When I was a young girl and excited about the prospect of a new dress, or a special outing, or a birthday party I’d annoy the heck out of my mother with my exuberant anticipation. My mother would inevitably turn to me and say “all good things come to those who wait”. It drove me crazy when she said that! I guess I haven’t matured much beyond that skinny and often impatient 11 year old because my theme song is still - ♪Anticipation is making me wait, is keeping me wait- a- a- ting♪. But now the wait is finally over. At last, Lion's Heat, the latest book in Lora Leigh’s long standing Breeds Series, is being released next week.
If you’re already a fan of this series you’ll be singing the Hallelujah Chorus because this one is all about Jonas Wyatt. But, if you’re new to the Breeds, no worries, you can still read Lion’s Heat as a stand alone book and enjoy every morsel of this steaming romance because the heroes are alpha, the heroines intelligent and believe me, the romance is heated over an open flame, not microwaved.
Jonas Wyatt is a Lion Breed. In other words he was scientifically engineered to have the DNA of both a lion and a man and created to be a super warrior. He was secretly kept as an animal in a lab, experimented on, and tortured by a group of cruel scientists. After his hard won freedom he devoted his life to fighting for the civil rights of all the Breeds and will do anything from manipulation to murder to both ensure their freedom and make sure every Breed has a place in the human world. Despite the fact that the Breeds have placed him in a position of authority (the Director of Breed Affiars), his high handed tactics have not always made him a beloved member of his society. Sure he’s respected but it’s a grudging respect and his followers don’t follow blindly. They often question his motives and actions. But a super warrior has to do what a super warrior has to do, and like any leader of a society whose existence is threatened, he often has to make the hard choices.
We’ve established that Jonas’ life hasn’t been easy and more often than not it’s been about personal sacrifice. His sacrifices have included waiting to claim his mate. You see, the breeds have a special ability to know who their mate is and they mate with a hunger and passion that is ferocious. They also mate for life. In Lion's Heat, Jonas finds his mate and while their ride isn't always easy it is filled with passion and eventually an honest and abiding love.
Who will bring this arrogant, head strong, intelligent, do or die alpha hero to his proverbial knees? Now I’m not going to give any spoilers away, and that includes who Jonas’ mate is because for those of you who are long time fans – well that’s what we’ve wanted to know. What I can tell you is that she was a bit unexpected and I wondered at the beginning how this possible mating could work out. What I found interesting is that with this mating, things begin to change with the Breeds and more questions than answers were brought to mind. Old relationships were re-examined and new relationships were hinted at. We also begin to see that Jonas is all that he was intended to be when first introduced in this series. The action is tight and well choreographed, the secrets of the breeds are still myriad, complex and stunning, and the romance is strong. The Breeds still have a long way to go, many fights to conquer and new discoveries to explore.
So dear reader, what I can tell you is that Lion’s Heat was well worth the wait but is by no means the end of the breeds’ story. Miss Leigh leaves us more to contemplate and wonder about this incredible world she has created. If you’re new to the series you’ll have a huge back list to read and enjoy. If you're a fan you'll be satisfied and waiting for the next book.
Until next Monday, remember, there’s always a book waiting to be read.
What book or series has you waiting in anticipation?
Marisa O’Neill is an avid reader and television producer.