I’ll say this about the Breeds books: they are consistent. The very same things that were so good in the previous installments are good here, just as the same things that bothered me before are back again. It’s an intensely sexual ride with a reluctant female and the alpha-hole mate who loves her.
In this case, our hero is a coyote shifter named Kiowa. He has been serving as a stealth bodyguard for the president’s daughter, protecting her against those who would use her against her father to shape the Breeds political agenda. He is called into action when he witnesses her kidnapping. He saves her, but that is only the beginning of their story.
Amanda is unconscious during the rescue, but for some flimsy reason, Kiowa has her tied up when she wakes. When she tries to scream, he silences her with a kiss and thus begins their mating. From the the first taste of his tongue, Amanda is unable to fight her intense attraction to her captor/ savior. And they proceed to get busy right away… never mind the fact that she is still tied up. From there, they end up moving to the protection of the other Breeds, where they both learn what their frisky funtime really means for their future.
The sex is crazy hot. Crazy hot. But it made me uncomfortable at times when I let myself think about how little say-so Amanda had in the matter. She is also into a little bit of pain and submission, which isn’t my thing, but it didn’t bother me too much because she really took the lead on that side of their sexual relationship.
Kiowa is a lonely soul, suffering from a miserable childhood filled with emotional abuse and isolation. There is no part of him that believes Amanda will ever love him, and for me, that was his saving grace. It’s hard not to feel for a hero that feels unworthy of love, even if he is an asshat sometimes as a result.
This is not deeply emotional or thought provoking. It’s a hot sex book. And it does its job well… even if we were subjected to an overabundance of the word honey (honeyed heat, honey and spice, and so on.) I think it popped up 19 times. But who’s counting??
Soul Deepby Lora LeighRelease Date: July 1, 2008Publisher: Ellora’s Cove