Book Review: Lora Leigh’s Man Within

Posted September 6, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Lora Leigh’s Man Within

Man Within


Lora Leigh

It is part of the , series and is a erotic romance, paranormal romance in Paperback edition that was published by Ellora's Cave on October 28, 2004 and has 236 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Styx's Storm, Moving Violations, Cops and Cowboys, B.O.B.'s Fall, A Wish a Kiss a Dream, "Dragon Prime", Primal, Live Wire, Navarro's Promise, Forbidden Pleasure, Beyond the Dark, Black Jack, Tempting the Beast, Dangerous Pleasure, Maverick, Midnight Sins, Wild Card, Tied with a Bow, Lawe's Justice, Legally Hot, Deadly Sins, Stygian's Honor, Surrender to Fire, Nauti Temptress, Submission & Seduction, Wicked Sacrifice, Secret Sins, Nautier and Wilder, Shameless Embraces, Wicked Pleasure, Only Pleasure, Guilty Pleasure, Wicked Lies, Twin Passions, Nauti Enchantress, Shattered Legacy, Intense Pleasure, Knight Stalker, Enthralled, Secret Pleasure, Rule Breaker, "The One"

Second in both the Breeds and Feline Breeds erotic-romance series about a genetically-altered group of people intended for use as assassins and soldiers.

My Take

I do so enjoy this series. Sure the erotica is pretty hot but the real turn on are the Breed men. They’re so dominating and protective of each other, of their own and each others’ mates. They have a humanity that the Council couldn’t reach in a million years.

The Story

It’s been three years since Roni last saw Taber. Three years since he left his mark on her. Three years that Roni has yearned for him. Cried for him since she got his letter breaking it off.

Now the Breeds have come out to the public and her dad knows. Roni figures she’s got maybe 24 hours before her father figures out how to make money off her. She’s wrong. First it’s the media after her, then the Council soldiers will do anything to kidnap her and drag her into their testing labs to examine her, cut her up, figure out what makes her tick, attract a breed, learn what happens when a human is “marked”.

The Characters

Veronica “Roni” Andrews has been picking on Taber for years, wanting him for 11 years. He’s constantly getting her out of jail or rescuing her from her father. Reginald Andrews is Roni’s father although he’s never treated her like a daughter. Sponging off her. Beating her, her mother. His associates threatening her with everything from beatings to rape to get the money or product on which her father has reneged. Now, he’s got a payday coming. Because Roni is wearing a mark from Taber.

Taber Williams is part wildcat and he’s been drawn to Roni from the moment he first rescued her but always keeping his distance.

Callan and a pregnant Merinus Lyons, Sherra, Tanner, Dawn, Cabal St. Laurens, and Mercury are all Breeds while Kane is Merinus’ brother. All of them work security for the Breed compound. Dr. Martin is the in-house doc for the Breeds at their compound in Virginia.

The Genetics Council had been…
…funded by millionaires, billionaires, and government figures intending to create the ultimate soldier for wetwork and covert assignments. By blending animal genes with human, they had hoped to breed the ideal soldier using extreme torture to train them.

The Cover and Title

The cover is pretty dorky with its cartoony couple. Assumedly, Roni backed up against a wall by Taber with some sort of vertical green squiggle separating them from the half full-face of a cat.

I think the title refers to The Man Within each Breed. One point Leigh makes is that its only man who turns on each other. The animals don’t.