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Burning Wild (Leopard Series #3)

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16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Fans will appreciate this deep shapeshifting tale as Christine Feehan is at the top of her game with Jake's saga

Leopard shapeshifter Jake Bannaconni's memories of his parents are that of unloving cold and abusive; only his great-grandfather showered him with genuine affection as the lad can smell a lie. He learned early on they would never love him as he knows why they had him, ...
Leopard shapeshifter Jake Bannaconni's memories of his parents are that of unloving cold and abusive; only his great-grandfather showered him with genuine affection as the lad can smell a lie. He learned early on they would never love him as he knows why they had him, but Cathy and Ryann underestimated how much power their offspring has compared to them.-----------

Jake's pregnant former girlfriend Shaina Trent is in a tragic car accident with another vehicle containing a new bride Emma Reynolds. Everyone dies except Emma; the fetus she carries, and the fetus Shaina carries. The paramedics at the scene deliver healthy Kyle, Jake's son. Perhaps it is the tragedy, but Jake and Emma share a connection so he persuades her to move into his place where she nurtures his offspring Kyle. However, she may not be safe as his odious parents have plans for their grandson.--------------------

The opening sequence in which readers see first hand how his parents treat Jake sets the tone of a strong urban fantasy romance as the abused neglected child becomes the adult. Emma is terrific as she displays patience with Jake and showers Kyle with love as if he is her child; in fact as Jake observes she treats both their kids as her own. Fans will appreciate this deep shapeshifting tale as Christine Feehan is at the top of her game with Jake's saga.--------------

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on April 13, 2009

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29 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

The Male Lead is Abusive - And That is NOT Romance

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was excited to read "Burning Wild". I was immediately confused that Feehan would choose to base the book in Texas with a brand new character when she had established an exciting world in "Wild Rain" with a great base o...
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was excited to read "Burning Wild". I was immediately confused that Feehan would choose to base the book in Texas with a brand new character when she had established an exciting world in "Wild Rain" with a great base of male characters to work from. But I kept reading in hopes things would improve.

As the book progressed what bothered me most was that Jake, the male lead, is an abusive male. He never physically hurts Emma (though he outright tells her he has considered it to test her loyalty) but he is mentally, emotionally and sexually abusive. There is nothing romantic about it. He sets out at the beginning of their meeting to find ways to tie her to him. He admits that he doesn't want to love her but wants her to feel tied to him. Throughout the book he continually references using his child and her child as tools to make her stay with him. He talks about wanting to get her pregnant with more children again as a method to force her to stay with him. He also uses sex as a tool to make her stay. It was particularly disturbing that during their first time having sex she repeatedly tells him "no" and he continues anyway. I don't care if he is so amazing in bed that he can make her body respond - if a woman says no then it means no. I'm not opposed to rough sex or domination between partners - but this went too far. Then when Emma is almost raped by another his first response is about how he feels betrayed. The few times she is let off his property it inevitably ends with him shaming her and making threats.

Jake treats Emma as a possession and fully admits that he sees her that way. His behavior is inexcusable. The abuse he suffered as a child was horrible, but that does not give him permission to be an abuser himself. I refuse to forgive his abusive behavior and rotten treatment of Emma because in the last three pages he finally lowers himself enough to say the word love. In real life if a friend or sister was in this kind of relationship we would not call it romance, we would call it abuse. We shouldn't call the book romance either.

posted by 1739277 on August 11, 2009

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  • Posted April 26, 2009

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    Not Christine Feehan

    This is the worst Christine Feehan book I have ever read. I'm very close to giving up. The main character has few redeeming qualities and spends all his time talking or thinking about how ruthless he is. I'm about 25% complete with the book and an starting to skip pages and pages as the constant self analysis is gettting boring. The leading lady is a wimp. She needs to take control of the situation and the other characters. Except she is too wishy-washy.

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2015

    to me the extreme child abuse in the first few chapters overshad

    to me the extreme child abuse in the first few chapters overshadows everything else that the book should be

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    Disappointed

    I have read almost all of feehan's books and loved them, i am no prude but this one was more sex than story, such a waste of literary talent, this book was a big disapppointment,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2009

    Will the real Christine Feehan please stand up!

    I have read every Christine Feehan book that I can find and until this one, I thought she was exceptional in her genre. What happened? This is an inexcusably bad book. The leads are both emotionally destitute. Jake is emotionally and physically abusive. Emma is a complete woos with very little to make her even noticable. What is with the domination/submissive 'love'? Whoever is responsible for this book should take a long, hard look in the mirror and then take a vacation from writing (a long one). The damage done to the Leopard Series could be irreparable. Rio and Rachel of Wild Rain deserved better. The I would not recommend this book - in fact I threw it away. Christine, bring back the types of characters that made you famous. You can do better than this.

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

    Was not Thrilled

    Her books are usually romantic and erotic. This book bordered on sexual abuse. The sexual violence was not cool or romantic and the writing was poor. There could have been more character and plot development and less sex.
    I have always loved her books even when they are be a bit corny, but her next one will have to be a big improvement over this one to make me want to read another. Maybe she should just stick with the Carpathians.

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