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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review: Lawe's Justice

Title: Lawe's Justice
Author: Lora Leigh
Page Count: 354 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review from my public library

Diane Broen's lived to protect her younger sister Rachel from harm. But now that Rachel has been mated off, Diane's occupied herself with less fulfilling tasks at the Genetics Council--until she's paired with a new team member, a Breed male notorious for his attitude, and a touch that makes her recoil.

Lawe isn't thrilled with her either. A lion at heart, he prefers a lair of solitude. When it comes to females, he'd rather snarl than purr. And while fate may have paired them to fight on the same team, neither is willing to admit to the obvious: the mating heat between them is positively incinerating.

It's only when danger threatens that they make a hotter-than-hell connection--one so explosive it could destroy them. Or, as providence reveals, bind them together, forever.

I know, I know. After my horrid experience reading Styx's Storm (for all the gory details, read my review here) I said I was breaking up with this series, and for a short time, I meant it.  I totally skipped Navarro's Promise and don't feel like my life was negatively impacted in any way.  I was doing great, until I saw that the next character to be a main one was going to be Lawe, who's been one of my favorites from way back when.  What was I to do?! I was so conflicted, in a way that only other book lovers can understand.  Do I go back to a series that has seriously pissed me off in the past because I'm hoping for redemption, or I do I stick to my guns and refuse to read a new installment in a serious because a past one has pissed me off that much? Who's with me on this one?!

Anyway, I decided to compromise- I would read this book, but I would get it from the library.  That way I wouldn't be out any money if the book was a hot mess and I'd be supporting my library. Sounds good, right? Well, stop the presses, because I actually enjoyed this story quite a bit.

I LOVED Diane as a heroine because she brings something that's often lacking in this series- guts.  Many of the heroines in the past in this series have had terrible things happen to them but they seem to knuckle under the minute their fated mate appears on the scene.  Diane doesn't do this- she tells Lawe to get bent and carries on.  She isn't about to let anyone run her life and she is totally aware of how much she's sacrificed to keep the people who rely on her- her team and her family- safe.  She is not about to sell herself short to anyone, and anyone unfortunate enough to think otherwise can take a long walk (cough cough Jonas cough cough.)

Lawe is a typical hero for this story who wants his mate all wrapped up and safe in an undisclosed location somewhere, and it's really hard for him to reconcile his preconceived notions of what a mate should be like with the reality of Diane.  He comes so close to losing her through his own pigheadedness and realizing his mistakes helps him realize that if he treats Diane like an equal, he'll have the perfect partner and friend, not to mention lover and mate.  It seems so simple, but apparently it's taken 26 books for a hero in this series to realize this.  It was really refreshing.

I think my favorite part of this book was all the cameos from past characters that popped up throughout the story.  It had a way of tying the book into the past without bogging the story down and was a good reminder that good, bad, or indifferent this is a relatively long-running series, especially in the world of PNR, and there are a lot of storylines to tie together and resolve or move forward.  It's a daunting task.

Is this a perfect book? No, but it wasn't terrible either.  I'm willing to do the equivalent of unblocking this series' phone number and get the next installment from the library when it comes out.  Although upon reading the summary at Amazon, it looks like there's a love triangle coming, so maybe I shouldn't. We'll see.

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