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Title: Lion's Heat
Author: Lora Leigh
Publisher: Published April 6th 2010 by Berkley Sensation (first published January 1st 2010)
ISBN: 9780425233801
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4.6 out of 5

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The mating urge cannot be denied... #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh returns to the world of the Breeds where animal instincts can bring a feral pleasure to every man and his willing female mate... Bad boy Jonas Wyatt's personal assistant, Rachel, has had a child—an innocent new life that has been put in grave danger because of Jonas' perilous games and calcu The mating urge cannot be denied... #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh returns to the world of the Breeds where animal instincts can bring a feral pleasure to every man and his willing female mate... Bad boy Jonas Wyatt's personal assistant, Rachel, has had a child—an innocent new life that has been put in grave danger because of Jonas' perilous games and calculations played in the shadow-world in which he lives: the dark and sensual world of the Breeds. Now, Rachel is making only one demand of Jonas: that he finally take responsibility and deliver on the protection that only he can give. Jonas has known for a long time that it is destiny that Rachel become his mate. He can sense it. He can also sense her reluctance. And for that, he refuses to claim her. He wants her on love alone and not because of the urge of the mating heat. But it is Jonas' destiny to claim her. And he will have his way.

30 review for Lion's Heat

  1. 5 out of 5

    MelissaB

    Loved it! Finally, the much anticipated story about Jonas is here - and it was even better than I could have imagined. Rachel and Jonas were a perfect pair. Rachel has been Jonas's personal assistant for a few months. During this time Rachel has proven to be very efficient at handling Jonas's schedule and putting up with his arrogant and manipulating ways. Jonas knew as soon as he saw Rachel that she was his mate but he refuses to claim her because he is afraid she would be targeted by his many e Loved it! Finally, the much anticipated story about Jonas is here - and it was even better than I could have imagined. Rachel and Jonas were a perfect pair. Rachel has been Jonas's personal assistant for a few months. During this time Rachel has proven to be very efficient at handling Jonas's schedule and putting up with his arrogant and manipulating ways. Jonas knew as soon as he saw Rachel that she was his mate but he refuses to claim her because he is afraid she would be targeted by his many enemies and because she is pregnant. Jonas claimed Rachel's baby as his own (without her knowing of course) and was able to feel the baby's emotions and make a connection with little Amber. One night a group of men burst into Rachel's house and take her baby. One of the Breeds enemies had taken the baby and injected her with an unknown substance. Jonas and his team are able to save Amber from being kidnapped, so they fly to Sanctuary for safety. Once at Sanctuary, Jonas and Rachel have their hands full with finally dealing with the fact they are mates and with figuring out what happened to the baby. Jonas wants to give Rachel the choice of being with him, so he willingly endures the pain of unrelenting mating heat because he wants Rachel to come to him out of love. Rachel is very confused at all the changes in her life but knows that she and Jonas have something special. Will Jonas find the love he never dared dream about?Will Rachel put poor Jonas out of his horny misery? Wow, this was one heck of a book! I loved the thrill of reading this story, it was so exciting. Jonas was one of the sweetest mates ever. He gave Rachel time to grow to love him and choose him at great cost to himself. He was so sweet with baby Amber, he loved her so much and he purred for her (awwww). Rachel was a compassionate and wonderful woman who understood who Jonas really was underneath all the games he played. She saw the love and loyalty he gave to his Breed brothern and the sacrifices he made to keep them safe, but she still kept him in line when he tried to pull anything with her. Rachel and Jonas complimented each other very well, she managed to show him how to deal with the emotions he didn't know how to show. The love scenes were scorching too! There were many scenes concerning the Breeds and Sanctuary so we get to learn more about our old friends from other books. Lion's Heat was one of my favorite Breed books! I loved it and highly recommend running to read it! The action is exciting and the romance is amazing! Jonas is one heck of a hero and mate to Rachel, plus he is a wonderful father to Amber. Rachel is a strong and capable woman who doesn't bring Jonas to his knees - she lifts him up by showing him the strength of his love and honor.

  2. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    I’ve waited years for this book. Early on I kept telling people that the story I really wanted to read was that of Jonas Wyatt. I wanted to see him suffer. I wanted to see him have to face the same jokes and the mocking comments he loved to dish out to others going through mating heat. I was hoping to hear more of Lawe’s and Rule’s “ain’t gonna happen to me” vows that were so plentiful in Bengal’s Heart. I have to say I was a tad disappointed in that very little of that actually happened. Oh wel I’ve waited years for this book. Early on I kept telling people that the story I really wanted to read was that of Jonas Wyatt. I wanted to see him suffer. I wanted to see him have to face the same jokes and the mocking comments he loved to dish out to others going through mating heat. I was hoping to hear more of Lawe’s and Rule’s “ain’t gonna happen to me” vows that were so plentiful in Bengal’s Heart. I have to say I was a tad disappointed in that very little of that actually happened. Oh well. What we did get was much more important. Finally, finally we learn what makes Jonas tick. We find out that he does have a soft, nurturing side, and a past hurt that goes deeper than anything he lived through in the labs. We finally get to see inside the strong, independent, doesn’t give a damn Breed that we all loved to hate, and while I was very disappointed in the last installment, Bengal’s Heart, I can say with total conviction that Lora Leigh has redeemed herself with Lion’s Heat and has written a story worthy of Jonas Wyatt. I’m not going to go into a lot of storyline or character development here, because followers of the series already know what the Breeds are up against. That hasn’t really changed in Lion’s Heat. We still have our ever growing cast of nut jobs trying to wreak havoc against the Breeds, the Alpha Males trying to save the race while avoiding mating heat and the females who love to torment them. As with most of the books we get little glimpses into the anomalies each individual Breedmate seems to possess—new thing things that hadn’t existed before… some little something that has the doctors scratching their heads and wondering, what the heck is going on? Now, more than ever, I’m anxiously awaiting Cassie’s story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mojca

