In the novel, Wild Rain, and the novella, "The Awakening", New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan created an exotic sensual race -- the Leopard People. Fever brings the two stories together for the first time in one volume, a one-way ticket to a dizzying new world of desire...
Sensual half-human, half-leopard creatures stalk the lush rainforest of Borneo...
In “The Awakening,” a beautiful naturalist’s dream comes true—to live among the feral jungle creatures. But an untamed, irresistible beast of another sort inspires her to explore her own wild side…
And they mate for life.
Wild Rain’s Rachel Lospostros has escaped from a faceless assassin and found sanctuary thousands of miles from home, under the towering jungle canopy. In this world teeming with unusual creatures she encounters Rio: a native of the forest imbued with a fierce prowess, and possessed of secrets of his own. When Rio unleashes the secret animal instincts that course through his blood, Rachel must decide if he is something to be feared—or desired…
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Release Date: January 3, 2006
Number of Pages: 416 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade
For some time now, I have had many requests for The Awakening and Wild Rain to be released together. I'm so pleased to announce that now they are in a new trade book titled Fever! I hope this makes it easier for those of you who have said they have had trouble finding The Awakening which was previously released in an anthology titled Fantasy. I’m very thankful to Berkley who answered all your requests. Enjoy!
~FEVER FAQ'S ~
FAQ) Who is the cover model for Fever?
The male model for the Fever cover is Nathan Kamp.
~THE AWAKENING AWARDS~
Winner of the PNR Grass Roots
Silver Chalice Award
for Best Short Story: The Awakening
Winner of Golden Rose 2002
Readers Choice Award at Love Romances
for Best Novella: The Awakening
Finaled in the 2004 PEARL Awards
for Best ShapshifterWinner
~REVIEWS FOR THE AWAKENING~
Carol Carter, Reviewer
THE AWAKENING is more than an awakening of sensuality
in Maggie. It's an awareness of who and what she is, and her
acceptance or denial of it. This was an action packed, highly
sensual read I was unable to put down until I finished the story.
Christine Feehan paints a vivid description of a lush jungle
inhabited by rare creatures, exhibiting a love of nature and
a desire to protect it and the animals sheltered there. It has
this reader wishing for her own fantasy if it were in the shape
of Brandt Talbot. My, oh my, but Ms. Feehan's creative imagination
surely can write a love story to make you drool. I wonder if
she is planning a series of a new race to rival her Carpathians?
Now, wouldn't this be a treat for her fans!
Sandy Coleman, Reviewer
who finds anything even remotely intriguing about cats (big
ones) will probably find themselves as swept away by Christine
Feehan's The Awakening, as I was. Hey, when you combine
a mysterious cat-like hero with a heroine fighting, shall we
say, overwhelming changes in the remote jungles of Borneo, you've
got yourself a story. A compelling mix of supernatural elements
and flat out sensuality, The Awakening is Christine Feehan
at her best-albeit, the short version.
~REVIEWS FOR WILD RAIN~
by Publishers Weekly
has a knack for bringing vampiric Carpathians to vivid, virile
life in her Dark Carpathian novels, and in this new book, which
builds on her short story 'The Awakening,' she focuses on a
different kind of sensual predator”a half-human/half-leopard
species of shapeshifters...
Suspense often takes a backseat to the protagonists romantic
feelings, but Feehan handles both elements skillfully, drawing
villains who are sufficiently threatening and creating a romance
that feels both destined and believable. Readers whose fantasies
center on untamed wilderness and on untamed heroes who are as
sensitive as they are strong will be seduced by this erotic
by Jill M. Smith
off another terrific new series, the highly talented Feehan
explores the world of shapeshifters. The leopard people were
first introduced in an earlier short story and more of their
mythology is unveiled in this fascinating book.
by Lory Martin
Old Book Barn Gazette (Feb. '04 issue)
Lospostos is running for her life. She hopes to disappear into
the African jungle - a place that strangely feels like home
to her. It calls to something inside her, something that wants
Rio Santana is part human, part leopard and all male. When he
discovers Rachel asleep in his bed, he recognizes her as his
destined mate and is determined to keep her.
