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Mercury's War (Breeds #16)

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  10,323 Ratings  ·  273 Reviews
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 pas
Mass Market Paperback, 325 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Berkley
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Jul 11, 2008 MelissaB rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of the Breeds series, paranormal romance lovers
Mercury was one of most animalistic Breeds ever created. He was stronger, had better senses and was one of the best soldiers in the labs until one day when he went into "feral displacement" and killed people when he thought he lost his mate. Mercury was put on a drug program that pushed his animal side deep inside him until he barely had extra abilites but he survived. As part of his job as a Breed enforcer for Sactuary, Mercury is assigned to protect Gloria "Ria" Rodriguez while she does some s ...more
Sophia Triad
Nov 23, 2015 Sophia Triad rated it it was amazing
Breeds 16
Feline Breeds 10
Featured Couple: Mercury (Lion) & Ria (Human?)
Location: Virginia Mountains – Feline Breeds’ base

Being a Breed’s mate is cool because when a couple is experiencing the Mating Heat, their aging process is also delayed. Thus, the mated couple can live many years young and happy. For example Callan & Merinus don’t seem to age at all – although more than 10 years have passed since the day they have mated.
This is a well kept secret between Breeds, but some ruthless pe
Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 23, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads, erotica
The latest in Lora Leigh's 'Breed' series is "Mercury's War". This story delves deeper into the troubles at Sancturary and the mystery of who is leaking what information to the enemies of the Breeds.

When the lioness Mercury believed was his mate was taken from the labs, he went feral and on a rampage. When he was eventally restrained, he was given drugs to 'cage' his beast. Since that time he has learned control and never allowed his 'other' nature to control him. Now he's faced with a human wo
Jul 04, 2008 Celeste rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal romance
Shelves: favorites
This is why I love Lora Leigh! WOW - the chemistry between Mercury and Ria is AMAZING. And Mercury himself? OMG - break me off a piece of that! This is going straight to the keeper shelf, 5+ stars. Would def. recommend to any and all Lora Leigh fans, or really anyone else into the paranormal genre. However, I wouldn't recommend beginning the series w/ this book, having the background of the Breeds and knowing and understanding all of their idiosyncrasies is a must to know what's going on w/ mati ...more
Apr 13, 2008 Auntee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
I'm dying to get to Lion's Heat, but being a bit compulsive about reading books in order I knew I had to get a few of LL's books on the TBR pile out of the way first. Mercury's War wasn't bad, but it wasn't quite at the level of some of my Breeds favorites (Dawn's Awakening, Elizabeth's Wolf (Breeds, #4), and Soul Deep). I thought the story (except for all the technical stuff--codes, security systems, etc.) was pretty easy to follow (someone's trying to steal secrets of the mating heat and the l ...more
Sep 15, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Lora Leigh's "Breed" series
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The drama! The suspense! The action! The romance! Oh boy, the romance! Mercury’s War by Lora Leigh had me straining my eyes to finish the story as quickly as I could. This is the 16th book in Lora Leigh’s “Breed Series” and in my humble opinion; her books are only getting better with time.

Mercury Warrant is a lion breed that has spent most of his adult life trying to repress the lion inside of him. When he was a young man, Mercury is told that a lioness breed thou
I am really taking my time with this series. They are so good that I try to space them out between the other books I read! I have loved Mercury for a while now and was so happy to finally read his book. Another great read by Lora Leigh!
*Originally read 8/9/11 - 8/11/12*

This is another favorite of mine in the breed series. The circumstances of the mate bond force the characters to build a connection on their own and Mercury and Ria are left to figure out whether or not you can forge a true, lasting relationship without a mate bond.

Because there is no mate bond, Mercury and Ria have the luxury of falling for each other at an easy pace. I've come to realize that the books I like best in this series are the ones that don't conform
Complicated. A lot of families and relations were thrown around in this one and I finally had to right down who was related to keep it straight. Also, the Breed hierarchy became more complicated than I was interested in knowing...not a good thing.

The "games" that were referred to--repeatedly--that Dane and Ria played were silly. I didn't get the "game" part. The secret(s) Ria kept from others didn't seem like it should have been a secret to me. I didn't get it. Why she dressed the way she did se
Mecury's War- the 16th book in Lora Leigh's popular Breed Series, was a total hit for me. I actually got choked up while reading it, and it's been a long time since a romance novel (albeit PARANORMAL!) has moved me that much.

