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Tempting the Beast

(Breeds #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  24,140 ratings  ·  1,144 reviews
Callan Lyons is a genetic experiment. One of six fighting for freedom and the survival of their Pride. Merinus Tyler is the reporter who will tempt him, draw him, until the fury of the "mating frenzy" locks them into a battle of sexual heat there is no escape from.

Deception, blood, and the evil Genetics Council are hot on their trail. Callan will use his strength to try an
Paperback, 284 pages
Published November 24th 2003 by Ellora's Cave
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Jessie Usted escribió esto en la sección donde la gente hace preguntas . Es posible que desee borrar y escribir en el área de revisión. :)

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Sharmila I just read the 3rd book in the series, "Elizabeth's Wolf,' because I am a sucker for books where one of the characters has a little girl. It certainl…moreI just read the 3rd book in the series, "Elizabeth's Wolf,' because I am a sucker for books where one of the characters has a little girl. It certainly seemed to read like a standalone. There seems to be some background as to what 'breeds' actually are, but it was recapped briefly and clearly throughout the book. I did not feel like I missed anything. Now I am going to go back and start reading book 1, 'Tempting the Beast.'(less)

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Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I made it to 30% before giving up. this book is too gross for me. the frothing, creamy, honey, "cunt" juices were just too much for me since the plot/characters were also boring me into a coma.

Yes I'm gay so that might influence my opinion a little:

The boring guy in this book:

My reaction:

Dumb Females reaction:

dumb mc unable to take an obvious invitation:

This is what a barbed penis looks like:
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You want that shredding your insides? how is this book at all hot? to anyone?

My reaction re
Sophia Triad
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Breeds 1
Feline Breeds 1
Featured Couple: Callan Lyons (Lion) & Merinus Tyler (Human)

The Breeds series in the first years of 2000 has brought some of the most original concepts in Paranormal Romance. The main characters are basically human-like animals or animal-like humans and they are the results of experiments. Outside they look completely human, they don’t shift (these are not shifters’s books!), they are part of the human society until their existence is discovered. Breeds are partly animals
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Tempting the Beast is a lesson in how not to write romance or a book in general. Editors do an important job and I wish a good one had worked on this, heavily.

Me reading this book:

Heroine pushes her naive deeply stupid agenda
*wince at poor use of language*
hero whines
*rolls eyes*
*wince again*
heroine whines
more whining
*more eye rolling*
heroine stubbornly (and stupidly) believes she is right
more sex
a rare moment: non-sexual action
spoke too soon, more sex
"I love you" - *wince*
hint of a
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Originally read Mar 2011:
I think I feel a little dirty after reading this! That's not to say I didn't enjoy was just a little...unexpected. Lora Leigh is a naughty NAUGHTY writer who can sometimes really hit the spot with me, but other times she shocks me and leaves me a little speechless.

I can only conclude by saying that I have already bought the next two in the series...make what you will of that!

Update - re-read Dec 2011
After having read this again after a little hankering for a tri
Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
Great story, very unexpected, totally not shifters!

I expected this to be about shifters which are generally either created in one of 3 ways: 1) supernaturally - like werewolves, 2) alien - as in they come from another planet or place, 3) genetic experimentation. In this case the breeds came from genetic experiments. However, they are not actually shifters, they don’t shift from human form into their cat form from what I could tell in this book.

They just have traits of both beast and human. Calla
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dina by: Melissab
This book was better than I'd expected. I really liked the story around the Breeds "creation" - it was a bit out there sometimes but, hey, it's PNR so not everything has to make complete sense, right? LOL

As for the very steamy sex scenes, the barb thing was too weird for me, but I somehow managed to "erase" it from my mind... I think.

Even though I've only read this one book so far, I feel I'm going to become addicted to this series. I just have got to know what's going to happen with all the Bre
Sophia Triad
The beginning of the adventure for Merinus Tyler and Callan Lyons has been re-released with a new shiny book cover.
This is my favourite couple from the Breeds series and Callan is the ultimate "Lion King" of the Breeds.

The book was out of print for some time now, so if you wanted to read it and you couldn't now it's your chance ;)
Chantal ❤️

Can't give it 5 stars because it ended on a cliff of sorts. This story will grow and keep ongoing until the situation is resolved.

