Wild Card is my automatic go-to-books to read over and over when I'm in the mood for an angsty hero, a top-notch ugly cry, a ton of nail-biting adventure and a buttload of panty-melting hot sexiness! The writing is magical, moving and mind-blowing! I mean, just look at the picture ... my poor paperback looks so well used up and lovingly abused after nine years and so many times rereading it ... And I'm All-In at the prologues, every single time ...
"You have the Irish eyes, boy. One of these days you'll see from eyes not your own, feel with a heart outside your chest. Wild Irish eyes, Nathan. When you love, love well and love true, and take care, lad, because those Irish eyes are windows into not just your own soul, but the soul of the one you love ... And when you lose your heart, you can't leave the places where your memories are best ... Don't lose the one you love. You lose a part of your soul when you do. The legacy of those eyes will ensure it."
This one book. A thousand feels ... I have a book shaped imprint on my heart from this book, it's absolutely unforgettable. I've never had a book stick with me like this story does. No matter how many times I read it, my heart hurts. My eyes tear all up just thinking about it, even more so cause I know what's coming, and then I get all wound up over all the insanely crazy choices Nathan makes because he thinks he's doing the right thing. I loved how all the desire and passion brought Nathan and Bella so close physically, the addictive sexual chemistry comes off them in waves ... but deep down do they really know each other or are they just loving strangers playing house, afraid to be their true selves?
His sacrifice ... Nathan Malone thought he knew what it would cost signing up in the Navy meant, until he had a simple rescue mission go tits up haywire and it put his life and future on the line. Nathan had it all. Everything his heart and body desired all wrapped up in one perfect woman. Only he took all that for granted, assumed his life would always be a fun thrill ride, an adrenaline rush, not the PTSD nightmare of a stranger that looked back at him in the mirror now.
"Go siorai," he wihispered, breathing in the scent of those memories. "Forever, Sabella. I'll love you forever." - Nathan
He didn't believe all the Irish folktales of a soul binding connection with your one true love, so Nathan had one last decision ... accept his fate, get out of the Navy Seals and go home to face his perfect wife, or let the damaged man known as Nathan Malone die and start a new life as Noah Blake, Elite Ops. Could he be brave enough to live without the love of his life, and spare her this uncontrollable monster? But his Irish eyes saw all, felt all, haunted all, night and day, driving him to go back to the only place he had ever known peace ... his wife's arms. His true north. Only now, she's in the middle of a dangerous mission threatening his home town and she thinks her husband is dead.
"Today he would step back into her life as another man. A man whose hungers were so dark, ran so deep, that sometimes they made him pause. A renegade. A wild card. He would come to her, not as Nathan Malone, but as Noah Blake. And he would come into her life as nothing she could ever imagine." - Noah
Her courage. Sabella Malone was a pampered princess, but way tougher than she looks. She thought she was worshipped by her husband and beloved by the whole community, but now the Rose colored glasses are off. She never thought that Nathan needed to know what she was truly about ... he wanted a girly girl, the perfect wife. But when Bella's world imploded and turned inside out when a knock on the door told her Nathan was dead. Never coming home. She died inside right along with him. Life as she knew it was over. Bella did only what she needed to do to keep Nathan's memory alive, but she was numb inside, haunted with nightmares and visions of seeing through Nathan's eyes and all of his torment. How was she going to live without her soul? How can he really be dead when she feels him, needs him, loves him and her dreams feel so alive?
"I'll love you forever, witch." He leaned over her, naked, his chest gleaming, golden flesh blocking out the sun as his brilliant neon eyes watched her intently. "Feel my soul touch yours, Sabella. Feel me love you baby ..." - Nathan
Nathan was gone. Forever. Now with the garage in trouble, Bella sees the new mechanic hired walking through the bay doors ... she knows that walk. Her heart skips a beat. Her breathe stops. Nathan? No. Can't be. Nathan's dead. Dead six long, years. But this man, Noah Blake, stirs her soul, draws her in, and whispers to her heart. There's some major eye-fucking going on, her body calls out for his ... could she move on from Nathan, could she forgive herself, by starting a new life with Noah? ... but it's his eyes, those haunting wild eyes, are making her want Nathan, but needing Noah and confusing the hell out of her heart ... Her husband is lost, but can he ever be found?
"I have nightmares," she whispered as he tucked her against his chest.
"I know, baby." He undid her braid, worked her hair loose.
"I see blood," she told him.
"My hands are covered in blood. And you're crouched in front of me. You are. Then Nathan is. Then you. Then Nathan is drifting away and you're still there. And suddenly I'm you, and the pain is so bad. And all I feel is you thinking about me. Begging me to save you as I dance in front of you and tempt you to take me. But it's not me. And it's so frightening, Noah."
He flinched. God, she had seen into that hell ...
"I didn't save him," she murmured as she slipped off to sleep.
"He begged me to save him, and I couldn't." ...
"You saved him," he whispered into her hair. She had no idea how she has saved him ...
"I missed you, Irish." -Bella
So Special. If any of you have never read a Lora Leigh book, what are you waiting for? These books are brilliant, moving and off the charts scorching hot sexy!! I'm not kidding! Seriously some of thee most erotic romances I've ever read! I've been reading romance novels my whole life, and no, I won't say how long that is, but this book is one of the best I've ever read! Grab this one up, you'll love it!
"Irish boys will keep your blood hot at night."