Thursday, April 14, 2011

Maverick by Lora Leigh

Sidenote about this series: This is #2 in this particular series (Elite Ops.) Although this series shows as it's own series, it really just follows right along from the SEALS series with the story line and the characters. I honestly do not see them as 2 different series. I have just finished reviewing the 3 books in the SEAL series (just go back a few days on the blog) and then Book #1 of the Elite Ops series, Wild Card, can be seen HERE.

Title: Maverick
Author: Lora Leigh
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Suspense
Series: Elite Ops #2
Main Characters: Micah Sloan & Risa Clay
Release Date: March 2009
ISBN978-0312945800 or 
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Borders- $7.99
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:

The men of Elite Ops know the darkness of betrayal. The fire of vengeance. And the price of passion…

Micah Sloane knows almost everything there is to know about Risa Clay, including the vicious betrayal she endured years ago and the distrust she’s harbored ever since. The only way for the Elite Ops agent to uncover an assassin—and banish the ghosts of his own dark past—is to use Risa as bait. But nothing has prepared him for her disarming blend of innocence and sensuality, or for his overwhelming need to protect her…

Risa has spent six years rebuilding her life. And now, to save it, she must pose as Micah’s lover and draw a killer into the open. It’s a risky plan—especially with a man as powerfully seductive as Micah. But, as their charade becomes reality, Risa realizes the greatest danger may lie in losing her heart forever…

My Review:
OMG, I loved this book! For me, the emotional connection between Micah & Risa was phenomenal. I cried several times throughout the final pages of their book- I was that emotionally involved with them and their gorgeous love story.

Micah is an ice-cold, hardened operative out for revenge against Orion who murdered his parents, both operatives in their own right. He signed his life away to Elite Ops after being wounded by Orion to gain that right. Revenge and the mission have been his whole focus ever since, except for the rare moments when he has caught sight of Risa over the years- she intrigues him.

Risa has been part of the series from the very beginning. At the age of 16, her father betrayed her, had her drugged & raped, and then institutionalized her for another year and a half. She's never been close, either emotionally or physically, in the six years since she escaped her father's psychotic abuse. Now there is a $2 million price on her head and Orion is out to claim it. She needs protection and Micah volunteers to act as her boyfriend to provide that protection for her.

I really loved the way that Lora Leigh approached this story and all the emotions involved in it. I think that I can honestly say that this is the first time I have read a sex scene in a romance novel go so incredibly bad, but it was so realistic in the emotions of it. The whole books is brilliantly written with great little side scenes throughout- Micah & the pull of his loyalty to his cousin, Bailey; Jordan & Tehya and the frisson between them; even the scenes with Risa & her childhood friend Mac. For me, everything was just perfectly placed. An absolutely great book!

1 comment:

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I need to read a L.L. book! It looks like they are truly fantastic. Sometimes I think I miss some of the great authors :)