Title: Heat Seeker
Author: Lora Leigh
Page Count: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Copy for review compliments of the public library
50 words or less: Bailey Serborne and John Vincent have to deal with their turbulent past to stop an illegal arms deal, exact revenge on the monster who killed Bailey's loved ones, and maybe, just maybe, live happily ever after.
The Elite Ops series continues with Heat Seeker, which stars Australian agent John Vincent and former CIA operative Bailey Serborne, who we met in the last book. After being put through the emotional blender with the last book, this one was a nice change, and Bailey is probably my favorite of the heroines in this series so far. She's sharp, clever, funny, and has some serious brass balls, which are all characteristics I enjoy in a heroine.
John Vincent, on the other hand, is another reborn soldier in the corps- he was an intelligence operative in Australia in his previous life and he had worked with Bailey on a case, sleeping with her in the process. Unfortunately, part of being rescued from certain doom and joining the Elite Ops means giving up all ties to your former existence and everyone thinking you died for real. Bailey was devastated; when she figures out that John Vincent is actually the love of her life that she thought was dead she's, in a word, pissed.
The interactions between these two are sharp and on-point. Bailey doesn't back down when John starts the Tarzan routine, and John doesn't back down when Bailey looks like she's going to do something unwise. Unfortunately, this story is unfolding against the suspense plot of the book, which involves a covert missile sale amongst the members of the upper crust society that Bailey's family hails from. Seriously people, there are so many secondary characters running around that I just gave up keeping them all straight. This was a problem, as it pretty much ruined the climax of the story when the secret identity of the evil guy is revealed. I couldn't remember who the person was or how he was connected to the rest of the characters. Some surprise.
Easily my favorite part of the book is at the end, when Bailey gets the upper hand on the boss man of the Elite Ops, Jordan Malone. Jordan Malone is the Jonas Wyatt of this series- gruff, bossy, annoying, and up in everyone's business. Hints were dropped at the end of the book that he'll be getting his own story at some point, and I'm definitely looking forward to that.
This book is a good way to spend a rainy afternoon, there's no real surprises or answers to world problems here but hey, it's an entertaining story.
Overall Grade: B