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Wild Card (Elite Ops #1)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  13,101 ratings  ·  715 reviews
Bella mourned her fallen SEAL husband Nathan for six years -- until Noah hires on as a new mechanic in her garage. His Texas home town has a ring of hunters who kill Mexican immigrants in the nearby National Park -- and four successive agents betrayed by a mole. Explicit sex - upside, downside, topside, backside.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2008)
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Jessica Hatfield
4 go síoraí Stars

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"A man that's whole. That's what you deserve, Sabella. And I'm not whole any longer. I haven't been in a long time."

So Wild Card is the first book in the Elite Ops Series, and the first book I have read by the author Lora Leigh, and I loved it. Life is good for Nathan Malone. He is a Navy Seal. Married to his beautiful, young, soul mate. When not out on missions for the Seals, he is running his mechanic shop. He goes out on what he thinks will be a simple in and out mission r
Nathan Malone was one dirty talking guy. I loved him. I see the cover has been changed since I bought this book. Bought it 3 years ago. Bit of a cover whore, I am. Not sure what was wrong with the original cover... This is the new one.

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
Opening Line: "Nathan Malone stood in the clinical white office he had been brought to"

This one is a keeper. One of those books that you can't stop reading and then find yourself sad as you approach the end because you don't want it to be over. WILD CARD is a beautiful romance with scorching hot love scenes, plenty of action and a sexy alpha male hero that literally jumps off the pages at you. Bound in leather chaps and just daring you to get on the back of his Harley. What an escape, I loved it

I wish I can say how much I loved this book and how much the characters made me root for them ... but...

I can't, plain and simple. I refuse to call Lora’s characters as the "Hero" and "Heroine" since they are anything but that.

"Wild Card" was one of the first books I read from Lora Leigh and I admitted that I was anticipating an actual love story between the characters since the back cover seemed so interesting. But no, all I got was a book that was 418 pages long and half of them
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Wild Card is definitely a contributor to global warming. Very hot! But with that said, I was disappointed to see the same old formula used in other stories I've read by this author.

18-year-old virginal girl? Check!

Older man who lusts for her from afar? Check! Check!

He growls.

He snarls.

He's an uber-alpha and she's in need of his protection. Big Ole' Hairy Check!


I loved this plot in the first Lora Leigh book that I read, which probably explains my love for my man Clint. (HaHa!) However, I'm
Based on everything I'd heard about Lora Leigh's books, I started reading Wild Card with some caution. But I'd also heard that this book was very good and not too heavy on her usual "style", so I decided to give it a try. Well, I'm happy I did. :)

I loved the setting and the story. I was surprised by the identity of the villain who had been leaking all the info to the bad guys (I won't go into details here, for it would be a major spoiler) and I was literally sitting at the edge of my chair when
5+ stars - Romantic Suspense

Wild Card is the first book in Lora Leigh’s Elite Ops romantic suspense series that is a spin-off of her Tempting SEALS series. As a fan of Leigh’s Tempting SEALS novels, I was anxious for Nathan’s story, and I was not disappointed. Wild Card focuses on former Navy SEAL Nathan Malone, who was rescued in the novel Hidden Agendas after 19 months of captivity and torture, has been declared dead to his wife, friends, and family, assumed the new identity of Noah Blake (co
Aly is so frigging bored
Where to start? … Where to start?
This was a completely disappointing book! Seriously! I expected some hot sex, action, some humor, likeable characters and I got a blend of angst and melodrama and idiots. I kid you not, both MCs were cretins.

To help you understand why I’m making those statements, let me tell you about the plot. We have the MCs living happily in a backwards town in Texas, he was a mechanic and a SEAL she was a… I have no idea because it was never said[or I might have missed it]. H
Let's sit down and talk about something for a minute. That one thing we all think about but don't really talk about. You know the one.


I'm not going to get into the romance is porn for women discussion. Not gonna do it. But obviously, I'm a girl that likes a good romance. I love the snap and sizzle. The gutting heartbreaks. The push and pull between people falling and fighting. The eccentric families that always seem to surround them. In all its shapes and forms, I love a good love story. A
Julie (jjmachshev)
I'm not sure what it was about Lora Leigh's latest, "Wild Card", but something just didn't hit all my pleasure buttons with it. Maybe it was the hero's stubbornness that lasted just too long for me not to get irritated with it. Or maybe it was his push/pull tactics that drove me nuts...Either way, I just wasn't as thrilled with this book as I usually am with most everything Leigh writes.

