Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Jaguar Fever

Jaguar Fever (Heart of the Jaguar - Book 2) by Terry Spear

Publication Date: 08/06/2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Imprint: Casablanca
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
ISBN-10: 1402266952
ISBN-13: 978-1402266959

(Received for an honest review from Sourcebooks)

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Books in the series:

Savage Hunger (2012), Jaguar Fever (2013)

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Excerpt from Jaguar Fever, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.


She's being pursued by everyone, in more ways than one.

Even in an exotic world of humans, jaguars, and tantalizing creatures who shift between the two, Maya Anderson stands out from the crowd. Interest from human suitors is bad enough, but when male shifters give chase, the real trouble starts.

Who's the hunter and who's the prey?

Investigating the black marketing trade of exotic animals keeps Wade Patterson more than busy. When he and Maya both get entangled in a steamy jungle mission, it becomes impossible to tell who is being hunted or who the hunters are. Wade is desperate to survive this deadly game of cat and mouse. But it's Maya's piercing eyes that keep him awake at night.


Terry Spear shifts her focus from wolves to jaguars in her latest book in the Heart of the Jaguar series, Jaguar Fever. Spear is well known for her writing on wolves and pack dynamics. A change to Jaguars is an interesting departure for her and shows her great love of wild animals and her versatility as a writer. With a military shifter unit focused on finding a ring of jaguar poachers, this novel has everything from romance, to suspense. Fans of Spear's writing will embrace this series and new readers will be fascinated by Spear's laser sharp focus  on these big cats.

I can honestly say I've never read a Terry Spear book, that I didn't love. Spear is arguably one of the best paranormal romance writers out there. She has a knack for getting deep in the psyche of her characters, in both human and animal form. Her research is unparalleled, no matter whether she is focused on wolves or jaguars, or any other paranormal character. Readers who are looking for an author who is serious about the paranormal will love Spear's writing.

Jaguar Fever is the second book in Spear's new Heart of the Jaguar series. I liked the fact that Spear introduced the leading couple for this book, in the first book in the series but did not go too much into detail about them. Wade and Maya had good chemistry in Savage Hunger but left the passion for Jaguar Fever. Spear introduces several new jaguar shifters in this book, which likely means we will see many more titles in this series. I love a good long lived series and it gives me a good feeling to know this one may be more than just a short trilogy.

Maya is such a good heroine. She is inquisitive and likable. After finding out that she and her brother Connor are not the only jaguar shifters she is ready to accept her new family and wants to find out more about them. She also wants to have fun. She has a very untamed spirit and can hold her own with the best of them. Wade certainly has his hands full with Maya. Though he is most definitely very alpha, Wade understands Maya's need for independence and he supports her completely.

Wade is a sexy shifter. He is confident and sure of himself, but he does lord his abilities over others. He is part of military unit that is trying to stop a ring of animal traffickers. He and his brother David are on the case and want to protect Maya and her family. Wade knows what he wants and in this case it's Maya. Getting her to realize she wants him back is the problem. I liked the fact that he got frustrated with her but still accepted her for who she was. The two of them together was an explosive combination. The passion was hot and Spear always delivers on a good love scene.

The premise of the book, was entertaining and suspenseful. I liked the whole idea of a group of shifters hunting other shifters. It was unexpected and provided a sense of urgency that was needed to carry the book. I found all of the information on big game animals and how they are bought and sold as prey to hunting ranches and that sort of thing very interesting. Spear's research in evident in every part of this book. It is also a feast for the senses. Spear has a way of writing that makes the reader feel like they are experiencing the book as well as reading it. From feeling the jungle vegetation against their skin, to hearing the purring of the big cats, the reader is right in the middle of the action. 

Spear has another hit on her hands with this one. I can't recommend it enough. She is a wonderful paranormal romance author than anyone who loves the genre will fall in love with.

Jaguar Fever is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm obviously giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.