Leopard’s Fury by Christine Feehan

( I thought I should leave a positive review too, rather than just coming back after 3 months to leave a negative one 🙂 ) Also, minor spoilers ahead.

Holy Hell. I loved Leopard’s Fury. It is probably my favourite Leopard book yet. Which was difficult to become considering I also LOVED the previous two. They have just been getting better and better IMHO.

Alonzo was introduced in the previous book as a secondary character. He is the first Russian Amur Leopard, and his introduction brought along a whole new slew of yummy male secondary characters who will eventually become leads in their one books. Apparently Amur Leopards are even more violent and aggressive than their South American counterparts, although maybe that is just the environment these men were raised in. I don’t think they are as moody though…

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A ruthless criminal unleashes his most feral desires in the new Leopard novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild Cat.

Passion melts the will of an ice-cold criminal when he meets the one woman who can tame the beast inside him…

With her own bakery in San Antonio, Evangeline Tregre made a new life far from the brutal lair of shifters she was born into. Though she is all too aware of her leopard-shifter blood, she never felt the sensation of a wild animal stirring inside her. Not until Alonzo Massi walked into her bakery. The powerful shifter is as irresistible as he is terrifying, but his icy demeanor tells her to keep her distance.

Alonzo knows better than to let himself get involved with someone like Evangeline. She doesn’t deserve the type of danger that follows him, or the threat of his Amur leopard. But even with his lean muscle and iron will, Alonzo isn’t strong enough to stay away from the one woman who can make him feel at peace. And when their secret lives draw a mortal threat, Alonzo unleashes the feral passion he keeps pent up inside himself.

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Evangeline and Alonzo are perfect together. I love them so much. I like the sacrifices Alonzo made to keep Evangeline’s life steady and true to what she was seeking before they met. Most of the leopards sweep their mate off their feet but expect them to leave their old lives and fully assimilate into the male’s. It was a refreshing change to see Alonzo willingly adjusting his life to Evangeline’s whenever he could.

I also loved that so much of the story is told from Alonzo’s point of view! This was lacking in other recent Leopard series novels and is an important part of the story. It let me feel as if I truly was getting to know the couple to see both points of view. I loved learning the backstories behind the Russian leopards and hope that their experiences and relationships with each other will be brought out further in future books.

One of the aspects I love most about these types of books is the sense of family; the development of relationships between a main character and the background characters is just as important to me as the relationship between the hero and heroine. Leopard’s Fury was a great introduction but I would have liked to see Mitya, Timur and Gorya interact more with Evangeline as well to this purpose.

My one grievance with this particular book is the lack of space dedicated to Joshua Tegre! Joshua is Evangeline’s first cousin, and the head of her family, the patriarch if you will.

And even though they are not close, this is a Big Deal in Leopard culture. Joshua professes to care for her and seeks to protect her in several key points of the plot, but they never actually speak to each other and he sort of fades off at some point in the story, leaving Elijah to take up the defence instead. This is the only thing that I would have changed in the story so I will have to hope the author did it with purpose, leading into the next novel, but looking back, this is a point of contention that really stuck with me.

I also would have loved to see more scenes of Evangeline interacting with Alonzo’s leopard. There was a particularly key one that I won’t ruin for you, but it just wasn’t enough to satiate my appetite!

Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this book and the rest of the series, particularly the last 5 or so novels. Cannot wait to read the next book from the great Christine Feehan!

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Fat Dad, Fat Kid: One Father and Son’s Journey to Take Power Away from the “F-Word”

fatFat Dad, Fat Kid was written by the father-son duo Shay and Gavin Butler, better known as two members of the Shaytards, Youtube’s “Royal Family”.

I’ve been a follower of the Shaytards for years and have seen Gavin grow from a young boy in the earliest blogs to a teenager. So I was excited when Shay announced that he would be writing a book. A little less so when the news broke it would be co-written with Gavin … no offence Sontard, but an adult and child co-writing is not my preferred book style. Still I eagerly picked up the book via audible and settled in to listen.

To my knowledge, this is the first father-son weight loss book that has been published. Weight loss is usually in the female realm, and there are plenty of mother-daughter or sister-sister tales out there, so Fat Dad Fat Kid was an interesting new spin on told-to-death subject.

I can’t say that I loved their book, unfortunately. Most of what was in it was already familiar to me as a regular viewer of the vlogs. Most purchasers, at least initially, were undoubtedly people already familiar with them and I expected the book to be touching upon new subject matter. I also expected there to be more of a narrative, but instead, each chapter was a different day over the course of a month-long fitness challenge that both boys undertook together.

Their book wasn’t the hard-hitting expose I was hoping for, full of deeper meaning and new stories about this inspirational family who kept me going in a very dark time. Perhaps if the format had been different, I would have approached the story differently and pulled more out of it. As it was, I had to force myself to finish the book, just so that I could say I could and write this blog.

If you need some inspiration, some wholesome entertainment or want to learn more about living positively and being happy, I definitely encourage you to check out the Shaytards on youtube. Especially back when they were doing the daily vlogs. But I just can’t recommend this book.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!

I’ve been busy reading and working and living these past few months, and haven’t felt much like reviewing. But I’m back for now and ready to share all the great novels I have come across!

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