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Sunday Spotlight: Leopard’s Run by Christine Feehan

Posted November 18, 2018 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 3 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

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I’ve very much enjoyed this series, though I am behind on it. The last book in the series that I read was Leopard’s Fury. I really enjoyed it. My favorite book in the series was the second book, Burning Wild. These males are at the top of the animal chain. As leopards and as men. They protect their women fiercely even when they don’t want protection. The women are fierce in their own right. Weak women can’t mate with a leopard and these women are ferocious. They protect their men just as their mates protect them. I’ve always loved that dynamic. This is one of my favorite shape-shifter series.

Sunday Spotlight: Leopard’s Run by Christine FeehanLeopard's Run by Christine Feehan
Series: Leopard People #10
Also in this series: Burning Wild , Cat's Lair, Leopard's Fury
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 432
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Series Rating: four-stars

He keeps his emotions on a tight leash, but she can see the desire burning in his eyes...

Timur Amurov has one purpose in life: protect his family at all costs. With lethal skills honed from a violent upbringing, Timur is a leopard shifter who sees any newcomers as possible threats--and the petite blond barista who his sister-in-law, Evangeline, has hired to work in her bakery is definitely hiding something. While Timur still needs to determine if Ashe is an enemy, he does know that she is the only woman whose presence has ever truly calmed the beast roaring inside of him.

Ashe Bronte is well aware she has a type: sexy, gorgeous and dangerous as hell. Despite the fact that Timur is all those things and more, Ashe is in San Antonio for reasons that do not involve getting wild with a ruthless leopard--and she cannot afford to make any mistakes. But Timur has ignited something deep within her, and even though she knows she should keep her distance, every move he makes has her craving a taste...

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Excerpt

Excerpt from LEOPARD’S RUN by Christine Feehan

He stalked across the kitchen, straight toward Ashe. She backed up until she hit the far wall. He pinned her there, using his larger body and a hand on either side of her head. She dipped her head low so he could only see the top with all that thick hair gleaming like silk beneath the lights.

“Look at me.”

She shook her head and put both palms on his chest as if she could push him away from her, but she didn’t try. “Go away. I mean it. We’re not doing this.”

“Look at me, Ashe.” He kept his voice low. This close to her, his body reacted. Even his cat reacted, rising, purring, wanting to be even closer to his mate. How could either of them help it when her scent enveloped them?

“I can’t.”

“I’m not going anywhere without kissing you.”

“You know what happens when you kiss me.” She mumbled it, a small sigh of resignation in her voice.

“Do you know what happens when I don’t kiss you?” He dipped his head and brushed little kisses into the silk of her hair. “My cat is a mean bastard. I’m just like him. You mellow us both out. You don’t want me shoving commuters off the train, do you?”

Her laughter was sweet music and some of the tight knots in his gut unraveled at the sound. “Look at me, baby.” He coaxed her rather than ordered her.

She tilted her head and those long lashes lifted so that he found himself drowning in her eyes. He took her mouth immediately, his tongue sweeping across her silken lips to demand entry. At once she gave it to him, as if she couldn’t help herself. He took over, needing the fire she stored there, feeding on it, feeling the burn spread like a firestorm through his body.

It took discipline—and a few minutes—to raise his head enough to press his forehead tight against hers. “Don’t leave, Ashe. Give me some time to sort through all of this. Just stay here with Evangeline where I know both of you are safe and let me do what I do best.”

She was silent, struggling, like him, to catch her breath. He pulled her into his arms and held her. Close. Wanting to shelter her. Needing to know she was safe. She was already becoming something he knew he would never give up. Not because of his cat, but for himself. He’d never expected to have a woman. He’d never expected to feel the things he was feeling. He wanted to think it was all physical because the chemistry between them was so explosive, but he had to admit, if only to himself, that other emotions were suddenly overwhelming when he was close to her.

What was it about her that appealed to him? Her fight? Her abilities to shift gears, sliding from one skin to the other so easily? One moment she was all feminine power and the next she was a clawing cat, fighting her way out of a bad situation. Then she could be compassionate, genuinely worried about the problems she might have brought Evangeline, but she had brought those problems deliberately. He liked all of that in her. He needed a woman who could be ruthless and yet yield to him.

“Don’t steal my heart, Timur,” she whispered against his chest. “I know your type. You say all the right things and you do them—” She broke off and shook her head, once more looking up at him. “You’re a dangerous man. Very scary. Evangeline and her husband might not be what I was looking for, but you’re that man.”

He wouldn’t lie to her. “I am.” He knew what she meant. He was exactly that man. He’d always be that man in order to keep his brother, Evangeline and now Ashe safe. He was the kind of man who could kiss his woman, laying his heart at her feet, and then go torture and kill an enemy to ensure those he loved survived another day.

Posted by arrangement with Berkley, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Christine Feehan, 2018.

Leopard People

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About Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 40 published novels, including five series; Leopard Series, Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart Series. All five series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.


