Series: Breeds #7 or (#21 counting Ellora’s Cave)
Rachel had never seen cold or hard in Jonas. She had never seen the manipulator. He was calculating, no doubt; he had to be to survive. He had to be, to maneuver the people he loved into the lives he kbew would benefit them.
He was a lover, a leader. He was a man who used the training he was given – to kill, to destroy, to sabotage- to build and to nuture instead.
He just had a rather unique way of doing it in as ass backward sort of way.
Nothing mattered but this.
Jonas Wyatt, the bogeyman of the Breeds, was loved.
Gives a wolf whistle and pumps fist in the air: She’s baaaaaaaaaaaaack! Oh Em Gee everyone, Ms. Leigh hit it out of the park with this long awaited story, Lion’s Heat. This is what we’ve been missing, passion about the characters she is writing about, perilous intrigue, and a love story that isn’t fraught with screaming matches. Jonas’s story did not disappoint and is probably one of my favorites in her Breed series. The two protagonists were not constantly fighting to the point of banality, Jonas’s character actually fit into what we have learned about him through her other books and their fight against the genetics counsel was a welcome side story. Instead of the usual breed formula of girl meets breed, girl sleeps with breed, mating hormone ensues, girl throws fit, and lots of fighting. The End. Not the case in Lion’s Heat (thank the romance gods).
Bad boy Jonas Wyatt’s personal assistant, Rachel, recently had a child-an innocent new life that has been put in grave danger because of Jonas’s perilous games and calculations played in breed politics-world in which he lives. Now, Rachel is making only one demand of Jonas: that he finally take responsibility and deliver on the protection that only he can give.
Jonas has always been a man shrouded in mystery and manipulation. He is constantly playing with the lives of others in a very Machiavellian way. We don’t always know if his motives are altruistic, but he does end up pairing troubled breeds with their better halves and in ways that help the livelihood of his people. So, of course when I heard his story was finally coming out I had to do my happy smut cheer. Fist’s hand on hip and raises other in the air ‘ I see London I see France I can’t wait to meet Jonas without his underpants’. Ends cheer with a flirty flip of her skirt to show off her tiger striped underoos (dimple free o’course).
With so many of Lora Leigh’s Breed books their mates are often weak-willed, winny and fight what I view is a pretty good thing. (Please, like any red blooded gal wouldn’t love a barbed woo-hoo). Rachel, on the other hand was a dynamic character that had more depth and dimension that I haven’t seen from the author since Elizabeth’s Wolf and Tempting the Beast. Rachel is sophisticated, calm, with an ice-like exterior that shows she is an excellent match for Jonas’s trickster ways. I also liked the fact that she had a baby. For some this might have proved too out of the ordinary but for me it showed that Rachel lived her life without being controlled by the possibility of being Jonas’s mate. It made their relationship seem more believable and supported Jonas’s wish that his mate be free to choose a life with him not due to a hormonal decision but one made out of love. Unlike the other previous breed males Jonas waited to kiss Rachel – willing to risk the pain of the mating hormone, than risk loosing her to anger. When she finally does kiss Jonas, it just felt right.
- We find out what breed designation Jonas is
- The mating hormone/heat affects Rachel & Jonas’s differently
- The First Leo is a sh*t head but we glimpse more of his true character and relationship with Jonas
If you are a died hard Lora Leigh fan I expect you to have already read this and leave me your comments of oos and ahs. For those of you who haven’t read Leigh’s Breed series, I would recommend reading Tempting the Beast , Elizabeth’s Wolf , Tanner’s Scheme , Dawn’s Awakening , and Coyote’s Mate . I’m glad to see that although this story shared some similarities to Elizabeth’s Wolf it still had enough differences to be interesting and is a major improvement from the last few installments of her series. Lion’s Heat is where we finally see Jonas in love, be loved in return, and become a father – this book was like a breath of fresh air and not one to be missed.
I’m giving this a 4 because this is one of Leigh’s better breed books, if I’m comparing towards other PNR books more of a 3
P.S. My nickname for Lora Leigh is the ‘The Barb’ Queen
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