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Wild Card

(Elite Ops #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  16,737 ratings  ·  979 reviews
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 before his wife, Bella, was told that Nathan was never coming home.

Bella’s mourned her husband’s death for three
Mass Market Paperback, 418 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2008)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
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
May 04, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Noone unless you're interest in women who have no backbone and men who think with their dicks
Recommended to Aquit by: Noone but somebody should had tied me up and warn me about how I

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
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wron
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
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
Feb 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
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Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
3.45 stars

Ok, Wild Card is definitely a 2016 favourite, but there are things that got on my nerves big time. This is a +400 pages book, so all the whining from both our main characters gets repetitive and extremely annoying. He's all oh! my baby can't handle the truth, and she's all I know the truth, but why doesn't he trust me enough to tell it to me himself.


Then he grunts, she silently cries, they have sex, he grunts, she cries, they have sex, he grunts... Stars! It just goes like this on and
Emily May
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, romance, erotica

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
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
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
I’m going for 4 stars because this hits a lot of points readers seem to want: drama, true love, sexual attraction and celibacy. I’ve read it twice, and for a soul mate romance it doesn’t make me want to gag.

Nathan/Noah is a hotter than hell Black Irish former Seal. Proclaimed dead after a mission gone wrong, Sabella has mourned him for six years, and has had to get on with life in Alpine, Texas and running his garage. For months, even years, Sabella has cried for him and even dreamed of him bein
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Ivy H
This novel represents Lora Leigh at her best. It was a tearjerker but I loved it. The heroine was such a strong woman who faced all the shitty tragedy life churned out and still kept her ideals and moral standards. I loved how hard she worked to keep her husband's legacy alive by refusing to part with the auto garage. Sabella was forced to become a strong tough woman after Nathan's "death." He had sheltered and protected her while he they were together and her descent into the reality of life af ...more
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
OK where to start?

1. THE BOOK: It had a lot of the eroticism and sexual intensity that got to me right after Noah/Nathan had appeared. The chemistry between him and his wife was of the chart and there was one moment I thought I was going to melt from the heat! Put it simply their passion was really hot, you could feel it on our own skin. The author actually made me believe there was love between them..not just "saying" but "showing." Their connection was so intense and real, I was captivated by
Title: Wild Care (Elite Ops, #1)
Series: Yes but can be read as a standalone
Author: Lora Leigh
Rating: 1 star
POV: Third person, multiple POV
HEA: (view spoiler)
Cliffhanger: . No.
Intolerable Heroine .No.
Über Douchebagery .Yes.
Taboo Subject Matter .No.
Cheating: (view spoiler)
Love Triangle (view spoiler)

This book was such a let down and I really disliked the hero in this story. Nathan Malone (aka Noah Blake
Al George
So there's over the top and then there's Over The Top. Guess which one we have here.

over the top

Let's go with OTT, shall we?

Series: Apparently

Sexy times:Every other flipping page.

Plan on reading more by the author: I have a few of her books in my TBR so yea.

Synopsis: Nathan is married to Isabella cum Sabella cum Bella cum Belle. Pick a fricking name already! Anyhoo, off to SEAL time he goes where he's captured by a bad, bad boy who sticks him full of drugs that turn him into a horndog on steroids. Of c
Jan 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
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,
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
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Chantal ❤️
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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
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lora-leigh
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
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
Aug 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
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
4 Stars

Captured and subjected to horrendous abuse by members of a Columbian drug cartel, Nathan Malone is believed dead by his beloved wife, Bella. Following his rescue, Nathan decides against coming back from the dead, assumes a new identity and takes up a position with a covert operations unit. But when danger begins stalking his wife, Nathan aka Noah Blake goes undercover to protect her. However, will their renewed desire for one another place them at even greater risk?

Series note: T
Oh. Em. Gee. This book was fan-freaking-tastic! I was in the WORST book funk ever! I'm talking, haven't read a book in 3 weeks, can't even bring myself to open my beloved kindle, may need to seek medial help BAD! Then I read this book on a whim. BAM! Best decision! It was non stop action (both the sexy and other kind ;)), kept me on the edge of my seat, can't wait to see what's gonna happen next, pull every emotion there is from me AWESOMENESS!!!!!

I can't even begin to describe how great it was.
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. ...more
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“No" she jerked back, stared up at him.
Her eyes were like thunderclouds. He'd never seen them like that. Shock and fear filled them. Her face was paper white. Her body shuddering.
"Don't you leave me!" She gripped his shirt and tried to shake him, tears falling from her eyes. "Don't you leave Noah."
His head lowered. He touched her lips with his and knew this woman held the best part of him. The memories of the husband he had been, the man he had been. He couldn't destroy that. He refuse to.
He pushed her to Jordan slowly, loath to let her go. To release her. Knowing that releasing her was the only way to save the memories she held.
"Don't you leave!" She screamed the order, eyes blazing, her lips trembling as tears fell and hysteria threatened to overwhelm her. "If you leave me, Noah Blake, if you don't come back when this is over, don't bother coming back at all.
He touched her cheek. Ran his thumb over her lips. "You are the best part of me," he whispered. "Always remember that, Sabella. The best part of me."
Before she could grab him, hold him to her, he pulled away, grabbed one of the rifles Mike had set on the table across the room. And left.”
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