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Burning Wild (Leopard People #3)

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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  6,936 ratings  ·  258 reviews
The #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Dark Carpathian novels now returns to the exotic, sensual and dangerous world of her bestseller "Wild Rain."
This time, what goes on between male and female is wilder than animal instinct-and twice as hot.
ebook, 480 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Jove Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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MelissaB
May 19, 2009 MelissaB rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christine Feehan fans, fans of dominant heroes, fans of shapeshifter romance
Jake Bannaconni is a leopard shapeshifter who lives to acquire enough money and power to take down his evil parents and their friends. He was badly abused as a child but survived by dreaming of the day he destroys their lives. At the age of 33, he has acquired a lot of money and power but feels like he is still missing something. He is going to be a father soon after being tricked by his enemy's daughter. She is in a car accident that claims her life but the medics are able to save his son. The ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Okay, Jake's parents did everything they could to make him into a serial killer. Thank God he was too strong for that. Jake was an intense guy who had a facade of not caring about anything and being out for himself. But truly that wasn't who he was. He was a dangerous and ruthless man, but he had the capacity for devotion and love. Thankfully he met Emma and she brought that out in him.

This was a really intense book. I truly enjoyed it and had trouble putting it down. I was reading it every chan
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Mojca
Jul 19, 2010 Mojca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all those unfamiliar with Christine Feehan's work or who've been burned by her Carpathians
Oh. My. God....This is the first thing that came to mind after I finished this book. Well, this and hot damn.

I started reading this one with a hefty dose of skepticism. The Leopard Series is the least favorite of mine, but I quickly had to rethink my position.

I must admit I didn't particularly like the hero, Jake Bannaconni, at the beginning, no matter the rather detailed explanation for his actions and behavior the author offered us in snippets cut from the boy's childhood. His parents were mon
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Dina
Jun 07, 2010 Dina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: MelissaB
There are already many excellent reviews on this book and I agree with most of them, so I won't bother writing mine. I'll just say that the sex scenes were a bit ouf of my comfort zone but I didn't mind. That's how much I loved Jack and Emma. :)
Julie (jjmachshev)
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 leop
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Laurie Garrison
May 06, 2010 Laurie Garrison rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laurie by: Cathy
This story was so good until Emma went to live with Jake. I just cant get into a story where the man in the story can have sex with other women but yet he keeps the woman that he claims his at his house, so she cant go out to be able to have a life or sex life. Jake even tells Emma, yes he has sex with other women that he has needs. Well crap! what about hers? is she dead or something. All I can say is WHATEVER! Then one day Emma does go out on a date and he sees her and takes her away from the ...more
Tilly Slaton
Bad guys. Sexual heat. Mating rights. Extreme child abuse. Manipluation. Revenge.

A Leopard shapeshifting novel by Christine Feehan. This novel takes place outside of the rainforest.

Although the story is adventurous and demanding, it takes off on a slow incline that becomes well worth the read.

Jake Bannaconni was severely abused as a child, both psychologically and physically. Just reading about his childhood sent shivers up my spine and rage boiling through my veins. The abuse, regardless of it
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Kathrynn
4 1/2 Stars

Burning Wild was #3 in Ms. Feehan's Leopard series and it looked like she set the saga up for a lot more here. She moved the setting from the rainforest in Southeast Asia (Borneo) to good 'ole Texas. :-) And secondary characters were brought in that could spin off their own tales. Also, for those familiar with Lora Leigh's Breed series, there are some similarities--now. Burning... was written in a way that anyone NOT having read the first two would not be lost. This really kicks off a
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Brownbetty
This book is just baffling. It's well enough written to be quite readable, but I can only conclude I am very much not its target demographic. I kept on coming to scenes whose purpose was perfectly obvious, and which affected me in a way totally orthogonal to that purpose.

For example: this book's very first scene begins from the point of view of our hero as a fetus. (My reaction: O.o) Then he is expelled from his warm home, and hears his mother greet his appearance with horror, asking if they can
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Merrin
I decided to read some Feehan because I hear about her a lot working at the bookstore. But MY GOD PEOPLE. MY GOD. I have read quite a few romance novels in my day and I cannot remember the last time I was quite this horrified. The sex scenes were graphic enough that I felt like clutching my pearls, but what transpired during them was less horrifying than that they basically amounted to rape, since her mouth kept saying "no" but her body kept saying "yes". (So hey, that makes everything okay, rig ...more
Miki
A badly written book with a sick plot about unlikeable people. Take (very) thinly disguised porn, add a touch of bondage, some painful, coersive sex (hey, doesn't No mean No?), and throw in several disturbing scenes of the physical abuse of a toddler and you get a veritable stew of nastiness with no redeeming value. As the crowning touch, the lead character - I refuse to call him "the hero" - travels up the Amazon to Borneo! One word, Ms Feehan----ATLAS!!

I wish I hadn't read it. Is there an equi
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BJ Rose
After being less than impressed with the first two books in the Leopard series, I was reluctant to read this one, even after I picked it up for a song. Well, I was wrong!! And I'll grab up the next one, hoping that Feehan continues the series in this vein.

OK, now that you've heard the commercial, on to this story: Jake Bannaconni is a rich, powerful guy who finds pleasure in ruining other rich and powerful people. Since the book begins with the vicious abuse he received from his parents all thro
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Sammy, Recovering Monster Sex Addict
C.Feehan really brought her A game on this story and boy did she turn up the heat! This was a great love story with elements of betrayal and manipulation. I felt like I inhaled this book and couldn't put it down.

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I Highly recommend this read. There are only a few love scenes but they are very intense as Jake attempts to control Emma with very demanding sex. He sometimes uses it as punishment..(way cool way to get punished right?)

There are a few characters from book 2 present, but this book coul
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PT
I may have to lay off Feehan for a while. Lately, I have been in a non-angsty kind of mood, so this didn't really work for me. The hero was...TOO intense, which is saying a lot because I generally find brooding men with scars (literally and figuratively) quite sexy. But Jake, not so much. And the sex scenes were painful to read. Painful, I tell you. I felt abused, degraded, and humiliated just for reading them.
And don't even get me started on Jake's parents. Those two made Joan Crawford look li
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Laura V.
¿No es un león ese? o.o

La novela se lee rapidísimo. Si te gusta la idea de un hombre dominante y sobreprotector, manipulador y un poco insensible, creo que Jake podría agradarte. Emma no es más que un títere en sus manos.
La historia en sí me gustó y no me gustó. Engancha bastante, todo lo que le pasa/pasó a Jake te intriga. Todo lo que podría pasar con Emma también. Pero creo que la autora eligió la salida fácil. En vez de detenerse en desarrollar la historia de ambos, pone un cartel de "Dos añ
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Nely
As you all should know by now, I have been a Christine Feehan fan for at least 10 years, if not longer. I’ve read everything the woman has written and I plan to keep doing the same.

With that said, Burning Wild, was how can I say... HOT. This book is part of her Leopard Series or more like an introduction really - since the first two stories in the series were short stories in books that she shares with other authors. Jake Bannaconni is a cold, revenge driven man who likes to take action to make
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MB
May 11, 2009 MB rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pretty Woman movie fans who find leopards sexy? Old Skool romance readers?
Okay, I like love stories, find wild animals interesting and have long found Christine Feehan's books a guilty pleasure. So I was looking forward to this one.

There were a few cute and/or enjoyable moments, but too much of this book just squicked me out! The gratuitious torture, the porn, the near-rapes, and most of all the imbalance of power between the male and female protagonists. I didn't care for this book at all. I finished it...but I felt repulsed.
Krystin
Let me preface my review by saying that the first paranormal romance I ever read was Dark Desire by Christine Feehan. Before that book I was not too interested in vampires as sexual creatures. It goes almost without saying that my feelings quickly changed. Although there have been some repetitiousness in Feehan's recent work she is still an auto buy for me. Burning Wild did not change that.

