The number-one New York Times best-selling 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.
©2015 Christine Feehan (P)2015 Penguin Audio
Less about the sex. It seemed that 75+% was about sex. Though I do like some sex in books, I don't need/want it so much that the rest of the plot did not seem to matter much.
Better develop the actual plot of Cat escaping, and preparing for the time when Rafe found her. Cat should not be so much of a "wuss".
Again, the sex portions seemed to drag on. I actually got up and did other things during many of those parts.
i liked the initial concept, but she needs to go back for more planning, plotting and execution of a real story line.
Christine's earlier books were much better. They still contained sex, but they also had a more thorough plot. I am not sure I will be reading (or listening to) any more of her books.
researcher, mad off-roader, desert girl
This latest in Feehan's Leopard series takes a dark turn into an area I'd rather pass on. What should be a romance, is more the submission of a young abused girl to a domineering control freak that was an uncomfortable and at times distasteful read from a distinguished and talented author.
Until the past few years, I've been an ardent fan of Feehan. Illness and other issues seem to have affected her writing in the past 3 or so years in 3 different series. Leopards Prey and Savage Nature, the two previous books in the present series were wonderful romantic thrillers with rich plots and great characters that I've reread a couple times.
Feehan's males tend to be over-the-top, but especially in the previous Savage Nature, the hero Drake was sensitive and well-balanced as well. In this latest offering we see a radical, and to me, disturbing twist to a manipulative almost borderline sadistic male lead and I'm not talking about the bad guy. I'll give two examples and will try to be as delicate as possible. When the new couple is living together he tells her that in the morning before she leaves their bed her mouth is to be on one of two places, kissing him, or on his...(I'll let your imagination fill in the blanks). He's not kidding, and this actually becomes an issue between them. His reasoning is not redeeming. Another example is the appalling comment toward the end that since she had given him her virginity, he could shape her learning to what he liked in a lover.
You know, a guy may think this, but it is reminiscent to me of what Warren Jeffs and guys who like to date little girls may be thinking. As an author, I'd have edited that portion out to at least make Ely more likeable.
These two examples illustrate a male lead who is hard to like, especially after he used her as bait when they met to draw out a mass murderer while (unknown to her) he was undercover and trying to get to know her.
There is a difference between the very popular so-called "alpha male" that is so popular in romantic fiction, and a domineering manipulative, control freak as Ely turns out to be. In Burning Wild, Feehan walked a very fine line with the character Jake Bannaconi, a story and character I very much enjoyed despite Jake's harsh and extreme nature. But Ely in Cat's Lair took it too far and left me with no sympathy towards Ely and hoping the couple would not get together--a first for me.
As other reviewers pointed out, this book had more sex in it than was tolerable. It is much more gratuitous "erotica" than it is romance and at least 2 hours could have been cut out. And its neverending, with several hours of back to back scenes that had me skipping entire sections. Imagine skipping a section and someone's mouth is still on another's body part, and skipping a section to the same thing? In all, I think I skipped about 2.5-3 hours of sex scenes and tolerated the last half hour only to feel disgust in the end.
I find little to redeem this book except a brief cameo by Jake and Emma from Burning Wild.
I think this signals the end of my loyalty to Feehan as an author and I cannot recommend this book unless you like extreme male characters of this nature.
If you like the shifter books, try the other two I mention above from Feehan which are well done and suspenseful, especially Savage Nature.
I can't believe I'm actually going to say this but, there was too much sex not enough action. I'm not against sex in the books doesn't bother me one bit but this was a little overkill. I love Christine Feehan's books, I love this series, but this one was not one of my favorites. I will continue to read or listen to the books I hope the next one is better.
I usually like Christine Feehan's books. This was horrible. I kept skipping sections. The sex is the main part of this book, the plot is an afterthought. I hope her next book redeems her, or I'm done. I kept skipping through the sex sections thinking that the book would get better, it didn't. I did not enjoy either of the main characters.
