Review: Jaguar Fever by Terry Spear
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.
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I started (and finished) Terry Spear's Jaguar Fever without knowing that it is not the first in the series. Not once did I find myself questioning anything about this world of shifters as Spear has created a world and characters that explain themselves and their situations with ease as they interact with each other and the outside world.
I was instantly drawn in by the very alpha male brothers Wade and David Patterson. Though they are – to be cliché – “on the prowl” hunting for hunters who are going after the big jungle cats, Wade quickly finds himself on a different sort of hunt. Enter the beautifully alluring Maya Anderson. It took me a brief moment to understand the differences within the society — the biggest being that of the “wild cats” and the “city cats”. I say brief moment because it became abundantly clear what that difference is within sentences of first hearing the comparison.
The hunt for the animal traffickers takes pretty much everyone we meet in the beginning to Belize. It's within the jungle that Spear really shows us the animal side of her jaguars. The reader is given the opportunity to spy on the world through cat's eyes as Wade and David prowl for bad guys and Maya and her family romp and roam as cats in their natural element.
Like most novels of this genre, the plot is pretty predictable: man sees girl, man chases girl, man and girl run into obstacle, man gets girl. But it's the ways in which Spear is able to bring her characters to life that makes the predictability something worth overlooking and the story worth reading. Maya breathes such life into what could be a very flat female character — she strives to overcome the strong male influences in her life to prove herself as a strong and independent woman. Though she is quick let the stronger, more skilled men take over in some situations, she's a clever woman able to hold her own.
It's clear that Spear put some time into doing her research. She easily shows her understanding of jaguars and the worlds in which they live. She describes the jungles of Belize that they travel to in such beautiful detail that even if they don't really exist that way, I can truly see the amazing sights, smell the plants and hear the sounds. Spear gives an incredible look into a part of the world I will probably never see.
This story — much like its characters — was sensual and sleek and now I'm going to have to hunt down the first in the series because my own cat-like curiosity has me wanting to know more.
Review by Megan for ILVN