Burning Wild (Leopard Series #3)

Burning Wild (Leopard Series #3)

by Christine Feehan

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Experience the feral passion of the Leopard people in this thrilling novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

Bred by capricious parents for his innate leopard-shifting abilities, billionaire Jake Bannacotti has spent his life in an emotional vacuum—especially after a tragic twist of fate left him to raise his infant son alone. But when his path crosses that of an enigmatic young woman, Jake’s life takes a detour he never fathomed.

There is something irresistible about Emma Reynolds—something Jake can’t live without. Hiring her as his son’s nanny will keep her close. And warm. And under watch. She’s the first human to stir something in Jake he’s never felt before. But she may not be at all what she seems. And what’s raging between them is pure animal instinct—out of control, burning wild, and as hot as the lick of a flame.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515146233
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Series: Leopard Novel Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 29,574
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Shadow Riders series, and the Sea Haven novels, including the Drake Sisters series and the Sisters of the Heart series.

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The Burning Wild: The Novella That Introduced the Leopard People 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 386 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was excited to read "Burning Wild". I was immediately confused that Feehan would choose to base the book in Texas with a brand new character when she had established an exciting world in "Wild Rain" with a great base of male characters to work from. But I kept reading in hopes things would improve. As the book progressed what bothered me most was that Jake, the male lead, is an abusive male. He never physically hurts Emma (though he outright tells her he has considered it to test her loyalty) but he is mentally, emotionally and sexually abusive. There is nothing romantic about it. He sets out at the beginning of their meeting to find ways to tie her to him. He admits that he doesn't want to love her but wants her to feel tied to him. Throughout the book he continually references using his child and her child as tools to make her stay with him. He talks about wanting to get her pregnant with more children again as a method to force her to stay with him. He also uses sex as a tool to make her stay. It was particularly disturbing that during their first time having sex she repeatedly tells him "no" and he continues anyway. I don't care if he is so amazing in bed that he can make her body respond - if a woman says no then it means no. I'm not opposed to rough sex or domination between partners - but this went too far. Then when Emma is almost raped by another his first response is about how he feels betrayed. The few times she is let off his property it inevitably ends with him shaming her and making threats. Jake treats Emma as a possession and fully admits that he sees her that way. His behavior is inexcusable. The abuse he suffered as a child was horrible, but that does not give him permission to be an abuser himself. I refuse to forgive his abusive behavior and rotten treatment of Emma because in the last three pages he finally lowers himself enough to say the word love. In real life if a friend or sister was in this kind of relationship we would not call it romance, we would call it abuse. We shouldn't call the book romance either.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Leopard shapeshifter Jake Bannaconni's memories of his parents are that of unloving cold and abusive; only his great-grandfather showered him with genuine affection as the lad can smell a lie. He learned early on they would never love him as he knows why they had him, but Cathy and Ryann underestimated how much power their offspring has compared to them.----------- Jake's pregnant former girlfriend Shaina Trent is in a tragic car accident with another vehicle containing a new bride Emma Reynolds. Everyone dies except Emma; the fetus she carries, and the fetus Shaina carries. The paramedics at the scene deliver healthy Kyle, Jake's son. Perhaps it is the tragedy, but Jake and Emma share a connection so he persuades her to move into his place where she nurtures his offspring Kyle. However, she may not be safe as his odious parents have plans for their grandson.-------------------- The opening sequence in which readers see first hand how his parents treat Jake sets the tone of a strong urban fantasy romance as the abused neglected child becomes the adult. Emma is terrific as she displays patience with Jake and showers Kyle with love as if he is her child; in fact as Jake observes she treats both their kids as her own. Fans will appreciate this deep shapeshifting tale as Christine Feehan is at the top of her game with Jake's saga.-------------- Harriet Klausner
Beeb208 More than 1 year ago
I read the mixed reviews and was very hesitant to read this book, but I did and I am so glad. I fell in love with Jake. His confusion about what love is and how to show love, amazing. Emma's character was a surprise. Quite yet strong, and insightful. Their romance swept me away. Despite my hectic life, I devoured this book in a day and a half. I can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been disappointed in the last few books, especially the Dark series, but this book was good overall. The hero was hard to understand at times, but given his background, especially the build up by the author, I was able to rational his actions or lack of. The heroine, while not the strongest, was normal. Overall the book was an enjoyable read. The plot interesting, but I'm left wondering what next. The side characters were interesting.
