Wild Card [Elite Ops, #1] by Lora Leigh

Gratuitous sex couldn’t save this dense novel from mediocrity

Wild Card
By Lora Leigh
St. Martin’s Griffin | Paperback, 418 pages
Let’s give credit, where credit is due. Lora Leigh knows how to write suspense and action. And though I give her props for writing some pretty steamy sex scenes, I have to say that after three or four of them, I was reduced to a yawning, bored reader. But if you’re looking for the type of Erotica that features an aggressive alpha-male who seems to be angry at all times, then this book is exactly your cup of tea. 
Let it be known that I like sex…er, in books. And while I get that Noah was still dealing with the after effects from an overdosed (not self-induced) of a Viagra-like drug, I have to say that I overdosed myself while reading this book. The sex, the dirty talk…but mostly the sex. It was gratuitous and repetitive. At one point, I think Lora Leigh even managed to borrow a line from Nine Inch Nail’s Closer song (I wanna fuck you like an animal). Er, okay. 
I also couldn’t make heads and tails of the characters. I understand the metamorphosis that they both went through but most of the time, they puzzled me. They contradicted themselves so much that their characterizations became too fluid and not in a good sense of the word. It’s like they can’t make up their minds on whom they wanted to be for each other. Noah was jealous of his dead former self and expected Sabella to move on and yet he wouldn’t let her. Ugh. Frustrating man. I also could not tell the difference between the new and old Sabella. But apparently, the difference was startling. I didn’t get it, man.

As previously mentioned, Lora Leigh can write suspense drama. This book in particular feature a group of white extremist militia who kidnaps people of another race to use as prey. Meaning, they set them out to the woods and then hunt them, torture them and eventually kill them. I liked this story arch of the book. I like the process in which they built a case against the members and how it came to a head.

This book is a bit thick and could’ve used a bit of trimming. But as always, to each to their own and I found out that there is such a thing as too much smut. Who knew?!

My rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

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