11 September 2008

Review: Lora Leigh - Tempting The Beast

Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: Ellora's Cave (November 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1843607247
ISBN-13: 978-1843607243

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 and save them both…and do all in his power to keep his woman in the process.
I never thought an Erotica could have such an impact on me, it is saved for those few authors that rock my world with more than just erotic adventures. I can add a new name to my short list and it is Lora Leigh with her Breed series! Tempting The Beast holds an intriguing concept of a Council that wants to alter human DNA with animal DNA. Let me tell you that the Council will rub you the wrong way in every way possible but is an formidable opponent for the Breeds and the plot is an exhilarant one because of them.

From the first page you feel the sensual pull of Callan, you feel he is different and all you want is to peel layer after layer until you know him in every way that is important. The chemistry between Merinus and Callan is as combustible as they come, it almost takes place on a cellular level and you can feel their need for each other as hormones go berserk on them. For me it isn’t even the well described erotic adventures Callen and Merinus have that grabs me, okay, I’ll lie if I say I did not enjoy them thoroughly! But it the intense need coming from both of them that just leaps of the pages and makes me in sync with them as a couple and their journey.

Callen is about all you’ll want or need in a leading male character. He is a mystery, a perfect combination of male and animal whom bares a past that only makes me want to dig deeper in to what The Council wants to achieve. He is a born leader, he radiates undiluted strength and he is as ruthless as they come. With the mating frenzy his life takes a new direction as many questions arise that needs to be answered. Merinus is a woman with plenty of attitude as she is raised among seven brothers. Along the way she learned how to read testosterone and gives Callen a piece of her mind any way she sees fit. They sizzle, there essence collides together and creates a blazing inferno with the emotions that grow stronger with every minute spend between them.

It is in the first half of the book I could not completely find my niche and couldn’t quite pinpoint what the reason was. At a certain moment Lora Leigh cast her hook with bait as certain events unraveled themselves and I suddenly I felt myself more than eager to take the bait. Suddenly the plot was a whirling presence in the story making me venture deeper in to the world Lora Leigh had created. Perhaps I needed to connect all the dots for I discovered a balance between all the elements of powerful characterization, imaginative world building and more than intriguing plotting, laced with the overall need and sensual atmosphere. All the elements had me mesmerized, I found myself in awe as how it all would end and I can only say is that the ending with the epilogue made me famished for more of Lora Leigh’s Breed series.

Because with more Breeds in Callan’s Pride like Sherra, who becomes more than interesting along the way. Tanner and Tabber, the complete Pride bares potential for further novels and how can I forget Doc with all his testing, his past binds him to the Breed as if he was one of them. The brothers of Merinus are all arrogant and male, there’s nothing more to say about them and the one sticking out is Kane. Just like Callan he makes me want to find out what makes him tick, find all there is to know about him and piece him together.

With the first novel TEMPTING THE BEAST in the Breed series I am tossed through the emotional wringer and just want more of this kind of storytelling!
4 stars

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