love is a healer or just a cruel word for her. Attraction isn't always enough and even though she knows she could care for Jax, the strange world he lives in might not be for her.Sides will be taken, lives will be changed forever and the mystery behind some of the secondary characters is deepened. The mystery within the mystery is great and I can't wait for the next book - I hope it holds more of a key.
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars--ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 28, 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 fr 3.75 stars--ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 28, 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?•••••••••••REVIEW: 3.75 stars--MEMENTO MORI is the first instalment in Lexi Blake’s contemporary, adult MASTERS AND MERCENARIES: The Forgotten erotic, romantic suspense series focusing on six former military soldiers (Jax, Dante, Sasha, Tucker, Owen and Robert) whose minds and lives were eradicated and erased. This is Jax, and mountain tour guide River Lee’s story line. The Forgotten is a spin-off from the author’s Masters and Mercenaries series, and the characters were first introduced and play an important throughout the original series.NOTE: If you have not read Lexi Blake’s original Masters and Mercenaries series, their may be some confusion as it pertains to the Lost Boys backstory.SOME BACKGROUND: Several months earlier the mercenaries from the McKay-Taggart Black Ops group rescued, from an unauthorized military lab, six men they labelled the ‘Lost Boys’. With their memories wiped clean, no ID, and no traceable DNA, the Lost Boys were essentially ‘new born’ soldiers trained to kill and destroy.Told from dual third person perspectives (Jax and River) MEMENTO MORI follows the building relationship between Jax, and tour guide River Lee. Jax, and his fellow Lost Boys are desperate to uncover the truth about their pasts, and the drugs used to control their lives, but without any memories of the who, how, or why, the where was a mystery until the probability of a secret government lab in the mountains near Bliss, Colorado. Enter mountain tour guide River Lee, a woman whose own life spiralled out of control with the death of her father, and the subsequent fraudulent marriage to a serial con-man. What ensues is the building relationship and love between Jax and River, and the potential fall-out as Jax must keep secret the truth about the mission that is about to go horribly wrong.Jax is a man frustrated about his lack of a past. Along with the men he calls ‘brothers’ Jax is willing to risk it all to discover the whereabouts of the secret lab but risking the life of the woman he loves means going it alone. River Lee is unable to move past the her husband’s betrayal, and falling for a man like Jax meant another round of betrayal when the truth was revealed.The relationship between Jax and River is one of immediate attraction but Jax’s handler ‘Big Tag’ has warned the Lost Boys that their mission must remain a secret; and affairs of the heart will only lead to heartbreak and pain. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.There is a very large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including the men that Jax calls brothers: Dante, Sasha, Tucker, Owen and Robert, as well as Big Tag; Heather aka Solo; Andy and Ty. The requisite evil has many faces, some of whom may be working for the same side. You may need a spread-sheet to keep track of all of the characters, and their relationships to one another. There is plenty of confusion as well, with the numerous names and aliases for all of the story line characters, which makes for a difficult time trying to keep track of the familial relationships, government departments and connections.MEMENTO MORI is a story of family, friendship, betrayal and loss focusing on six men who have had to relearn the skills of life, as well as their struggle to move on from the evil that continues to permeate their minds. The premise is entertaining and engaging; the characters are broken, colorful, dynamic and lost; the romance is passionate and heated. Copy supplied for reviewwww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • Malissa
    January 1, 1970
    I can not begin to tell you how excited I have been for this spin off series to begin. I have been falling for these 'Lost Boys' for ages it seems and now we finally get their stories, we get to understand completely where they have come from, we get to hopefully learn their pasts, and see their futures laid out before them with women who will love them regardless of who they are or were. I want to start by saying that Lexi Blake did not disappoint me when it came to this book. There are a few t I can not begin to tell you how excited I have been for this spin off series to begin. I have been falling for these 'Lost Boys' for ages it seems and now we finally get their stories, we get to understand completely where they have come from, we get to hopefully learn their pasts, and see their futures laid out before them with women who will love them regardless of who they are or were. I want to start by saying that Lexi Blake did not disappoint me when it came to this book. There are a few things I miss from the original Masters and Mercenaries but this isn't the original so I need to be like these guys and take a break from 'my past' and just look to the future. So we'll start real quick with what I felt was 'off', just so we can get it out of the way. The quick witty snarkiness of the original guys isn't in these characters. Now lucky for us we have Big Tag in this story so it's not completely gone, but I miss that banter. Secondly the sex scenes, while lovely, are not what I have become accustomed to when it comes to Lexi's writing and with this series in particular. It's a bit vanilla if I am being honest, ha. I realize again that this isn't the same group of people and these guys don't even really know what their 'tastes' are yet, but there are only nods to the original story arc of these guys being Masters....and Mercenaries. Finally, I hate to say it...I really do, but River left me struggling a little. It is hard to go from these stories where the women are as strong as their men, if not more, to basically your every day girl. Now don't get me wrong, she's pretty awesome what with her backpacking and tracking skills etc, but she's a bit wishy washy and she runs more than a greyhound chasing a rabbit. So what did I like? I loved that this took us back to Bliss, though if you haven't read the entire series that revolves around the town of Bliss, CO you may be a little lost when it comes to a few people and, now I haven't read it so I could be completely wrong, but I think there is a nod to a cross-over with Julie Kenner and her Stark series in there. I just loved getting back to Bliss though, it is such a fun community and while I did get a little spoiled over a book I haven't read yet, I was too happy to see some characters again to care overly much. I love the 'love' between these 'Lost Boys'. They have each others backs, even the ones they aren't sure they can wholly put their faith in yet; Dante dude; What's up with you? I loved seeing Tag, Ezra, (ooooh, now there's an interesting story line!) Henry, Nell, even a little Adam, Faith,Tex and even that jerk Levi (who has to get his on story at some point too right?)