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Stars: 3 / 5
Recommendation: Shape-shifting Leopards, Mobsters and Love - A weird combination right? Well, it's worth reading on those lazy days or to bring you out of any kind of dull mood.
Leopard's People is the sixth book in the Leopard People Series by Christine Feehan published in May of 2013. The plot revolves around Remy Boudreaux - oldest brother of Saria Boudreaux, a homicide detective - and Bijou Breaux - only daughter of a rich rock and roll start who has come back to the Louisiana Bayous for solace and a new way of living.
The entire Leopard People Series focuses on humans who have ability of shape-shifting to leopards. Each plot covers one couple that are destined to be mated in this lifetime just like so many lifetimes in the past. And surrounding this couple the plot expands on this species of leopard shape-shifters, their advantages as being so, their perils and how their lives move along in this 21st century. All of the plots are either set in Borneo Rain Forest - coast of South East Asia - and Louisiana in USA or eventually lead there. These leopards come from very hard and cruel lairs, but they come out on their own, find their mate, infiltrate the mobs and acquire the territories taking over them.
Remy Boudreaux, a shape-shifting leopard and a homicide detective has the biggest case at his hand - tracking down a serial killer who has come back to hunt in the Louisiana Bayous after a break of four years. His paths cross with Bijou Breaux, a famous rock and roll star who has come back to the Bayous to settle and pursue her life in Jazz instead. Remy finds Bijou as irresistible now as he had found her when she was a little child, only difference being he knows now that she is his mate and they have been mated for life time and again. Now with a serial killer lose and threats to Bijou itself how will Remy balance his life between pursuing the criminals and pursuing his mate? As for Bijou, will she accept her legacy from her father or go with the legacy from her mother and create a new one for herself?
This book sort of forms a sequel to the previous book Savage Nature (My review of the book here) continuing with some of the story points from there to here - more of an extension from that plot to this one. Naturally we get to see so many of the characters reappear. We get to see Saria Boudreaux and Drake Donovan's relationship as a husband and wife and also as Drake as the leader of the lair in New Orleans more. Drake never lets you down and as always comes out as a savage and brutal but fair leader. And surprisingly enough Remy is also of the same nature. So it made me curious to see how Christine would tackle the two alpha males in the same lair, and boy she does tackle them well. However we only see brief glimpses of Elijah Lospostos and Joshua Tregre. My thirst for knowing Elijah's story increases as I move from book to book.
Christine spins not one but three different plots of crimes in this for Remy to work on - serial killer, home invasions and stalker. It's a marvel to read how she culminates all of the three sub-plots in the end. For a while there, I felt like I was being pulled in three different ways but then as the plot proceeded all the pulls proved to be necessary. There is however one chapter that she elaborates on how Bijou's friend pulverizes rocks along the banks of the New Orleans swamps. I didn’t understand why she would have had to go so in-depth until the end. But the end in itself paled for me. For all the highs Christine takes us with the serial killer she tossed me to the reader in a rather very simple way. I couldn’t find a closure for the killer, as in what was his reason for killing. Perhaps if it was more connected with the other sub-plots may be it would have been powerful, at least for me I felt so.
I was hoping that Christine would somehow have Remy and Drake cross paths in past, but that open-ended statement that she leaves in Drake's story, she doesn’t explore in Remy's story. Although she briefly mentions Remy's travels to other lairs. Although this plot shifts a little from the cause that the leopard people fight day in day out, it still shows another avenue that these creatures pursue for the betterment of the humans and leopard people alike - a path that takes through the right side of the law. Will there be a clash with this side of the leopard people with the side of those that are taking over mobs is something we have to wait and see for in Christine's future plots.
Christine Feehan spins another erotic tale filled with perils to the Leopard People in this sixth book, although she sticks to mostly solving human crimes. A good book to pick up if you want to continue the series.
1) Plot Reveals:
a. Emma, Jake Bannaconni's mate is pregnant and so is Saria, Drake's mate.
2) Sub Plots:
a. One of Saria’s brothers, Mahieu, and Charisse Mercier – another female leopard – are dating per the plot in Savage Nature. Will Christine elaborate on this in one of her next books, will she have a main plot or sub-plot for Mahieu?
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
a. Susan Hindman, Senator Hindman’s daughter, is introduced in Burning Wild plot. Christine made her character as brilliant, sharp and fast-learner at a very young age. Will Christine make her a shape-shifter in a future plot is something one has to wait and see but all signs point towards that for me.
4) Christine introduces us to her future heroes of this series who are yet to be mated as of this book:
a. Joshua Tregre – I have read his story in the 10th book Leopard’s Blood. My review of the book here.
b. Jerico Masters and Evan Mitchelson - security / ranch hands all rolled into one at Jake Bannaconni’s property
c. Shilo – a female Leopard being protected by the leopard people in Borneo Forest.
d. Elijah Lospostos – Rachael’s brother whom we met in Wild Rain (My review of the book here)
e. Felipe and Leonardo Gomez Santos – brothers from Brazilian rain forests introduced in Wild Fire
f. Jeremiah Wheating – a cub shifter who accidentally joins this group in the Wild Fire plot. Will there be more to him in a future plot is something we have to wait and see from Christine.
g. Mateo – Connor’s young step-brother
h. Dr. Abel Winters and his wife Mary Winters – Leopard Doctors who help the leopard shifters when in need.
i. Remaining Boudreaux brothers – Mahieu, Dash, Gage and Lojos
j. Evangeline Tregre – Joshua’s cousin from his father’s side. We read her story in the 9th book Leopard’s Fury (My review of the book here).
5) As I read this Leopard People books and as I see more and more of the plots are 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 - 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 fair with the naturally born super humans. (Christine, are you reading this? :)