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Renegade (Elite Ops #5)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,050 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
As a bridal shop owner, Mikayla Martin helps make women’s wedding dreams come true. Her own life, however, has become a nightmare since she witnessed a murder—and got an up-close-and-personal look at the killer. What’s worse: She knows she knows him. But the police, after doing an alibi check, don’t believe her. It’s up to Mikayla to prove them wrong…and do whatever it tak ...more
Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2010)
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I am so annoyed right now . So I am not going to even bother with writing a real review for Renegade , because The author didn't really bother to write a real book! If she didn't bother why should I? WTH? seriously this was all filler, where's the beef? This book was so damn repetitious and tedious I had to slam My head into a wall to stay awake!!! Her innocence , little fairy, amethyst eyes, fire in his arms, Her innocence , little fairy, amethyst eyes, fire in his arms. Okay alr
Sep 05, 2010 Auntee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
*sigh* I wished I could have loved this. I barely liked it. Maybe I need a long break from LL books. I read her Breeds, Nauti, Men of August, Bound Hearts, Tempting SEALs, and Elite Ops series, and maybe that's just too much Lora Leigh for me. Everything just seems the same: the characters, the plots, the dialogue, the physical descriptions, the emotions, the 'being with you is going to be the death of me', the sex scenes...everything just seems 'been there, done that' to me.

In this one, you ha
Sep 19, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gag-worthy-book
Where oh where shall I begin about Renegade, the latest book by Lora Leigh? Here we have a tortured, beats his chest angsty hero and a twenty-six year old virgin heroine who waits with bated breath for her prince charming to come along and sweep her off her feet. Instead she gets a man who constantly puts her down because of her obsession with wearing a white wedding dress and a proud V-card carrying member.

Mikayla Martin lives in a small town where everyone seems to know your name. She comes fr
Sep 07, 2010 LynnMarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christy’s Review

Let me just start out by saying this book is smoking hot. Lora Leigh is my favorite author in the erotic/romance world. Her books are amazing. I'm not sure if I have ever read one that I didn't like. Renegade is part of the Elite Ops series. The Elite Ops agents are strong, sexy and overall good guys. They all come with baggage from their pre-Elite Ops days.

Mikayla Martin is a sweet independent daughter, sister and great friend. She owns her own dress shop where she designs and
Sep 26, 2010 marlene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If ever she looked like a fairy it was now. If ever she looked like a fairy it was now. If ever she looked like a fairy it was now. If ever she looked like a fairy it was now. No now. No, now. Wait. Right now.

Her amethyst eyes... Her amethyst eyes blah blah. Her amethyst …. Ok! Enough please. We get it. Really, we do.

Oh Lora Leigh. Really? Quality over quantity honey. This book was just, well, terrible. The plot was as repetitive as the over use of key phrases. We have been there done that. On
Sep 16, 2010 SheLove2Read rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
If I could give this book awards, I would. Like:

The "For the love of all that's holy" award for most virginal heroine!
The "I need a Tylenol" award for the exaggerated use of the phrase "destroy me"!
The "Buy that woman a dictionary" award for extreme usage of the word "soul"!

and last but not least

The "Queen of Contemporary Purple Prose" award to the author, for making me roll my eyes, actually gag reading the hero's thoughts and kick my own ass for spending 8 bucks on this book.

Oct 30, 2010 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who read and love Lora Leigh, Renegade was nothing new. This is Nik's story,in the Elite One group. I foolishly expected something a bit different, tho, as Nikolai Steele is Russian and an assassin. The opportunity was passed up, however, and reading about Nik was exactly like reading about any of the others in this series (he says he's from Texas, of all places!!! I guarantee I have not seen a hunky, 6'5" white/blonde Viking with ice blue eyes around here! I would notice as I am TEAM ...more
Sep 21, 2010 jenjn79 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: Continuation of a series
What is it about Lora Leigh's books that keep us coming back for more even when they frustrate us so much? Not sure...something to ponder. Because like her other books, this one had quite a few things in it that were irritating, but it wasn't a terrible book.

Series Note:
Part of Leigh's long-runnin "Tempting SEALs/Elite Ops" series. This one has a pretty singular storyline so you could possibly read it as a stand-alone.

Clothing designer Mikayla Martin goes to her brother's job at a constr
Sep 03, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series and Lora Leigh
The ending really almost ruined the book for me. I don't want to go into details, but the identity of the killer was very contrived and not what I would have expected from a Lora Leigh book.

