Thursday, April 8, 2010

Romance Book Review: Lion's Heat

Author: Lora Leigh 
Series Connection: Breeds
ISBN:  978-0-425-23380-1
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Berkley Sensation

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Lion's Heat (Breeds)

The long awaited Lion's Heat was released this week and it was well worth the wait. For those who are familiar with Lora Leigh's Breed Series, Jonas is a well known character. He's the mastermind behind many of the Breed matings over the last several books. Jonas is the Director of Breed Affairs, and no not the sexual affairs, although it might seem that way. As the Director, it is Jonas' job to take care of all of the Breeds and he takes his job seriously. So seriously that there are those who believe that Jonas is manipulative and plays games with other Breed's lives.

For those who don't know the story behind Lora Leigh's Breed Series, The Breeds' are a group of scientifically enhanced being who were created in a lab. Their DNA is made up of part animal/part human. In Jonas' case he is part lion. He is the son of the first Breed ever made "The Leo".

In Lion's Heat Lora Leigh answers as many questions to the long running series as she does bringing new mysteries and secrets to light. Readers get to see a whole other side to Jonas. Where as before he is presented as cunning and arrogant, he is now presented as a man who cares for the Breeds and is willing to put his life on the line for each and everyone of them. Callan, as the leader of the lions, Wolfe as the leader of the wolf pack and Del Gado as the leader of the coyote pack have all been introduced as the leaders of their own kind. Jonas is the conduit of all of them. Someone who has been there to keep justice for the Breeds as a cohesive group.

In Lion's Heat readers finally get a better look at Jonas' personal assistant, Rachel. In past books it was evident that there was a tie between the two, but she was pregnant with another man's baby and there was always the wonder of her being involved with someone else. In this book we learn that Rachel has been sent to be Jonas' new assistant through Callan mate Merrinus. She is efficent and Merrinus believes will be exactly what Jonas needs to keep him from self distruction.

With Rachel Jonas is a completely different man. He isn't brass and manipulative. He works to keep calm around her. He knows she's his mate, but he isn't quite sure that he wants to put Rachel in the danger her live will become if she is more involed with him. What he doesn't realize is that someone is already after her and while Jonas doesn't realize it, instead of going after him, the bad guys go after Rachel and her baby.

Now it doesn't matter anymore if he keeps away from Rachel. He needs her more than ever. Now all he is waiting for is from her to love him. Jonas isn't interested in Rachel just for the mating heat. He wants her love. What he doesn't realize is that that is the same as Rachel wants from him. Rachel isn't going to stand for anything but Jonas' heart. She knows he has one and she knows he's capable.

While the same old story line is there in the background, Lion's Heat adds more intrigue to the developing story. It also opens a new story line for future novels. Lora Leigh has said that she has stories already in mind for Cassie Sinclair and some of the others. Since Cassie is still young either the author will have to jump ahead some years in the story or she'll have to settle on one of the others regular characters to do the next story on. It will be interesting to see who she picks. Although, I think fans are waiting for Dane's story, I'm not sure we're ready quite yet to hear it.

The mating urge cannot be ignored...

Bad boy Jonas Wyatt knows it is fate that Rachel becomes his mate. He can sense it. He can also sense her reluctance. But she has little power over the mating heat of the Breeds. It is Jonas's destiny to claim her. And nothing will stop him from having his way.

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