It is often said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Maybe I need to pay closer attention to conventional wisdom. Obviously, there is something about these books that makes me pick one up every few months or so. But there are also finite things about the series that consistently make me want to bang my head against the wall every time I read. And so here I am, at the completion of yet another installment, shaking my head at my own insanity.
To be fair, in a lot of ways, this book really is a bit better than many of the previous installments. I know some people credit that to the change in publisher and maybe that did play a part in the editing process. For me, I felt like it had a bit more of a plot amidst the many heaving and creaming scenes.
And perhaps, more importantly (to me), the heroine had a bit more say in her situation. Don’t get too excited just yet, though. It’s a Breeds book. No matter how strong the heroine is, the hero will get a chance to put her in her place. I’ll get back to that in a minute.
Harmony is a Lion Breed who has been an assassin ever since she escaped the labs 10 years ago. She was raised to be a killer –and she is known by the nickname Death. Both civilian and Breed authorities have been hunting her for years. Now her brother Jonas has succeeding in capturing her. He sends her to Megan’s hometown in New Mexico, where he knows she will find her mate in Lance.
Sure enough, the chemicals, pheromones and fate all work their magic and Harmony and Lance hook up. Neither had any idea that their one night stand would turn them into mates. But once it happens, well, you know how it goes. They need to have sex with each other almost constantly, until Harmony is able to conceive. Lance accepts it right away, but Harmony has a much tougher time. With her past, emotion makes her vulnerable and Lance could be a weakness that her enemies could exploit. In the meantime, as the story unfolds, we learn about Jonas’s ulterior motives, the first Breed and his ties to Harmony, and the anti-Breed movement, hoping to destroy the species.
As always, the sex is way over the top, but fun for the most part. Lots of clenching and spasming body parts. Harmony held her own and about 2/3 of the way through the book, I was patting myself on the back for giving the series another go. But eventually, Lance has to come out on top, both sexually and otherwise. Even though he is human and she is a Lion Breed, he still gets to be more dominating. And for me, the most frustrating part, that when all else fails in making her listen, the tried but true butt-sex approach makes her accept his authority. I just don’t get it.
Again, there were parts I enjoyed. I like shifter mating. I like hot sex. I even got misty toward the end with one scene (which I won’t spoil.) But Lora Leigh just has to put the woman “in her place” in each and every book and I have to ask myself WHY??? Instead of allowing myself the guilty pleasure of a fun and slightly cheesy romance, I end up mad every time.
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Want to go back to the beginning? Read Jen’s review of book 1 in the series:
Tempting the Beast
by Lora Leigh
Release Date: December 1, 2006