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Throwback Thursday Review: Navarro’s Promise by Lora Leigh

Posted February 8, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Navarro’s Promise by Lora LeighReviewer: Tracy
Navarro's Promise (Breeds, #17) by Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds #17
Also in this series: Megan's Mark (Breeds, #6), Dawn's Awakening (Breeds, #11), The Magical Christmas Cat (Breeds, #17, Psy/Changeling, #3.5, Murphy Sisters, #2), Mercury's War (Breeds, #12), Coyote's Mate (Breeds, #13), Bengal's Heart (Breeds, #14), Lion's Heat (Breeds, #15), Lion's Heat (Breeds, #15), Stygian's Honor (Breeds, #19), Cross Breed (Breeds, #23)
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication Date: April 5th 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 310
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three-half-stars

In the wolf breed novel, NAVARRO’S PROMISE, Mica Toler’s best friend is the wolf/coyote hybrid breed, Cassie Sinclair. And now Mica is being drawn into her world in ways she had prayed she never would be when the charming wolf breed Navarro makes good on the promise he made her on a dark, explosive night.

The Breeds guaranteed that no harm would come to Micah Toler but they never allowed for her sensual fascination with Navarro Blaine. Aloof, cool, and mysterious, he draws her in as no man ever has. But Micah never wanted this. She had her own dreams, her own desires, and being stalked and seduced by a wolf breed wasn’t part of that plan.

Now she knows her life is in danger. What Navarro knows is that she’s his mate and that the breeding and training that created him is being peeled away in his desperation to claim a woman that refuses to be claimed.

He has her body. She craves his touch. And as the breeds converge the past will rise up to haunt Navarro in ways he never expected.

***Every Thursday in 2018 we will be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books.

This review was originally posted on April 18, 2011.

Mica has had a fascination with Navarro since she was 16 but she has tried to stay away from him as much as she could. Now she’s older and can’t seem to keep her eyes off of Navarro but she knows that she doesn’t want to be mated to an uber-possessive Breed. After a shared kiss Mica knows that Navarro isn’t her mate. When her life is in danger and Navarro is her keeper things get heated and they both decide to give in to their sexual tension because they know that they aren’t mated…or are they?

Yep, they are but since Navarro was raised with recessed breed genes his animal is far enough down that he can resist the temptation of the mating heat. But what is his neglect doing to Mica? She admits she’s been in love with the stubborn breed for years but where does that leave her when Navarro can resist the heat as well as the love she wants from him?

Being the 24th book in a series you’d think that the author had shown you all of the ways that the mating heat could be different – but Leigh had me going with this one. I was pretty shocked that Navarro could deny the mating heat symptoms in himself and deny his mate – except in certain circumstances.

The story itself was pretty good although there were quite a few editing issues with the book. Character names that were put in the wrong spots was a big one as well as a confusing issue near the end of the book where it looked like an entire scene was left out.. They were in a hall kissing up against a steel wall and then they’d just finished sex and were in bed – 4 stories about where they were. I think I flipped pages back and forth for a good few minutes trying to figure out what I’d missed. lol

The romance itself was thin in this one, imho. Leigh always writes a good story and great sex scenes but while the main characters were busy trying to deal with the mating heat issues the romance fell by the wayside. It was all wrapped together in Navarro’s emotions – if he let himself love then the mating would commence – but they spent so little time together when they weren’t having sex, and when they weren’t arguing, that it was hard for me to see how they could love each other.

Besides the romance we got to hear a little bit more about other characters that we’d read about in previous books and things that were going on with the evil villains of the story so far. A few other questions were brought to the surface as well and I’m intrigued to see how they’ll flush themselves out.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Breeds

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Stygian’s Honor by Lora Leigh

Posted October 31, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Stygian’s Honor by Lora LeighReviewer: Casee
Stygian's Honor (Breeds, #19) by Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds #19
Also in this series: Megan's Mark (Breeds, #6), Dawn's Awakening (Breeds, #11), The Magical Christmas Cat (Breeds, #17, Psy/Changeling, #3.5, Murphy Sisters, #2), Mercury's War (Breeds, #12), Coyote's Mate (Breeds, #13), Bengal's Heart (Breeds, #14), Lion's Heat (Breeds, #15), Lion's Heat (Breeds, #15), Navarro's Promise (Breeds, #17), Cross Breed (Breeds, #23)
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 374
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three-stars

Window Rock, Arizona, is the last known location of Honor Roberts, who vanished when she was just thirteen. It was her only sanctuary from the Breed research that would surely have ended in her death--one such insidious experiment should, indeed, have killed her. That she lived is both a miracle--and a great mystery.

