Tag: The Breeds

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 , 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
Series Rating: 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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Guest Review: Bengal’s Heart by Lora Leigh

Posted August 6, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 10 Comments

Guest Review: Bengal’s Heart by Lora LeighReviewer: Tracy
Bengal's Heart (Breeds, #14) by Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds #14
Also in this series: Megan's Mark (Breeds, #6), Dawn's Awakening (Breeds, #11), The Magical Christmas Cat , Mercury's War (Breeds, #12), Coyote's Mate (Breeds, #13), 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: August 4, 2009
Format: Print ARC
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

It’s been 11 years since Cassa had an unwitting hand in the destruction of a Breed lab that Cabal St. Laurents was held. Cabal was the only survivor and let Cassa know in no uncertain terms that he “owned” her. Now Cassa is receiving pictures and letters via email of the deaths of the group of men who were known to hunt and kill Breeds. Cassa is determined to get the real story here, but she’s also determined to do so in a way that doesn’t make the Breeds get any bad PR – not an easy thing to do.

Cabal is in the small town to find the killer as well, but not for any television story. But Cabal’s not all that excited about seeing Cassa there as he wants her gone. Cabal knows that Cassa is his mate and has since the first moment he saw her, but he’s unwilling to claim her as he doesn’t want her put into any type of danger. Eventually that thinking falls to the wayside and Cabal claims his mate. Now he’s just gotta keep her out of danger.

So Cassa and Cabal are mates. Cabal’s known from day 1 and Cassa, due to a strange action when she first saw Cabal, knows it as well. Cassa wants to be claimed but Cabal but she fears her independence will be taken away from her if she gives in. This led to some interesting interaction between the two.

I can’t say it’s un-typical of the Breed books to have the h/h fighting/arguing one minute and then doing the horizontal mambo the next but it just seemed to be that there was an overload in this book. Cabal and Cassa are both so damned independent and stubborn! But, as in all the books they learn to deal with each other and it was done in such a way that it was believable for me, which is always nice.

The suspense side of the story was good as well and we find out some info about a few unique Breeds and Cabal that were heretofore unmentioned – that made for an interesting read.

I have to say I was a little disappointed when Jonas’s mate was revealed and it was kind of done nonchalantly. I guess I’ve been waiting to find out who was going to be able to handle that man for so long that I was underwhelmed when it was told in such a ho-hum manner. Hopefully Jonas’s book, which is up next, will be better than the reveal.

Rating 4 out of 5

Breeds

four-stars


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Review: Coyote’s Mate by Lora Leigh

Posted February 16, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 7 Comments

Review: Coyote’s Mate by Lora LeighReviewer: Casee
Coyote's Mate (Breeds, #13) by Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds #13
Also in this series: Megan's Mark (Breeds, #6), Dawn's Awakening (Breeds, #11), The Magical Christmas Cat , Mercury's War (Breeds, #12), 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)

Publication Date: February 3, 2009
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 341
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four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

For six years Anya Korbin worked with Del-Rey Delgato--the genetically altered rebel known as the Coyote Ghost--to free a group of coyote women kept in her father's lab. As Anya matured into a woman, she and Del-Rey grew close…, but then he broke his promise and killed her father. Now she must deal with her animalistic desire for the one who betrayed her.

Of all Lora Leigh’s series, this one is by far my favorite. I feel like she has come so far from Tempting the Beast, which was book one in this series. Even though some things do get repetitive, she continues to build a world that I get sucked into every time.

Coyote Breeds are thought to be the most dangerous of them all. Willing to sell out their fellow Breeds for money, the Coyote’s are mostly enemies of the Breeds that are trying so hard to carve a life for themselves in the world. Del-Ray Delgado is the alpha of his pack and comes to an agreement with a Wolf pack to settle near their “den”. Haven is comparable to the Feline Breeds’ Sanctuary.

Del-Ray worked for six years with Anya Korbin to free Coyote Breeds held in the facility where she worked. Del-Ray knew from the day he met sixteen year old Anya that he would betray her, he just didn’t know how. Not knowing anything of the mating heat, he had no idea what Anya would one day be to him. He doesn’t find out until it’s too late, until he’s hurt the one woman that he never wanted to hurt.

