Review: Heat Seeker by Lora Leigh

Posted on September 14, 2009


Heat Seeker by Lora Leigh

Series: Elite Ops #3

Hero: John Vincent

Heroine: Bailey Serborne

John Vincent has always led a life of danger, and now he has every reason to want to remain as dead as the obituary in the Australian papers had proclaimed him to be. He’d left nothing behind in the life he had once led—except for one woman, and one night of unforgettable passion. Now, both will return to haunt him…

Bailey Serborne is still tormented by a past she can’t change and a man she hasn’t been able to forget. A man who was supposed to dead.. But now, a stroke of fate has revealed that sometimes, a woman is given a second chance to heal her heart—and exact the sweetest revenge…

Heat Seeker reminds me a bit of Wild Card, where the hero “died” and came back to the unforgettable woman he was forced to leave behind.  Under the guise of a new identity and face, the hero pursues the heroine who is crucial to an ongoing investigation – and the heroine senses a familiarity with the dangerous, attractive man who reminds her of a man she once loved.

The premise of Heat Seeker may be similar to Wild Card but I think that is to be expected considering the nature of the work the men are involved in as secret agents.  Some differences include Bailey Serborne being a stronger and more confident heroine than Bella Malone was in Wild Card.  I believe this can be attributed to the fact that Bailey was an agent who was versed in combat and the art of hiding her emotions. Another difference to note is that Nathan Malone was a very tortured hero in Wild Card, having been caught and tortured for years after a mission gone wrong.  John Vincent, on the other hand, did not have a tortured past.

While the sex here is just as non-stop action as the other Lora Leigh books, there was also a more substantial plot in finding the identity of Warbucks who is an unknown but powerful entity (I use this term because it was not yet determined in the beginning of the story whether Warbucks is an individual, group of individuals, or organization) responsible for dangerous black market sales and a threat to national security.  For fans new to the series, the numerous characters referenced and their various assumed identities may be mind-boggling. I was confused a few times and I’ve been following the series from the onset…or it could be that I’m forgetful, lol.

There was one very crucial scene after the villain was revealed that I had no clue what was going on, and who was being mentioned. Who is Jules? In one scene, it was mentioned that Mary was in the room and in the next scene it was someone name Jules. At first, I thought it was my speed reading that skipped over a very important character but I don’t think so. The Jules person was mentioned more than once during the most climatic point of the plot and the confusion in the character switch shattered my concentration in the story.

Despite this confusion and the fact that the hero emulate alpha characteristics of Lora Leigh’s previous heroes, Heat Seeker is still a nice addition to the Elite Ops. I wouldn’t mind another book to continue the series but anymore than one and I think the series may be over-extending itself (if it continues to have similar characters and plots). There are two characters that I’m interested in reading about and that’s Jordan Malone, the commander of the Elite Ops, and “Teyha” aka Catalina Lamont. Hopefully, these two would be paired together to tie up the series nice and neat. If I’m not mistaken, John’s comment to Jordan in the last pages of the book hints at a developing story between Jordan and “Teyha”.

I would give the book a B-.

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