Rachel loves the jungle and loves Rio, but she can't outrun
the deadly past chasing her, or the wildness inside her struggling
to be free.
When I picked up Wild Rain and starting reading, I was hooked
immediately. Rachel is feminine, but spunky and independent
- and Rio is the ultimate alpha male. A lively story, hot romance
and a bit of suspense. It doesn't get any better than this.
A very good read.
by Kelley Hartsell
Ms. Feehan proves once again she can tackle whatever she sets her
mind to, with ease. Readers will love this latest foray into
the wilds of the rainforest, where secrets are revealed and
another breed of people live...
... Ms. Feehan explores further the leopard people first introduced
in her novella, “The Awakening,” in the anthology Fantasy. She
manages to explore the world of this unique race so fully, that
the reader can’t help but feel a part of it. There is no end
to the adventure found here either, for the rainforest is a
dangerous place at best and deadly at worst. Add in some bandits,
drug dealers, poachers, and just the regular risks found in
the jungle and there is plenty to keep readers engrossed and
Rio and Rachael are an enchanting pair, whose passion cannot
be denied. Their romance takes off, becoming even steamier then
the humid jungle air. The descriptions of the shapeshifting
are so well done, and with such a sensuous feel to them, that
one sees the transformation vividly, fascinated by the possibility.
For who wouldn’t want to have such an incredible ability? To
feel things as a human would, as well as have the perceptiveness
and stealth of a mighty jungle cat?
There is also an underlying tension to the tale, wrought with
emotion the reader gets to experience, in regards to Rio’s relationship
with the others of his kind, and that of Rachael and her brother.
These facets of the story are explored quite fully as well,
through the interactions of all of the players. The other characters
of the novel are drawn so clearly, that one can feel the respect,
love, or malice behind their actions. As always, Ms. Feehan
hints at future stories to come, possibly involving those introduced
here. Have no fear, readers, her talent is ever growing, far
from becoming stale, and more adventures are sure to follow.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, December 2003. All rights reserved.
WILD RAIN, the sequel to The AWAKENING found in THE FANTASY
anthology takes us deeper into society of the leopard people
in the rain forest. Rio and Rachel's story is a luscious tale
of learning trust and the struggle to take the honorable course
long after you no longer believe in that concept. The love story
Ms. Feehan builds between Rio and Rachel doesn’t happen immediately
but grows slowly enveloping you in the steam and heat of the
rain forest that it is set in. With assassins, betrayal, grief
and anger clouding the emotions of her hero and heroine, Ms.
Feehan again weaves her way through her story with well-developed
characters and the concept of deep familial love to an ending
that will keep you guessing until the last chapters. I'm already
looking forward to the next installment in this series since
she gave us such a tormented hero to savor at the end of WILD
Reviewed by Kathy Samuels
A Perfect 10
Romance Reviews Today
Fans of Christine Feehan, prepare for another wild ride. Well
known for the rugged and gorgeous alpha-male Carpathians in
her "Dark" series, Ms. Feehan has crafted a new world with similarly
strong and vibrant characters. Enter the lair of the shapeshifters...
WILD RAIN is a riotous adventure, chock full of beautiful imagery,
edge-of-your-seat suspense, and passionate romance. Rio and
Rachael are both very strong and capable characters. Rachael
has taught herself how to survive and wants no man to make decisions
for her. Readers will enjoy watching her evolve as she comes
to terms with her past and embraces the sensuality and freedom
of her inner leopard. Rio also has to come to terms with his
own past and to find the strength to forgive himself. Cat lovers
will adore Fritz and Franz, as well as Rio and Rachael's mischievousness
when in leopard form. As with Ms. Feehan's "Dark" series, the
sex is spicy enough to singe your eyebrows as you turn the pages.
