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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Book Review: Wake A Sleeping Tiger (Breeds #31) by Lora Leigh

by Lora Leigh
March 21st 2017 by Berkley
352 pages
On a moonless Navajo night, the recessed Bengal Breed known only as Judd became Cullen Maverick, grandson to one of the Chiefs of the Six Tribes of the Native Americans.

Bengal genetics, usually so fierce as to be labeled primal, was recessed so deep inside Judd that no hint of it can be found. A phenomena so rare it’s been notated only a few times. And there’s no way, it’s believed, to force those genetics free once they’ve disappeared past the genetic level.

Now, as commander of the Navajo Covert Law Enforcement Division in Window Rock, New Mexico, Cullen leads his six agents in protecting the treasures of the Navajo Tribes by ensuring they remain safely in Navajo possession.

Added to this mix is none other than the delicate Window Rock police detective determined to stick her pretty little nose in his business.

And once Cullen realized the animosity that keeps flaming between them is far more than he imagined, then the Primal Breed that’s lurked inside him comes out to play. And when that beast decides to make itself known, Cullen suddenly remembers all the reasons it was better off sleeping.

Cullen is a Breed but doesn't have all the abilities that other Breed's have. Cullen is the commander of the Navajo Covert Law Enforcement Agency and works with Chelsea who he has feelings for but won't acknowledge them. Cullen and his twin brother, Graeme were experimented on when they were both children. While his brother's inner animal came out and turned out to be a monster, Cullen's animal has never come to the surface. 

Chelsea works with Cullen in the Navajo Covert Law Enforcement Agency but isn't challenged enough by her boss, Cullen. She's trained and can take care of herself but Cullen doesn't let her go out and use any of her training because he doesn't want her to get hurt which is why she quits her job. It's when Chelsea isn't around as much that Cullen realizes how much he missed her and cares about her.

The story starts out slow and doesn't really pick up until more than half way through the book. While there are a lot of things going on in this story including a kidnapping, someone getting shot and trying to figure out who betrayed the main characters, the story just didn't hold my attention all that well. I've been reading this series for quite a while and for the most part I've liked most of the other books but the story line for this one just didn't hold my attention the way others in this series have.

This story seemed more about the betrayal of trust, kidnapping and the drama behind Cullen's wife that passed away instead of the romance between Cullen and Chelsea and how they deal with the mating heat.

The best parts of this book weren't even about the two main characters but about Graeme and what monster or Primal he turns into when he gets really angry. So while I'll continue to read this series, this book wasn't as enjoyable as some of the others I've read.

I give this book 3 Sheep

Mary Kirkland
Dark Thoughts Blog

About the Author:
Lora Leigh lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky, often found absorbing the ambience of this peaceful setting. She dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared. Lora’s family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other. Surrounded by a menagerie of pets, friends, and a teenage son who keeps her quick wit engaged, Lora’s life is filled with joys, aided by her fans whose hearts remind her daily why she writes.

Wow, there are 29 Breed books! Instead of listing each one here is a link to her amazon page where you can find all of them! Should keep you busy for a while <G>


  1. Holy cow. I can't believe how far in the series is. I read to book 5 I think. Then got sidetracked but I really had fun with them :) Bummer this one wasn't a favorite.

    1. While I'm glad I read it, it could have been so much better. Hopefully the next book will be.

  2. Okay, good to know about it starting slow. Not that I'll be reading it soon because, wow, thirty one books in and I haven't started any. :) I'll never run out of shifter PNR at least.

    Enjoyed the review, Mary!

    1. Thanks, Sophia. Oh yeah, if you start this series you'll definitely be busy for a while.

  3. Sometimes the side characters can really bring more life to a book.

  4. 31 books whoa nellie. Sorry this wasn't as enjoyable for you Mary. I do love the cover though!

    1. The cover is great and the story was good it just could have been better.

  5. Sorry this one wasn't as good as you hoped. I haven't tried this author, but I've thought about it. So many books. Glad you enjoyed at least part of the story, even it was parts that didn't include the main characters. I've read a few like that. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads