25 November 2008


Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc. (November 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419953400
ISBN-13: 978-1419953408


Sherra and Kane - Snow Leopard Breed
Sherra has kept the natural mating heat breeds and their mates experience under control for far too many years. Its been ten years since the lover she was torn from in the labs returned. Ten years that’s she’s been forced to confront him nearly on a daily basis. And the heat is growing out of control. The woman’s emotions and fears are tearing through her. Now, she won’t be able to run from her mate much longer as old fears and deceptions begin to fade away beneath the love and aching need she never forgot for one man.

Kiss Of Heat with its 236 pages brought me sheer reading pleasure again in the Romantica genre. Though I haven’t read much within the Romantica [yet], I consider Lora Leigh one of the characteristic authors of this genre. The sultry blend of an erotically steeped bond between a male and female, along with a continuity in world and plot development provides a heady effect for the reader. I feel like a CD on replay of the same tune but up till now Lora Leigh has delivered enticing Breed stories!

Sherra has survived soul shattering events, like all the Breeds, but the loss she had to endure is something that will probably resonate with many female readers and from the moment this slice of information was dropped in a previous Breed novel I wanted to know so much more. Now in Kiss Of Heat Sherra and Kane step up to the plate and reveal their story. Stubborn pride and strong minds clash together in every way possible until buried emotions well up again and reveal another truth….

Sherra is a Feline Breed, an Amazon with the attitude to match and she is going into heat, desperately needing the touch of her mate. So many years ago she shared one night with Kane and in that night she unknowingly claimed him as her mate. So much has happened since then and all she gets from Kane these days is a pain in the ass. Nevertheless, her body burns for his touch, his scent and stamina.

Kane has a natural arrogance which makes people instantly sit up and pay attention. He needs Sherra with a ferocity that borders on insanity and now that Sherra is in heat it might provide him with an opportunity to get intimately acquainted again. Still, there is one incident that stands between them like the Grand Canyon and they both need to work on building the bridge!
Though I sometimes
 wanted to pound some sense in both Kane and Sherra I let the story capture me in all its facets. The profoundness of their emotions gave a two sided view of what happened. To see Sherra and Kane grow towards an overall understanding was a touching experience that left me with a full heart and a trembling lip. Of course with the progress in emotional awareness comes the mind blistering eroticism and though Kiss Of Heat emanates quite a bit of sexuality it stays well within the norm of acceptable. It is one on one, male with female and though the scenes were explicitly described it only heightened the emotional state of the starring couple.

While Sherra and Kane are dallying around each other with bared teeth there is also a sniper on the loose within the compound and has everyone on edge. Moments of close calls pump up the adrenaline, both with me as with the characters. And there are many recurring characters with Seth and Dawn who raised my interest, along with Tanner and Cabal in there indulging threesome’s. The courageous girl from Elizabeth’s Wolf, Cassie, is also a member of the group and it felt as though Kiss Of Heat and Elizabeth’s Wolf overlap each other in time frame.

All in all the Breed novels are an enticing interlude between the other genres I tend to read. With around the 250 pages I can easily go through a Breed novel in one sitting or afternoon and it provides a satisfying, in-depth novel to sustain my craving for a well rounded reading experience. As always Lora Leigh delivers plot wise an ending that only triggers the hunger for the next one.

Kiss Of Heat is another worthy episode to the Breed series that rapidly is becoming a cherished series on my shelves.

4 stars

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