Reader reviews for Burning Wild by Christine Feehan

I really thought this book was an easy read beginning to end. The lead was not really likable until about half way through but the other mains were fantastic. I left wanting to know more about Drake and Joshua!
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This was one of my first forays into shape shifting romance and let me say I was a bit apprehensive. However, I loved this book. I loved Jake's character, he is the ultimate Alpha male and Emma balances him perfectly. This book was super hot and I will be definitely reading the rest of this series.In a nutshell, Jake is a shape shifter (leopard) who feels unloved and is therefore, cold and a bit embittered. Through an accident he meets Emma and feels connected to her. He manipulates her into coming to live with him and be his son's nanny. Emma in turn helps Jake find love and be at one with the beast in him and in his own way Jake helps Emma find her true self.
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By the end of the story I wasn't sure that Jake Bannaconni's issues would allow him to have a fully rounded relationship with Emma Reynolds. He overpowers her, doesn't give her choices and wonders why she resents his actions. Kidnapping and disallowing reasonable choices is not the actions of love, they're a twisted version of love.Scarily, even though I was having issues with the story, I also found it a compelling read, but afterwards I felt a bit uneasy and like I'd eaten too many cheap sweets.The characters are interesting the story dragged me in, but I wouldn't call what they have a healthy relationship by any means, and definitely not a relationship to emulate.
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Out of the jungle, into a billionaire's compound (of course it's a billionaire; it's a romance novel). The sex part was a bit much for me. I generally skim the sexy bits anyway (they get old after a while) but these ones I just tried to avoid entirely. Not really into reading about the humiliation and dominance games. I get that the Leopard men are controlling and jealous, but this was way over the top.
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I read Burning Wild quickly, in just a matter of hours. I found myself turning page after page, hoping to find that Jake Bannaconni would learn how to love Emma and his children. It took almost the entire book, but he finally came around! Jake was so unyielding that he was difficult to read at times. I kept waiting to see if Emma could soften him, but he pretty much remained rigid throughout the entire book. Jake was not exactly a "likable" character, but Emma more than makes up for that. Also, Feehan has added a few familiar characters from Borneo - Drake, Joshua, and Cooper - to help teach Jake about being a leopard.I didn't like Burning Wild as much as the previous books in the series, and I think that is completely the fault of Jake. I really didn't like him and I felt bad that anyone had to be around him. Burning Wild is a hard read, much darker than previous books. Jake suffers terrible physical and emotional abuse as a child at the hands of the people who should have loved and protected him, and it shapes his life irrevocably leaving him a cold, and tormented hero. I'm eager to get back into the series and back to the jungle! I'm enjoying the series so far and can't wait to see which storyline Feehan will create next. She has given us lots of possibilities for new heroes in the first three installments of the leopard series, and there are several storylines that I'd be interested in reading in the future.
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This book has leopard shifters, burning desire, heartbreaking pasts and really good sex. What's not to like? Jake Bannaconni is our flawed but devouted hero. Emma Reynolds is the innocent but passionate heroine. If there was a flaw, it was that she was really too oblivious about how the poor guy felt. I like that there was a lot of character development and story line before sex was an issue. Some really good bad guys did help the plot along. I had a hard time putting it down, that is why I give this my 31/2 out of 5 star rating.
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GRRRR!!! This series was GREAT. I love Feehan and these books did not disappoint! Please, Christine, we need more Leopard People books!!
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Let me start out by saying that I own almost everything Christine Feehan has ever written. I do enjoy her books and the worlds she creates. However, I am not sure why I still own this book. For me, the actual romance takes far too long to start, the hero is kind of a dick, and I am not wholly convinced these two are made for each other. This book was just a miss as far as I am concerned. I especially didn't like hearing about other women he has been with or, in the hero's words, women he "let blow him a couple times." Just not what I want in my romances. The heroine wasn't too bad, but it sure did take her a while to find her spine. This also another one of her books that gives us characters with horrible back stories--this has been happening a lot with Feehan recently and is the reason I own "almost" all she has written. For the first real book in her Leopard series, I didn't enjoy it much and was more intrigued with side characters.
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Yes, Christine Feehan has done it to me again. Once I picked up "Burning Wild", I couldn't put it down until the book was finished; and at 443 reading pages, that was several hours that I spent living in her world with her characters. I loved it. YES, the hero is about as Alpha as they come and I can already hear some of the vitriol she'll no doubt receive regarding one particular sex scene...but hey! It's her world! She can do whatever she wants...Jake learned early in his life to hide his leopard nature and count only his victories. The product of two insanely cruel parents trying to 'breed' a shifter, he spent his childhood bruised, broken, bereft of love, and waiting until he was strong enough to get away. Now, he's rich, he's handsome, and fate has dangled the one woman in the world for him in front of his face...but she's hurting and broken and he'll have to use every ounce of his hunting patience to lure her to his side and under his control. Emma never imagined she'd actually be working for a man like Jake. She'd heard, and read in the gossip pages, all the stories about what a hard, cold man he is. But the more time she spends with him, the more she comes to realize that he's just a man who has no knowledge of love. At least no knowledge that he realizes...This story was smoking hot. The sensual pull between these two had me sweating and the scene where they actually consummate that passion liked to burn the paint off my walls! This was no gentle lovemaking session, but a savage meeting of two passionate souls who've waited too long to come together; both having the prod of their animal natures to contend with as well. Just a heads up, OK?"Burning Wild" is pure Feehan: sexy Alpha male finds the woman for him and locks on like a laser, woman faces danger, male goes nuts but rescues female and smoking hot sex ensues; repeat until finale. But you know what? I still love to read her books. Each of the males stands out in my mind (even now) and their heroines are memorable too. As many of her books as I've read, that HAS to mean something. On to the keeper shelf it goes :)
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this was better read then I thought it was going to be, but it slightly lost its wat towards the end for me
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