Title: Savage Nature
Author: Christine Feehan
Page Count: 400 pages (I read the Kindle version)
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me
50 words or less: Drake Donovan thinks he's in the Louisiana bayou to stop a series of killings being perpetrated by a leopard shifter. What he doesn't realize is that the woman who blew the whistle on the situation, Saria Boudreaux, is not only a leopard shifter herself, but is just about ready to choose a mate. And except for knowing about the murders, Saria is totally in the dark.
I don't remember why I opted out of the last book in this series, but I'm glad I decided to go with the recommendations of bloggers and read this one- it was simultaneously sweet and sassy with characters that stuck with me and a plot and conflict that set the stage for future installments nicely.
I remember Drake Donovan from previous books and remember him as the one that had problems shifting into leopard form. In this book, his ability to shift is back, which is a good thing for him, since to keep up with Saria, her five shifter brothers, and the super-dysfunctional lair they're living in he's going to need all the skills he can muster.
Saria Boudreaux isn't short on skills herself. I appreciated the fact that while she was innocent in the ways of the world from pretty much raising herself as well as living in an extremely remote area, she wasn't dumb. She was totally honest about what she felt and why; if she was frightened, she had a reason, she didn't just lash out irrationally. She tries to deal with each crisis as it comes; in addition to trying to catch a murderer, she has to deal with the possibility that all the evidence she has says that one of her brothers has to be the killer. Drake doesn't sugar coat things but neither does he allow misconceptions to stand. He does his best to put her mind at ease and Saria enters into the relationship with her eyes open.
I enjoyed the little twist with how Drake's future comes to be entwined with that of the lair's too. That was nicely done. The addition of the secondary cast of characters, including the members of Drake's team plus Saria's brothers, means that there should be plenty more books in this series to look forward to.
Christine Feehan's books are like Pringles for me. When I start I keep going until the craving goes away, and usually that takes awhile. Finishing this book sent me back to the Carpathian books, and I finally acquired those on Kindle after checking them out of the library more times than I'd care to admit. Consider it a point scored for easy access.
Overall Grade: B+
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