Stygian's mission is to find Honor Roberts, no matter the cost. Now, with the help of Liza Johnson, assistant to the chief of the Navajo Nation, he is closer than ever to his goal. But will the discovery of Honor Roberts mean the destruction of the mating heat that has developed between Stygian and Liza?

Liza Johnson has lived a relatively simple life but now the Genetics Council is after her and she has no idea why. The Breeds show up and they plan to protect her – but protect her from what? Jonas Wyatt is determined to find a girl by the name of Honor Roberts because he thinks that her and her friend hold the key to healing his dying toddler.

Stygian Black first saw Liza when he was in a bar (during Malachi and Isabelle’s story) and he’s been hooked on her ever since. He knows that she’s his mate but she’s all about her independence and isn’t keen on being controlled by her mate as that what she thinks will happen. He’s determined to get her to see that life with him will be wonderful and she’ll still have her independence…to a point.

But Liza’s kind of screwed up. She starts having memories that can’t possibly be her own and she starts to doubt that she is who she thinks she is. How can she be Liza and yet have memories of things that never happened to her? And why is her father lying to Jonas Wyatt about her and the Navajo Nation’s database?

This is book 27 in the series – yes, you read that correctly – 27! I think that it’s time to wrap things up. Maybe I’ve said that before but it’s true. The stories are all slightly different but basically the same. Men feeling the mating heat and the women fighting it. When the women do capitulate it’s always the most wonderful thing on earth and they fall in love quickly.

In this story we do have the issue of Amber, Jonas’s adopted daughter being sick – but we had that in the last book. How long can this child be sick without assistance and still make it. I thought for sure that we would get some closure with that but unfortunately we didn’t. That poor child has to suffer some more while we watch another couple get mated. Sigh

While the story was decent and I did like Stygian I didn’t care all that much for Liza and that put a damper on things. I know she was going through a lot but still – IDK, I just never warmed up to her.

I will probably end up reading the next book to find out about poor little Amber but hopefully things will be wrapped up soon.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

Breeds

three-stars


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Guest Review: Lawe’s Justice by Lora Leigh

Posted December 6, 2011 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Guest Review: Lawe’s Justice by Lora LeighReviewer: Casee
Lawe's Justice (Breeds, #18) by Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds #18
Also in this series: Megan's Mark (Breeds, #6), Dawn's Awakening (Breeds, #11), The Magical Christmas Cat (Breeds, #17, Psy/Changeling, #3.5, Murphy Sisters, #2), Mercury's War (Breeds, #12), Coyote's Mate (Breeds, #13), Bengal's Heart (Breeds, #14), Lion's Heat (Breeds, #15), Lion's Heat (Breeds, #15), Stygian's Honor (Breeds, #19), Navarro's Promise (Breeds, #17), Cross Breed (Breeds, #23)
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 354
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four-stars

In Lora Leigh's scorching new Breed novel, two adversaries are destined to explore the only thing they have in common: an irresistible mating heat...

Diane Broen's lived to protect her younger sister Rachel from harm. But now that Rachel has been mated off, Diane's occupied herself with less fulfilling tasks at the Genetics Council--until she's paired with a new team member, a Breed male notorious for his attitude, and a touch that makes her recoil.

Lawe isn't thrilled with her either. A lion at heart, he prefers a lair of solitude. When it comes to females, he'd rather snarl than purr. And while fate may have paired them to fight on the same team, neither is willing to admit to the obvious: the mating heat between them is positively incinerating.

It's only when danger threatens that they make a hotter-than-hell connection--one so explosive it could destroy them. Or, as providence reveals, bind them together, forever.

Lawe had known since he rescued Diane from capture and certain death that she was his mate. But he hasn’t claimed her and he’s really not sure that he’s going to. Until her life is in danger and he’s goaded by his twin brother, Rule, he really isn’t sure what he’ll do.

Diane is being followed by a breed who is out of control. He’s going after a certain set of people and he’s killing anyone who gets in his way. He’s also going after those with information, namely the technicians that worked in the labs that he was housed in, on the 3 people he seeks. Gideon is seen as a phycho breed and those in power – namely Jonas and Callan – really want him brought in or brought down before he makes more trouble for the Breeds than they already have.

