Review: Hidden Agendas (Tempting SEALs, Book 4) by Lora LeighTuesday, June 26, 2007 20:53
This is the fourth entry in Leigh’s Tempting SEALs series. Book 1 is in the anthology, Honk If You Love Real Men (I hate that title), Book 2 is Dangerous Games, Book 3 is in the anthology, Real Men Do It Better (just mildly dislike that title). And, good googily moogily, I ADORE this cover (despite the inaccurate dog-tags) and I think it’s way cool that the woman is leading that big hunka man by those tags. This book is the story of Kell and Emily. They’ve known each other for years and years, loved each other for almost that long. They have never acted on that love, though, nor have they “hooked up.” This is the story of their explosive hook-up. And have I mentioned how much I love the cover?
Lora Leigh is one of my favorite erotic romance writers. Her books are always interesting, the characters fully developed, and the plots compelling. Oh and the sex is HAWT – HAWTY HAWT HAWT! Steamily erotic scenes are the norm in her books. I have a few problems with the Men of August series, but I generally like what she does. This book was no exception. I generally liked it.
The story was interesting, if not terribly compelling. Its saving grace were the characters – they were likeable and I really cared what happened to them. I liked Emily’s driven nature and I sooooo want Kell to show up on my doorstep one day – sooner rather than later, please.
I was thunderstruck by the betrayal at the end and I cried during the Nathan scene (you’ll see what I mean when you read it), so the emotional development is excellent throughout the book. However, I do hope Leigh’s next SEAL book has more of what Dangerous Games had – a little more edge. I got a confused about Judas and Mr. White – were they two different people? the same person? That remains unclear for a large portion of the book. Regardless, those were minor flaws in an otherwise fun summer read. Oh, and I LOVE the cover
Here’s the book blurb:
SAVING LIVES IS HIS MISSION.
Tough-as-nails Navy SEAL Kell Kreiger is the best there is at searching, rescuing, and taking no prisoners yet even the rush of ever-more dangerous missions isn’t enough to satisfy him. Haunted by a tortured past, Kell seeks distraction in a secret world of dark intimacies. But when Emily Stanton, the one ray of light in Kel’s shadowy existence, is pursued by a ruthless drug lord, the rules of the game suddenly changeâ€”and Kell will have to go deeper undercover than he ever imagined…
SAVING HER IS HIS PASSION.
Emily has loved Kell ever since her father, a prominent politician, rescued him from a brutal life on the streets. They were kids then, too young to act on what was growing between them but now that Emily is ready, the handsome, headstrong SEAL has decided he’s no good for her. Ever since he rescued her from Diego Fuentes’ compound, Kell’s only duty has been to keep Emily safe. But Fuentes isn’t finished with Emily or Kell. And to protect Emily, Kell has no choice but to lay himself body, soul, and secrets bare and fight against evil with all his heart.
Read an excerpt.
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