Thursday, February 28, 2019

Lost and Found by Lexi Blake Blog Tour

Owen Shaw and his “brothers” lost everything, their entire existence erased. Science had robbed he and all the Lost Boys of their memories and their past, but not their future. Hunted by every intelligence agency in the world, they are focused on two goals: find a cure for what was done to them and ensure that the technology that ruined their lives doesn’t get out into the world. Rebecca Walsh might be the key to achieving both. Owen has been studying her closely, living in her building, and he cannot resolve how such a beautiful, giving woman could have helped design the evil process that destroyed his past.

Dr. Rebecca Walsh has dedicated her life to researching the secrets of the mind. Her atmospheric rise in her field was fueled by the horror of watching her mother’s agonizing journey into madness at the hands of a disease with no cure. She vowed to never rest until she finds it. But obsession takes a heavy toll, and when Owen moves into her building she realizes how much of her life she has missed out on. Owen opens her eyes to a whole new world, filled with joy, laughter, and possibly love.

Owen and Rebecca grow closer, unraveling more about each other and the mysteries surrounding her connection to Hope McDonald. As the sinister forces working against the Lost Boys descend on Toronto, secrets long buried are uncovered that could shatter the bonds holding the Lost Boys together and cost Rebecca her life.

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“Becca.” Owen’s voice was low. “Concentrate on me, on our conversation. You’ve done incredibly well. You’ve been able to hold it off, but this has gone on far longer than you ever should have been expected to handle it. This elevator is tight. I feel it, too, but we can hold off the anxiety together.”

She doubted very much the man in front of her was anxious. He looked solid, like the kind of man who took whatever came his way and simply dealt with it. He wouldn’t have needed two freaking years to figure out what he wanted. He would have signed his divorce papers and moved on, not hiding in his work.

It struck her forcibly that she might never have met a man like Owen Shaw. Her childhood had been fairly sheltered. She’d constantly been surrounded by intellectuals, men and women who were far more concerned with their work than anything else.

The ground beneath her shifted and the elevator dropped what felt like ten feet, but she knew in her head it was mere inches. Her heart rate tripled, and she grabbed on to the closest thing she could—him.

His arms went around her, holding her up, and she heard it. He was so tall that her head naturally rested on his chest, and she could hear his heart beating in rapid time.

He was nervous.

The phone rang and Owen cursed, reaching out to grab it. The shaft was so small, he didn’t have to let her go to grasp it.

“What the bloody hell is happening, Colin?”

She could hear his voice over the line. “Sorry. So sorry. We had to lower the shaft the tiniest bit. I should have warned you. It’s not going to fall. Just needed to reposition to get to the problem. Not long now. Another half an hour or so and I’ll have you right out of there.”

“If you do that again, do you know what I’m going to do to you, Colin?”

There was a pause over the line and she could practically hear Colin’s gulp. “Write my father a tersely worded letter of complaint?”

“No, I’m going to pull your heart out through your throat and then I’ll shove it back up your arse.”

“You sound very much like Liam Neeson in that movie.”

“Liam Neeson is Irish. I’m a Scot. I assure you what I’ll do to you will make you run into Liam Neeson’s arms and beg him to save you.” He reached back and hung up the phone with a resounding clang.

His arm went back around her. “It’s going to be all right. They’ll move faster now. So you’ve taken a sabbatical from men.”

She breathed him in, loving how he smelled. Were men supposed to smell so good?

She could feel herself relax as he held her. She’d known him for three hours. She shouldn’t let him hold her like this.

And why the fuck not? Because it wasn’t smart? Because he might think she wanted something she shouldn’t?

She was human. Why shouldn’t she want him? Because society told her that good girls didn’t make out with guys they’d just met in an elevator?

Society sucked, and she wasn’t a good girl. When her husband had tried to put his name on her work, she’d told him to fuck off and write his own paper. When he’d cheated on her, she’d walked away.

