Protected: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella

Lexi Blake
Protected: A Masters and Mercenaries Novella
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Evil Eye Concepts
Release Date
July 2018
Book 1 of 1001 Dark Nights
Clean Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

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 high school but when Genny left him standing in the rain, he joined the Army and vowed to leave that life behind. Genny married the town's golden boy, and Wade knew that he couldn't go home again.

Could become the promise of a lifetime

Fifteen years later, Wade returns to his Texas hometown for his brother's wedding and walks into a storm of scandal. Genny's marriage has dissolved and the town has turned against her. But when someone tries to kill his old love, Wade can't refuse to help her. In his years after the Army, he's found his place in the world. His job at McKay-Taggart keeps him happy and busy but something is missing. When he takes the job watching over Genny, he realizes what it is.

As danger presses in, Wade must decide if he can forgive past sins or let the woman of his dreams walk into a nightmare….

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Aug 13, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
87 people found the following review helpful
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, and he'll do whatever it takes to protect Genny and her son Ash from what is certainly coming their way. Oh, and maybe convince her of how great they were together all those years ago.

PROTECTED is a novella in the Masters and Mercenaries series, and also a stand-alone addition to the innovative and fun 1001 Dark Nights series featuring sensual and erotic stories by a variety of popular authors inspired by the classic The Arabian Nights tale.

I'm a huge fan of this series, and it's always a great surprise when they find their way to my Kindle for review! I absolutely adored Wade and Genny's story, it made me feel every single one of the feels. And Ash?! How freakin' cute is that kid!? Ms. Blake creates an innate sense of danger by the brutality Genny's character faced at the hands of her ex-husband, but tempers the suspense with a healthy dose of heat, heart and humor. Witness:

"We need to talk about some of the things I've done in the last fifteen years."

"Like gotten into whips and chains?" She hopped out of the truck, her face flushed. "I totally went through your closet. You have a lot of lube. Why is it flavored? I would think cherry or grape would be better than ginger, but it's an interesting choice. Are you the one who uses the whip or did you find out you like getting your ass beat? I'm cool with either way, though I don't know how much I want to get paddled. The tying-up thing might be fun. But right now I'm running on a high, babe, and I want to ride your d***, so could you please lie down and let me use you? I'll tell you how pretty you are later. I stole a condom out of the kit because I wanted to be ready."

Lawdy, I love this author!! I highly recommend every single story in the Masters and Mercenaries series, and these offerings in the 1001 Dark Nights collection are the perfect way to sample what's out there before deciding whether to commit (pro tip: you will).

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; condom use; mild BDSM/kink; discussions of sexual assault; violence, no murder.
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