In Mercury's War we get Mercury's story- a lion breed closest to the lion side than many of his breed brothers & sisters. In Leigh's Breed world, the genetically enhanced hybrids mate for life- if a partner dies then the one left behind suffers- they become "feral"- and
Lover of Romance
When there is a suspicion at the "Sanctuary" that someone is a spy in their own camp they decide to bring in Ria Rodriquez, a talented woman at finding leaks. Ria has grown up in foster homes and never having a "home" until she turns eighteen Dane Vanderale offers her a job, for both him and his father Leo. She finds a family and home with them, feeling like she has found she has a place where she belongs, even though Dane has been quite frustrating as most breed males only can be. When she goes ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞

"See, here's the problem...I have a love/hate relationship with the Breed books. I really need more plot than porn sex and I was ready to cross this series off my list but my vbff, V, told me to give her four favorite books a chance and I'm glad I listened to her."

So that's what I said when I read Dawn's Awakening and I'm still glad I listened to her.

While this book certainly has a whole espionage tale with someone stealing information and who knows what else, the heart of the story
Aug 23, 2008 Ladiibbug rated it did not like it
#16 Breed series - One Star

This exciting & sexy series is one of my absolute favorites, but this one was a huge disappointment.

Ria, the heroine, is just a #itch. She's so insecure, so annoying, just an angry and thoroughly unlikeable character. I mean, we're talking throw-the-book-at-the-wall type dislike of a character. If I read one more time "poor little me, I grew up an orphan" ... I didn't even want to keep reading this book. Fine, make a character an orphan, but don't beat the reader
Ms. Nikki
A break from a series can do wonders.

Ria was an outstanding female character. I loved that she was independent yet she knew when to give in. It was a pleasure to read about her and her insecurities.

Merc knew what he wanted and he went after it. Two outsiders finding solace in each in other. I liked it!

I really disliked the fact that his friends didn't have his back when Ely implied that he was going feral. I actually felt heated over it, but I needn't have worried. Ria came out swinging in a ro
Enforcer Mercury Warrant is said to be the greatest Breed ever created, more beast than man. Unfortunately, the beast had been drugged into oblivion years ago, after Mercury's enraged violence after the death of his mate.

He's been off the drugs for years now, but the advantages of his unique genetic makeup are long gone and so is the beast...Until Gloria "please call me Ria" Rodriguez shows up in Sanctuary with the mission to evaluate if the Leo's money is well spent.

The paper-pusher act is just
Oct 30, 2008 Holly rated it it was amazing
A long time ago Mercury Warrant thought he lost his mate. When he found out about the death of the young lioness, he went on a bloody and brutal rampage and the scientists had to inject him with gene therapy to calm the feral beast within. While it may have solved the problem of his rage, it silenced the animal within him, hampering his Breed capabilities. He's been living with the handicap quite well, until Ria Rodriquez walked into his life and now his hormones are all over the place. Ria is a ...more
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May 23, 2010 Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews rated it it was amazing
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Mar 10, 2008 Christel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any paranormal erotica reader
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Wow just as good as the others I have read from her. Actually I think this is one of my favorites from the author. Just really intense and the sex was nuclear.
Mar 26, 2009 Cindyg rated it it was amazing
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Damn good read. Hotter than ----, we you get my drift.
Mar 16, 2013 JG rated it it was amazing
Five things that are guaranteed when reading BREED of Lora Leigh

1. Hilarious Dialogues

This writer ALWAYS makes me laugh. I love her humour. Somewhere in the book, i always find myself laughing or chuckling.

'...Besides, women don't like to have their breasts leered at. You should know that by now.'

"Doesn't mean I understand it," he said and shrugged. "The fact that I find your breasts interesting shouldn't be such an issue. You appear to have nice breasts. You should wear blouses that emphasiz
Alex is The Romance Fox
Mercury’s War is Lora Leigh’s 16th book in the Breeds Series and it’s a really great story. This is one of my favourites so far.

Mecury Warrant is one of the greatest breeds ever created (read Lion Dna!!!) who we have met in previous books has been assigned to work with Ria Rodriguez, the representative of Leo Vanderdale (THE ALPHA LEO of the breed) discover who the traitor is in Sanctuary that is sending secret information on the Breeds to their enemies.
There are a lot of secrets revealed in thi
Sam~Alpha Male Addict~ Woodley Duenas
Unexpectedly Mercury's War has become one of my fave Breeds book, if not my most favorite!

I was scared with the whole "H had a mate that died" theme bec when I read Bowen's story in Immortals After Dark (with the same theme), I hated Bowen. He was tied with Ulliem as my least favorite IAD hero. I hated what the heroine had to go through, I hated the way the H treated her. Also this theme was used in the Psy-Changeling's Kiss of Snow. I loved Hawke (the H) but his actions towards the heroine was
Mercury and Ria. Mercury was Awesome! I liked Ria too but I must admit I liked her a bit less by the end. Ria is sent in undercover by Dane to use her computer skills to rout out a hidden enemy from Sanctuary. Mercury is assigned as her bodyguard during her stay. Mercury believes he had met his mate when he was quite young while under the control of "the Council'. But then she was reported dead while on one of their 'missions'. He is convinced that he can never find another love and so doesn't e ...more
 Pleasures Chest
Jan 14, 2010 Pleasures Chest rated it really liked it
I rate this a 4.5.

