Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Man from Sanctum by Lexi Blake Blog Tour

She’d been in love with the boy. The man was even more devastating.

A painful past

Deke Murphy and Maddie Hall should never have worked as a couple in high school. She was the class valedictorian and he the jock who took nothing seriously… except her. Together they formed an amazing team, and young love blossomed into something that strengthened them both. Until tragedy struck and Deke made a sacrifice that split them up forever.

An unexpected reunion

Seventeen years later, Maddie is living her dream working for a brilliant tech guru in the beauty of Southern California. She’s made a life for herself and it’s first class all the way. She rarely thinks of the jock who dumped her all those years ago. But when Maddie realizes her boss might be part of an international conspiracy, she can’t deny Deke might be her best bet to solve the mystery. Her one-time sweetheart works for one of the world’s premiere security and investigative firms. She’ll hire him and prove to herself their relationship could never have worked.

A dangerous future

As Maddie and Deke begin to uncover her boss’s secrets, they can’t deny the chemistry that has reignited. But before they can explore the connection growing between them, they must survive the deadly forces hunting them down.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Masters & Mercenaries: Reloaded series!
For book one, Submission Impossible, click HERE.
For book two, The Dom Identity, click HERE.


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The Man from Sanctum by Lexi Blake

Book 3
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The girl he’d loved was now a woman in trouble. He wasn’t going to let her down.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Second-Chance Romance
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Maddie is a woman who knows what she's worth. She has always been a bookworm and loves learning. She's worked very hard to get where she is and when she figures out that something isn't quite right with her job, she knows there's only one person she can trust. Pulling up her big girl panties, she treks off to find the one person who can help her.

Deke is a great character. He's easy to like. While he wasn't the brightest in his younger years, it was nice to see that he's learned from his mistakes. Deke has always loved Maddie. After seeing her for 20 years, you get to see why nothing else ever worked. Maddie was there for him even when he didn't know she was there for him.

Second chances are rare and these two don't waste their time together. When Maddie and Deke head to the club, Maddie's eyes are opened and Deke's realization that it has always been a little like that for them is a revelation.

Can these two find their way back to each other and escape the sinister plan following Maddie around?

I can't wait for the next one!

This is the third book in this spin-off series and, amazingly, book 24 of the Masters & Mercenaries collection. I adore these books and am always so excited when a new one comes out. If you have not read them yet, then I would recommend that you go back and enjoy them all. I think you could read this new and enjoy it, but you would be in the dark about so many connections which are present. I adore the opportunity to catch up with everyone and chuckle at how Big Tag is such a softie.

We start with an event from 14 years ago, when Maddie thought she would show Deke that she had made it without him... not knowing he was badly affected by being tortured whilst at war. She makes some suggestions to help him, and leaves. We soon learn that her advice did the trick, and though she never mentions it, I loved that she would hear that information and feel she had done well.

Fast forward to now, and she is fearful of what is happening at work and makes a complicated trip to find Deke and avoid detection. They may not have seen each other for years, but she knows that he needs to help her. She used his name, and the knowledge from his sister that he was into BDSM, to gain the attention of her boss. And so starts an unexpected renewal of their one-time relationship amongst the danger which surrounds Maddie's work.

I loved that we got to spend time with Kyle, Maebe, and even Drake, as the team find that they are once again facing The Consortium and their megalomanic plans. The rest you will need to find out by reading the book – as I have no intention of revealing any spoilers. But be prepared for the crazy!

One thing I always find with these stories is that I read at speed for ages, and then suddenly something is going to happen that I am nervous of reading, and so I have to stop and take a break and then dive back in again. Fabulous!

(Also hints as to the next story, and it is undoubtedly going to be amazing!)

I love this series and it doesn't matter what number book this is or what couple it is about, I have come to want to read each one and get lost in their world for a little while.

This was Deke and Maddie's story that started in the past, which broke my heart because Deke broke up with her thinking he was doing what was best for her.

Now it is 17 years later and she is back in his life, needing his help. But what she is asking could put both of them in danger, not to mention their hearts too. As they work together with Deke's team to figure out what Maddie's boss is up to, there is so much going on. The suspense and intrigue will keep you glued to the pages until you find out what happens, and then you are left wanting more.

I always look forward to the next book from Lexi Blake, and now I need to know what happens next.



The man kissed like a god, like every romance hero she’d ever dreamed of all rolled into one.


Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LEXI BLAKE lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. Since starting her publishing journey in 2010, she’s sold over three million copies of her books. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings.

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He’d always been the shining star she compared every man to.


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Man from Sanctum (Masters & Mercenaries #24, Reloaded #3) by Lexi Blake to read and review for this tour.

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