Authors: Christine Feehan
Tags: #General, #Fiction, #Romance, #Paranormal
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“THE QUEEN OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE.”
Praise for Christine Feehan’s Leopard novels . . .
“Christine Feehan is at the top of her game.”
—Midwest Book Review
“Readers . . .will be seduced by this erotic adventure.”
Praise for Christine Feehan’s Carpathian novels . . .
“A very intense book.”
—The Best Reviews
“Danger, fantasy and wild, uninhibited romance.”
“[A] sex-and-magic-filled treat.”
“A terrific, action-packed romantic thriller.”
—The Best Reviews
“The erotic heat . . . turns scorching.”
“A HIGH PRIESTESS IN THE WORLD OF VAMPIRE FICTION.”
“A richly evocative fantasy world . . . [the] love scenes sizzle.”
“Feehan’s followers will be well sated.”
“A skillful blend of supernatural thrills and romance.”
“Vampire romance at its best!”
“Fun and different . . . pick up a copy of this book.”
—All About Romance
“[An] exciting and multifaceted world.”
“Feehan builds a complex society that makes for mesmerizing reading.”
“Wish I had written it!”
“For lovers of vampire novels, this one is a keeper.”
Praise for Christine Feehan’s GhostWalker novels . . .
“[An] explosive, scintillating novel.”
“[An] action-packed, gut-wrenching, adrenaline-driven ride.”
“Love and danger are a winning combination in [
“The sensual scenes rival the steaming Bayou. A perfect 10.”
—Romance Reviews Today
“Sultry and suspenseful.”
Titles by Christine Feehan
OCEANS OF FIRE
(with Maggie Shayne, Emma Holly, and Angela Knight)
(with Fiona Brand, Katherine Sutcliffe, and Eileen Wilks)
(with Emma Holly, Sabrina Jeffries, and Elda Minger)
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A Jove Book / published by arrangement with the author
Jove mass-market edition / May 2010
Copyright © 2010 by Christine Feehan.
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Civer handlettering by Ron Zinn.
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HE heard the birds first. Thousands of them. All varieties, all singing a different song. To an untrained ear the sound would have been deafening, but it was music to him. Deep inside, his leopard leapt and roared, grateful to inhale the scent of the rain forest. He stepped off the boat and onto the rickety pier, his eyes on the canopy rising like green towers in every direction. His heart shifted. It didn’t matter what country he was in—the rain forest was home. Any rain forest; but it was here, in the wilds of Panama, where he had been born. As an adult he’d chosen to make his home in the Borneo rain forest, but his roots were here. He hadn’t realized how much he’d missed Panama.
He turned his head, looking around, savoring the mingled scents and noises of the jungle. Each sound, from the cacophony of the birds to the shrieks of the howler monkeys to the hum of the insects, contained a wealth of information if one knew how to read it. He was a master. Conner Vega flexed his muscles, a small shrug only, but his body moved with life, every muscle, every cell, reacting to the forest. He wanted to tear his clothes from his body and run free and wild as his nature demanded. He looked civilized in his jeans and simple T-shirt, but there wasn’t a civilized bone in his body.
“It’s calling to you,” Rio Santano said, glancing around at the few people along the riverbank. “Hang on. We have to get out of sight. We’ve got an audience.”
Conner didn’t look at him or the others maneuvering small boats up the river. His heart pounded so the blood thundered through his veins, ebbing and flowing like the sap in the trees, like the moving carpet of insects on the forest floor. The shades of green—every shade in the universe—were beginning to form bands of color as his leopard filled him, reaching for the freedom of his homeland.