    Jonas Wyatt is finally getting his due... I had high expectations for this book. I've been waiting for Jonas' story almost since the guy first appeared in this series, and seeing how arrogant this lions was, how manipulative, I simply couldn't wait to see him brought to his knees by the right woman. To say I was disappointed is a huge understatement. Rachel sure didn't fill the bill for Jonas' mate, IMHO. I felt he deserved more, I expected, I wanted more for him. He got a whiny, emotionally-crippl Jonas Wyatt is finally getting his due... I had high expectations for this book. I've been waiting for Jonas' story almost since the guy first appeared in this series, and seeing how arrogant this lions was, how manipulative, I simply couldn't wait to see him brought to his knees by the right woman. To say I was disappointed is a huge understatement. Rachel sure didn't fill the bill for Jonas' mate, IMHO. I felt he deserved more, I expected, I wanted more for him. He got a whiny, emotionally-crippled, bratty icicle instead of a worthy female and mate. I know it's all about the conflict between the hero and heroine, she has to oppose the mating at first, it makes for an exciting and exhilarating read, but this was a bit too much for me. Rachel purposefully hurt him at every turn, knowing what her denial did to him, yet still she persevered in her stubbornness. For two thirds of the story! I'm all for conflict, but not that much of it. She finally came around in the last third (no one informed us readers th mating hormone can bring on a personality change as well), but it was a little too late. Where was the feisty, no-nonsense woman at the beginning of the story? The one who stood up to the Leo, defended her mate? The glimpse I got of her wasn't enough and came way too late for comfort. It always comes down to the heroine for me it seems. But in this case she wasn't the only problem this book had. The lack of actual story bothered me, the villain appeared in the beginning and at the end, leaving a huge gulf in between that was filled mostly with the heroine's overreaction about everything and everyone, and generic, impersonal, going-through-the-motions sex scenes. I sure didn't feel the love that was supposed to be between them. The only redeeming quality of this story was Jonas himself, but unfortunatley he lost most of what made him Jonas. He wasn't himself anymore, and I refuse to believe it was the only way for Ms. Leigh to "do him justice". Don't get me wrong, I loved seeing him so helpless against the mating heat (it's what I was actually looking forward to), so utterly sweet in falling in love, but the fact he lost a part of himself in the process didn't sit well with me. Whether another heroine might have made a difference is a moot point. What's done is done.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zeek

    Lora Leigh is back on her game! I've been in love with Jonas Wyatt since he first came on the scene in Harmony's Way (an otherwise less than stellar addition to the series). Or was it Megan's Mark? Either way, he had me at "Hello". :) Since LL tends to be hit or miss at times, I was so afraid she wouldn't do Jonas justice, but rest assured, she knocked it out of the park with this one! Jonas Wyatt, The bogeyman of the Bureau of Breed Affairs, knows his office assistant, the cool headed Rachel Bro Lora Leigh is back on her game! I've been in love with Jonas Wyatt since he first came on the scene in Harmony's Way (an otherwise less than stellar addition to the series). Or was it Megan's Mark? Either way, he had me at "Hello". :) Since LL tends to be hit or miss at times, I was so afraid she wouldn't do Jonas justice, but rest assured, she knocked it out of the park with this one! Jonas Wyatt, The bogeyman of the Bureau of Breed Affairs, knows his office assistant, the cool headed Rachel Broen, is his one chance for happiness. With the kind of glaring red target painted on him for any fool bent on the destruction of the Breeds to take a shot at-she’s the one chance he cannot take. So he keeps her at arms distance through most of their relationship, even while his heart is drawn ever closer to the kindhearted but stubborn willed woman who is his match in every way...until a kidnapping of her baby daughter- the child he’s claimed as his own- threatens the ruthless control he’s kept over the primal lion that lurks just below the surface. Someone is after the mated pairs and their offspring- and they'll stop at nothing to get what they want! Lion’s Heat grabs you at page one and doesn't let go till the end. Jonas knows from the beginning that Rachel is his one true mate, but he’s so afraid of claiming her, he doesn’t let her in on the information. The mating heat, a familiar characteristic in Lora Leigh’s gene spliced crossbreeds, is all on him through much of this book, which makes for an interesting turnabout. I loved his ruthless control and I loved how Rachel threatened all of that! Rachel and Jonas work well together- as a couple and as business team, for that matter. Their instant chemistry, as well as the love between her baby and Jonas, make Lion’s Heat quite a heartwarming book! I enjoyed seeing Jonas finally being able to soften and allow the noble hero that I’ve always sensed him to be to shine forth. I would have liked to see more detail in the beginning of their relationship- (much of his softening toward her is glossed over with rapid time passage)- because there had to be some major sparks there! But it in no way lessons my love for this book so- 5 out of 5 from me! Thankfully, much of the editing issues that have so annoyed me in some of Leigh's recent releases are miraculously missing... although she does quite a bit of "head hopping" throughout the book. Still, in the end, I can only say- very pleased!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    Jonas has finally found his mate, only to find out she is pregnant. Once the baby is born, people are constantly after her and Jonas has to figure out how to stop that and win his mate over. We finally get to Jonas' book and it was almost everything you would expect it to be. But let's be honest, it's all about Jonas. I loved everything about him, shockingly so. He surprised me so much. You knew he would just take care of everything but I loved how he was sooo patient...and I love how he was wit Jonas has finally found his mate, only to find out she is pregnant. Once the baby is born, people are constantly after her and Jonas has to figure out how to stop that and win his mate over. We finally get to Jonas' book and it was almost everything you would expect it to be. But let's be honest, it's all about Jonas. I loved everything about him, shockingly so. He surprised me so much. You knew he would just take care of everything but I loved how he was sooo patient...and I love how he was with Amber. The purring? that was priceless. I think the only thing missing was the rest of the Breeds getting up in his face...I really wanted some of that. (payback time!!) I enjoyed Rachel as well. I would have liked more of a chase or more intensity in the beginning. While I liked how Rachel wanted "love" instead of the mating hormones to influence her, it seemed to drag out a bit. It was great seeing all the lions coming together. I thought Leo and Elizabeth were great in this book. My heart goes out for Dane though. And of course, I love Cassie...everything she does is so interesting! The bad guys were pretty interesting. Devon was a jerk and got what was coming to him but Brandenmore is intriguing. I did guess what he might have done to Amber...especially when Jonas was able to connect with the baby. Overall, another good installment of the Breeds books. There is still a lot of sex (although not till 60%) but a lot less of the porn words! Favorite quote: ♥ "It can happen like that. It can build slowly. It can come like a gentle rainfall, or it can slam into you like a tsunami. You are my tsunami, love."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    I guess I need to stop reading Lora Leigh. I have read most of the books in this series not counting the ones that came out originally on ebook. The idea is good and the plots are better than in the rest of her books but that's not saying much. I have liked Jonas in the other books and I liked him here. I hated, hated, hated Rachel. She was stupid and vapid and vacillitating and we didn't know enough about her to care. She was like a cardboard cutout. What I dislike most about this author is the I guess I need to stop reading Lora Leigh. I have read most of the books in this series not counting the ones that came out originally on ebook. The idea is good and the plots are better than in the rest of her books but that's not saying much. I have liked Jonas in the other books and I liked him here. I hated, hated, hated Rachel. She was stupid and vapid and vacillitating and we didn't know enough about her to care. She was like a cardboard cutout. What I dislike most about this author is the way she ignores what she's already written previously in the book in order to throw in an angsty sentence or something. For example here on page 150 Rachel askes Jonas if he loves her. He answers "yes I love you." Then, on page 180, Rachel is in distress because: "She was falling in love with him, and she couldn't help it. There were just so many ways Jonas proved his complete dedication to her. His hunger for her. His need. His determination to protect her. He didn't call it love. To him, she was his mate, pure and simple. The one gift God had given him that could never belong to another man. But he didn't call it love. He didn't recognize it as love." WTF? 30 pages ago he flat out told you he loved you. But I forget. You're stupid. This happens all the time in Ms. Leigh's books. Also, as usual in her books muddy motivations all around. Also the waffling on the part of both Jonas and Rachel about whether to mate/hop in bed was not realistic or motivated or explained well. When they finally did do the deed, I found myself really not caring much. These scenes left me pretty ho hum. So pretty typical for her books. Cover's nice though.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sammy Loves Books

    I have really enjoyed all of the breed series and was really looking forward to seeing Jonas Wyatt, the heartless boogyman of the breeds, fall in love. LL spent no time on character development with Rachel. We know that she is pregnant by another man, so not sexy by the way, in the beginning of the book. Rachel is always thinking that she shouldn't allow herself to lose control sexually and remembers what her sister taught her about controlling her lust. Well there is never any explanation of wh I have really enjoyed all of the breed series and was really looking forward to seeing Jonas Wyatt, the heartless boogyman of the breeds, fall in love. LL spent no time on character development with Rachel. We know that she is pregnant by another man, so not sexy by the way, in the beginning of the book. Rachel is always thinking that she shouldn't allow herself to lose control sexually and remembers what her sister taught her about controlling her lust. Well there is never any explanation of why. Jonas was so tormented from the mating heat that he was afraid of taking her against her will, yet Rachel continued to tease him sexually just to see how far she could push his control. WTH? And I was disgusted that Jonas wasn't allowed to kiss Rachel and wore a condom the first time they were together in order to spare her from the mating heat. I don't enjoy love stories with women getting off on teasing men just to push them to their limit. The love scenes were really boring too, none of the male dominance that I was craving from Jonas. Ely called Rachel selfish and I almost started clapping in agreement. Jonas and Rachel have produced some type of hormone where Rachel feels none of the major discomforts from mating heat yet she refuses to do any more tests because she is selfish and undeserving of Jonas. Jonas is the lab created son of the Leo, the original lab created breed. There is so much animosity between the two and I was really hoping it would be resolved and some family issues would be worked out in his book since those issues have been mentioned for the past few books. The family issues were not worked out and only discussed in the final chapter of the book when Leo accuses Jonas of wanting to take over as Pride leader. Oh, and his parents know that he is their son but never admit to it till the final chapter of the book. Really? Elizabeth never has a conversation with Jonas, never tells her son that she loves him yet we saw her crying over Callan when he'd been shot. This book felt disconnected. Too many sub plots were brought up that were never resolved or explored further. We meet Rachel's sister briefly during a fight scene where she is some bad a$$ GI Jane type with her own commando team. That just pops up out of nowhere and is never explained. David is showing signs of feral fever and says he wants to talk to his dad, Callan, but that never happens so why waist time mentioning it. Amber is injected with a mystery drug that has her purring at the end of the book. We never find out what was done to her. Jonas was still fighting with the Leo by the end of the book. Bradenmore is never brought to justice, and so much more...This book had absolutely no closure. So many typo's they were unacceptable. Amber's eyes are blue at the beginning, but are green later in the book. Rachel doesn't know about mating heat, but then knows all about it a few pages later. There are so many problems

