The 12th book in the Eternal Mates series by Felicity Heaton, Turned by a Tiger has just the right amount of romance and action to get your heart pumping. Filled to the brim with elves and demons and shifters, this latest instalment brings us a new romance and an exciting adventure fraught with danger.
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book and other books in the Eternal Mates series (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
I have been a fan of Ms Heaton’s books ever since I first read her Vampire Erotic Theatre series in its entirety way back in 2014. To this day, that particular series remains my favourite of hers with the Eternal Mates series coming in at a close second. It was fabulous to immerse myself in the series again when Turned by a Tiger came out on July 1st. As the 12th book in the series Turned by a Tiger allowed us to catch up with our favourite characters as well as be introduced to some extremely good looking new ones.
On the verge of bleeding out and hunted by his merciless torturers, Talon has no choice but to seek sanctuary at Underworld, a nightclub run by a jaguar shifter liable to kill him on sight for being a tiger shifter male. What he finds in the old warehouse isn’t the grim shadow of Death though but an angel of mercy, one who offers him salvation and revenge—one who happens to be his fated mate.
Tending bar at Underworld is never dull when you’re a mortal surrounded by immortals, but when a gorgeous tiger shifter covered in blood stumbles into the club, and set’s fire to her boss’s temper, Sherry’s entire world is in danger of being turned on its head. Something about the mysterious warrior has her stepping in to save him, something that ignites her heart and stirs her soul, and no matter how fiercely she fights it, she can’t hold herself back.
When Talon reveals the name of his captors, and his plan to head back in to save his friends, will Sherry be brave enough to embrace the feelings he stirs in her and step deeper into the world of immortals? And will Talon be strong enough to resist the lure of Sherry to protect his family’s secret or will he risk everything to claim his eternal mate?
The plot for this particular book follows a general romance-novel-type storyline with the romance coming first and the action coming second. In reading this I wasn’t a gigantic fan of the case of epic insta-love between Talon and Sherry. With them falling in love so fast it made the story seem a bit rushed and, as the story itself only spans about three days, I suppose it was. In saying that, the whole concept behind this series is that all of these immortal males have an “eternal mate” and that they know if a woman is their mate as soon as they meet them; At which point they are driven by some instinct or other to bind themselves to said women so it is understandable that these stories will only cover a short period of time.
As with all of her other books, people and places that have been introduced previously appear and are expanded upon in this book. It was particularly interesting to learn what the demon hunting organisation Archangel has been up to. Introduced in the first book in this series as a strict rule abiding police of sorts for the supernatural, Archangel has always seemed a bit iffy to me despite them trying to exude a peaceful-ish identity and the events in this book have only proven my suspicions correct. Apart from that, it was awesome to see characters from previous books appear again and learn what they have been up to since their particular books ended.
Character Appreciation/Disdain (Sometimes a rant but what can you do?)
Talon: Our darling tiger shifter is handsome, strong, dangerous… really he is mostly your standard romance novel male lead with the addition that he can turn into a gigantic cat (not that I’m saying that that’s a bad thing or that anything is wrong with that or that his character was boring. He just wasn’t necessarily my favourite male lead that Felicity has written about.)
Sherry: You go girl! I have to hand it to her, our darling little bartender has some balls (I suppose you would have to when you work in a nightclub that really only serves crazy-strong immortal people). In saying that, sometimes I really think she needs to remember that she is human and that taking on someone who could definitely kill her if they wanted to is probably not the best idea.
With the introduction of a new shifter species we get to learn more about the different society and culture. Felicity Heaton puts a lot of thought and effort into developing each of the different immortal societies as they appear throughout her books. It was interesting to note that the tiger shifter species, while similar to other cat shifters, differed in ways that are extremely significant and seen as unfair, backwards, or horrible by the main characters. Due to these customs, the relationship between Talon and Sherry, with her being human, may be frowned upon by Talon’s family but it is in no way frowned upon by me. I was really excited to see another human/immortal pairing as the last one we had was Loke and Anais in Taken by a Dragon. It’s interesting to see the way the different relationships progress when one of the pair is mortal and therefore breakable as opposed to both of the individuals being immortal and being careful not mattering as much.
Felicity Heaton’s romance books never fail to bring a smile to my face. Filled with fun characters, scorching romance, and enough action to rival any of the best action flicks, I have yet to find one of her books that I don’t like. Even though each of the books in the eternal mates series can be read as standalones I do recommend that you read them in order, if only so that you are familiar with some of the recurring characters. If you are looking for a short, fun read or are simply looking to break into reading romance novels, I highly recommend reading any of Ms Heaton’s works.