Reading Assignment Challenge: Cat's Lair by Christine Feehan
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 take lessons. She arouse the animal in Ridley--and something feral comes to life when their body heat rises. Cat is in no position to let her guard down with anyone, especially someone who could be endangered by her past. But Ridley has secrets of his own--secrets only Cat would understand. If she dares to trust him.
Classic Feehan!! Tough, domineering male fighting to protect his mate against evil so dark and twisted it is almost unimaginable. Sweet, smart female doing everything she must to survive a horrific past that is always waiting to pull her back into the darkness she barely survived. Alpha male finds himself shaking his head trying to figure out how the quiet, small female has come to rule his heart and his life. Manly man retaliates with rules and lots of dominate sexy-times while loving woman simply does what she wants knowing that she is the most important part of his life. This book felt so reminiscent of Burning Wild which up to this point has been my favorite book in this series. Cat's Lair now ties with Burning Wild for my favorite...
I don't want to tell too much of what happens because this is definitely best read with no spoilers! I will say that this has one of the hands down sweetest and best beginnings of any book I have read in a long time. Watching Ridley Cromer carefully, gently, slowly draw Cat out of her shell was pure pleasure! I loved his quiet confidence and his absolute devotion to watching out for her. He knows she is running scared from something and he wants to be the one she trusts in her new future. Seeing Cat slowly let down some of her walls was beautiful--and Ridley's absolute adoration at the sass that slips through Cat's barriers was a hoot. And then...well, that is best read on your own so I am ending my review here. Please just trust that if you haven't read this entry in the Leopard series, you need to go get it RIGHT NOW!