Top positive review
Another wonderful Addition to the Masters and Mercenaries series
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2018
This book is going to be a little bit hard for me to review. Why you may ask? Well, because in reading this book I became Big Tag. I am not ready for the changes to come (leaving behind the Masters and Mercenaries series) and yet excited about the future to come.
Protected is a book about second chance love but it is also a book about change and acceptance. One of those I throughly enjoy, the other makes me a tad bit nervous, ha. I loved getting to know the two main characters in this story. We've already met Wade but to know how broken he really was and honestly how much more broken he becomes as each new discovery comes to light for him in this book was an emotional ride. I truly felt for him. Of course his pain in the end was nothing compared to what Geneva endured in her attempt to protect the man she was meant to love for a lifetime. It makes you wonder exactly what you would do for the people you love. Sidenote: I have to say like Wade, I am not sure I can ever forgive his brother. Oh and I adored, ADORED Geneva's son!
As usually happens with a novella there isn't much I can talk about with out giving away the story so I won't delve deep into the plot, but know that it is totally intriguing and page turning. The character development of these two while most of that happens individually for them before they get together watching their characters grow together was totally swoon worthy and as with any Lexi Blake book the steaminess is just right. This book doesn't delve as much into the BDSM world as many of her Masters and Mercenaries books but its there and you won't feel as though you are missing out since it isn't as prominent to the storyline. Out of all the Masters and Mercenaries couples, this one may be the most vanilla of the group and that's just fine.
While you can totally pick this up and read without having read any of the other books in the series, which 1,001 Dark Nights Novellas do so well, I would say that you will be missing out on the little of the heart in this book if you don't know the back story and why Big Tag is feeling the way he does. So if you are able please give the entire series a go, I know it's a long one, you won't regret it and if this is your first Masters and Mercenaries read, well, welcome to the club, we're happy you've joined us!