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May 26 2013 2:00pm

First Look: Christine Feehan’s Leopard’s Prey (May 28, 2013)

Leopard's Prey by Christine FeehanChristine Feehan
Leopard's Prey
Jove / May 28, 2013 / $7.99 print, digital

From a tough stint in the armed forces to stalking the unknown as a bayou cop, leopard shifter Remy Boudreaux has been served well by his uncanny gifts. And right now, New Orleans could use a homicide detective like Remy.

A serial killer is loose, snatching victims from the French Quarter with pitiless rage and unnatural efficiency. But something else is drawing Remy into the twilight—a beautiful jazz singer bathed night after night in a flood of bloodred neon.

Sultry, mysterious and as seductive as her songs, she’s luring Remy deeper into the shadows than he ever imagined. And as their passions swell, his keen instinct for survival will be challenged like never before. By a killer—and by a woman.

Christine Feehan has writing the alpha male down to a fine art. Whether it’s
her romantic suspense series or her paranormal romance series, Feehan is sure to have an alpha male in there you both fall in love with and want to plan a funeral for. Her alphas are dominant, fiercely overprotective, and always in control—until they meet their potential mate. Then it becomes a battle as the man (and in the paranormal series, the leopard) seeks to make their mate theirs in every sense of the word.

Leopard’s Prey is number six in Feehan’s dark and seductive paranormal romance series, The Leopard People. Though part of a centralised series, each book is set up to be read as a stand alone with a separate hero and heroine and a resolvable main conflict. Set in both New Orleans, LA and the South American rain forests, this series promises action packed adventure and steamy romance between very sensual shapeshifters. This installment beings us Remy Boudreaux, New Orleans homicide detective, leopard shifter, and a mega alpha. We first met Remy in Savage Nature (book five). The book opens to a scene from a horror film as Remy looks upon a brutal voodoo style murder of a friend. He is incensed when he learns that his sister, Saria, and her best friend, Bijou, were the first to find the body. His natural need to protect is amplified.

“Don’ think for a minute those girls aren’t goin’ to get in trouble.”

Bijou Breaux, daughter of the infamous singer Bodrie Breaux, has come back home to New Orleans to deal with her father’s estate and finally settle down. Though her own singing career has brought her fame and fortune, she finds herself tired it all and just wants a home of her own. She has purchased a supper club and decides to try her hand at jazz singing.

When Remy sees Bijou for the first time in years, he is both aroused and confused.

He remembers her as a damaged child but has a hard time reconciling that child with the beautiful stunning woman he sees now. His leopard challenges his control; clawing his insides and fighting for dominance, all in an attempt to get to the woman in front of him.

Remy closed his eyes. His body tightened, a savage, urgent reaction to that amazing voice. No woman should be allowed to sound like that. 

That candlelight and ‘come take me to bed’ tone gave her unfair advantages over a man.

Remy has never had a reaction like this to a woman. Especially a woman whom he isn’t even sure is a leopard. This causes Remy all sorts of problems as he finds himself unable to think, eat, or sleep. All his thoughts on the elusive Bijou.

His skin itched. Every joint ached. His jaw hurt. Every sense heightened. Lavender drifted thru the room into his lungs, and he took the scent deep into his lungs. He could find Bijou Breaux on the darkest night, no matter how faint the trail.

When Bijou hears something she shouldn't and tries to run, Remy's control snaps and Bijou finds herself at his mercy. He cajoles, confounds, demands, and takes whatever he wants from her.

Remy knew he had passed the point of no return. He had never experienced such an urgent, all-consuming need. He recognized her in a strange way. He knew they would burn hot and out of control, almost as if he knew every curve, as if they had done this all before. [...] He was always in control, Until now. Something in him snapped when his mouth found hers. All his icy control gone, leaving nothing but hot flames burning like a wildfire out of control.

This frightens Bijou. Her childhood left her with little trust for people in general and while she knows Remy, she isn't sure this is right for either of them. She has always viewed Remy through rose-colored glasses; her knight in shining armor. Now her knight seems to want more from her and Bijou is unsure what that is and if she has the means to give it.

He was far too experienced not to recognize that she was innocent., but his leopard didn't care, and neither did hers. His hand moved over her of their own accord, shaping all that soft exposed skin. His. She was his, now and for all time. [...] He had to kiss her. Had to touch her. Their choices were long gone.

It doesn't help that Remy is also unsure of his feelings and his lack of communication leaves Bijou feeling like he still sees her as a child to be protected.

There were things to be said. Explanations. Truths that needed to be revealed, but he couldn't think straight enough.

She had no idea she was a leopard and her change sends her and Remy into a sexual tailspin.

[...] He knew in the morning there would be tears and regrets, if her leopard didn't emerge. Perhaps even anger towards him.

“You'll be afraid, Blue, I know you will, but look to me. Not anyone else. I'll get you through this. Just keep looking to me.”

Remy's usual plan of action to bulldoze his way into situations and use the sheer will of his personality to get the results he wants backfires on him when Bijou's leopard gives him the cold shoulder and he realizes that while he may want Bijou for life...she may not want him.

The female whirled around, ears flat to her head, snarling , warning him off. He kept a respectful distance. Bijou was totally angry at him and her cat protected her, even to warn off her mate. [...] He cuffed at her, letting her know he found her alluring and beautiful. She snarled again and took a swipe...

For the first time ever, Remy's alpha personality does not serve him well and he finds his courtship of Bijou to be in trouble. She is not a doormat and refuses to bow to his supremacy. As these two struggle to come to terms with the aggression and attraction that war within them, they are also at the center of a series of murders that all lead back to Bijou.

Christine Feehan once again proves that being top dog doesn't always guarantee you're not sleeping in the doghouse.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Leopard's Prey by Christine Feehan before its May 28 release:

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Tori Benson can be found at Smexybooks and at Twitter.

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