Monday, August 28, 2017

Book #Review: Bengal's Heart (Breed 20, Feline 12) by @LoraLeigh_1

Book Title: Bengal's Heart Breed 20, Feline 12
Author:  Lora Leigh |WebsiteTwitter| Facebook|
Publisher:  Berkley
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Sci- Fi Romance,
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: mass market
Cost: $6.99
Pages: 352
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: August 2009
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Reporter Cassa Hawkins has always supported Breed rights-especially in light of a specimen like Cabal St. Laurents, the epitome of the male animal. But when the Breeds are incriminated in a series of violent murders, it's left to Cassa and Cabal to discover the truth before they become prey.
This installment in the series is a great one that explores the theme of revenge and what that means hen you claim to love someone.  Cassa has always tried to cover the plight of the Breeds from the very beginning and when she learns about a planned rescue she wants to be a part of it, and film the degradation taking place in the labs.  Unfortunately for her she picks the worst people to trust and unbeknownst to her they betrayed her and the Pride of breeds in the labs and warn the lab and most of the Pride is destroyed. When they get there Cabal is the lone survivor a pit of blades and he is raging, his people; his loved ones, his family had all been slaughtered around him and he can hear the boasts of the person responsible, he seeks revenge right then and there and then vows to seek retribution from the woman before him.

Cassa inadvertently ingests a bit of Cabal's blood and this in her sparks the mating heat, unlike Cabal who hasn't been affected by the Heat, she seeks treatment from the scientist at Sanctuary for the next 11 years.   While Cabal and his brother engage in their games for which they become famous, she quietly suffers, and now the Heat has gotten worse.  Canal has no idea that night sparked Mating heat in Cassa, as he has done his level best to never be at the compound if she is due to be there.  He also takes the riskiest jobs out there as a way to make up for the loss of the men and women who gave their lives so he could survive.  Cassa had had enough however and has decided it's time to move on after suffering in silence for so long; Cabal's escapades were well documented and he flaunted his conquests as often as he could.  With Ely's help, and the knowledge they gained from Seth's journey ( Dawn's mate) she's about to take her life back, and this is when an old enemy sends her the information that can harm the Breed community if someone else covers it.  This will be her last mission and Jonas has decided to assign Cabal to be her liaison.

Cabal clearly hates Cassa for her part in the destruction of his family, to never wanting to be around her to be rude when he was, he did his best to make sure she knew of this disregard for her feelings and yet he never sought out his revenge the way he had struck at others who harmed the Breeds.  ith the development of this story comes Dog's greatest amount of screen time, I can't wait to see the woman or man ho tames him.  We never quite know which side of the battle Dog will come down on but for now he's helping out Cabal's team.

Cassa's been drawn into the plot taking place in this small town, someone is seeking revenge brutally for something that happened years ago, and like most small towns, they protect their secrets and their own.  The mystery and intrigue are very good and keep you turning the pages. As the story advances small clues began to be revealed that allow you to slowly begin to understand the villains' reasoning.  It's freaking sad, & scary to realize just how far some will go when they think there are no consequences for their actions because no one knows about the Breeds existence.  We finally see what happens when a mate survives the lost of another and it's not pretty.

Revenge is a motivator here and when pushed the primal nature of the beast comes out and those who deserve to bleed?  Well they should be afraid.  All of this happens because the breeds have their own that are traitors to their existence, how do you betray your own knowing what the consequences are??

Once again man's capacity for brutality knows no boundaries and all because of twelves men a night of betrayal brought out Death.  Lora's dropping serious hints to some of the stories that she is lining up and I seriously can't wait for the threads she's pulled to become their own.  While on the surface this should have been Cabal's and Cassa's story this one really focused on the main theme running through all the books and we really get some serious names dropped that launch the real look at the council and their co conspirators.  We begin to really see where the money is coming from and how deep the plot to help the Breeds, as there are whole towns dedicated to hiding the breeds and aiding them.

I will not that there are some inconsistencies within the story that are glaring.  We have sen cabal several times in other books and never has he mentioned Cassa.  Granted he never acknowledged her as more before the crime spree brought them together and another Breed tried to move on her, then all of a sudden he realizes she's a mate.  yet when in Tanner's book he as an identical twin to Tanner could have also been Scheme's mate.  Tanner did mention his rescue and the brutality of the labs and it was a bone of contention for him because he felt like he failed his twin.  But there is a moment hen another Breed passes and Cabal is mourning her, he still never thinks of Cassa when making a comment about his loneliness.

Cassa and Cabal both suffered the night he as rescued, and Cabal allowed his rage to cause Cassa even more suffering and while his mouth says he didn't blame he at times his actions most certainly stated he did.  They both clung to their pain too long in this book, and yet that is the most realistic reaction isn't it??

Happy Reading my loves, 

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