I liked the book, but I would have to say that it is my least favorite of the series so far. I really liked Mikayla and how strong she was (although she was a little too perfect - the perfect sister/daughter, popular with everyone in the world it seemed, the list goes on). We finally learn more about Nik, wh
Jul 03, 2015 Fanny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Renegade es el quinto libro de la serie Elite Ops de Lora Leigh y tiene como protagonistas a Nik y Mikayla.
Esta historia era la que mas ganas tenia de leer cuando descubri la serie, no se si porque Nik me llamo mas la atencion o si simplemente la sinopsis me parecio mas interesante que las demas, por lo que tenia unas altas expectativas cuando empece la lectura y aunque no cumplio todas mis expectativas, si que fue el libro que mas me ha gustado de la saga.
Aun no se muy bien que pensar de la aut
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Sep 06, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance
This was a fun read but not that well constructed ... Fast-paced, action-packed, and full of sexual tension. We don't see a lot of the protagonists' reasoning for the actions they take, and we are not shown how the villians came together. I did guess the surprise ending many chapters before it happened, but that didn't ruin it for me, as I didn't have any support for my guess until the climactic scene.

I liked the plot, loved the spunky heroine even though she should have llistened better, and I
Margaret Gaiottina
Lora Leigh non mi convince più come una volta. Mykaila da vergine inesperta si trasforma in donna fatale e anche investigatrice. Nick è un gran bel manzo dal cuore prima infranto e poi indurito. Bah, niente per cui strapparsi i capelli.
Sep 05, 2010 Sammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-suspense
2.5 stars. What to say..I was dissapointed. I was hoping after the last book this would be an improvement. Not so much. Which is too bad because I really enjoyed the first couple books in this series. First complaint that comes to mind is too repetitive. Nik constantly thought the same things over and over! We get it already! Ugh! I just felt this was same story different book. Hard ass Alpha who can't commit because his life is too dangerous. Good woman pining over a man she can't have. Lots of ...more
Nov 08, 2010 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loraleigh
Mikayla was an unusual heroine for this Lora Leigh series because she believed in forever and happily ever after. She was strong in her convictions, professionally capable, and had a loving and loyal family. For Nik, Mikayla is everything that he had hoped to have, couldn't have, and he sees forever in her eyes. Unlike most in the series, this H/h have no past history, no shady dealings to hide behind. Nik quickly admits to her that he's there to figure out who is telling the truth, Maddix or Mi ...more
This book was so much better than the last ones in the series. I really liked Mikayla, she wasn't your typical virginal heroine, she actually had a back bone and wasn't afraid to use it when she needed to. Which would then drive Nik nuts as right from the start he was fighting his attraction to her.

Watching these 2 dance around each other and their feelings for each other was the fun of the story. Nik had been very hurt in his past, seems to be a running theme from this author, and Mikayla was
Littybell1 Harris
Let me start by saying this is my first Lora Leigh book so my perspective is different then some who has read more of her work or series. That said, I enjoyed the book. Some of the things I liked were the steamy scenes and boy were they steamy! Mikayla Martin is the inopportune witness to a murder. Innocent and honest, she tells the authorities who and what she saw, except there is a problem. The man she saw has an alibi and is in a position of power. Mikayla knows she isn't crazy but people beg ...more
I'm giving Renegade 3 stars because i DID really like Nik and Mikayla and the story was pretty good but i have to agree with others that Lora Leigh DID get very repetitive with the use of her words/phrases in this one..actually, i think this might have been the worst that i have ever seen it! What's funny is that in her acknowledgements at the beginning of the book the first person she mentions is her editor.."For a wonderful editor, Monique" are her exact words. I've mentioned in past reviews t ...more
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Let me preface this review by acknowledging that yesterday I did a 43km training walk with my trailwalker team that took nearly 11 hours, during which it rained the ENTIRE time. Also, that I didn't get back from the meeting that followed said walk until shortly before midnight.

You'll understand, therefore, why when I picked this book up this morning, my main requirement was light-hearted brain candy with just enough edge to keep me interested, but that in NO way demanded I think.

