Lora Leigh is known for her deliciously intense and satisfying erotic romance. Her characters come to her in her dreams, inspiring her with the possibilities of What If... Most days, Lora can be found in front of her computer weaving daydreams while sipping the ambrosia of the gods, also known as coffee. When not writing, thinking about writing, or plotting what to write, Lora, a Kentucky native, enjoys gardening, fishing, and hiking with her husband and children.
I like all the books in this series, even the bad ones. They all entertain me. I like the premise and most of the characters, a few irritate me, but for the most part this series is good for a romp. If you are too serious or expect a realistic storyline than this series is not for you. Oh, and of course there is alot of very desriptive sex scenes, so if you get offended by this definitely do not read this series or any of Lora Leigh's books.
I might have enjoyed this book if it weren't for the ending. But that wasn't the only problem in this book. First though, the plot and what I liked:
Navarro is a breed with recessed genetics. Like the last few books, this creates anomalies in the mating heat. There is also Navarro's training around suppressing his emotions. These things combine to make it difficult to accept his animal wanting a mate.
Mica has spent many years around the breeds and Cassie is her best friend. In order to protect some semblance of privacy, Mica has learned to control her body's responses and hide her emotions.
At the beginning, Navarro rescues Mica from an attempted kidnapping. This places them in close contact and rekindles the desire that has been simmering between them for ten years. Navarro manages to infect Mica with the mating heat, but doesn't really seem to suffer it himself.
I liked that this book didn't rely on mortal peril to force the hero to realize his feelings. I liked that they were not being manipulated by outside forces. This was just two people coming to grips with their feelings for each other.
SPOILERS: I didn't like that they never discuss his reluctance and how he comes to love her. Mica is left in the dark as to his inner thoughts and secrets. I didn't like that the resolution at the end was so imcomplete. Who was the spy, where is Ely, how did the villian escape. I also didn't like the complete lack of affection between the H & H. Even at the end we are deprived of seeing any tenderness between them, lust yes aplenty, but tenderness is completely missing.
Worst of all, however, was the missing pages that others have mentioned. It was like the ending was left as a barely expanded outline. Those pages do not seem to have been written. I think Ms. Leigh needs to give up this series if she no longer cares enough to even complete a book. If this was a publisher's error, I cannot find any information on it anywhere or a link where I could read the completed ending.Read more ›
I love the Breed books, but I am finding that they are getting less well written...alot of typing errors and it feels like paragraphs or even pages are missing. I got completely lost at the end, couple ended up in a room with a bed suddenly, after reading a line that said he pushed up against the wall. The story was good but a bit confusing, the "bad guy" just "shows up" out of nowhere, with no explanation as to how he got out or anything and that was strange. I love Lora Leigh's writting and hope the editing of these books gets better. The last few Breed books have felt "rushed through" by whoever is supposed to catch mistakes and lost parts. If you are a Breed follower than you will need this book to stay caught up with the series but it could have been better.
Navarro's Promise focuses on Mica and Navarro's. Mica is a significant character in that she is best friends with Cassie. Navarro is a character that I don't remember much back story on so he was new to me. The recessed genetics storyline was interesting but the suspense plot line in this installment left a little to be desired. I also found I had some issues with figuring out how people got from one place to another without it being indicated in the story which confused me and reduced my overall enjoyment of the book. There was greater focus on the relationship between Navarro and Mica which had its good and bad points. We get to see a little more of the anomalies of mating heat, somewhat similar to Mercury's war, but the passion is not as compelling and the dialog felt repetitive. Saying the same thing lots of different ways. We do get to see Cassie in this installment but there is no real movement in her mating storyline - which I am dying to read. If you are a breed fan you will want to pick up Navarro's promise but it is not on par with some of the best of the series.