Book Review: Lora Leigh’s Live Wire

Posted April 15, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

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Book Review: Lora Leigh’s Live Wire

Live Wire


Lora Leigh

It is part of the , Tempting SEALs series and is a military, romantic suspense in Paperback edition that was published by St. Martin Paperbacks on March 1, 2011 and has 371 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Styx's Storm, Moving Violations, Cops and Cowboys, B.O.B.'s Fall, A Wish a Kiss a Dream, "Dragon Prime", Primal, Navarro's Promise, Forbidden Pleasure, Beyond the Dark, Black Jack, Tempting the Beast, Dangerous Pleasure, Maverick, Man Within, Midnight Sins, Wild Card, Tied with a Bow, Lawe's Justice, Legally Hot, Deadly Sins, Stygian's Honor, Surrender to Fire, Nauti Temptress, Submission & Seduction, Wicked Sacrifice, Secret Sins, Nautier and Wilder, Shameless Embraces, Wicked Pleasure, Only Pleasure, Guilty Pleasure, Wicked Lies, Twin Passions, Nauti Enchantress, Shattered Legacy, Intense Pleasure, Knight Stalker, Enthralled, Secret Pleasure, Rule Breaker, "The One"

The sixth and, I think this is the last, of the Elite Ops romantic suspense series, although Leigh does seem to be setting us up for a story between Beauregard and Journey.

My Take

Oh, the dialog was believable enough and the sex was good. And, as much as I’d hate to believe that such evil exists in the world, I do believe it. What bugged me was Jordan’s absolute refusal to believe in love. Okay, yeah, he’s a guy, but he has so much evidence of the power of love all around him. And just what does he think this emotion is that has him so wound up about Tehya??

Then there’s Tehya. She whines on and on about how Jordan doesn’t love her when the physical and verbal (I don’t mean the protruding physical!) acts of caring are such a constant. Then there’s the whining about how everyone around her gets killed. How many of those protectors were untrained or alone? She has 25 years of running experience to draw upon…hullo, use that experience to analyze this one too!

Then there’s the puzzle as to why her father’s organization is still after her…and not with the intent of killing her, but taking her alive. The good guys keep wondering why they want her alive so badly. In the meantime, Tehya’s got this little secret she somehow doesn’t think is relevant???!!?

Then there’s the lack of proof that a proofreader was ever employed. On page 228, there is a reference to the “flesh bandage” Jordan had somehow managed to find. So it’s either “flesh” or “flash”. I’m also curious as to how Tehya is already wearing this bandage when it isn’t until three pages later that Travis gives them to Jordan for her. One of the bad guys is Arthur. Well, it might be Arthurs. Or maybe there was more than one Arthur? Both names were used interchangeably throughout the story. Then there’s the missing articles and prepositions, the contractions without their apostrophes, the inattention to tense, the “as holes”…lordy…

The Story

Elite Ops has been disbanded, and Tehya has put down roots. She bought a house and a business, and she’s trying to settle into the small community. Except for that prickling at her neck. She should run. If she wants to live. But, damn it, she’s fed up with running. She’s going to stay right here and face it. Until she’s attacked in her bedroom one night, an attack that quickly escalates into loving.

Short-lived loving as Jordan hasn’t come back for a relationship; he’s come back to spirit her away to a safe house. That prickling she’s felt was…is hostile eyes on her. It seems that her father’s organization is still after her. Eight years after she finally killed him.

The Characters

A member of a very wealthy French family, Tehya Fitzhugh, codename “Enigma”, has been on the run with her mother from her scum bag father since she was five years old. Constantly on the move as her father’s men located her…and killed the people protecting them.

Captain Jordan Malone, commander of the Elite Ops team, has been fighting his attraction to Tehya for eight years ever since he found her over the body of her newly deceased father, a man of interest to his team.

In spite of Tehya’s doubts as to her value to the team, both the primary and back-up teams, with their wives, have shown up to help protect Tehya from what threatens her now. Friends. Friends she is terrified to acknowledge as it would provide targets for the men after her.

The Cover

Gorgeous, hunky guy on the cover, although since this story is about Jordan and Tehya, I would expect that the guy is supposed to represent the 38-year-old Jordan… I guess it’s not just the 20-somethings that are ripped.