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Dawn's Awakening by Lora LeighGwen’s review of Dawn’s Awakening (The Breeds, Book 4) by Lora Leigh
Futuristic paranormal romance released 5 Feb 08 by Berkley

Leigh’s Breed series is a peek into a world where human/predator eugenisis is a reality and this bioengineering of “weapons” is an old, dirty secret that the world is still reeling from.  Dawn’s Awakening is book 4 in that series (books are published out of order and most can be read that way).  It’s a raw, compelling world with heroes and heroines you cheer for, and superb villains. 

Dawn’s Awakening is one of the best Breed books I’ve ever read.  I think it may be the only one with a Breed female and human male H/H and damn if that wasn’t THE MOST fun to read of all the combinations so far.  The hero, Seth (love that name, by the way), is still “bigger and better” than an average human male because of the mating hormones, but still, he’s human and it’s just luscious to read how he reacts to his mate.  The heroine, Dawn, a Cougar Breed who suffered horribly in the labs, is a flawed, heartbreaking woman who eventually redeems her soul.

Dawn’s Awakening has one of the most “complete” Breed story arcs I’ve read.  You read about Dawn and Seth throughout their long acquaintance with each other and are given quite a lot of detail – not too much, though, just enough.  The secondary story arcs are small, but contribute to the main plot.  the secondary characters are complete people who help the story and move the plot.  There’s a little “future book salting” but it’s appropriate to the storyline.

Don’t miss this book.  If you’re a fan of paranormal, futuristics, or just damn fine writing, don’t miss this book.  If you’re a fan of Leigh or the Breed’s books, don’t miss it.  If you’ve never read a Breed book before, this would be an excellent one to start with, so don’t miss it.  There’s enough backstory you should have no trouble picking up what’s going on in this complex world.  Damn.  Just don’t miss this book.

faye.jpgGrade: A

From the back cover:

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. Until 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 Breed’s 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 tormenter from Dawn’s past reappears-and threatens to destroy their newfound love, along with their lives…

Read an excerpt.