Bengal’s Quest is the latest installment in Lora Leigh’s long running Breeds series, and I’ve got to tell you, it just keeps getting better. You always worry when a series gets to this point that it’s going to get stale, but this one was fantastic. We finally get the missing pieces in Gideon’s story but I have to say, the blurb is a little deceptive. I didn’t feel like it accurately described the plot of the book but anyways, that’s just a warning for you.
Gideon is possibly the only breed feared more than Jonas, and it is well known that he is extremely brilliant – even more so than the scientists that created him were. His mate Cat has been living an alternate life, hiding from both the Council and the pledge he made years earlier when he said he would kill her. Tired of living a lie, she is ready to face her past and the man who broke her heart.
Much has been said about Gideon, the feral breed that has killed so many Council members he probably doesn’t remember the number. Everyone described him as terrifying, crazy, a threat to the Breed community as a whole, and yet somehow he managed to fit in right under everyone’s nose. He worked alongside the Breeds as Graeme, and the Bengal that is supposed to be completely insane, cured Amber of what Brandenmore had done so many books back.
I don’t want to give too much away about Cat, but she has been hiding within the community masking who she truly is, while craving a life of adventure. Knowing it is necessary for her safety, Cat plays her part as a passive, mild mannered woman, when nothing could be further from the truth. When she’s finally had enough though, girlfriend does not back down.
Where to start. I have to say the thing I loved the most about this book is that there wasn’t a crazy focus on mating heat. It’s there of course, but the focus was really on bringing the Gideon story a bit of closure. Also loved that Cat refused to back down to this supposedly ferocious beast because I find a lot of time the women in these books seem to cave to their mate’s. Cat was every bit his equal and was determined to prove it. She also had a soft side that more than anything wanted to fit in and be loved – like a lot of the Breeds so she wasn’t all kickass bitch.
It’s clear Gideon is going to have a very large role in the Breed community moving forward, with his intellect being unmatched, and I think watching him and Jonas go head to head is going to make for some great reading. There is an explanation for why he was feral and so feared, but I don’t want to give that away. I will only say that the description was very sweet.
We also got to see the Winged Breeds again and I have to say I’m really looking forward to reading more about them. They pop up here and there but we still don’t know a whole lot. They obviously have connections to more Breeds than we realized.
Overall this was a great addition to the Breeds series and moved it into a new direction. I can’t wait to see where Ms. Leigh is heading!!
*ARC Provided by Berkley
Click to purchase: Amazon
by Lora Leigh
Release Date: June 23, 2015