Wild Rain (Leopard Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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To escape an assassin, Rachel finds sanctuary in the rainforest, where the most exotic of all creatures walks: Rio. But when he unleashes his secret animal instincts, Rachel fears that her isolated haven could become an inescapable hell...

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Wild Rain (Leopard Series #2)

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Overview

To escape an assassin, Rachel finds sanctuary in the rainforest, where the most exotic of all creatures walks: Rio. But when he unleashes his secret animal instincts, Rachel fears that her isolated haven could become an inescapable hell...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Feehan has a knack for bringing vampiric Carpathians to vivid, virile life in her Dark Carpathian novels, and in this new book, which builds on her short story "The Awakening," she focuses on a different kind of sensual predator-a half-human/half-leopard species of shapeshifters. Mysterious freelance paramilitary operative Rio Santana is a member of this breed, but he's been banished from his clan and lives in a solitary rainforest dwelling. Enter Rachel Lospostos, who has marooned herself in the jungle to escape a group of murderers. Blood runs hot between the two, both emotionally and literally-their first meeting is a near-terminal cat fight that leaves Rachel bedridden with a mangled leg and a broken wrist. As Rio cares for her, it becomes clear that their relationship is fated, but it may soon be cut short if they don't figure out who wants Rachel dead. Suspense often takes a backseat to the protagonists' romantic feelings, but Feehan handles both elements skillfully, drawing villains who are sufficiently threatening and creating a romance that feels both destined and believable. Readers whose fantasies center on untamed wilderness and on untamed heroes who are as sensitive as they are strong will be seduced by this erotic adventure. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101146897
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/27/2004
  • Series: Leopard Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 23,955
  • File size: 848 KB

Meet the Author

I live in the beautiful mountains of Lake County, California. I have always loved hiking, camping, rafting and being outdoors. I’ve also been involved in the martial arts for years—I hold a third degree black belt, instruct in a Korean karate system, and have taught self-defense. I am happily married to a romantic man who often inspires me with his thoughtfulness. We have a yours, mine, and ours family, claiming eleven children as our own. I have always written books, forcing my ten sisters to read every word, and now my daughters read and help me edit my manuscripts. It is fun to take all the research I have done on wild animals, raptors, vampires, weather, and volcanoes and put it together with romance.
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Rachael came awake, instantly aware of impending danger. The smell of wet fur mixed with the scent of something feral, something dangerous. There had been no sound, but the feeling was so overwhelming she instinctively reached for the shotgun. Fingers circled her wrist in a vise-like grip, crushing bone against tendon. The shotgun was torn from her hand easily, her attacker strong beyond her wildest imagining. She jerked her captured wrist toward her as if to struggle against his hold. Simultaneously, she brought up her left hand, gripping with the short rattan-filled stick and slamming it with sickening force against her assailant's head. She rolled sideways away from him to drop to the floor, the bed between them.

To her horror, Rachael landed inches from glowing red eyes, hot breath in her face, gaping, hideous jaws filled with teeth coming straight at her. Not just any teeth, she was staring at what looked like a saber-toothed tiger. Thrusting the stick between the dripping fangs, she scrambled away, desperate to reach the fireplace and a weapon, any weapon to defend herself. A hand grabbed her, missed, slid off her legs. She nearly made it across the room, reaching out for the heavy metal poker just inches from her fingers. Another step, a lunge and she'd have a chance. Something caught her ankle in a savage trap, tearing at her flesh, dragging her down, slashing mercilessly with sharp teeth.

Rachael imagined it was like being hit by a shark. Hard. The force of a freight train. She could hear someone swearing, animals breathing loudly, a terrible chuffing noise. Something hissed. Panic overwhelmed her, nearly shutting down her brain. Red-hot pain shot through her entire body, the agony taking her breath away. Gathering itself for another attack, a second leopard leapt at her. Gritting her teeth, Rachael threw herself forward, a scream ripping her throat as the lance-like teeth pierced and shredded flesh to crunch on bone. Her fingers curled around the poker, swinging it at the animal with desperate strength. A hand caught her wrist, abruptly stopping the vicious cut in midair.

