Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh

Tempting the Beast (Breeds #1)

  • By Lora Leigh
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: July 2003 by Ellora’s Cave Publishing
  • Genre: Adult Paranormal / Romance {Hot}
  • Source: own copy
  • rating-system3

    Callan Lyons is a genetic experiment, one of six fighting for freedom and the survival of their Pride. Merinus Tyler is the reporter who will tempt him, draw him, until the fury of the “mating frenzy” locks them into a battle of sexual heat they cannot escape. The evil Genetics Council is hot on their trail. Leaving a trail of their own of deception and blood. Callan will use his strength to try and save them both…and do all in his power to keep his woman in the process.
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  • In a Flutter: hot and fun
  • Fluttering Thoughts:

    Worldbuilding: I’m calling this a paranormal, because the Breeds are genetically engineered people with animal DNA inserts, resulting in hybrids not shifters. But if I wouldn’t call it paranormal, what would I call it, biopunk or something?
    Characters: Merinus was fun, the headstrong little smexy thing who tries to do the right thing and gets knee deep in it as a result. Callan was very alpha-male and fun, and they had explosive chemistry from the first time they met. I liked them together, but for some reason I didn’t really respond to them as much as I would have liked. Their one on one was super hot and awesome though.
    Plot: The story is interesting, and while I can’t say it kept me on the edge of my seat it did entertain me and kept me engaged. I’m guessing if I’d been more emotionally invested in the characters, the story would have been awesome.
    Writing: Third person narrative, his and her POV. I liked the characters voices, especially Merinus’s.
    Curb Appeal: Cool cover, interesting blurb. I can’t say it’s instant buy material, but then again it’s been published 10 years ago, and the author’s name does instant buy make.

    To be fair, this was that kind of maybe-3 / maybe-4 butterflies kind of read, but I didn’t feel the 4 as strongly so I went with a 3. I was also in a crappy mood, so the poor thing had a lot to go against to get me in a feel-good state of mind, which it did.
    All in all, this was a fun read, it kept me entertained and I do wanna read more by the author for sure. This is some of her early work, and I’m dying to see how she evolved in time. I’m for sure going to read more by Lora Leigh, and if you’re into hot romance, I suggest you do the same. 🙂


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