Leopard Series #7
By Christine Feehan
Author’s Website: http://www.christinefeehan.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar
Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past—and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She’s off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from the torrid dangers of her native New Orleans. She’s safe. He’ll never find her this time. Cat has to believe that. It’s the only thing keeping her sane.
Yet she can’t escape the attention of Ridley Cromer, the instructor at the martial arts dojo where Cat takes lessons. She arouses the animal in Ridley—and something feral comes to life when their body heat rises. Cat is in no position to let her guard down with anyone, especially someone who could be endangered by her past. But Ridley has secrets of his own—secrets only Cat would understand. If she dares to trust him.
Cat’s Lair is nothing more than a story about trust. Trust in yourself, trust in others, and most of all trust in love. But what can a person do when she has built barriers, kept her head down, and tried to go unnoticed; all of these to be undone by a man that has made his mission to save her from a monster that is hunting her and the world that is trying to use her for their own gain. Everything, while trying to redeem his lies.
Author Christine Feehan brings us a new story of her Leopard series. This time with leopard Ridley Cromer and the young fugitive Cat Benoit. Cat is a barista in a cafe, which has turned quite popular lately, and at the same time training in self-defense in a local dojo. To which Ridley is the new instructor in her dojo and the most Zen person she has known. But after the first few chapters you will notice that both of them are hiding something. Cat is running, again, from a man that has been the monster in her life since she was eleven and Ridley seems to be more than what he claims to be, he knows so much of everything and asks questions he shouldn’t, but worst of all Cat has a friend for the first time; a friend that can die if He finds her.
After an event that leads them to Ridley’s ranch in Texas, their carnal passion goes up in flames. As seen in other of the Feehan’s books and series, the passion of her main characters is always high. It seems to me that in Cat’s Lair, Ridley and Cat burn, a lot, for the need for one another. Cat, who has never loved or felt this passion for another man and doesn’t know what to do, and Ridley feels a strong connection, almost a claim for Cat and can’t get enough of her. So know that the book contains scenes of their passion, lust, and burning heat as the Han Vol Don (mating heat) happens.
I know that dominance is a strong characteristic of the male leads of author Christine Feehan, but I felt that Ridley was a little more dominant than the other leopard shifters of the series and he also looks more in tune with his leopard. But I liked how Cat didn’t easily trust Ridley after she found out about his lies.
I liked the cover of the book, and I think that it portrays Ridley’s tattoos and power quite well. The story doesn’t specify his tattoos but the cover gives you an idea of how they look.
For the fans of this series, you can see Jake and Emma Bannaconni from the previous book Burning Wild. We also see Joshua Treje and Elijah Lospostos from another previous book. You will see how much Ridley has more in common with these and other characters of the Leopard series, as his name *spoiler* is not Ridley.
I really liked Cat’s Lair and the idea of leopard shifters. I have read Christine’s Dark series and as you know there are Jaguar shifter there, too, but I don’t think that they exist in the same world. As Christine Feehan doesn’t do crossovers between her stories.
If you are a fan of any of Christine Feehan’s books, I recommend you to read Cat’s Lair from her Leopard series. Here you will meet two people torn apart by lies, but brought back together by their passion and the need to keep one another safe from all. And a story where forgiveness is hard to earn.