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lynsey A

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars OK - I just didn't love this book as much as I thought I would. Here are some of my reasons: 1. Rachel got on my nerves at times. I can understand her resistance to becoming mated to Jonas, to becoming mated at all. She knows how intense it is. I just think her objections to it went on for too long and she never seemed to notice how much that bothered Jonas. How hard it was for him to be around her and not release the mating hormones. He was a very admirable Breed in that regard. She did 3.5 stars OK - I just didn't love this book as much as I thought I would. Here are some of my reasons: 1. Rachel got on my nerves at times. I can understand her resistance to becoming mated to Jonas, to becoming mated at all. She knows how intense it is. I just think her objections to it went on for too long and she never seemed to notice how much that bothered Jonas. How hard it was for him to be around her and not release the mating hormones. He was a very admirable Breed in that regard. She did improve as the story went on. I truly enjoyed the scene where she stood up to the Leo and defended Jonas. I think she and Jonas were good for each other. IMO, she was just a bit too stubborn. 2. There wasn't enough build up to show that Jonas loved Rachel. Personally, I was surprised when he told her he loved her. 3. Which leads me to my next issue. About 30 or so pages after Jonas tells Rachel he loves her Rachel thinks about her feelings for Jonas and claims that what Jonas feels for her is the intensity of the mating and doesn't love her: "She was falling in love with him, and she couldn't help it. There were just so many ways Jonas proved his complete dedication to her. His hunger for her. His need. His determination to protect her. He didn't call it love. To him, she was his mate, pure and simple. The one gift God had given him that could never belong to another man. But he didn't call it love. He didn't recognize it as love." Uh. He told her he loved her. So, that had me going, "Huh?" Those were the things that bugged me the most. There were some other things but those stood out to me the most. I thought the love scenes were scorching hot! Very well written. We also got to see softer sides of Jonas and it was sweet. I enjoyed visiting with old characters and the story was good. I'm interested to see what happens with Amber in the future. This was still a nice edition to the Breed Series and I look forward to the next one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Yay! Jonas finally get his story. This was truly a come back for Lora Leigh. After reading Bengal's Heart, I had hoped that she did not disappoint me with this book and she didn't. I won't go into plot summary but I will say that I truly enjoyed this book. Jonas was a great character. While I had always appreciated him in the other books, I had fallen for both the man and animal in his book. I felt that there was a softer side shown to him and we caught glimpses of why he was the way he was. He r Yay! Jonas finally get his story. This was truly a come back for Lora Leigh. After reading Bengal's Heart, I had hoped that she did not disappoint me with this book and she didn't. I won't go into plot summary but I will say that I truly enjoyed this book. Jonas was a great character. While I had always appreciated him in the other books, I had fallen for both the man and animal in his book. I felt that there was a softer side shown to him and we caught glimpses of why he was the way he was. He remained true to character to me. He was still the manipulating strategist that readers enjoyed. I happened to think that the baby and Rachel just mellowed him out. The relationship with him and little Amber was so endearing. My heart just melted. I felt the connection from the beginning. The mother on the other hand was an idiot at times (Hence why I dropped a star off the rating). At first she started off good. I liked how she dealt with Jonas. She always played the game well with him but then he revealed she was his mate and all reasoning went out the window. She constantly pushed him away when all he did was show her how much he loved her. I actually wanted him to kiss her and give him some of that mating hormone. Just to make her suffer! The interaction with the side characters (Leo, Dane, Ely, Cassie, etc) were great. Readers are introduced to some more Breeds and I can see some more stories occurring. Overall a good read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    Loving me some Jonas. He was always so cold before and I liked seeing a softer side to him. Rachel drove me a little bananas. Okay the mating thing is scary, but when she started seeing how far she could push him before he'd break and STILL not sure she wanted the mating, that's just cruel. Ended up enjoying the book because of Jonas.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. WOW is all I can say. Lion's Heat was totally worth the wait. This is an excellent addition to the breed series. I know I have been waiting for Jonas to get his for the last 15 books it seems and now he is getting whats coming to him. Spoilers........ Spoilers........... You learn so much about Jonas in this book... that he is not this tin man whom has no heart. You learn that everything he does, weather it be manipulation or flat out intimidation, he is doing it all for the better of the breed WOW is all I can say. Lion's Heat was totally worth the wait. This is an excellent addition to the breed series. I know I have been waiting for Jonas to get his for the last 15 books it seems and now he is getting whats coming to him. Spoilers........ Spoilers........... You learn so much about Jonas in this book... that he is not this tin man whom has no heart. You learn that everything he does, weather it be manipulation or flat out intimidation, he is doing it all for the better of the breeds. Jonas is so intense about his realtionship not only with his mate, but with their child, his sister, and all the others that he has spent a lifetime trying to keep safe and protect the best way he can. He knows from the moment that he see's Rachel that she is his mate and starts to change on the spot. She doesnt understand what all these people are talking about when they say that he is the "Boogyman" of the breeds because he doesnt seem that bad to her. We come to find out that a lot of those whom are annoyed by Jonas do actually care for him and are worried about him, and that Rachel is the only one whom can save Jonas from himself. He is on a one way street to self-destruction unless Rachel can get through to him. All in all a great book and I cant wait to see who the next book is about. Dane is wondering if he will ever have a mate seeing as how he was in love with Harmony but she's already mated to someone else and i dont know about any of you but I seemed to think that Dr. Ely's mate is Jackel. Jonas didnt come out and say it but I think thats who it is. Plus... Amber purred at the end... what did Brandemore put in that syringe???? Cant Wait!!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    twinfish2

