Cat Benoit was brought into Rafe’s home, a leopard shifter, a dangerous man, a man who would do anything to keep her and would destroy anyone that got in his way. Cat knew that she had to be smarter than Rafe is she wanted to be able to escape his clutches. She devised a plan, and executed it perfectly, but now she is on the run, training herself to face him once again, battling nightmares and hoping that he will never find her. She finds herself in Texas, making coffee in a poetry cafe, the last place he would ever think to look for her. While attending martial arts dojo she meets Ridley Cromer, a trainer, and despite her knowledge that she can never have him, she can’t help but admire him…he has an elegance to his movements, a way he fights and protects. But Ridley has his own secrets….secrets that could draw Rafe right to her and threaten her sanity and life…
Ridley, is a leopard shifter, an orphan, and had to learn to deal with being on his own. Ridley, is honorable and loyal, and works for the government, and has dedicated his life to bringing down crime lords of all kinds. But there is one crime lord he will do anything to bring down, Rafe. He is dangerous and a leopard shifter…which makes him even more dangerous. Ridley is a predator, like many of his kind, but he acts with integrity, and you see that immediately, he is a bit of a control freak, but due to how he has had to live his life, it makes sense. I enjoyed him as the hero, he is commanding, a full alpha male, but he also has a soft side not many see but when it comes out…you just ache to have him.
Cat has lived in fear her whole life. Her adopted mother gave her to Rafe when she was young, and all she has known is living under his thumb and his control. Cat knows Rafe more than anyone…she understands that his life was rough, but that he is mentally unstable, a psychopath. Cat is smart and intelligent, she notices the little things and puts it together, she is the only person alive to escape Rafe by will and intelligence. She loves to cook (if she were real…we would be best friends), but I loved how she stands up to Ridley and Rafe. She doesn’t back down even if she is afraid. She has a very logical thought process at times, but because of her growing up with Rafe, she has had to fight her emotions and demons. She has only known fear at Rafe’s hand. She was quite a strong heroine to me, you see her grow in this story, you see how in the beginning she is fearful of everything, but then because of Ridley, training her and showing her the strengths and talents that she has, that she has the power to not let fear control her any longer.
Cat’s Lair is the seventh installment of this wonderful series. I flew right through this story…which isn’t a surprise because Christine Feehan is writing it. I can’t get enough of the way she can pull the reader into a story and not let go until the end. Cat’s Lair is quite the story and HOT!! I mean you might want to watch out or you might burn. This is one of Feehan’s most hottest series. More than her other series. But the heat in this book is very similar to Burning Wild (if you have read that one). The other books are tame compared to these. And at times I would just skim over those parts…because it got too frequent for the kind of mood I was in. But we do see a solid plot though…so no worries. There is quite a dangerous aspect to the story as well. ( I included the trailer below…so you can feel the dangerous aspect of it), and what suspense there is. I mean when it comes down to it….it will get your heart pounding and edge of the seat action that will thrill you to your toes. One of the most intense and action filled books I have read by this author so far. We do see connection to some other books as well. We see Emma and Jake and his team…which is always fun when you see them interacting with the main characters. The only thing I would change is less sex scenes…and a bit more focus on the relationship…we see it, but not as much as I would have liked.
I really like the shadows on this cover…adds a bit more of a dangerous element to it…which the beautiful tat work…I have never seen anything like that.
Cat’s Laird sizzles and burns, with both sensuality and danger…thrills on every page…heart stopping and will threaten to tear you off your seat!! MESMERIZING!!