“Scheme Tallant has repeatedly proven that she was aptly named during the long years working for her father, Cyrus. Having always walked a fine line in her carefully choreographed life as a spy, and having secretly worked tirelessly to save as many breeds as possible, Scheme has finally reached the point where she wants out. She must carefully plan her exit from her father’s ruthless organization, taking with her one more piece of vital information for the Breeds. On the night that she sets her escape plan in motion, things go wrong and she ends up dodging a killer; a killer who’s goal is to silence her forever.
With a deceptively casual air, Tanner Reynolds has obsessively watched the seemingly ruthless daughter of one of his most bitter enemies. Though reports tell him that Scheme is in opposition to the Breeds, his finely honed senses tell him otherwise. The contradictory information eventually pushes Tanner to make a move on the mysterious female. However, Tanner has no knowledge that when he enters Scheme’s room to force a confrontation, he is walking directly into the middle of a dangerous plot that has already been set in motion by outside parties, both good and bad.
Forced to save Scheme the only way he can, Tanner secrets her away to a hidden location. Tanner is firm in his demand for answers; answers that Scheme refuses to provide. After all, there are few people that Scheme trusts, and Tanner isn’t one of them. Though she demands her freedom and struggles to escape, Scheme soon learns that Tanner is inflexible when it comes to her safety. What she doesn’t know is that Tanner struggles with the knowledge that if she is located by either side, be it Breed or Council, her life as she knows may well be forfeit.
It is a rare occurrence that I find a book that grabs me by the heart and squeezes until I’m breathless. I am eager to report that TANNER’S SCHEME did just that. Filled with a depth of emotion and a richness of character, this stunning story made it impossible for me to sleep before reading the final word and closing the book in the early hours of the morning.
Scheme is a paradoxical blend of toughness and vulnerability. Having suffered at her father’s hands to save a race not her own, Scheme experiences a deep anguish that is heartbreaking to witness. With Tanner’s entrance into her life, Scheme is introduced to a new prime example of obstinacy. The reader can readily perceive her immense frustration with Tanner’s implacable resolve. And speaking of Tanner, here is a hero that has strong alpha characteristics well-disguised beneath a readily displayed charismatic charm. What follows for both characters is a struggle involving both the heart and the mind. Amidst sharp dialogue and breathtaking love scenes, Tanner and Scheme look for a way to achieve their individual goals; goals they will recognize as mutual if they ever get past their lack of trust.
A true master of the written erotic romance, Lora Leigh delivers a compelling paranormal story such as none you’ve read before. Though her Breeds captured my attention long ago, TANNER’S SCHEME has only raised the bar for this gripping series. If there is only one book you buy this year, let this be the one. This I guarantee - Tanner and Scheme will stay in your heart long past the final scene.
JolieD wrote this review Wednesday, July 25, 2007.