Diane is aware of her status with Lawe but fights it. Lawe is known for coddling his lovers and protecting them from everything, including life…and those women weren’t even his mate! She is a warrior and won’t stand for being treated like a favored pet by Lawe – or anyone for that matter. Lawe can’t see her point of view. To him mates are to be pampered and protected. Diane and Lawe are at an impasse. Though Lawe claims his mate he may lose her forever if he can’t come to terms with who and what she is.

This is another in the Breed series. I really liked this book for a lot of reasons but then others not so much.

I’ll start with what I disliked first:
Number one issue for me was the antagonism that is ALWAYS between Leigh’s mates. There’s always some sort of issue with the couple that keeps them at sixes and sevens and after a while it just gets old. Now in this one it was a totally viable reason but honestly I just didn’t think that Lawe would have been that stupid about it for that long. I guess one of these days I’d love to see the breed and his mate meet and fall in love and then have to deal with stuff. Think it’ll happen? I have no idea either!

Number two was Rule. What the hell? He was not the character in this book that we have gotten throughout the series. He was kind of sad and pathetic with his brother – offering to claim his mate for him. I think if Rule had been offering to take over only to push Lawe into doing what he should have been doing in the first place I would have seen it differently but frankly it was just a bit creepy and weird the way it was done. I personally didn’t like the fact that Leigh went there.

On the likes:

I really liked the overall story arc that we’ve been reading about in the last few books (though I really wish we would learn more in each book – I think we’ve been dragged along enough) with regard to Jonas’s stepdaughter, Amber, and what exactly she was injected with and how it will effect her. Diane is all about finding out no matter what and I really loved the devotion that she showed to her niece.

We were introduced to some new characters that I can only assume we’ll read about in further books – one being Honor Robertson who is one of the three that the serial killer is looking for. Since the next book is Stygian’s Honor I’m gonna take a leap and say that she’s the heroine of the next book. Obviously someone finds her. Lol

Overall it was a great story that I enjoyed. If you’ve stuck with the Breed’s this long I think you’ll think it’s worth the read.

Rating : 4 out of 5

Breeds

four-stars


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Guest Review: Lion’s Heat by Lora Leigh

Posted July 5, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Guest Review: Lion’s Heat by Lora LeighReviewer: Casee
Lion's Heat (Breeds, #15) by Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds #15
Also in this series: Megan's Mark (Breeds, #6), Dawn's Awakening (Breeds, #11), The Magical Christmas Cat (Breeds, #17, Psy/Changeling, #3.5, Murphy Sisters, #2), Mercury's War (Breeds, #12), Coyote's Mate (Breeds, #13), Bengal's Heart (Breeds, #14), Lion's Heat (Breeds, #15), Stygian's Honor (Breeds, #19), Navarro's Promise (Breeds, #17), Cross Breed (Breeds, #23)
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 342
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four-stars

The mating urge cannot be denied...

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh returns to the world of the Breeds where animal instincts can bring a feral pleasure to every man and his willing female mate...

Bad boy Jonas Wyatt's personal assistant, Rachel, has had a child—an innocent new life that has been put in grave danger because of Jonas' perilous games and calculations played in the shadow-world in which he lives: the dark and sensual world of the Breeds. Now, Rachel is making only one demand of Jonas: that he finally take responsibility and deliver on the protection that only he can give.

Jonas has known for a long time that it is destiny that Rachel become his mate. He can sense it. He can also sense her reluctance. And for that, he refuses to claim her. He wants her on love alone and not because of the urge of the mating heat. But it is Jonas' destiny to claim her. And he will have his way.

I have to tell you I waited a darned long time for this book and I think it was worth the wait. I mean, really, can any book that you’ve anticipated for the past 20 books truly live up, exactly, to what you were expecting? No. But this one did a darned good job and I liked it.

Jonas’s assistant is his mate. But he is determined that the decision to mate with him would not be taken out of her hands – he wants her to come to him of her own free will – even if it kills him. Now, he doesn’t tell her she’s his mate for the first, oh, 7 months that she works for him and when she discovers the information she denies it vehemently. But she actually likes Jonas and finds herself being drawn into the charm that under all of that bad body attitude and those manipulations he actually possesses.

Jonas is a pro at hiding his feelings from Rachel, but she’s pretty intuitive and has him figured out. Rachel sees him. She’s figured out that no one has seen who Jonas really was, ever. And of course they always want something from him assuming he needs nothing in return. It was pretty interesting for her to figure that out when no one else had.

