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Burning Wild (Leopard Series #3)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 19 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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25 out of 37 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Description of book is for a different book!

    FYI - The synopsis provided by Barnes and Noble is for another story not this one. The Awakening is a short story that was previously published in a multi-author themed anthology. The Awakening is the first story in Christine Feehan's Leopard series about shape shifting leopard people. Be advised that this short story includes violence in parts. The main male character is very alpha, which is typical for C.F.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    Not my favorite, but still worth the time.

    Well, to be honest it wasn't my favorite of her books. Then again I am rather hooked on the style she has in her Carpathian novels. The main character was a little to controlling and from the cover he wasn't that good looking. It was hot and steamy in some spots and rather cold in others. I love Christine Feehan and will continue to read all of her books.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    3 stars

    I am very confused about the reviews for this book. Like all books I read reviews first however,the reviews for this book are about aa couple named Jake and Emma. The book I am reading are about Brandt and Maggie. I think both books are from the same series and fortuntuly I do like Ms. Feehan's writing so I will stixk with her. But really people we need to get reviews right.
    And to top ot all off I just realized the story description is for a book Ms. Feehan never wrote! The ball was dropped all the way around here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Was wanting more, but still a great book!

    Although I wasn't expecting a short story, I thought the book a great read. I have enjoyed all of Christine Feehan's series, and this one kind of jolted me.

    This story is really fast paced, and Maggie knows what she wants when she finally realizes that it is Brandt. Brandt has a past and knows he doesn't deserve Maggie, but when Maggie shows him that she has chosen him he will never let her go.

    Of course Maggie gets spooked and runs before she realizes that she could never live without Brandt by her side. When she finally stops running scared, from herself, she goes back to help Brandt. However, that's when things turn dire and Brandt is forced to kill one of his own.

    Maggie shows him that she understands the pain that causes him, and lets him see that she stands by him no matter what.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    Maggie and Brandt, not Jake

    This isnt about Jake. This ebook is about Maggie and Brandt. It was okay. If I had read this first, I might not have read the others in the leopard series. This isnt a bad story, just doesnt make me overly interested in more. The other books in leopard series are, for me, between 3 and 4 stars. There is a bundle of 1 thru 3, save a few pennies. Cost of ebooks shouldnt be same as hardback or a paperback. Just my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Ehhhhh

    It was alright for a short story.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    Very Slow Read

    This book took me a long time to get into and even that was hard to do. I just wanted to hurry up and finish it so that I could know what happen in the end. The main chacter was too demanding and had too many emotional problems. The leading lady was weak and had no other role besides sex slave and being a mother to the children. She could have did a lot with this book like making the male character likeable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Leopard Series

    This book had way too much sex in it. Most of the other books focused on the romance part much more. this was almost porn in tone.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    very different then her first Leopard book

    I love Christine's books no matter what. I take the good with the not so good. For Burning Wild the book was in three stages for me. First stage was too drawn out and slow, second stage didn't jive, how can a girl who marries her high school boyfriend, lives a very quiet life, all of a sudden have a mother who.....(I won't give away anything). I wish Christine would have put in some subtle hints to make me want to keep reading. (I almost jumped to the end of the book). The third stage was the Christine I love. Explosive, scary, loving, everything. I do feel some of her sex scenes are on the sadistic side. A little too cruel. I guess it's Christine's way of differentiating the Leopard men and the Carpathian men.

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