    SPOILERS .............I think this is the worst editing job on a book that I have ever read. Huge continuity problems. I read on amazon that someone thought it felt like it was a rough draft of a book that somehow got printed. I agree. Did no one at the publishers read this book after she wrote it. Also nothing really happens in this book, it had flat cardboard characters. It really didn't add to the storyline of the breeds. Except to give us a few new ones that we had never met before. There ar SPOILERS .............I think this is the worst editing job on a book that I have ever read. Huge continuity problems. I read on amazon that someone thought it felt like it was a rough draft of a book that somehow got printed. I agree. Did no one at the publishers read this book after she wrote it. Also nothing really happens in this book, it had flat cardboard characters. It really didn't add to the storyline of the breeds. Except to give us a few new ones that we had never met before. There are way to many breeds it is getting hard to remember them all. Leigh is kind of getting like Kenyon with her dark hunters. It is getting hard to keep them all strait. I am not sure she has a cohesive story mapped out for these characters anymore. Where is she going with the breeds? In this book she left many unanswered questions. What did Brandenmore want with the baby? What did he inject into the baby? What did the Doctor Jeffery Amberg know about what Brandenmore was doing with his experiements? Who are the spies in Sanctuary? What was the hormone that Jonas has that is different than other breeds? Why was the mating heat so different then with other matings? You need answers in a book not just endless questions. If she continues to never solve anything like Kenyon and Feehan then I am thinking it is time to bale on this series. I have not really liked a book since Mercurys War. Coyotes Mate was ok and I hated Bengals Heart so I think I will only give it one more shot before I move on. Here is hoping Styx's book is a whole lot better.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Denise H.

    *** Yeah ! We finally get Jonas and Rachael's tale ! *** I have loved this whole series, and being sooo invested in every one, I feel like I know everyone from previous stories ! I owned every book, and then sent them to my daughter. I love Lora Leigh's amazing characters, the fabulous plots, and of course her super hot sex scenes! :) x ENJOY !

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shannon C.

    We met Jonas Wyatt, Director of Breed Affairs in Washington DC, and his assistant Rachel in the previous Breeds books. Jonas is a central character in the Berkley published novels. He is Leo and Elizabeth's son and Dane and Callan's brother, however he is not recognized as part of the family. Genetically engineered in the labs, he grew up separately and protected his own pride before joining with Callan to help the Breeds go public and create Sanctuary. He's seen many of his enforcers and pride We met Jonas Wyatt, Director of Breed Affairs in Washington DC, and his assistant Rachel in the previous Breeds books. Jonas is a central character in the Berkley published novels. He is Leo and Elizabeth's son and Dane and Callan's brother, however he is not recognized as part of the family. Genetically engineered in the labs, he grew up separately and protected his own pride before joining with Callan to help the Breeds go public and create Sanctuary. He's seen many of his enforcers and pride mates deal with the mating heat, and at times has caused them sometimes humorous trials and tribulations. When it's his turn to mate, many will be looking to see how the mighty will fall. Lion's Heat kicks off with high intensity, with the kidnapping of Rachel's daughter Amber by an old enemy Bradenmore, an evil scientist conducting experiments on the Breeds to try to create an anti aging serum. He plans to use Amber against Rachel to get her to steal some information. Rachel goes to Jonas for help, and Jonas leads a team to rescue Amber. To their dismay, Bradenmore injected the baby with an unknown substance, and the Breeds' doctors frantically try to determine what it is. Meanwhile, Rachel learns that she is Jonas' mate. He had never told her and had not planned to claim her--in an effort to protect her and keep his focus on his work for the Breeds. He moves her into his cabin in Sanctuary to protect her, and as he's around her he tries to hold back the mating urges. Rachel doesn't want to be ruled by the mating lust, but is looking for love in a relationship. Jonas tries to hold off to allow time for her to grow to love him. With many twists and turns, they deal with kidnapping and Brandenmore's evil plots. Devon, Amber's father, is involved. There's also a good secondary storyline around the Leo and Elizabeth, and there are setups to make us start wondering who Ely and Dane's mates will be in future books. I personally can't wait for Dane's story--he's one of my favorite characters. He was great in Mercury's War. Jonas is another one of my favorite characters and I have been long awaiting his story. While he can be ruthless and vicious, he consistenty exhibits his strong loyalty to the Breeds as well as his cunning, intelligence and at times humourous sarcasm. At first Rachel seemed like she'd be an interesting character, but then the middle 1/3 of the book she really got on my nerves. She was self centered and annoying. Jonas was bending over backwards, had declared his love, was actively in pain, and yet she continued to do things that made his pain worse. But then finally as they came together (maybe 60% of the way through), it got better. Another minor annoyance was how Amber was portrayed. Babies take much more of your time, so that wasn't realistic. I also would have liked more storyline going into details about the Bureau, their missions, etc. as well as more background around Rachel herself. Her character development was weak, and I didn't connect with her. However like the other Berkley published Breeds books, Lion's Heat overall was a good mix of politics, mystery, suspense, action and romance. It's a good idea to have at least read the Berkley published Breeds books (e.g., Mercury's War, Megan's Mark, Bengal's Heart) before reading Lion's Heat. There are previous books in the series under a different publisher, but they aren't as strong as the Berkley books (they are mostly sex and not much plot). They aren't critical to your understanding of the series, however they provide additional background about some of the characters. I've read the entire Breeds series, having started with Mercury's War. That was a good book to start with, as it provides a lot of detailed background about the Breeds, their politics, characters, etc. It's one of my favorites in the series. If you are looking for a Breeds chronology, the author has one on her website.

