There was just too much abuse towards the main character for this to be an enjoyable read. I am a devoted fan with every Christine Feehan purchased since she first began. This story didn't have a "heart" to it.
This will be a short "opinion". First I did not like this book in any way, shape or form. What Elijah did to Siena was and is unforgivable. I had thought so much better of Elijah through the Leopard books as he seemed to be in a tough spot but he seemed to be a decent person, now I know he is scum. How Siena could have forgiven him is way beyond my scope of thinking. This whole series has been very dark and I am not sure what the author is trying to prove but the men in these books need some sensitivity training where the females in these books are concerned. The only book of this series that was half way decent was "Savage Nature" and even that book had some dark moments.
Another issue with this book was Drake Donovan. He was hired by Siena as her body guard but one thing I know as fact by reading the books in the Leopard series is that the leopard men are very protective of their mates, especially, when the mate is pregnant and Drake's mate, Saria, is pregnant and there is no way that Drake would have left Saria alone (and I don't care how many guards he would have left to look after her) while she was pregnant.
I hope the author seriously tones down all the dark she has going on with these books.
I have been a loyal fan of Christine Feehan for a long time. I'm not even sure where to begin this review. First, I don't know if my kindle didn't download correctly or what, because the story ended before the story ended. It just stopped. Without an ending. Secondly, the last couple of books I've read have been so abusive and rapey, and so demeaning to women, that I've actually felt nauseous at times. I'm not talking about the bad guys or secondary characters. I'm speaking of the main characters. Who doesn't love an alpha male character, but this doesn't even resemble what I'm used to in alpha male characters. This was clearly abuse to anyone with a thought process. Elijah was such a despicable character from start to finish. I kept waiting for him to show a redeeming quality. It never happened. He was so cruel and ridiculously possessive that it bordered on psychotic. He threatened bodily harm numerous times to Siena if she didn't obey his every command. The sex at times bordered on rape. She had no choice about anything. She was a prisoner and a possession. But that wasn't the worst part. She was willingly a doormat. No spine at all. When he was abusive, which was pretty much all the time, once she looked into his eyes and saw how hot he was she met his every irrational demand. Really? Is that romantic to some people? It sure isn't to me. So, not only did my distaste for the character of Elijah grow, it also did for Siena. Several times I wanted to just stop reading the book, never to finish it. But, I kept hoping it would get better. The storyline was okay but there was very little plot. The only reason I'm giving it three stars is because the book was written well and what little storyline there was it was interesting. I have to account for the fact that some enjoy psychotic and cruel male characters, spineless female characters, and love stories based on abusive behavior. The normal intense action in Christine's books was minimal. If that's what you enjoy, then this is an excellent read for you. I guess that's just not my taste. I have a couple more of her recent books on my kindle waiting to be read, but if they are like this, I'm not sure I'll be able to finish them.
Spoilers ahead....I'm not going to lie, the hero in this story made me feel nauseated by his behavior at the beginning. So after their first sexual encounter (she was a virgin), he basically throws her out of his house naked and says "you're the worst c***ksucker I've ever experienced...You're laughable. I had far better back in high school. Heck. Grammar school..How could a woman possibly get to be your age and not even learn to suck..." End Quotes. I'm leaving out most of it, but what he said was really brutal. And it completely destroyed Siena's self esteem and its something that is a issue throughout the book. In fact, after finishing this book, I still don't believe she was over it. His words were like a recording that kept playing in her head over and over again.
After reading his harsh words to her, I wondered if I should put this book down. I would have, but I love Christine's books and I wanted to see if this jerk could redeem himself. I don't believe he did. His excuse? He said that he didn't realize that she was a virgin and believed that she had been with other men in order to help her grandfather's mob business. I don't care if Siena had been with 500 men, you don't treat a woman let alone a human being like that. He kept telling her to "get over it." I mean wow. I'm really tired of reading stories where these "heroes" use their bad childhoods as a excuse to treat people like garbage. I want to root for characters who are decent human beings despite hardships in their lives.
So if you can get past his harsh words, the book itself is a okay read. I will say that this book was written better than Cat's lair(which was a disaster). But its still not up to Ms. Feehan's standards. I'm really growing suspicious as to whether Ms. Feehan is using a ghostwriter.
Siena is not a very strong heroine. She cries a lot throughout the series. I can't really blame her. She has been thru a lot. Attempted kidnappings, betrayed by her family, her grandfather is murdered, attempted rape, a leopard male who is obsessed with her brutally beats her and pretty much shreds her back and face with his claws. That is why I'm so frustrated that Elijah is the hero of this story. Siena deserved a more gentle hero with all the trauma that she went thru. This poor girl really needed to get some counseling. Elijah does try to make it up to her, but he is way to controlling. Which would have been okay with me if he had been dealing with a stronger female character. I did love seeing Jake, Emma, and Drake. I truly hope that Christine's next books in this series are a lot better.