Sunday, October 31, 2010

Red Leopard


Title: Red Leopard
Author: Tracy Cooper-Posey
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781843604242
Genre: {M/F} Suspense
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Calli Munro is on her way to the country of Vistaria. She’s going because her uncle needs her help but she doesn’t know what’s in store for her when she gets there. What she finds is trouble in the form of her feisty cousin, who she has to watch over, and finds herself in trouble for defending her own honor. When she is released from jail, she realizes that her savior, Nicolas Escobedo, is going to be a big thorn in her side because he is determined to keep her safe from herself, and that’s before she can even get a handle on the lay of the country.

Nicolas Escobedo is the powerful Irish bastard half-brother of Vistaria’s president and he has tried to keep a low profile while helping to keep the peace. He is a major support to his brother, helping keep the country under control along with bringing financial support to the people. He has earned much respect from the Army and the men surrounding the President as the Red Leopard and tries to keep a low profile because of the title. From the moment he sees Calli, he wants her and yet he knows that she is off limits, especially her being an American. Nicolas seemed to think that he had to put his own personal life on a rigid hold in order to show the people that he can be the person they need to depend on, and it seems it to be working.

Red Leopard is the first book in the Guns n Lovers series and I found myself sucked in quickly into this story. The reasons for the attractions of the two main characters were obvious, but add in a bloody revolution and you got quite a story. I am finding myself enjoying reading everything Ms. Cooper-Posey has written, and this story only sparked my interest in learning more about her characters.

Calli’s character impressed me because of her strong constant willingness to put herself last and always think of others first; it was a redeeming quality for me. I thought that her cousin was a little too fickle and for a young woman, she needed a leash. Calli surprised me with her quick thinking in each situation she came upon, regardless of the danger to herself, and she always thought of the greater need.

Ms. Cooper-Posey excelled in her storytelling of how much a country can go through when different factions have ideas of being in control. It helped me to better understand most of the characters with the history given surrounding the carnival scenes, and the revolt that the rebels were determined to start. I am looking forward to reading the next story in this series to see where the characters go next.

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