Type: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: Sent
A simple request for Siena Arnotto: deliver a gift to her grandfather’s friend. One look at Elijah Lospostos, hard-bodied and stripped to the waist, and Siena succumbs to a feline stirring she never felt before, and to Elijah’s reckless and pleasurable demands. But when that pulse-throbbing moment ends in the murder of an unexpected intruder, Elijah accuses the shaken and confused Siena of setting him up.
Then Siena discovers the truth of her Leopard heritage, of the secrets in her grandfather’s inner circle, and the sinister plot of revenge that has put her in jeopardy. When Siena’s grandfather is assassinated, she realizes the only man she can trust is Elijah. Now as her Leopard rises from within, Siena and Elijah share not only an animal instinct for survival—but a desire so raw and wild it may be the only thing that can save them.
Wild Cat is the eighth book in Christine Feehan’s Leopard series. This story, for me, was at times fantastic and yet a little disappointing. Feehan is one of my favorite paranormal authors, with her Ghostwalkers and the Drake Sisters being two of the best paranormal series I’ve read. The Leopard series was my initiation into the world of shifters, and she definitely knows how to capture the essence of an alpha hero ruled by his inner leopard.
Elijah Lospostos is a little scary. He’s not just an alpha, he is an ALPHA. Born into an infamous crime family, he has known nothing but violence and pain his entire life. When he takes the reins of his family’s businesses, he decides he doesn’t want to live in the underworld of society anymore. While he knows he will never truly escape that life, he has turned his focus away from dangerous crimes and ruthless killing. With the help of his shifter friends, he is slowly dismantling the worst parts of the Lospostos empire, making as many of the businesses legitimate as he can. He rules everything with an iron fist, emotionless and in control – always.
That control is shattered the day Siena Arnotto shows up at his door. Sent to Elijah by her grandfather, Siena has no idea why she’s really there. Believing she is simply delivering a gift to a friend, she is clueless to the fact that her grandfather’s business interests involve more than just wine and vineyards. In truth, his empire rivals that of Elijah’s. When Siena comes to his house with a birthday gift, Elijah recognizes the play at once, even if Siena doesn’t. He knows she’s been sent as a distraction so he is prepared for the hit man when he shows up.
What he’s not prepared for, at all, is the combustible chemistry between them and the uncontrollable lust that drives him to take Siena right away. The fact that she’s obviously an innocent, and unaware of her leopard nature, does nothing to cool the passion he feels and their first sexual meeting is almost violent in nature. When their interlude is interrupted by the man sent to kill him, Elijah takes care of him first and then turns on Siena. Despite the evidence pointing to her innocence, Elijah’s temper takes over and he throws her out (naked and dazed from their wild and crazy sex).
Siena is shaken and appalled, humiliated by the way Elijah treats her and by the things he says to her. She has always been intrigued by the mysterious man, knowing him only through her grandfather’s business association with him. Lately, though, lust and almost overbearing sexual needs have overshadowed that intrigue and she is unable to resist when he makes his move. What she thinks is an incredibly wild and erotic sexual encounter with the man she’s been fantasizing about ends up being devastating to her innocent and vulnerable nature.
I have to disagree with some other reviewers who complained about the way Elijah treated Siena. Yes, he treated her unconscionably, but he did not act out of character. Elijah Lospostos is a ruthless bastard and he would have no sympathy for someone he views as an enemy. Once he realized his mistake, that Siena is innocent – both in deed and sexually – his blind rage clears and he sees her for what she really is – his mate. Even then, Elijah is not a man to grovel. He hated what he did to her and he apologized for it, but his first instinct is to claim her and earn her love afterward.
There was something about Siena that kept me from really liking her, but I loved how she was with Elijah. He was foul-mouthed, overprotective, bossy and had a short fuse. His temper caused more than a few problems between them. Siena was the softness and light that he needed. I liked how she found the perfect mix between standing her ground with him and giving him what he needed. She accepted him for what he was – a man straddling a dangerous line between good and evil. Life with him would never be easy, but the love he gave her, the way he loved her, and the way he could be tender and sweet with her were worth it.
I give Wild Cat by Christine Feehan 3.75 stars