4 star

Tanner’s Scheme

Breeds, Book #9

By Lora Leigh

ISBN# 9780425216613

Author’s Website:  http://www.loraleigh.com/

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

tanners-scheme-breeds-lora-leighFor the past ten years, Tanner Reynolds has been watching Scheme Tallant, daughter of high ranking genetics counselor General Cyrus Tallant that helped torture many of the surviving Breeds and several who weren’t as lucky.  Scheme works under her father and the Breeds have accumulated enough information on her to arrest her and turn her over to Breed Law.  But Tanner is obsessed with her for reasons unknown to him and has been from the moment he first saw her.  He decides to kidnap her and find out exactly what she’s been hiding.

Scheme has lived a life of torture at the hands of her father.  But the one step too far was when he had her drugged and aborted her baby that she desperately wanted to keep.  Lion Breed Jonas showed up at the right time and they decided to work together to find a way to shut her father down once and for all.  Scheme became a double agent so she could help the Breeds, but also to exact her revenge on daddy dearest.

Tanner decides to take Scheme at a most unfortunate time.  Cyrus knows Scheme has betrayed him so she reaches out to Jonas for a pickup and asylum, but she’s unable to reach him.  Now Tanner has her and won’t let her leave.  Time is of the essence as she discovered the plot to kidnap the first natural born Breed child, David Lyons.  But the Breeds have a spy in their ranks and as much as Scheme would like to trust Tanner, she can’t risk the life of another innocent child.

I loved this book!  Once I started reading it, I quickly got immersed in the story and I didn’t want to put it down.  This is quite the accomplishment on Leigh’s part because if you go back to my review of the first Breed novel, Tempting the Beast, you would see that I absolutely hated it!!  Now I’d love nothing more than to read the reminder of the series back-to-back.  But sadly my TBR (to be read) pile is too large for that, besides I’m not sure my heart could handle it with all the steaminess between the pages!  But have no fear I will read the rest of the series, it just may take some time.

Now back to the book in question.  I thought Scheme was a strong female lead, although her name was pretty idiotic.  She was a perfect mate to an unpredictable and dangerous Bengal Breed.  I loved how she was willing to help the Breeds at all costs, and unfortunately those costs were pretty high for her.  But not to fear as she has Tanner and the rest of his pride to protect her now.

Tanner, Tanner, Tanner.  What can I say?  I absolutely loved him!  I liked his confident, lazy, tiger personality and his playful air in general.  He was so confused and disappointed with the lack of mating heat he was getting when with Scheme.  Which of course left it wide open for his twin Cabal to really stick it to him.  And I did love the way Cabal played it and teased … although not so much how he made Scheme feel, but it’s what had to be done.

My only real complaint about this book is a very minor detail.  The book said that Tanner and Cabal where identical twins except their hair and eye colors were different … so they really aren’t identical twins.  But something that small did not dampen my enjoyment of the book at all.  And, there was no jerking dominant male ‘you will submit to me’scene in this story, so I was happy.

I do love how close the twins are and how much they look out for each other.  But if I was Scheme I’d definitely have to draw the line at letting Cabal watch.  I am sad that Cabal has nobody to call his own and really hope that is remedied soon.

Another bright spot for me was Callan and Merinius’s son, David.  He cracked me up when he was talking to Scheme at the end of the book.  It will be nice watching him grow up and mature into the next Alpha.

I really did enjoy this book and the series is just making me so glad that I didn’t give up after book one!