Type: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: NetGalley
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.
The Leopard People is one of my favorite series by Christine Feehan. The stories are often harsh and edgy, with alpha heroes primarily led by their violent leopards, but there’s something almost comforting about reading something and knowing what to expect from it. Leopard’s Fury was another great addition to the series, with one bonus: a heroine I absolutely loved.
Evangeline Tregre has distanced herself from the shifter world as much as she can. Her childhood in a Louisiana shifter lair was full of neglect and abuse. Left alone in the bayou to fend for herself, Evangeline learned early on to rely on her leopard to stay alive. She has always known she was a shifter, and has embraced her leopard while turning her back on the violence that went hand in hand with her leopard family.
Evangeline spends long hours working to make her bakery a success. She has few friends and no romantic prospects, but she is happy and in control of her life….until the morning Alonzo Massi shows up. He is very obviously leopard, but his fury doesn’t burn red hot like the leopards she grew up with. Evangeline secretly calls Alonzo the ice man because he is always in complete control, and never displays emotion. Despite his cold, aloof manner, Evangeline can’t deny the icy hot heat she sees in his eyes when he looks at her. Something about the gorgeous, strong, powerful leopard calls to her, and for the first time ever, a shifter calls to her leopard.
Alonzo Massi knows Evangeline is the woman for him the minute he sets eyes on her. Unable to deny his attraction to the beautiful bakery owner, Alonzo finds himself returning to her shop day after day despite his misgivings. Like Evangeline, he grew up surrounded by violence. Unlike her, he has not left that life behind. The brutal shifter way of life is prevalent for him, his family and associates, and he knows better than to expose Evangeline to that. Purity and goodness radiate from her and the last thing he wants to do is bring violence to her doorstep.
Both Evangeline and Alonzo underestimate the pull between their leopards. Once they recognize their mate in each other, there is no going back. Evangeline is reluctant to let Alonzo close, afraid of being drawn back into the vicious world of shifters she left behind. Alonzo has a price on his head, and his current associates invite more danger into his life. He doesn’t want to expose Evangeline to any of that, but he falls fast for her and is unable to leave her alone. Alonzo makes her feel alive, and Evangeline brings a measure of peace to his life that he has never had.
I loved Evangeline. Sometimes a heroine sneaks up on me and takes over a book, and that’s what she did in Leopard’s Fury. Alonzo was an easy hero to fall in love with, but she really made the book for me. The pacing of the story was great, and I loved the way I was able to witness Evangeline’s leopard emerging to be with Alonzo.
I give Leopard’s Fury by Christine Feehan 4 stars!