A man loomed over her, dark and powerful, his face that of an avenging devil, thrust close to hers. To her horror the face contorted, fur bursting through skin, teeth filling the strong jaw. A leopard's hot breath blew in her face, the teeth at her throat. Not a small, clouded leopard, but a huge black leopard. The leopard's gaze fixed on her with merciless intent. Rachael saw the piercing intelligence in the brilliant yellow-green eyes. The haunting stare, smoldering with fire, with deadly danger, was etched into her mind. She closed her eyes, willing herself to faint, yet she could not shut out the focused stare.

Copyright © 2004 by Christine Feehan.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2004

    Great paranormal romance

    Rachel Lospostos knows that the only way she may live will be to fake her death from an unknown hitman. Her opportunity occurs while sailing on a jungle river when rebels attack their party. Rachel jumps into the river to fake her death, but manages to get ashore. She finds a home in the middle of the jungle and takes sanctuary there............................ After being wounded in a mission, Rio returns to his jungle home only to find a woman inside. He and his snow leopards assume she is an assassin so one of his animal comrades attacks her. Once calm prevails, he finds she is badly injured, but both act like they have known each other forever. As he nurses her back to health, someone is coming to eliminate her, but that assassin is unaware that she is loved by a were-leopard who will kill for his woman........................................ This paranormal romantic suspense provides readers with a powerful tale that pumps up the adrenaline of the audience any time the lead couple talk or just stare at one another in loving disbelief. Though the reason for wanting Rachel eliminated is revealed kind of late in the plot, fans will appreciate the courageous protagonists. WILD RAIN is a fabulous jungle love story that showcases Christine Feehan¿s ability to make the mind-boggling seem very believable............................. Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Cave of two lovers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Shimmer

    Hey

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Outpaw

    Ran to sixrieth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    The best author ever

    I love Christine Feehan's books as usual I couldn't put it down until it was finished.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Amazing Series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    SO VERY HOT!! Kept me interested so much that I finished it in one night, I just couldn't out it down.

    Rachel is the kind of woman that fights for her freedom against a past that infuriates her and saddens her. She runs from an uncle that ruined her future and a brother that would do anything to protect her.

    Rio is a man that has a past that is both tragic and frightening. He accepts responsibility for what he's done and works hard to help his people.

    When Rio and Rachel meet he's ready to get rid of her and she's ready to defend herself. However, there is a pull between them that neither understand.

    Past lives, a bounty on Rachel's head, assassin's roaming the rain Forrest, and a sexual tension as hot a the sun makes this book hard to put down.

    The only thing that would complement this book would be to mention Brandt and Maggie, she would of been some help with Rachel's leg. And it would have been nice to hear how the two were doing.

    Can't wait to read the next book in this series.

    Thank you for the great stories you deliver Christine!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    If you like Shifter novels this is a great one to try out

    I am a fan of Christina Feehan’s Novels. From her Ghostwalkers to her Vampire Dark Series to her Drake Sisters Witches series I am a big fan. I found this novel in the Leopard series first and loved it. There was a constant flow of dramatic action as the characters go through the paranormal storyline. In my opinion it is the best book in this series, I didn’t really like the others.
    The female lead in Wild Rain is strong and not weak in personality. She fights to live and be free. Rio the main male character and an outcast will help her obtain that freedom as they both learn how to take a chance on love.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

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    Rachael and Rio's Story - Emotion and Adventure

    With a million dollar bounty on her head, Rachael threw herself in the rainforest river to fake her death. Somehow she managed to swim out of the flooding waters of the river, trek through the jungle and find Rio's treetop house. What follows next is a blooming love between Rio and Rachael while fighting her assassins,discovering a traitor among the Leopard People and finding a means to reconcile Rio to his tribesmen.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

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    Love can be found in the strangest of places and at the most unlikely of times, but it is at the right time and the right place for love.

