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Editorial Reviews


“A phenomenal read.” ―Romance Junkies on Maverick

“Scorching-hot sex, deadly secrets and a determined assassin add up to another addicting Leigh thriller. Leigh's ability to credibly build damaged characters who are both intriguing and intense gives her stories that extra punch.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Maverick

“Sex and violence power the satisfying second installment of Leigh's Elite Ops series.” ―Publishers Weekly on Maverick

“Full of wrenching emotion and self-flagellation by the hero, the new series of Elite Ops promises to be even better than the sexy SEALs at this rate.” ―Night Owl Romance on Maverick

“With her customary panache for emotionally intense, sensual characters, the author attracts readers into every world she creates. This fabulous follow-up to Wild Card is no exception to the rule.” ―A Romance Review on Maverick

“Highly emotional and addicting...an intoxicating first installment of a brand new series.” ―Romance Junkies on Wild Card

“Ferocious passion!” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Wild Card

“A smoldering hot new espionage tale. This chapter of Leigh's SEAL saga reverberates with deadly danger.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Killer Secrets

“Treachery and intrigue combine with blistering hot sensuality in this chapter of Leigh's SEAL saga. The title of this book is particularly apt, since many of the characters are not what they seem, and betrayal can have deadly consequences. Leigh's books can scorch the ink off the page.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Hidden Agendas

“An evocative and captivating read.” ―Romance Junkies on Hidden Agendas

“A marvelous novel of suspense and raw passion.” ―Romance Junkies on Dangerous Games

“Lora Leigh ignites the fire...with steamy heat added to a story that makes you cheer and even tear up.” ―Fallen Angel Reviews on Dangerous Games

“Leigh writes...tempting, enchanting romance[s] that readers are certain to devour.” ―Romance Reviews Today on Dangerous Games

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People have heard fleeting rumors about The Club. But only its members―many of them Washington insiders―know the truth: That it's a place where men can share their women with a carefully selected male partner. Former FBI John "Mac" McCoy resigned his Club membership when he married Keiley Hardin. Tempting and innocent, sweet and sexy, she would never accept Mac's desire to share her with another man. Still, Mac's fantasies of sharing Keiley haunt his dreams. And his passions…

Unable to wait any longer, Mac invites his best friend, Jethro Riggs, to his home with the intention of drawing Keiley into the pleasures that only be achieved when two men love the same woman. But there's more going on in Mac's neck of the woods than he could have possibly imagined. A past case involving a stalker who likes to play games has turned up again―and this time, Keiley is the target. Passion, pleasure, and fear combine as the forbidden becomes an addiction―and none of them can escape…

"Highly intense, poignantly emotional, and wonderfully delicious...a truly decadent read."―Romance Junkies

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312368712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312368715
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer A. Ray TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2007
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Mac and Keiley have a peaceful life together on their farm in North Carolina, far away from Mac's past work as an FBI agent and his life as a member of `The Club', an exclusive and private group of men who are known for sharing their women in threesomes. But Mac has started to grow restless, and Keiley can't help but sense the change in her husband. As she pushes for answers, she unwittingly unleashes the side of him he has managed to keep restrained for years.

She'd heard about her husband's exploits before they moved to North Carolina, of course, but nothing could prepare her for the reality of his dark needs until she finds his best friend, Jethro Riggs on their doorstep. She knows it is no accident that Jethro, the man Mac most often shared women with, arrives now. And seeing the two of them together, their eyes and words burning her with their heat, unlocks desires inside of her she never realized she had. But will giving in to Mac and Jethro change her marriage for the worst, or make it better?

Even more dangerous than the feelings Mac and Jethro stir in her is the stalker who reveals his presence and his rage after seeing her with the two men. She should be safe enough with two FBI agents protecting her, but the serial stalker is one step ahead of them at every turn...

Wow, wow, WOW!!! I loved Lora Leigh's Bound Hearts series when I read the previous entries in this series released by a different publisher. I thought I was prepared for the eighth installment in the series, Forbidden Pleasure, but once again she takes things to all new levels with the new publisher, St. Martin's Griffin.
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Former FBI Agent Mac McCoy gave up a lot to marry Keiley Hardin. Knowing that she wasn't ready to accept the sexual lifestyle that he reveled in, he willingly gave it up in order to have Keiley. All he's doing is waiting for the day that she embraces the need that he can so plainly see in her. Mac is content to be patient with Keiley, until her curiosity starts getting the better of her.

Keiley Hardin is just starting to realize that Mac has been holding a part of himself back from her. Though she desperately wants all of her husband, she is not sure if she can do what he so obviously needs from her. After living for years in the shadow of her parents mistakes, Keiley abhors gossip and does everything she can not to draw attention to herself.

Jethro Riggs has been waiting for three years for Mac's call to tell him that Keiley is ready. When it finally comes, Jethro wonders how he will hide the feels he has for Keiley from Mac. Although Jethro and Mac have shared many women, Jethro knows this is different because of how much Mac loves Keiley.

This was an unusual book for me. In previous m/f/m books that I've read (specifically Lora Leigh's), the men only share their women until they are married. As a married woman myself, I had a hard time understanding how Mac could want to share and how Keiley could be in love with two men at the same time. On the other hand, Keiley's struggle with exactly that came across loud and clear. When you throw in a little suspense from one of Mac's old cases and a harpy witch that wants to bring Keiley down, you have a good read. All in all, it was a good book though unusual.
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For fans of Lora Leigh's Bound Hearts series through Ellora's Cave Publishing, Forbidden Pleasure is the 8th installment and the first mainstream, full length novel in the series.

Forbidden Pleasure takes us away from D.C. and The Club and centers around a couple who are already together, already madly in love and working through their marriage like any other couple might. The difference is John "Mac" McCoy IS a former member of "The Club" and has been fighting his darker needs since he came together with his wife Keiley. He has believed her too innocent, too fragile, to share this side with her and it is starting to errode their relationship.

Keiley, despite her youth, is starting to crave what she has only heard hints and rumors about. She has battled her own demons and for the most part, won. She now wants to explore her husbands darker side and that means bringing in Jethro, her husbands former FBI partner and "third." The Third being the man that will join another couple in their bed (or out of it) to give the woman the ultimate pleasure.

Throw in Jethro's own dark past, a stalker, and a small town rival with a vindictive streak a mile wide and you have quite a story and a very non-traditional romance. Those familiar with Leigh's work and similar works available through Ellora's Cave, Samhain & Aphrodisia will find the sensuality no less hot for the mainstream publishing, though the verbage is a bit more refined. Also enjoyable to one who has read earlier works in the Bound Hearts series is the evolution of Leigh's writing. While I have no complaints with her earlier works, there is a depth in her newer work that was not so evident before. Bravo!

My complaints? Like one previous reviewer stated, the editing was very poor.
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