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Monday, February 18, 2008

Review: Dawn's Awakening

Dawn’s Awakening
by Lora Leigh

The runt of the lab she was created in, Dawn Daniels endured years of torture by her pride brother and the Council soldiers. Finally freed from her torment, she’s now a Breed Enforcer, in control of her own life. Then she’s assigned to protect the one man destined to be her mate – and realizes it’s far too easy to lose total control.

One of the Breeds’ most important supporters, Seth Lawrence has spent years trying to forget Dawn, knowing that her lost innocence has made it impossible for her to get close to anyone. But suddenly neither of them can find the strength to fight the overwhelming passion between them. At least until the most brutal tormentor from Dawn’s past reappears – and threatens to destroy their newfound love, along with their lives…

I have long been a fan of Lora Leigh. Ever since I picked up my first Breed book I have been fascinated by the world she has created. I have long awaited Dawn’s story, and had to run out to the store as soon as it was released, and then proceeded to finish it in a day and a half! My only disappointment was when I came to the last page and realized I would have to wait for the next installment into the Breed world. *sigh* I’ll anxiously await her next story, that is for sure.

Dawn Daniels is an amazing character. A woman who had the most vile things done to her as a child, and later in life were perpetuated by someone who she should have been able to trust. I looked upon this woman with awe, and quite a bit of admiration. Although she is delicate in build and even fragile emotionally, she has made herself into a woman to be reckoned with. She is a commander among the Breed Enforcers, and has quite a talent for helping other breed women find their own strengths. Her main weakness is, of course, a man. He has always treated her as a desirable woman, at least he did up until he seemingly walked away from her after the “mating heat” had started between the two of them, which was something almost unheard of, and purportedly impossible to do. She’s lived the last ten years in agony each time her heat cycle comes around. What then is she supposed to do when she is assigned to protect him and he protests, along with informing her of some rather painful information?

Seth Lawrence is a man’s man, and he’s lived without his mate for ten long years. When he finally finds some relief he’s determined to keep Dawn from his life in order to protect his heart and soul which were so empty without her before. He’s waited all those years for Dawn to come to him, and when she doesn’t come he decides that he needs to try and move on with his life. What he doesn’t expect is that Dawn will violently oppose his efforts to remain cool, calm and collected in her presence. She’ll do everything in her power to finally claim her mate. He’s helpless to resist her when she’s giving him everything his heart has desired for so long. I loved this character as he’s such a strong character, and yet so gentle with Dawn when she needs it. He always knows just what she needs to get through any given situation, and that shows in itself the depth of his love for this stubborn and amazing woman who is his mate. He’s definitely sigh-worthy.

I have read all of Lora Leigh’s Breed series and have loved them all, and this was probably the most heart-wrenching of the entire series. The horror Dawn goes through in her life before the Breeds escaped from the Council labs made my stomach clench and brought tears to my eyes. The battle she wages with her own fears and emotions were gripping and kept me turning the pages, eager to see how everything would work out. The sensuality the two main characters shared with each other, was enhanced by their obvious love for each other, but in no way did that detract from the heat experienced. With suspense and intrigue around each corner and emotional epiphanies there is plenty to hold one’s interest through the entire story. Add in a few incredibly hot scenes, especially some that took place in the shower in particular, and you have one of the best Breed stories by Lora Leigh to date. I can only imagine that they will continue to get better and better. I can guarantee that I will continue to grab each story to come out by Ms. Leigh, and would suggest that you do so as well… if you haven’t already. This was a fabulous read, and well deserving of 5 cherries.

Reviewed by: Viscaria

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