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The Awakening (Leopard People #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,576 ratings  ·  74 reviews
In this Penguin eSpecial, under the blazing heat of the Borneo sun, a beautiful naturalist's dream comes true--to live among the feral jungle creatures. But an untamed, irresistible beast of another sort forces her to explore her own wild side.

This short story can also be found the books "Fever" and "Fantasy."
Kindle Edition, 117 pages
Published (first published March 26th 2002)
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Tilly Slaton
The Awakening is the first book in Christine Feehan's leopard series. As short novels go, this one does not disappoint.

Explorations. Adventures. Lust. Attraction. Uncertainty. Shame. Shape-shifting.

Adopted at a very young age, Maggie is recently contacted by an attorney that informs her of property owned by her birth parents. Curious as to her inheritance, Maggie leaves the city behind and trucks her way through the rainforest with guides that seem as nervous as she.

She knew something or someone
Bark's Book Nonsense
I’ve read one or two of Feehan’s books but haven’t been overwhelmed by them. My admittedly vague memory is one of an overly dramatic and wordy book. Since this is an audio and a novella and it was free for download on my local library website (bonus!) I figured I’d give her another try. The only thing I had to lose was a little time.

Actually it turned out to be a decent enough read. Maggie, a veterinarian of exotic cats, has always dreamed of working in the wild but settled for a zoo job. When s
Apr 14, 2009 Netanella rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Christine Feehan
This is a short prequel to one of Feehan's series about shapeshifters. I rather liked this story! The descriptions of the jungle of Borneo - with all its verdant lushness and noisy bird racket and tropical flowers and hot humid rain - really got to me. I recycled today at work and thought of this story. No, serious, the book is not about environmentalism, although the characters in the stories are protectors of the jungle and its creatures. I'm also rather glad that I haven't read any of the lat ...more
Sammy Loves Books
This is the 1st book of the Leopard people series. It's a short story/ introduction to the team of shape shifting alpha men sworn to protect the rain forest. These men are hot, muscular, leopard shape shifters.

This was a great introduction to the characters that continue through out the series.
The Awakening is book 1 in Christine Feehan’s Leopard Series. Rain forests, mangos, and tarsiers pulled me in right away. Having seen and held a tarsier in the Philippines, I can easily relate to the glorious descriptions in this story. The tarsier is one of the smallest primates with the biggest eyes.

Brandt had searched the world for years seeking Maggie since her parents were killed in the rain forest. Brandt lured Maggie to Borneo via a legal office alerting her of an inheritance of property
Merve  Özcan
Beklediğimden daha sıkıcı ve yavaştı. Bu aralar neden bilmem şekil değiştirici okumak istiyorum. Nalini yazsa da okusak.

Devam eder miyim bilemiyorum. Pek heyecanlı gelmedi ve alan ve düşman kısıtlı. Sanırım ikinci kitabın konusu belirleyecek.
I usually find that the first book in most series can be a little slow as the author develops the setting, not this one. It hit the ground running and that's the way it stayed. This book is not erotica yet it is incredibly erotic, scenes involving mangoes and ice where extremely sensual. I don't think anyone can write chemistry the way Christine Feehan does. There is just something about the way she writes that makes your emotions run high. I highly recommend this quick and easy read, I can't wa ...more
I love paranormal romance. I adore shape shifter stories and vampires and angels and demons. And yet I'd never read Feehan - who is one of the originals of the genre. I decided to try her shifter series instead of her Carpathian series as right now I'm reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Midnight Breed and love both of those and thought a third vampire series might really suffer in comparison.

First thing to say is Feehan writes in a really different way to a lot of modern authors. Almost ol
Carissa Williams
Fever: The Awakening is the first in the Leopard series from Christine Feehan. Currently there are six books in the series, but there are seven stories as Fever contains two stories. The protagonists in Fever: The Awakening are Maggie Odessa and Brandt Talbot. The story opens with the forest coming alive with the news of Maggie’s arrival to the forest. This is the first time in Maggie’s adult life that she has ever stepped foot in the rain forest as her adoptive mother made her promise never to ...more
Kirsten Lenius
This is the first story in the Leopard people series. It has the feel of a prequel.

A veterinarian specializing in exotic cats, Maggie has lived her life in the city. Her adoptive mother made her promise that she would never go to the rainforest, so she had to content herself with working with zoo animals.

When her adoptive mother dies, Maggie is notified that she is to inherit an estate from her biological parents. The estate is deep in the rainforest.

As she travels toward her new home, she feel
Not a bad little sexy, romance story. Basically two semi-human cats in heat. I loved the jungle location discriptions and Leopard people's mission to save the jungle and it's animals.

Brandt was a very sexy, confident, yet patient guy. But Maggie, despite her physical attraction and feelings of belonging in the jungle, submitted too easily. Almost like she was hypnotized or just completely overwhelmed.

Quick thoughts 1)the house was a bit too civilized and large (too many bedrooms) for being wa
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Thinking I would give this author another shot even though I hated her vampire series.

The whole book is an handy excuse for gratitous sex.Wich is not sexy at all.

And the flimsisest of characterization and a weak plot.