For the six years that Anya worked beside Del-Ray to get her Coyote friends out of the labs, she fell more and more for him. When he betrays her by shooting her father after promising he wouldn’t be hurt, Anya can’t get past her hurt and anger over the betrayal. When he forces her to come with him to Colorado, she doesn’t think it could get any worse. That’s before she realizes that she is Del-Ray’s mate. Before she realizes what the mating heat can do to a person.

Anya has no intention of accepting Del-Ray’s claim over her, especially when she knows that he has no feelings for her other than the physical. Going before the Breed Council, Anya is the first mate to be granted a separation. Under the agreement, she doesn’t have to see Del-Ray and he can’t force her to be something she doesn’t want to be.

The men in this series are all the same in one basic way. They either claim the woman b/c it will protect them or they distance themselves to protect them. In this case, Del-Ray thought that officially claiming Anya as his mate would put her in danger. That part was heartbreaking. After almost a year of separation, Anya had come to terms with the fact that Del-Ray was her mate. Then he refused to claim her. Which caused problems that Del-Ray couldn’t have forseen, even though he was warned.

I thought this was a good installment of the Breed series b/c it gave us a look into the Breeds as a whole rather than separate (Coyotes, Wolf, Feline, etc.). I think that Lora Leigh has this series going in a good direction and I’m really looking forward into seeing how she furthers the plot.

4.25 out of 5.

Breeds

four-stars


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Review: Mercury’s War by Lora Leigh

Posted October 7, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 8 Comments

Review: Mercury’s War by Lora LeighReviewer: Casee
Mercury's War (Breeds, #12) by Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds #12
Also in this series: Megan's Mark (Breeds, #6), Dawn's Awakening (Breeds, #11), The Magical Christmas Cat , 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: September 2, 2008
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 325
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four-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Nothing matches Lora Leigh's latest entry in the series about genetically altered Breeds with feline DNA, and the humans who awaken their desire.

Someone has been slipping the Sanctuary's secure information to a pharmaceutical company. Now it's up to Ria Rodriguez to pose as a clerk and uncover the leak. Yet she has no idea of the danger she's about to encounter, or the passion she's about to ignite in one of the greatest Breeds ever created.

Years ago, Mercury Warrant -- who, according to his file, is one of the greatest Breeds ever created -- thought he lost his mate, and he's had to live with the idea that he'll never know true bonding. Then he's tapped to protect the mysterious Ria -- and finds himself falling in love.

But Ria is a woman of many secrets, and she fears being consumed by her feelings for Mercury. Little does she know that she has every right to be afraid. Because the woman believed to be Mercury's true mate is back from the grave, and she's not about to let Ria -- or anyone else -- get in her way...

Ria Rodriguez is going into Sanctuary doing what she does best; get information that no one else can get. Someone has been selling Santuary’s secrets and Ria has been told to go in and find out why. There’s only one catch. She can’t let anyone know why she’s really there b/c she has no idea who could be involved. Whoever is involved could destroy everything the Breeds have worked so hard for in the past twelve years. Selling secrets that will give their enemies enough to bring them down.

Since the death of her mother, Ria has learned to keep who she truly is hidden. She knows exactly what happens when she lets go and since the years following her mother’s death, she has never lost control. Ria is used to her life, is even happy. Still, nothing prepares her for Mercury Warrant.

Mercury has long since accepted the fact that he does not have the same instincts and talent as other Breeds. Since the day his mate was killed and he lost control in the lab, Mercury has never been the same. Mercury knows that losing the lion that was part of him was the best thing that could have happened. Without the help of the doctors and scientists, Mercury would have gone feral and nothing or no one would have stopped him.

Though his animal instinct is gone, that doesn’t stop him from wanting Ria Rodriguez the moment he sets eyes on her. Though he knows that his mate is gone forever, he soon learns that it doesn’t mean he can’t love or have feelings for Ria. As the months go by and Ria continues looking into Sanctuary’s files, Mercury and Ria can’t deny their attraction to each other. As they find themselves falling in love, they both wish that things could have been different; that they could have been mated in a way that completes a Breed.

