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An improvement on the last Breeds novel and novella.
on 5 August 2012
This is a fairly long tale at 374 pages, and it seems to take place not long after Lawe's Justice and the mini-novella that was in the Tied With A Bow antho. It is one of the better books in this series (which for me, is getting a bit tired and slow, and with too many minor characters getting their own tales), as there is a bit of a tale, and my only real peeve with it is that the leads didn't get together until page 187, which is at exactly 50% of the tale gone. There are reasons for that, that I can't go into in too much detail or it would spoil the tale, but let's just say that Stygian is more 'humanised', more considerate and less of an aggressive male than the majority of the Breeds males that we've seen, and he's also not a yes-man to Jonas Wyatt, which I found a refreshing change. Liza herself was pretty independent, and I liked that there wasn't so much of the 'you're my Mate. No, I'm not your Mate' thing that there's been in so many previous tales, just creating unnecessary page-time. I would have liked more them-time, and a more passionate romance and mating between them, which was missing. Yes, they did actually, IMO, start to fall in love, rather than into mating heat/lust, which was a change for the better, but the tale didn't feel as if the mating/romance was the focus of the tale.
The blurb provided above by amazon isn't accurate (incorrect synopsis, different name to the female lead; this appears on other sites also, so it could be from before LL fully fleshed-out the book), and for a moment, I did wonder if I'd gotten a different version in my US-import copy, but the true blurb from the back of the book is as below, and is correct to the tale within:
****************Window Rock, Arizona, is the last known location of Honor Roberts, who vanished when she was just 13. It was her only sanctuary from the Breed research that would surely have ended in her death - one such insidious experiment should indeed, have killed her. That she lived, is both a miracle - and a great mystery.
Stygian's mission is to find Honor Roberts, no matter the cost. Now, with the help of Liza Johnson, assistant to the chief of the Navajo nation, he is closer than ever to his goal. But will the discovery of Honor Roberts mean the destruction of the mating heat that has developed between Stygian and Liza?*******************.
So, the Navajo nation is becoming more entrenched with the Breeds, which is an indication that the series may have scope in yet another direction at some point. On top, I kind of think that the (now not-so) irritating Loki may well end up getting a tale of his own, as there's mention of him, what his demeanour hides, and of his reaction to a minor female character in this tale. There's also a vague similarity in this tale to LL's SEALS series, as not all the parents in this are as good parents as they should be - sorry, again I can't elaborate or it would spoil the tale, and that not all 'baddies' are really as bad as you might think.
Overall, I only found one typo in this, there were no skips in the storyline, but yes, again, there was a bit of filler in it, and this could have been a more fast-paced, compact read, especially as baby Amber seems to be deteriorating quickly and there's no sign of anything vaguely indicative of a means to a cure for her. I did like the glimpses of the more 'human' Jonas Wyatt that we get to see here (excluding some silly baby-talk that was a bit OTT), but again, that kind of belied the urgency of the tale. Irritatingly, LL describes Stygian's skin-tone as non-Causian, pointing out specifically that he is 'not-Black', which I hope does not offend readers; she could have done better at this, IMHO, given that the Breeds are from pretty much every feline variation and race and that him being Black - or not - wouldn't have raised an eyebrow.
Worth a read, but not a Keeper, and I think now the Breeds series has to become books that I get from the library, not auto-buys; thank goodness for the re-sale value.