Author: Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds (Book #1)
Next in series: The Man Within
My rating: 3 Stars
Synopsis: Callan Lyons, a human-lion hybrid, is on the run from the powerful Genetics Council behind his creation, which now seeks to destroy him. Merinus Tyler is a journalist set on proving herself to her overprotective family by exposing the council and bringing Callan to safety. These two fiercely independent people clash in an extreme battle of wills compounded by a brutal chemistry that binds them together in a “mating frenzy”.
Review: A relatively realistic and intriguing premise of humans genetically engineered with animal DNA. It would have been interesting to have more details about the scientific processes involved and the people behind the project. As this is the first book in the series, these details may still be forthcoming.
Merinus is an intelligent, confident and stubborn heroine who refuses to give in to Callan’s dominance, which can be overbearing at times. They have steamy physical chemistry but I was disappointed in the lack of an emotional connection. The secondary characters are also compelling, especially Kane (Merinus’s domineering older brother) and Sherra, whose story I look forward to reading.
Overall, the book is worth reading if only as exposition for the later books in the series. I would, however, have preferred more plot development and characterization. The sex scenes become a little excessive.
Note: the cover art of the book is very appealing and what drew me to the book in the first place.