Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Savage Nature Savage Nature
by Christine Feehan

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Jan Butterworth

The 5th book in the Leopard series starts out slow, but the action increases as the story continues.

Saria Boudreaux grew up wild, with an alcoholic father and 5 older brothers. She escapes into the swamp to photograph to photograph the world around her. She finds several corpses with animal bites and calls the land owner. This may seem illogical but her brothers are leopard people and she wants this kept unofficial

Drake Donovan is sent to investigate the killings. Drake figures out Saria is his mate at first sight (and sniff) and sets about making her his. Drake is puzzled when the leopard-shifting families close ranks on his investigation, in an effort to protect her. Then Saria catches the eye of the serial killer and the hunt is on to find and stop him.

Saria is a strong character who doesn’t need saving. Apart from the whole serial killer thing. Drake is very Alpha male without being a macho man. He’s a fun character to read about. The suspense builds throughout and you don’t find out who the killer is until the end. This is a good, exciting story, rather steamy in parts so suitable for mature teens and up. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. This is an interesting world.

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