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 rampaA 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 at Sanctuary to quietly investigate the possibility of a leak. Someone is selling information about the Breeds' ability to stop aging and that type of information in the wrong hands could prove deadly. Mercury is assigned as her bodyguard and while she's rooting through the files, his animal is slowly awakening and starting to stalk it's prey. This time the animal within Mercury has scented it's true mate and it means to claim her, slowly and carefully, but when Ria bends over for some papers, all reasoning is lost and he all but forces himself on her. Their passion explodes and it's forceful and breathtaking and unfortunately, in full view of the security cameras. The last thing the Pride needs is a loose cannon and with his violent history, he's looked at with suspicion, but is it really his feral side coming out, or is it his newly awakened animal, finally unleashed and ready to merge with the man? When his animal side finally does blend with the man in a pure mating of genetics, Mercury and Ria's relationship is cemented, even with the arrival of the woman thought to he his mate from long ago. With that woman dogging their heels and not knowing who is friend or foe within Sanctuary, all they can do is indulge in the glory of their mating heat and hope to survive the latest threat to the Breeds.
I really, really liked this book. Mercury's War is my new favorite of the Breeds books because I just loved everything about it. Mercury was an extremely hot and dominating presence and while he was extremely sexy, he was also funny and very intelligent. Ria was a fascinating enigma and I enjoyed the sparks between them. She presents herself to the world as one thing, while inside, she's an entirely different woman and Mercury instantly senses her hidden feminine self. He forces her to bring out her inner animal and the methods he uses are not subtle. Nor is his sexuality. When he made up his mind to have her, Mercury didn't hold anything back. Also, Lora Leigh seems to have an affinity towards males in leather pants. Noah Blake and Clint McIntire to name a few and everytime it seemed to fall flat for me. I just didn't get the appeal, until Mercury walked across the page dressed in leather pants and suddenly, I saw the appeal. Oh, yeah. My only complaint would be that Mercury's animal side has a personality that seems slightly stalkerish. It's inner ramblings came across as the ramblings of a serial killer and I didn't know what to make of it. Also there is a stupid typo that states Taber, not Tamber tries to kidnap David which I thought should have been noted and fixed before release.
I highly recommend this newest book in the Breeds series. It's sexy and fun and there was enough going on behind the scenes to make my mouth water for future books. Lora Leigh has created an extremely compelling and seductive character in Mercury and she's paired him with a more than worthy heroine....more
This was alright. I wasn't as impressed by this as I was with the other books. Sherra was too much of a downer for me to like it. I know she suffered,This was alright. I wasn't as impressed by this as I was with the other books. Sherra was too much of a downer for me to like it. I know she suffered, I know she was hurt, abused and betrayed. Get over it. Kane didn't betray her. She knew it, everyone else knew it, yet she still persisted on giving him the cold shoulder. I didn't understand it. He was as much a victim as she was, yet she was blaming him and punishing him throughout 3/4s of the book. Pity, party of one.
The sex was as hot as could be, when they finally do have sex. Of the three Feline Breeds books, Kane and Sherra hold out the longest against the mating heat. Which wasn't a problem but since Sherra hates Kane so much, there was no passion in their sex. It was just relief for them. They might as well have been two ships passing in the night. I didn't like that. I also felt that Kane's dominance was overblown. I was reticent to read this book because I was afraid he wouldn't be able to match Callan or Taber's animal aggression and now I know Lora Leigh probably worried about the same thing. So she overcompensates and in my humble opinion, it was too much. Kane wasn't all bad though. He has great love and affection for Cassie, the little wolf cub that lives with the Pride and his interactions with her were, unfortunately, the best parts of the book for me. Also, he has some of the best zingers, which he happily fires off indiscriminately among the Pride. "Do you think I can't imagine the hell she went through, you purring bag of mismatched genetics?" Priceless.
The use of the Council and the purists who keep managing to sneak onto the property is getting old. At this point, I'm thinking they need to rework their security infrastructure because it's not working. Just a thought, just a thought. If I was Merinus or Roni, I would demand 24/7 bodyguard protection because it's obviously not safe. Especially whenever an alarm is tripped because when the males go haring off, no one has caught on to the fact that it's a trap. As the last two times and every time before that would suggest.
I don't know if I was just reading too fast, trying to get this book over with or what, but I felt like some passages were not clearly written. I was confused as to what was happening, who was saying what and to whom. Part of the reason was that Kiss of Heat is actually not next after The Man Within. Apparently, Lora Leigh wrote them out of order and Elizabeth's Wolf is next after The Man Within, and then Kiss of Heat. So there was some byplay I was not getting, which was fine, but I felt that the epilogue was poorly written, regardless. Almost as if they were tacked on as an afterthough, in order to pave the way for the next book.
Anyways, this was book wasn't bad, it wasn't great, it was just alright. Which was a shame. Kane and his sense of humor was really funny at first but just as Sherra wore him down and defeated him, she wore me down, too. :( ...more
Elizabeth's Wolf is another winner from Lora Leigh. This book has the longest length so far (that I've read) out of all her Ellora's Cave published BrElizabeth's Wolf is another winner from Lora Leigh. This book has the longest length so far (that I've read) out of all her Ellora's Cave published Breed books, so we get excellent story telling plus all the hot, naughty, nekkid sex Lora Leigh could throw at us. This book was smoking hot and Dash was delicious! I really liked Elizabeth too and all the cute glimpses I got with Cassie in Kiss of Heat, I got even more of in Elizabeth's Wolf.
