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Series: Wolf Breeds
Book Length: 228 pages
Book Type: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
Main Characters Aiden And Charity
Book Origin: Personal Library
Book 12 in the Wolf Breeds reading order.
The forces of survival and destruction swirl in the darkest corners of men's minds. The nature of the beast cannot be harnessed, and survival is the purest of all instincts. Survival of the species itself goes soul deep.
But can the human heart accept and adapt as easily? Can Charity bestow the love and the acceptance that has always been a part of her, to the man whose very survival depended on the hardening of his heart, of his soul? And can Aiden maintain that cruelty now, in the face of the sacrifices she made? Only time and nature can tell…
I can’t help but riding a double-edged feeling regarding Aiden’s Charity. At one hand I read this story in the blink of an eye with all of the sultry hallmark attributes of a Lora Leigh Breed novel. Yet on the other hand it are those very hallmark attributes and very little progress in the overall story arc that made this story not all that impressive. The beginning is very good, intense and immediately grabbed my full attention with Aiden who tries to keep his body in check so he is unusable for the stud service the scientists want him for. Now everyone who reads this series knows the atrocities performed by the scientists on the Breeds and all I wanted for Aiden and his pack members was to break free. But with the arrival of Charity events take an unexpected turn, she initiates body contact with Aiden and their lives are forever altered...
The beginning promised to be something good but after Aiden and Charity meet up again after the prologue the story slides back to the usual Breed continuation. Charity is in heat, Aiden goes all protective on her and they both don’t want the mating bond, which I found out is initiated differently from the feline Breeds. Along the way Nikki, the doctor at the Breed compound, has the opportunity to discover new information with Charity being in heat and of course there’s the imminent threat of the scientists attacking via their coyote soldiers. It all comes together in a nice, flowing, but non to overtly exciting addition to the Breed series. I ended the novel with a feeling of; nice but why was this written and what did it add to the series? Besides a scintillating mating going on and some intriguing character introductions I didn’t feel we got any further in the overall story arc, and this is something I am not used to when I’m reading a Breed novel. At least the beginning and the end of each novel thrust the overall storyline in to new territory.
So I wasn’t impressed with the development to say the least but on the other side I enjoyed the body heat Aiden and Charity created throughout the pages. It is Lora Leigh sexing like only she can give it, including a swelling knot that enhances the orgasms. You’ve gotta love those extras she giving her men. The mating heat increases in tandem with the back and fro denial of their mating bond, neither of course can be denied but strong minds don’t bend easily. For all is said and done Aiden is the kind of Wolf Breed where, once you’re in his inner circle, he will give his all for you. And Charity the kind of woman who has her heart at the right place and is willing to fight for what she believes in. Together they made the romance about forgiveness and acceptance that was encompassed by their searing lust for each other. It completed the picture of a Breed falling for his mate and vice versa.
Aiden’s Charity, for all its faults, read like clockwork and if there is one thing I will remember it for is the introduction of the Winged Breeds and Keegan. The instant he touched ground in all his mysteriousness, he gave me glimpses of his omnipotent mind and I was his for the taking. I have got no idea who he really is, what he is doing, or how he affects the string of events in the overall story but I want more, much more of him. He is the kind of character that instantly demands attention by simply being there in a scene.
While the set-up of the romantic conflict gave me the feeling of ‘been there, done that’ it simultaneously eased me in to a comfort zone that made me snuggle deeper on the couch and simply enjoy a Breed novel. The passion that saturated the pages made me read Aiden’s Charity in one sitting and witness two likable characters join their lives for now until eternity. Maybe this entry in the Breed series may not have been the most impressive one but it overall still made me enjoy the ride provided by Lora Leigh.
“Charity,” his voice was a hard rumbling growl. “You can only push me so far. You can only deny me so long. Combine the two, and your time will shorten immeasurably. Do you understand me?”
His hands went to his shirt, releasing the buttons slowly as he fought to maintain control of his breathing. Her scent was rich and evocative, filled with power of a mountain storm, the heady fragrance of honeysuckle. His cock was like a staff of burning iron, throbbing beneath the restriction of his jeans, pleading for the tight confines of her honey-rich cunt. She would be wet, slick and hot. Her channel would clasp him like a wet velvet fist, dragging over his sensitive flesh as he thrust in and out. He swallowed tightly at the thought