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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 May 2, 2009

    Good read

    I've been disappointed in the last few books, especially the Dark series, but this book was good overall. The hero was hard to understand at times, but given his background, especially the build up by the author, I was able to rational his actions or lack of. The heroine, while not the strongest, was normal.
    Overall the book was an enjoyable read. The plot interesting, but I'm left wondering what next. The side characters were interesting.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

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    Okay so WOW

    I read the mixed reviews and was very hesitant to read this book, but I did and I am so glad. I fell in love with Jake. His confusion about what love is and how to show love, amazing. Emma's character was a surprise. Quite yet strong, and insightful. Their romance swept me away. Despite my hectic life, I devoured this book in a day and a half. I can't wait for the next one.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Feehan does it again

    I really liked Burning Wild. While it isn't my favorite Feehan novel, it was still a great book. Jake's character is believable when you consider the amount of abuse he had to withstand from people who were supposed to love and care for him. I'm not sure that any female would be as accepting of her situation as Emma is but still somewhat believable. I definitely recommend this book!

    Also, if you like Christine Feehan, check out the Dark Hunter series from Sherrilyn Kenyon

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Good

    Good read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    I have read many of feehan's books and have enjoyed the majorit

    I have read many of feehan's books and have enjoyed the majority of them. Once in a while, there are too many details, a few repetitions, but for the most part I enjoy them and eventually go out and buy another.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    I Love this book

    I love the book and how the characters create a connection over time and it is not instant and with no choice in the matter. I understand what some of the reviews were saying in line of the lead being considered abusive but i feel that is crap. When did leads have to be political correct. You could understand his way of tinking and actions within the plot he wasn't abusive he was himself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    C Feehan does it again!

    I really liked this book. I wasn't sure I would like it in the beginning. As you keep on reading, it pulls you in. The main character is a bit demanding, but his counterpart seems to handle it well. Besides, isn't it true of most of Feehan's males? I really enjoy Christine Feehan books and I liked this one as well.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    A Solid 4 Star!

    Burning Wild was a good book, filled with emotion, violence, and enough drama to keep any Christine Feehan reader happy. What I liked best about this book though, was the secondary cast of characters. The other Leopards that Jake brings to the ranch to heal--some of them we have "met" before in Wild Rain and Fever, so that was a welcome surprise. Emma the heroine was not. At first passive, it takes until the last 75 pages of the book before her spine shows and she stands up to Jake and ultimately for herself.

    It took a good while for the book to start, but those first 100 pages should not be missed. The details of Jake's parentage and early life is necessary, but not easy reading. It does help us understand him more, but perhaps it is a case of too much too soon. Once you start Burning Wild though, finish it. It will be worth it.

    Would I recommend Burning Wild to another reader? I would if they were Christine Feehan fans, but unless they read books of this nature by other authors, I would not. I'm afraid that they would not appriciate the fact that Ms. Feehan has written a book that we do not have to throw against a wall (ahem Dark Curse) just to celebrate the ending!

    I liked not loved the book. Doesn't mean I won't go back and reread it to see if I missed anything, but hey, who wouldn't want to read about a handsome man who shifts into a leopard and is virtually sexually insatiable? Mmm-hmm. Yep, I think I might keep this one after all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Very enjoyable!

    I love Christine Feehan and her books. This story was very exciting to read and will read more of this series. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Good

    Definately not as good as burning wild! Was a little let down but still a good read.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    Good but could be better

    This wasa book I was waiting for and though I thought it was drawn out in some places others were very good and typical Christine. Jake at times was barely likeable, Emma is likeable she has a mind of her own and was very good at fighting for the kids and later for the man she began to love. -- There were places when the story seemed rushed as if the author was trying to cram too much into a few days. And some things just didn't fit smoothly, such as his mother trying to take baby Ryan didn't work for me because with all the security at the ranch, one asks how she even got in the house. -- I liked reading about some of the past characters in her shifter books and was mostly looking for Drake. Hopefully the next book will be a little more upbeat.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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