02 May 2009

Review: Lora Leigh - Soul Deep

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Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Ellora's Cave; 1St Edition edition (July 25, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419954628
ISBN-13: 978-1419954627


Mother Nature has a way of making the most unlikely couples ‘fit’. And what could be more unlikely than a sassy, independent President’s daughter who doesn’t know when to keep her mouth shut and a loner Coyote Breed with a hunger for a cute rosebud mouth that he’s determined to still.

The vote for Breed Law is coming down the pike. Kiowa’s job is to watch Amanda, the President’s daughter—look, but not touch. Just make sure the Goof Troop, the Secret Service detail assigned to protect her, do their job until the law is passed.

But when they don’t and the bad guys move in to take her out, Kiowa reluctantly slips in to the rescue, snatching her away to safety. But she isn’t going to come easy and it takes more than smooth talking to make her see his point of view.

For a man who’s had nothing, Amanda Marion is food for the hunger that has tortured him, the reality to every dream Kiowa never dared believe in. What he feels for her is more than heat, more than love. She breathes life into his hardened heart, melting the icy chill that has protected him all his life, and touches a part of him that he thought had died—his soul. And now he’ll kill anyone who tries to take her away from him.

But the one person he can’t fight is Amanda, and when she wants to leave…

The Coyote Breed were created to become the jailors of other Breed species, they were meant to be cold, ruthless and instilled with a natural viciousness. As with all the Breeds some perhaps answered to the initial vision of the scientists but there were many more who weren’t. Kiowa is a Coyote Breed and watching the President’s daughter very intently…

A journalist’s narrative brought me up to speed with the latest developments in the Breed community and how general population was dealing with the knowledge of their existence. Then there is also the fact that there are important political changes coming for the Breeds with the vote for the Breed Law. I can’t say that Soul Deep was a stellar read in terms of the plot or the building of an intricate relationship. It’s just with each entry in the Breed series that I become more entangled with the lives of its characters and their struggles as a race. Each novel contains vital information and each novel emanates a degree of emotional intensity. Whether I am crying my eyeballs out or in the case with Soul Deep, just get that heartwarming sizzle in the end, I am always happy to read a Breed novel.

Kiowa as a child endured a solitary existence and he hides his dreams in the deepest and darkest corners of his heart. He grew up in to a man who is bold, brutally direct in his opinion and at times so emotionless you wonder what is at the core of it. Now he is within the folds of the Wolf and Feline Breeds and has a duty to perform. And her name is Amanda.

Amanda finally freed herself from her father in terms of she got out of the Whitehouse. She loves her job as a teacher, nurtures her own dreams and is ecstatic about her carefully obtained independence. Her life is good until a seemingly overbearing male rescues her, ties her to a bed and shuts her up with a kiss when she tries to scream.

There are signature elements regarding the Breed relationships that I’ve come to recognize; the kiss, the mating heat, the male going all possessive, the woman who is trying to cope with the mating heat and the repercussion that go hand in hand with it. The personalities and the circumstances make each book different from the other and thereby avoiding a repetitive reading experience and boredom. This, for a seasoned reader like myself, is something that can make or break a series.

Kiowa and Amanda are a blazing combination of mating heat and clashing opinions. The conflicts between them are convincingly portrayed. With very little the romance was a road of acceptance between two strong-minded people. Kiowa and Amanda got to deal with a 180 degree turn around from their lives and suddenly have to deal with another person in close vicinity, both physically and emotionally. The 190 pages didn’t give much room for certain explanations or intense romantic development but the important issues were detailed enough that it overall worked for me. I’m especially glad that Lora Leigh gave Kiowa’s past enough attention so I understood his motives.

With the growing emotions between the lovers cresting at a point there are also new discoveries made regarding the mating heat that were very interesting. The Pure Blood society is also a threat which is as old as time. Give the world something new, stronger or different and how does it respond? By trying to suppress the Breeds or eradicate them from this world. Of course, a formidable opponent always makes the story that much more interesting, so I'm more than curious what they come up with to throw at Callan Lyons and his consorts. Lora Leigh is gradually expanding her Breed world with adding information that keeps me on edge where she is taking this series.

Soul Deep is a nice interlude between the more full length novels in this series, it was sincere, honest, erotically charged and to a point endearing. The Coyote Breed received a charming introduction from Lora Leigh!

Quote Kiowa:
“And each time I saw you, the need for you grew inside me. No aphrodisiac. Not mating complications. Just a man slowly falling in love with a woman he had no right to.”

3 stars

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