In this book we start the series with the story of Callen the lion laced genetic experiment that escaped from the confines of a secret lab. He and a group of half felines breed experiments are trying to find a semblance of a life now within society.
However, in order to live free they must testify to the monstrosities that have happened to them to
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I put this series on my TBR list I didn't realize that it started out as erotica. Not that I have a problem with erotica; I am a huge perv after all. I just wasn't prepared for the level of hotness. Then I checked the book out from the library (yes they had erotica at my library) and realized that it was an Ellora's Cave book. I knew then that I would probably really like the book cause again, I am a perv and this is smutty paranormal goodness. Holy frakkin hotness, Batman!! This book was s ...more
Oct 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Tempting 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 ...more
Apr 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of PN Erotic Romance & Extreme Alpha Males
So many people have raved about the Breeds series and Lora Leigh's writing in general that I finally had to try it out. In many ways, I can certainly see why fans enjoy these so much. I thought the premise was very creative and unique, something I've never seen in a romance novel before. I kept thinking as I read it that this is the stuff that great sci-fi movies are made of. It definitely held my attention, but I found myself wishing the author would tell me more about the Breeds and their back ...more
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this series. But it is not for me. I need something more than sex to like a book. It was like reading the same thing over and over again. The things that were happening felt like added just to have something more than sex in it.

There was not a real conection between the characters. And it is not that I don't like strong and very possesive males. I do. And I love it when the male feels this strong conection with the girl without even having talk to her. But in this book th
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness

- is quite possibly the most horrible, degradable word to describe the female anatomy in the english language. I refuse to use the word. So you can imagine my jaw drop when I stumble across the word in almost every other paragraph in this book.

So, moving on. This is the first book in the breed series. And after so many great reviews I could hardly contain my excitement when I started reading.

I have to agree that the story has ALOT of potential.

We have Callen. A human cross breed
Chelsea Kumer
Dec 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
So obviously this is erotica, and I realize erotica is pretty subjective and hard to grade. But to me, this was just bad.

The premise was actually somewhat promising. Callan is one of several genetically manipulated humans--he has lion DNA in his genome--who are all part of some top secret highly unethical experiment. Merinus is a journalist who is eager to expose what was done to Callan and his fellow "Breeds", and requires his cooperation. They meet, sparks fly in a big way, and we find out tha
Jeynna ( The Romance Junkie)
3 stars


But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. It’s just that I didn’t expect the hotness. The first four books that I read by this author is really hot, like fiery hot...but this one is like..a volcano just erupted in my ovaries!

If you want to read a very..very..very and I mean a HIGHLY erotic kinda of book then this is for you. I gotta admit,that this book made me blush, and had to put down this a few times cause I just can’t stand the sex scene. It was so intense! (view spoiler)
Tempting The Beast is H.O.T.

Callon Lyons, the hero, is indeed "uber" Alpha (his genes were spliced with a lion, of course he's alpha,) and I was hooked from the beginning scene.

Merinus, the heroine, is an excellent match for Callon's overbearing ways, and finds ways of asserting her independence with a man who needs to be dominant. But in the end, it's her willingness to compromise that prooves her love for him. Surprisingly, I found the domninant/submissive thing to be the undelying texture to
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whoa! That was pretty damn hot! There was lots of Rawwwwwr times.. and he had special barb that came out and latched on to her g-spot which made things pretty interesting... there was an actual story line surrounding all of the sex and there was LOTS of sex. But I enjoyed this one! I'll for sure read the next one.. even if the ebooks are priced a little too high imo... ...more
Jac K
May 02, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars
Tempting the Beast is what started it all... This was a quick re-read, and it left me feeling kinda "Meh"... I read this originally back in the day, and sort of remember loving it. Hell, I've held onto the physical book for nearly 20 years...which is saying something... BUT... as I revisited it, I was a little surprised that I kept with the series back in the day...cuz it wasn't as awesome as I remembered it being. I don't regret reading it, because many of the earlier books are very go
Jacqueline's Reads
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr, smut, v-card
3.5 Stars

Not sure where my head is at, I’ve been trying paranormal erotica. I’m not sure if it’s my jam yet, but it’s different from my usual slow burn reads.

