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Burning Wild (A Leopard Novel) Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009

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Book 3 of 8 in the Leopard People Series

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About the Author

I live in the beautiful mountains of Lake County, California. I have always loved hiking, camping, rafting and being outdoors. I’ve also been involved in the martial arts for years—I hold a third degree black belt, instruct in a Korean karate system, and have taught self-defense. I am happily married to a romantic man who often inspires me with his thoughtfulness. We have a yours, mine, and ours family, claiming eleven children as our own. I have always written books, forcing my ten sisters to read every word, and now my daughters read and help me edit my manuscripts. It is fun to take all the research I have done on wild animals, raptors, vampires, weather, and volcanoes and put it together with romance.

Product Details

  • Series: A Leopard Novel (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Original edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515146234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515146233
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 40 published novels, including five series; Leopard Series, Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart Series. All five series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.

In addition to the #1 New York Times bestsellers list and the PEARL awards, Christine is honored to have made the bestsellers list for Amazon, B. Daltons, Barnes and Nobles, Bookscan, Borders, Ingrams, Publishers Weekly, Rhapsody Book Club, USA Today, Waldenbooks, Walmart, and the Washington Post. Other honors that she has received include being a nominee for the Romance Writers of America's RITA award, receiving the Career Achievement Award for Contemporary New Reality from Romantic Times Magazine in 2003 and in 2008 the Borders Lifetime Achievement Award.

She has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including audio book, e-book, hardcover and large print. In October of 2007 her first manga comic, Dark Hunger was released in stores. This was the first ever manga comic released by Berkley Publishing and it made #11 on Publisher's Weekly Bestseller's List. Her ground-breaking book trailer commercials have been shown on TV and in the movie theaters. She has been featured on local TV, appeared on the The Montel Williams Show, and her book Dark Legend was featured on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine.

Christine Feehan has also appeared at numerous writers' conventions and book signings including: Romantic Times Convention, Get Caught Reading at Sea Cruise, Celebrate Romance Conference, Emerald City Conference, and numerous Romance Writers of America Conferences. She was also a special guest at the 2013 Comic Con and now has her own FAN convention.

Christine Feehan's upcoming FAN convention will be held at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa in Lafayette, CA from Feb 20-22, 2015. Registration is open now.

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Unlike Wild Rain, this book is not light-hearted fun. This is the dark side of love--edgy, explosive, obsessive. And not for everyone. I, however, loved it.

Burning Wild will disturb some readers for two reasons. One, the hero Jake suffers intense abuse as a child. As a result, he is manipulative, emotionally detached, and cruel--in other words, more than on his way to becoming an abusive person himself. Two, the heroine Emma moves in with Jake, a complete stranger, and entrusts him with her life and the life of her unborn child. Uh huh. Right.

I was warned about Emma's crazy decision before I started the book. Forewarning mitigated my disbelief. But when I thought about it, her choice isn't as unbelievable as it sounds. Emma is pregnant, penniless, and alone. Most significantly, she's emotionally Vulnerable--yes, with a capital V. She's perfect prey for Jake. I can accept that a woman might be manipulated in this situation. AND after all, we're supposed to believe that she and Jake are Leopard people with a past history, so they DO know each other on some level. Suspend your disbelief when it comes to Emma.

And then be realistic when it comes to Jake.

Let's face it. Given what Jake is and what he endures, he cannot be normal. Normalcy is impossible for him. Feehan preserves the integrity of her characterization by making Jake what he is supposed to be--the very flawed product of sick and deviant parents.

Jake was a victim for years. Control is everything to him because he never wants to be victimized again. Yet he's learning to love, and he makes mistakes. Big ones. Why? Because his past affects his relationship with his children, his employees, and Emma.
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I am not surprised at the strong reaction to this book. Nor am I surprised that it has nearly an equal number of five and one star reviews. This book is not for everyone. Jake, the hero, can easily be misunderstood. Feehan spends a lot of time filling out his character, probably trying to avoid this very reaction. I had a soft spot for this man, but I did understand him, and found him easy to love and admire. Yes, he was very controlling of the heroine, but always with her best interest at heart. It was his desperate vulnerability and equally desperate need for Emma's love that kept me from judging him harshly. For those who thought she was a wimp, I think they just didn't look deeply enough at her. A woman with her capacity to love and empathize has an unbreakable strength that should not be overlooked. She was more than a match for Jake's domineering ways. He is never going to be able to make Emma do something against her own principles. She is the type of woman who truly enjoys caring for a home and those she loves. Being the heart of the home is where she draws her strength. This is her career and where she gives her all. Through her devotion and from her example Jake learns to trust his own emotions and eventually to love.

I found so much of the book very touching. Yes, there are weaknesses in the story. Many thought it hard to believe Emma would so quickly move in with a stranger, trusting not only herself but her unborn child to his care. To me this was explained by their belief that they had known each other in a previous life. Instinctively they had a level of trust in each other that was not explained in their heads, but in their hearts. Feehan should have expanded on this theme, it would have explained much of their behavior.
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Christine Feehan is, in many ways, one hell of a good writer. Her pacing is, in most cases, extremely good; my only exception is that her characters sometimes spend too much time over-thinking things instead of acting (particularly early on). Her plotting is tight and action-packed, and keeps me glued to the pages wanting to know what happens next. Her characters are largely fascinating (with the exception that the bad guys in this book are such over-the-top one-sided villains that they're rather cartoonish). The frequent sex scenes are lavish, imaginative, and hot as hell, with some minor personal quibbles (spasming or clenching wombs will always make me think of PMS and cramps, not hot sexiness).

However, it's extremely difficult to sit back and enjoy the above when I'm steaming mad about the rest. Main man Jake is a cold-hearted bastard. Okay, it's a common fantasy that women want to find themselves to be the only one who can warm the heart of the big baddie. Sure. Normally I can accept that. I can accept dominant alpha males (although they get a little boring when over-used). I can accept depictions of dom/sub relationships (try Jory Strong's "Ghostland"). There are, however, several reasons why this book's depiction of an emotionally abusive, controlling, manipulative male lead went way beyond any of the above for me.

1. A big deal was made out of the fact that a line was drawn between physical and emotional abuse, as though as long as Jake never actually hit Emma or the children he was somehow in the clear.To draw this line leaves many emotionally abused people feeling as though if they haven't been hit, they have no right to call for help or leave their abusers.

2. Jake's behavior was excused through his traumatic childhood.
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