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Renegade, the fifth book in Lora Leigh's bestselling Elite Ops series, delivers on all accounts--- sweet romance, steamy and suspenseful, with just a tad bit of mystery thrown in. In other words, Leigh has done it yet again!

When Mikayla Martin heads over to pick up her youngest brother from work one night, the last thing she was expecting to find was Scotty's boss being killed by another man—the construction site owner, Maddix Nelson, in fact. But when she tells the police and her family what she saw that night, no one believes her—how could a man with so much stature in the community, not to mention solid alibis for that night, have killed his own construction foreman? Now the town is divided into two sections: those that believe Mikayla, and those that believe Maddix.

Enter Nik Steele, aka “Renegade”. Nik's been hired by none other than Maddix, who swears that he did not kill anyone. Nik's job is simple—find out why this woman is lying. However, as he digs deeper, he finds that perhaps it's not her that's lying—nor could it be the man that hired him. But if both of them are telling the truth, there's still the mystery of who did kill the foreman....

When Mikayla begins to get death threats, along with a few too many close shots, Nik realizes that no matter who is telling the truth, there's only one thing he can do: protect Mikayla at all costs. Because despite how cold Nik has tried to portray himself as for all these years, he is now finding that the block of ice around his heart is slow melting, all thanks to a small town wedding dress designer with a fiery attitude...

4.5 STARS! Renegade is a wonderful combination of all the right elements—smoldering romance, suspense, and mystery. Add to that the cast of interesting characters—and their pasts—and you have the perfect recipe for one amazing novel. If you already love Lora Leigh, then I am sure this one is already on your list. But if you've yet to venture into her numerous sexy worlds, then I would suggest trying her Elite Ops series, of which this novel is a part of. However, know that it is much more enjoyable, though not required, if you read the books in the correct order. I missed book four, couldn't find a copy before reading Renegade, and found myself missing something, despite knowing the first three books. Another hit from a very talented author, there's really not much more I can tell you except pre-order your copy today. I know you won't regret it!

Re-Issued Review from 2010-07-30. Book is being re-released with new cover.

Book Blurb for Renegade

As a bridal shop owner, Mikayla Martin helps make women's wedding dreams come true. Her own life, however, has become a nightmare since she witnessed a murder-and got an up-close-and-personal look at the killer. What's worse: She knows she knows him. But the police, after doing an alibi check, don't believe her. It's up to Mikayla to prove them wrong.and do whatever it takes to solve the murder by herself.

Elite Ops agent Nikolai Steele, code name Renegade, is asked to pay an old comrade a favor. This friend swears he's no killer-and Nik believes him-even though he's been mistaken as one by Mikayla. So Nik goes to set her straight.but the moment he lays eyes on the fiery and determined beauty, he knows he's in too deep. A woman this irresistible can only mean trouble and, sure enough, after sticking her nose in one too many places, someone wants Mikayla dead. Now Nik must find a way to keep her safe, clear his friend's name, and find the real killer, who remains on the loose.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2013 4.50