Leopard Series #8
By: Christine Feehan
Narrator: Karen White
PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE/PRHA/Penguin Audio
Genre: Fiction – Romance – Paranormal
Release Date: March 15, 2016
15 Hours and 36 Minutes
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
In the new Leopard novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Cat’s Lair and Leopard’s Prey, passions explode like wildfire when a young woman’s feral instincts are ignited by a man who’s too dangerous not to desire…
A simple request for Siena Arnotto: deliver a gift to her grandfather’s friend. One look at Elijah Lospostos, hard-bodied and stripped to the waist, and Siena succumbs to a feline stirring she never felt before, and to Elijah’s reckless and pleasurable demands. But when that pulse-throbbing moment ends in the murder of an unexpected intruder, Elijah accuses the shaken and confused Siena of setting him up.
Then Siena discovers the truth of her Leopard heritage, of the secrets in her grandfather’s inner circle, and the sinister plot of revenge that has put her in jeopardy. When Siena’s grandfather is assassinated, she realizes the only man she can trust is Elijah. Now as her Leopard rises from within, Siena and Elijah share not only an animal instinct for survival—but a desire so raw and wild it may be the only thing that can save them.
Even though this is the eighth book in this series, I thought this entry was easy to understand and didn’t feel a ton of missing backstory. However, I was not terribly excited by this Christine Feehan story.
I know some of my friends absolutely love anything Christine writes, but I have had an uneven set of experiences with her work. I like some and almost like others. Her sex scenes are well done and tantalizing, but I get stuck in other parts of the story.
While I found the leopard world interesting I found it hard to believe that the main female character, Siena, had no idea of either the criminal aspect of her family, nor that they were all leopard shifters.
And, she is supposed to be pretty smart with degrees in demanding fields. Surely, she must have had some idea that her family wasn’t like other families, and that the men in her family and in her grandfather’s employ were less than modern in their attitudes towards, and treatment of women. None of the women or leaders in the book were women. Plus, some of what happened was when she was a child; aren’t children inquisitive?
There’s a lot of violence. It is not treated casually, but neither are the emotional repercussions on the characters who previously had been sheltered from it given much weight. I make a reference to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof because like that story greed, mendacity and power are a big part of the story. There’s a complicated socio-political structure as well as a curious morality.
There are some major overreactions of the male characters in response to the female characters. In one case having a big run in with some hot peppers is treated like a anaphylaxis or a heart attack. I wanted to smack the guy for being mad and treating the woman as if she were a criminal. It was an incredibly hyperbolic reaction.
The backstory I was missing from the previous installments in the series was in the nature of this variety of shifters; the leopard shifters series characteristics. At one point, the leopard being able to come back and have more time with his mate is mentioned which made me curious. Also, the family structure felt Italian but Borneo was also mentioned a lot. I suspect the connection is developed on pevious books in the series.
On the other hand, they have sex like rabbits, more than like cats. Oy, the poor girl would need a titanium vagina. Plus, like a leopard or other feline, she is into clean up in a rather icky way.
If you are into the series, this story is probably going to make more sense. If not, then you probably want to get into the series before you pick this one up. Personally, I was not left enthralled, nor was I enticed enough to go back and pick it up earlier in the series.