Dash was a really take charge kind of man and only in a romance novel can a man walk into this kind of situation and just take over and get away with it. Much less be thought of as hot and sexy. His concern and immediately connection with Cassie was soooo adorable as was his concern and all consuming lust for Elizabeth. I hope this doesn't come across as sick, but I actually really liked Cassie and Dash's father/daughter relationship more than Dash and Elizabeth's slightly combative, lover relationship. Dash and Elizabeth were absolutely scorching together but whenever Cassie was around, I just found her to be so adorable and an absolute scene stealer. Manipulative and sweet and achingly trusting. She was the type of little girl you want to gather up in your arms and never let go. I would have fed her all the bits of chocolate I could have just to keep a smile on her face. Cassie has got a serious chocolate fetish and I can't wait for her to grow up and read about what kind of woman she's going to be.
This one really expounded on the greed of people and what lengths the Council will go to to get their hands on the Breed children born outside the labs. The man hunting Elizabeth and Cassie was really disgusting and I thought his end was not nearly painful enough. Call me bloodthirsty but I wanted gory, screaming torture.
The ending seemed a little rush to me. I felt Lora Leigh could have weighed out the middle and the end better but all in all, I loved it. Dash was absolutely adorable and I loved his need-no-one attitude. When all his friends came out of the woodwork to come to his aid, I thought it was sooooo sweet. This was really the most "awwww" worthy of the Breed books and I just loved everything about it. It was so achingly sweet and I loved how the Breed community came together and rallied around Cassie. While it was sexy and steamy as only Lora leigh can write, I really enjoyed the sense of family this book had. I highly recommend Elizabeth's Wolf as another excellent addition to the Breeds series. Enjoy! ...more
Lora Leigh's Feline Breeds series continues with The Man Within. Taber, a genetically modified male, takes off one night trying to blow off some aggreLora Leigh's Feline Breeds series continues with The Man Within. Taber, a genetically modified male, takes off one night trying to blow off some aggression. Instead he finds a little girl who is lost and alone in the woods and he knew he had found something special. Under his watchful, protective eye, Roni blossomed into a sensual, fascinating young woman that Taber was determined to keep away from, just as his animal side craved more. Finally giving in to the inevitable, he accepts Roni's declarations of love and marks her as his own. Unfortunately, a traitor within his family rips them apart and the pain of their separation keeps this mated couple forever in need. Taber was determined this time to stay away from Roni but when news of her 'mating mark' is revealed on national television and she comes under the scrutiny of the Council his animal DNA comes roaring to life and he takes what should have been his over a year ago. He completes the mating ritual and enfolds Roni into the Pride, determined to subdue this little wildcat once and for all. His dominating presence is not enough to bring her to her knees however, because this time, Roni is going to settle for nothing less than his heart and his soul.
Taber and Roni was an excellent pairing of personalities. Both had a dominating presence and both knew betrayal from those closest to them. Taber's need to dominate Roni into submission was met with equal ferocity by her. She stood up to him and didn't let him bully her. Roni knows she's going to submit to him but she's also going to make him work for each and every inch she allows him to make. She taunts Taber and when he answers her challenge, it is delicious! The worldbuilding of the Feline Breeds is tighter than Tempting The Beast and since a lot of it was already in place, it allowed for Lora Leigh to introduce more characters. While Taber and Roni are still the central characters of this book, Lora Leighs allows for a broader view of the Breeds and their world which is very enjoyable. It made everything seem richer and more fleshed out.
The sex in this story was also a lot better than Tempting The Beast as well. Some of the descriptive passages are toned down, while still being erotic and scorching. We just lost some of the squishiness that I felt held a little too much information. I highly recommend The Man Within as one heck of a steamy read and a fine addition to the Feline Breeds series....more
Tempting The Beast starts out with Merinus Tyler arguing with her testosterone loaded male family members that she is capable of tracking down CallanTempting The Beast starts out with Merinus Tyler arguing with her testosterone loaded male family members that she is capable of tracking down Callan Lyons, a genetically modified male who could become the investigative story of the century. She argues that as a woman she can get Callan to talk to her. Understandably, her brothers and father are not excited by her logic. However, Merinus has been half in lust with Callan since the moment she saw his photo and can't deny this inexplicable pull to talk to him, to see him. The moment she does, that lust ramps up to something neither she or Callan can resist. It becomes a chemical and emotional reaction that terrifies Merinus. It is a complete loss of reason and all they can do is feed the raging mating lust that consumes them.
Callan Lyons has been hiding from the soldiers the Council members have been sending after him since he was twenty. He had been bred in their labs to become a perfect, genetically altered killing machine. One terrible explosion later and Callan and his pack members run for their lives, and their right to live. Luckily they have with them a scientist from the Council who cares for them and helps them understand the ever changing DNA complications in their bodies. When the mating heat strikes Callan and Merinus down hard, it is this evolving science that might save their Pride and bring Callan a sense of family. Unfortunately betrayal within their ranks brings the Council back into their lives and danger to Merinus. Callan's genetic lion DNA comes roaring to life at the thought of harm to his mate. His only hope might be to bring his Pride out of hiding and into the public eye but will that be enough to keep the Council off their backs and Merinus from their labs?
Lora Leigh's first book in the Feline Breeds series was one hot, orgasmic, shuddering, adjective filled romance. While some parts had me rolling my eyeballs, I still liked it. The beginning parts of the book had me practically panting and there were shivers running up and down my spine, as well as other naughty parts. I loved how Callan tried to pass himself off as just a man but when his lion side came roaring out, it was scorching! He finds this need to dominate and possess Merinus and when his barb emerges for the first time, it was seriously weird and damned hot at the same time. You'll have to read it to find out what I mean. And for those who like to know, there was no menage in this story. This was my second Breed book (I've read Megans Mark) and I can't wait to read more....more