Friday, September 8, 2017

Book #Review: Rule Breaker (Breed 29, Feline16) by .@LoraLeigh_1

Book Title: Rule Breaker (breed 29, Feline 16)
Author:  Lora Leigh |WebsiteTwitter| Facebook|
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series/Standalone:  Series
Format: Mass Market
Pages: 448
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble |
Publication Date: 02/2017
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Lion Breed, Rule Breaker had just a few rules he didn't break. Not for anything. Not for anyone.
#1. Never have sex with a woman outside his own subspecies, especially a human woman.

#2. Never, at any time, accept a mission concerning a female when Jonas Wyatt stinks of a lie.

#3. Run don't walk, skip or stumble. Run, hell for leather away from any female, human or breed, when his desire for her appears, in any way, to have so much as a single sign of Mating Heat.

Now, the woman believes he's mated, is too helpless, to fun loving and too full of life to ever be able to protect herself, let alone aide him in protecting her.
If the damned animal inside him insisted on a mate, then why pick the woman it did? One that could be struck out at, at any time?
But, what he suspected was a mating, may not be. No swollen glands? No heat? Just his animal instincts rioting, pacing, irritated whenever he's away from her.
Okay, he could handle that. What ensues is a fiery affair that breaks all the rules of mating heat and will eventually endanger his mate with the very rules designed to protect the breeds when Jonas learns she's possibly been working against them
Dear Lora Leigh,

I want my feeling back.

One of the biggest books in the series and it had so much packed in there. We are still on the Nation's territory still hunting the four that disappeared from the labs that could help save Amber.  The mission is becoming even more critical as things seem to be speeding up for Amber, which is of course pushing Jonas & Rachel to further extremes.

Several times throughout this novel I got very frustrated with both sides of the Nation and the Breeds, if they would simply lay their cards on the table and stop trying to out manipulate each other they would get so much more work done. Especially because they are both on the same side, like stop the pissing contest and work on saving the child.  Jonas now knows some of the secrets of the Council and some of the Nation's secrets as well, the monster he is hunting is cunning, and Jonas needs him anyway he can get him to save Amber.

We get one hell of a emotional story, from the very beginning Lora came for our feels and she never let it go until the end.  This was one hell of roller coaster ride.  First we meet Gypsy on the worst day of her life, she's been kidnapped, is terrified and is facing worse at the hands of the Coyotes.  The next few pages break your heart for Gypsy especially because rescue comes only minutes later, in the form of Jonas and his men which include Rule.  Rule's Lion recognizes that Gypsy will be his mate, and proceeds to lose it on her enemies.  Rule of course as a man doesn't acknowledge this because he has only three rules that he lives by and one of the major ones is to avoid finding a mate.

I really enjoyed the story that unravels, as Gypsy grows up from that night to the outside world she became a party girl who was feckless and a drifter, but in reality she continued her brother's work.  her relationship with her parents was pretty bad because like Gypsy they blamed her for Mark's death.  However like most things in this book it actually goes deeper than that.  As the story progresses we get so many clues about how much deeper, about who the man her brother was and what he would have wanted for Gypsy.  I loved that even in his final moments Mark gave her the answers she would need later on.  Gypsy wasn't able to solve it because she stayed away from thinking about that night, she refused to think about what she lost and what her desire to have one teenage rebellion cost them all.

I loved watching the story develop, especially because we got so much going on, several subplots were pulled on in this one.  Dane is back in town raising hell like always, several of the couples form other stories make an appearance, Dog is here once again making you wonder where his loyalties lie.  Rule and Lawe talk about their past, we see them lose something as brothers but gain so much more as mates.  We really learn what happened in the labs with Rule's mother and see that even then how much betrayal took place.

Small subplots including Amber's major problem is solved and we get the setup for a few more books.  I can't wait until we get Dane's book, I both pity the woman stuck with him and hope like hell she will kick him in gear.  I will be honest and say that as much as I love the erotica aspect of the books I have begun to skim the sex scenes past the first few getting together ones.  It all begins to repeat after a while and after 29 books I'm pretty sure we know how Breed mating works.  Of course it wouldn't be a Breed story if we didn't have traitors in the midst, the Genetics council still doing their dirty work and of course the Unknown's manipulation added to the mix as well.

One of the things I will say I really liked is the separation of man and Breed, in this one the Lion made itself well known and like several others have had to, take care of the mate when the human is too stupid to step out of mother nature's way. An enjoyable read, definitely worth the effort especially because we got to see the set up for Graeme/Gideon's story and I can't wait to see what happens next for the Breeds.

And of course the bonus "news" story in the end?? I cackled.  Great way to give a quick recap and update.
Happy Reading my loves, 

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