Lora Leigh's "Re
It was a good read, an unusual(ish) plot and interesting characters...I ordered this book online as it was recommended for what I usually read (police thrillers)..I definitely did not expect the porn :S
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Ed eccoci al penultimo capitolo di questa serie della Leigh, che parla di una squadra paramilitare, l'Elite OPS appunto, in cui ex militari apparentemente morti vengono “riportati alla vita” e dedicano la loro nuova vita alle missioni più disperate, in cui è necessaria la massima segretezza. Hanno nuove identità, che devono tenere nascoste a chiunque, sono vincolati da un contratto per diversi anni, per ripagare l'opportunità di una seconda chance. La lo
Feb 11, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone over 18
Recommended to Linda by: LL Chatters
OH MY GOD! When I met Nikolai in the first book in this series I just knew that his story was going to be Hot and more HOT! And I don't think that Ms. Leigh could had picked a better female lead than Mikayla, she was just perfect for Nik... These books just keep going and getting better.

A High-Risk Mission
As a bridal shop owner, Mikayla Martin helps make women’s wedding dreams come true. Her own life, however, has become a nightmare since she witnessed a murder—and got an up-close-and-personal l
Jan 03, 2015 Ada rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lately I haven't been feeling Lora Leigh's books as much as when I first found her Breeds series. I mostly ended up skimming Renegade mostly due to the fact that it followed much to simple a path. Nik Steele, our Elite Ops hero gets drawn into the case where he has to figure out if the client who hired him (really he's doing him a favor) is guilty of murder or if he one who is accusing him of murder is a liar.

The accuser is our heroine, Mikayla Martin, a straight up goody-two-shoes, although inf
Aug 12, 2015 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Um...well...I like a good romance. I like a good mystery. If you can get two for the price of one, BINGO. Not here. I get it this is supposed to be super sexy and all about "innocent fairy with amethyst eyes" finding her prince charming but enough.
I wanted to know more about the mystery and whom she witnessed killing Eddie. The losing of her virginity and subsequent "hot steamy" love making bored me. Maybe because every other thought running through his head was how fragile and vulnerable she i
Jan 06, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Was it repetitive? Yes but maybe I’m just used to that because I’m a fan of Christine Feehan. Where there a few typos? Yes but very few and there was one name error where the author put the name of the dead guy instead of the name of the guy they were talking to. That threw me off a bit but I quickly got back into the swing of things.

A mystery with a sweet, short female character who takes no crap from the big-bad alpha male? Sign me up.

Also, I really did not see that ending c
Spoiler Whore says calm your tits people, it's just a book
Another great story to add to this series. Nik, oh Nik. You can't help but fall for him and feel for him. Liked the story line though at the end she kinda rushed it for me. Now I gotta wait for Jordan's downfall and I hope it's gonna be a good one. It's nice to see the other characters from her previous books to make an appearance. Hope she makes a book with all Tempting Seals/Elite Ops together soon.
Aug 17, 2015 Alison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I finished this book. Well, being on vacation and having it the only book I had left to read was the reason. What a repetitious, pointless story with absolutely no character development!

Others who wrote negative reviews took the words right out of my mouth. This was the first Lora Leigh book for me and the last. I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I checked it out from the library. The cover art on my copy has a spilling cocktail muscle man in sight. How
Nov 18, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just wow. The thing that drives me crazy about L.L. is that she takes a woman, makes her "strong" and "independent" and then suddenly she just can't help but be swept away by a possessive, archaic guy & lets him make all her decisions. If the guy I am having a fling with tried to boss me around the way Nik tells Mikayla what to do, I'd slap him and then leave him - mind-blowing sex or not. This is a pretty common trend in L.L. books, but I thought it was overly excessive in this one. As ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Pattianne marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
RENEGADE - ELITE OPS SERIES #5 - (Nikolai and Mikayla)

One Elite Opes agent is on a special assignment involving a beautiful woman. But his involvement is about to go beyond the call of duty 0 and into the realm of dangerous desire...


As a bridal shop owner, Mikayla Martin helps make women’s wedding dreams come true. Her own life, however, has become a nightmare since she witnessed a murder — and got an up-close-and-personal look at the killer. What’s worse: She knows she knows
They were things about this book I absolutely adored. And then there were times it was just excruciatingly painful to read. Too often repetitive, the story could have ended multiple times instead of veering to the left and dragging on. But, all in all, it was the reveal of the killer that disappointed me the most.
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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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“You're not the first Elite Ops agent to fall in love and you won't be the last," Ian informed him (Nik). "I've watched four of you fall so far, and I'll be here to watch your commander go down fighting as well. Protecting your woman isn't your problem; it's protecting your heart.” 11 likes
“He could hope for many things, though he had stopped doing so long ago. If one didn't hope, then disappointment didn't visit. Hoping meant you had somehting to live for, and living for something or someone else was asking for pain. -Nik” 5 likes
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