  15. 4 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    WOW!!! The long awaited Jonas story. And what a killer read. LL has outdone herself with this much anticipated addition to the Breed series. I really would suggest anyone attempting this to have at least read the last 4 or 5 Breed books, if not all of them, otherwise you just aren't going to be able to appreciate the nuances of Jonas and his relationship with Rachel and baby Amber. Jonas has been the one Breed everyone, readers included, that inspired the most emotion. Love, hate, admire, despise WOW!!! The long awaited Jonas story. And what a killer read. LL has outdone herself with this much anticipated addition to the Breed series. I really would suggest anyone attempting this to have at least read the last 4 or 5 Breed books, if not all of them, otherwise you just aren't going to be able to appreciate the nuances of Jonas and his relationship with Rachel and baby Amber. Jonas has been the one Breed everyone, readers included, that inspired the most emotion. Love, hate, admire, despise....he's hard to pin down other than you DON'T want to mess with him! The book starts out with the Prima Merinus informing Jonas that Rachel is to be his assistant. Jonas isn't happy. And he's even more unhappy when he realizes A) she's pregnant and B) she's his mate. Knowing that he is both despised and feared by the human population and also knowing that his enemies would see his mate as open season, he holds back from both telling Rachel and from claiming her. Even though he gives Rachel the impression he's a hard man, he goes out of his way to make sure Rachel's life is as stress free as he can make it and that she's protected. His inner Lion also instantly bonds with Amber before she's born and let me tell you - that is one relationship that brings tears to the eye and gives new definition to "overprotective Daddy". ;-) But despite all this Jonas refuses to force Rachel into a life she doesn't want. He wants her with a force and a passion we have never seen before in this series, and he wants her to WANT him. Yes, ladies, Jonas is VULNERABLE. We see a whole new side of Jonas when he's with Rachel. When its finally made known to Rachel that she's "his", he still doesn't force it upon her even though its almost torturous to him to deny the mating heat. Instead, he sets about to make her feel comfortable with him in the hopes she will want him as much as he wants her. And whoh - fan yourself - his seduction is unbelievable and incredibly touching. And yes, its true. Jonas is whipped when it comes to baby Amber. He even PURRS for her to get her to go to sleep at night. If that doesn't just melt your heart I don't know what will. I can't say enough about this story. LL has truly outdone herself with this one and goes on my "best of 2010" list.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Blackwell

    Here's the thing: Around the 100th time someone asks you, "Have you read any of those Lora Leigh books?" with that manic gleam in their eye and slight hint of blush on their cheek, your curiosity finally gets the best of you. I mean, if they're good enough to make a little old lady gather up every title at the local book store and demand the clerk hide them from the children, then they've gotta be worth reading, right? Well, not so much. Yes, the sex scenes go on for pages upon pages and they're Here's the thing: Around the 100th time someone asks you, "Have you read any of those Lora Leigh books?" with that manic gleam in their eye and slight hint of blush on their cheek, your curiosity finally gets the best of you. I mean, if they're good enough to make a little old lady gather up every title at the local book store and demand the clerk hide them from the children, then they've gotta be worth reading, right? Well, not so much. Yes, the sex scenes go on for pages upon pages and they're about as graphic as you can get, but did I blush? Nope. Not even once. For me, blush-worthy moments happen when you feel as though you're intruding on an intimate moment between two characters, something that you shouldn't be included in. Take the sex scenes in Kelley Armstrong's books for example. They're graphic (teaching me things I'm not sure I needed to know), but they're also wrought with emotion. She manages to make your heart beat faster and blood pool to your cheeks with a single sentence about well-placed lips or an exploring hand. Leigh, however, goes to great lengths describing acts, using the bawdiest language possible, without ever tempting an emotional response from the reader. As for the story line (having to do with created-in-a-lab human-animal-hybrid type things), it was engaging enough that I didn't stop reading, but nothing that really excited me either.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mitzi

    I’ll probably get hit over the head for saying this….but Lion’s Heat was a pretty big disappointment for me. I’ve waited years for Jonas’s story and while the story was pretty good and (what little sex there was---no sex till page 252/253) was good too…it just wasn’t what I’d expected or hoped for. I wanted Jonas to suffer the effects of his mate and unbridled lust...For him to finally lose control...For him to have to succumb to the animal that he keeps under constant guard from escaping...For I’ll probably get hit over the head for saying this….but Lion’s Heat was a pretty big disappointment for me. I’ve waited years for Jonas’s story and while the story was pretty good and (what little sex there was---no sex till page 252/253) was good too…it just wasn’t what I’d expected or hoped for. I wanted Jonas to suffer the effects of his mate and unbridled lust...For him to finally lose control...For him to have to succumb to the animal that he keeps under constant guard from escaping...For all those breeds he’s tormented and teased along the way to finally be able to say…See, we told you so...(I know that’s childish)...but damn, I wanted him to get back a little of the shit he’s always eager to dish out. BUT MY greatest disappointment with this novel isn’t with the book……IT’S with the knowledge that my favorite erotic romance novelist no longer writes erotic stories. I’ve been a huge fan of Lora’s since her beginning at EC. Her EC novels aren’t as long as her new books, but they make you feel what it’s like to be different (half human/half animal breed), fighting to fit in and to be excepted in our world; And her love scenes are plentiful and HOT...some of the most intense, powerful and emotional ones I’ve ever read. Maybe it’s just me...but her latest novels have become very tame by comparison and although I still enjoy her books...It’s a sad day for me to finally realize that my favorite erotic novelist is no more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    April

    I love Jonas!! I really wanted to love his mate but sadly found her lacking. She seemed a bit too gentle for the conniving breed. Overall an enjoyable read but not an absolute fav. I was hoping for a Jonas and Ellie match.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindap

