Micah Sloane is a man resurrected. In Lora Leigh's second installment of her Elite Ops series, readers will see the man behind the mask and the woman that completes him.
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.