Review: Navarro’s Promise by Lora Leigh

April 17, 2011

Navarro’s Promise

Author: Lora Leigh
Series: Breeds, Book 24
Publisher: Berkley Books
ISBN: 978-0425239780
Date Released: April 5, 2011
Format Reviewed: Kindle Ebook
Source: Purchased
Length: Novel (320 pages in paperback / 467 KB in Kindle format)
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal Romance
Rating:

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Online blurb:
The breed guaranteed Mica no harm would come to her, but they never allowed for her sensual fascination with Navarro, or his unstoppable need to claim her as his mate, in both body and soul. (from Amazon.com)

My opinion:
Mica Toler has been fascinated by the Wolf breed, Navarro Blaine, ever since she first saw him. As she matured, her fascination turned to lust, despite the medical tests that proved she was not the mate of the recessed Wolf breed. As best friend of the Coyote/Wolf mixed breed, Cassie Sinclair, she lives an odd life as a trusted human within the Breed enclaves but never feels truly at home there. She’s learned by living among the Breeds to hide her emotions in order to have any bit of privacy. Mica wants Navarro but can’t have him because when he found his true mate, she would have to let him go and that might destroy her.

Navarro Blaine lives a life of deception and secrecy. He was bred to be a deceiver, a Breed whose animal aspects were so recessed he could fool humans and Breeds alike. He can’t figure out why he’s drawn to Mica, though. None of the signs of a breeding heat are present but she sets him on fire. Both Mica and Navarro cope with their attraction as best they can – by staying as far apart as possible.

When Mica is attacked by rogue Coyote Breeds, Navarro rescues her and they both soon find themselves caught between their lust for each other and the plots of a mad scientist who somehow still manages to recruit Breeds and humans to his cause. There’s no running from their attraction now but instead they must deal with it even as they deal with the danger to Mica. Do the rogues want Mica and Navarro or do they want Cassie and her curse of foresight?

I’ve been a fan of Ms. Leigh’s Breed series from the very beginning and it’s been interesting to see the world change and grow as the series has been playing out. I’ve especially been looking forward to this story because I really wanted to see Navarro lose it over a woman. That much self-control just begs for a total crash. For the most part, my anticipation was fulfilled. Novarro and Mica are both interesting characters and the lust and emotions run hot and heavy between them. I especially enjoyed the awakening Navarro has in the latter part of the story. Mica may be human but she’s a match for most Breeds in many ways, certainly in stubbornness. With both Mica and Navarro set on hiding their emotions as their normal method of coping, I wasn’t sure what would happen when they were unleashed but boy I wasn’t disappointed. This was a good break from the last few Breed stories which I felt didn’t provide as much of an emotional story but instead relied on the animalistic mating heat and sex.

That said, I did have a few issues with this book and most of them revolve around the editing, I’m sorry to say. There are multiple consistency issues where things like wounds are mentioned, then mysteriously disappear, etc. That really makes me stop reading and go back to see if I misread and totally pulls me out of the story. The other is that there is a lot of descriptive word repetition that gets a bit tedious after some time. Both of these I would have expected the editor to catch and resolve.

I know there was also an issue with parts of the story being missing from the Kindle and the print versions. I was not a victim of that error, though, so I can’t comment on it and did not take it into consideration with this review.

I really enjoy the Breeds series and I hope to read more in it. I’m just hoping the editorial issues are resolved and we get yet more emotion – but don’t leave out the hot sex!

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