Cat’s Lair

Oh wow this is hot, hot, hot. The Leopard People series is my favourite of Christine’s and I loved this book.

Cat is frightened and mistrustful of everyone (with good reason), while Ridley Cromer manages to get under her skin in every way possible. She is just starting to trust him when her world comes crashing down and her past catches up with her.

 Cat Benoit has finally escaped her past. 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.

Oh wow this is hot, hot, hot. The Leopard People series is my favourite of Christine’s and I loved this book.

Cat is frightened and mistrustful of everyone (with good reason), while Ridley Cromer manages to get under her skin in every way possible. She is just starting to trust him when her world comes crashing down and her past catches up with her.

The main characters in this book are strong and well written. Often I find the author’s alpha males just a bit too misogynistic for my taste but oh I loved Ridley. Yes there is the pattern of a very alpha shapeshifter but I did not think it was over the top. Cat is scared of what is within her and Ridley has to make her see that her leopard is as much a part of her as breathing. As a result there is a large part of the book just with the two of them which means lots of discussion and hot and heavy sex, with little moving forward with the plot; but hell I didn’t care  – who needs Fifty Shades is all I can say! I don’t think it detracted from the story at all and fit with Ridley trying to prepare Cat for the confrontation we know is coming.

The bad guy in all this is a nasty piece of work although very much on the periphery for most of the book.  However, when the showdown comes it is brutal for all concerned and my heart was in my mouth at times.

This book can be read as a standalone, but we do get to see characters from other books and reading the earlier ones in the series will give you more insight into the world of the Leopard people. However, having said that you could happily read this one and then you will like it so much you will want to go back to the beginning. Nothing in this book would spoil earlier books.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Book Information
  • Author: Christine Feehan
  • Series: Leopard People (7)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: Piatkus
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Fever

Hidden in the jungles of Borneo live a race of creatures; neither human nor leopard but something in between.  Able to shift to either form, they live in empathy with the rainforest and its numerous inhabitants, serving as protectors and guardians against poachers and bandits.

Fever is two stories brought together in one volume.  I’ve not read much by Christine Feehan so far and this is the first of the Leopard People books.

The Awakening is a nine chapter story establishing the setting for the series and it was entertaining enough, although the male lead did bug me a little by being too overbearing.  It was a decent introduction to the setting and I liked the concept but it suffered for being so short.  I think if there had been more time to get to know the character of Brandt, he would have come across much better and not felt so suffocating.

Wild Rain is the longer Novella and was a much better read.  There was time to build empathy with the characters of Rachael and Rio, explore their background, even if most of it was shrouded in secrecy until they were able to open up to each other.  Of course that doesn’t happen until after quite a lot of sex and bonding.  I did come to like them, enough that I cared about what happened to them.

The plot was a little contrived but it was interesting and again I liked the concept Feehan has created with this series and the Leopard People.  The pace was smooth, I didn’t feel it was dragging at all and even though most of the novella takes place in one location due to an injury, it didn’t get boring.

As a book, it didn’t light me on fire.  I felt that the characters were quite formulaic and it didn’t quite engage me to the levels that other authors in this genre have but it was an enjoyable enough read that I am interested in reading the next book in the series.

No great shakes but enjoyable nonetheless.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Christine Feehan
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