Bella lost her soulmate three years ago when her SEAL husband didn't return from his last mission. Since then,
Emily May

If you can't say anything else about Lora Leigh, you can at the very least acknowledge that she can write a hot and kinky scene as good as anyone. But be warned, she isn't into the vanilla and if you're looking for strait-laced 'nice' sex and love, don't even bother delving into her world. If you're okay with extreme, and I do really mean extreme, dirty talk and seriously hot sex, then you've found the right woman. There are also numerous elements of light (but incredibly hot) BDSM and mentions
Oct 05, 2008 Kathrynn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that have read the Tempting SEALs series
What a ride! When I started this I was rolling my eyes: TWO prologues and several large leaps through time. But, I was riveted to the book from that point on. I had a lump in my throat at the PROLOGUE for crine out loud! The two main characters LOVED each other so deeply I felt it down to my toenails. They had a connection, a soul-deep connection that spanned miles and included shared dreams and horrors.

This is book #1 in a new series, but it is a spin-off from the Tempting SEALs series where Na
We start off this book with heartbreaking scenes of a couple madly in love and then ripped apart when a mission goes wrong; Bella is told that her husband, Nathan "wild card" Malone is dead.
Truthfully in the beginning this is what everyone believes until Nathan is rescued after 19 months of torture.
In the seedy hole where he was kept, drugged, abused, the only thing that kept Nathan from bowing down to the demands of his captors was his vows to his wife. But in the end, Nathan feels that he is n
No me ha gustado mucho.
Es entretenido y se lee rápido pero cuando en una novela erótica te lees las escenas hot en diagonal, mal síntoma.
El protagonista es de los que no me gustan. Lo siento, este tipo de hombres no van conmigo. machistas y celosos y demasiaso posesivos
La protagonista en principio no me ha caido mal, pero a medida que iba avanzando la historia y desvelado como era su relación de pareja, pues se me ha chafado todo.
¿En serio un buen matrimonio es aquel en el que ella se comporta
Wild Card starts out with the love between Nathan and Sabella just blossoming. She's eighteen and he's about twenty seven so there is definitely an age gap between them. She hasn't had time to mature into the woman she's destined to be yet so when Nathan's job as a Navy Seal goes horribly wrong, he doesn't believe his soft, Southern Bella can handle the repercussions. He turns his back on the man he used to be and throws himself into healing his mind and body. After countless surgeries and numer ...more
When I stumbled across Wild Card at my usual thrift bookstore, I tried to be nice and give another chance to this author, considering I heard/read very good feedback on her book and especially this one, one of her highest rated outside the Breeds series (paranormal so not fit for my eyes).
I had tried two already: one Nauti Boy (rated 4.02) was one of the worst book I read ever; the second Hidden Agendas (rated 4.24) had some of the most idiotic passages ever, though I did not hate it so much.
Wild Card was an enjoyable diversion over the Christmas holidays.

Wild Card is the story of Sabella and Nathan Malone. The book begins with Sabella and Nathan, young and very much in love. Nathan is sent off on a mission and does not return. Sabella is crushed. So strong is her love for her man, that she is convinced he is still alive. After all, she is having vivid dreams of him, suffering, bloody, and tortured.
Nathan has been broken and horribly tortured. When he is finally rescued, he undergoe
When Navy SEAL Nathan Malone left for his latest mission, he did not realize it would be the last time he saw his wife. Brutally tortured and left with only the shell of the man everyone knew, Nathan has kept away fearing his wife, Sabella, would never be able to accept the person he has become. When he is sent back to the place he left on a new mission as Noah Blake, he is not sure what to make of the hot blooded woman with a unyielding temper his wife has become.

Six years later Sabella is stru
Nathan Malone is one of THE dirtiest talkers I have ever read! *fans self* Got a little uncomfortable about how the twist was handle (view spoiler). Bella was a strong female character and well, Noah/Nathan was hot. The sex was off the charts (and should come with a disclaimer!). A good romantic suspense read.
I couldn't wait to read this book once I got started on Leigh's Tempting SEALS series...and it mostly lived up to my expectations.

