He keeps his emotions on a tight leash, but she can see the desire burning in his eyes...
Timur Amurov has one purpose in life: protect his family at all costs. With lethal skills honed from a violent upbringing, Timur is a leopard shifter who sees any newcomers as possible threats--and the petite blond barista who his sister-in-law, Evangeline, has hired to work in her bakery is definitely hiding something. While Timur still needs to determine if Ashe is an enemy, he does know that she is the only woman whose presence has ever truly calmed the beast roaring inside of him.
Ashe Bronte is well aware she has a type: sexy, gorgeous and dangerous as hell. Despite the fact that Timur is all those things and more, Ashe is in San Antonio for reasons that do not involve getting wild with a ruthless leopard--and she cannot afford to make any mistakes. But Timur has ignited something deep within her, and even though she knows she should keep her distance, every move he makes has her craving a taste...
4.25 stars--raw and gritty
4.25 stars--LEOPARD’S RUN is the eleventh instalment in Christine Feehan’s contemporary, adult LEOPARD PEOPLE erotic, paranormal, romance series focusing on the supernatural world of the leopard shifter. This is leopard enforcer Timur Amurov, and barista Ashe Bronte Mostafa’s story line. LEOPARD’S RUN can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary although Leopard’s Run continues to follow the author’s latest series arc focusing on the Russian Mob.
NOTE: LEOPARD’S RUN contains scenes of graphic violence and implied abuse, that may not be suitable for all readers.
Told from dual third person perspectives (Timur and Ashe) LEOPARD’S RUN follows the building relationship between leopard enforcer Timur Amurov, and barista Ashe Bronte Mostafa. Timur was not impressed that his brother Fyodor’s mate and wife Evangeline hired an unknown female leopard to help out in her bakery and café. Not one to believe in coincidences Timur attempts to ferret out the stranger’s secrets only to discover the stranger is the other half of his leopard’s soul. Enter Ashe Bronte Mostafa, and the woman with whom Timur will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between Timur and Ashe, and the potential fall-out as Ashe and the Amurov family are targeted in a takeover attempt of power and control.
Ashe Bronte is about to enter the Han Vol Dan-the leopard female equivalent of going into heat-but her pheromones attract all kinds of trouble including the unwanted attention of every shifter male. Already the target of a vengeful man Ashe needs the help of the local Russian mobster but believes her presence is a threat to Evangeline and the Amurov family. Timur knows the pain and suffering of torture and abuse, and in this, he believes he is unworthy of a mate but Ashe’s presence is the only thing that calms his raging beast, a beast that is willing to kill to protect his family and mate.
The relationship between Ashe and Timur is one of immediate attraction but Ashe is on the run, desperate to contact Fyodor, in the hopes of procuring his criminal experience. Timur’s leopard knows that Ashe is their mate but struggles with the knowledge that his abusive past is but a grain of sand in a long line of sins and violence. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.
There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including Evangeline and Fyodor Amurov (Leopard’s Blood #8), cousins Gorya and Mitya; Jake Bannaconni, Eli Perez, Elijah Lospostos, Jeremiah Wheating, and Drake Donovan. We are introduced to Evangeline’s brothers Christophe and Ambroise Tregre, their father Beau, and Uncle Gilbert. The requisite evil has many faces.
The world building continues to look at the brutal and sexually aggressive world of the leopard shifter. From abusive males to power and control, the leopards are a people who fear their own kind when past experiences have shaped the violent tendencies through cruelty, threats, anger and pain.
LEOPARD’S RUN is a story of family and betrayal; power and control; violence, killing and brutality. Christine Feehan pulls the reader into the volatile and explosive world of the leopard. The premise is raw and gritty; the romance is spirited and provocative; the characters are flawed, colorful and energetic. LEOPARD’S RUN is an intoxicating and imaginative entry into the world of the supernatural genre.