Leopard People, Book #10
by Christine Feehan
Author’s website: http://www.christinefeehan.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar
#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan cuts straight to the heart of a man who stalks the shadows in an intoxicating Leopard novel.
Though born into a leopard’s lair in the bayou, Joshua Tregre’s fighting skills were homed in the rainforests of Borneo. Sleek and deadly, he’s the perfect man to take over a crime syndicate back home in Louisiana’s lush swamplands. His razor-sharp instincts give him an edge in the violent underworld he knows so well, but even the watchful leopard inside him isn’t prepared for the danger that comes from the girl next door…
She is a woman who can create beauty out of thin air—and out of the ruins of her own life. The games that dangerous men play have taken their toll on her, but she is bent, not broken. And it’s her fierce spirit that’s like a lure to Joshua, a temptation he can’t resist—even if it means bringing his true nature into the light…
It all started with heat. Sonia Lopez couldn’t be around any town people and even less any men, her leopard had gone into heat, and she knew she had to isolate herself for a while. Once in her leopard form and at night, Sonia lets her leopard, Gatita, run free to tire her out, but instead, Gatita cries out calling for a male or a mate to help her with her heat. Too much of Sonia’s surprise, a male leopard hears the call, and appears to them. After the leopards mate and become tired, both of them turn back into humans, the heat has already affected Sonia, so she also need for the man that has taken the place of the leopard who mated Gatita. Knowing that the mating heat is going to last a week, Sonia doesn’t want to get attached to Joshua, so she tells him to not follow her home and not to ask her questions of herself. Once the leopard heat’s ends, Sonia’s hasn’t, but she doesn’t go back to find Joshua in their meeting place. Instead, Sonia dedicates her time to her work and remodeling her house. Sonia works remodeling houses and three days after she stopped seeing Joshua, her boss Jerry tells her he has a new job for her that will help and will be great for everyone.
When Sonia arrives to the house to evaluate the damage and know how much it’s going to take, she meets the owner of the new house, Joshua Tregre, the man she met for a whole week. Joshua confessed that he did follow her and found out where she worked, and asked for Jerry’s company to send her for the job. He tells Sonia that she is his mate and that their leopards already know it, it’s just her that need to accept it. Even though Sonia has started to feel something for Joshua, she knows that she can’t have anything with him because she is running, and she is supposed to be dead.
I liked Leopard’s Blood, it was a good story that had a purpose and gave the reader what it was expected. The characters of this story, Sonia and Joshua were good for each other, and the other characters were also fun to read. We hear some mentions of characters from the past books, and some even make cameos in it.
“All the air in her lungs had been used and there was no more in the room. That dinner. That sensual dinner and the hot, wild sex after, that had been Joshua, her Joshua leading up to this moment of absolute triumph. He had tricked her, used her. Just as Sasha had.”
While I like happy endings and happy ever after’s, I also like when the main characters fall apart or do something that hurts the other person. I like this because most of the time one of the characters flees and the other one goes after her/him, and try to win that person back. In this case, I liked the events that happened after Sonia learns the truth about Joshua’s new “job”. Most of all, I liked that Sonia would do anything to keep her leopard save, even if it means for herself to suffer.
“‘You know that song by Taylor Swift, Wildest Dream?’ Sonia asked. She bit off the end of her fried zucchini. ‘That’s Joshua. Tall. Handsome as hell. Okay, gorgeous. But he has the bad-boy thing down. Maybe more like badass. Either way, it isn’t going to end well for me.’”
There was a part of this book that made me laugh hard. At one point, Sonia is describing Joshua to her friend Molly and she uses Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dream” song as a reference. If you hear the song you can see how it would refer to both Sonia and Joshua when she was only trying to use him to get over the mating heat. Mostly she is trying to convince herself that nothing is going to happen between them and that Joshua might get bored later on. Still, I like that song and I like that it was used in this story.
Like many of the other books in the Leopard People series, there are great battles between the leopards, but in this book, we also get to see some human vs. leopard battles. The scenes were great, and it shows that when a human is trying to save himself or a person they love, that person would do everything they can, even if it means being bitten or slash by a leopard.
“She kicked the large leopard hard with the ball of her foot, a perfect front kick, snapped put hard and fast to his side, followed by a heel hook. She drove her heel into his side in to the exact same spot, hoping to break his ribs.”
If you are a fan of Christine Feehan and her Leopard People series, then I recommend Leopard’s Blood. In this story, a couple meets at night when both of them need it each other, but after those nights they belong to one another and would try to do anything to keep the other safe.