Cat’s Lair (Leopard #7) by Christine Feehan
Synopsis: 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 takes lessons. She arouses 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.
Review: This installment was very passionate and emotional. I have to admit some of my favorite scenes were when she thought he betrayed her and the scenes where he realizes how much he hurt her. The emotional connection between these two characters was intense at times. I enjoyed the ride! In the grand scheme of the whole series, this one falls into the high-middle from least favorite to most favorite in the series. It didn’t such me in like Rio’s book or Jake’s book, but it came close and it was a very enjoyable read. I found myself not wanting to read it too fast because I didn’t want it to end. Eli was an intense male-lead, a bit too dominate and sexually aggressive for my personal taste, but he was well developed and I liked him. Catarina was a very strong yet fragile female lead character. She was amazing, but heartbreaking at the same time. I liked her dichotomy. The series continues to entertain and is refreshing each time I read one in the series. It has not gotten old or too formulaic. Feehan does a good job taking her plot structure and giving it a fresh twist and a new outlook each time you revisit the series. If there is one thing I didn’t like about this installment was that there was a lot more sex in this one than in previous books, and I honestly got tired of those scenes by the end of the book. I love her story telling, but this one seemed a bit saturated with the sex scenes.