Ok yes…I’m a sucker for Lora Leigh’s Alpha males and I also have a weakness for foreign Alphas so her latest, “Maverick” was like a double-dipped ice cream cone for me. “Maverick” continues her seriously sexy SEAL/Elite Ops series with the story of Micah, code-name…uh, hello? Have you not been paying attention? Maverick.
Micah doesn’t really exist. That’s just the name he took after his supposed death while trying to capture the man who killed his mother and (in his opinion) caused the death of his father. Since that day, he’s lived and breathed for revenge against the killer and this is the closest he’s gotten. That’s good. The bad is…the killer’s target this time is a woman Micah has been secretly admiring for several years. She’s a survivor of the worst kind of betrayal and torture. Now, Micah’s mission is to pose as her lover while protecting her and catching the killer when he tries to strike. Why is this bad? Well, Micah knows he won’t be able to keep his hands off her, and pretty soon he’s losing his heart to boot. But dead men don’t have a future.
It’s taken Risa eight long years to recover from the horrible trauma of being raped and then used as a drug guinea pig. She’s finally psyched herself up to try having sex with a man and her friends have a perfect candidate. As soon as she sets eyes on Micah, she’s caught…and a little frightened of the level of passion he arouses in her. But when she learns the whole ‘date’ is a set-up and a killer is after her, she feels betrayed and afraid once more. Yet somehow Micah makes her feel safe and wanted…at least until this Op is over and then he’ll leave…taking her heart with him.
Micah is quite the scorcher. I’d sure as heck do him! His ‘issues’ were ones I could ‘see’ someone like him having and they were at least reasonable for this story. His devotion to duty and ability to see beyond the surface just added to his sexiness for me. Risa was a bit more complex and harder for me to understand. Her fractured psyche really was what one would expect from someone who had undergone the experiences she had. But her back and forth sometimes irked me…not bad enough to make me dislike her, but enough to make me want to give her a good talking to!
The setting was spot on, the action kept the plot moving, and I admit the foreign love words (with translations) were pretty hot too. I enjoyed the growing closeness and connection between the hero and heroine and the quick pace of the relationship was believable by virtue of the close quarters and heightened tensions of the situation. “Maverick” is another winner for me and I’ll be pining for Lora Leigh’s next book in this series until September 2009 when “Heat Seeker” is scheduled to release. Of course, I’ll also buy “Real Men Last All Night” in June 2009 which has a short story related to this series to tide me over.