- In this pulse-pounding novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Leopard series, animal instinct unites two elite shifters whose heads are at war with their hearts.
Gorya Amurov might be known as his family's peacekeeper, but the leopard inside him wants nothing more than to claw to the surface and unleash hell. A harsh life has shaped him into a vicious fighter with a calm exterior, but Gorya knows it's only a matter of time until he loses all control. Deep down, he truly believes he'd be better off dead, and that no woman will ever accept him as a mate....
Maya Averina has spent years hunting the criminals who destroyed her life, and she always takes down her prey. She keeps to herself, stays under the radar, and never loses focus. But with her body burning up and her mind distracted by her first heat, an ambush takes her by surprise. Now she's trapped, an unmated female shifter about to be sold off to the highest bidder. Maya is ready to fight her way out—until the most dangerous, powerful man she's ever encountered arrives to set her free....
This story goes all the way back to Conner Vega's story, Wild Fire. I had several loose ends that I wanted to address, and I was able to do that with this book. Readers will recognize some of those and I hope they're as satisfied to get questions answered as I was.
The leopards themselves were a surprise to me. Some are "elite" leopards with very special gifts and that is certainly highlighted in Leopard's Hunt with both Gorya and Maya. The leopards were very involved in this story and were instrumental in helping two damaged people realize their worth and that they deserved love. The way that plays out was such a wonderful writing experience for me as a storyteller.
Readers were surprised with Leopard's Scar when I introduced a new couple they'd never heard of. I had realized early on that I would need them in order to tell Gorya's story.
Gorya has been in several books and in this one we learn there have been a lot of misconceptions about him. This character had held back for a while, not coming forward to have his story told and when I realized why he held back things just fell into place.
Maya was the perfect fit for Gorya and another reason I was glad I'd waited to tell this story. She has some surprising gifts and history. She's a strong woman and just as damaged as Gorya.
Putting them together was a fun blend of action, adventure and romance.
— Christine Feehan
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