It's always so sad when the narrator makes a good book so painful to listen to. I'm with the other two reviewers here, Raudman makes Rio sound so hate..Show More »ful and angry that it makes listening to this book very difficult. She does Rachel well but that's about it, the tribesman sound like children and the basic narration is harsh in tone. Such a disappointment for a book I was so looking forward to. As we all know, it's amazing the difference the narrator makes to a book, take Feehan's Ghostwalker series, Tom Stechschutle takes those books from good to fabulous! I so wish he had narrated this one!
Another good read by Ms. Feehan. It was terribly disturbing to see how sick, twisted, cruel and obsessed a persons family can be. But to be raised in ..Show More »that type of environment and come out sane is truly a miracle. Thankfully Jake, one of the main characters had one family member who over time proved he was unlike the others and pointed Jake in the right direction. The saying is true you can't pick your family but you can pick your friends; the truth of this is shown clearly in this story. The love that unfolds and develops here is not what you will be expecting this is more of a take over.
This book was totally worth the wait! First off, it was great to revisit Drakes' character. Drake and Saria was a wonderful couple and it was nice w..Show More »atching the relationship develop. The story was interesting with many twists. Christine Feehan does it again! Now, I have to wait for Dark Prey. :)
Christine has done it again. As the story unfolds and bits and pieces of Remi's background were revealed in "Savage Nature" the previous book in the s..Show More »eries; you come to understand that Remi met his mate when she was but a child and his protective nature as always come out around her. Blu, as Remi calls her is a child who never really knew love or experienced it. Her father was a Rock Star and his life style was not one conducive to that of raising a yound child. Especially a female child without a mother. You will enjoy the story and the unveiling of their romance as the story unfolds.
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 ..Show More »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. -t