    Love can be found in the strangest of places and at the most unlikely of times, but it is at the right time and the right place for love.
    “Wild Rain” is one of my absolute favorite books written by Christine Feehan. I loved Rio and felt that he was quite possibly one of the sweetest hero’s I have ever come across. He is so lonely and he deserved much more than what he got from his elders. I was so happy when he found Rachel they are so great together. It took a while for Rio to warm up to Rachel, but once he did the sparks flew.
    Rachael was a beautiful woman both inside and out. She didn’t have the best life and she tried her best to escape that, but as she finds out you can’t run from your past. Her character really grew a lot throughout the course of the story and I think a lot of that was because of Rio. She grew more confident and courageous learning to stand her ground no matter how scary that might be.
    There was plenty of action and mystery as well as readers learn more about not only Rio’s past, but Rachael’s as well. Rio’s skill in combat was proven many times throughout the book as they fought against the people out to get Rachael. The intense scenes were balanced out with plenty of romantic interludes between Rachael and Rio.
    This book was a wonderful read that I’m sure many paranormal romance readers will love, especially if they like shifters.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    very Highly Recommended... 2 thumbs up :)

    excellent book and normally I am not one for reading but people who can turn into some animal, but loved the book and in fact have purchased the whole leopard series, Christine Feehan is a wonderful writer that knows how to capture your attention with just the right blend of details, the right blend of adventure and romance that keeps you interested in what happens to other members that she weaves through out the books. I know I can't wait to see who's story she will turn her talented skills upon!

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Excellent!

    Sets the tone for the ones that follow. Must read if you read the later ones first you never grasp Rio as a fully developed character and some of the humor is lost.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

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    Not too bad

    I am glad that I read Burning Wild first. If I had read this one first I would not have been inclined to read the 3rd intstallment. While I confess that I do like to read romance novels I am not a soft romance kind of reader. I enjoy the urban fantasy/paranormal more. If you enjoy hard hitting flat out romance. This is the book for you. There were some parts that I glanced through as the were a bit long, but I enjoyed the characters and the basic storyline. Rio was an interestering character and his relationship with Rachel developed so quickly I was taken aback, but that was addressed. There were a few plot twists that did keep me interested. Not too bad.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    Yowza!!

    Ok Rio is hot! I read Burning Wild before reading Wild Rain, and let me tell you, it is just as sizzling! If you like one, you will like the other - though Jake and Rio are as different as night and day. The sex scenes are definetily steamy & erotic, so if you are into that, you will like this book.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Loved It!

    I have always enjoyed Christine Feehan's Drake Sister books. A friend said her Leopard Series was really good. And they were right. Looking forwared in reading more of her books.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

    Wow

    Wow did this book surprise me! It's about time I read a romance book about shape shifting cats that was good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Leopard Series Not Feehan's Best

    Worth reading but not as involving as Feehan's Drake Sister's series or her Dark series

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

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    Wildly Unbelievable

    Feehan is known for her ability to mix the paranormal with the sexy, but in this case, she has struck out. The relationship between the two main characters is implausible (admittedly, not such a new thing in the romance genre), and much of the plot drags. It seems that Feehan has attempted to write three stories in one: a romance, a paranormal intrigue, and a drug-ring mystery. Unfortunately, with the text being pulled in so many directions, it is impossible to do full justice to any of the storylines (even though they each have potential). Rio and Rachel's memories of past lives together are never explained; is this part of shapeshifting, or not? Rachel's revelation about her drug-running family takes forever to appear in the story, which doesn't make much sense; there's too much foreshadowing and too many allusions to a dark past and darker future, and she keeps the secret for far too long when measured against the trust she keeps saying she feels in Rio. For those who love sex, there's plenty of it, but it often feels forced, and the relationship between sexual activity and the shapeshifters' animalistic nature is mentioned constantly without ever being explained. Feehan's devoted fans will want to round out their collection with this, but non-diehards will be better served by perusing one of her other novels.

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    Christine Feehan has once again launched her readers into a world where anything can, and usually does, happen---with a nice, big dose of the sexy paranormal thrown in. <BR/><BR/>Feehan fans and newcomers alike won't be able to help being enthralled by the lush setting of this book, the hunky hero, the sleek jaguars of the jungle, and a heroine who is too damn spunky to let a little matter of being hunted get her down. <BR/><BR/>Definitely a winner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    WILD RAIN is Wildly Hot!

    Christine Feehan has once again launched her readers into a world where anything can, and usually does, happen---with a nice, big dose of the sexy paranormal thrown in. Feehan fans and newcomers alike won't be able to help being enthralled by the lush setting of this book, the hunky hero, the sleek jaguars of the jungle, and a heroine who is too damn spunky to let a little matter of being hunted get her down. Definitely a winner!

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