Author: Lora Leigh
Page Count: 252 pages
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was from my personal library
50 words or less: The first story in the Breeds series belongs to Callan Lyons and Merinus Tyler. The torture the Breeds endured, the fury of mating heat, and their precarious position in society are all introduced.
This is the book that starts the Breeds series (check out Lora Leigh's website for a full series chronology and is a good place to start if you're interested in reading this series. I have a thing where I like to start with the first book and read in order, and while you can certainly start anywhere in this series and pick things up, it's easiest to start at the beginning. Be forewarned, though, that the installments that were published by Ellora's Cave can be a little bit harder to track down; your best bet is to buy them online.
Callan is on the run and trying to protect the other Breeds who escaped from the Genetics Council labs with him. He's not interested in exposing their secrets and in fact thinks that the Breeds being exposed to the world is a terrible idea; needless to say, he's not interested in talking to Merinus Tyler, who happens to be a journalist.
If you looked up stubborn and determined in the dictionary, you would see a picture of Merinus Tyler there. She's bound and determined to get an interview with Callan and get his story told to the world. She's got a secret obsession with Callan but doesn't anticipate ever having to act on it. She does, though, and that gets her sucked irrevocably into the world of the breeds.
It shouldn't come as any surprise that this books get a Scandalous Books designation (the series and/or the publisher should be dead giveaways) but I feel that this book is a good example of how the author's writing has evolved over time. This story was every bit as spicy as all the others, but felt less polished and less detailed than other, more recent books. The elements of the story that carry over from book to book make their initial appearance here- the Genetics Council, the backstabbing, the betrayal, the mating heat, etc. but they are more fully described and detailed in other books. The length of this book compared to others may play a role as well.
If you're looking to read the Breeds series, this is indeed the first book and a good place to start. While not my favorite of all the books, it brings the spice in a big way and the happily ever after is worth waiting for.
Overall Grade: B