16 October 2008

Review: Lora Leigh - Elizabeth's Wolf

Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Ellora's Cave (June 30, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419951378
ISBN-13: 978-1419951374

She brought him back from death and made him live again. Dash thought himself alone, a soldier, a fighting machine and no more. Elizabeth made him realize he was a man. Danger surrounds the woman his soul marked as his mate, death and blood and a treachery that goes beyond even his worst nightmares. But he will protect her and what she claims as her own. He was created to kill, trained to do it efficiently, and only a man bound to her, heart and soul, will have the strength to save Elizabeth and her prized possession. He was a lone wolf. A man alone. No pack, no family, no one to call his own until one single, innocent letter awoke Elizabeth's wolf.

I actually had yet to read the first chapter but my throat was already tight with emotion upon reading the Author’s Note. So I was already pulling the tissues out of the box as I started to read the first pages of Dash’s story. Lora Leigh continues to pull at my heartstring as I met the injured Dash and reading Cassie’s letters to him. The letters captivate the innocence of a child but at the same time the wisdom of a one that sees all and has to endure so much. Though there is no physical interaction yet, Cassie, her mother Elizabeth and Dash are already connected together. It is with a last desperate letter that Dash starts the search for these two ladies he considers his.

The first thing that comes to mind as I think on how to describe Elizabeth’s Wolf is intense, the intensity of various emotions grabbed a hold of me and never, not even once, did it loosen its grip. Endearing is also is one of the words, for Cassie blew me away with her scarred soul but nevertheless she is also sassy and feisty showing enough backbone to let you know she’ll be okay in the end. And scorching hot, though Elizabeth also has a wounded soul Dash is both demanding as he is understanding and they create a blazing heat together. Three people connect on a level that will hold forever, that makes you want to concur all and will never let you accept defeat.

This is what first and foremost grabbed me but a Breed novel wouldn’t be a Breed novel if it did not contain some form of evil and the villain is just plain evil. You want the villain punished in every way possible and more things reveal themselves about the Breeds. A new piece of information tells me that all that is happening with the Breeds is a far cry from over or told. We get to meet some re-occurring characters, which in my opinion is always like a cherry on the cake. To meet the unique Breeds and get a taste of their personalities once more adds a juice to the mix that makes me gobble it all up as fast as my eyes can read. I loved a lot about this book, the romance, the suspense, the evocative eroticism but in the end it is the triangle of Dash, Elizabeth and Cassie fighting for a place to live…to love…to laugh, to wrap life in both arms and never let go what makes me say, fantastic. For me Elizabeth’s Wolf is a small step away from a perfect balance between emotion, character development, suspense, laced with a sensual feast of carnality.

Lora Leigh is fast becoming one of my all time favorite erotica author’s who gives substance to the genre!"

Grange smirked. “tell me, Elizabeth, what’s it like to fuck an animal?”
Elizabeth snorted. “I have no idea. Let’s ask your mistress in here and ask her.

4.5 stars

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