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(Masters and Mercenaries #16.5)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,335 ratings  ·  144 reviews
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 h
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition; 1001 Dark Nights #84, 125 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
My home, my heart, everything I have is yours. You only have to ask for it. You need someone to hold you, I’m here. You want kisses, these lips are yours. And I’ll be more patient than you can imagine because this is the most important fight of my life.

I will never, ever get enough of Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries series. This novella may have been on the shorter side, but it was as satisfying as a full length novel. If you've never read a book in this series and you
The Sassy Bookworm
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
To begin, I have to admit I only read this book because my friend Sabrina made me. That's right; she bullied me into it. She's a! <-- I am just kidding. I love her. Seriously though, second chance romances can go either way for me. There are ones that are fantastic, and the plots work. Then we have the ones that have these unbelievable long separations that just don't work on any level. Such was the case with this book.


So first off, I couldn't stand Wade AT ALL. Here we have a guy w
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok

I don't really have much to say about this book since honestly there wasn't much to it. It started off with this angst and intrigue into Wade and Genny's relationship but that quickly dissipated. It soon turned in to Genny and Wade having a mostly established relationship that seemed to come out of nowhere and all of that angst just went away. And Genny was a big problem for me since she was supposed to have all this pain and heartache yet I just didn't feel any of it. Her character came off as
Tpagirl Loves Romance
Protected, by Lexi Blake, was a novella in the Masters and Mercenaries series. It was the first book I read by the author.

I met Wade Rycroft in a crossover series book, Say You Won’t Let Go by Corinne Michaels. He was former military and a security guard with a well known Security firm in Dallas, Tx. He was home for his oldest brother’s wedding when he ran into the girl who held his heart at eighteen but shattered it and never looked back. He hadn’t seen her in fifteen years and the hate hadn’t
“Tell me I don’t have to be gentle with you.”

Protected by Lexi Blake is a second chance love story that will make you MELT! This sexy standalone novella is a quick read that packs an emotional punch that would rival a full blown romance novel. Wade and Genny’s story is a heart wrenching journey about first love, hope, and sacrifice. It will make you shed some tears, both happy and sad. It will break your heart and soothe your soul. Lexi Blake never fails when it comes to emotional and sexy r
Simply Love Book Reviews
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Emotional, funny, touching, and satisfying, Protected is about the final unattached member of Ian Taggart's original team at McKay-Taggart, Wade Rycroft.

Wade has never totally recovered from his betrayal by high school girl friend Genny Harris. What he doesn't know is that Genny was blackmailed into marrying the wealthiest guy in town and as a result was delivered into a nightmare for years. The only good thing to come from her marriage is her son, Ash, and in order to protect him from his fathe
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Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, there’s nothing like a second chance romance; the fact that there’s a history between the main characters and an already established foundation, even if it’s tenuous, allows readers to understand just how much love was between the hero and heroine and why they can’t help but want another shot with their first love.

I’ve read a lot of romances where either the hero or the heroine broke the other’s heart for unexplainable reasons - ones that forced a deep divide between them, making
I don't like that she is bringing in characters from her old series Texas Sirens by Sophie Oak. It makes me feel left out like that I'm missing something when they are introduced in these books. Which I totally am - I am missing their backstories. And no I have no desire to read the old books. It's just going to get worse with the spin off series of Masters and Mercenaries - Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten . Because she is taking that series to Bliss, Colorado. Which is another place where ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
As I have said a thousand times before, I am not a big fan of second chance romances. This book proves the point. The "hero" spend 15 years hating Geneva and in the end, he was the one who wronged the other party. He never tried to fight for her and for the last 15 years he was partying and sleeping with other women, while she was having an awful marriage. More on that front will be revealed early in the book when Wade realizes that he made a lot of mistakes. The blurb says that he is the one wh ...more
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
3.5 stars. This book was pretty good, but it had a few hiccups for me. This is Wade and Genny's book. They were high school sweethearts. Wade graduated before Genny and joined the army. They made plans to get married as soon as he got back from training. But something terrible happens leaving them broken up. Now, many years later, Wade is back, for the first time since, in their small hometown for his brother's wedding. Genny is a guest at the wedding and currently divorced from a very rich, evi ...more
Tanaka The Bibliophile
I have a confession. 1 100% legit would cross the ocean to see Lexi Blake. Her stories have managed to put me out of a lot of dark clouds. They managed to put me in a spell that I am still under. Her books just make my heart swell 10 times bigger. I am filled with a sense of happiness and glee. The Master and Mercenaries is one of my favourite series of all time; I have been a fan of it for 4 years since I started reading it. Even if she writes 50 books, I know I will always read them. I will ne ...more
Cheryl Whitty
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Another emotional romance from Lexi Blake, Wade and Genny were childhood sweethearts and madly in love. Until Brock Howard from the town’s wealthiest family decides Genny is going to marry him. So after the break up Wade has managed to avoid Genny each other.
Fast forward fifteen years and Wade see’s Genny for the first time in 15 years. Wade is shocked at the changes in Genny since her divorce. Still very bitter over the break-up Wade is not happy when his brot
Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
5 Stars

