22 August 2014

Taken by Lora Leigh

 #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh has captivated millions with her sizzling tales.  Here, together for the first time, in a short story collection:

Reno’s Chance
Ever since she was a girl, Raven has longed for her friend's brother, Reno, a Navy SEAL. What she doesn't realize is that his true mission is to get into her heart.

For Maggie's Sake
Maggie is in custody with Joe's SEALs team.  Joe, her ex-lover, thinks Maggie is hiding information.  He plans to seduce her to get it, but when an enemy captures Maggie, only Joe can save her.

Atlanta Heat

Em has wanted Macey forever. But as a SEAL under the command of her overprotective godfather, Macey is off-limits…until a kidnapping attempt forces them to share close quarters—and a forbidden desire.

Night Hawk
For three years, Travis “Black Jack” Caine and Lillian “Night Hawk” Belle have been meeting, late at night. No names given. But tonight is different. An enemy has returned, and Travis and Lillian may never meet again.  Are they brave enough to give in to desire and stand together?

Cooper’s Fall

Former ranger Ethan never expected to get an eyeful of prim Sarah Fox from his window. But now his blood is on fire for her.

Sheila’s Passion
As an ex-Marine, Nick's been through some hard things.  But when it comes to Sheila, he has his biggest challenge yet. Sheila has sworn off love, but when Nick tempts her into becoming friends with benefits, he intends to make her his forever.

As this is a collection of five novellas and a short story, I will keep the reviews short. I must say that Ms. Leigh writes great sex and I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. It serves as a great sample of her work and it definitely left me wanting more, especially from her Wounded Warriors series.

Reno’s Chance(Tempting SEALS #1)
I have to say that I quite enjoyed the twist in this story. So often it is the girl chasing the hot Navy SEAL, while waiting for him to realize that he loves her. But not this time. Reno knows he loves Raven and was waiting for her to get old enough to pursue and has now spent the last six years trying to convince her of what he already knows … that she is his. He’s professed his love, but his choice of career is what keeps her from giving in to her heart and body. Thank goodness for hormones and a determined 6ft+ Navy SEAL. H.O.T. HOT!!! This is a great story with really sexy scenes that I have added to my re-read list. 
For Maggie
Wow! Poor Maggie. Poor Joe. That was one seriously hot tale of betrayal. Maggie’s husband (now dead, thankfully) was a grade-A @$$hole. He left “evidence” incriminating her in his crimes, putting her life at risk and placing her under suspicion with the authorities, including the man she loved, Joe. Because Grant fooled Joe and the rest of the law enforcement personnel they worked with, Joe refuses to trust his judgment when it comes to Maggie and treats her like a suspect. Thanks to Grant’s subterfuge, Maggie has a price on her head and Joe takes her to a safe house to protect her and to learn the truth. They quickly realize that two years apart haven’t lessened their feelings toward one another, but because of the mistrust, they fight their attraction valiantly. Thus assuring an intensely passionate reunion when they can no longer fight their feelings … and it was oh, so good … repeatedly. Joe and Maggie have some seriously hot chemistry and the law enforcement aspects of the story made For Maggie an excellent read. 
Atlanta Heat(Tempting SEALS #6)
Seriously, how can you not love a self-proclaimed boob man? Especially when said love gets Macey busted down a rank when his commanding officer catches him in a compromising position with Em, the Admiral’s goddaughter. This a great read featuring a hot as sin Navy SEAL, a kidnap and rescue situation, an anaconda (and no, that’s not a euphemism, I mean an actual snake), and a safe house that might have a top-notch security system that apparently lacks a fire alarm because the sparks that were flying between Macey and Em should have set it off … many times over. But Macey has his work cut out for him because not only does he have to insure Em’s safety, he also has to convince her that her heart is safe with him. Mission accepted. 
Night Hawk(Elite Ops #1.5)
This is a REALLY short story. It felt like more of a chapter than a short story. There’s definite chemistry between Night Hawk and Black Jack, but there’s really not much that happens in this particular story. It’s definitely a teaser. Ms. Leigh, that was just cruel. But I’m certainly interested in reading more of this story, so I’d say the author accomplished her mission. 
Cooper’s Fall (Wounded Warriors #1)
Oh my! Ethan Cooper is one seriously hot alpha male. I so enjoyed the scene with which Ms. Leigh opened Cooper's story ... it was certainly stimulating. Of all of the male leads in this anthology, I think Cooper may be my favorite. When he stops avoiding Miss Sarah and decides to give in to his attraction to Sarah, oh my goodness, I don't even know a word that can properly illustrate how much I enjoyed those scenes. But as Cooper admits his feelings and Sarah becomes his Sair, his hotness factor goes through the roof. There was an unexpected twist to the story that I didn't see coming, but gave Cooper the chance to prove to Sarah how much she meant to him. This is a definite reread for me and I'm looking forward to the next & final story in this anthology as it is the sequel to Cooper's Fall and I'm hoping Ethan & Sarah make an appearance. 
Sheila’s Passion (Wounded Warriors #2)
I wasn't expecting the focus of the series to shift to Beau, Sarah's brother, and it definitely increased the suspense component of the series. Someone has decided that Beau needs to pay for turning his back on The Family. The problem is that the someone isn't sure which of the four men in Cooper's employ with "new" histories is Beau. So while Sheila and Casey (one of the four) find themselves in a precarious point in their relationship, Sheila becomes the bait as the someone attempts to force Casey's hand in a way that would reveal him as Beau. All the while, Sheila and Casey are fighting for the same thing, but both are too obstinate to see it. This make for some great reading as they take their passion to the bedroom. I'll just say that Casey makes angry sex look REALLY appealing. I am disappointed to learn that it doesn't appear that the next book in this series is available yet as I was really looking forward to learning Beau's new identity. 


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