Friday, April 10, 2015

Review: Trancing The Tiger by Rachael Slate

This is the first book I'm reviewing for the 2015 EBook Reading Challenge.

Trancing The Tiger (a Chinese Zodiac Romance) by Rachael Slate

24361900Delve into a world steeped in tradition and superstition…
After her parents become infected with the Red Death, Lucy Yeoh flees to Malaysia seeking answers. Everything in this closed-off section of the world is paradise—from the lush tropical climate to her sexy new neighbor, Sheng…who just might be delusional. He claims the Plague God unleashed the Red Death and only a circle of Chinese Zodiac spirit animals can cleanse the Earth. Even more, he insists she’s one of them: the Rabbit. Long furry ears and fluffy bunny tail included.

He’ll show her how to fight to save the world…
As the Chosen of the Tiger, the burden of restoring balance to the world has fallen onto Li Sheng’s shoulders. When he discovers that the ally he’s long awaited, the Dragon, is actually just the Rabbit, Sheng is quick to dismiss Lucy. If only she’d stay dismissed. Lucy’s Rabbit refuses to cooperate, undermining the authority of his Tiger at every turn…and seducing him to the limits of his darkest desires. He’s not supposed to want her. Not when he needs the spirit circle complete and she’s their weakest link.

She’ll show him a love worth fighting the world to save…
Sheng’s enemies draw closer, and not everyone wants Lucy alive. Together, they’ll have to navigate a treacherous world where a line between duty and their hearts has been drawn between them. They must either sacrifice one, or find a way to surrender to both.

The Review

When I found Trancing The Tiger on Amazon I was a little more than just interested in reading it. I love paranormal romance, but I love an outside the box idea even more. This book gave me some great romance with a great cultural addition that I don't find in mainstream paranormal romance often.

The characters were well developed and thought out it did take, but it did take me a while to step into their shoes and connect. The plus side was that the twists and turns the story offered kept me on my toes and gave me a feeling of a developing connection as the story went along. For me this makes me want to read the next novels in the set, which is a great feeling to be left with.

These characters are not shapeshifters. Instead a Zodiac animal spirit co-existences with the character. In Lucy's case the Rabbit lives within her, becoming part of her personality. There are some physical characteristics that change when the character embraces their spirit animal.

The romance of the story was captivating. I found myself cheering Sheng on as he fought with his own feelings of disappointment and connection to Lucy. I also loved that Lucy chaffed against the dominate/submissive connection that the Tiger would have with the Rabbit and the other spirit animals. Lucy is a very independent woman who knows how to survive and has a clear view of right and wrong.

I'm looking forward to reading more of the stories by Rachael Slate and will be keeping an eye out for the next book in the set.

Peace and Love!

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