Born into a family desirous of a
leopard shape shifter, Jake Bannaconni suffered through a
horrible childhood. Understanding early on that he could
never depend on anyone but himself, Jake spent his formative
years learning to be as strong and independent as he could.
And it worked. He depends on no one, he trusts no one, and
he likes it that way. He controls his inner leopard and
doesn’t allow it to control him. Jake’s view of life
changes when he finds out a vital piece of information – he
was deliberately set up – and he travels and follows the
ex-lover only to see her die in a horrendous and fiery car
crash. With her death, Jake now has something of his very
own that snaps him out of his shell. Something so innocent
that Jake knows he has no business even touching. He turns
to Emma Reynolds for help never realizing that Emma is the
one woman on this Earth who will touch his soul.
Looking on Ms. Feehan’s website, I read
a statement from her about Burning Wild and
how it might cause some controversy. I also read how dark
she thought the book would be to some of her readers but
that she had to write the story the way she saw it unfold.
Thank goodness nothing was sugarcoated in Burning Wild.
Had it been, Burning Wild would not be the
brilliant and addicting read that I just finished.
Ms. Feehan deserves much praise for
sticking close to her heart – the intense and often
traumatic experiences are what made Jake the man he was. He
said he doesn’t trust – but he trusts Emma. He says he
doesn’t love – but he loved Emma. Something in Emma’s
nature drew her to the leopard inside of Jake and shaped the
way Jake loved. He was intense, he was often times
stubborn, he was hard and ruthless, but with his Emma he was
sometimes playful, often times alpha, and most of the time
sexy. I wanted to grab him and keep him safe as I read the
first scene and wanted to continue holding him throughout
Burning Wild. With tears in my eyes more than
once, I mourned the loss of his childhood innocence but
gloried in his overcoming such animosity to become the
noteworthy and protective man and mate he needed to be.
Burning Wild will take
you on a roller coaster of emotions. You will laugh, you
will cry. You might even get angry – I surely did. But
when you read the final words of this exemplary book, you
will sit in awe at the humanity and the never ending human
spirit of Jake Bannaconni. I loudly and joyfully recommend
Burning Wild by Christine Feehan – it is the
most gripping and satisfying book I have ever read from this
talented and remarkable author. It was simply stunning.