Friday, July 19, 2013


By: Lora Leigh
Published By : St. Martin's Griffin
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback, 418 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

It was supposed to be simple. All Navy SEAL Nathan Malone had to do was rescue three young girls from a Colombia drug cartel, then allow himself to be captured just long enough to draw out a government spy. That was before his mission went disastrously wrong…and before his wife, Bella, was told that Nathan was never coming home.

Bella’s mourned her husband’s death for three long years. But she has no idea he’s still alive. Forced to assume a new identity, the man Nathan wasis now dead. If he can get back to his wife, can he keep the secret of who he really is…even as desire threatens to consume them? And as danger threatens to tear Bella from Nathan’s arms once more?

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I have been getting into a few Military/Special Ops/SEAL reads. I originally won this book from a blogger in early 2012. Maya Banks and Joan Swan are a couple of the authors I love to read with the buff lads on the covers and the private sector Ops thing they have going on in them. What can I say, a buff lad on a cover , catches my attention. Hehe!

Wild Card I thought was the first book in this series, well, technically it is, but on further investigation , and my library doesn't hold this series, Tempting SEALS is the series, maybe? I should have started with . I notice Ian has a crossover from Tempting SEALS to Elite Ops. 

Wild Card was a very very HOT read when it comes to ALPHA male lead, Nathan Malone aka Noah Blake. 

OMG!! This boy knows how to talk D.I.R.T.Y! Well, the Noah side of him does.

Sabella aka Belles aka Bella has been widowed, she believes, but it is far from the truth.

One too many missions removed Nathan from Bella's life. 

Nathan has been through hell and back. Too much hell, he now answers to a new identity and from the permanent trauma to his body, a physical transformation.

Meet Noah Blake. Harley riding, dirty talking, ALPHA male who is on a mission which involves the safety of his widow. But with him comes a whole lot of emotional baggage. This is still a mission to him that he must walk away from when completed.

But can he?

Where Noah had felt next to nothing emotionally , for years, he now felt flooded with emotions. Emotions that tore at his control, that made a mockery of the years behind him.

Noah is a very growl worthy character. He will light a candle without the use of a match. He is all male and he can’t help but take the lead and try to pick up from where he left off without being discovered.

He wants his wifey and he wants her in all kinds of bad, smokin' ways. 

* time to put the fan on * 

"That's what you want," he accused as his head jerked back, lust flaming in his eyes and burning in their veins. "You want it, Sabella. Just as hot and just as wild as I do. Be careful, sweetheart, very damned careful, or you just might get it before you are ready for it."

“You can get wild with me, baby.” He jerked her harder against him, let her feel the erection pounding beneath his jeans. “Come on, I dare you. I’m a stranger, Sabella. Nothing to you. Nothing to that paragon of a husband you knew. Get wild with me. And I’ll show you how I can get wild right back.”

"You're very hard-core, aren't you, Noah?"
He grunted at that. "You call that hard-core?  Baby, that was just a little snack. Playtime."

His brother Rory is the only one taken into his confidence. 

6 yrs, Nathan has been dead for. 6 years Bella has kept herself going. She scraped herself up and took over Nathan's garage and Rory is her partner.

Bella must work through her emotions. There is a new guy that has steamrolled his way into her life and she is having trouble emotionally letting Noah persue her when Nathan won't let go of her heart. She doesn't want to let go of him. 

"You're messing up my life," she told him quietly. "And I don't like it."

I really liked all the characters in this book, including the sub characters. The only reason this book isn't getting a 5 star from me is because I thought there was a lot of rehashing of emotion with Noah. It got a bit repetitive. 

The villains are really good villains. I did see through the 'mole', so to speak, I just picked up on things while reading , but when the mole is let loose, not needing to hide their true feelings anymore....well...whahhhhh. That is one mixed up psycho.

I would have liked personally, where the story was repetitive on Noah's emotions, to have traveled more into his back story and more deeper into what he had gone through when captured and the why of it.

There is a lot of sex in this book , Noah is making up for lost time. It is a very sizzling hot read, no doubt about it.

I think I am still puzzled about why Nathan had by appearances been set up as there is a connection there, without spoiling anything. I don't believe I got that answered, I may have missed something?

I did get a nice twist with a family member, which I loved and it tugged at my heart.

This is a very hot read. 

Lora Leigh is on my fave authors list already for Military/SEAL/Ops reads. She knows how to paint an uber uber smexi scene in my head as I am reading.

Don't forget a fan when reading this book!


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