Dangerous Games Mass Market Paperback – Feb 6 2007
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“Leigh writes…tempting, enchanting romance[s] that readers are certain to devour.” ―Romance Reviews Today
“Leigh's pages explode with a hot mixture of erotic pleasures.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Wicked Intent
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The first novel in Lora Leigh's brand-new romantic suspense series about Navy SEALS―featuring one of a few good men who knows how to fight for the woman he loves.
IT'S NOT WHETHER YOU WIN OR LOSE.
Navy SEAL Clint "Iceman" McIntire didn't earn his nickname by being a coward. Or a quitter. Having crushed an infamous drug cartel in Colombia, Clint was nothing short of an American hero. Now he's home, on a much-needed leave, but instead of some R&R, he finds himself neck-deep in trouble with his best friend's little sister, Morganna Chavez, the only woman who has the power to bring him to his knees. . .
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Morganna has been secretly working with the DEA to uncover a thriving date-rape drug, which leads her to a shadowy faction that is more deadly than anything her team has ever encountered. Now it's up to Clint to keep this beautiful, determined agent out of harm's way, even while the passion between them threatens to consume them. Soon Clint's greatest mission will be not just keeping Morganna safe, but getting her into his arms and never letting go.
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Clint McIntyre is a hard man who's seen it all during his time as a Navy Seal. Managing to collect a lot of baggage over the years he's also closed off his heart, except when it comes to Morganna Chavez. Clint's always had a soft spot for his best friends little sister and despite his growing affection has done everything to protect the trouble maker. Morganna in turn has been in love with Clint since she was sixteen years old, tempting him with her young body whenever she had the chance, always hoping that somehow they might have a future together. As she grows into a beautiful woman Clint begins to distance himself, not wanting to expose her to his darker tendencies and afraid of her power over him. And as our story truly begins to unfold, he's been running away from Morganna for years. Terrified by what she makes him feel and tempted by her blossoming sexuality. The beginning of this book grabbed my attention right away. The sexual tension, lust and want is intense and well written.
Eventually Morganna resigns herself to the fact that Clint will never be a part of her life and takes a position in Law enforcement, concealing her job from both her brother and Clint.Read more ›
I don't have a problem with Dom/Sub relationships I don't care if it's the man or the woman who's in charge. I do care when an author pretends to know what she was talking about. I've read a fantastic Dom/Sub relationship that was so well done it spoiled me. But even if I hadn't read the wonderful His Perfect Submissive this book would have made me roll my eyes.
Now forget about everything I just said. The writing is terrible. It's almost childish. We're told over and over again just how very special both the male and female lead are, without actually seeing it. The guy just acts like a overbearing jerk and the woman just acts like a weak willed twit who should be smacked. She isn't a submissive she's and idiot.
If you are looking for a bit of cheap porn that pretends it's D&S it's an OK book. but if you are looking for a real, touching well done D&S book look else where.
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The errors...oh my. First of all, the story is about Navy SEALs. Why does Leigh write TWICE that the hero, Clint, joined the Army? The Army and the Navy are different branches of the military. She calls him "Special Forces" which is a group in the Army. She also has her hero drop out of high school at 17 and join the military...sorry, folks, that can't happen. Under the age of 18, a recruit must have the signature of his parents to join (I know, 'cause I did). Also, you must have at least a GED to join if you don't have a high school diploma.
Next we have a bunch of SEALs apparently stationed around Atlanta, GA because they all have apartments there. A very distinct part of joining the Navy and being a SEAL is the fact that you work around large bodies of water, such as the ocean. There is no ocean near Atlanta. That may be the reason that the real SEAL teams are based out of coastal Virginia and coastal California.
Leigh places her characters in a club in South Carolina. It's a two hour drive from Atlanta to the SC border. That seems like a long drive just for a hot nightclub.
