Maverick Mass Market Paperback – Mar 3 2009
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“A phenomenal read.” ―Romance Junkies on Maverick
“Scorching-hot sex, deadly secrets and a determined assasin add up to another addicting Leigh thriller. Leigh's ability to credibly build damaged characters who are both intriguing and intense gives her stories that extra punch.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Maverick
“Leigh's books can scorch the ink off the page.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews
“Highly emotional and addicting…an intoxicating first installment of a brand new series.” ―Romance Junkies on Wild Card
“Ferocious passion!” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews
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The men of Elite Ops know the darkness of betrayal. The fire of vengeance. And the price of passion…
IN A DANGEROUS GAME
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…
DESIRE CAN BE A DEADLY DISTRACTION
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…
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Risa Clay has spent years trying to rebuild her life. Trying to get over not only the betrayal by her father but a brutal rape and her subsequent time spent in a psychiatric hospital where the very man that raped her pumped her full of experimental drugs to keep her quiet. After being rescued by the elite-ops Risa became a virtual recluse. Shy, scared and with little self confidence remaining she is however determined to move forward. To help herself come to terms with her past Risa decides to take a lover. Enter Micah Sloane.
Micah, a former Moussad agent known as David Abijah signed his life away to join the elite-ops and for all intensive purposes is now a dead man. He played a role in Risa's rescue years before and has never forgotten her, always admiring her strength and courage to carry on. When he learned of the covert assignment involving Risa he volunteered to be her lover.
Risa initially has no idea that her friends have set her up with an agent or that she is in fact the next intended victim of the legendary assassin known as Orion. Now in order to save her life she'll have to cooperate with the elite-ops and allow Micah to pose as her live in lover (what a bummer) to draw out the killer.Read more ›
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Former Moussad agent Micah Sloane left behind his secret life years before and is believed dead. As a member of the top secret Elite Ops, he and his fellow warriors are all dead men - on paper. In leaving his past life behind and allowing himself to remain dead, Micah is able to formulate a plan to strike at the man that tore his world apart, a man name Orion. When Micah is given the job of protecting Risa Clay, he knows he must be on his guard. Risa arouses every protective instinct he has but his mission will not allow for personal feelings. With Risa as bait, Micah can almost taste his revenge on the man that destroyed his life years ago. Time and again he has to remind himself that the feelings he feels for Ms. Clay are superficial. The way she moves and smells should not claim his mind but they do. The longer they spend time together the more Micah wants her. And that is where his mission has to end because if one thing is certain, it is the fact that Risa Clay is not for him.
Risa Clay has spent the last eight years since her horrific kidnapping and subsequent assault trying to get her life back on track. Having distanced herself from the society in which she grew up, Risa is now ready to face the world. Or so she thinks. A simple introduction to Micah Sloane turns into so much more but Risa doesn't know how to trust. Her innocence long gone, she is not prepared for the explosive feelings and wants that Micah invokes. Finding out that she is his `mission' and that they must pretend to be lovers to draw out Orion nearly brings her to her knees in agony but if she has learned anything in the last eight years it is how to protect her heart. Or so she thinks. Micah Sloane has invaded her heart and her soul and when the mission is over, how will she ever be able to let him go?
Vengeance and passion are the name of the game in which Micah and Risa play. With MAVERICK Lora Leigh has penned a remarkable look at how the human psyche can heal - with the right person. Micah and his striking dark eyes drew me in to his soul and behind the pain of his past life and the need for retribution I could see this man's desire for Risa. Men like Micah are never given a second chance at life, much less love, and Micah knew it. Vowing to take what Risa offers without falling in love, Micah's plan falls by the wayside as the woman that Risa Clay has become insinuates herself into his soul. Knowing that he will never love another woman, Micah's treatment of Risa was tender but scorching hot and achingly moving. Micah promises that she will know only pleasure at his hands and he keeps that promise - over and over.
MAVERICK is phenomenal. Upping the ante on hotness for this second Elite Ops installment, Lora Leigh has raised the bar on seduction. MAVERICK and the feelings it invokes kept me captivated long after I finished this remarkable story. I felt the character's love and emotional intensity with each and every scene.
MAVERICK, the second Elite Ops installment, will release March 3, 2009. As it is a series, I highly recommend reading the first installment, Wild Card, to get the full effect and back story of these highly exciting and fascinating men that make up the Elite Ops.
I didn't really feel the connection between Risa and Micah. I don't know how you love someone you can't even trust. I really didn't like the unnecessary torture of his cousin to get information they basically already knew. However, if you are a liar I suspect you would think everyone is lying to you.
The worse scene was taking away the only friendship she remembers from her child hood by forcing him to see pictures of her rape. I thought it was tacky. You can't help but feel bad for Risa, but never once do you feel she is finding true love and joy. She is surrounded by people who betray her constantly and wouldn't hesitate to do so again. I'm not sure if I'm being coherent but if you read this book I warn you it's not joyful and it will leave you feeling depressed. I feel like her soul was constantly being stripped for no other reason than to further the goals of other people. In addition she doesn't really have a set of friends to help her and ends up around her so called "friends" always looking at her with pity no real friendship. Not a good book.
Now, I'm all for a little recovery from trauma, but after everything this chick went through, she'd be stark-raving nuts! Risa presents as so beaten down, so demoralized, that you just keep waiting for her to either lay down and die or magically grow a pair and get mad. She never moves past the I-need-to-be-coddled phase, although all the other characters in the book make repeated comments about how strong she is. I didn't see it. Just saying.
Micah, throughout this whole ordeal, seems cold. Yeah, I know, he's Mr. Secret Agent, but STILL!!! I never really sensed the connection between the two characters (other than the obvious sexual one) and was less invested in them as a result.
But the sex scenes were typical of Lora Leigh - HOT! I pretty much gave it two stars for the sex. 'Cause that's how I roll.
That being said, I love Lora Leigh and will certainly check out her next one. And maybe reread Wild Card.
I had read some of Risa's backstory (Hidden Agendas- a tempting SEALs book) and that knowledge of her father's betrayal made me even more invested in this story. The character Micah was truly inspired, and I couldn't help but fall in love with and feel broken hearted for both him and Risa. So much pain and sadness in both their lives, yet they have the chance for love with each other.
This book could have been 5 star for me, except that several scenes really irritated me, I felt like there were too many characters running in and out, and the sex scenes got a bit boring for me after a while. Ah but don't misunderstand me- this was a great read (if a bit darker than my usual tastes) and I am glad I bought it.