Series: Leopard People

Review: Leopard’s Fury by Christine Feehan

Posted November 11, 2016 by Casee in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Leopard’s Fury by Christine FeehanReviewer: Casee
Leopard's Fury by Christine Feehan
Series: Leopard People #9
Published by Jove
Publication Date: November 8th 2016
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 432
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four-stars

A ruthless criminal unleashes his most feral desires in the new Leopard novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild Cat.
Passion melts the will of an ice-cold criminal when he meets the one woman who can tame the beast inside him.
Leopard’s Fury
With her own bakery in San Antonio, Evangeline Tregre made a new life far from the brutal lair of shifters she was born into. Though she is all too aware of her leopard-shifter blood, she never felt the sensation of a wild animal stirring inside her. Not until Alonzo Massi walked into her bakery. The powerful shifter is as irresistible as he is terrifying, but his icy demeanor tells her to keep her distance.
Alonzo knows better than to let himself get involved with someone like Evangeline. She doesn’t deserve the type of danger that follows him, or the threat of his Amur leopard. But even with his lean muscle and iron will, Alonzo isn’t strong enough to stay away from the one woman who can make him feel at peace. And when their secret lives draw a mortal threat, Alonzo unleashes the feral passion he keeps pent up inside himself.

Evangeline Tregre escaped the bayou and her leopard legacy to make a home for herself in San Anotnio. The bakery she opened is her pride and joy and she has given it everything she has. When Alonzo Massi walks in, she instinctively knows he is different. Although his eyes are ice, Evangeline can see a thaw when he looks at her. Dubbing him her “Iceman”, Evangeline looks forward to the days when Alonzo comes into her bakery. When a fellow leopard tries to tell her that it’s her duty to be his mate, Alonzo unexpectedly shows up and it’s then that Evangeline sees that Alonzo is a leopard himself. At that point, no matter how drawn she is to him, Evangeline wants nothing more to do with him. Evangeline’s childhood has made her leery of leopards and she has sworn to herself that she will never again be a part of a lair.

Alonzo Massi has carefully cultivated his Italian image to hide himself and his family from his Russian uncles. If it were ever to be discovered that he was alive, his uncles would come after him with a vengeance. Alonzo is a rare breed of leopard, an Amur leopard. Vicious and wild, the only person that can keep Alonzo’s leopard under control is Alonzo himself. All Alonzo’s leopard wants is blood. It doesn’t matter whose blood. Due to their upbringing, Alonzo and his leopard have a thirst for blood. The only time Alonzo’s leopard has ever been calm was the moment he walked into Evangeline’s bakery. For over a year he’s gone back to her bakery even though it threatens his life to have such a routine schedule. See, Alonzo has just taken control of a mafia family. He’s your complete anti-hero.

After a meeting with the crime bosses at Evangeline’s bakery, Alonzo learns that Evangeline is a leopard and it’s all over for both of them. Before he knew she was leopard, he may have been able to let her go, but not anymore. Her leopard is the only thing that calms his leopard and Evangeline settles him in a way that no one ever has. The problem is that Evangeline is terrified to be a part of a lair, which Alonzo realizes is exactly what he is head of. Between his brother and his cousins, Alonzo does have a lair and he can’t lie to Evangeline and tell her that he doesn’t have one.

I did like Leopard’s Fury and the uniqueness of both Evangeline and Alonzo. Evangeline in that she was so independent and didn’t take what Alonzo dictated lying down. She went through the choices in her head thoroughly and with a clearheaded for the most part. Alonzo was a mob boss, but it was a necessity, not something that he wanted to do. The last thing he ever wants to do is put Evangeline and their potential children in danger. I really felt both their plights and it did pull at me. Evangeline especially fought hard to decide if her feelings for Alonzo were worth the possible risks to their future children. If his leopard was a risk to their children. Another thing I liked about this book was that the sex didn’t come until the latter half of the book, so it wasn’t convoluted by sex, which Feehan books tend to be. Overall, a good read.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

four-stars

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Review: Cat’s Lair by Christine Feehan

