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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Book Review: Leopard's Wrath (A Leopard Novel) Mass Market Paperback by Christine Feehan

by Christine Feehan
November 5, 2019
432 pages
Publisher: Berkley
He’s a man who’s used to getting what he wants, but she’s not the type of woman to take things lying down.…

Born into a world of crime, Mitya Amurov has had a hard life, and his leopard has developed into a feral beast to protect him. It’s constantly trying to claw its way to the surface, until a chance encounter with a stranger instantly calms the predator inside him. While Mitya wants Ania desperately, it’s only a matter of time before his past catches up with him, and he’d rather die than put her in danger. But Ania is dealing with dangers of her own.… 

Considering her family’s history, Ania Dover should know better than to get mixed up with a criminal like Mitya, but she just can’t stay away. Something wild in her responds to his presence. A need so strong it scares her. But she’s not sure she can accept what he’s offering. Ania has always been an independent woman, and Mitya expects to be obeyed in all things.  

Even with her body calling out for his, Ania won’t let anything stop her from settling a deadly score years in the making—not even the man who wants to claim her as his mate.

“The queen of paranormal romance.…I love everything [Feehan] does.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward

Mitya is a cold, calculating killer and so is his leopard. He was raised in a crime family by a sadistic father who from the time he was a toddler, beat him and his leopard and made him watch their enemies be killed. Because of how he was raised and because his father wants to kill him for leaving, Mitya is always on high alert, ready to kill anyone who comes after him. His leopard is always trying to come out and kill and it takes every ounce of strength he has to keep the animal half of him in check. 

Ania came from a nice, loving family who ran packages for crime families. One of those crime families killed most of her family and almost killed her father and then came after her. She's still trying to figure out who is after her and why and when she does, she plans on getting her revenge. Her father is very ill and he's a leopard shifter but his leopard tries to get out to kill and it's only a matter of time before he does something really bad.

When Mitya stops on the side of the road to help Ania change her tire, he knows that she's his mate because her presence calms his leopard down. He tries to stay away but he can't even though he knows his life is a dangerous one. Their attraction is unmistakable, but Ania doesn't like that he's so bossy and demands that she do what he wants all the time even if it is to keep her safe most of the time.

They start off getting to know one another, all the while danger is closing in from all sides. Ania shows Mitya that she can take care of herself at times and that scares the bejesus out of him because he's so used to being in control of everyone and everything. I really liked Ania because she was strong at times but she did make a few mistakes and acted like an idiot a few other times but that made her relatable. There's a question of who is after her and why her family was killed and I had no idea who or why until the answer was revealed.

Their romance was a struggle for both of them because they both had to let their guards down and trust each other which something neither of them was used to. Add to that the emotions coming from their leopard halves and you have a combustible combination.

This entire series is a winner but this was definitely one of my favorite books from it so far.

Review: Leopard's Run (A Leopard Novel)

I give this book 5 out of 5 sheep.

Mary Kirkland
Dark Thoughts Blog

About the Author:
I write every day and have done so since I was old enough to pick up a pen. (I spent a lot of time getting in trouble at school for writing instead of doing the things I was supposed to do.) Once I create my characters, I try very hard to have them react to situations as they really would. Sometimes I have preconceived ideas of what I would like them to do, but they don't mind me, because it would be out of character for them. They take on a life of their own. Sometimes when I throw difficult situations at them in the hopes I'll get a certain reaction and they don't do what I want, I complain bitterly to my husband and he laughs at me. Still, it is important to me to have them be real, not perfect people, so they make mistakes we lesser mortals might make.

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