Jeez, what a struggle it was to finish this one. I was determined though, despite warnings from other reviewers but also because I was such a fan of Lora Leigh's previous Elite-Ops/Tempting Seals books. I felt confident that I'd be able to see through the anticipated bad editing and `soul' searing sex scenes, I'd just suspend belief for a couple of days and enjoy another great addition to the series...
So, two weeks, one spread sheet and several graphs later--which I used to keep track of all the alter egos assigned to our Ops (up to 3 each), the infinite number of secondary characters and oh lets not forget Jules!? It was with a huge sigh of relief that I finally finished.
This is book #3 in the Elite-Ops series or book #8 if you count the Tempting Seals. In all my other reviews I started by raving about the sexy, alpha heroes, the erotic love scenes and the ensuing beautiful love story. Unfortunately with Heat Seeker we get none of these things and a word that keeps coming to mind is vague. Everything about this is vague; story, characters, dialogue, completed ideas. Essentially its just rehashed plotlines from every other book in the series in particular; Wild Card, Maverick and Hidden Agendas theres nothing new here. And when you combine that with the bad editing, too many confusing characters and a bland couple that except for having great sex in the shower never really gave me the feeling that they were in love, the whole thing is well, boring.
I also have no real idea of what our couple looked like or where most of this took place, because except for the brief mention of Aspen and all the sweaters and leather jackets being removed it's never described. Bailey and Trent spend 90% of the book attending parties in mansions with big maze like gardens and knife wielding guests.
Here's the plot as near as I can figure; we begin in Australia with CIA agents Bailey Serborne and Trent Daylen getting it on (Lora Leigh style) during a thunderstorm. The couple has just finished working a case together and they're in love and celebrating. However the party is short lived as by the end of the chapter Trent has been `killed' in an explosion set by the worst named bad guy ever, Warbucks.
5 or 6 years later (depending on your math skills) Bailey has quit (or been fired) from the FBI. She is now seeking revenge and trying to locate Warbucks, the man responsible for killing her wealthy parents (and a cousin I think) as well the love of her life Trent. Bailey is getting close to his inner circle when her plans are thwarted by a group of mercenaries. They are of course the Elite-Ops who also have Warbucks in their sights.
The agents team up with Bailey and for whatever reason it becomes imperative that she pose as John Vincent's lover, something to do with securing a missile launcher and weapons of mass destruction which Bailey has the codes for!? Now John looks very familiar to Bailey even though he doesn't have an Australian accent or say "Love" anymore but she's pretty sure she knows who he is. And isn't that also her long lost cousin David Abijah aka Micah Sloane aka Maverick aka Jerric Abbas lurking about? Just who the hell are these guys?
Trent Daylen aka Heat Seeker aka John Vincent might be a dead man but he's never been able to get Bailey out of his soul and now after all the great sex they've been having in the shower he's also never been cleaner or more complete. Theres just no way he's going to let her go again once this mission is over even if his grumpy leader Jordan Malone owns him for the next 6 or 7 years (depending on your math skills.) Yup its good times with Lora Leigh
So BLACK JACK is up next and I'm hopeful that it will be better but I'm keeping my spread sheets and graphs ready just in case. Cheers.