And let's talk about the clubs that her SEALs frequent. They are BDSM clubs, and apparently it is a well-known fact that her SEALs have been partying here for years now. Only problem there is, half the stuff that happens in BDSM clubs is illegal according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Now, I understand that SEALs follow a slightly different set of rules, but no one would allow it to be so very well known that they go to BDSM clubs and possibly cause the loss of a career.
Another point I questioned...how did the hero come up with the $40,000 needed to gain exclusive entrance to one of the clubs at the same time that he was sending enough money to his mother that she could buy a house with it? Leigh never states what rank her hero has gained, but unless he's an Admiral, the money he is spending seems a bit more than his budget will allow.
Those were the most glaring problems I encountered. The drug operation that is running was slightly confusing to me, as were the intentions and actions of the bad guy.
The "erotic" aspect of the book was good: Leigh is deliberate in her sex scenes and adds plenty of emotional ground for her characters to cover while they're getting hot and heavy.
As a story, I would probably give the book three stars, but with all the errors I found, I'm stretching to give it two. Either Leigh's research or her editor should have picked up on these obvious problems.
Morganna Chavez has been in love with Clint since she was 16 years old. She has tempted him every time he has been near, but to no avail. As a result, she has resigned herself to the fact that she will never be a part of his life. Unwilling to sacrifice her happiness any longer by yearning for something beyond her reach, Morganna embarks on a new career; a dangerous career that she conceals from Clint. When Clint discovers her new job, along with the danger stalking her, Morganna knows that fate is about to alter her life in an unforeseen way.
DANGEROUS GAMES by Lora Leigh has to be one of the most emotionally intense books I have read in a very long time. As I began to read, I eagerly anticipated a story containing the equation of Dominant Man + Submissive Woman = Match Made in Heaven. After all, a strong alpha-male hero is one of my favorite expectations when I pick up a Lora Leigh book. My equation, assumed with all good intentions, turned out to be much too simplistic for what this book delivered. There was more of everything; more action, more intensity, more chemistry and more heat.
Clint, in all of his manly glory and accoutrements, immediately had me quivering and wishing for a Navy SEAL all my own; alas, that was not meant to be as Clint was Morganna's alone whether he admitted it or not. Speaking of Morganna, she is an exceptionally strong heroine. This was the aspect that Ms. Leigh delivered over and above my expectations. Though she understands Clint is alpha and dominant, Morganna holds her own. Exceedingly stubborn when Clint is beating his chest the hardest, Morganna gives him a run for his money and I think it's glorious. Fully aware of Clint's feelings, Morganna has the strength to give him what he wants; or what he thinks he wants the most. His surrender to their relationship has to be one of the most beautiful love scenes I have ever had the fortune to read. I actually FELT their love pour from the pages.
I am overjoyed that Lora Leigh has once again penned a marvelous novel of suspense and raw passion. My heart immediately began to pine for these SEALS upon reading RENOS' CHANCE in last year's "Honk If You Love Real Men" anthology. DANGEROUS GAMES continues the zest I have for these wonderfully alpha men. I am on pins and needles with my legs crossed waiting on the next installment, FOR MAGGIE'S SAKE, and I fear the wait just might kill me!
Apart from disliking the story, the characters, the setting, and the repetition...the mistakes were unforgivable. They weren't abundant in the first part, (small but obvious errors - such as inconsistent placement of characters and dialogue from one scene to the next) but towards the end of the book, characters in the scene were given the wrong names. At first I thought I missed something so I went back and re-read the lines. Sure enough the wrong names were used ... several times. It's as though the author got bored and lazy toward the end and just wanted to be done with it. How does something this bad and this unprofessional get published?
Ok, I'm done. I can't finish this book! The characters are vapid, the story is disappointing (I found out who the mole is and it's an incidental character... no reason for it to have any emotional impact on the main characters or me.) and the sex scenes are boring, repetitive, faux BDSM. I dislike both Morgana and Clint (does the author use a "what's your stripper name?" generator to name her characters?) and couldn't care less whether or not they get the happily ever after. I want my money back.