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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.

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 le
May 12, 2010 Sandra rated it really liked it
As this is book #16 I will presume that you have some knowledge of the Breeds Series.

There are more spies to be found in Sanctuary. Dane Vanderale sends in Ria Rodriquez undercover to flush out the traitor and what is going on. The Leo and family want to visit their other son Callan Lyons, Pride Leader of Sanctuary and Dane is not going to compromise on security especially as his mother Elizabeth has just given birth to twin girls.

Ria is to be guarded by Mercury Warrant, a fierce breed who never
Nov 04, 2010 Judith rated it really liked it
Another one of those addictive Lora Leigh "Breeds" novels that just keep on fascinating the reader and making us itch for the next one. Mercury Warrant is one of the breeds that is most dangerous--he very closely resembles the animal whose DNA has been merged with his human DNA. He believes he has mated years earlier and that his mate is dead. Yet he is attracted to -- even falls in love with -- Ria Rodreguez, computer/security specialist who is at Sanctuary in order to ferret out the traitor th ...more
Tammy Sargeant
May 04, 2015 Tammy Sargeant rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. It was my favorite out of all the rest. Mercury was so damn primal and hot. Ughhh he was so sexy and I wanted to grab him from the book and hold him. I liked him ALOT. He was so domineering. So he had thought he had lost his mate back when he was captured in the lab so he was this broody type until he met Ria. I loved Ria. She was also a great alpha woman. There is also a nice little twist with her. There was this one scene when Merc's original "mate" came back and Ria lost i ...more
May 03, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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Im declaring this one a DNF at 40% - Im sure its just me because my friends all seem to like this one. Maybe its because Ive been skipping around in the series? I dont know, but at 40% I just have no intrest to continue. I just never got a good feel for the hero/heroine. Ill still check out others in series.
Nov 16, 2010 Dani rated it liked it
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I had been looking forward to Mercury's book for awhile now.. but again.. I was disappointed with it.. 3 stars only because it took me months to read (well yeah, I did move and decided to take two grad classes online, but still). It was hard to keep going. I really liked the story line, but I think I'm getting sick of her writing the same sex scenes over and over again...
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  • Beyond the Dark (Includes: Tale of the Demon World, #5; Breeds, #13; Wolf Breeds, #5)
  • Hot Spell (Demon World, #2; Breeds, #6; The Guardians, Prequel)
  • Rescue Me (Includes: T-FLAC, #11.5; Tempting SEALs, #6)
  • Ties That Bind (includes: Bound Hearts, #1)
  • Unleashing the Storm (ACRO, #2)
  • A Wish, a Kiss, a Dream (Cowboys and Captives, #2; Dream, #4)
  • Burning Wild (Leopard People #3)
  • Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changeling, #5)
  • Tiger (New Species, #7)
  • Manaconda (Trek Mi Q'an #6) (Horde Wars #4)
  • Checkmate (Mates, #2)
  • The Twelve Quickies of Christmas - Volume 1
  • Sophie's Dragon (Supernatural Bonds, #3)
  • Beloved Vampire (Vampire Queen, #4)
  • Walk on the Wild Side (The Others, #13)
  • Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, #5)
Lora Leigh lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky, often found absorbing the ambience of this peaceful setting. She dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared. Lora’s family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Breeds (1 - 10 of 28 books)
  • Tempting the Beast (Breeds, #1; Feline Breeds, #1)
  • The Man Within (Breeds, #2; Feline Breeds, #2)
  • Elizabeth's Wolf (Breeds, #3; Wolf Breeds, #1)
  • Kiss of Heat (Breeds, #4; Feline Breeds, #3)
  • Soul Deep (Breeds, #5; Coyote Breeds, #1)
  • The Breed Next Door (Breeds, #6; Feline Breeds, #4)
  • Megan's Mark (Breeds, #7; Feline Breeds, #5)
  • Harmony's Way (Breeds, #8; Feline Breeds, #6)
  • Tanner's Scheme (Breeds, #9; Feline Breeds, #7)
  • Wolfe's Hope (Breeds,  #10; Wolf Breeds, #2)

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“Damned mating heat. Lawe is threatening to join a monastery and Rule's threatening to quit. Why don't you two try to show the younger guys it can be fun instead of taking a note out of everyone else's books and letting it drive you insane?
“I say, when Mercury arrives, we just pretend we’re not here.” Lawe
tipped back his whiskey and swallowed in a single drink. “Stay real quiet.
Don’t make eye contact.”
They all nodded.”
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