October 14, 2011

Review: Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Author - Lora Leigh
Genre - Erotica
Series - Elite Ops #1
Format - Paperback (418p.)
Rating - 2/5 stars
Read an excerpt

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?

• Review •
This book was like a train wreck. I should have DNF'd it right off the bat, but there was something that kept sucking me in. I have no clue what that something was though. And that's very frustrating because it makes writing this review especially hard. It's certainly not the worst book I've ever read, although it is close. I think it was the promise of a plot that kept me going. But, alas, it never came.

The characters are awful! Even though they were written well enough they were still TSTL for me to care about them. Speaking of writing… WTF?! First Nathan/Noah has been dead for 6 years, then it's 3 years, then 6 again, then 4 years, then 2 years! Really?! Make up my damn mind already… jaysus!

And what is up with all the animal crap? Was half expecting the characters to drop and start smelling strangers crotches… Yeah, no that is so not cool. More like disturbing/disgusting. Just stay away from me, my kids and my pets and it's all good though.

Overall, this book was trying to be a like a porno but fell seriously flat. There's no plot, shoddy writing, horrid characters, 300 out of the 418 pages are redundant (constantly repeating the same crap over and over again does not make it more believable). It angers me because there is sooo much potential here with a husband that dies in the line of duty, but isn't really dead and comes back to his wife years later. I mean, really… how can you screw that up? But it was and it's a shame.

One thing I loved about this book; after a few sex scenes you can start skipping/skimming them (they're not indicative to the story or that interesting anyway, removing wallpaper is more interesting), and the book will start to fly. This was a wallbanger, that I am so unbelievably happy that I finished. I recommend that if you see this book you run away… fast, like it's a carrier of the black plague itself. But, if this book is your type of thing, Happy reading! :)


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