Review: Tempting the Beast

Reviewed by Jen

I think I have found my new guilty pleasure read. This book was totally over the top, borderline porny, campy… and yet, I totally enjoyed it.

Our heroine is Marinus, a journalist who works with her father and seven brothers for some kind of publication that is never explained. (The brothers also apparently have other professions, which I didn’t entirely get, either, but lets just go with it…). Anyhoo, the family is investigating Callan Lyons, a genetic experiment created by a blend of human and lion DNA. Before she died, his mother sent them proof of his background, hoping they could help protect him against the powerful scientists and soldiers trying to get him under their thumbs.

Marinus is drawn to Callan before they even meet, and he is all too aware of the beautiful woman stalking him. It starts as a game of cat and mouse between them, but at a certain point they can no longer deny the attraction between them. In fact, they realize it’s not just lust drawing them together, but a biological imperative.

That’s when the sexual element goes into overdrive. Marinus goes from virgin to porn star in 10 seconds flat. Every few minutes, we’re treated to a description of the state of her vagina. It’s often weeping, frothing, clenching, creaming… or my personal favorite… making a silent plea for satisfaction. The sex is frequent, varied and descriptive. These two literally can’t get enough. Oh. And did I mention that Callan has a penis barb? Scary as it sounds, it apparently makes for super awesome orgasms.

So basically, the story follows the progression of their mating frenzy and struggle for dominance over each other. This, as Marinus tries to get Callan to go public with his hybrid brethren… and some folks are trying to kill them. Not deep, not progressive. But a fun ride regardless, especially if you just embrace the cheese factor.

And apparently, there are like 1000 books in this series, so I can enjoy them for a long time to come. Bring on Sherra’s book. That’s got to be next, right???

Rating: B

Click to purchase: Amazon
Tempting the Beast
by Lora Leigh
Release Date: November 24, 2003
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave


  1. Got to love that mating heat. LOL

  2. Ooooohhh! This book sounds yummy! I’m all over it! 😉

  3. Ah mating heat and genitals that can perform circus tricks! Have to love Lora Leigh. I read through the series in a disgusting amount of time.

  4. Ooo, this is one hot series! One of my favorites!

  5. You would think Sherra’s book is next….nope!! She makes you wait like until book 4 or 5

  6. Great review! I haven’t read this series yet, but it has been on my TBR for a while. 🙂

  7. Oh yeah, ole school Lora Leigh is awesome. You nailed it when you said it’s guilty pleasure reading –

  8. I haven’t read this book but it sounds, typical lora, always erotic

  9. The breeds are giving miss Feehan serious competition go miss Leigh mating heat nothing like it hot!

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