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Cat's Lair

(Leopard People #6)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,714 ratings  ·  422 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leopard’s Prey returns to the feral underworld of her astonishing Leopard novels in an arousing new romance of forbidden animal instincts…

Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past—and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She’s off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from th
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Jove (first published May 1st 2015)
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Kristen Have you read the other Leopard books? Have you NOT gotten the understanding that just like in real life with Leopards. It is rough. Not just rough - …moreHave you read the other Leopard books? Have you NOT gotten the understanding that just like in real life with Leopards. It is rough. Not just rough - it's hardcore. Maybe you've turned into a Snowflake.(less)

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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3 Stars

I've been waiting for some kind of mild inspiration to strike so I could tap out a review for this thing, but alas, the brain seems to be dead this week.

I have no idea why. I blame hormones.

Or the J-O-B. That asshole is always a good scapegoat.


Anyway, this book.

I'm not sure exactly what to say.

So I will just outline exactly what happened for about, oh, 300+ pages or so...

"You are so beautiful."

"Say you're mine."

"Say it!"

"Are you wet for me?"


"Gosh, I'm just not sure about this
Alex is The Romance Fox
I really love Christine Feehan and though the Leopard Series is not my favorite….The Dark Series is the one for me….I have still enjoyed the books I have read about the leopard shifters. But Cat’s Lair was more than just disappointing… was beyond totally boring!!!!!

I was hoping that Cat Benoit’s story would be a good one!!! But what happened???
Starting with Cat hiding from her evil and violent Rafe Cordeau, to whom her mother had sold to when she was eleven years old, it continues with her w
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a paper copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little Brown Book Group.)

This was an erotic paranormal romance, but I did have an issue with one of Eli’s rules.

It took me quite a while to warm to the characters in this book, as I just couldn’t seem to connect with them, but it was unfortunate the situation Cat found herself in, especially as she believed that no-one had ever loved her. Eli came across as a bit of a pig though with his constant ‘my woma
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
It took me a while to process my thoughts after reading this. I love Christine Feehan's books. She's got her quirks, for sure, but she is one of my autobuy authors for a reason. I liked this book, but I disliked some prominent aspects enough that I had to knock my rating down to 3.5 stars. I will try not to get too graphic in describing why, but I hope that no one is offended by any content in this review. I will refer to the hero as "the hero", because if I call him something else, it's a spoil ...more
Karen A. Livingston

I've never thought I would leave a bad review on one of Feehans books. But, this one was really not her best work. Watch too much aggressive sex by a too dominant man. Where was the balance between strong male and strong female characters? The climax took forever. I absolutely love Christine Feehan and usually read her books over and over. Not this one.
May 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing book. It seems 85% of the book was just Eli and Cat talking about the same thing and doing each other. The rest of the book was just the beginning of the book and the last bit where the bad guy was slain. I skipped pages after pages, chapters after chapters that in the end I didn't bother to finish reading after the fight which was the only thing that was impressive. A lot of cheesy lines in this book. My honest opinion, this book was a complete waste. I don't know the purpose ...more
This is the second Feehan book that I had the same issue with. The hero seemed too alpha, almost to the point of abuse. I didn't like how Eli deceived Cat at the start, but could sort of understand that. What I didn't care for is that Eli knew how Cat grew up, knew from studying her and from Cat's own words, yet time and time again he would go off on her about things, mostly revolving around sex. I did find myself laughing when Cat asked if he could tell her all the rules at once. She even reali ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Rating~ 2.5 stars
Please note: This is not a spoiler free review, infact I think it's literally filled with all sorts of spoilers.

I'm unsure as to how to rate this book, but I'm going to go with 2-2.5 stars. I do love Christine Feehan's books and I have reread quite a few and will continue to do so in the future. This one however was sadly disappointing.

