- Russian Made Simple (eBay search) (amazon search)
- German Made Simple (eBay search) (amazon search)
- Live Wire
- 442 200th issue
- CHAMPION #45
- You’re A Horrible Person, But I Like You: The BELIEVER Book of Advice
- Russian Made Simple
- German Made Simple
- Live Wire
THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT LIVE WIRE.
This post is specifically about Live Wire. It has a lot of features that you expect from Leigh’s books of late: characters you feel like you know personally and care about; lots of loose ends from former missions, testosterone overload, shouting, souls being destroyed by realizing that love is a good thing therefore you must never admit to someone that you love them because it’s more important to save your soul by upholding old hurts and denying love…and, in this particular book, …well…let’s just say, if I had a red pen, I would have worn it out marking the mistakes. Seriously. It’s effing BAD.
The cover, on the other hand, is sizzling. Jordan’s temper is sizzling. The love scenes with him and Tehya – kinda depressing at the outset. She’s miserable. He’s in a strop until about page 165. For all that he’s been in all the books from the get-go, he’s very one-dimensional in his own book. Because he’s in a strop FOR 165 PAGES! Oh My God, dude, take a Midol or something! And strop sex. Lots of strop sex. They are like Sam and Diane from CHEERS. They can’t be together; they can’t be apart.
At the beginning of Chapter 7, there’s a sweet scene of them spooning and you realize you can breathe normally again after the adrenaline rush of the first six chapters where Jordan is yelling and using the f-bomb about 4000 times. But I’m almost to the end of the book and we haven’t learned all that much about Jordan or Tehya – mostly the same stuff from the other books and a couple of scraps of information here and there like Jordan’s family (who apparently is wealthy from the mother’s side) and Tehya’s being an old-money heiress. A lot of exposition with very little logic behind it.
And another thing – every sentence with f*&^ or *&^ing or f&^%ed is grammatically correct. Jordan uses the word so much it actually makes him sound kind of dumb.
The romance never really gets romantic, but there is a lot of fun stuff in the story – not only do Wild Card, Heatseeker, Maverick, Renegade, and Black Jack come in to help Tehya, but Elite Ops 1 gets called in, too! Clint and Morganna, Kell and Emily. EPIC!! That half of the story is the best! At that point, Jordan is more cool and collected because he and Tehya are a couple, and they’re hot-bunking. Blimey, that man is a satyr. The second half of the book is better than the first half. But there’s so many characters that have to be seen to that J&T don’t get a lot of time alone and when they do, their conversation is like listening to a broken record. They keep having the same argument with neither making any headway even though it’s so obvious Jordan is wrong.
Poor Tehya. When it comes to running and hiding, she’s a pro. But when it comes to being in love with Jordan – she fell in love with him the first time they met (Killer Secrets). He wanted to get with her when they met the first time. The problem is, the first time they met, she was on the run, exhausted, malnourished. See – I can’t just go with the flow here. I remember clearly the circumstances of their first meeting and I just don’t see where they had room to think of sex at that time. I could understand where she was impressed by his manliness and commanding presence and his gorgeousness. And he could have been impressed that a civilian managed to evade capture for so many years and her gorgeousness. However, the story becomes gratuitously crude in describing their first meeting – which wasn’t really a description at all, just snippets of memories to keep the series connected.
So after all the kvetching, what do I like about this novel? I like Jordan and Tehya. They have great back stories. I love all the other SEALs and operatives coming in to help her. I love reading about their mission preps. I love the series. It’s a top series. I love how there’s always a fancy-dress party involved. Jane Austen meets Delta Force. Jordan’s a lot hotter when he calms the hell down. The women are kind of like the women you would find working with Simon Quatres in Leigh’s Breeds stories. Except that they are heiresses to centuries-old fortunes. That’s something you don’t expect to see. Wonderful characters in a flawed package.
All in all, get the book, enjoy the adventure, be happy that Jordan and Tehya make their peace with each other (eventually). And! Demand that editing become a priority. Because $7.99 for a book full of elementary school grammar mistakes? That’s bullshit. St. Martin’s, Berkeley, Ellora’s Cave. Get your acts together and fix this. You should feel embarrassed at what you’ve wrought.
Read about Nathan Malone, Jordan’s nephew, and the beginning of Elite Ops. I think it’s the best-written story of the series.
OTHER LORA LINKS: