Savage Nature (Leopard People, #5)
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Savage Nature (Leopard People #5)

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When Saria Boudreaux finds a dead body in the Louisiana bayou near her home, her first instinct is to go to the police. But there's a problem: it looks like the victim may have been killed by a big cat - and her brothers are all shape-shifting leopards. Sent by the land's owner to investigate, leopard-shifter Drake Donovan is ready for anything - except the insatiable hung...more
Paperback, 379 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Piatkus Books (first published April 1st 2011)
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Love this series. It feels like it has been forever sense I have read anything new for this series. So it took me a chapter or two to have it click who Drake is. Then I was super excited. This was a wonderful read with a super hot Alpha male who knows his mate right off. I love how he would command and it was all in a smooth soft steely voice. Yummm... Saria was the perfect for for him. She was really wonderful for me to read. I loved her personality. She was a grab life by the horns type of gal...more
Ann has a dirty mouth
As you all know, I am a monster Feehan fan. If she wrote the instruction manual to a toaster I would probably read it as long as I knew there would be a sex scene, therefore, if you are a Feehan player hater, feel free to take this review with a grain of salt.

The leopard people are not normally my favorite, but my coworker told me to give the series a second chance and I am so glad I did! This book had everything I am looking for in a paranormal- a fun fast paced mystery, well drawn characters...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Wordy, as Christine Feehan can be. But I still enjoyed it! Looking forward to stories about Saria's brother Remy, Elijah, and Joshua.

Full review to be posted in Affaire de Coeur magazine, April issue:

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Narrated by Karen White - Narration 4 1/2*

Reviewed for AAR's Speaking of Audiobooks 8/11/11

With Savage Nature, the fifth in the Leopard series, Christine Feehan moves the setting from the Rain Forests of South America to the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou. She stays with her standard “couples are fated to be together” style but the story is interesting in other ways and moves at a fast pace. Beyond the main couple, Feehan’s other standard is to bring in a su...more
I'm surprised that I totally loved this book. I gave 2 stars to books 1, 2, and 3, and skipped 4 because the story line didn't appeal. So I approached this with trepidation. Christine Feehan sucked me right in. Generally, regardless of whether I end up liking the story, I enjoy her writing. The writing here seemed more down to earth and not quite as florid as the Carpathian stories (most of which I love, BTW) nor did it seem as wordy and mystical as the Drake series.

For the first time in this s...more
So far, my favourite book in the Leopard series.

Saria is a leopard unaware of her heritage. She knows that something is wrong in the bayou, afraid of everyone she asks for help Jake (the hero of Burning Wild). Jake sends Drake. Saria is immediately attracted to him, but incredibly confused by everything that is happening to her. The fact that there’s a serial killer after her doesn’t help.

The moment Drake sees Saria he is aware that she is his mate – a mate he’s been waiting for a long time. He’...more
Saria Boudreaux has grown up, alone for the most part, in the swamps of southern Louisiana. Something in the tangled growth and wild, untamed land settles her mind and soul as nothing else can. During her childhood, her five much older brothers were often absent for long periods, and her father, in his later years, was a bitter, cantankerous alcoholic who largely ignored the unruly Saria.

Drake Donovan comes to investigate some secretive and disturbing allegations about a series of unexplained d...more
I am big fan of Christine Feehan for years. She introduced me to paranormal romance and I never expected to like them so much. Of course, I love all her books, so I have higher standards when it comes to her. Some may hate her putting too much detail in everything, and a lot has accused her of repeating things over & over, she's still my "go to" author in the romance department. She never does anything half -halfheartedly. If she will tell a story about a marine biologist, she will bring us...more
Another great Leopard series book from Feehan! This is the fifth in the series and can easily be read as a stand alone. Feehan's characters come alive for the reader and I could almost feel the humidity of the swamp while reading. I couldn't put it down and read it in an afternoon.

Saria, photographer and swamp guide, has the Louisiana swamp in her blood. Her five brothers are shape shifting leopards; she'd caught them shifting in the middle of the night in the swamp when she was 10. She is 16 y...more
I really enjoyed this book. Drake Donovan is someone who's been in most of the books in this series and his leg is finally fixed and he can shift again. I liked Saria a lot. She was very strong (best swamp guide, stands up for herself) while also being emotionally vulnerable. I loved how honest and up front with her feelings she was. The Louisiana lair was interesting and it was nice to see Joshua also pulled in.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
May 12, 2011 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of paranormal romance
Drake Donovan is a surprising Alpha male, one who wants a female as strong as he to stand by his side, not a submissive doormat. Saria Boudreaux is a woman who is innately strong and oblivious to the fact. She feared that Drake would be done with her once she no longer needs him. Boy, did she learn.

The mystery in this book is complex, and would have been a satisfying story without the romance. The romance is also complex, and would have been a satisfying story without the mystery. Lucky readers,...more
Savage Nature is one of those rare books that has it all - a hot paranormal romance mixed with a very good murder mystery, set in the steamy swamps of Louisiana. Add an inbred shapeshifting lair, a leadership power struggle, and botanical testosterone growing wild and you have all the makings of a great escape read.

Saria Boudreaux is a great heroine - smart, capable and able to hold her own. She's basically raised herself since childhood, and knows the swamp better than anyone else. But lately s...more
As usual, Christine Feehan draws me into her world from the first chapter. Her ability to create and describe a place you may have never vistied or seen is amazing. You feel as if you are actually part of the environment. The world of shape shifter she has created is so realistic and believable it is almost hard to imagine that it is fiction.

Her characters are always fantastic but I really liked Saria, the heroine, in this story. She is tough, confident, honorable and yet vulnerable. The hero i...more
I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I loved the descriptions of the Louisiana swamp and its inhabitants, and the story was fast-paced and exciting, but on the other hand I found the accent of the people forced and it served to distract me from the story. I know the way people from Louisiana sound and reading the author's interpretation of the local dialect was disappointing. Maybe it's just me, but I was so busy reading the words exactly as Feehan had written them (all of the "don'" do t...more
3.5 stars

I liked this book. There's a shifter community in swamps in new Orleans - and this book is an introduction to them. Saria Boudreaux has known her brothers are shifters, and she knows something is killing people in the marshland that belong with Jake Bannaconni, (hero from book 3, Burning Wild) and it looks very much like a shifter kill.
So she jots him a letter letting him know something weird is going on and gets Drake Donovan in return.

Drake wasn’t as much of an idiot as the heroes fr...more
I just love books that are set in Cajun country, so that was a big plus with this book. I was also surprised by how funny this book was. This was due to the couple in the book. They both had very developed personalities, ones that had a strong nature and often would butt heads, but in a good way.

Saria was great as a wild child raised in the bayou, running free as a small child, which gave her great knowledge of the land and what to expect. It is in her roaming ways that she discovers things tha...more
Originally posted here: Happily Ever After - Reads

I originally hadn’t planned to do a review for this book, but Saria made me. Savage Nature is book 5 in Christine Feehan’s Leopard People series. There’s an element of suspense in each book, but the stories are really about the shifters, their lairs and finding their mates. The mates “know” each other once they come in contact, and the world is set up so that the leopards recognize their mates from past lives. The female shifter can either accept...more
Savage Nature , Christine Feehan’s 5th book in her Leopard Series, gives us a great example of a romance between shapeshifters that gets it right. The hero, Donavan Drake, has just the right blend of alpha man and alpha animal. He’s smart, loyal, charismatic, dominant and in control of his leopard. He’s the right combination of 21st century man and jungle predator and that is one heady combination. What makes him especially wonderful is that when he meets the heroine Saria Boudreaux, he immediat...more
Kathy Davie
Fifth in the Leopard People paranormal-romance series about a race of leopard shapeshifters. The couple focus in this story is on Drake Donovan and Saria Boudreaux in a Louisiana bayou.

The Story
Something is wrong in the bayou. Saria keeps coming across dead bodies. Men who are obvious leopard shifter kills. The only leopards Saria knows that shift are her brothers and they don't know she knows. Danger threatens her everywhere from the letter intercepted and pinned to her pirogue to the shifter a...more
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Tori  smexys_sidekick
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Favorite Quote: “I think my leopard is a freakin’ hussy!”

Savage Nature is the 5th book in Christine Feehan’s seductive Leopard People series.

A heady passionate seductive story filled with romance, suspense, and my favorite…shapeshifters. Rowr!!! I’ve waited for Drake’s story and I’m pleased to say that I feel this is the best one in the series. Feehan blends a sweet and steamy love story with action packed tension that kept me glued to...more
Anne Marsh
Feehan was my first introduction to paranormal romance. I'd bought and loved one of her earlier gothic romances, so I bought her backlist from Dorchester with a coupon torn out from the back of a paperback. The books arrived-- and all I could think was "WHAT is this VAMPIRE crap?" Since I'd bought them, though, I figured I should pretend to read I did. And I was hooked. One of the things I love most about Feehan is the way her heroes and heroines-- particularly the heroines-- have grow...more
This is actually my favorite book so far out of the Leopard People series. I really loved Drake and I was so glad that this book was about him. I also ended up really liking Saria as a character, she was very strong and independent and didn't like Drake take her over like some females do in other books. I loved that. The chemistry between them was believable and I liked how Drake held back in the beginning to make sure he wasn't taking advantage of Saria, how sweet! But once their romance got go...more
Alexis *RealityBites! Let's Get Lost!*
I love love loved this book.... Drake was the man the moment he realized he found his mate it was on. Saria was a strong Female heroine in this book i think maybe the strongest i have read in PNR thus far, but that may have been spoken to soon. Anyway i loved her character she was a fun fearless female just the way i like for my heroines to be portrayed. This book also had great minor characters as well. Remy was soooo sexy i would love to read more about him Joushua as well. Give me more of the...more

Danger lurks in the shadows and desire shimmers in the sultry heat as leopard shifter Drake Donovan is sent to a Louisiana bayou to investigate a murder. He's ready for anything except the insatiable hunger that rocks him when he meets Saria Boudreaux, a woman with a compelling motive-and ability-to distract him from the task at hand...

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I live in the beautiful mountains of Lake County, California. I have always loved hiking, camping, rafting and being outdoors. I’ve also been i

Eva (TXBookjunkie)
Standard Feehan novel: alpha male who's unbelievably in touch with his feelings regarding his mate and overly lush, descriptive narratives. Still, this was an enjoyable read. The heroine was likable, and the hero was protective of the heroine while respecting her need for freedom and relying on her expertise and experience. The outcome of who the serial killer was a surprise to me, and the hero and heroine's path of uncovering what's really happening in the bayou was an interesting side story.
I wish I knew why this author's shape shifter romance novels are leaving me cold when they seem to get everyone else hot and bothered. My only thought is this -- I find pre-destined love to be anti-climactic at best. At worst it's like this... over before it began. I know that HEA romance always ends happily ever after, but there's got to be some sense of something keeping two people apart or else there's no drive. No fire.

I'm also not particularly buying into this author's shifter world. I don...more
I'm so torn about what I want to rate this book. The writing was Feehan's usual amazingness. The mystery was great! I argued with myself several times about who the real culprit was and I liked the characters. Somehow over all I'm not feeling wowed by the book though. Part of me felt that it was just too long (something I hardly ever say about a book) I'm not sure what it is exactly but I'm giving 3.5 stars.
I have had this sitting on my tbr pile since it first was released. I loved the previous one but this one didn't catch my attention right away. So when I was bored I picked it up and read it in one sitting. It was just as good as the previous. Nothing really new but still Feehan nows how to give readers what they want.
Rebecca Warner
Christine Feehan weaves a great story where people are surrounded by swamps, alligators, snakes, weird flowers and people who change into Leopards. Saria was the youngest in the family and her mother died when she was young. Her father, when sober, taught her how to live in the bayou. How to fish, hunt alligators, find her way in the swamps, but most of all how to survive. She never felt like part of the family always on the outside. She took care of her father, ran the bar and when people tried...more
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 40 novels published, including four series. Each of her four series has hit #1 on the NY Times. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7...more
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