Protected (Masters and Mercenaries #16.5) by Lexi Blake

Blurb:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake comes a new story in her Masters and Mercenaries series…

A second chance at first love

Years before Wade Rycroft fell in love with Geneva Harris, the smartest girl in his class. The rodeo star and the shy academic made for an odd pair but their chemistry was undeniable. They made plans to get married after high school but when Genny left him standing in the rain, he joined the Army and vowed to leave that life behind. Genny married the town’s golden boy, and Wade knew that he couldn’t go home again.

Could become the promise of a lifetime

Fifteen years later, Wade returns to Broken Bend, Texas for his brother’s wedding and walks into a storm of scandal. Genny’s marriage has dissolved and the town has turned against her. But when someone tries to kill his old love, Wade can’t refuse to help her. In his years after the Army, he’s found his place in the world. His job at McKay-Taggart keeps happy and busy but something is missing. When he takes the job watching over Genny, he realizes what it is.

As danger presses in, Wade must decide if he can forgive past sins or let the woman of his dreams walk into a nightmare….

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

My Review:

Protected (Masters and Mercenaries #16.5; 1001 Dark Nights #84)Protected by Lexi Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From 1001 Dark Nights and Lexi Blake comes the story of Genny and Wade, high school sweethearts pulled apart by time, distance, and some pretty horrible circumstances. This is part of the Masters and Mercenaries series of books. While it can be read as a standalone, there are lots of characters (pretty much almost all of them) that are from previous books, and there are several references to previous books that won’t be understood. Each book in the series adds to the M&M world, and they are much better when read in order. (IMHO)

Genny is a sweet, small town girl who has her entire life in front of her. She has the love a wonderful man, and a plan for their future. Then everything falls apart, and she finds herself living in a hell not of her own choosing. Years later, she finds Wade again, asking for his help. The question is, will he help her, when he thinks she betrayed him?

Wade is a hard man. Life, the military, then private security have shaped him in to who he is. But then he finds out that what he thought happened, really didn’t. Where does that leave him? What does he want now? And can he have it?

This book was action packed, and at times, heart breaking. Genny is such a strong woman, determined to stand on her own, and find out who she was and what she wanted from life. The chemistry between Wade and Genny was off the charts, but I wasn’t sure, at some points, if he was what was best for her. This book was about redemption, new beginnings and family. Lexi Blake, and the M&M family have once again satisfied my love for romance and adventure, and at the same time, left me wanting more!

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