Ahhhh. These books drive me crazy. I can almost –ALMOST– like them, and then the hero descends into utter douchbaggery that makes me want to kick him in the nads. In this case, said hero is Braden, an uber-alpha lion breed who has been dispatched to the isolated New Mexico town where Megan lives. She is a sheriff’s deputy: smart, tough and capable. Unfortunately, her gifts as an empath can cripple her. The thoughts and feelings of others weigh on her… which is why she lives apart from most people.
Anyway, she’s been marked for death and coyote breeds are part of the kill squad. Braden senses Megan’s ability right away –and he is very attracted to her. She wants him too, but she doesn’t want to want him because he is bossy and domineering. She gets enough of men telling her what to do from the men in her family. Here’s the thing, though: Braden can see this. He even warns her father and cousin that they are going to lose her if they keep smothering her. And yet he does the same thing. Sure, he “lets” her fight. Is that supposed to make him more evolved?
Obviously, he’s not. He tells her what to do. He forces her into things “for her own good.” And when she takes a stand for herself, he teaches her submission with a good ass-fucking. You know what? Screw that.
This bullshit pains me, because without it, I could have let myself enjoy this book. Even with all the clenching and creaming and (my personal favorite) the suckling mouth of her vagina. The sex is crazy hot. And all the breeds have the tortured hero vibe that presses all my happy buttons. There’s action and angst… and while it’s all over the top, it’s fun. Except for the fact that the women are always forced to bend. Every time, the hero has to have his way. She has to submit and give up control of her life and her ability to make decisions. It just sparks something in me that I can’t ignore. Grrr.
I would ask if every book in the series is this way, but you would think that seven installments would allow me to answer that question for myself. Part of me wants to keep reading, on the hope that somehow it will change, but for now, wisdom prevails and I am reshelving the series… until I forget again why it makes me insane.
Click to purchase: Amazon
by Lora Leigh
Release Date: May 2, 2006