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Subject: Need help getting started wtih Lora Leigh Breeds
Date Posted: 10/23/2010 8:06 PM ET
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Hello romance experts!

I am interested in starting the Lora Leigh Breeds series and I'm totaly confused as to the order of things. Are there several different Breeds series?? On Amazon, some are listed as Feline Breeds, Wolf Breeds, Coyota Breeds or just Breeds. Are these all different series?? On the Fantastic Fiction website it just lists "Breeds" and starts with Tempting the Beast as #1 and then lists 22 all together  -- is that the order they should be read in or can I skip around if I have a couple in the Feline Breeds category. Do you know what I mean?? Do any of these need to be read in order?? I generally don't like to skip around, but if the different breeds series are not intermingled, then I might as well start wtih what I have.

Any help you Lora Leigh lovers can give me would be appreciated. Or if you have any of her books, let me know - I have credits to use! :)

Thanks a lot -

Marilyn

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 9:00 PM ET
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Well, I'm no expert, but I chose to just read the feline breeds books.  You will find you miss a little bit on a certain character, but there was nothing you couldn't catch up on.  I couldn't read 22 books (I didn't like the series that well), but I started with the core family from the 1st books (Tempting the Beast, Man Within, Kiss of Heat, etc).  Lora Leigh has a chronology and description of the characters/books on her website www.loraleigh.com.

 

Renee

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 9:38 PM ET
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There are different Breeds "series", but they are all part of the same big series, if that makes sense.  I think it's best to read them all, and read them in order, because parts of the storyline follow throughout all of the books.

That being said, I have not followed my own advice and have read some of the later books before some of the earlier books (because I didn't know the order and I haven't been able to get my hands on all of the earlier ones).  I may have missed out on some things plot-wise, but you can get the basic idea of what's going on.

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 12:02 AM ET
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There is a background story to these books which carries through the whole series. It is a strong background story and most of the characters are directly involved in moving that background plot along. Having said that, each book is primarily a romance.

If you have several books available to choose from in the series, I would read them in order. Else you will find out (surprise, surprise) some of the couples from the first books are living happily ever after. But seriously, the background plot is very involved and you will probably be somewhat lost as to particular events, although you will get the gist of it.

I don't know that you need to go in strict book by book order, but I would try to read some early ones or middle ones first, and then progress to later ones, depending on what you have available.

If you care most about the romance aspects, and background is just background ... you could read them out of order, I don't remember any major spoilers that happen to main characters, the books are more self contained than some series are.

On the other hand, if you are very interested in the paranormal aspects of the books, you will probably want to follow the background plot more closely, so in that case, I would pay more attention to the order.



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Date Posted: 10/24/2010 2:13 AM ET
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I got hooked on this series last year. I started about midway through and read in order as best I could, but then went back to find the earliest books.  Once I read the earlier ones, I found myself re-reading some later one because it was even more interesting with all the back story in place.  The first few are very hard to find and rarely seem to be traded here.  I ended up ordering e-books (HTML or PDF format) and read on my computer.

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 6:26 AM ET
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I finally, finally, just got the last two books I needed to complete this series. Woohoo! So I will be starting it soon too. I was extremely confused by all the different "breeds" and the order too, but her website was a huge help with that.

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 9:49 AM ET
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Date Posted: 10/24/2010 10:04 AM ET
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A big thank you to everyone who has commented on this. Your advise is very helpful. I am finding it hard to find the first couple in the series but can get them on Amazon. There are hundreds of wishers on this site. They are hard to find even on Ebay and the ones on Ebay sell for almost as much as the brand new ones you can get on Amazon. Interesting to hear different opinions on the series - keep the comments coming!



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Date Posted: 10/24/2010 2:03 PM ET
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I don't know how you feel about ebooks but that's how I got started on Lora Leigh's older books.  I read them as pdfs on my computer, no fancy reader needed.  The ebooks are all available at Ellora's Cave/Jasmine Jade.  The ebook price is usally 1/2 the print price.  Just a thought...



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Date Posted: 10/24/2010 2:33 PM ET
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I agree about the ebooks. I also ordered from Ellora's cave. One thing I really like with ebooks is the ability to search for text.  So, for instance, I might be reading a later book and wonder exactly what role a main character had in a one of the early books. So I'd search for the name and pick up a little insight with the person just a secondary character. 

I think Cassie was the character I found most disjointed since I read them out of order. I think in the first book I read she was a girl (8-10), then later a late teen, then 19 in the one where she got shot, but THEN I read ealier ones when she was littler and FINALLY I bought the early, early one that introduced her character.  The puzzle pieces finally all fell into place.



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Date Posted: 10/24/2010 3:01 PM ET
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Jo B. - does it seem to you have in the later books that came out first as mmp, she is filling in background on stuff she wrote earlier in the series?  When I flip back to the early books after reading the newer that's the impression I got.  Just read Styx and can't wait for mmp of Navarro's Promise due out in April.

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 4:47 PM ET
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I'd try to read them in order as much as you can.  I know its hard.  LL has a bad habit of writing some of them in anthologies.   For me, the later ones are definitely better.

Date Posted: 11/8/2010 6:09 PM ET
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The Breed series is probably the largest I've ever read out of order. (Didn't intend to but discovered them late and started in the middle.)  So I'm not sure exactly how much of my understanding is due to the fact I read the later books first. 

It does seem like she's filling in more detail and refining her writing style as she writes more books.  But I really like going back to the e-books I have and searching for names.  Many of the books overlap timewise.  I think Dawn and Sherra are good examples.  I'd already read both of of their books before going back to the early books, so it was interesting, for example, to have Dawn and Kane be incidental characters.



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Date Posted: 11/9/2010 11:55 AM ET
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Does Sherra have a story of her own?

Date Posted: 11/10/2010 3:35 AM ET
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Sherra and Kane = Kiss of Heat (Breeds, Bk 3)

Date Posted: 11/10/2010 9:27 AM ET
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Good Lord.  And I've read that one too!  LOL  Guess it was pretty forgettable to me.  wink

Date Posted: 11/12/2010 10:52 PM ET
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Marilyn,

I have 4 of the Breed's books that are in like new condition.  Three are wish listed, and the forth one (Harmony's Way) has 1 copy in the system with the complete ISBN number and wish listed by 8  with an incomplete ISBN number.

Megan's Mark

Harmony's Way

Tanner's Scheme

Dawn's Awakening

PM me if you are interested.  I can post them to you if you have them on your WL