Sunday, October 24, 2010

Romance Book Review: Styx's Storm

Author: Lora Leigh
Series Connection: Breeds
ISBN: 978-0425237397
Genre: Paranormal/ Sci-Fi/ Erotic Romance
Publisher: Berkley

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Let me just say that I love Lora Leigh and have read every one of the Breed novels and novellas, but this one has some issues that I just found disturbing. First of all if you read the below description on this book from Lora's website disregard it all. I feel like I didn't even read the same book or I missed something big. Since I read this in e-book form, I'm not sure what the back of the book says, but... here is my version of what happened in the book.

We've heard the name Styx and met his character in several previous books in the series. Styx has been tracking Storme, the daughter of one of the council scientist, for 2 years. The Breeds think she has something important from her father that they don't want the council to get their hands on. The Breeds have actually be shadowing Storme for 10 years. When Breed Director, Jonas Wyatt finds that what Storme has might be important to finding out what the council did to his adopted daughter he send Styx to finally stop watching and to pick her up.

Storme has been careful to stay out of the clutches of both the breeds and the council for 10 years. Upon his death at the hands of the Breeds he created, her father gave her a microchip with instructions to wait for a man to tell her that her father sent her for the chip. Now the Breeds have captured her and they want her to turn it over to them. To complicate matters, Styx is positive that Storme is his mate, but the mating heat hasn't taken hold like normal (is there really a normal way?). Because of that he finds it hard to protect her from Jonas' charging Breed Law against Storme.

If I just spent the whole book from Storme's point of view I would give this book 5-Hearts. Storme is the best part of the book. Lora's shows her true ability to write strong, powerful characters with Storme. I felt for her and at times even felt tears along with her. Her character stands true throughout the book. Just like the Breeds, she was programed by the council throughout her life, only from a different perspective. To make matters worse she witnessees a Breed rip her brother and father's throat out. She hears their screams of death. To top it off the Breed that killed her father is one he trusted and betrayed him. She was only 14 years old at the time. Her father last wish is for her to do one thing and she means to keep his wish. Having trust issues and not trusting the very creatures who killed her father is very much in character for her.

As for the rest of the of the cast, I was very disappointed. I developed a love/hate relationship with Styx. He, and others, telling Storme to grow up was really getting on my nerves. Styx said he understood, but really didn't. He had the right idea as to what to do to reach Storme, but he wasn't following through.

The only character that I felt remained in character was Jonas. He was his normal playing games self, even while he was desperate to get the chip from Storme.

Those fans who, like me, have kept up with series will want to read this book. It is another piece of the puzzle. It looks like Lora Leigh will have a several new installments to the series over the next year or so, as well. I'm not in agreement with others that say this series has met the end. I'm ready to read more and find out where the stories goes. All the books can't be winners.

To save innocent, young Storme Montague from the claws of Breed slave traders, Wolf Breed Styx is forced to claim her himself-on the condition that Storme will no longer be a virgin by night's end. And though Storme's defenses are up, Styx will free her-in ways she never expects.

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