Meh I say.
This is the third book I read by this author, and I now realize that her female protagonists will always be virgins or near-virgins, in their twenties, who just wait to be taken by man whores in a matter of hours upon their first encounter. There is always an element of insta-lust, insta-understanding, and the end is aways some kind of marriage and offspring.
Someone please tell me if she ever goes astray from this ever-repeating premise, and I may try another book by her.

How her novels continual
Complete waste of time. No plot. More like a porn film where they have to say a few lines so that they can have sex again lol!
Oh, such a great story! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Kristen Bowen
Maggie, a naturalist has specialized in studying big cats. However, she has never actually traveled to the wild in order to study them in their natural habitat. Maggie's adoptive mother made her promise never to venture into the rainforest. But, when her mother dies, Maggie learns that she has inherited an estate, from her biological parents, located in the rainforest. She decides to go and visit it. As she walks through the rainforest she feels a change in her body. She will soon learn why she ...more
Oleta Blaylock
While as usual this story would have been great it was longer it was a pretty good story and a great introduction into a new series. I am not going to be able to say much about the story without giving away the story. I loved Brandt Talbot very much. He is a caring, passionate, intelligent and dominant man. He wants to keep his home and people safe from all those that want to destroy the rain forest. He is very gentle and caring with Maggie Odessa. Overall he is a wonderful man that needs the ma ...more
2.5 Rating

This short book was more world building for Feehan's Leopard Series than anything else. There wasn't much romance - a slight bit of erotica (mangoes and ice in the hot rain forests in Borneo...interesting) - a lot of ink spent on environmentalism, and no character depth or anything else in the book.

Brandt is the leader of the leopard pack that lives in the Borneo rain forest in Indonesia. Maggie is supposed to be his mate - he tracks her down, manipulates the situation so that she come
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
A bit disappointing but filled with alpha leopards and jungle dangers.


In this Penguin eSpecial, under the blazing heat of the Borneo sun, a beautiful naturalist's dream comes true--to live among the feral jungle creatures. But an untamed, irresistible beast of another sort forces her to explore her own wild side.

My Thoughts:

I listened to this book on Audio and to be honest the narrator may have influenced my take on the book. Her voice was light and made both the heroine and the alph
A rushed, rushed, rushed excuse for sex scenes.

Just an excuse for writing about sex. Barebones, rushed plot and conversation. Definitely felt more like a short story than a "novella," and a poorly written one at that. The main character met and discovered her true soul mate (not a shred of lingering doubt), and rushed into full-time sex within about 24 hours... left me feeling unsettled and totally creeped out.

I read this simply because it was there. (I had been looking for a really quick libra
Tara Quan
2.5 Stars Rounded Up to 3 -- Short enjoyable read but somewhat disappointing.

I've read tons of Christine Feehan books. By tons I mean almost all. Because I'm such a huge Christine Feehan fangirl, I've read this exact story line dozens of times ("Fated" Mate, Alpha/Over-protective male, confused heroine discovering new powers, a supernatural instinct that drives an unlikely couple together). It's what I expect from Ms. Feehan's books and why I love her.

The problem with The Awakening is that I've
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I don't even know where to start. I think that there is good in this story. I read it so that I could start the series from the beginning but I did quite dig on the coercing/manipulating aspect of getting Maggie to come to this rainforest to meet her people.

Maggie and Brandt are a good mix but it was a little awkward in the beginning. So somehow the closer she gets to her homeland and Brandt the more she's in heat. Her body is out of control and she is feeling lots of shame around how sensuous
I actually read this story in "Fever," the compilation of #s 1 and 2 in the series. It's a good thing the two were in one book together, because I actually would have dropped it immediately if I'd just based it on this one. It is beyond ridiculous. Feehan is overwhelmingly wordy. She'd go on for paragraphs at a time describing a bird in a tree or the flower on the ground. I honestly would skip full paragraphs, just to get back to the story.
Fortunately, since I'd checked Fever out of the library
Samantha Coleman
it was a short novella that introduces the leopard people's back story and features the first two soul mates of the group you will follow in the rest of the leopard series. Enjoyed the book and read it straight through to the end without putting it down. Christine Feehan has another great series started here.
kısa hikaye olduğunu biliyorum , sadece bir başlangıç hikayesi vs. ama pat diyede bitirmeyin be arkadaş ya :D
Güzel bir girişti seriye. Türün orijinleri hakkında bilgiler edindik. Bazı dinamikler anlatıldı , işte dönüşüm ne zaman başlar ,nasıldır,ilk sefer ıstıraplıdır korkutucudur, ruh eşleri dengeleri nasıldır, davranışlar nasıldır .Her shifter türünde olduğu gibi fazlasıyla sevişgenlerdi. Bu artık normal karşılanıyor ,yazarda belirtmiş zaten bizim tür hayli dokungaç,sevişgendir diye (dokungaç
elizabeth gabbard
Greatly enjoyed

I really enjoy reading this series. A friend gave me one to read and I was hooked. I hope she keeps writing more.
Very short book but a nice one. I enjoyed Wild Rain much more but The Awakening was good. Like I said short but nice. 93 pages....
3.5 stars
I'd been wanting to read this book for a while and I wasn't disappointed. It's about shape shifters. I'm over the paranormal genre, but this series had been on my "to read" shelf for a while and since I enjoyed this one, I plan on reading the rest of the series eventually.
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