...it was so good to see those characters again. I loved the relationship that Jax builds with River, even if it takes him a whole lot of hard work and letting her run away over and over before all is said and done. I kinda wish we got a little news in the end about one moment, but I am hopeful it will come back up in later books. I loved the action moments, all the suspense, and where these guys stories seem to be going. I feel like we're on a crazy wild goose chase and can't wait for it all to come to a head in the end. Who's gonna get the golden egg? My favorite part though, is just the sweetness of these men. They're almost juvenile in their thoughts and actions, very naive...though don't worry they don't exactly stay that way. They whole banter between them about consent made my heart happy for so many reasons, it was funny, it was toughing (no pun intended), and it is important! I love how much they just want to be loved and I want to just hug each and every one of them, with their consent first of course! ;-)If you have been a fan of the Masters and Mercenaries series I know you have been waiting for this spin-off as much as I have and I think that you will truly enjoy it. Remember, it's not the same series...these characters have and are going through so much more than our original team did so the books have a bit of a different feel but everything you love about the essentials of Lexi Blake's characters is all there! ~ HAPPY READING ~
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  • Jody
    January 1, 1970
    Bringing together two of her past series, Ms. Blake gives readers a sensual and suspenseful series starter that will leave them wanting more. She takes readers to a dark place throughout this story, courtesy of the main couple’s painful pasts, before giving them a bit of light in this tale’s hard-fought HEA that’s just the beginning for a group of men trying to find themselves.Jax, along with five other young men, endured years of pain and degradation at the hands of a madwoman before being resc Bringing together two of her past series, Ms. Blake gives readers a sensual and suspenseful series starter that will leave them wanting more. She takes readers to a dark place throughout this story, courtesy of the main couple’s painful pasts, before giving them a bit of light in this tale’s hard-fought HEA that’s just the beginning for a group of men trying to find themselves.Jax, along with five other young men, endured years of pain and degradation at the hands of a madwoman before being rescued. He remembers nothing of his life before three years ago except what he was forced into doing by a doctor bent on creating the perfect super soldier but he’s determined to find out the truth about himself. To do that, he’ll need the help of a guarded nature guide in finding a secret underground lab where some of the experiments were performed. During the treacherous journey he’ll find himself instantly attracted to the woman teeming with trust issues while still dealing with guilt over his own past actions which pulled at my heartstrings. Jax is an appealing character, mysterious yet charming in his awkwardness. He appears naive at times yet knowing the strength contained within him reminded me of how dangerous he could be. He’s an interesting dichotomy and I was rooting for him to find his past so he could make a future with River.River’s got her own issues with a painful past of deception at the hands of a con man who professed his love for her before taking everything from her. The recent death of her father has added to her sadness and all she wants to do is run away from it all. Being a nature guide in the middle of nowhere is the perfect solution as she can lick her wounds with little interaction with others. One night at a bar though introduces her to a man hurting just like her and it leads to an unforgettable connection that’s tainted from the start because of outside interference. Fate is determined to put them together and it’s not long before she joins him in a dangerous journey to discover his past and keep it from happening to others. River’s at a very low point at the start of the story. Her self-esteem is in tatters and she doesn’t understand what Jax sees in her. Their night together was supposed to instill confidence in her, but his brother’s interference left her feeling used again. It’s a rocky start to their journey to discover the truth, one where danger lurks while they work through their emotional conflicts, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. Through all the twists and turns though I wished for more from River, I wished she were a stronger heroine as Ms. Blake is so good at crafting them. While I can understand her pain I wish she believed more in herself, but I’m glad she has Jax who loves her unconditionally. As he grows, I hope she will as well in a romance that I hope we get to revisit in future installments.This is a solid start to a new series that combines the best of both worlds, two of Ms. Blake’s beloved series, to keep me entertained. It’s not as scorching as her other works but the romance between Jax and River kept me rooting for them every step of the way in this angst-fueled story. Both have painful pasts but are dealing with them very differently. Jax is living instead of hiding away like River. He’s making up for lost time, experiencing things to learn who he is, while River seems stuck. Having Jax in her life opened a door for her and I hope she continues to walk through it with him by her side as they’re good for each other. Alongside this appealing main couple were The Lost Boys who were an equally intriguing cast of characters. They had eclectic personalities, different talents and looks, but their bond was strong. Their interactions were familial, snarky yet supportive, and I can’t wait to get to know each of them better. Fans of Ms. Blake will enjoy this blended story, enjoy the reunion of past characters, while new fans will be counting down the days until the next installment.
