Memento Mori (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1) by Lexi Blake
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?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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”!