She was single.

God, was he single?

She stepped back.

“What’s wrong?” Owen asked.

“Do you have a girlfriend?”

His lips curled up in the sweetest grin, as though he knew exactly why she was asking that question. “No, love. I don’t have a girlfriend and I don’t have a wife.”

He was single. She was single.

The moment lengthened between them.

He stepped back. “I’m sorry. I’m coming on way too strong.”

He wasn’t. He’d been gentlemanly, friendly. Up until the last couple of moments, he hadn’t put a hand on her or leered. She could feel his attraction. It was there in the warm way he looked at her, in the set of his shoulders, relaxed earlier and tense now that he’d touched her. He was thinking about the same thing she was.

“I’m very nervous, Owen. My logical mind knows that it’s far more likely for me to die getting hit by lightning than in an elevator, even one that’s stuck.” Unfortunately, her logical mind was slowly losing control of her dumbass lizard brain.

“Will talking help?” Owen asked. “Because I’m willing to do that. Or whatever you need to take your mind off things.”

There was a wealth of promise in those words. Dirty and sweet at the same time. They’d shared her wine, passing it back and forth between them, her lips touching the same place his had been moments before. When she’d drank after him, she’d thought about kissing him.

It had been too long. Two years was way too long to go without sex.

They had a half an hour or so. At least that’s what Colin—who might be murdered soon by Owen Shaw—said. She even thought his name was sexy.

What exactly would it hurt if she did kiss him? If she touched him and let him touch her? Hell, what would it hurt if she fucked him? They were both single, both a little needy. They had some time to kill. They’d done everything else.

“I would like to kiss you.” If he didn’t want her to, he could say no and they could find something else to do. She wasn’t going to be embarrassed because some guy didn’t want her. Some stunningly gorgeous guy. Some really funny, sexy guy. After all, she wouldn’t see him after this. She’d never seen him before. He’d told her he was moving in, but she went into work early and came home late. He was a bodyguard, so he likely worked odd hours and traveled a lot.

He was safe. She could open that door, enjoy herself, and then close it again. Owen Shaw could be her first really good memory in a long time, the start of many because it was time to get serious about finding some joy and balance in her life.

But only if he wanted some joy, too.

He moved back, placing his back against the elevator wall, the sweetest smile lighting up his face. “You have no idea how much I want you to kiss me. I’m right here, love. Do your worst.”

He was letting her make the first move. And probably the second. And the third. He was obviously a careful man. It would be easier if he took over, but he was right. This needed to be her choice, and she had to make the move.

She’d been the girl who’d told her parents at the age of five that kindergarten was boring and she wanted to move through the grades until she found something challenging. When they’d told her they wanted her to slow down and enjoy her childhood, she’d gone on strike until the teachers at her school begged her parents to let them move her up.

She was the girl who’d put it all on hold to take care of her mother, too.

She wasn’t the girl who didn’t take what she wanted, and she wanted Owen Shaw.

“It’s been a long time since I did this.” But her body was already heating up. Her body remembered. Her marriage might have sucked, but the sex had been fairly good. It had been the reason she’d married him. She’d gotten used to regular, good sex.

She’d get used to it again, just on her terms this time.

“Somehow, I think you’ll remember,” he said. “You play all you like. Stop when you want to.”

She’d been right about him. He was a careful man. “And if I don’t want to stop?”

“Then you should be happy I’m a man who believes in being prepared.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

5 stars of phenomenal reading!

This is the second book in this series, but a spin-off from the Masters & Mercenaries series. I would suggest that to really get the whole goodness, you need to read them all – and I have to say I almost envy you if that is what you do, as you will get the whole story in one go, rather than the agony of having to wait for the next one to be released! You most certainly should read the first in this series before this one. I am assuming that you have in my review.