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  • Janine - The World Was Hers for the Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Jax was “born” in a lab. No memory of his life before waking up and being tortured and brainwashed into doing unspeakable acts along with the other victims he now thinks of as brothers. The drug used to erase their memories and turn them into killing machines has this band of Lost Boys wanted by multiple intelligence agencies both domestic and foreign as well as terrorist groups around the globe. All Jax and his brothers want is to keep anyone else from going through what they did and to possibl Jax was “born” in a lab. No memory of his life before waking up and being tortured and brainwashed into doing unspeakable acts along with the other victims he now thinks of as brothers. The drug used to erase their memories and turn them into killing machines has this band of Lost Boys wanted by multiple intelligence agencies both domestic and foreign as well as terrorist groups around the globe. All Jax and his brothers want is to keep anyone else from going through what they did and to possibly find out who they were in the past. On their search for information, they find themselves in Bliss, Colorado with the handful of people they trust to help them in their quest.River is the best tour guide in Bliss, Colorado. She isn’t, however, the best at relationships. Her ex was a con man than stole everything from her, leaving her with nothing to take care of her dying father. Now, she needs to find a way to save her business and start living her life again. When she runs into the best looking guy she’s ever seen at the bar, she does something completely out of character and takes him home with her. Their connection is instant and their chemistry is off the charts. When he’s gone in the morning, however, she chalks it up to yet another mistake. When the company he works for, however, hires her on as their tour guide, they are given a second chance at the first real connection either has experienced. Everything isn’t quiet in Bliss, however, and the Lost Boys are not flying as under the radar as they hoped they were. When danger chases them down, they’ll find out who they can trust and rely on and soon realize everything isn’t as it seems. As the danger grows, Jax and River are drawn closer to one another both realizing they can’t stay together yet unwilling to give up on the love that is saving both of their souls and giving them a reason to live. Will Jax be able to keep River from being caught in the middle of the fight that he’s brought to her door? And, what will happen when Jax is forced to make a choice between knowing your past or having a possible future?So, I’ve been anticipating this series ever since Lexi Blake first introduced us to the Lost Boys in her Masters and Mercenaries series and this spin off started the series off with one heck of bang! Jax is such a lost soul who desperately needs a human connection and a reason to live beyond what the other Lost Boys and even the Taggart clan can provide him with. While we know he’s committed atrocities due to Hope McDonald’s brainwashing, he comes off as naive and innocent in the ways of relationships. His connection to River is true, even when he can’t share who he is or why he’s in Bliss. Yet, when push comes to shove, he’s willing to give up everything for her.River needs someone to take care of her. She’s been used and cheated on and needs someone to believe in and lean on, even though she can’t trust anyone. She desperately wants Jax to be that person, but the more she learns she realizes it can’t be. And, of course, in true Lexi fashion, they don’t have an easy way to a relationship. But, when they finally do accept their connection, it’s beautiful and amazing and so worth the wait!Memento Mori has it all. Suspense that will leave you guessing as to who the bad guys really are, a gorgeous love story, Ian Taggart’s sarcasm, the quirky happenings and characters of small town Bliss, and a plot that will leave you completely enthralled from start to finish. Fans will rejoice at the coming together of characters from all of Lexi’s worlds and new readers can jump into the start of The Forgotten to follow the Lost Boys on their journey towards truth and redemption. 5 stars!
