Thursday, August 24, 2017

Book #Review: Mercury's War (Breed, Feline) by .@loraLeigh_1

Book Title: Mercury's War ( Breed, Feline)
Author:  Lora Leigh |WebsiteTwitter| Facebook|
Publisher:  Berkley
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Sci- Fi Romance,
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: mass market
Cost: $7.99
Pages: 328
How I got it: Purchased Library Sale
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BAM
Publication Date: Sept 2008
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Nothing matches Lora Leigh's latest entry in the series about genetically altered Breeds with feline DNA, and the humans who awaken their desire. Someone has been slipping the Sanctuary's secure information to a pharmaceutical company. Now it's up to Ria Rodriguez to pose as a clerk and uncover the leak. Yet she has no idea of the danger she's about to encounter, or the passion she's about to ignite in one of the greatest Breeds ever created. Years ago, Mercury Warrant -- who, according to his file, is one of the greatest Breeds ever created -- thought he lost his mate, and he's had to live with the idea that he'll never know true bonding. Then he's tapped to protect the mysterious Ria -- and finds himself falling in love. But Ria is a woman of many secrets, and she fears being consumed by her feelings for Mercury. Little does she know that she has every right to be afraid. Because the woman believed to be Mercury's true mate is back from the grave, and she's not about to let Ria -- or anyone else -- get in her way...
ohhh my gawd did the plot thicken in this one.  I as so saddened for Mercury, hurt for Ria, scared of Ely and just couldn't understand why Jonas was sooo stupid.. well yes I do because he's Jonas.  Ria has been assigned to go over the files and the money that has been flowing into Sanctuary from Dane's company, he wants an accounting of everything so Jonas assigns Mercury to Ria to help her/ hinder her in anyway possible.

Mercury is considered a surviving mate as his mate was killed during the rescues of the labs.
Despite that Merc has begun to have feelings but no sings of mating heat with Ria.  They have an explosive chemistry and for some reason that worries Ely, she has become obsessed with studying Merc and as the weeks progress her behaviour goes from scientific curiosity to full blown obsession.

This story made me tear up because Ria wanted so badly to be accepted and loved and mated, she looked for the signs however they weren't there and each time she thought she got one it broke her heart a little bit more.  Everybody is lying in this one, no one is quite who or hat they seem.  Since the revelation that Jonas and Callan are really brothers, and we already know all about the familial bond with the Leo, they have been going crazy with Dane.  I really felt for Ria, because we have all loved men ho we want to be the right ones who aren't the best for us.

We get secrets galore that keep flowing up from the closets, more traitors are outed, a mad scientist is captured, and just general chaos as the enemies continue to strike at the heart of the Breed world.  I absolutely loved the character development within this book, Merc was hot, funny, compassionate and such a worthy partner, because he tried to be more for Ria even though mother nature didn't seem to be cooperating.  Even though this on was character driven the action was not missing, we get bombshell after bombshell the closer we get to the end and some I didn't see coming at all.

Merc and Ria had enemies coming in from all sides,  and so did the compound. With Ely's obsession gaining ground against Merc and threatening his freedom, a surprise that wasn't a good one comes back from the past.  And this is when we really meet the animal that is Merc, because he totally becomes even more that he has been in a long time and even Jonas wasn't prepared.

Reading the Leo's history you can start to see why he fights differently from Callan and Jonas,  and why he despise their judgment, being Prime having to eeek out a way to live with the entire Council gunning for you, your mate and your family when the world wasn't ready to hear about or protect the Breeds had to have sucked. I once read a book by Laurell K Hamilton in which the character Merry was a Faery Princess who was being hunted, and her bodyguard remarked that all their enemy needed as one day of luck, they needed to survive every attempt being made while their enemy needed just one successful attack and it would be all over for them.  This is the lives of the Breeds, those people know are Breeds and those that are like Cassie and are hybrids and hidden.  They always have to be on watch, and their enemies only need them to slip once to claim victory.  I can't imagine the pain the Leo and his mate have felt on having to live with their choices, knowing so many suffer and not being able to aid them.

For the first time that I can remember we get to see Jonas as more than the evil dictating manipulator he is.  So many things happen that advance the story beyond just mates meeting, and the reunions of the old mates coming back to Sanctuary. We learn more about the key players in the plot again the Breeds, we see so many of the traitors get caught and Jonas is brought to his knees.

I really enjoyed this one as it really brought me back into the world and made it worth reading again.  Very erotic especially between Ria & Merc. I just loved their banter and the way they pushed each other. Ria was holding back because of past experiences and Merc was held back because of the past; it was interesting to watch them learn to move forward together.  The last half of the book really packed a hell of a punch as things just unraveled .  
Happy Reading my loves, let me know what you thought of the story in the comments down below.  

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