Book Review: Bengal’s Quest by Lora Leigh

bengalsquestSynopsis from Goodreads:

He was a shadow, ever shifting and insinuating, able to blend in everywhere and anywhere. The elusive ideal conceived and created by the Genetics Council, he went by just as many names as he had identities—the last one being Gideon.

Now calling himself Graeme, he hides in plain sight, terrifyingly close to his goal. A rogue Bengal Breed, he has loyalties to no one but himself. And he has a need for vengeance that surges hot and swift through his veins.

Graeme plans to exact an extreme and ruthless vendetta against those who wronged him—Breed and human alike. All will suffer his wrath: those who created him, those who pretended to love him, and those who betrayed him.

That includes the one at the center of it all: a seductive, enigmatic woman helpless against the man whose desire is just as desperate as his need to destroy.

And he’s on her scent…

Bengal’s Quest is the latest installment in Lora Leigh’s Breeds series, and let me tell you, this book had quite a bit to live up to. The building of Gideon’s story has been a major arc in the previous four or five books I’d say if not more, so there was a lot of expectation for me going into this one. That said, I really wasn’t let down.

Gideon is a hell of a character to say the least. He’s one of those ones who has his fingers dipped into so many pies that it’s hard to keep up with at times. He’s insane and he knows it and really just could care less. A lot of the time he’s running on pure instinct and cunning and I really like that about him – even when it makes him do crazy shit. That said, his crazy level is taken down a bit for this book which I thought to be an interesting move on Leigh’s part. Then again, it kind of makes sense.

Cat on the other hand is whole other bag of tricks. We knew that something was coming where she was concerned. In particular because of how what she went through relates to others in the series. Realistically, it wasn’t all that surprising what was revealed of her backstory, but I do believe that it complimented this particular match. And that’s all I can really say without spoiling anything.

I do have to admit that I expected this book to be so much longer. I was surprised at how short it was when I opened the box. However after reading it, I feel like the length of the story was perfect. Too much longer really could have just dragged a lot out whereas she managed to keep it a pretty fast moving story as is. And, though there is one editing snafu in Bengal’s Quest (a minor one), I have noticed a step up in the editing of these last couple of books which makes me a happy Hannah.

While I did really enjoy this book, I do have one complaint. With the buildup of Gideon’s story from the previous few books it was almost like Leigh was preparing us for the shit to hit the fan in one way or another. Instead of getting that like I thought I would she managed to kind of twist it into something else entirely. It’s very indicative of her ability to manipulate the story to speak – not unlike some of her characters – but I was kind of bummed that there wasn’t the massive confrontation I was expecting.

All in all, Leigh has managed to deliver another action packed book in the Breeds series. I was quite surprised how well this arc was executed seeing as it has had so much work put into it to this point and had really created expectations. Plus, major points for some winged breed action! It’s definitely not a good starting point to the series, but if you’ve made it this far, I’d say keep reading. 4/5 Stars.

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Book Review: Rule Breaker by Lora Leigh

rulebreakerSynopsis from Goodreads:

Lion Breed, Rule Breaker had just a few rules he didn’t break. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

#1. Never have sex with a woman outside his own subspecies, especially a human woman.

#2. Never, at any time, accept a mission concerning a female when Jonas Wyatt stinks of a lie.

#3. Run don’t walk, skip or stumble. Run, hell for leather away from any female, human or breed, when his desire for her appears, in any way, to have so much as a single sign of Mating Heat.

Now, the woman believes he’s mated, is too helpless, to fun loving and too full of life to ever be able to protect herself, let alone aide him in protecting her.

If the damned animal inside him insisted on a mate, then why pick the woman it did? One that could be struck out at, at any time?

But, what he suspected was a mating, may not be. No swollen glands? No heat? Just his animal instincts rioting, pacing, irritated whenever he’s away from her.

Okay, he could handle that.

What ensues is a fiery affair that breaks all the rules of mating heat and will eventually endanger his mate with the very rules designed to protect the breeds when Jonas learns she’s possibly been working against them.

Rule Breaker is the 29th book in Lora Leigh’s Breed series. I enjoyed the book quite a bit, especially considering that it’s the twenty-ninth book in the series. I don’t find myself burning out on this series very often like I would with others which is probably why I’m constantly marathoning it or re-reading random books from it.

Leigh continues her standard hard-assed men and super tough female characters in this book. Rule Breaker is one of the more intriguing characters in the series in my mind simply because he’s so against finding his mate which is so different from the rest of the characters in the series. That said, the way his relationship with Gypsy unfolds is interesting enough – Leigh definitely threw a couple curveballs into that one. Gypsy herself is intriguing because of the part she plays in this shadowy underground world Leigh has created in the last couple of books. As a character she is really good at making herself appear a certain way while really being something else entirely.

All that being said, Leigh has very obviously created a formula for these books. You don’t get to number 29 without that. Certain things are going to be expected to happen in a Breed novel. There’s going to be romance, there’s lots of sex, hell is going to break loose and I know that going in. Yet, Leigh is still throwing around little plot twists like nobody’s business and that combined with my being invested in these characters keeps me reading them.

There is just something about this series, and I am not sure that I know what it is, but I am so emotionally involved with the characters – the breeds in particular – that I cannot not read these books. I have put a lot of time into reading this series and I want to know where it’s going to end up. I CAN’T be the only one waiting for Cassie’s book… AMIRITE?

 

On a side note, if you haven’t read any of the series and want to try a book out, I wouldn’t start here. So much happens throughout this series, because while each book is its own set of characters, there is a huge overall arc as well as smaller story arcs that it is frustrating to not know what has happened previously. It’s definitely a read in order kind of series. 4/5 Stars.