Kira_E_S More than 1 year ago
this is a great book. The sad childhood of a man who learns how to be a better man not just because of his wanting to be different than those who raised him but for the woman he wants. A woman who loses her husband only to find that the man who pulls her and her unborn child from a burning car brings life back to her. She helps to raise his child and teach him to be better man than he thought possible.
hkocurek More than 1 year ago
I have been disappointed in Feehans last couple of books, but this has turned that around. I thought it was better written than her recent ones and didn't have all the same phrases repeated over and over again. I couldn't put it down. It is a little bit more hard core in the sex department, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am very confused about the reviews for this book. Like all books I read reviews first however,the reviews for this book are about aa couple named Jake and Emma. The book I am reading are about Brandt and Maggie. I think both books are from the same series and fortuntuly I do like Ms. Feehan's writing so I will stixk with her. But really people we need to get reviews right. And to top ot all off I just realized the story description is for a book Ms. Feehan never wrote! The ball was dropped all the way around here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FYI - The synopsis provided by Barnes and Noble is for another story not this one. The Awakening is a short story that was previously published in a multi-author themed anthology. The Awakening is the first story in Christine Feehan's Leopard series about shape shifting leopard people. Be advised that this short story includes violence in parts. The main male character is very alpha, which is typical for C.F.
Susan-Sioux_Falls_SD More than 1 year ago
I love all of Christine's series and have read every book! This book has the same paranormal wonder as all her books have, but it almost feels like it was written by someone else. If you thought she had very strong alpha males before, wait till you meet her newest hero. She also shows that her heroines can be just as strong when needed. I have loved all of her books, but I know some have said her books have become a bit reduntent. If you are one of those, try "Burning Wild". You will find all the things you love about her books with a totally different flavor and twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The review and book description do not match i love her books but i didtn get what i ordered
wildcatkel More than 1 year ago
need more of this series, These do not come out quick enough for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christine Feehan has outdone herself in this one. I really enjoyed the way this one moves so quickly. I was really impressed with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many of feehan's books and have enjoyed the majority of them. Once in a while, there are too many details, a few repetitions, but for the most part I enjoy them and eventually go out and buy another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I know the male lead is controlling but I really liked it, maybe because I'm such a controlling person that I enjoy the male character in my fantasies that way.
MadWorkAngel More than 1 year ago
i love this book so much. the action the passion all of it is amazing and always keeps you guessing.
BellaEve More than 1 year ago
I started the Leopard Series with the last book so was hoping this book would be the start of a great series and it is. Ms Feehan has an excellent imagination and she brings her Leopard people to life in a creative and realistic manner. I hope she writes more about the Leopard people.
KrissyKC More than 1 year ago
I found this book hot dangerious, and steamy.It is amazing to watch a woman tame a man's heart at the same time the man assumes he's a monster.Christine Feehan knows how to get you hooked on her books and make you coming back for some more
Igor Pyanin More than 1 year ago
All I can ever ask for in a book.
tigergalCS More than 1 year ago
Earlier reviews stated that this was not the first book, however according to Christine Feehan's website it is. Loved the Dark Series & now a fan of Leopard Series!!!! Love Christine Feehan!!
rheling More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of all Christine Feehans books. But I have to say her Leopard Series books rock! All of them are total page turners, I can't put them down when I'm reading them. They are all just so erotic, and exotic, I could read them over again and again. I can't wait till she writes another one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me up all nights. I coud not put it down. I loved the main charactors and the hot sex they had.
babygirl3 More than 1 year ago
I love the book and how the characters create a connection over time and it is not instant and with no choice in the matter. I understand what some of the reviews were saying in line of the lead being considered abusive but i feel that is crap. When did leads have to be political correct. You could understand his way of tinking and actions within the plot he wasn't abusive he was himself.
flyer21 More than 1 year ago
Christine Feehan has a written three books about Leopards and all three of them are romantic, passionate, and so creative. Burning Wild is the 3rd book and you won't want to put it down! Can't wait for book #4!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is intense and emotional. Jack is the type of character that you love to hate but you are pulled in by his magnetism. Ms Feehan brings all her characters to life and this story great to read.