Write a story with a few exotic scenes, not just one continuous sex scene. Very disappointed. If I hear "hard as a rock" one more time I was going to scream. More story and less sex.
I did not know where she was going, all you heard was sex sex and more sex. It needed a story line. This is the first book that I have ever read and I got angry trying to read it.
I don't know but she had to be frustrated with all the sex scenes. It just was not written correctly to make a story out of it.
I would have ditched the whole book and started over.
Christine is an excellent writer. I am so sorry to write that I did not like this book, but I have to be honest. This one was not very good.
I have read every book in the Leopard series. Cat's Lair was the worst. At least 70% of the novel was entirely sex scenes. When I "read" a book with too much sexual contact, I can skip forward a few pages to get back to the plot. In an audiobook, I can't tell when they will get back to the story. Therefore I had to keep listening for hours through sex scene after sex scene. It was very boring and the narrative was monotonous. I was very disappointed with the book. This book had the potential to be very action-packed and suspenseful, but it failed miserably.
I will probably try Ms. Feehan's next book in the series, but if she doesn't go back to the suspenseful narrative of former books, it will be the last time. When I want to read pornography, I will buy a book advertised as such at a much lower cost. I love shape-shifter books and will continue purchasing them by other authors. I buy romantic suspense books, not books where the most frequently used word is "F***".
The best scene in the book was when the heroine finally confronted the evil shifter and had to be saved by the hero and characters introduced in previous books in the series.
Emphasis on the shape-shifting of the main characters, the development of the relationships between all of the shape-shifters, the steps taken to defeat the evil villain, the heroine 's pregnancy. The development of the sexual relationship between the hero and heroine should be limited to no more than 20% of the book.
Christine Feehan is a great author who writes three different series. I have been purchasing two complete series over many years, and have only recently been disappointed in the latest few leopard books. I hope that she goes back to her previous style of writing. I believe the Editor of this series is pushing the author in the wrong direction.
This is the first of the Leopard Series to let me down. The plot was weak and the character development centered around "cats in heat". Does CF have a Ghost Writer? If so, is it a teenager???
The only bright spots were brief moments with Jake and Emma, yet not bright enough to warrant purchasing, let alone listening to this one. TAKE A PASS on this book. Karen White was fine with the narration.
I'm honestly sorry I purchased this. The focus of the book was on sex rather than plot, and highly emotionally and psychologically manipulative sex at that. Sex that at some points became abusive where I needed to fast forward or turn the recording off. It almost seemed like the main female lead was choosing between the lesser of two evils without even realizing that that was what she was doing. (This seems to be a disturbingly recurring theme with Feehan's last few books, notably Viper Game, another book I am very sorry I purchased)
Consent for sexual acts is REQUIRED ALWAYS. There were times in the story where this was not the case, and it made me quite angry. The whole book feels very imbalanced in terms of power and control between Cat and Eli where Cat has many things decided for her sometimes without her knowledge and most often without her input or agreement or really any prior discussion regardless of her feelings or view of the situation/outcome. At one point an impossible ground rule for the two main character's sex life was established and when Cat didn't follow through a significant argument with a very angry Eli occurred, there's also a lot of disturbing dialogue around Cat's being "molded" into Eli's "perfect" partner, sexual or otherwise that's just sort of creepy and concerning.
I honestly didn't think Karen White's performance was all that awful given the source material of the story.
Eli would have made a much more compelling secondary villain than he did a male lead, it might have been a better story had the focus been on empowering Cat rather than her falling into a secondary pattern of abuse and manipulation after escaping from Rafe's control
I like a lot of Feehan's work, but I don't think I will be purchasing any more without a lot of careful scoping and reading of reviews, she might end up being an author I pick up at the library on occasion from now on instead of a writer I have on my shelf. Read with caution fellow fans.
I never thought I'd get tired of steamy sex scenes but talk about overkill!! The story could have been finished in a third of the time it took without all the dragging it out. Overall this was one of the worst Feehan books I have ever read. Typically she is one of my favorite writers.
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