This is one of my favorite Breed books so far. Mercury was a different sort of Breed, which made the book so much more interesting. Even though the mating signs aren’t present, Mercury isn’t willing to let Ria deny what they have found together. As far as he’s concerned, Ria is his in every way that counts and he wont’ let her go. It was also interesting to get another look inside Sanctuary. Lora Leigh really opened several avenues that she can take with the series. I especially liked the epilogue.

Fans of this series will like Mercury’s War. It definitely puts a twist on the series and I really look forward to see where it goes from here.

4.5 out of 5.

Breeds

four-half-stars


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Review: Anthology – The Magical Christmas Cat

Posted September 29, 2008 by Holly in Reviews | 15 Comments

Review: Anthology – The Magical Christmas CatReviewer: Holly
The Magical Christmas Cat by Lora Leigh, Erin McCarthy, Nalini Singh, Linda Winstead Jones
Series: Breeds #17, Psy/Changeling #3.5, Murphy Sisters #2
Also in this series: Megan's Mark (Breeds, #6), Dawn's Awakening (Breeds, #11), 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), Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, Kiss of Snow, Tangle of Need, Slave to Sensation , Wild Invitation, Heart of Obsidian, Shield of Winter, Shield of Winter, Visions of Heat, Mine to Possess, Caressed By Ice, Branded by Fire, Blaze of Memory, Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, Hostage to Pleasure, Shards of Hope, Shards of Hope, Heart of Obsidian, Caressed By Ice, Branded by Fire, Blaze of Memory, Play of Passion, Allegiance of Honor, Kiss of Snow, Tangle of Need, Shield of Winter, Shards of Hope, Allegiance of Honor, Allegiance of Honor, Wild Embrace, Wild Embrace, Wild Embrace, Silver Silence, Silver Silence, Tangle of Need, Ocean Light, Ocean Light , Caressed By Ice, Wolf Rain
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 2008
Point-of-View: Third
Pages: 372
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four-half-stars

Put a little meow in their stocking this year with these tales of Christmas and felines-from beloved bestselling authors!
New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and top-selling authors Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones have a special gift for readers this year: heartwarming holiday stories featuring passionate romance, paranormal adventure, and a distinctly alluring feline touch. With four new stories-including one featuring Lora Leigh's genetically altered Feline Breeds-this is a collection packed with more surprises than Christmas morning, and more chills than the snowiest winter night...

 

I haven’t really been in the mood for paranormals at all lately, but I love Nalini Singh, and after her guest visit recently I decided I really wanted to read her entry in this anthology. As always, I was very impressed with her novella. But much to my surprise, I was equally impressed with the other three. It isn’t often that all the entires in an anthology work for me, but this is one of the few.

STROKE OF ENTICEMENT by Nalini Singh

I love the Psy/Changeling series. Just absolutely adore it! Singh has created an amazing world that’s easy to fall into. Even though this was a short story, it was still an excellent representation of the series.

When Zach is called to school because his nephew has gotten up to some mischief, he isn’t expecting to meet his mate, but that’s exactly what he finds in the young boy’s teacher, Annie. Annie, a human, has been sheltered by her mother after she suffers an injury in an accident as a child. Now that she’s gained some independence, she isn’t anxious to give that up for anyone, especially a man. But both man and leopard are determined to have her, and neither are willing to give up until they get what they want.

Zach is fun, caring and willing to do whatever it takes to make Annie see that he’s the one for her. Annie is a sweet woman who only wants to live her life on her own terms. She has a slight disability – leftover from a train accident she had in her youth – and struggles to be accepted as a whole woman. I liked that she didn’t let her injury stop her from living, and she also didn’t let her insecurities from it rule her life.

With wonderfully drawn characters and the storyline moves right along, I highly recommend it. Honestly? It made me want a Leopard Changeling of my own.

4.5 out of 5

CHRISTMAS BREE
by Erin McCarthy

This novella is an entry in McCarthy’s Ohio’s Most Haunted Town series, which includes Heiress for Hire, one of my favorite contemps. For those of you who have read Charlotte’s Web, the novella in An Enchanted Season, an anthology that came out last year, you’re already acquainted with the Murphy sisters, who are witches. If you haven’t read Charlotte’s Web, I don’t think it will hurt you to read this story first.

