The already perilous swamplands of Louisiana take on an even harder edge in Feehan’s latest Leopard novel. For the last few books, the Leopard world and mob world have been colliding, resulting in long ranging implications for both groups. A fascinating element that Feehan has also been exploring is the cultural and emotional differences between the human entity and the leopard entity that both inhabit an individual’s body. Like most of Feehan’s protagonists in this series, her current hero and heroine are forced to confront dark pasts and deal with huge trust issues. If you like your paranormal romance with a dangerously gritty and sexually sizzling edge, then this is definitely the series for you!

Sonia Lopez has been trying to build a new life for herself while making sure those who believe her dead stay convinced. Buying forty acres of swampland allows Sonia to let her leopard Gatita run free. However, when Gatita goes into heat, her sanctuary is breached by a fierce leopard who claims Gatita as his mate. Joshua Tregre’s past forced him to become a sleek and dangerous predator. Taking over Rafe Cordeau’s criminal territory is hazardous and risky but Joshua and his allies know it is necessary. Joshua and his leopard are thrilled to find their mate, but while Gatita is on board with the mate claiming, Sonia not so much. Although Sonia is very attracted to Joshua, she has major trust issues. When the dark elements of both their worlds collide, the danger factor becomes off the charts! (BERKLEY, Nov., 416 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith