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Bengal's Heart (Breeds #20)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  6,908 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Reporter Cassa Hawkins has always supported Breed rights-especially in light of a specimen like Cabal St. Laurents, the epitome of the male animal. But when the Breeds are incriminated in a series of violent murders, it's left to Cassa and Cabal to discover the truth before they become prey.
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Berkley Books (first published August 2009)
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Dina
This book has tied with Jacob's Faith as my least favorite in the series. Cabal and Cassa were great individually in the previous books, but I'm afraid LL has made a huge mistake by pairing them up. They brought out the worst in each other, and I wanted to hit both of their hard heads with a shovel. Ugh!

Unfortunately, I can't say that readers who have been following this series can skip this book, because there were some interesting new facts introduced into the overall story arc. Not to mention
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Catherine
*Originally read 8/12/11*

I've found myself trying to reread this book a few times, hoping that I'll like it better than the first time around. I'm always left disappointed. :( I should like this book, based on glimpses of these characters in the past, but I don't. I was severely underwhelmed by their romance and found Cabal much less interesting and more of a jerk this time around. It sucks big time, because this was one of the books I anticipated the most.

I thought the first chapter was prett
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Sammy Loves Books
Lora Leigh insults her readers by attempting to rewrite the past. It isn't fair to the fans or to the Breed storyline that is already riddled with inconsistencies.

Did LL forget what she wrote in Tanner's book? When Tanner's book was written, Cabal had no mate. Tanner was worried that Cabol was truly Scheme's mate because he had no swelling of the tongue glands after kissing Scheme. He even brought Cabal in to try and seduce Scheme to see if there was chemistry between his twin and Scheme. Cabal
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Mojca
I've been waiting for this book since the epilogue (and sneak peak) in Coyote's Mate. Unfortunately I was rather disappointed with how this one turned out...And, yet again unfortunately, I can't pinpoint the exact "location" of my unhappiness with it.

This was a typical Lora Leigh Breed book with an arrogant, stubborn, I'm-always-right-because-I'm-a-man Breed and an equally stubborn, determined heroine.
Pity, I didn't feel the connection I usually feel with other Breed couples. And I also didn't f
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MelissaB
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Samantha
Where do I start? Boy was I disappointed with this book. There was so much potential for Cabal and Cassa to have a great story but somehow the mark was totally missed. Let me start off by saying that the beginning of the book was great. I thought it was going somewhere but immediately it went off track.

I won’t go into the plot but I will say that the story became repetitive. Cassa and Cabal are both looking for a Rogue. She wants to report the story and he wants her out of the way. After ten ye
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Smokinhotbooks K.C.
First let’s start with The Bad. The minute I finished this book I was on the phone with my partner in crime bemoaning my disappointments. Here was Cabal’s story, the nasty playboy Bengal tiger who spent most of the series steeped in compromising positions with his ménage-a-breed sexathons. And what do we get with his book, barely a mention of this side of him or why he was into such carnal pleasures of the flesh. We get a brief page all wrapped-up nice and tight and no closure or what-have-you’s ...more
Aberforth
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Gigi
Well, I was disappointed. I loved loved Tanner's Scheme. Not sure what happened here. I actually put the book down out of boredom and picked it up a few months later- just to skim the rest to read the ending. After reading a little bit of Cabal in Tanners Scheme, I expected much more from Cabal. Even though Cabal was supposed to be the fiercest of the both--Tanner came off as the fiercer of the two and Cabal just fell short to me. Oh and Cassa was just annoying. I love the breed series--but, Ben ...more
Zeek
I've been hankering for Cabal's story ever since Tanner's Scheme. Larger than life, he became one of those characters everyone waits anxiously for- which can be a boon for an author...or set them up for failure.

Unfortunately, this one falls in the latter category for Lora Leigh.

Bengal's Heart by Lora Leigh

Years ago Cassa Hawkins played an integral part of the rescue of Cabal St. Laurent from the compound he was being held captive in. Because of a heinous betrayal by the man she thought was her h
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Willow Brook
I'm a huge fan of Lora Leigh (other than her menage stories) so I did really like this book. But if it wasn't Lora Leigh and I hadn't read all but 2 Breeds books already, I don't know if I would have given this more than 3 stars. This wasn't the most tightly plotted of Leigh's books (the sex is also quite tame for her). Nonetheless, I love the series and always want to learn the latest that is going on with the Breeds. The Genetics Council and other enemies keep getting more threatening which ad ...more
DaisyGirl
Star. Seriously.

I am saddened to say that Bengal’s Heart was the worst book in the series to date. Although I have disliked a few of the prior Breed books, this is the first that I actually struggled to finish. Other than the introduction of the primal breeds, this book was a waste of time. In short, the hero was a slutty jack-ass, the heroine was a contrary bitch who at times was TSTL, and the story was mind-numbingly boring.

***CONTAINS SPOILERS***

Cabal St. Laurents is a Bengal breed; his mate
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Pansy
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Lani
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Cindyg
OMG, this was so good. I tell you, Ms. Leigh writes likes no ones business. Just loved this one. It's a must read.
marlene
this chapter in the series showed us more of a look into the genetics council, and i have to say i wish it didn't. the books starts out with a truly horrific description of a lab. i got a little too strong of a visual from it. from that point on every time it was mentioned i saw it again. the stomach churning level didn't decrease as we learned more about the council's "deadly dozen" and their ideas of fun. i do love hearing the story of the Breeds in general and their integration into society b ...more
Cindy
Lora Leigh delivers her signature mix of hot sex and page turning action. Cabal is the requisite hunky hero but you've got to wonder what gene controls stubborn pigheadedness. It's pretty obvious the Breeds all got a double-dose. Cabal has been avoiding completing the mating with Cassa for eleven years - while watching over her from afar. Now her time, and his, has come; if they can only live long enough to enjoy it.

