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Lost Hearts (Memento Mori)

(Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  902 ratings  ·  187 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 452 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by DLZ Entertainment, LLC
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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
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,
Kate's Corner
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
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

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
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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'
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
Woohoo it's here!!I can't wait to start it!!



“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
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nadine Bookaholic
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 ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Erin Lewis
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Kate Hastings
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 - Holy Shizzzle! Like any fan of the M&M series, I’ve been dying for the Lost Boys stories, and I knew my expectations were high going in - shouldn’t have worried, Jax & River’s story delivered. Their connection and chemistry was a sweet and it was sexy.
Solid set up & pacing (I will say as this is book one of the new spin off be patient through some “backtracking” for newbs).
Instant intrigue, my mind was sorting through plot hints and potential “bad guys in disguise” from page on
Dec 01, 2018 marked it as abandoned
Shelves: pre-ordered
On hold for now as I wasn't getting into it, I felt like I'd been dropped into something. This is Lexi Blake, I love her writing, so maybe I need time to readjust my mood and come back to this in the new year.
Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
fan-freaking -tastic fort installment to this spin off series! I cannot wait for more.
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)

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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
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
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 ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
After having his brain wiped and implanted with specific functions by "Mother," Jax isn't sure if he wants to know his true past or not. But he and the McKay-Taggart team are in Colorado to search for clues anyway. While there, Jax meets wilderness guide River Lee, whose expertise they're going to need if they're going to find the black ops site in the wilderness. River got screwed, in a really bad way, and she's got some serious trust issues. Turns out she wasn't actually married, which is a go ...more
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
Bookgasms Book Blog
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy
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
Romance Between The Sheets
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
Ruthie Taylor
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~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
Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Me when reading this book:

Soo... this one was a bust for several reasons.

- It's not a standalone, but is heavily interwoven with prior series. So if you like me haven't read any of them you'll feel like you've just been thrown into the middle of a story and will be playing catch up for the rest of it.

- I just couldn't with the dialogue. It felt stilted, and child-like. Characters trying to impress with their utter coolness - it just fell flat.

- It felt like this book was trying too hard
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
*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
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Mary Mooney
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review.
4.5 stars
Memento 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
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wicked
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
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
I love Lexi Blake but I just didn't love this book. I couldn't connect to the characters or the story. It was a struggle to get into and dragged to the point where I was forcing myself to continue. Perhaps I'll pick it back up at a later date. Bummed :(
Avid Reader
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Memento Mori (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten #1) by Lexi Blake
4.5 stars
M/F Romance, Thriller
Triggers: Stalking, Murder
I 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,
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't enjoyed a M&M book as much as I did this one in a while. I hope the next one is as good..
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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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