Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Kiss of Heat (Breeds #4) by Lora Leigh

They've waited a decade to come together. Long years filled with unbearable pain, and soul-wrenching torment that have changed them both and left wounds that have laid their souls bare. Wounds that stand one chance of healing -- if only they could stop fighting each other long enough for the truth to work its healing balm. 

Kane, a relentless warrior, lost more than his heart to Sherra in a night of mating passion that marked them both for life. But news of her death ripped his soul apart. For years he has fought to avenge the death of the woman he loved more than his own life, by revealing the deceit and cruelty of the Council that created the Breeds.

But Sherra didn't die. In a cruel and evil twist she was convinced by her sadistic handlers that the man she had given her body, heart and soul to had betrayed not only her, but the child she carried -- and lost. 

Amid the rapidly escalating violence against the Feline Breeds, Kane and Sherra learn that there's more to mating than just the "heat", just as there's more to love than just the sex...

Type: Erotica, Paranormal, Shifters
Heat: 4 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Well Lora Leigh's Breeds series is definitely growing on me. I'm not sure why exactly but, Lord help me, I think I may be hooked. The Breeds continue to fight off attacks from the Council and other extremist groups against their women, children and homes. So far this underlying plot that connects each of the books is a bit slow moving but it does look like things might be picking up in the next few books with the Breeds and their allies getting proactive about those attacking them. I'm looking forward to that quite a bit cus it's really about damn time! They've been way too nice in my opinion and I'm ready for some good ass kicking. 

What I really enjoyed with Kiss of Heat were the two main characters in all their snarly, mocking, stubborn, pain-in-the-ass glory. Kane who is human and Sherra who is a Breed have had a long and painful history filled with mistaken deaths, betrayals and years of separation. There's a lot of snark and defensiveness between them that they use to protect their hearts and the fact that they really do love one another. Sherra can be down right scary and Kane is one sarcastic son-of-a-bitch that loves to throw out little digs about the Breeds and their kitty sides. He's a total ass but I just couldn't help but love him. I thought it was pretty interesting how things were a little reversed in their relationship with Kane being the one that wanted more than just a sexual relationship. I really liked how things played out between them and how they recovered from their pasts. As big a prick as he could be Kane also had a very soft side that we get to see from time to time when he's interacting with one of the Breed children. He's a total push over and really cares about the people around him even if he can be a little rude with his kitty digs. And Sherra, well, I understood her pain and hesitations too and wanted so much for her to find some peace. 
"I love you," she sobbed. "What more do you want?"

"No more running." He gripped her shoulders, forcing himself to lighten his hold, his desperation. "No more fucking denials, Sherra. No more separate beds or hiding. All or nothing. I want it all."

"What the hell do you think I'm trying to give you, asshole? She snarled in his face, her canines flashing in warning as she growled the words. "Do you want me to take out a fucking ad or something?"

"I could handle that." He tilted his head as though considering the suggestion, holding back his smile, his laughter. His joy. "It would be a start."
So, I thoroughly enjoyed these two and their story. If you're going to pick up this series one thing I'd recommend is to take breaks while you're reading it. I've read 3 in pretty quick succession and I definitely ready for a break. The relationships and their lives in general are so full of tension and aggression which can get to you after a while. There's not much soft or sweet about this series. The storylines have also been a little similar and I think they'd be more enjoyable with some space between them so that the ones before aren't quite as fresh in my memory. Leigh does do an excellent job of setting up future couples/storylines and getting your curiosity tweaked about them. I'll be picking up the next one to see what happens and where the Breeds go from here. Hopefully they'll really start kicking some ass :)

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Do you like your romances to have a softer/sweeter side or do you like them a bit more intense and gritty? Do you like to read a series start to finish or take breaks between books and pick up something else?

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