Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi
*Beware of Spoilers*
Roni Andrews has never had an easy life. Her mother died when she was young and her father, if you can call him that, is always looking for the next get rich quick scheme, most of which aren’t exactly legal. But ever since she met that stranger in the forest one night when she was hiding, he has protected her ever since.
Taber has always been a big part of Roni’s life, being the one thing she could always count on and he stars in all of her fantasies! But when it looks like all her dreams may be coming true with him, he breaks her heart with a devastating letter.
15 long months later Roni has tried to rebuild her life and is finally turning the run down house she grew up in into a home. She still has to put up with the occasional visit from her father, but other than that she is doing fine. Until she sees the news talking about the genetically altered feline breeds. Taber is one of them, but that’s not what shocks her. They show the leader’s wife has a mating mark that looks just like the bite Taber gave her before he left town; the wound that won’t heal.
When the media gets a tip-off, most likely from her own father, about her mark, Roni is attacked by reporters. And, before she knows it Taber is there to take her to safety once again. But she doesn’t trust being around him since he broke her heart. And, now his claiming kiss has caused her to go into heat, an erotic pain that can only be alleviated with a man that she knows has no romantic feelings for her. But with the pains wracking her body and the threats of those that want to capture or kill the mate of a breed, she has no choice, but to turn to Taber once again.
Wow! What a difference a book makes! I was pretty skeptical going into this book because I didn’t care for the first book of the series, Tempting the Beast, and I was expecting more of the same. Boy, was I ever wrong! The plethora of sex scenes are still there, but we have a true storyline, and it was great! I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait until I can find time to read the next installment of the series.
When reading books of this genre, I have a tendency to fall in love with the male and the females tend to be kind of dull. But I have to say that I really liked Roni. She is a true survivor. I found her feistiness refreshing. My heart hurt for her though, when she got that letter from Taber, even though I figured it wasn’t actually from him and that he probably received one as well. I really relished seeing this couple find their way back to one another, even if Taber went about it in an underhanded kind of way.
Speaking of Taber…. For the most part I did like him. The silent protector. I’m glad to see that he seemed to really care about Roni and wasn’t the overpowering jerk that Callan was in book one (I’m also glad to see Callan was a nicer guy in this one). There were a few dominating moments that I didn’t care for with Taber, but at least he did show remorse for those slip ups, which went a long way with me. Also, this is the first Lora Leigh book that I’ve ever read that the guy didn’t assert his dominance with forced anal, which was nice because that is one thing I always complain about with Leigh’s writing, it drives me insane!
Overall, this was a really good book. I finished reading it earlier than expected because I just couldn’t put it down once I started reading it! I also really like the new storyline pieces we got at the end of the book. It left me clamoring for more, and I’m really excited for the things to come! Bring on Kane and Sherra!