This one was pretty frustrating with a ridiculous Heroine. She’s pretty young and dumb. But the steam is hot and it’s filled with steam. I would say a good 70% of the book is steamy. It’s not really kinky, but it’s smut.

Callan was experimented on and he isn’t a human, but part beast. Merinus is a reporter, but she could have been anything,
Alex is The Romance Fox
Having read some of the books in Lora Leigh’s Breeds Series, which I enjoyed, , , , ,I wanted to start from the beginning…so in reading order, the 1st being Tempting the Beast, tells the story of Lyon Callan, is a genetic experiment using part human and feline DNA, who, after rescuing others like him in the evil and secretive Genetics ...more
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
To be perfectly honest, this book is all about the sex. Do not be fooled by people who say they read this for the story, which is the equivalent of men saying they read Playboy for the articles.

Few authors have been recommended to me more than Lora Leigh and based on such things as the cover of this book, I have avoided reading anything by her. I have also tired of romantic/erotic/paranormal cliched series, dropping such authors as Kenyon and even Ward, though I will pick up the latter again som
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I really wanted to like this, as I normally love books about alpha males claiming their "fated" mates, and this one had a nice sci-fi twist that they are on the run from the cruel Council that created them.

However; there was too much sex and too little substance, I like a good sex scene I don't like one every other page, as after a while it loses its power, I found myself skimming these scenes towards the end as frankly I was bored of them. I know this is erotica but it seemed such a waste of a
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first Lora Leigh book that I read and I was pleasantly surprised by Tempting the Beast. Merinus is on the hunt for a story and Callan is it, Callan is a man with Feline DNA and Merinus thinks that it is time for him to come out to the world. Callan and his pride have hidden and know that there are many dangers and Callan takes it on himself to lead and protect his family. But Merinus calls to him and Callan to Merinus. Then the Mating frenzy between the two begin and there is no stop ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
The first book in Breed series that features genetically engineered soldiers, scientists playing God, secrets, fighting and lots of sex. If any of the above triggers you or you are bothered by somewhat dubious consent (whatever happens to each new couple is explained throughout the series), if pushy men annoy you, then skip it. Did I say there's lots and lots of sex? I did? Okay then.

I found it entertaining enough to continue with the rest of the series. Sometimes the story and the characters we
Oct 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
Reading this was
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I really enjoyed this book! Not only did the author spin an interesting world for the characters, but the chemistry between the them was hot to say the least. Loved it!
Paloma Beck
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Take my advice and start with the first book in the Breed series. It’s a deliciously yummy romance. Tempting the Beast is more like a short story that serves to introduce the reader to the breed community. Human, infused with DNA from predators of the world, Breeds were created to serve as secret operatives, assassins and killing machines. The hero in this first book, Callan Lyons, is one of these genetic experiments and one of the initial six lion Breeds we meet fighting for their freedom.

I can
Jen Davis
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think I have found my new guilty pleasure read. This book was totally over the top, borderline porny, campy... and yet, I totally enjoyed it.

Our heroine is Marinus, a journalist who works with her father and seven brothers for some kind of publication that is never explained. (The brothers also apparently have other professions, which I didn't entirely get, either, but lets just go with it...). Anyhoo, the family is investigating Callan Lyons, a genetic experiment created by a blend of human a
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Roaring Orgasmic Stars 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟😍🤤😉 Um Hello 👋!! Over here!! Yeah you! If you’re confused to which book to read and you really want a good erotic sexy Alpha Male and a strong heroine who doesn’t submit easy and also a kick ass story that keeps you wanting more and more??? Ok well look no further!!! This book is for you!

This book really surprised me! I’ve came across this book a few times looking for a good erotic paranormal romance book. I am glad I gave it a chance! Wow... Not only did it have
Anna Serene
Skimmed to the end. This was just straight up porn which I'm not against but it's not what I was looking for. Callan was sort of an asshole and not the fun kind. They were going along and along and then suddenly BAM! The "I love yous" came out of nowhere. Fucking annoying. Then there was butt sex and then the final battle took literally less than a paragraph. (I'm not counting the monologuing). Didn't hate it but still was not good. ...more
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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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