Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Wild Card by Lora LeighWild Card by Lora Leigh
Series: Elite Ops #1
Published by St. Martin's on January 1st 1970
Pages: 418
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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 was is 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?

If there are the kind of characters we can come to expect from Lora Leigh, please count me out. There’s a fascinating plot to be unravelled here, but my interest in the story simply can’t be sustained in the face of a sex-crazed, tortured alpha man who hypocritically lies and is generally odious to the neurotic, spineless woman he proclaims to care about – after leaving her for six years to fend for herself only to return and behave like a complete arse about it.

Relationship-development and general human decency seem to be replaced by pages and pages of hot sex, which don’t exactly go anywhere but to show how good in bed both our main characters are together. In fact, I’d really like to say something about the plot, but all I really have right now is a lasting impression of a snorting bull going berserk and a very dislikable showing of so-called ‘alpha’ behaviour that trumps everything else worth mentioning.