Friday, June 17, 2011

Review: Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh

Published Date: November 24th, 2003
Finished Date: June 17th, 2011
Publishers: Ellora's Cave

Format: Paperback
Pages: 252

Series: Breeds Book 1 

Blurb from Goodreads: Book 1 in the Feline Breeds series.
Callan Lyons is a genetic experiment. One of six fighting for freedom and the survival of their Pride. Merinus Tyler is the reporter who will tempt him, draw him, until the fury of the "mating frenzy" locks them into a battle of sexual heat there is no escape from.

Deception, blood, and the evil Genetics Council are hot on their trail. Callan will use his strength to try and save them both...and do all in his power to keep his woman in the process.

My Review: wow, after reading more than half of this book, i still cant remember the protagonist's name..wait let me refer to the book...(ok maybe it's because i havent touched it in a few days but still..)

oh yes, Merinus is a journalist whose family of journalists are intent to save a man called Callan Lyons who was being hunted down by the Council, which is like a ruling government body(i think). Callan is an experiment of sorts, you see, of the Council's to merge the DNAs of an animal and human, and Callan ran away because he wanted to have a life where he could decide which underwear he wore. Merinus and her family, consisting of her father and what..7 brothers?, thinks that by letting the general masses know of the half-animals' existence, they can garner some support from them and effectively protect Callan and any of the surviving experiments from the nasty plans of the Council. Callan thinks its a stupid and naive idea and tells her to go f*ck herself(ok not direct quote). But he did quite soon after, cause apparently both their i dont what(genes? DNA? gamete types? cant remember)matched and so some chemical reaction's started occuring within them which they call the "mating frenzy", and so both of them cant seem to stop lusting over each other. I stopped where they FINALLY could stop having sex and get a grip, but just then the Council's people busted in and wanted to take Merinus away to do some experimenting on her after they've heard that Callan and her have successfully gone into the mating frenzy thing.

Well, this book has been just about one thing - sex. Yeah, violent ones. I didnt feel the connection between the two protagonists, the relationship wasnt well developed at all, and honestly at times i feel like there is so much hostility and tension between them, and a lot of times, Callan doesnt even respect Merinus. What kind of a joke is this? Sure he's not in his most stable of mental times what with the mating frenzy and all, but this just aint right.

Merinus is too stubborn and immature at times(dont get me wrong, i like headstrong and dominant females, but when it's overly so, then its a no-go for me), and Callan is also tipping onto the overly dominant side that they clash very often - which is where that tension came and builds from. And all this clashing, friction and not-very-nice feelings towards each other didnt even deter them from satiating their needs for each other like twice or thrice every day. And after those hard fucking sessions(and i stress on the 's' at the end of sessionSSS), they get back to their quarrelling. Maybe their need for each other are out of their hands, but i just think that the focus on the book is totally wrong and off-kilter that the effect rebounded and backlashed that it more than ticked me more often than not. And it made the reading process VERY laborious.

The SUPPOSED main plot of the book, which is about the bad ruling government body the Council re-capturing Callan and taking Merinus along with him for experimentation purposes, was only developed in the first few pages of the book and the last few tens or so pages, which is so insufficient for the real building of the climax. The content was dry and appallingly...tasteless? Y'know when a book is good, it's juicy? so just flip it around and get the antonym and you get tasteless:)

The book was uninteresting and it is clearly(for me at least)not worth your time. But if you just want a good, horny time and read,you can try this, even tho i know of a lot of eroticas that are better than this because the ones in this one are lacking in chemistry and left me feeling a little dirty instead of satisfied in the end.

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Cyp's Abbreviation Dictionary

DNF = Did Not Finish
HEA = Happily Ever After
PNR = Paranormal Romance
UF = Urban Fantasy
YA = Young Adult

Erotica Reference

BDSM = Bondage/Discipline, Dominant/Submissive, Sadism/Masochism
f/f = female/female
m/f = male/female
m/m = male/male


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