Covert Game (Ghostwalkers #14)

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Despite the death of a traitor and key conspirator, the plot to use the GhostWalker experiments to undermine the security of the U.S. by foreign interests still exists. The GhostWalkers themselves must race against the clock to neutralize the danger.

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I really liked the couple in this book but overall I didn’t like the book itself. I just feel like nothing happened for most of it.

I have been frustrated with this series lately anyway, which didn’t help. There are four different Ghostwalker Teams but they interact very little. As a reader, I fell in love with the original team we were introduced to but there hasn’t been an update on them in YEARS. There seems to have been a trend in recent books to only write about a handful of Ghostwalkers, even within a team. There are members of Team 4 who were not included in this book, or who only showed up for a couple of chapters. I miss the camaraderie that was displayed in earlier books where more characters were included.

I did enjoy reading about Zara and Gino and I appreciate that their relationship is different from many of the others. It is hard for me to relate to warrior women heroines all the time, which Feehan has often written in this series, because that is not my personality at all. Zara is much closer to how I am.

This book was ok for me, but not one that I plan to read again. I am glad I waited to borrow it from the library, rather than purchase the more expensive hardcover price placed on the kindle version.

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Leopard’s Blood by Christine Feehan

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#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 honed 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…

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Leopard’s Blood starts with a bang!

The couple meet straight off when Sonia’s leopard goes into heat for the first time, and she calls to her mate, Shadow. This is a change from many of the other books in the Leopard series where the heroine doesn’t shift forms until the latter part of the book. One of the aspects of this series that I really like is seeing the interaction between the two leopards, and the leopards and their respective human partners so it provided more opportunity for this to happen.

Joshua is much more patient and understanding than most of the other Leopard men we have met, which makes sense because he has a reputation as one of the more level-headed guys. He might actually be my favourite hero! Although paranoid about his mate’s security, he is happy to work with her and support her career, rather than trying to get her to stay at home. He also doesn’t mind her having male friends, secure in her commitment to him emotionally, even when she is still on the fence. This is a welcome change from previous couples – not that I dislike the he-man routine, but it helps keep the series from becoming repetitive and one-dimensional.

Throughout my reading of Leopard’s Blood, I was going to give the book a five star review for most of the story, but I decided to drop it down to four. Without giving away too many plot details, a serious altercation occurs which results in Sonia and Joshua’s leopards being furious with each other and although the humans resolve it, the leopards never really appear again, except in fight sequences. It felt like the story was unresolved and a moment I was really looking forward to didn’t happen.

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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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