I’m crying. Crying like a baby. Crying like a baby that’s missing it’s mashed bananas. Why? Some of the most interesting men in romance writing are being put to bed. Not by me, unfortunately. Sigh…Reno, his bro-in-law Clint, Kell the Cajun ‘gator, Ian (my fav!!!), Nathan/Noah, Macey the electronics whiz, Micah/Maverick, Travis/Black Jack, Nik Steele/Renegade, John/Heatseeker – done and dusted.
I remember how excited I was when the series morphed into Elite Ops from Tempting SEALs. And now, the final mission is Jordan Malone’s, Nathan/Noah’s uncle. He’s about a thousand years old and his possible love interest is Teyha Talamosi who is about nine. Hyperbole? Probably. But not by much. He’s easily twenty years older than she is. Still, she’s lead a hard life and is more than equal to the task of putting up with Jordan. And as per usual, he’s got a chest like an aircraft carrier no doubt, while she’s a body double for Tinkerbell. Ugh. The cover to his book is well-hot, though. I will have to re-read the last two books because I got the impression that Teyha is not the only candidate for the heart of Jordan Malone. Again, very vague. Don’t quote me on that.
So here’s a chart with some vital stats. Click on the title to go to the sale page at www.amazon.com.
|Reno Chavez||American (Hispanic)||Raven McIntyre||Clint McIntyre’s sister||HONK IF YOU LOVE REAL MEN: Reno’s Chance|
|Clint McIntyre||American||Morganna Chavez||Reno Chavez’s sister||DANGEROUS GAMES|
|Kell Kreiger||AM: Louisiana Cajun||Emily Paige Stanton||Senator Stanton’s daughter||HIDDEN AGENDAS|
|Ian Richards||American/Colombian||Kira Porter||DHS Contract Agent||KILLER SECRETS|
|Macey March||American||Emerson Delaney||goddaughter of Admiral Holloran||RESCUE ME: Atlanta Heat|
|Nathan Malone/Noah Blake||American/Irish||Sabella Malone||wife/widow of Nathan||WILD CARD|
|Micah Sloane||Israeli||Risa Clay||daughter of Jansen Clay from HA||MAVERICK|
|John Vincent||Australian||Bailey Serborne||former CIA||HEATSEEKER|
|Travis Caine||English||“Lilly Belle”||Elite Ops||BLACK JACK|
|Nikolai Steele||Russian||Mikayla Martin||witness to organized crime||RENEGADE|
|Joe Merino||American||Maggie Samuels||Joe appears in DANGEROUS GAMES||REAL MEN DO IT BETTER: For Maggie’s Sake|
|Rick Grayson||American||Hannah Brookes||sheriff in WILD CARD||MEN OF DANGER: Hannah’s Luck|
I don’t know if it was done on purpose, but it’s interesting how in the stories, a lot of the main action goes down at parties or clubs – mostly parties. Probably the most unrealistic, but very cool thing is that these agents come from backgrounds you don’t usually find in the military – old money. Those people don’t join the military. They sure as hell don’t become Special Forces. Everyone knows it’s the working classes that populate the military. So it’s a unique angle that Kell, Kira, Lilly Belle, Bailey, and Travis are from the privileged classes. Hence all the parties.
Even though the stories in Elite Ops were repetitious to a ridiculous degree…
even though Ian’s eyes were hazel in HIDDEN AGENDAS and tobacco brown in KILLER SECRETS…
even though, there was less and less romance with every succeeding story…
even though particular endearments targeted at particular body parts were overused with alarming unoriginality…
the stories were truly exciting, adventure-filled, fun, and full of characters you can’t help but love! As stories go, this series is a good investment if you like strong characters, especially strong female characters. Women like Kira and Sabella are kind of inspiring. They are good examples of the “think like a man/act like a woman” philosophy.
And check out the fringe stories, too. Rick Grayson and Joe Merino are the same mold, but Rick is small-town and Joe is big-city.
I wonder what’s next for Lora Leigh’s non-breed stories! She should be commended for giving so much to her fans. We bombarded her with demands for the Elite Ops to continue and she delivered big time. Lora Leigh ROKZZZZ!