Christine Feehan continues to write a compelling series that makes you feel deeply and fall more in love with her leopards. ~ Angeline, Guilty Pleasures
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.
Review copy provided for an honest review
I am very excited that Cat’s Lair (Leopard series, Book 7) by Christine Feehan released this week! I have adored this series since the beginning. Ms. Feehan has created a fascinating shifter world.
As a child, Catarina was sold to the head of a murderous crime syndicate, Rafe, by her stepmother. She endured years under his watchful eye, not knowing what he had planned for her. One day she escapes and creates her new life on her terms.
Cat meets Ridley at the dojo where she trains in self-defense classes. She notices him and the way he watches her. They form a friendship she normally resists. She lets him in and finds herself betrayed, but for all the right reasons.
Miss Feehan does an amazing job showing us the depths of these amazing characters. Both are very intelligent and passionate. Catarina is one of the sweetest and most caring heroines ever. I loved her intelligence and strength. Her kindness touches your heart. Ridley is the ultimate alpha male. He’s possessive and growly and hot as sin. He wants to keep Cat safe and make her happy. She revels in and grows under his protection.
Together they are explosive! Their cats are mates and he helps a terrified Catarina through the Han Vol Dan (when the female cat emerges). It’s beautiful, rough, and raw. There is so much more I could say, but we would be in spoiler territory.
There is a lot of sexy time in this book. A lot. I’m not complaining, but there were a few scenes that could have been left out. The majority of the sex scenes were vital to the progression of the main characters relationship. They are all so well written (hot and sexy!), definitely not a hardship to read more intimate moments.
Christine Feehan continues to write a compelling series that makes you feel deeply and fall more in love with her leopards. I love how she is able to keep this series fresh and new. We visit old characters, we meet new ones. I fall more and more in love with this series with each book.
Shifter paranormal at it’s finest!
It is a fun shifter story and one I am happy I read, just not necessarily one I would go back to. ~ Alyn, Guilty Pleasures
Catarina Benoit is a girl on the run. She has been hiding from Rafe Cordeau, her captor since she was a child and a deadly captor to say the least. Careful not to get too close to anyone so they don’t wind up dead, Catarina finds a safe place living in a warehouse owned by her martial arts instructor while she works for cash at a local coffee house at night. Everything is working out for her. She stays under the radar, is making money, and keeps to her routine. At least she did until he walked into her life. Ridley Cromer, or as Cat liked to call him, Zen Master. The man was a God. Tall, strong, long hair, and scars that scream for people to be afraid of him. In the dojo, he was flawless, and she was in awe watching him. What she didn’t realize is that he was watching her too.
Ridley knew something was up with Catarina Benoit. For days he watched her walk home alone, to a warehouse. No woman should be walking home alone through that part of town, especially at night. She followed the same routine every day: work out at the dojo, work at the coffee shop, then to the warehouse. There was something about her. Something that was calling to him.
Catarina is used to staying under the radar. So of course she is shocked when Ridley forces his way into her life, watching over her at work, installing a security system in the warehouse, and finding his way into her heart, a place she has never let any man go. She couldn’t. Rafe would know, he would sense the intrusion, he would find her, and then kill the man who dared to approach her. He always found her and the predator in him could track her to just about anywhere. And when she finds herself at the police station being questioned about none other than Rafe Cordeau, she knows it is only a matter of time before someone on his payroll apprises him of her location. The question is, how did the police know where to find her? Who betrayed her? Why? She knew she had been marked by Cordeau years earlier but it wasn’t until she could feel the calling from within, that she began to wonder what all of this was really about.
This book was a rough one for me. I was intrigued by the story and feel it has great potential but to me it seemed lacking. Without spoiling the story, I can simply say that Catarina is a shifter that has not yet shifted, and she was marked by a possessive shifter who will stop at nothing to get her back. When another alpha male comes into Catarina’s life and decides he wants her for himself. Things get complicated and he becomes the protective alpha that so many of us love to read about. My difficulty with this book comes from the characters themselves. There is very little detail divulged about their origins other than the fact that Catarina had a mother who was not her birth mother and who was willing to sell her. Cordeau is a mob boss that was brought up in the family business and has little control over his inner beast, and Ridley is often under cover but never discusses his origins as a shifter other than the fact that he has searched for a mate for years with no success.
The attraction between Catarina and her alpha is steamy but it seems very forced. Yes alphas can be very demanding but he seems to spend more time ordering Cat around rather than being overbearing. It was a turn off to hear him tell his woman that she is obligated to wake him up every morning either kissing him or giving him a blow job. Although she enjoys taking care of him, I would cringe when he would even order her to make him a cup of coffee. Don’t get me wrong, I love my demanding males, but this one just seemed exceptionally cold to the point that it was disturbing. The only time the affection seemed to be present was during a sexual encounter, and then the chemistry would appear. Much of the story involves the two getting intimate as they bond over preparing for the worst when Cordeau finally makes his appearance to claim Cat. While the culmination had some intriguing moments, it was over rather quickly and I felt somewhat cheated because many of my questions were still left unanswered. It appeared as though the problem was simply made to disappear.
Regardless, the story was easy to follow, and had some sweet interactions between Cat and her man (I promise there is a reason I don’t use his name). It is a fun shifter story and one I am happy I read, just not necessarily one I would go back to.