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  • Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
    January 1, 1970
    I am so giddy with happiness over this book I could just bust.First of all, it is filled with crossovers and I love crossovers so hard!!  Lexi took bits from almost every series she has been a part of and that fed my crossover addiction like the good dealer she is. I was basically bouncing in my seat while I read each time I came across a new crossover reference. I'd say I need help, but I adore it, so please keep it up Lexi!Second, why is this book amazing? Well it is a Lexi Blake Masters and M I am so giddy with happiness over this book I could just bust.First of all, it is filled with crossovers and I love crossovers so hard!!  Lexi took bits from almost every series she has been a part of and that fed my crossover addiction like the good dealer she is. I was basically bouncing in my seat while I read each time I came across a new crossover reference. I'd say I need help, but I adore it, so please keep it up Lexi!Second, why is this book amazing? Well it is a Lexi Blake Masters and Mercs. That should be enough.Thirdly, it is beginning a new branch under the Masters and Mercs title, The Forgotten. These men have had quite a past, or more correctly, they don't remember their past. All under the direction of Ezra Fain, a former CIA operative, who is also a mystery himself. There is so much potential with not only the Lost Boys, but also the men chasing them and protecting them.Did I mention I was giddy over this release? Memento Mori is so good it is everything I expected from a Lexi Blake novel and so much more.Memento Mori - "Remember that you must die"Jax was the first Lost Boy, or at least the first experiment of Hope McDonald's who lived. Tortured and abused, his mind erased over and over, it almost seems impossible that he would have any humanity left, yet at his core is a sense of decency and that is exactly what drives him to achieve his new mission. He knows that if any of Dr. McDonald's notes, ideas, really anything of hers gets out then more experiments could be run, more lives ruined, and no one deserved to go through the hell he and his brothers had lived.The Lost BoysJax, Owen, Robert, Tucker, Sasha, Dante and Theo.Is Theo lost? Not anymore. Thanks to his wife, Erin, but he was one of Hope McDonald's projects. His mind erased, tortured, used to do evil deeds and heinous acts alongside his "brothers" in the name of evil science while under the influence of a soulless woman who thankfully no longer walks the earth.However, just because the woman is gone doesn't mean the men magically have their lives back. No matter how hard Adam Miles worked, at McKay-Taggert, and used his new technology to search for information on the Lost Boys none of them seemed to exist before they were "born" in Hope's lab. With no memories of their past and warrants out for their arrests for the unspeakable things they did while under Dr. McDonald's care their future seems bleak at best.It was a sliver of hope that a part of who they were might be hidden in the mountains. A black ops lab hidden high above the town of Bliss, Co. Perhaps they might reclaim a piece of who they were and what they've lost and begin piecing together the puzzle that is their lives.Bliss, ColoradoRiver Lee was also lost. Taken advantage of by a con man. Running off with her life savings and leaving her when her father was dying with cancer. She had no one and no one to turn to.Broken and alone she was about to lose her family business, Mountain Adventures, if she didn't have cash flow soon. Putting her family house on the market seemed like the best option, if it didn't hurt so bad knowing she'd lose all the memories of growing up there with it.Was it chance that she landed the job that could save her business the day after she met the man who also jump started her heart?When you've already lost everything, what would you do to have a little bit of normal? To love and feel loved?