I enjoyed the overall storyline...SEAL Nathan Malone spent 19 months tortured by a drug lord, and when he's finally free, he's so messed up he doesn't let his wife know that he's alive. Years pass, Nathan takes on the identity of Noah Blake and signs up with an private sector Elite Ops groups. Then he finds out his wife is in danger from a militia group and returns ho
Wild Card is the first installment in author Lora Leigh's adult romantic suspense series: Elite Ops. After reading the synopsis for Wild Card, I was so excited to read this book! Listen to this plot...A woman believes her husband, a Navy SEAL, was killed on a mission. But actually, he is alive, has a new identity, and he looks and acts completely different, compliments of the horrific torture he suffered. When he enters her life again many years later, she has no idea it's him. And so a new roma ...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
3 to 3 1/2 star

I found Wild Card to be emotional, frustrating, exciting, wearisome, captivating, erotic, heartbreaking, fast-paced, and confusing at times. And, boy, did the hero take self-sacrifice and martyrdom to a whole new level. Overall, I enjoy this story, but wasn't blown away by it either.
This book is seriously hot!
Ms Leigh can write a classy, sexy scene (I didn't even know that was possible). Sabella and Noah had to endure plenty of anguish and sadness to be together but it was definitely worth it. I will continue with this series, that's for sure. :)
This one was hard at first. I wasn't sure I was going to continue because right off the bat the H/h are separated and her husband is presumed dead...for three years! The author does not skirt over the heartbreak that she endures believing her soul mate is dead. Damn those Irish eyes! (if you've read this you know what I am talking about, if not read it and you will)

Nathan is a Navy SEAL and goes missing on a dangerous mission. He ran an auto shop in his local town and was the head mechanic ther
Alex is The Romance Fox
BOOK DESCRIPTION: A fatal escape It was supposed to be simple. All Navy SEAL Nathan Malone had to do was rescue three young girls from a Columbia 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.
A dangerous desire . . . Bella’s mourned her husband’s death for three long years. But she has no idea he’s still alive. Forced to
AUDIOBOOK: March, 2014;
I did not finish the audiobook. The story did not hold up six years after I read the paperback.

REVIEW OF PAPERBACK; SEPT 6, 2008: 4 STARS Spoilerish...for the spoiler-sensitive people.

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Ha sido mi primera vez con Lora Leigh y me ha encantado .
Le habría dado 4.5 estrellas pero dado que no hay medias estrellas... :/
Michelle the Romance Witch
WOW OMG what a rush... there are so many damn twists in this book that for every love scene sending me into hormone rushes there was an equal number making me cry in anger, sadness, and frustration. I felt every emotion that both H/H felt and i couldn't wait to find out if there was an HEA. So buying the rest of this series and any other Leigh books i can find!!
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Lora Leigh lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky, often found absorbing the ambience of this peaceful setting. She dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared. Lora’s family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Elite Ops (6 books)
  • Maverick (Elite Ops, #2)
  • Heat Seeker (Elite Ops, #3)
  • Black Jack (Elite Ops, #4)
  • Renegade (Elite Ops, #5)
  • Live Wire (Elite Ops, #6)
Tempting the Beast (Breeds, #1) Mercury's War (Breeds, #16) Lion's Heat (Breeds, #21) Tanner's Scheme (Breeds, #9) Elizabeth's Wolf (Breeds, #3)

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“I pray. I go to mass. I even remember to respect my elders and help little old ladies across the street. What the hell did I do to deserve this?” 32 likes
“Oh, now my Erin, she'd smile down on me no matter where I walked." Grandpop smiled that little smile again. "But I'd be separated from her, and I'd feel that separation in my soul, you see?"
Nathan shook his head.
Grandpop sighed. "You have the Irish eyes, boy. One of these days, you'll see from eyes, not your own, feel with a heart outside your chest. Wild Irish eyes. Nathan. When you love, love well and love true, and take care, lad, because those Irish eyes are windows into not just your own soul, but the soul of the one you love." Grandpop looked out at his Erin's grave.
"And when you lose that heart, you can't leave the places where your memories are the best. And if I left her, I'd not be buried beside her.”
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