Bree is surprised, and dismayed, when her sister predicts she’s going to meet a man in a pink shirt. She isn’t interested in having a man at all, but especially not one that wears pink. She’s shocked, however, when her sister’s prediction comes true and the pink shirt guy turns out to be none other than Ian Stone, her friend Amanda’s attorney and the man she’s been dreaming about – literally – for almost a year. They’re polar opposites and Ian is nothing like the men she usually dates.

Ian hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Bree since he met her in his office 9 months ago, and the fact that she’s been starring in his most erotic dreams since then isn’t helping things along. When a client of his shows an interest in Bree’s house, Ian figures it’s the perfect excuse to visit Bree and see if she’s everything he remembers. But neither are prepared for the strength of their attraction for one another, or for the deeper feelings they stir in each other.

This was really cute. I liked that though Ian and Bree weren’t looking for a relationship, they both acknowledged their attraction to each other and didn’t pretend like it was there. Bree was kind of prickly in the beginning, but it wasn’t long before she warmed up. Ian seemed kind of stuffy, but it wasn’t long before we saw the passionate man he tried to bury underneath all that starch.

I think the best part about this story is the intimacy of the characters. Little things Ian would do for Bree, or vice verse, that showed they really cared for each other. I did start to get annoyed with Bree toward the end of the novel for her reaction to something Ian says, but McCarthy was able to turn it around for me.

4 out of 5

SWEET DREAMS
by Linda Winstead Jones

I believe this story is connected in some way to an existing series Winstead Jones has written, but her website isn’t very helpful and I’m not positive. This novella had a darker theme than the others. In this case, the magical cat in question was the villain.

Ruby receives a gift from a secret admirer at a neighbor’s holiday party – a beautifully carved jade cat. But once she brings it home, strange things start happening to her. She has vivid nightmares of a large cat stealing her souls, the statue seems to follow her where ever she goes and the walls themselves seem to purr menacingly. Her sexy neighbor Zane also starts spending more time with her, and she finds herself leaning on him more and more the crazier things seem to get. But is Zane everything he appears to be, or is he part of the growing threat against her?

I really liked this story. It was kind of nice to have a break and delve into something a little darker in this novella. Ruby owns a bakery and isn’t interested in having a relationship at all. She’s perfectly content to run her shop and live alone. I liked that. Too often we see heroines who SAY they’re content to be alone, but deep inside they’re really longing for someone.

Zane was an excellent counterpart for Ruby. He has a job to do and his attraction to her is getting in the way of it. He was chivalrous and noble, but his motives were somewhat suspect. It was great how even we as readers weren’t sure which side his loyalties fell on. The story was kind of creepy and dark, but there were moments of levity as well.

4 out of 5

CHRISTMAS HEAT
by Lora Leigh

This novella is part of Leigh’s Breeds series. To be honest, I don’t really care fro the series as a whole. I only read about half of the first book before setting it down. The concept behind it never really appealed to me. So I wasn’t expecting much from this novella. I have to say, I really enjoyed it.

Librarian Haley McQuire overhears a plot against the Breeds at a holiday party and notifies Noble Chavin, a sexy feline she’s been attracted to for sometime. While she waits for the offenders to stand trial so she can testify, Noble keeps a close watch on her. But when her truck is blown up and her feline bodyguard is killed, Noble realizes he’s going to have to take the matter of safety into his own hands. He also can no longer deny that she’s his mate.

This is definitely the hottest of the four stories. The sexual chemistry between Noble and Haley fairly singed the pages. Haley wasn’t a limp dishrag heroine. She had guts and she stood up for what she knew was right. Noble was overprotective and certainly an alpha of the first order, but he still respected Haley and didn’t try to take over her life. There was some humor in the story, especially once all the Breeds descend on Haley to protect her, with some really cute results.

I found myself intrigued enough by the concept behind their mating that I might go back and try the series again from the beginning.

4.5 out of 5

Each story in this collection offers something different and unique. All of them were fun, fresh and sexy. I highly recommend this collection, whether you’re existing fans of the authors or completely new to them.

four-half-stars


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