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Buy *Fever* by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan
Berkley Trade
416 pages
January 2006
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Fever by Christine Feehan actually contains two previously published works. The first is a novella, The Awakening, and the second is a novel entitled Wild Rain. Both of these stories take you on an adventure deep into the untamed, mysterious rain forest. Well-known for her vampire series, Feehan leaves that world behind to create another paranormal series to delight her fans and new readers alike.

In The Awakening, exotic animal veterinarian Maggie Odessa fulfills a lifelong dream when she travels to the rain forest. Her adoptive mother, Jayne, had always been adamant that Maggie should stay away from the wild rain forest. But not long after Jayneís death, Maggie is contacted by a lawyer who informs her that she has inherited an estate in the rain forests of Borneo.

Maggie is surprised to learn that her birth parents were a wealthy naturalist couple who died when she was only a child. Their estate now belongs to her, so Maggie travels halfway around the world in search of her past. Although the environment is totally foreign to her, she feels as if she belongs in this exotic and erotic place.

Brandt Talbot has searched the world over to find Maggie and uses the promise of an inheritance from her parents to lure her to the rain forest and to him. As wild and primitive as the world he inhabits, Brandt has no intention of letting Maggie escape him. She is his mate and like any primal male, he will do whatever it takes to keep her.

Maggie is instantly attracted to Brandt but senses he is keeping secrets from her. Not only that, but she feels as if the wildness of the rainforest is changing her somehow. What will Maggie do when she discovers Brandtís secret? But, even more importantly, what will she do when she uncovers the truth about her own past?

In Wild Rain, Rachel Lospostos is a woman running for her life. After carefully spending more than a year planning her escape, she disappears from her home in the United States. With a new passport and fake identification, she joins a church group on a medical relief tour of the remote areas of Malaysia, Borneo and Indochina. It is a perfect plan and should have worked. She should have been safe.

But the assassin has found her here in the depths of the rain forest. When river bandits attack the boat her group is travelling on, Rachel takes the opportunity to disappear again. Slipping over the side, she lets the current sweep her away, finally managing to pull herself to safety further down the river. Making her way through the rain forest, she searches for shelter.

Rio Santana is a man comfortable in the vast expanse of the jungle. Accustomed to danger and the primitive environment, he is an outcast even among his own people. He lives alone, a primal and violent hunter. But he is a member of a small group of men who rescue kidnapped victims from the bandits that roam the area, returning them to their families. It is dangerous and thankless work. Rio is a man with a price on his head, a man with enemies of his own. Returning from a mission, he discovers that someone has entered his home. Fearing his enemies have found him, he attacks with the help of two smaller leopards who are his companions. What he finds in his home isnít an assassin, but a woman.

Trapped together in Rioís home with Rachel seriously injured, they begin to discover each otherís secrets as he nurses her back to health. The longer she is in the rain forest, the more she begins to change. The forest calls to her in some fundamental way, and she is drawn to it rather than fearing it.

But even in the isolated jungle, the world intrudes, for the assassin will not give up his relentless hunt. Both Rio and Rachel must learn to trust the other if they are going to survive. They both have secrets that, when revealed, will either bind them together forever or tear them apart.

Feehan has created a lush, primal world that lures you ever deeper as she takes you on an adventure you wonít soon forget. The men in her stories are primal and passionate, willing to do whatever it takes to protect their women. The heroines are both strong women who must learn to be even stronger as they uncover their true natures. A master storyteller, Feehan spins two sensual, erotic tales that will leave you breathless and wanting more. One hopes that Fever is only the beginning.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Norma Collins, 2006

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