Live Wire (Elite Ops #6)

Live WireBy Lora Leigh

Publisher: St. Martin’s
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Purchased

Meet Captain Jordan Malone.  For years he has been a silent warrior and guardian, operating independant of government protocol or oversight, leading his team of Elite Op agents to fight against terror at all costs.  A legend in the field, Jordan’s true identity has remained a mystery even to his own men…until now.Tehya Talamosi, codename Enigma, is a force to be reckoned with.  A woman this striking spells nothing but trouble for Jordan.  Armed with killer secrets – and body to die for – she’ll bring Jordan to his knees as they both take on the most deadly mission they have ever faced.  Because this time, it’s personal…

Goodreads Summary

While this can be read as a standalone, this is the sixth in Leigh’s Elite Ops series and she’s fond of mixing in characters and situations from past books – and since it’s the last, there’s a bit more of it.  You don’t need to know the specifics of them since she usually gives enough of a sketch that you get where the story is coming from, but there are a lot of relationships and situations that have been established by the time Live Wire takes place. Jordan’s nephew Nathan/Noah is here too – he started the series, spinning it off from Leigh’s SEALs series in the first Elite Ops book, Wild Card where Teyha first showed up.

Live Wire started with a little glimpse back to when Teyha was first recruited into Jordan’s Elite Ops team – she’d just killed her father, a slave trader personally responsible for killing several people directly related to the Live Ops.  The team staged her death and now they wanted to put her on Jordan’s team as his communications expert.  Knowing his intense attraction to her would be a problem, he tried to refuse, but was ultimately overruled.

Six years later, Jordan’s team is being disbanded.  Teyha’s got a new identity set up and is ready to move on with her life as a civilian and Jordan’s at a crossroads – to stay with the Ops or leave like Teyha.  During her years as his assistant, Tehya fell in love with Jordan, but he’s convinced himself that all they have is chemistry.  The night before they’re scheduled to close the facility, he decides to sleep with her, but afterwards tells her he won’t love her – and she vanishes before he can talk to her again.

Nine months later living a relatively happy, quiet new life under her new name, Teyha’s suddenly surrounded by the Ops team, led again by Jordan.  They’d been keeping tabs on some of her father’s cronies and suddenly her new name and location popped up – her identity isn’t a secret anymore and the team thinks that someone wants her dead.  The sudden drop-in from the Ops team was necessary because no one could reach her on her sat phone.  All of her former team members have been trying to stay in touch with her for months but were never able to – Jordan included.  Someone on the inside had tampered with the phone so she’d be out of contact.

I think even Leigh must be glad to be getting to the end of this series, although from what I understand, there’s going to be a spin-off of this series called Wounded Warriors.  The best thing I can say about this is that it’s suffering from series fatigue. The plots and characters are starting to blur a bit – I can’t remember which Ops guy is who anymore, other than Nathan/Noah, and he gets remembered because he showed up in two books and his full book was the most heartbreaking.  There’s danger and action here, but it’s pretty much matched by the amount of sex, and the emotional connection between Jordan and Teyha didn’t really move me like some of the other couples’ did.

Jordan is standard Alpha – the grouchy commander-type, vowing never to love anyone because he’s seen too many of his men lose the ones they love and he swears it won’t happen to him.  I really, intensely disliked that he continually had crazy monkey sex with Teyha then told her right afterwards that he didn’t want to hurt her but it didn’t really mean anything except that they were good in bed together.  He’d go on and on about how he didn’t want to hurt her, but he would only be there for a couple of weeks and she’d better enjoy his lovin’ while it lasted because he wasn’t the kind of guy who could give her the happy ending she deserved.  Gah!

Teyha was completely irrational when it came to her personal safety, forgetting all of her training.  Her dad kept Teyha and her mother on the run for years, torturing anyone who harbored them.  He murdered people all over the place, was a slave trader and she ended up having to kill him.  When she finds out his people are probably trying to kill her again, she figures she can take them out all by herself instead of using the people who came to help her.  Oh, and she keeps going back to Jordan and thinking she’ll change him with her magic hoo-ha.

Anyone who’s read any of Leigh’s books knows that there’s going to be pages and pages of hot, hot sex, and there is.  If there isn’t danger or arguing, there’s sex on every available surface and like any standard Alpha, Jordan’s really into growly dominance things, like….anal sex.  It’s a thing with Leigh’s books, an “ultimate claiming.” So, yeah.

I have a huge gripe with Live Wire – with most of Leigh’s books, but with Live Wire it’s become more obvious.  The editing is getting so sloppy it’s nuts.  For an author and imprint of this caliber, it’s ridiculous for there to be so many spelling, grammatical and continuity errors.  There have always been issues with the Elite Ops and SEALs series’, but this is the worst so far.

My Summary: It rarely matters how bad the plots and characters of these books are, I keep coming back to them like they’re truffles and I’m jonesing for a chocolate fix (always) in the hope that this one will turn out to be a gem because every once in a while, it is one.  This is one of the mediocre sparklers in the series – not the best, not the worst.  Leigh always delivers the steam, even though it tends to overshadow the story sometimes.  Live Wire does give a nice wrap-up for Jordan’s team and some action with all of the former members of it, plus a sentimental (and slightly cheesy) little look ahead for the new books to come.  With the horrific editing, this honestly ought to have been rated a D, but there’s something about a chest-beating Alpha guy with lots of weapons that inspires me to grade up a little bit.

My Rating: C

Barbara

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Comments

  1. Sometimes you just need to check your brain at the door and enjoy a guilty pleasure….lol

  2. Absolutely! LL's the only one I still let myself have since I had to finally give up Laurell K. Hamilton. 😉

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