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The Breed Next Door

(Breeds #5.5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  7,187 ratings  ·  231 reviews
Lyra’s neighbor can’t be for real. A man who makes her hormones stand up and scream every time she sees him. And he’s breaking through her reserve to invade her dreams at night.

But Tarek Jordan is even more than he seems. A Breed Enforcer with a plan. First, find the Council Trainer he’s tracked to Fayetteville, Arkansas, and second, claim the woman next door as his own. S
Kindle Edition, 98 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Berkley (first published November 2005)
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Sophia Triad
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Breeds 6
Feline Breeds 4
Featured Couple: Tarek (Lion) & Lyra (Human)

The story starts many years after Breeds have made themselves known to the public. Tarek is a lion Breed that is on a mission and lives between humans. He basically lives next to Lyra’s house.

Tarek is a really sweet character. He is longing for a family and for a mate. And what thing has a family smell? Freshly made food of course. The smell of her bread actually was one of the things that made him go at the house next door and
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Loving these books!

These books have just the kind of Alpha males that I like. They are of course gorgeous, tall, muscular, smart, trained to be assassins so they are good protectors, they are possessive, a little jealous and very steamy in the bedroom.

This story is about Tarek Jordan, a Lion Breed who escaped the labs at age 10 because he was the runt of the litter and overheard his trainer saying they were going to put him down. However not long after he escaped, he had a growth spurt and ende
Synopsis - Tarek Jordan is a feline Breed, created by the Genetic Council by crossing lion and human DNA, then indoctrinated to believe that he would never be anything more than a tool. After he and the other Breeds liberated themselves from their abusive creators, they fought against the brainwashing that said they weren't human, that they couldn't love, and that neither God nor any human would ever love them. Lyra Mason lives next door to Tarek and has worked hard to assert her independence fr ...more
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
Thank god this one was short! Not that I don't love it, trust me I do. It's just easier to review a shorter book than it does with a long one. But wow! I really liked this installment in the Breeds series by Lora Leigh. It was very hot, typical of any books by this author. Not to mention that I really enjoyed the relationship between the hero and the heroine. Ahah, she always threatens to kill him... but we all know that she won't. I really adore Lyra and Tarek together because even though this ...more
Story available in print format in Hot Spell anthology. ...more
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved Loved Loved Loved it!!
C Joy
It was a fun read, I loved the humor and the characters. This is a short story and Ms Leigh managed to squeeze everything in it - quirky characters, suspense and danger, great erotica, and confessions of love.

I could just imagine Lyra and Tarek together. He's really amusing and Lyra's sharp tongue and feigned irritation masked her attraction for him - and growing lust. She's a smart one too, having figured out Tarek's a Breed. I really liked that he had a horrendous amount of self-control, expla
This made for a really hot, quick read

Id rate this book a solid 4.5 stars. It was short but the plot was fast paced, and the execution was great.

The pros:
* I loved that they were neighbors and their relationship progressed over time
* Tarek was such a loveable hero - I'd really enjoyed the aspect of him learning everything on his own and how he appreciated the smallest things. Mowing, homemade bread, etc
* The sex was beyond steamy!!!!!!!!!! Off the charts hotness
* For a short book (a little und
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hands down my fave novella in the Breed series so far!!
Loved Tarek....Mmmmmm, mmmmm, good!!!

I really was drawn into the intro of this story....The rose bush..LOL

Tarek was very, very sweet and I just loved that about him. *sigh*
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting addition to the series. I loved the characters but wished there had been more character development and background. Still love this series.
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh I really loved this novella. These Breeds are seriously awesome!.
Jen Davis
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it
After my last Breed read several months ago, I decided I needed a break from the series. I decided to dip my toe back in with this novella --and everything about this series came rushing back. It's sexy, with a possessive, controlling hero. The heroine is a feisty virgin. The sex is hot. The language walks the line between dirty and ridiculous. And then it's over.

Tarek is a lion breed who has never had a normal life. He tries to enjoy the little things, like his own home and cutting the grass, w
Alex is The Romance Fox
Another short story that’s basically the same as the other books – we know that a breed will mate with a human; they go through the mating frenzy, etc etc etc. A bit of a plot… can get it from the book blurb because you basically get the whole thing there…this is s short story after all!!