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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
Also in this series: Burning Wild , Cat's Lair
Publisher: Jove
Publication Date: November 8th 2016
Pages: 432
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four-stars
Series Rating: 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
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: May 5th 2015
Genres: Fiction
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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Book Watch: Wild Fire by Christine Feehan

Posted November 15, 2009 by Holly in Promotions | 0 Comments

I’m not sure how I feel about this yet. I didn’t hate Feehan‘s last Leopard book, Burning Wild, but I didn’t particularly love it either.

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Conner Vega, physically and emotionally scarred by his past, has returned to the lush, exotic landscape of the Panama rainforest – his birthplace, and hopefully an escape from the guilt that consumes him. Free to roam at last, the leopard in him longs to take control, but knowing how dangerous that would be, Connor must resist. However, there are more serious issues to deal with. Connor’s been brought back for a specific purpose: to help save his people from an evil threatening their existence, and to avenge his mother’s brutal murder. And this time he means to take care of business.

I’m trying to remember who Connor is. Did we meet him Burning Wild? I’m not sure if I can take another “physically and emotionally scarred” hero from CF. I guess only time will tell…

The Series:

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Wild Fire will be available from Jove April 27, 2010. You can pre-order it here.


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Review: Burning Wild by Christine Feehan

Posted June 22, 2009 by Holly in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Burning Wild by Christine FeehanReviewer: Holly
Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
Series: Leopard People #2
Also in this series: Cat's Lair, Leopard's Fury
Publisher: Jove
Publication Date: April 28, 2009
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 443
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three-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Carpathian novels now returns to the exotic, sensual and dangerous world of her bestseller Wild Rain.


This time, what goes on between male and female is wilder than animal instinct-and twice as hot.

Born into a world of twisted monsters, Jake Bannaconni is shaped and molded into a cold, revenge driven man. Honed in the fires of hell, he controls his world and rules with an iron hand. He has everything and anything money can buy. He’s ruthless, merciless and considered a man to leave alone. His hidden legacy, that of a shapeshifter, makes him doubly dangerous in the corporate world.

Emma Reynolds is a woman who knows how to love and love well. When their two worlds collide, Jake’s plans for a complete take over, may just come tumbling down.

Burning Wild is the 3rd book in Christine Feehan’s leopard series. If you remember, I was really excited to read this book. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I gave up on the Dark series a long time ago, and I never really got into the Ghost Walker series. I still read the Drake series (Hidden Currents comes out soon!..and it was amazing!) and I hoped she’d pick this series back up one day. I really enjoyed the first two and couldn’t wait to get for this one. Casee already reviewed this book. Check it out here.

I read quite a few reviews that complained about the hero and how controlling he was, but I feel Feehan did a credible job of explaining his need for control by giving us so much background information on him. Had she spent less time showing us his childhood I don’t think I would have been as forgiving with him as I was.

He was definitely overbearing and chauvinistic. There were several times when I was really angry with him. Especially when it came to the way he treated Emma when they’re relationship first started changing and they first became lovers. I was able to move past it, though. Honestly I’m not sure why. I think maybe because I’ve come to expect nothing less from Feehan. It really helped that most of the book is told from Jake’s perspective. Without that look into his inner thoughts I don’t think I would have understood him quite as well.

I really liked Emma’s character, and I loved that they spent to much time together as friends before their relationship changed. Seeing them as friends first – with Jake spending his time talking late into the night with Emma and caring for her – really gave us another perspective about Jake. She was strong and seemed to be the perfect balance for Jake.

I did wonder at her lack of..awareness about his life, however. She seemed content enough to run his home and not really leave the ranch, but she seemed really clueless about many of the things in his life considering the amount of time they spent together talking each day.

Which I guess leads me into my major issue with this book: The inconsistencies. There were so many little things that should have been cleared up – or never happened at all – that I was driven absolutely insane. As I mentioned above, Jake and Emma spent a lot of time talking to each other each night, with Jake specifically mentioning how he liked to discuss business decisions with her. So when she had no idea what was going on with his business it seemed off.

Then there was the issue of Jake’s family. They were wrong and abusive. Jake’s whole goal since leaving them has been to put himself in a position to crush them; to take everything from them. Just before he meets Emma he’s accomplished that goal. And yet he never does it. He never ruins them. Which I suppose makes sense since there wouldn’t have been a story if he had, but it was ridiculous how they continued to plague them when Jake could have ended it at any time.

Also, Jake is a shifter. Although he runs on his property, not much is really shown or talked about in regards to that until closer to the end. Therefore I found it really unbelievable that Emma so easily accepted it. She was all just, “Oh yeah, I figured it out a long time ago. So anyway….”. That seemed to really come out of nowhere because there hadn’t been much focus on that side of the story up to that point.

There were many other things that took me out of the story, but the clincher came at the end of the book. I think I’m going to do a separate post about it, so I’m not going to spoil it here. But it was enough to send me right over the edge.

I really enjoyed parts of this book. When Emma and Jake were together they were really great. They really had a connection that really showed. I also really liked both of the characters on their own. I had issues with things that Jake did, but I was able to most past that and see inside him. I think their relationship progressed at a great pace and I really believed in their relationship.

Unfortunately the inconsistencies in the plot and storyline really took away from my enjoyment.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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This book is available from Jove. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

three-stars


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