Characters: The main characters were well fleshed out and their motives were believable. Emma was sweet but
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Sharon
Okay, I did something I rarely did with this book - I didn't finish it. I tried, I really did, but there are just too many good books out there to waste reading a book I don't like. I really wanted to like this series - it's right up my alley in the paranormal and sex world, but I did not like the characters. The first novella was the best, and it was all downhill from there.

My biggest problem with this book is that the hero is an ass. Feehan tries to build up the 'he had a rough childhood' to
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Ansu
This was a good book. The reason why I did not give it a 5 star rating was that Jake and Emma took too long to become a couple. Also the end was "unfinished" for me. I would have liked to know that Drake was okay and that they did get married, put their lives together, had a HEA( I really am not asking much here***). Why does the bad guys always have to win more battles than the good guys, it would have been nice if the good guys had more of a victory, there was not much of a victory after the a ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
May 25, 2009 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Julie (jjmachshev) Anderson
Jake Bannaconni was born because his wealthy, influential parents, descended of a corrupted bloodline of leopard people, wanted a leopard shifter for a son. When he's born runty, his parents instantly assume he's worthless and despise him, raising him without an ounce of love and affection, abusing him physically and emotionally. Yet all the time he keeps quiet, learns and watches and waits for the day when he can take them down. He lives only for revenge, keeping his leopard half secret from th ...more
Susan
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, ...more
Christine Morehouse
Jake Bannaconni was made for a specific reason. When his parents discovered he was nothing more than a “rat” and not their perfect mutated shifter they abused him like no tomorrow. For years Jake planned his revenge with a single mindedness that won him the reputation of being cold, calculating and cunning.

Along the way Jake has made some brutal "enemies" when he finds himself a single father. Having barricaded his heart from feeling anything Jake hasn't a clue how to raise a young son, let alon
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Darcy
This was classic Feehan. I liked the book. When you started out reading you instantly feel sorry for Jake and the way he was brought up. Some people should just be spaded and neutered at puberty. He was handed a raw deal, and dealt with it the only way he knew how. Somehow he managed to learn right from wrong and not become like the people who raised him. I loved watching him interact with Emma and slowly start to learn how people really are. The initial scenes with Kyle as a baby were funny, be ...more
Kelly
Let me start off saying I HATE the cover. I remember someone in my Paranormal group mentioning that they started this book didn't have much hope for it but after a few pages they were in like with a leopard!
It was on the shelf at the library so I thought what the heck.

I could not put it down. I fell for Jake and fell hard. I loved that he was a control freak and bossy. I loved how Emma stayed true to him the whole time. I loved that they both loved each others children. I loved how they would st
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Sia McKye
I read all of Christine Feehan's book and I love her worlds and her characters. Burning Wild was one of the best of hers I read in sometime. So good that I read it in 24 hours. What I loved about the characters were they were flawed. Jake was very flawed and thought he was incapable of love yet longed for it. He went through some horrible things as a child and yet came out stronger, creating a 'family' to fill a need he didn't even realize he had. Emma was wonderfully loving and gentle but by no ...more
Kay Rogal
Christine Feehan's paranormal romance 'Burning Wild' definitely burns hot when Jake rescues Emma from a car accident and cannot deny the instant hold she has on him. Jake has unlimited power and will do anything to keep Emma in his life, yet, fighting hard to believe he is incapable of being loved or to love. Jake and Emma fight the attraction they have for one another, until Jake is pushed to his limit in his need to take her as his mate. Emma's secret is finally revealed, unable to hide her le ...more
Kaleigha
Well, with all of the negatives I had heard about this book, I wasn't expecting much. To my pleasant surprise, I enjoyed it. While I definitely believe that the child abuse/torture went way too far, it was actually my only complaint. While Jake was not what one would consider the standard "hero", he did get his redemption. There was less shifting in the first 3/4 of the book than I expected, and then more in the last 1/4 than I had planned on. But overall, a favorable read.
Jane (PS)
Boy oh boy - this was GOOD! It has the feel of the possessiveness of the Carpathians mixed with quite a bit of manipulation, loving and action (sort of in that order)... Loved it!
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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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