The Man From Sanctum; Masters and Mercenaries Reloaded #3
(An interconnected standalone within a series)
Publication Date: March 8, 2022
Genre/Tropes: BDSM/Second Chance/Suspense Romance
Author: Lexi Blake
I was sniffling by the end of the acknowledgements and crying by the end of the prologue. Lexi Blake absolutely slayed me with this second chance romance that was also full of suspense, intrigue, laughter and passion.
I barely see Lexi’s name and know without a doubt that I will fall in love with what’s coming, but this latest book really touched me to the core. The characters, the plot, the full articulated writing and depth of emotion tugged at my heart in a way that left a stamp on my soul.
Deke and Maddie were high school sweethearts (that could be part of the appeal, I love a good sweetheart-second chance romance), but unlike my own story, these two lovers lost touch for almost two decades. That is sad right there, but during all their time apart, they never once forgot each other, keeping in touch in their own way, through the small town grapevine and various family members, but never once actually seeing each other until Maddie needs Deke’s services.
Maddie is a brilliant tech scientist and while her tech could help revolutionize the world, she has come to believe she’s working for an evil billionaire. With little to go on, but a lot of suspicion, she goes to the one person she trusts, the man who broke her heart years ago.
Deke works for McKay-Taggart with the best operatives in the world. While Maddie may have brought them little information to go off of, he works with the best men and women in the world. However, there are complications surrounding the billionaire, so going undercover to find out if the man actually is evil like Maddie believes, well… it’s going to take a different approach. A D/s approach and no one is going to top Maddie besides Deke.
This was truly the second chance romance that I needed in my life. Whether you need a boost at love, at life or just to get motivated, this book touched on something that sparked that inner joy or passion that’s been missing or rekindled inside of me.
As for the overall series, it brought old and new parts together in a fresh new light. Long time fans will love rekindling with characters and new readers will enjoy everything that Lexi brings to this story. A wonderful hit!
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.