I have to admit that as much as I wanted to read this book, being reminded of what happened to these vibrant, intelligent, alpha males is heartbreaking all over again. And possibly most of all for Owen. He was part of the team and gave them up to save his family, and in the process lost them and the trust of the team. He also suffered terribly from an allergic reaction to the evil drugs which has left him scarred physically as well having wiped his memories. He therefore knows what he did because he has been told but has no memory of it taking place. That is a situation that it is difficult to atone for, yet he tries.

And whilst 'she' is no more, the danger of her research falling into the wrong hands is all too real, and the team continues to fight to ensure that no one else suffers, and possibly the Lost Boys may get their earlier lives back. The plot is tight, and the action is fast paced, so fitting in a rather lovely, if unusual love story is a skilled thing to do. And one which should have never taken place, if it weren't for a broken lift and an unimaginably strong chemistry.

Owen has to deal with a lot of complex issues in this book and is so torn between proving his loyalty to the team, and yet wanting to be genuine with Becca. It is a challenge that really could only ever set him up to fail, but Lexi Blake gives us a view of what a wonderful relationship they could have, and the faith in her writing that it will all work out. It is fun that the geeky scientist has a very naughty side hiding under her prim and proper demeanour.

Another fabulous adventure, leading us ever nearer to a possible solution. It was also lovely to catch up with all the ongoing and newly developing relationships which will feature in the future!

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
5 stars
M/F Mystery, Romance
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This is the second book in this series and it didn't disappoint. I love watching the Lost Boys finding themselves, love, and figuring out the mystery that of their memories.

Owen is a teammate who knows that he made the ultimate sacrifice. He lost a lot and despite the loss, he wants to prove himself and earn back the trust of his brothers and himself. When he's given his next assignment, things don't go quite as expected. However, Owen is willing to do what it takes to ensure that this mission is successful. What Owen is not expecting is to truly develop feelings for his target.

Rebecca, or Becca as she likes to be called, is fairly quiet. She loves her job, but because of her past, she has really only been driven to find the cure for Alzheimer’s. Despite trying to have a relationship, she found that because she has always been the smartest person in the room and the youngest, she had to build up a thick skin. People wanted things from her that they weren't willing to work for themselves. While working her dream job, she finds out someone is out to get her fired, or worse, killed. What she doesn't expect is to fall for her new neighbor, Owen, or feel real feelings for her newfound friends that she is desperately trying to make.

How Becca and Owen met was pretty funny. I love that it wasn't a big thing, but that they were each looking for something, they just weren't sure what. It was difficult to watch their relationship unfold, because you knew that there were truths that had to come out and that was going to cause a lot of hurt and anger. Both characters are well developed, and you get to find out a lot about their pasts, but I wanted more of their future together. They had great chemistry too – mostly because despite Becca's brains, she loves that Owen is dominant in some areas of their relationship.

The other brothers were great in this story and I loved how Green fit in too. I can't wait for the next book and hope that we get to see more of Owen and Becca because I felt that we only touched the surface of their relationship and there is so much more to them.

Lost and Found is the second book in the Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten series. I would suggest reading this series in order, as each book builds on the previous.

I will be honest here and admit that I enjoyed book one, but book two was fantastic!

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. All they know about their pasts are bits and pieces that have come back to them, slowly and with therapy. They DO know they've been used for biological experiments by the evil Dr. Hope McDonald.

My heart goes out to Owen, he may have had the worst experience at the hand of Dr. McDonald. Not only were ALL of his memories wiped out, but he also had a terrible allergic reaction to the drugs. When he's told that he turned on his team when he tried to save his family but failed miserably, he lost his will to live.

Dr. Rebecca Walsh lives a sheltered life, by her own design. Some may call her a workaholic, and that would be appropriate as she's researching the cure to Alzheimer's. Pouring herself into work, she doesn't have the desire or time to socialize. That is, until a chance meeting with a ginger god in the awful elevator of her apartment building...