On one hand, I enjoyed the plot (of what there was), maybe because it was different then the others in the series and at the same time had a simi
Erin Burns
May 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal, read-2015
Do you hear that shriek? That's the sound of being completely irked because you want to quit a series, but you're still waiting for one particular character's story.
Honestly, why do I do this to myself? It is usually not a good sign when you almost dread starting a book and when you keep putting that book off. But I really did enjoy Wild Rain, Burning Wild and Savage Nature, so I figured (hoped) I'd settle in after I started reading.

Maybe my reticence in reading this one, and my opinion of this
Julia's Book Haven
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifter-romance
Probably more like 2.5 but I rounded up.

So let me run down how this book basically went. 5 maybe 7 pages of storyline and/or dialogue, and then 20 pages of sex, 5 more pages of storyline, 30 pages of sex. And that was how the whole book was. When you strip away all the sex scenes, there wasn't actually a very strong storyline. Which is surprising since Christine Feehan usually writes awesome action packed books. I don't know if she was rushed when she wrote this. Or she just wasn't feeling the
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it
There were so many eye-rolling events in here, I had a headache after I finished the book. It wasn't the best shifter book I have ever read and it wasn't the worst, so I will settle in the middle. Cat was hard for me to connect to, because I couldn't buy in to her being as naïve as she was, even at her age.
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

********Warning... I actually LIKED this book!! So this is a positive review***********************

A long time ago, I was on another author's website and we were talking about books to read. Plenty of really good books were suggested, including Christine Feehan's Carpathian Series. But then the author spoke up (not CF) and said, forget the Carpathians if you want steam??? Check out her Leopard Series, I did and a love affair w
Stephanie  G
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Cat’s Lair is the 7th book in Feehan’s Leopard series. Although I have not read any of the previous 6 novels, I had no trouble following the story or relating to the characters. However, it is possible that a reader already familiar with Feehan’s work would have picked up on nuances within the text or storyline that I missed.

Catarina Benoit has escaped a life of captivity and terror in New Orleans and is living off the grid in Texas. She is focused on learning to protect herself (via ma
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

I have such mixed feelings about Ca't Lair and almost gave it 2 stars, but I love the author and I have been a Christine Feehan fan since 1999 over 15years. This story doesn't feel like her writing. There is very little story an the villain Rafe Cordeau is not fleshed out. The whole story is very underdeveloped. The lead characters were good I liked Catarina Benoit. Maybe she was a little to submissive at times but that was because she just wanted someone to love her and think of her i
Honestly, I wasn't really expecting much from this latest Christine Feehan novel. Don't get me wrong, I love her earlier works but these last few novels just seem to fall a little short.

This particular book revolves around Cat Benoit, our heroine, and Eli Perez aka Ridley Cromer, our hero. Cat is on the run from an evil shifter out to claim her as his mate when she bumps into Eli/Ridley. She has been taking self-defense classes where she first sees him. Then he just seems to keep popping up and
Jul 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
So basically she's on the run from a criminal overlord who also happens to be a leopard shape shifter. She runs into a cop working undercover who is also a leopard shape shifter and who is determined to protect her ... at least until he discovers that she's also a shifter. Then he's determined to have her, and he really doesn't care whether she likes it or not. Choose: Evil drug lord who kills for fun and who once made you put your hand into the guts of your friend who was bleeding out in order ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
If I could give this book a negative star I would.
I enjoy the leopard people series, and have liked the past books but this one was AWFUL.
I swear the bulk of it was the same conversation over and over and over again.
"I just don't know if I can trust you again"
"I am a tough man baby"
"I have never had anything"
"How much you trust me blows me away"
Those aren't quotes but the main topics of discussion that took up more than half the book it seemed. Like verbatim the main characters would repeat the
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: featured-books, star
I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley.

