Title: Harmony's Way
Author: Lora Leigh
Page Count: 312 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was one I owned already
50 words or less: Harmony is Death, a deadly assassin. Lance is the sheriff of a small town; his cousin recently found her mate among the genetically engineered Breeds. Harmony and Lance are perfectly matched and the sparks certainly fly, but will secret, lies and intrigue separate them forever?
I can safely say that Lora Leigh's Breed series is different from everything else that's out there on planet PNR. Sure there are some frequently tapped elements- the immediate. almost otherworldly attraction, the superhuman abilities, the tragic pasts, the insane obstacles to being together, but Lora Leigh weaves everything together in a way that's totally unique.
We met Lance in the previous book in the series, Megan's Mark (reviewed here) and we gain a much deeper understanding of the Breed world from this story.
Harmony is a broken woman at the start of the book. She kills to try to assuage her guilt from being forced into becoming an assassin while she was imprisoned in the labs with the other Breeds. Unfortunately for her, even though her kills are the equivalent of chlorine in the gene pool, the Breeds are ready to integrate with human society, which means vigilante justice is a definite no-no. Seeing that Harmony isn't going to stop pursuing her brand of justice on her own, Jonas Wyatt, the head honcho for the Breeds, arranges for Harmony to be shipped off to Broken Butte, where, conveniently, her mate is the sheriff. Jonas is hoping that Harmony will settle down and the whole assassination business can just be swept under the carpet with no one the wiser.
Sidenote: Jonas is a huge tool. Sometimes accidentally, sometimes on purpose, but a tool nonetheless. His book, Lion's Heat is set to be released April 6, 2010 according to Amazon and I am seriously looking forward to watching him get cut off at the knees.
Anyway, the sparks fly between Harmony and Lance, and Lance immediately realizes that Harmony is teetering on the edge of sanity. He immediately prepares to defend her with every resource at his disposal, including his own life if need be.
Oh man, I BAWLED through the second half of this book. The story wreaks havoc with emotions and is a rollercoaster ride from start to finish. I found myself squarely in Harmony's corner as various factions tried to tear her down and make her feel unworthy, and when the happily ever after did finally roll out, it wasn't without a few heartstopping moments or plot developments that had me reading at top speed to get to the end.
As if that weren't enough, we also are introduced to a variety of other characters who, it's immediately apparent, will play key roles in later books in the series. The political intrigue and precarious situation that is daily living for the Breeds makes for an excellent backdrop to the romance that's the focus of the book.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, these books are, dare I say, saturated with sex scenes, so if that's not your thing then you'll either want to skim the book carefully or opt for something else. If that doesn't bother you and you're looking for a PNR that's off the beaten path, check this series out for sure.
Overall Grade: A
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