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review 2017-07-19 14:49
Wild Cat (A Leopard Novel) - Christine Feehan

With any Leopard book you know you are going to get a lot of passion, intense males, and strong women. Ever since I met Elijah in Rachel and Rio's book, I knew his book would be intense and passionate. In the beginning, he really messed up with Siena, but he worked so hard to prove to her that the harsh things he did and said was not true and he didn't believe any of the cruel things he said. She was so fragile and she went through a lot in a 24-36 hour period and Elijah spends the rest of the book winning her over, protecting her, and frustrating her to no end. Their arguments were cute, I liked that she wouldn't curse and the way she sometimes spoke was formal. Every time she spoke that way Elijah had such a hard time not laughing. I enjoyed his book. It had the emotional tension that I love in a Feehan book with headstrong arrogant males and the woman that aren't willing to compromise what they expect from the men they love and are strong enough to stand up to their arrogant ways.

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review 2017-07-08 03:15
Shadow Reaper (Shadow #2) by Christine Feehan
Shadow Reaper (A Shadow Rider Novel) - Christine Feehan

 

 

Author: Christine Feehan

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Series: Shadow

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Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood - but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness puts not only his life at risk, but also the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own...

Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her - a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She's someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco's embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them.

 

 

 

 

 

I always know when I'm reading a Christine Feehan novel, the characters always come from a traumatic past, they've been victims, they have serious complex issues, the men are mirror images of eachother and the women are always doubly emotional creatures dependent on the love from the men who are obsessed with them and its almost always instant love from the get go and the entire story revolves around them having sex while the rest of the plot simply takes place.

Shadow Reaper was fairly good and felt much like coming home with Feehan's typical formula so I kind of enjoyed it although as the second book in the shadow series it wasn't as good as the first one which kind of bummed me out considering how much I was looking forward to reading Mariko's story. I was hoping she would be just as strong willed as she was in the first book but she felt a little overly too sensitive and a little less independent this time around.

I do like the concept of how the riders use the shadows - I do wish we had spent a lot more time using them. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and hope our riders gain victory.

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-06-12 16:04
Bound Together
Bound Together (Sea Haven) - Christine Feehan
Sisters of the Heart, Book 6

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continuation of series.


The Characters:

Viktor “Zar” Prakenskii: Oldest Prakenskii brother, head of Torpedo Ink
Blythe Daniels: The heart of the Sisters and another large family that she is about to meet.

The Story:

I’m feeling lazy and not in the mood to write a full summary, with that said this book is dark! Lots of child moslestation, other deep fears and violence. There is also plenty of sexy times, some humor and the beginning of a family being built. (Maybe growing would be a better word.)

The narrator did a wonderful job. Lots a voices in this one and she nailed them all.

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review 2017-06-04 19:01
Shadow Reaper - Christine Feehan

I loved, loved, loved book 2 in Feehan's new series. I have been anxiously waiting for its release ever since book 1, Shadow Rider, came out and I fell in love with the Ferraro family. Mariko was Rocco's perfect match. A great blend of passionate, strong, and vulnerable. Ricco has held secrets from his family ever since he was 14 years old, all in order to protect them. Now as an adult, he has grown jaded and lost. His playboy persona and celebrity status no longer satisfies him and when he is in a car accident he and his family wonder if he had become suicidal. He doesn't even know the real answer to that question, but he wants out of the way his life has been going and so he sets out to find a rope model for his Shibari art. He hopes that his art will be able to save him and that maybe he will find a woman who can accept him with all of his baggage, even if she isn't his "shadow soul mate". What he doesn't expect is for the last applicant to be a Shadow Rider that he is pretty sure has been sent to kill him. He is intrigued and hires her anyway. Mariko has a rough and tragic past, one she doesn't realize until later is connected very closely to Rocco's secrets from when he was 14. She soon discovers that she cannot kill him even if it is to save her brother. He draws her into his world and they slowly seduce each other using his art as the catalyst. They grow closer and they definitely know how to steam up the page. The conflict was strong and the villains weren't easily seen. Feehan wove together a complex conflict with ties to both of their pasts and when the entire Ferraro family is attacked they all ban together to seek justice and to find her brother. I loved it and I absolutely hate that I now have to wait an unknown amount of time before book 3 comes out. I am hoping it is Emmanuelle's story!!!  Love this series so much and I highly recommend it.

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review 2017-06-04 09:05
Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan
Shadow Reaper - Christine Feehan

Demons are riding Ricco Ferraro hard. He’s haunted by his past, that fateful night, long ago, when he was only fourteen, when he committed a crime to punish another, yet still couldn’t save innocent lives. Now, it seems, the past has come to exact its vengeance in the form of a female assassin, a fellow Shadow Rider that just happens to be the one Ricco’s been searching for all his life...His match, his mate, the only woman made for him.

For Mariko, killing Ricco isn’t just a job, it’s the means to save her brother. But no matter what, she cannot bring herself to kill. Not only because Ricco is a good man, but because he’s the only one who sees her for who she truly is, accepts her, and gives her what she’s always craved for...Love.



This is the second installment in the Shadow (Riders) series, but unlike the first book this one didn’t really “make an impact”.

Except for the action scenes, which I’ve stated many times before Christine Feehan knows how to write, and the full-on war in this one was a true joy to read, the pacing was extremely slow, the story was overburdened with fillers and repetitions, making for a tedious reading experience. Every single internal monologue by either Ricco or Mariko was an almost carbon copy of the previous one.
The Shibari scenes also didn’t do much to improve the tedium. Not being an expert, not even overly enthusiastic about learning of this particular art form, the scenes, instead of sounding erotic and sensual, as I believe was the author’s intention, merely served in slowing the pacing even further.

The only thing keeping the plot moving, actually, the only thing that kept me reading, plowing on through the mire of repetition and tedium, was the need to know who was behind the assassination plot. Was it who we all thought it was, was the conspiracy much larger? Was it all a red herring?
Unfortunately, the story ended up being predictable when the true culprit (I figured it out long before the characters did) became known, and whatever interest I held winked out.
In the end, I kept reading to see how the Ferraros would dispatch the villain. Which turned out to be quite anticlimactic.

I didn’t really care about the romance aspect of the story. To me, there was none, really. I felt no true connection between Ricco and Mariko, no spark, no real chemistry. The scenes in which their “mystical” connection was explained and droned on made me roll my eyes, the scenes of Shibari left me cold, the two sex scenes sounded formulaic, the two characters merely going through the motions...

We’re only two books into the series, and I’m already disappointed. How disappointing.

But there is a silver lining in all of this. Emme and Val being the first (in that one scene, in the middle of battle, the was more chemistry between the two that between the main characters in the entire book and I truly hope Ms Feehan finds a way to get them together), and the Italian bits have improved. Although I’ve never heard of an Italian male name Ricco, which means “wealthy, rich”. Rico, which is short for Enrico, yes, never Ricco. But hey, artistic freedom, I guess.
And the endearments weren’t cringe-worthy, although the grammatical use of two of them toward the end was utterly wrong. But, improvement!

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