The plot revolves around a series of murders which the Breeds are trying to solv
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Dawn
Cassa Hawkins is a reporter who is trying to make amends for a terrible error in judgment eleven years ago. Back then she was married to an abusive guy who used her to destroy the Bengal tiger breed. It was thought the only survivor was Cabal St. Laurents who told her on the day of the massacre that he owned her and one day she would pay. So for 11 years Cassa has been living with the guilt and trying to support the breeds with positive public relations and telling the truth. The problem is on t ...more
Renee (Reneem1)
3.75 stars


Cabal is 4 star male....Cassa was 2 stars...
They fought & made up....alot.
Almost too much.

He having stripes...very cool. His "reveal of new breed characteristics" was an exciting new change to this series.

I liked set up w her husband using her to betray the breeds.
But Cabal being near here but away from here for 10 yrs, even when we knew she was his mate...didn't sit well.

They kept talking about Death(the killer). This was confusing...because Harmony in previous books was called De
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Jennifer
Another one I never reviewed. Let's face it, the Breeds books are nearing end of life, at least for me. What was once an exciting concept with some titillating nuances and scorching sex... has become a little passe. This is Cabal's story. Cabal is a Bengal Breed, Tanner's twin. Since I especially enjoyed Tanner's Scheme, I thought maybe this would be another good one. But I couldn't identify very well with Cabal, and definitely did not find Cassa sympathetic. The suspense element of the plot was ...more
Mspink
Ok, I'm a very loyal LL fan. It pains me to say anything negative about her stories, but I really had a hard time with this one. I would have given it 3 stars but added one more for the sheer love I have for her books. I will continue to be a die hard fan too.

I agree with most of what the other reviewers were saying. No need for a long recap of the story. Great plot, very suspenseful and lots of intrigue. Fantastic love scenes and sexy breed love!!! Like the mystery end of it and for the most pa
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Kim
Even laying aside some terrifically lazy writing, most of Bengal's Heart read as if Ms Leigh was making it up as she went along. The characters hardly seemed to know whether they were coming or going---drawing conclusions without even a bit of evidence or, alternately, expressing confusion about assertions they'd made not twenty pages before---and the plot was all over the place, milling over the same conversations and actions until the last fifty pages or so.

I would've put the book down within
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Blysse
Not counting the 5 stories that appear in other anthologies, this is the 14th Book in the series. It has taken her some time but I think that Lora Leigh has finally cracked the formula for the perfect plot:hot ratio. While the first 5 books were all hot and very little discernible plot, things have improved as the series has gone on.

That last four books were a pleasure to read and I really enjoyed Bengal's Heart. There is the usual inclusion hot and steamy scenes but additionally, the plot is we
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Darcy
This book is a good one is the series. It picks up right where the last one left off with Cassa and Cabal. We learn how they first met and what a heartbreak that was. Seeing the years apart as they both fought the pull within them was interesting. Neither one wanted to be "stuck" with the other, but in the end they were what each other needed. We also learned more about the breeds in this book. A new sub-species, which will make things more interesting. I loved the end where Jonas and his mate w ...more
Lori S.
Really bad. I have no problem with dark stories, which this one is, but the author keeps repeating the same theme over and over with amazing repetitiveness. There is actually very little plot or story between the overly enthusiastic scenes between the main characters in bed (or anywhere else for that matter). Bleh.

Characters, both main and secondary, are dull and the landscape doesn't really come through very well.

I understand this series is popular and that this is the 19th book in it, but real
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Lokki
While I enjoy Lora Leigh’s Breed novels (mainly because they are very steamy), some of them are better than others. Bengal’s Heart is my least favorite so far. Maybe I've read too many of them now, but they just seem like the same story over and over. I realize that there is a certain formula this type of book follows, but the whole alpha male-independent gal schtick is getting a little old.

The Breed novels are about genetically-engineered crossbreeds between various predatory animals (big cats,
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Taralinda
I really liked this book, although not as much as the last few. I thought the storyline was creative and maintained a level of suspense throughout the book. The mystery of the murders kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

I liked Cassa a lot, although sometimes she could be a bit careless with her tenacity to solve the mystery of the murders and I didn't entirely understand her reasoning in covering the story. I liked how she tried to protect herself from Cabal after all he had put her t
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Adoore
The overall story and the things revealed to us the readers was great. I just could not get into the couple Cabal and Cassa. To me Cassa was just to annoying I could not stand her and I just did not feel the passion with Cabal I found myself skipping their sexual encounters something I never do. I do want to know more about the primal lion Rick and his son.
Alice
I just could not get into this one. I am really tired of books featuring plucky/stubborn reporters. They are always female and always annoying. I was so stoked for Cabal's book cause after Tanner's Scheme...yum!

It introduced some new information and expanded the world some so for that I give it 3 stars, but story wise I was not so into it.
Mrs. Badass
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was much, much better than Coyote's Mate, which I did not really like. We get to see a few characters make an appearance (Mercury, Brimstone, Jonas, Del-Ray, and a few others) Overall, I was pleased with this story.
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Breeds (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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