    3.75 / 4 Stars I liked the relationship between Jonas & Rachel, and the connection Jonas has towards Rachel's infant daughter, Amber. Amber's father didn't want the child at first but tries to claim Amber in order to give her to the breed council to use for experimentation. Naturally Jonas & Rachel aren't going to let that happen. I also liked that the mating heat didn't rule them, that love was achieved first. I rated this a bit higher because there was a lot of action between the counci 3.75 / 4 Stars I liked the relationship between Jonas & Rachel, and the connection Jonas has towards Rachel's infant daughter, Amber. Amber's father didn't want the child at first but tries to claim Amber in order to give her to the breed council to use for experimentation. Naturally Jonas & Rachel aren't going to let that happen. I also liked that the mating heat didn't rule them, that love was achieved first. I rated this a bit higher because there was a lot of action between the council, scientists and the breeds. There was also a well needed resolution between the Leo amd Jonas.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melindeeloo

    Even for a Breed Jonas Wyatt is unique, created to be a killer and a breeder he has vowed never to claim his mate. But that vow is about to be challenged, when that mate, Rachel, is assigned to be his personal assistant and his instincts drawn to even a higher level as he mentally claims her unborn child as his own. Rachel, however, refuses to accept that she a Breed mate and though her attraction to Wyatt is difficult to control, she is determined not to succumb. But even without the kiss of ma Even for a Breed Jonas Wyatt is unique, created to be a killer and a breeder he has vowed never to claim his mate. But that vow is about to be challenged, when that mate, Rachel, is assigned to be his personal assistant and his instincts drawn to even a higher level as he mentally claims her unborn child as his own. Rachel, however, refuses to accept that she a Breed mate and though her attraction to Wyatt is difficult to control, she is determined not to succumb. But even without the kiss of mating heat to force their connection, there is a reason that Rachel and Jonas that are mates, despite their reservations they are truly made for each other. This is only the second full length Breeds' book that I've read, so I am not sure if the mating heat is getting old for Leigh's regular readers. For me, I loved the way that Jonas (I do remember him from the past book and appearances in short stories) struggles to get his mate to love him and not to force the mating heat on Rachel. The way that he suffers while using his incredible strength of will to resist temptation and his inner best, is a wonderful tension builder in his relationship with Rachel. When they finally come together is is both incredibly hot and as their connection firms up, incredibly touching. I also loved the straight laced on the outside, wild and fun on the inside , Rachel - as a mate she is definately a worthy match for the master manipulator. My only issues with Leigh's story is first that I am not overly fond of some of her language (it's a bit cruder than I care for), which is the main reason that I haven't read many of her novels and second, there is obviously something special about Rachel and if it's been explained in past books, Leigh didn't reiterate it here. But this story was good enough that these minor destractions/detractions didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story, and I just love a hero who purrs.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    Rachel's life is turned upside down, when her daughter is taken from her, and knows there is only one breed who can help her, for his plans are what has caused danger to her daughter in the first place. Jonas, knows that Rachel is his mate, but has refused in claiming her for his own, but now a infant, whom he considers as his own, is put at risk, and will do everything he can to protect them both. Even though Jonas knows that Rachel is part of his destiny, he knows he needs her love, and will f Rachel's life is turned upside down, when her daughter is taken from her, and knows there is only one breed who can help her, for his plans are what has caused danger to her daughter in the first place. Jonas, knows that Rachel is his mate, but has refused in claiming her for his own, but now a infant, whom he considers as his own, is put at risk, and will do everything he can to protect them both. Even though Jonas knows that Rachel is part of his destiny, he knows he needs her love, and will fight with every weapon he has in order to have theirs be a loving even though heated bond....only he must convince Rachel of his devotion.... Lions Heat is the 21 in the Breeds series by Lora Leigh. I have read this book when it first came out, but I have been a lot of this series lately, and Lion's Heat has always been one of my favorites to read, and last week I was in the mood to read Lion's Heat, especially since I had yet to do a review for the book. Lion's Heat is a thrilling and intense story filled with heat, intrigue and danger, and a romance of two people that are meant to be but fight to deny it in the process. I just love Jonas, even though he is pure alpha male, but worse is that he is very controlling on every situation and can be very manipulative. However he has met his match with Rachel, who can be just as manipulative, but still has a endearing quality about her, that you can't help but cheer her on. There was such magic to this story that you can't help but keep reading from beginning to end without putting it down. A THRILLING TALE!!!! My Favorite Quote The woman was everything he could have wanted in a mate. She was the dream he'd never allowed himself to wish for. This was a temptation he knew he could never allow himself to weaken to. It was a vow. And this small woman was shredding his determination one look, one word, one breath at a time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Taralinda

    This book disappointed me. I was hoping Jonas' book would be great considering all the hell he's given previous mates, but is was like none of that ever happened. He wasn't teased at all, regardless that all previous mates have said how much they would relish Jonas finding his mate. Rachel irritated me immensely. She came across as very selfish and undeserving of Jonas' dedication to her. She deserved Ely snapping at her, one of the more enjoyable parts of the book, but she just brushes it off an This book disappointed me. I was hoping Jonas' book would be great considering all the hell he's given previous mates, but is was like none of that ever happened. He wasn't teased at all, regardless that all previous mates have said how much they would relish Jonas finding his mate. Rachel irritated me immensely. She came across as very selfish and undeserving of Jonas' dedication to her. She deserved Ely snapping at her, one of the more enjoyable parts of the book, but she just brushes it off and continues tormenting him. I appreciated how knowledgeable and competent she was, but otherwise I justifying like her. Jonas was disappointing in this book. I was expecting him to be more dominant and caught up in the mating, but it didn't have the strength of the previous books. His relationship with his family was never resolved, so why bring it up in the first place? It felt hollow and didn't add to his character development, it just took away from it. There were a ridiculous amount of subplots and loose ends in this book. Jonas was largely uninvolved with Sanctuary, yet another disappointment, even though at times the book suggested he should be. David's behavioral issues were brought up then dropped with no resolution. You never find out what happened to Amber, and the ending just leaves you grasping for explanations. And the money problems are never resolved, another loose end. This book really disappointed me; I was expecting a lot more from it. I'm somewhat dreading the next few, especially with their lower ratings, but I feel like I have to read them in hopes some of the unresolved issues in this book are resolved later on. Basically I'm just waiting for Cassie's book at this point.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathrynn

    Loved it! I've been eagerly awaiting this story as Jonas has been in several earlier books in this series. He's been "the" master manipulator. I had to smile as his story unfolded. Oh, what a tangled web we weave.... Rachel enters Jonas's world, pregnant with another man's child, as his newly hired assistant. Jonas's connection to the baby (Amber) growing inside Rachel was neat to read about and how he maintained a relationship with Amber after her birth was and "ah" moment for me. Jonas and Ambe Loved it! I've been eagerly awaiting this story as Jonas has been in several earlier books in this series. He's been "the" master manipulator. I had to smile as his story unfolded. Oh, what a tangled web we weave.... Rachel enters Jonas's world, pregnant with another man's child, as his newly hired assistant. Jonas's connection to the baby (Amber) growing inside Rachel was neat to read about and how he maintained a relationship with Amber after her birth was and "ah" moment for me. Jonas and Amber have a secret! We'll be reading more about Amber as she grows up--of that I have no doubt. This book sets the stage for her and oh, what a book that will be. I liked Rachel and Jonas was such a neat character to watch as he learned to cope with his own mate while maintaining the leader status of the Breeds. Didn't care much for the way the Leo and his mate, Elizabeth, interacted in this story. Found myself disappointed in their character--or lack thereof. I absolutely detest the manipulation within the Breed community. Many characters from earlier books pop in and out, i.e., Harmony, Dawn, Scheme and Tanner and many others. Also, several new characters came into play, so WOW! this series could go in yet another direction PDQ.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Missy~

    Wow! What a great addition to the Breed's series. Totally lived up to my expectations and anticipation. How often does it happen lately that you anxiously look forward to the lastest installment of one of your favorite series? Only to have it fall short and not live up to those high hopes. I just finished reading Lion's Heat, and Jonas's book is a home run. It starts off at a fast pace and the story just keeps on moving along with all of the things that make this series awesome. Jonas is hot! We Wow! What a great addition to the Breed's series. Totally lived up to my expectations and anticipation. How often does it happen lately that you anxiously look forward to the lastest installment of one of your favorite series? Only to have it fall short and not live up to those high hopes. I just finished reading Lion's Heat, and Jonas's book is a home run. It starts off at a fast pace and the story just keeps on moving along with all of the things that make this series awesome. Jonas is hot! We get to see him evolve from a cold, forbidding breed "bogeyman", to a man who fully realizes that loving and being loved, caring for family and being proud of his accomplishments are the most important things. We learn that he is a unique breed of feline called primal with some REALLY fun, and interesting characteristics. I seldom write reviews, as putting into words my opinions of what i've read is not my strong suit. But I had to write a few comments about this book, because imho, Jonas's book was very happily one of the best in this series so far. Loved it!! 5*****

  25. 4 out of 5

    Asounani

    Contra todo pronóstico me agrado bastante, tenemos los mismos elementos que todos los anterior ellos no aceptan que son pareja. La interacción de Jonas y la bebe es perfecta. Con su pareja tienen bastante buena química aunque no explica bien la escritora porque el apareamiento es tan diferente. La química con Leo y su compañera ummm no es la mejor y la doctora El se pasa en algunos momentos. En general se deja leer y esta en los pocos que no son tan predecibles ya que en esta saga abunda la simi Contra todo pronóstico me agrado bastante, tenemos los mismos elementos que todos los anterior ellos no aceptan que son pareja. La interacción de Jonas y la bebe es perfecta. Con su pareja tienen bastante buena química aunque no explica bien la escritora porque el apareamiento es tan diferente. La química con Leo y su compañera ummm no es la mejor y la doctora El se pasa en algunos momentos. En general se deja leer y esta en los pocos que no son tan predecibles ya que en esta saga abunda la similitud. **SPOILER ALERT ** . . . . . . . . . Interesante el sonido felino de la bebe, será que lo que le inyectó el loco es, ese un suero para volver a los humanos Castas?... espero contesté más adelante mi duda

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cindyg

    Another clear winner in the Breeds saga...I fell in love Jonas...to see him vuluerable and sensitive was so wonderful. The pace and the passion was right on for me. I wonder if Dane will have his own story next??? I have to admit I'm selfish because I don't care who is next as long as this series continues. I'm so damn glad Jonas found his mate and I really like Rachel, strong and determine and she made the first move, I loved it!!! Highly recommend this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I'd like to second MelissaB's reveiw on Lion's Heat. She had the exact same feelings I did about this book and I'm sure any review I could write would not messure up to MelissaB's review. The only thing I would like to add is that I wish this book did not end and we someday hear in a future book about the children that they will have.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenese

    I was pleasantly surprised with the plot and theme of this book. I think the story with Amber was really good, it was different and was definitely able to show us a completely different side to Jonas. I love the fact that he had a connection with her while still in the womb and how he purrs to her, so cute.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wild_irish_rose

    I loved Jonas and even liked Rachael, but there were a lot of questions asked that are never answered i.e. Rachael writes to her sister, but never receives a response; why is H/h mating heat different; what was injected into Amber; etc. FWIW: I am not much of a fan of HFN instead of HEA.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kerry sullivan

    I wasn't sure I would like this one in the series as Jonas is not a nice man. But the story surprised me, the sexual tension and tender relationship that grows between him and Rachel is beautiful. It was a joy to read.

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