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?
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The Lost Boys…The Forgotten…
These are the six stories that I’ve been waiting for…desperate to understand if anything could help them regain their memories…curious if their pasts would reveal something they never wanted to remember…hopeful that they would be able to find a new kind of life, acquiring new recollections and moments that will hopefully allow them to be who they are now regardless of what they had lost.
There are many variables that these men must contend with as they work to assimilate into their new lives; there are still those individuals who want to track them down to cause them further harm…government organizations who have an interest in what happened to them, hoping to exploit or use them in some way, and even though there are a group of people desperate to help the forgotten, these men need to work through a lot of things on their own…find their footing…find a way to move forward even when their past remains unknown.
In Memento Mori, readers get Jax’s story – the first one who was experimented on, and while it’s obvious, fairly early on, that Jax is not exactly the intense alpha male that readers may have become accustomed to in Lexi Blake’s stories; I appreciate the fact that he’s different…that he doesn’t resemble all of the other Masters and Mercenaries that we’ve been introduced to because he doesn’t even know the kind of man he was, so there’s limitless possibilities on who he can decide to be, and Blake allows Jax’s transformation to happen on his timeframe and how he chooses it to occur.
And while Jax is working on himself, he receives quite a bit of a help from a certain wilderness expert in Bliss, Colorado, and as River Lee helps Jax seek out any of his secrets that the mountains may hold, she also gives him peace and helps him to unearth parts of himself that he never knew were there.
I’m an avid reader of Lexi Blake’s books, which means that I absolutely love how she fluidly weaves past characters, past story lines, and past worlds together in the spinoff series of her Masters & Mercenaries’ series. Taggart’s role in the lives of the Forgotten is pivotal to these men’s recoveries, and it’s clear in Jax’s story that Taggart will not let these men down…he will not allow them to face anything on their own because he protects those who matter to him and it’s well known just how much Taggart and his team did to help free these men.
I adore Blake’s romantic suspense stories because she seamlessly combines humorous, dramatic, intense, and heartbreaking moments to illustrate who her characters are, what her characters are made of, and how these characters deal with the obstacles they face and the goals they want/need to achieve.
Jay and River’s story is a fantastic introduction to the Forgotten, and I’m sure as Blake takes readers further into the series that we will find out even more information about these men, what they suffered, and how they endured.
4.5 Poison Apples
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.