Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
Oh boy! Lexi Blake reminds us what her superpower is with her newest book, Long Lost. Blake has this ability to grab you, throw you into her book, and hold your face to it until the very end. Each page offers more and more suspense, action, and steam as you fall deeper into the intrigue and romance of the Masters & Mercenaries: The Forgotten series. Personally, I found this series (and Lexi Blake) with the book before this newest book, Lost in You, Robert’s story. To be fair to Blake, I wasn’t familiar with the characters or backstories, as I was new to her. That caused some issues in understanding the bigger picture, but, still, I found myself engrossed in Robert and Ari’s story. When the opportunity arose for an ARC for Long Lost, I was definitely interested because one character grabbed a little portion of my heart in Lost in You: Tucker.
And Long Lost did not disappoint in telling his story. I won’t offer any of the story here because there are story revelations to be had for this newest book. What you should know is that Blake creates a world that engrosses you deeply into her storytelling. These are the reasons you should read Long Lost today:
- Edge of your seat action and storytelling. This is Blake’s strength. She has this ability to pace her story in such a way that it feels like you are at the same time suspended and pushed forward into her story. There were times when I wanted the story to hurry up because I needed to know that Tucker would regain his memory, and there were times when I wanted the story to slow as Tucker and Roni worked through their relationship issues. I marvel at Blake’s ability to set this pacing in such a way that you know she has your best reader interests at heart. Long Lost is engaging and suspenseful throughout.
- The characters. There is literally a character for someone. For a new reader to Blake, this can be overwhelming as there are so many characters to track in this story. Thankfully, the further you read into the book, the easier this task becomes. In the end, even if you don’t know their backstories, you feel as if you know each character well. Even more, Tucker is still the same loveable, funny guy even as he journeys into the abyss of his memories. There is only one moment in this story when I wanted to yell at Tucker because he needs to be strong and he fails to be, causing friction between him and Roni. Yet, in expert form, Blake pulls us through the moment, crafting a sentimental ending for our hero and heroine.
Now, I will say that I still struggle with Blake’s incorporation of BDSM into the series. I’m used to this component framing a story, acting as its foundation for the hero and heroine. In Long Lost and Lost in You, it reads as tangential. I understand the reasons for its incorporation into the storyline. Yet, it reads as BDSM-lite. I imagine that isn’t an issue for many of her readers, yet, for me, it feels like more of a distraction than a necessity for this story. Again, I am sure this lies in my need to understand and know more of Blake’s stories.
I think if I had to define Lexi Blake as a writer I would say she’s more suspense and action than a romance writer. Don’t get me wrong; she writes the heck out of the romance in her stories. The moments are sensual and add a heat to her stories. Yet, the true foundation to Blake’s Long Lost is espionage and intrigue. That aspect of her storytelling is the most gripping, and she illustrates her skill in pulling your reader into her story and leaving her suspended to the page. There is so much story to Long Lost. It surrounds you, challenges you, and keeps you engaged to the very last page. Add to that the gripping and beautiful story of Tucker and Roni, and you’ve got yourself preeminent romantic suspense.
In love and romance,