Monday, June 16, 2008

Review: Lora Leigh's Breed Series

Finally finished all the Breed books, Lora Leigh. Here's a review of all ones I haven't reviewed yet:

Elizabeth's Wolf

Author: Lora Leigh

Genre: Romantica (Romance/Erotica)

Stand Alone/Series: Series (but can be read as a stand alone) - Feline Breed (even though Dash is Wolf Breed) or Breed

From the Author Site: Elizabeth is running for her young daughters life, and losing the race. But when her daughter takes up correspondence with a Special Forces soldier overseas and he learns the danger they’re in, all the fury of a Wolf Breed fighting for his mate is unleashed. And secrets are revealed that could destroy a child’s life.

Review: I enjoyed the story. But it was the basic knight in shining armor who sweeps in the save the day and he only has to convince his damsel in distress that he is a good guy. Dash is dashing (*grin*). Elizabeth was a strong female character but she falls quite easily into Dash's arms. Bit unbelievable, she's been betrayed numerous time but ends up trusting a total stranger with very little struggle, inner and outer. Cassie's cute but unbelievable powerful, but there is no explanation for her physic gifts. Overall the story was interesting but a bit formulaic.

Keeper?: yes

Recommendation: Only for people who enjoy erotic. Lora Liegh is very steamy.

Rating: 4 of 5

Title: Kiss of Heat

Author: Lora Leigh

Genre: Romantica

Stand Alone/Series: Series Feline Breed or Breed

From the Author Site: 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.

Review: There really wasn't much of a storyline other than the struggle between the hero and heroine. I found myself most annoyed at the heroine. Sherra continues to hold a grudge against Kane even though she finds out that he didn't betray her and that he thought she was dead. Kane was good hero. He pressured but didn't wasn't overpowering. Loved his little quips at the Felines Breeds.

Keeper?: Yes, but only because it's a part of a series.

Recommendation: Only if they were going to read the series.

Rating: 3 of 5

Title: Wolfe's Hope

Author: Lora Leigh

Genre: Romantica

Stand Alone/Series: Series - Wolf Breed or Breed

From the Author Site: Hope believed Wolfe was dead, but he was only waiting for the right time to claim her. The scientist who created him, Hope’s mother, has forced his hand. She wants her creation back, and she wants any children he may breed on her daughter. He is a man whose DNA was altered, infused with the genetic code of the wolf. His unique genetic makeup has created a male unlike any other and will make itself known in the most surprising ways. Now Hope must convince her mate she hasn’t betrayed him, and they must defeat the plans of a scientist gone mad.

Review: This was a very short story and as such everything very condensed. I didn't get a feel for the characters and the story wasn't gripping. Not being able to connect with either the story or character made this just a time filler. Really the most interesting part was the teaser at the end leading into the next story.

Keeper?: No

Recommendation: Only read if you want to read the complete series.

Grade: 2.5

Title: Jacob's Faith

Author: Lora Leigh

Genre: Romantica

Stand Alone/Series: Series - Wolf Breed or Breed

From the Author Site: Jacob left Faith six years before, unaware that the mark he left on her also left her in an agony of sexual heat that never dimmed. Now Jacob and Faith are together again, but surprises lurk around every corner and dangers as dark and deadly as their very creation surround them in more ways than one.

Review: Most the story was the struggle been Jacob, who can't figure out where the sweet girl he knew went, and Faith, who is pissed at Jacob for leaving her. Nice tension and Faith puts up a great struggle and gets her way, mostly. I'm not much for the hero who leaves to give the heroine time to 'grow up' when they've already been intimate and without telling the heroine why he's leaving. I wished that had been more about the search for the Genetic Council Lab. The book again ends with a teaser about the next book.

Keeper?: Yes

Recommendation: Only if they enjoy erotica.

Rating: 3.5 of 5

Title: Aiden's Charity

Author: Lora Leigh

Genre: Romantica

Stand Alone/Series: Series - Wolf Breed or Breeds

From the Author Site: 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…

Review: The first half the book was spent on the hero and heroine staying away from each other and not accepting of their fate. Annoying, he blames her for 'betraying' him and there is no satisfying reason as to why she is staying away from him. Once Aiden decides that he doesn't want to fight fate, which in my opinion took too long, everything just dominoes along predictably. Wing Breeds, introduced at the end of the previous books, disappear after the rescue and some cryptic remarks so perhaps we will see more of them later in the series.

Keeper?: Yes if you are reading the series.

Recommendation: Yes if you are reading the series.

Rating: 3 of 5

Overall: It's not the best or worst series I've ever read. But there are many discrepancies. Ms. Leigh acknowledges this on her site. I found the Feline Breed books were more interesting.


Sarai said...

Okay so I own every single one of these in fact I own the whole series minues Soul Deep. But I have only read Harmony's Way and the one before it. What does that tell ya. I promised myself I was going to read the whole series in order but have yet to do it. I will do it I just haven't yet...

Tracy said...

I have to agree with you. I really like the feline breeds' story line better. Except for the one with the president's daughter - can't think of the name. He was a coyote. Anyway that one I liked but I'm not sure why because I don't think it was fab. Sometimes they just hit me! lol

little alys said...

Great review, especially so many. ;) I have to agree, they were pretty good overall. Some better than others, some a little less. I think the author is building up to Cassie's story, so...we'll see.

ames said...

I started this series with Megan's Mark and loved that so much, I went back to the beginning. But alas, I'm stuck on Elizabeth's Wolf. I'll finish it one day and catch up. I'm intrigued by Cassie's character now that she's grown up a bit.

Ini Manang said...

I wonder what happen to Hawkins and Jessica from epilogue chapter of Aiden Charity. Any idea?


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