I loved everything about this story. Becca is a strong, independent woman who may be a bit naive at times but is extremely intelligent. Owen is a strong but damaged man, who finds acceptance in the most unlikely of places. Together, Becca and Owen learn to trust themselves and rely on other people. The story was fast-paced and exciting, it was complicated yet straightforward, and it was sweet yet frustrating. I love the entire team of Lost Boys, and hope every single one gets their happy ending.

3.5 stars

This is an exciting story about a high profile researcher and the former SAS soldier assigned to investigate her past. And while Owen is instantly attracted to Becca, he is all too aware that in the past she may have used her research to help a colleague erase Owen’s memories.

I’m guessing that fans of the Masters & Mercenaries series will understand the backstory behind Owen and the other Lost Boys. As a new reader, I enjoyed the relationship between Owen and Becca. They don’t trust each other. On the surface, they don’t have much in common and neither of them can see a future for the relationship. But the chemistry between them is instant and I love the playful banter that easily becomes a friendship. And their gentle D/s sex play is hot.

While I enjoyed the relationship between Becca and Owen, I was slightly disappointed by the quality of the writing. I came to this book from the Thieves/Hunter books and after the gorgeous writing in Outcast, I guess I just expect more from Lexi Blake. This feels like another slightly bland and formulaic special forces romance. With the exception of Becca, the characters are fairly simplistic and predictable. It’s not a badly written book but it lacks the magic I’ve come to expect from Lexi Blake’s writing.

And now for my biggest frustration. This is marketed as the second book in a series – and it really isn’t. This is actually the second in a spinoff series after sixteen books in the Masters & Mercenaries series. So, book 18. I was happy to jump into book two in a series by a favourite author but I’d challenge anyone to try and make sense of book 18. At the start of the book, I was completely lost in the incredibly complicated backstory and it was well past the halfway point before I was understanding the storylines in this book. My head was spinning with casual references to characters, events, and places.

If I hadn’t signed up to review the book, I would have put it down after a few chapters. This isn’t an author issue, it’s a marketing/publishing problem. I read blurbs carefully before requesting the books I review and there is nothing in the Goodreads description to suggest that this story isn’t a standalone read.

If you lost your memories, what would you do to get them back? And if you learned that you were made to do bad things, would you really want those memories?

This series is a spin-off of the Masters & Mercenaries series and these men were used by a psycho doctor with a God complex who wants to make her own army of soldiers. Now that Dr. Hope McDonald is dead, the Lost Boys want to find everyone that had anything to do with helping her and eliminate them and her research, so no one else ever has a chance to hurt anyone else.

The group is on the way to Toronto to find Dr. Rebecca (Becca) Walsh and the box Dr. McDonald sent to her. When Owen Shaw saw Becca, he was drawn to her physically and something deep inside him wants to protect her. When they meet, the sparks fly and they both are drawn together as if they were made for each other.

Dr. Becca Walsh has always been ahead of her classmates, she was more than a gifted child. And after watching her mother struggle, she dedicated her life to find a cure for brain trauma and diseases. After a failed marriage, she threw herself into her research even more. When she sees Owen and the sparks fly, she comes to realize that she has been missing some things in her life. And maybe she can find happiness and even love with Owen.

When things escalate and the team has to grab Becca, she can't believe that Owen deceived her. And she can't believe what they are telling her. When she thinks back to working with Dr. McDonald, she starts remembering weird things and can't believe she didn't realize what was really going on.

Will she be able to forgive Owen for not telling her the truth from the beginning? Can Owen trust that she is telling him the truth? Will they find the box Dr. McDonald sent to her? Will she be able to help them find a cure to get their memories back? Will they be able to move past everything and have a future together?

This story is filled with suspense, spies, espionage, murder for hire, brotherly love, and love to last forever. I love this series and so far, this is my favorite. I can't wait for the next one.

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New York 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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Lost and Found (Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten #2, Masters & Mercenaries #18) by Lexi Blake to read and review for this tour.

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