Posted July 2, 2015 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Cat’s Lair by Christine FeehanReviewer: Holly
Cat's Lair by Christine Feehan
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: May 5th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, General
Pages: 448
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two-half-stars

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leopard’s Prey returns to the feral underworld of her astonishing Leopard novels in an arousing new romance of forbidden animal instincts…
Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past—and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She’s off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from the torrid dangers of her native New Orleans. She’s safe. He’ll never find her this time. Cat has to believe that. It’s the only thing keeping her sane.
Yet she can’t escape the attention of Ridley Cromer, the instructor at the martial arts dojo where Cat takes lessons. She arouses the animal in Ridley—and something feral comes to life when their body heat rises. Cat is in no position to let her guard down with anyone, especially someone who could be endangered by her past. But Ridley has secrets of his own—secrets only Cat would understand. If she dares to trust him.
From the Paperback edition.

Warning! Spoilers Abound! 

I think I read the first two books in this series then got burned out on paranormals and set it aside. I’d always planned to come back to it and when I saw this for review on NetGalley I decided to give it a go. I’d forgotten how over-the-top alpha the heroes in this series are.

Cat was raised as the ward of Rafe, a big-time crime lord in New Orleans. For years she was under his thumb, abused mentally, until she finally managed to escape. For months she’s been holed up in Texas, keeping her head down, training and working to save as much money as possible. She knows not to get comfortable or trust anyone, but she can’t help feeling a connection to Ridley Cromer, one of the instructors at the dojo where she trains. He’s strong, steady and so tender with her it’s confusing. She doesn’t want to rely on him, but when he stands up for her at work and begins following her home, she can’t resist him. Until Rafe is brought to her door again and she realizes everything she believed about Ridley is a lie. He isn’t just an instructor at her dojo. He’s actually a DEA agent working undercover to pin down Rafe and he used Cat do to it.

Eli has been an undercover agent with the DEA for a long time. He’s never had a problem separating his feelings from a mark in the past, but Cat gets under his defenses. It doesn’t help that he’s a Shifter and his inner Jaguar feels a connection to Cat, too. Especially since Cat is a Shifter as well but doesn’t realize it.  She’s been traumatized and he doesn’t want to hurt her, but he has a job to do. Only he didn’t realize his agency was using her as bait. When Rafe comes for her, Eli does the only thing he can…he kidnaps her and takes her to his home where he can protect her.

Cat opened herself up to someone for the first time in years and was betrayed. The angry and hurt she feels from that won’t easily be soothed. Plus, she’s dealing with the fact that she turns into a monster and is going into heat. Her mind and heart want nothing to do with Eli, but her body hasn’t gotten the message. Tucked away on his land with little to no outside communication, she’s forced to face her feelings for Eli, her past and her former foster father.

I’m used to the heroes in Feehan’s Sea Haven series, who are alpha males but not alphaholes. That wasn’t really the case here. The hero was a total ass. A lot of the time his thoughts and actions contradicted each other. He’d think about how sorry he was for being rude and how he needed to take care with Cat, then he’d yell at her and boss her around. His behavior is explained away as part of his nature as a shifter, but I didn’t really buy into that. He was sweet and caring in his role as Ridley, but as soon as his true identity was revealed it was like he turned into another person. He stopped being sweet and tender, and instead just tired to dominate Cat.

For her part, Cat had a lot of inner strength. I like that she didn’t give in to Eli right away, but I wish she’d made him suffer more/longer. It didn’t take her long to go back to trusting him, which was frustrating since his betrayal was a pretty big one.

The plot featuring Rafe wasn’t much to write home about. Feehan kind of follows a formula when it comes to her villains. I don’t usually mind because I love the way she write relationships, but mostly I was just bored by this one.  In the end we saw a different side to him, I think, but mostly he was a pretty one-dimensional character.

To be fair, I’m sure fans of the series will enjoy this book. It’s been so long since I read a book in this series my expectations weren’t what they should have been.

2.75 out of 5

two-half-stars

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