I really wanted to give Cat's Lair five stars, I really wanted to say that I loved it but it appears as time goes on Christine's work has sort of... I'm not sure of the right word... Slipped? It doesn't have the same feel, it doesn't evoke the same emotion from me that her previous works have always managed to bring out of me. It doesn't seem to have that old Christine Feehan flair.
I know everyone changes over time and her
Ann Minton
May 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you like hard pornography this is the book for you

I have read many of this author's books and in the beginning I enjoyed them. I immediately snapped up any books with her name on it. No more! I have noticed more and more sex scenes recently but this book has little to no plot or characters development. It seemed the characters existed only to string together porno sex scenes that went on for pages. The descriptions for oral sex, bondage and the total control of the female character by the mal
May 18, 2015 rated it it was ok

The first half showed a lot of promise but soon the story morphed into classic Feehan with an offensively alpha hero and a heroine who is "trained" to please the hero. Meh. I did enjoy the conflict though hence the 1/2 star.
Almost too much smexing. Much of the book was smexing. Skimmed thru them cause the story was good and all the smexing became a distraction and not a positive.
Sandy S
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date May 5, 2015

Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past—and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She’s off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from the torrid dangers of her native New Orleans. She’s safe. He’ll never find her this time. Cat has to believe that. It’s the only thing keeping her sane.

Yet she can’t escape the attention of Ridley Cromer, the instructor at the martial arts dojo where Cat ta
May 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Cat’s Lair

The Characters

Catarina “Cat” Benoit
Eli Perez a.k.a. Ridley Cromer

The Story

The storyline was good. However it was overshadowed by constant repetitiveness and endless sex. Seriously if either of the characters went off in reflection about how much they love their mate again or if Cat brought up her lack of education one more time I would have screamed and possibly thrown things. Yes, I’m complaining about sex in this book. (I can’t believe it either.) It went on fore
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This is not going to be an in-depth review. I just want to take the opportunity to air out a hugely distracting grievance with this novel, prepare yourselves for a shallow rant! The author uses the word "coffee" nearly 200 times in this book. She literally writes it 168 times. I found it so distracting after about the first 40 times I read it, wanted to stab the passages the next 100 times, and it still wasn't over. Granted to be fair the heroine works in a coffeehouse, but there is minimal time ...more
Lady Lioness
This was a DNF for me. I might've stuck with it longer if the heroine hadn't known what she was, but when I found out that she definitely knew, I just couldn't invest in her anymore. If she knew, how could she be so naive about what that entailed? Why didn't she understand what was happening with the hero?

Also, while I don't have an issue with d/s, I felt like it came very close to rape fantasy at times, and that is not my cup of tea. There were definitely times where I felt like the heroine wa
Amy Jo Click
Not her best but I mostly enjoyed it.

The guy in this book is a dominating and controlling a hole, the weakness in this story. When he is pretending to be someone else, the story is better. The bad guy in it is truly diabolical. Cat or Caterina, is the heroine in the story. She is likable enough if a bit to emotionally needy. I'm not sure why most of the men Feehan rights are so controlling. It's not attractive. Sex scenes in the book are many and often repetitive. Eli uses sex to control her, an
Iris (InstagramREADS)
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Strong at 2/4 and the finish. To bad that the in between's felt like fillers. And not really added something to the main parts of the story.
Love this series tho.

Received a copy (e-arc) from the publisher
Elizabeth Mathis
May 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-romance
Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past—and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She’s off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from the torrid dangers of her native New Orleans. She’s safe. He’ll never find her this time. Cat has to believe that. It’s the only thing keeping her sane.

Yet she can’t escape the attention of Ridley Cromer, the instructor at the martial arts dojo where Cat takes lessons. She arouses the animal in Ridley—and so
Anne, Unfinished Woman
Warning: Readers may find some of this review too explicit. I don't think I am going to be giving away plot, because they really isn't much of one, but...

I was scrounging around looking for my "Leopard's Fury", and found this in my pile of Feehan books, a bookmark about a third of the way through, obviously having abandoned its reading. I now know why. I generally like Feehan's books, only skipping the Dark series, since I'm not into vampires. I keep up with Sea Haven and Sisters of the heart,
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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 70 published novels, including five series; Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, the Sisters of the Heart Series and Torpedo Ink. All of her series have hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received ...more

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