Cat's Lair : Leopard

  • by Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by Karen White
  • Series: Leopard
  • 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Leopard's Prey returns to the feral underworld of her astonishing Leopard novels in an arousing new romance of forbidden animal instincts....
Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past - and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She's off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from the torrid dangers of her native New Orleans. She's safe. He'll never find her this time. Cat has to believe that. It's the only thing keeping her sane.
Yet she can't escape the attention of Ridley Cromer, the instructor at the martial arts dojo where Cat takes lessons. She arouses the animal in Ridley - and something feral comes to life when their body heat rises. Cat is in no position to let her guard down with anyone, especially someone who could be endangered by her past. But Ridley has secrets of his own - secrets only Cat would understand. If she dares to trust him.

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Repetitive, Dark Disturbing turn for Feehan

This latest in Feehan's Leopard series takes a dark turn into an area I'd rather pass on. What should be a romance, is more the submission of a young abused girl to a domineering control freak that was an uncomfortable and at times distasteful read from a distinguished and talented author.
Until the past few years, I've been an ardent fan of Feehan. Illness and other issues seem to have affected her writing in the past 3 or so years in 3 different series. Leopards Prey and Savage Nature, the two previous books in the present series were wonderful romantic thrillers with rich plots and great characters that I've reread a couple times.

Feehan's males tend to be over-the-top, but especially in the previous Savage Nature, the hero Drake was sensitive and well-balanced as well. In this latest offering we see a radical, and to me, disturbing twist to a manipulative almost borderline sadistic male lead and I'm not talking about the bad guy. I'll give two examples and will try to be as delicate as possible. When the new couple is living together he tells her that in the morning before she leaves their bed her mouth is to be on one of two places, kissing him, or on his...(I'll let your imagination fill in the blanks). He's not kidding, and this actually becomes an issue between them. His reasoning is not redeeming. Another example is the appalling comment toward the end that since she had given him her virginity, he could shape her learning to what he liked in a lover.

You know, a guy may think this, but it is reminiscent to me of what Warren Jeffs and guys who like to date little girls may be thinking. As an author, I'd have edited that portion out to at least make Ely more likeable.

These two examples illustrate a male lead who is hard to like, especially after he used her as bait when they met to draw out a mass murderer while (unknown to her) he was undercover and trying to get to know her.

There is a difference between the very popular so-called "alpha male" that is so popular in romantic fiction, and a domineering manipulative, control freak as Ely turns out to be. In Burning Wild, Feehan walked a very fine line with the character Jake Bannaconi, a story and character I very much enjoyed despite Jake's harsh and extreme nature. But Ely in Cat's Lair took it too far and left me with no sympathy towards Ely and hoping the couple would not get together--a first for me.

As other reviewers pointed out, this book had more sex in it than was tolerable. It is much more gratuitous "erotica" than it is romance and at least 2 hours could have been cut out. And its neverending, with several hours of back to back scenes that had me skipping entire sections. Imagine skipping a section and someone's mouth is still on another's body part, and skipping a section to the same thing? In all, I think I skipped about 2.5-3 hours of sex scenes and tolerated the last half hour only to feel disgust in the end.

I find little to redeem this book except a brief cameo by Jake and Emma from Burning Wild.

I think this signals the end of my loyalty to Feehan as an author and I cannot recommend this book unless you like extreme male characters of this nature.
If you like the shifter books, try the other two I mention above from Feehan which are well done and suspenseful, especially Savage Nature.
-t
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- tina "researcher, mad off-roader, desert girl"

very disappointed

I usually like Christine Feehan's books. This was horrible. I kept skipping sections. The sex is the main part of this book, the plot is an afterthought. I hope her next book redeems her, or I'm done. I kept skipping through the sex sections thinking that the book would get better, it didn't. I did not enjoy either of the main characters.
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- CCE

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio