Passion melts the will of an ice-cold criminal when he meets the one woman who can tame the beast inside him.
With her own bakery in San Antonio, Evangeline Tregre made a new life far from the brutal lair of shifters she was born into. Though she is all too aware of her leopard-shifter blood, she never felt the sensation of a wild animal stirring inside her. Not until Alonzo Massi walked into her bakery. The powerful shifter is as irresistible as he is terrifying, but his icy demeanor tells her to keep her distance.
Alonzo knows better than to let himself get involved with someone like Evangeline. She doesn’t deserve the type of danger that follows him, or the threat of his Amur leopard. But even with his lean muscle and iron will, Alonzo isn’t strong enough to stay away from the one woman who can make him feel at peace. And when their secret lives draw a mortal threat, Alonzo unleashes the feral passion he keeps pent up inside himself.
What I liked: I loved the hero, Alonzo, and the heroine, Evangeline. I was especially impressed with the time Ms Feehan took to develop the relationship between the two. It wasn’t wham, bam, thank you ma’am.
I vaguely remember Evangeline from a previous book but Ms Feehan takes care to provide her backstory. I didn’t feel like I needed to go back to re-read about her character. Evangeline just wants to live her own life and run her bakery. Enter Alonzo Massi.
When Evangeline first meets him …. there is the inevitable attraction but Alonzo isn’t willing to endanger her by showing his interest; at least, initially. The situation does get out of hand though when others not only realize his interest but take an interest themselves.
Alonzo tries to stay away but there is something about Evangeline that calms his leopard, an Amur leopard at that. He’s usually just a heartbeat from losing control but when he’s around Evangeline, the man and the leopard co-exist better. I’m not saying there isn’t any explicit sex scenes/thoughts, there are, but they feel a part of the story due to the sexuality of the leopards. There were a couple of pages I skipped, just because I had gotten the gist of the sexual attraction.
The story moves along at a good pace and we also get to visit with characters from previous books and we learn more about Evangeline’s back story. Wow. Just excellent overall planning by Ms Feehan on the plot lines. There does come a time when even though Evangeline is resistant to Alonzo and he tries to keep her safe, danger and violence enter their world.
What I didn’t like: Actually, I so enjoyed Leopard’s Fury, I can’t think of anything I didn’t enjoy. That’s the key word, I ENJOYED it immensely.
The e-book IS more expensive than the paperback so it’s reader’s choice on that. The e-book is $7.99 and the paperback is $5.98
Great character development, good plot line, and enough suspense to keep you turning page after page. If you’ve given up on the series, you might want to check back in. While there are characters from previous books, you could, if you wanted, read Leopard’s Fury as a standalone. I’m glad I had some background on some of the characters because it made me enjoy the book just a bit more by catching up with them.