Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Review: Harmony's Way by Lora Leigh

Title: Harmony's Way
Series: Breeds
Author: Lora Leigh
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: December 5, 2006
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 0425213056
ISBN-13: 9780425213056

Harmony Lancaster is of the Lion Breed, created to be a huntress with a thirst to kill. But the way she seeks justice outside the law makes her a liability to her own kind. Yet she also possesses information that they need on the existence of the first Leo - who holds the precious secrets of desire.

To save her life, Harmony is paired with Sheriff Lance Jacobs, who tries to tame the killer within her, while protecting the gentle woman he longs to possess. But a dangerous cult leader, bent on destroying the Breeds, could change the way Lance looks at Harmony forever...

My rating:

Harmony Lancaster, a.k.a. Death, has worked on her assassin career for the past ten years, since her escape from the Breed Labs. She uses every skill she's learned in captivity to rid the world of the people who pray on the innocent, especially children.

But Harmony's hunted. When she escaped, she stole priceless information a lot of people would give anything to possess, including her brother, Jonas Wyatt. When he captures her, instead of enacting the Breed Law for her crimes, he decides to give her another opportunity to redeem herself. He sends her to Broken Butte, N.M. to be Lance Jacobs' deputy. The brilliant twist: Lance is Harmony's mate and Jonas hopes to manipulate the hormonal occurrence enough to make Harmony reveal the sought-for information.

Harmony is strong and resilient, always counting on her skills and dark emotions to help her, but she cannot fight the potent attraction between her and Lance. With enemies sprouting out around them, her fight and flight is about to come to an end.

I really liked this book. From the beginning it didn't look like much and I was really afraid it was just like some of the previous not so great book promising a bang but never delivering it. But boy did this one deliver it. And what a bang it was.

We were once again greeted with a strong heroine, but at least Harmony didn't leap into contradictions every two pages. Unlike her predecessors she was pretty much constant and that realization came as a pleasant relief. She was strong, yet she knew her limitations and weaknesses. And despite her past, her reputation, she was capable of so much depth of emotion it was almost scary in its intensity.
Lance was her perfect counterpart. His strength of character and utter confidence drew me from the first time he appeared in Megan's Mark and this book just confirmed what amazing guy this wonderful man really is.
These two were perfect for each other and it was beautiful to read how much Lance was a balm for Harmony's soul, making the ending so much more of a tear-jerker...Yeah, I cried, I admit it.

I loved the intrigue in this book. There were so many unknowns in the plot it really provided a roller coaster, edge-of-the-seat experience. Friends turned to enemies and enemies turned into friends at the drop of a dime, there was always some shady characters walking that fine line between friend and foe, and the mystery wasn't revealed until the very end (and even then not in its entirety), making this an exhilarating read.

With this book Ms. Leigh expanded this fantasy world a little further, providing fodder for the next books in the series, adding new and utterly unexpected depths to the recurring characters, making the reader even more curious.
Kudos for Jonas Wyatt. Ms. Leigh gave us a glimpse of his depth in the previous book, but she truly expanded on his manipulative SOB persona in this one. I think the epilogue wasn't exactly needed, until he finds his mate I don't need to know the guy has a sex life, thank you very much. But at least there's someone else itching to see him mated.
I hope he gets a tough-as-nails chick that will make him squirm. Because after what he did in this book alone, he so deserves to suffer a bit.

I most definitely recommend this one. It was a great read, the mix of all the elements I like in my books was much better, promising loads of exciting reads in the future.


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