We have previously gotten the stories of all the bodyguards for McKay Taggert, but now we finally get Wade’s story and his HEA. Wade returns home for his brother’s wedding and is shocked to find out that his high school sweetheart, the woman who broke his heart while he was in boot camp, is surrounded by scandal. What follows is the story of a strong but broken woman, a son she will do anything for and the man that needs to be patient so he can take care of the woman he never got over and
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I may have been a little distracted while listening this audiobook. Therefore, I'm pretty sure I could have enjoyed it more if I had payed more attention to what was happening. I wanted to do something else at the same time and it's my fault. It was ok but I'll forget what I listened easily. Now Protected followed Wade fifteen years after he was dumped by his ex-girlfriend whom he wanted to marry and have his babies etc etc etc. It's only a long time after that he'll find out what actually happe ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Good addition to the series expect that I didn't like how long it took to get back together after that long of a separation. ...more
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 ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Geneva Harris broke things off with Wade Rycroft back in high school, he left the ranch for the Army and didn't look back. Now a McKay-Taggart operative, when he comes home to attend his brother's wedding and finds out the town has alienated his ex, and now someone wants to kill her, there's no way he's not going to help her. It's a risk he's willing to take to keep the woman he once loved safe. When he finds out the truth of why she said goodbye all those years ago, Wade's world is rocked, ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
It's only been a few months since I read the last Masters and Mercenaries book, and it's already been too long since I've been in that world. Protected came along at the right time, and it was everything I've come to expect from this world that's become one of my all-time favorites.

Wade Rycroft is the current Dom in Residence at Sanctum. He's vaguely hinted in previous books that he's loved and lost, and now we get the full story. Wade was going to marry his high school sweetheart, but ended up
Ruthie Taylor
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

All Masters and Mercenaries fans will surely ADORE this book - full of our old friends, catching up on just where they are right now, with wonderful hints at how they are still as in love and happy as they were when they first got together ... which is 6 or 7 years ago now! And yet, a new reader would only get the slightest hints of what that all means, and hopefully be enticed to start at the beginning and find out ...
Erin Lewis
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Star Review of Protected (Masters and Mercenaries #16.5) by Lexi Blake
Protected is book 16.5 in Lexi Blake’s Masters & Mercenaries series which is one of my all-time favourite series.
Protected is a second chance at love story about Wade Rycroft and Geneva (Genny) Harris. Although a stand alone I really feel it would be more beneficial if you were to have read the previous books in the series as you will get a greater understanding of their history and the references to other situations that t
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
I have been so lucky with my recent reads - the past several have been absolutely amazing! And I am totally including this book in that statement. It took all the will power I had to put my Kindle down when my lunch break was over. I loved this, so much. I tend to love Lexi Blake for her delicious steamy scenes, but this book dragged me in on a whole other level. I was so emotionally invested in this story. Wade, Genny, and Ash both broke and healed my heart. The family they made for themselves ...more
Avid Reader
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Protected (Masters and Mercenaries #16.5) by Lexi Blake
4 stars
M/F Romance - second chance
Triggers: Domestic Abuse
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Geneva and Wade were so in love as teenagers. They knew that their love would last a life time. Geneva was going to wait for Wade. Wade was going to serve his country. If only it had been that simple.

Geneva's dad was a piece of work and not in a good way. I really wish that there had been some kind of retribution for her thro
Franci Neill
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Getting All the Answers and Love Again Stars!!

There isn't one thing I didn't love about this book. It's a perfect addition to the Masters and Mercenaries series by Ms. Blake. Wade and Genny have a history and while their plans didn't work out when they were high school sweethearts...and the reasons are so heartbreaking and emotionally devastating. Because of this Wade hasn't found a forever love because in my mind his heart still belongs to Genny.

Well, fast forward fifteen years and these
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liked & enjoyed.
Teenage sweethearts + lies, deception & stubborn arseholiness support this second chance romance set in the M & M world. Has the usual drama / action / romance fans of the series know & love, and the snark cameos from the big blonde Taggart bastard are A-1, but for whatever reason I didn’t (couldn’t) quite get to the point where I was head over heels, heart-eyes for this couple & their head fought HEA - and with this series, for me, it’s usually a given.
Cyn Mistress Kitty
I almost gave this 4 stars but Genny got on my nerves. She was too wishy-washy and such a martyr.
Also, what 13 year old boy acts and talks like this one. Very unrealistic.
Wow, Wade's family and Genny's father were a piece of work. I don't blame Wade for having a hard time forgiving his brother.
Loved this second chance story! Loved reading more in the Masters and Mercenaries world! Well narrated by Ryan West.
This was a love lost, love found book. I am going back to read the other books in the series
3.5/5 stars, rounding up

I was surprised at how well this ended up working, given the seriousness of the issues that Geneva and Wade had to work through and the constraints of a novella, but this did a pretty good job of walking that line. The expanded timeline helped a lot, although it did result in a little more telling than showing than I would have liked, but this worked overall. I guess I'll need to search out the spinoff stories, but I'm also anxious to get to the Lost Boys subseries.
Patty Erickson
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My favorite of the 1001 Dark Nights novellas so far. I'm so happy each individual is getting their small moment to glimpse into just them. Ian is in rare form in this one and is definitely the scene stealer. I can't wait for a few years to see how Ash grows up and who he falls in love with. ...more
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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 n ...more

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