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 8/30/18.Phew--Ms. Blake starts off her new Masters & Mercenaries spin-off with a bang!Jax--not his real name--doesn't remember several decades of his own life. He was "born" in a sadistic lab not that long ago and pitted against his "brothers" in order to survive. But now their evil "Mother" is dead, and the "Lost Boys" are out in the world (sort of...) and looking to figure out what they can of their pasts and how they can improve the future going for Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 8/30/18.Phew--Ms. Blake starts off her new Masters & Mercenaries spin-off with a bang!Jax--not his real name--doesn't remember several decades of his own life. He was "born" in a sadistic lab not that long ago and pitted against his "brothers" in order to survive. But now their evil "Mother" is dead, and the "Lost Boys" are out in the world (sort of...) and looking to figure out what they can of their pasts and how they can improve the future going forward.Oh, and avoiding law enforcement. Because apparently they robbed banks and the like in their old-new lives.River (her actual name) is still reeling from the death of her father and the betrayal of the man she thought was her husband. The money Jax's group offers her company to guide them into the wilderness could end up saving her--or could lead her further into ruin.I know that all makes this book sound heavy and serious, and for a lot of it, it is--there's real danger and guys with guns with questionable agendas and people who aren't saying who they really are or why they're really there--but at the same time there's some really great relationships here (Jax and River, River and Heather, Jax and his "brothers") and some truly LOL moments. For example: Jax and the other guys haven't been out in the world as regular people (that they remember, anyway) and so their therapist has been doing her best to prepare them for dealing with outsiders, and especially for Jax, this means how to treat women. Consent was clearly a huge part of their conversation, as is evident when he and River first get together. His frequent mention of the concept and attempts to make sure they're on the same page with things is both endearing and humorous. But my favorite examples of the importance of consent to Jax actually show up in a dive bar. When a strange woman grabs his butt, his response is"I did not give you consent to touch my bottom, ma'am."OMG, I nearly spit out my drink. But then it was followed up with Tucker's"Jax did not give consent to have his a$$ cupped. He's saving that for River. My a$$, on the other hand, is perfectly single and available for cuppings."Drinking water while reading. It's just not safe anymore. The danger is real.So if you like your romantic suspense with almost as much humor as danger and plenty of fun, quirky characters--not to mention swoony romance--then this is the book for you!Though you should be able to start with this one--there are some M&M characters here (and as it's set outside Bliss, CO, some A Night in Bliss ones too), you don't have to have read those books in order to enjoy the world she's thrust you into with this one. Not everything with the series overarching plot is resolved in the end, though, so going forward you're definitely going to want to read these books in order to understand who and what it is the "Lost Boys" are fighting here.I can't wait to find out more!Rating: 4 stars / A-I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Sofia Lazaridou
    January 1, 1970
    Why is Owen getting a book when we all know that Solo and Ezra must get their happily ever after, like yesterday? Why is Lexi Blake so kin on torturing us again and again, while we wait for the next book? Why did she have to set up so many stories in this book and leave me hanging? We got only two answers in this book. One is the identity of the lost boy whom we know as Jax and the other is more like a glimpse of Ezra's past. We had so many answers and second chances slip through our fingers in Why is Owen getting a book when we all know that Solo and Ezra must get their happily ever after, like yesterday? Why is Lexi Blake so kin on torturing us again and again, while we wait for the next book? Why did she have to set up so many stories in this book and leave me hanging? We got only two answers in this book. One is the identity of the lost boy whom we know as Jax and the other is more like a glimpse of Ezra's past. We had so many answers and second chances slip through our fingers in this story and I am a little mad. The series will be at least 6 book long, so that means that we will slowly learn more and more about the boys until 2020-2021. I have a feeling that Tucker will be one of the last men to get a book and that will be a shame because we have some interesting intel on him. Tabula Rasa, which is the second book, needs to deliver more answers and have as an almost main plot Ezra and Solo's relationship. As you can see the first book in the series has me invested and I will do anything in my power to get the arc's for the other books too in order to find the answers as soon as possible. Jax was a great hero. Since he has no idea how to act like a normal person, he is always trying to do the best for River and he is honest with her all the time, even if she doesn't realize that until she learns what his secrets are. He was like a puppy and I just wanted to protect him and let him have a happy life for a change. By the end of the book, he is as happy as he could get with everything else going on in his life. There was a particular revelation that had to do with the reason why he was abducted in the first place that made me happy. You will understand what I am talking about when you find out how Hope found out that Jax existed. To be completely honest, River was not always my favorite person in this book. To be even more honest, I understood why she was angry and mad at Jax for not being honest as well as why she couldn't believe that Jax wanted her as a woman without having an ulterior motive, but it made things harder for the development of their relationship and I just want my people to be happy (and that includes her).The story made me laugh in some parts, in others it made me lose some hair for worrying, it frustrated me because Solo is a mystery (heck the whole series is a giant mystery) and you can say that there was a roller coaster of emotions. The series started with a bang, it introduced us to new characters, we got a glimpse of what the lost boys went through and how they live now and we got to visit Bliss which is the town the entire story takes place and we saw many familiar characters. If you, like me, haven't had the chance to catch up with all the bliss books and you plan to read the series, you should know that we have some spoilers going on in this story and while it wasn't overly bad, the revelations won't have any impact when you decide to finish the Bliss series. I don' usually write reviews with this length, but I had a lot of things to say about the book and you can understand why I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to everyone. P.S. I must say that I saw one twist coming and I screamed "I knew it" which made several people turn their heads and look at me like I was crazy.
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