Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Stars: 3 / 5
Leopard's Fury is the ninth novel in the series Leopard Novels by Christine Feehan published in November of 2016. The plot revolves around the couple Alonzo Massi / Fyodor Amurov & Evangeline Tregre.
I have read all the other series by Christine but this was one series that I had started with the first book The Awakening but never could move forward. For some reason it did not capture me. However the cover of this book somehow caught my attention and I had to simply read it. And I am very close to change my opinion on this series as well.
Who was Alonzo? He was named to be working for the crime boss Antonio Arnotto who was murdered. And it was rumored that Alonzo perhaps would rise out of the ranks and become the new crime boss. Evangeline had left the criminal life of her lair and come all the way here only to be attracted to another criminal. What is she going to do with herself? Alonzo himself is unhappy at how his body was reacting to Evangeline. The past from the darkest places in Russia where he grew up, hadn't left him when he moved to the States. His leopard - an Amur leopard - was the most ferocious of all the shape-shifter leopards that made him a member of the bratya. And he had a hard time controlling his leopard anywhere else except in Evangeline's bakery. For some reason she soothed not only him but his leopard as well. Evangeline hadn't realized that she was a leopard whisperer - one who calmed and soothed the leopards in the shape-shifters - until she met Alonzo and Timur.
But that was not all that would cause trouble for Evangeline and Alonzo. The grand-daughter of Antonio - Sienna - was married to Elijah Lospostos, who was also another crime boss, and above all a shape-shifter leopard. Business dealings between Alonzo, Elijah, Patrizio Amodeo - another crime boss and Emilio Bassini - another crime boss could cause an unforeseen threat for Evangeline. But she hadn't foreseen was one of her cousins to be involved with this quartet - Joshua Tregre. Although he hadnt seen her will he recognize her? Added to that Patrizio's unwanted attention towards her caused Alonzo's leopard to rise. And the insistence of Emilio to use her bakery as neutral ground for their meeting - why did he want it? In the mix is Alozno's past involving his cruelest uncle Lazar Amurov and Evangeline's past involving her father and a mysterious bad leopard who had been hunting her since she was a baby.
How will Evangeline and Alonzo / Fyodor fare out in the end? Will she accept his dominance? Will he love her enough to accept her independence? Which of the crime bosses is retaliating against them? Will their past catch up to them eventually? The plot continues exploring answers for these questions and many more, giving the reader glimpses of past, present and many sub-plots - all tying neatly with the main plot.
Christine Feehan has written this book very well, I must say. I had my own reservations to read this series again after failing to like the first book - The Awakening - that I read a while ago. Perhaps that book had more erotic and very less of a plot to enjoy. This one however has a lot of meat to the plot with a mix of eroticism in it - keeping in synch with her plots from other series. One thing though she has a lot of repetitive text so I usually skim those. I wish she can reduce that. Also some of the erotic stuff is too dominating and too masochist that kept cringing me a bit. Apart from that the plot was pretty interesting, with a few holes left - obviously leaving door open for future books.
I can say now that I will be adding this series as well to my collection. Will you be doing so? ;)
a. The plot in this book begins sometime as soon as the sixth book Savage Nature (Drake Donovan and Saria Boudreaux story is told in this) is finished and continues beyond the eighth book Wild Cat (which tells the story of Elijah Lospostos and Siena Arnotto) although by timeframe it doesn’t span more than a year. That is why we see a lot of characters that had popped up in both these books in this plot as well. And the training Elijah had started to put Alonzo Massi as the head of Antonio Arnotto's territory completes and Alonzo is not just Siena's soldier but Arnotto Territory's head too, thus continuing this plot from where it left off in Wild Cat.
2. Sub Plots:
3. Christine also introduces a few non-leopard people as the plots proceed, but a few stand-out making me wonder if she would make them shifters in future plots
4. Christine introduces us to her future heroes of this series who are yet to be mated as of this book. We keep getting glimpses of their lives and past as each and every story progresses, making the reader wonder whom of these will Christine elevate in her future books.
5. Grammatical / Character / Location / Geographical / Historical / Mythological Errors:
6. As I read this Leopard People books and as I see more and more of the plots getting closer to or around New Orleans Bayous, it reminded me of another of Christine Feehan's series that is set in New Orleans. One of the team from her Ghostwalker Series (My review of the books in this series are here) - Elite Air Force Pararescue Team - are also set in New Orleans Bayous. Will Christine have a cross-over plot between both the series? I hope she does. Would be interesting to see how man-made super soldiers fare with the naturally born super humans. (Christine, are you reading this? :)