I quite like Tarek Jordan although he was a bit over-powering…but then that’s what happens when these super breed males finally meet their mate. I did feel for the torture he went through when held captive.
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Oleta Blaylock
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
This story is set a number of years after the original Pride went public. Jonas is now Head of Breed Enforcer Affairs. Tarek is a Breed that we haven't met before and he is after a Trainer from the Lab that Tarek was held at. It is interesting to watch Tarek handle the normal day to day things that we take for granted. I love his reaction to the smell of homemade bread fresh from the oven. I don't think there is anything that brings to mind home and comfort like that smell. The only problem with ...more
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: breeds, 2012, grc
Tarek Jordan is trying to do his job and for some strange reason he decided to buy a house, I place of his own, somewhere that he could make a life and a home. Little did he know that the hellion he moved next to would keep him on edge, tense, and his balls so tight he is having a hard time controlling it. What is it about her that makes him long for her kiss and to pet her, all day and all night long?

Lyra knows he is too good to be true but she loves razzing and looking at Tarek because honestl
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reread again in August, 2014!

One of my favorites and really wish that it had been longer.. You will LOVE the characters (sp) in this story and I would REALLY love to read about some of the others that showed up in this story (of course a few do show up)!! ;-)

The date showing that I read this book is really just when I reread it. I read all the Breed books just as soon as they are published. That should tell you how much I lOVE this series! In other 20 books/stories in this series I have only rea
annette colon
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
There Should Be More Neighbors Like Him

Tarek and Lyra are next door neighbors (they're more like the odd couple). Tarek is a breed and is trying to live a normal life. His version of a normal life is driving Lyra crazy. His gardening skills leave a lot to be desired and he just murdered her rose bushes. But there's something about him that pulls at her. The feeling is mutual for Tarek ( the way she makes coffee is like manna from heaven and he would gladly mug someone for her homemade bread
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous Novella, it was a fun read. Lyra meets the Breed Living next door. Tarek is on a mission, he is a hunter working for the Breed. His mission is to capture/kill a previous Trainer, an evil, who worked in the labs where the Breed were held.
How I loved Lyra, she is one fiesty female, and takes great pleasure in razzing Tarek. It seems to of become a game between them. However things really start to heat up, when there is a threat to Lyra. Hot, fun with danger lurking, great !!
After writing off the Breed series, I decided to try again. Does she have any book in the whole of this series that the guy isn't an asshole? Or the women aren't treating like a walking, talking sex toy? The books are interesting and have a lot of good story in them. They also have the tendancy to become total porn and slightly gross. Not a great balance.
I loved the title and idea of this short story -- the genetically engineered breed struggling to live in a normal human neighborhood -- but found it a bit hard to get into. Pretty good if you like Lora Leigh's intensity.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
This was originally released as part of the Hot Spell anthology, and later released as a novella.

While I enjoyed this very much, I found it lacked the intensity and spark that I've come to expect in a full novel by Lora Leigh. This is a wonderful filler story in the Breed saga.

♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Another great Lora Leigh Breeds book! I'm trying to figure out which ones I missed!! This was a back track, but you meet Braden before Megan's Mark in this book along with Jonas laughing?? Pretty good!
I re-read this one yesterday. Still my favourite in the series, despite it's brevity. If you enjoy this one, try her novella, 'Cooper's Fall'. The Heroes of both books are a perfect blend of alpha bad boy with a heart of gold.
Lyra and Tarek are another of my fav breed couples!! Lots of steamy scenes and I may never think about going up stairs the same way again!!
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: lora-leigh
3.5 stars. Not my favorite, just too short. I felt like they fell in love wayy to fast.
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I came; I saw; I conquered. Woman, hear me roar, let me kiss you and you will now be my mate. The end. Enjoyable and cute.
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
shortest story yet, but still great!!! i want a breed next door too!! lol
Nichola connor
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read all lora leighs breeds collection over the new year and enjoyed them.
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters
Another great story, but very short.
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