I thought Rachel and Jonas were good together. They had a different type of relationship because of the added care they needed to give to Rachel’s baby…that Jonas had claimed as his own when the baby was still in the womb. Even though the baby, Amber, was used against them by their enemies, which I rarely care for in a book, I very much enjoyed having Amber in the story. It added an element of softness to everything. I’ll be interested to see how Amber will fit in to the future stories.

Overall a very good addition to the Breed books.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Breeds

four-stars


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Review: Lion’s Heat by Lora Leigh

Posted April 7, 2010 by Casee in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: Lion’s Heat by Lora LeighReviewer: Casee
Lion's Heat (Breeds, #15) by Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds #15
Also in this series: Megan's Mark (Breeds, #6), Dawn's Awakening (Breeds, #11), The Magical Christmas Cat (Breeds, #17, Psy/Changeling, #3.5, Murphy Sisters, #2), Mercury's War (Breeds, #12), Coyote's Mate (Breeds, #13), Bengal's Heart (Breeds, #14), Lion's Heat (Breeds, #15), Stygian's Honor (Breeds, #19), Navarro's Promise (Breeds, #17), Cross Breed (Breeds, #23)
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 342
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four-stars

The mating urge cannot be denied...

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh returns to the world of the Breeds where animal instincts can bring a feral pleasure to every man and his willing female mate...

Bad boy Jonas Wyatt's personal assistant, Rachel, has had a child—an innocent new life that has been put in grave danger because of Jonas' perilous games and calculations played in the shadow-world in which he lives: the dark and sensual world of the Breeds. Now, Rachel is making only one demand of Jonas: that he finally take responsibility and deliver on the protection that only he can give.

Jonas has known for a long time that it is destiny that Rachel become his mate. He can sense it. He can also sense her reluctance. And for that, he refuses to claim her. He wants her on love alone and not because of the urge of the mating heat. But it is Jonas' destiny to claim her. And he will have his way.

This is the long awaited story of Jonas Wyatt. Jonas has been a prominent character from the beginning. He’s a manipulative bastard that will do anything necessary to protect the Breeds. For years he has moved people as if they were chess pieces, doing what he deemed necessary for the safety of the Breeds. Jonas also manipulates people for the sake of manipulation. The matings that have happened due to his manipulation is staggering. His arrogance even more so. He’s met his match in Rachel.

Rachel was an awesome heroine. I loved her. The best part of this book was that Rachel wasn’t a slave to the mating urge. Rachel knows who the Breeds are when she takes a position as Jonas’ assistant. She immediately feels desire for the Lion Breed, but she is able to hide her arousal. That’s almost unthinkable in it of itself. Especially hiding it from Jonas.

Rachel was pregnant when she started working for Jonas. Unbeknownst to her, Jonas has bonded with the fetus. He can sense what she is feeling, he knows when she’s upset, he knows everything. He’s the all mighty Jonas Wyatt. That’s where that pesky old arrogance thing comes in. Jonas is so sure of himself and his ability to protect Rachel that he doesn’t even consider the fact that Rachel and the newly born Amber could be used as pawns against him. Honestly, if he wasn’t so damn smexy I might just hate him for the arrogance factor alone.

Working for Jonas has taught Rachel a lot. First and foremost is that Jonas plays with people like they’re his personal toys. When Amber is threatened because of Jonas, she is furious. It has always been her fear that her daughter would get caught up in the tangled web that Jonas has woven.

What got me thinking was that if Rachel was so worried about Amber’s safety, why didn’t she try to leave? Not like he would let (only in a LL book can I type this without the feminist in me roaring her disapproval) her leave.

So for a short time that the eeee-vil people had Amber, they injected her with something. The doctors can’t isolate exactly what it is which makes Rachel (and thus Jonas) crazy. Rachel is still clueless (which is rather ridiculous at this point) about Jonas’s bond to baby Amber. How I explain it in my head is that Rachel has to use so much energy masking her arousal and attraction to Jonas that she’s totally clueless when it comes to anything else.

If you like Lora Leigh (and I love her), you will love Lion’s Heat. It has every LL element imaginable: penis barb, that mating taste that is cinnamon and spice and everything nice, traitors, Cassie, etc. I’ve read this series since its inception at Ellora’s Cave. Like the good fangirl I am, I followed her when she went to Berkley with Megan’s Mark. I can honestly say that since she went to Berkley, each book released is better than the last.

4.25 out of 5.

Breeds

four-stars


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