Tempting the Beast (Breeds, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tempting the Beast (Breeds, #1; Feline Breeds, #1)

Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars.

He’s a genetic experiment. The merging of human and lion DNA his creators call a Breed. And they have no idea just what kind of the creature they brought into being. 


Callan Lyons wanted only to be left in peace to protect the small group of Breeds he rescued from a New Mexico lab, but those that created them refuse to stop their continued attempts to re-capture them. And the owner of a small, reputable paper, once a friend of his birth mother’s, now has proof of his existence. Proof that has caught his daughter, Merinus Tyler’s’s fascination and ensured her determination to find him. But once they touch, they’ll become far more than either ever imagined possible. 


Man created them, but nature has made them her own. Beginning with Callan, she’ll show the world the folly of playing with the very building blocks of all she protects. And Merinus will learn the folly of tempting the beast…

Tempting the Beast

Great story, very unexpected, totally not shifters!

I expected this to be about shifters which are generally either created in one of 3 ways: 1) supernaturally – like werewolves, 2) alien – as in they come from another planet or place, 3) genetic experimentation. In this case the breeds came from genetic experiments. However, they are not actually shifters, they don’t shift from human form into their cat form from what I could tell in this book.

They just have traits of both beast and human. Callan Lyons is both man and Lion, he was born of a surrogate in a Lab and raised to be a killer. He escaped with several other cat breeds, though the “Council” thinks all of them but him died in a fire. His surrogate Mother was murdered a year ago after she gathered evidence of his existence and sent it to a friend in the Media.

That friend sent his daughter Merinus to talk Callan into coming forward with the thought that if the world knows about him and his kind, the Council will no longer be a danger to them. Once Callan is in the Limelight there is no way he can be a target anymore. Callan is not convinced though.

The book is good, the chemistry between Callan and Merinus is non-stop hot and steamy like nobody’s business. They don’t understand what is happening between them but they can’t get enough of each other. It is called Mating heat and they are in pain if they can’t relieve it by being intimate. I will continue to read more of the series.

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