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Bengal's Heart

(Breeds #14)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  9,051 ratings  ·  293 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh returns to the world of the Breeds where animal instincts rule and anyone can fall prey to the mating heat...

Reporter Cassa Hawkins has always supported Breed rights believing they should be allowed to live free of fear and prejudice among the humans. A reasonable woman couldn't think otherwise, especially not in the presence of
Mass Market Paperback, 323 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Berkley (first published August 2009)
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Great story but some inconsistency with previous books.

This book has a great plot, but part of the love story regarding the mating heat between Cabal St. Laurent, Bengal Breed, and Cassa Hawkins, reporter, was different than previous books. In that they met 10 years ago and Cabal knew right away that she was his mate, and though he didn’t kiss her or claim her he has been pretty much a manwhore the last 10 years.

This was brought up a few books back in “Tanner’s Scheme”. Tanner is Cabal’s identi
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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
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
Sophia Triad
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Breeds 20
Feline Breeds 12
Featured Couple: Cabal (Bengal Tiger) & Cassa (Human)

Cabal has known that Cassa is his mate for more than 10 years but he didn't claim her. They aren't technically mated, but still Cassa is suffering from mating heat and she needs to take hormonal supplements to continue living her sexless life.

In the past Cassa met Cabal when she helped him escape a bloodbath. Someone tried to kill him and his family. Imagine his whole family splattered and chopped up all over the place
*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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Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
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
Smokinhotbooks K.C.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
Fre06 Begum
Sep 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
He knew Cassia was his mate and he still cheated! He never redeemed himself in my eyes.
½ 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.


Cabal St. Laurents is a Bengal breed; his mat
This is my first Breeds book. I liked the world-building enough that I’ll definitely read more of the series, even though I found the romance in this book to be a bit lackluster.

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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
Aug 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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Dec 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Lover of Romance
Cassa Hawkins has always been supportive of breeds and their rights, and being a journalist has always tried to put them in the positive light as much as possible. However the breed's have never made it easy for her, and for years she has resisted Cabal, who if he decided to claim her she would be his mate. Having to suffer with the hormone treatments to regulate the symptoms of the heat, the past several years haven't been easy on her especially when seeing him with countless women. So when Cab ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.50 / 2 Stars

I read for entertainment and many times small details slip by me, but that's okay, I still enjoy what I read as a whole. However, I was a bit confused with some of the things that happened in Bengal's Heart. Cabal is a horn dog and has shared women with his twin brother, Tanner. Then during Tanner's Scheme, Tanner thought Scheme could have been his brother's mate and was willing to give her up if that was the case. Why would Tanner not know Cabal already had a mate? Lastly, there w
Willow Brook
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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Jul 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
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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
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.
May 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OMG, this was so good. I tell you, Ms. Leigh writes likes no ones business. Just loved this one. It's a must read. ...more
Bengal's Heart

I was really annoyed with most of this story because of Cassa's character. She was really a stubborn chick. Sometimes I wish LL would have chosen another person I this story because Cassa's would never do ask she was asked. Her being so damn nosy as a journalist could have caused her to end up in a bad situation. I'm really giving this story a 4.5 because I think Cassa's story somewhat over did things for me. I know we woman can be stubborn at times, but I guess it did not interest
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The underlying plot line was appealing, but history and relationship between Cabal and Cassa deeply flawed. As other reviewers note, there is a lot of revisionist history here that contradicts prior novels. Also I’m sick of mated males treating their females so protectively that they set up bad situations. So flawed, but still very entertaining.
Selenity Jade (Coffee Addicts Book Reviews)
Lora Leigh does write the best sex scenes. I just love this whole series. I don't expect brilliant writing as it's a paranormal mating type book but it captures my attention, it keeps me engaged, it makes me like the characters and want to know more. In the end I just like it. I really really can't wait to read more in the series. ...more
Elizabeth Mckernan
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book Great series Awesome Author
Mar 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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“I'm calling in a favor," she stated.

Silence filled the line. She could almost feel the intractable Breed mulling over possibilities and wondering which favor she would call.

"You have a surplus," he finally sighed. "Will it get me killed?"

She almost grinned at that. She couldn't imagine Mordecai contemplating death, let alone worrying if it would affect him.

"I guess anything is possible," she mused. "You backing out?"

He grunted at that. "Life's too long sometimes anyway.”
“For God's sake, if you mated bastards don't stop going apeshit like this, then I'm going to start shooting you."

"Remind me not to tell Jonas if I get infected," Lawe murmured to Rule.

"Better yet, don't get infected," Rule grunted. "I'd hate to have to shoot you myself when you start acting stupid.”
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