This reviewer can't help but hope for another book set in the
lair of the shapeshifters.
Do not miss WILD RAIN; it's a Perfect 10.
by Kari Thomas
Add vivid imagery, dangerous situations, threatening enemies,
and secrets that have no choice but to be exposed, and you’ll
find yourself turning those pages and hoping this story goes
on forever! This reviewer loved how Ms. Feehan portrays the
extremely sensual feelings between Rio and Rachel, drawing out
the inner emotions, and culminating their love in a fiery explosion
of passion and soul-felt love. Rio is a hero this reviewer sighs
over; his strength, physically as well as mentally, his moral
character, his alpha-male tendencies. And Rachel was a heroine
that I love reading about. Her strength was amazing, and she’s
the perfect love for Rio.
Too, I love being able to “feel” the surrounding atmosphere
of a story, and the Rainforest came alive for me in the pages
of this book. Being a lover of the paranormal genre, especially
shapeshifting stories, this reviewer devoured (uh, read,) this
story all in one sitting. And I can’t wait for future stories
in this new series that’s just as engrossing, as fascinating,
as sensually passionate as her DARK series! Don’t miss this
the rain forests of Africa, Rachel awaits for her death. She
thought she had escaped the United States unnoticed, but the
several unfortunate incidents that had been plaguing her for
days had Rachel thinking otherwise. Now Rachel waits for the
perfect opportunity to convince those seeking her, of her 'death'.
Rio had been banished from his people for an intolerable crime
committed in his youth. He lives in solitude, but they still
utilize him for his skills. Rio suspected that there was another
hit out on his life. When you did his kind of work, there were
bound to be people you made unhappy. It didn't surprise Rio
as much as irritate him when he becomes aware of someone in
his home. What astonished him was that the people after him
wound send a woman to kill him. Rio and his clouded leopards
waste no time in neutralizing the threat. If the woman was harmed
in the process, that was of no consequence to him. Only something
inside him is appalled at the damage the clouded leopard had
done to her leg; his companion had almost torn her leg off.
The bruises around her neck and the swelling of her wrist, which
he suspected he'd broken, were tangible evidence of his treatment
of her. Why if she'd been sent to kill him, was this like acid
to his soul; he'd harmed her, caused her pain and it's almost
more than he can bear.
As Rachel recovers, Rio comes to the realization that she is
not who he thought she was. His guilt is tenfold. As he deals
with his guilt and tries to help her heal, he must reluctantly
accept the significance she has in his life. With great reluctance,
he realizes that Rachel is everything to him, for she is his
mate. He knows this woman like he has known no other. He already
discerns her likes and dislikes, how she feels and how she thinks,
but most astonishing; he knows what it's like to be inside her,
to make love to her. Rachel is in a great deal of pain, not
only is she delusional, but at first he fears she's hallucinating.
Only Rachel's hallucinations seem to mirror his dreams. They
know each other; have been together, but how…in a past life?
As Rachel and Rio's feelings for one another deepen, there are
still many unresolved issues. For one Rachel's uncle, her brother,
or both of them are trying to kill her. Rio is not exactly human
but he's not exactly not. Rachel doesn't know if she's losing
what's left of her mind or if she actually saw Rio's face turn
leopard like; and if he did and they are as connected as he
claims, what exactly does that mean for her?
Christine Feehan delivers a passionate jam-packed adventure
in Wild Rain. This story doesn't stop. It's thrilling, yet tender.
Reading Rio and Rachel coming to love each other again was just
awesome! Even mangled and bandaged up, Rachel is a strong heroine.
She handles everything that is thrown at her with determination
and dignity; she cowers from nothing, not even her own death.
Rio is the perfect example of an alpha male. He is unyielding
where Rachel safety is concerned, he will not allow anything
to happen to her. Combined these two personalities and you have
the makings of an explosive couple! Wild Rain is a most excellent