Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hidden Agendas by Lora Leigh

Title: Hidden Agendas
Author: Lora Leigh
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Suspense
Series: Tempting SEALS #2
Main Characters: Kell Krieger & Emily Stanton
Release Date: June 2007
ISBN978-0312939939 or 
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Borders- $7.99
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:

Tough-as-nails Navy SEAL Kell Kreiger is the best there is at searching, rescuing, and taking no prisoners…yet even the rush of ever-more dangerous missions isn't enough to satisfy him. Haunted by a tortured past, Kell seeks distraction in a secret world of dark intimacies. But when Emily Stanton, the one ray of light in Kell's shadowy existence, is pursued by a ruthless drug lord, the rules of the game suddenly change--and Kell will have to go deeper undercover than he ever imagined...

Emily has loved Kell ever since her father, a prominent politician, rescued him from a brutal life on the streets. They were kids then, too young to act on what was growing between them…but now that Emily is ready, the handsome, headstrong SEAL has decided he's no good for her. Ever since he rescued her from Diego Fuentes' compound, Kell's only duty has been to keep Emily safe. But Fuentes isn't finished with Emily--or Kell. And to protect Emily, Kell has no choice but to lay himself--body, soul, and secrets--bare…and fight against evil with all his heart.

My Review:
It's official. I am completely and totally hooked on this series. I LOVED this book!

Emily is a complete riot. I loved her "research" and the fact that she has a hidden wild and adventurous side. I loved that Kell let her embrace that and saw that as a strength in her, not a weakness. The opening scene for this book between the two of them is priceless...completely fresh and HOT!

Emily is tough. She has grown up with her Senator father trying to protect her through a series of bodyguards which he hopes that will one day capture her heart as well as protect her body. Emily has secretly learned how to protect herself through her "research"...she is writing a book, but has used the guise of research to teach herself all sorts of talents, from evasive driving to shooting to lap dancing. She knows what her father is doing with the string of bodyguards, but her heart has always belonged to Kell. She's tough and she's smart. She is definitely my favorite type of heroine!

Kell goes into this assignment accepting the fact that he can't ignore his attraction to Emily any longer. It's time for them to truly connect. He sees how strong she is and how adventurous she is and he embraces that. He loves it when she stands up to her father and those that try to push her. This is an alpha male standing beside his woman loving that she can be just as alpha as him when she needs to be and not trying to change that in the least. Kell's wife and unborn child were murdered 17 years ago, so he very easily could have been written as a character which was totally overbearing and protective as Emily is faced with being murdered or kidnapped, but L. Leigh has instead created a character that understands loss and trusts himself and Emily to keep her safe. He is understandably worried about her, but he doesn't hold her under his thumb trying to keep her safe. He respects her and her choices. I LOVE that!

A great installment to this amazing series. The SEAL part of this series are 3 books (not counting novellas)...this is #2, but overall there are really 9 total books to this series because the Elite Ops series flows right out of this one and, so far, there are 6 books in that series. I cannot wait to read them all....

1 comment:

Julie said...

I have never read Lora Leigh, but I hear her books are really good...and fun! Sounds like this series is one I should check out. Nice review!