The Wait is Over – Lion’s Heat by Lora Leigh
Dear Reader:
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!  And 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 Breed Series has been released.  It’s the 20th book of the series.
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 Heart as a standalone 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.
Our hero:
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 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 Breeds Affiars), his high handed tactics have not 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 must often make the hard choices.  
The Mating:
We’ve established that Jonas’ life hasn’t been easy and more often than not it’s been about personal sacrifice. This includes ‘mating’. 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. 
The Heroine:
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.  Who will bring this arrogant, head strong, intelligent, do or die alpha hero to his proverbial knees?  What I can tell you is that it 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 examined and new relationships were hinted at.  You 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. 
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.
What book or series has you waiting in anticipation?
Until next Monday, remember, there’s always a book waiting to be read.
Happy reading,
Marisa
Marisa O’Neill is an avid reader and television producer.

 

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.

Our hero:


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.  


The Mating:


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.


The Heroine:


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.

 

Happy reading,

Marisa

 

What book or series has you waiting in anticipation?

 
Marisa O’Neill is an avid reader and television producer.  

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by Moderator becke_davis on ‎03-29-2010 04:05 PM

Lora Leigh used to be a guilty pleasure until I discovered that half my friends had her books as their guilty pleasures, too. Now it seems everyone I know reads her books - the Breeds books, her SEALS or Bound Hearts series, or any and all of them. Lora Leigh has fans like Planters has peanuts. 

by 1lovealways on ‎03-29-2010 09:53 PM

Hi Marisa!

 

There are so many series out there!  I haven't read any of Ms. Leigh's books.  However, I have read the reviews and recommendations about them and I'm eager to read them.  

 

I'm anticipating J.R. Ward's Lover Mine.  Ever since she left us hanging with that ending in Lover Avenged, all the Brotherhood fans have been waiting with bated breath for this book.

 

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Infinity about Nick Gautier's beginning is also on my list.  Nick has been one of my favorite characters since reading about him from the beginning.  I'm also waiting for the next installment in the Dark Hunter Series.  No Mercy.  That's due out in August.  Then there's an Anthology.  I'm gonna be in Sherrilyn Heaven!

 

Thank goodness for re-reads and other books to keep me company while waiting on these two stellar authors books!  :smileyhappy: 

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎03-29-2010 10:11 PM

Hey Becke - you're not kidding - Lora Leigh is certainly prolific, for which I'm very grateful. While I'm waiting for the next Breeds book, I know a new Elite Ops book will be coming this August. Then before I know it she'll have a new 'Nauti' book out and then it will be time for the Breeds again.

 

Hi 1lovealways - You should definitely give Ms. Leigh's books a try. As Becke said she has a ton of series to try, from paranormal to romantic suspense and if you find one you like you'll have a great back list to read.

 

I've already pre-ordered my copy of Lover Mine and I've cleared my calendar for that weekend. I CAN NOT WAIT to read John Matthew and Xhex's story - in addition to finding out the next bend in the road for the brotherhood.

 

I think we were separated at birth because I've been waiting a loooong time for Nick's story. I was heartbroken by the choices he made after his mother died and I really can't imagine how he and Acheron will ever find their way back to being friends. So yes it will be Sherrilyn Heaven.

 

You know, I think you would like Nalini Singh's new Guild Hunter Series - check it out. The characters grab you the same way that Ms. Ward and Ms. Kenyon's do.

by MyaRiver_7 on ‎04-02-2010 04:24 PM

Lora leigh is an amazing author with a great imagination :smileyhappy: She makes me wish males like the ones in her books exist in the world. There's a lot of humor in her books, which is a must for my friends and I. Lora Leigh and also Kresley Cole are amazing authors that make a rainy day amazing :smileyhappy: