Tamed by a Tiger is the 13th book in Felicity Heaton’s Eternal Mates series and has just the type of heart-racingly amazing romance that one would expect from one of her books. With old faces returning and new characters being explored, this book will have you smiling and celebrating alongside the characters until the end.
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!
How this woman manages to write and release 3 books in as many months is beyond me. Either way you won’t see me complaining, more awesome paranormal romance novels for me. Our main male is August, an old character from way back in Cavanaugh’s book Claimed by an Alpha, and it was awesome to hear what he had been up to since his ascension to the Alpha position. Tamed by a Tiger is the second of three tiger shifter centred romances that Ms Heaton is releasing this year and the stories just keep getting better.
A snow leopard shifter in the prime of his life, the last thing on August’s mind is tying himself to one female. He welcomes a different one to his bed each night, or at least he had until five months ago when he became alpha. The duties and pressures of running his pride have his libido dead on arrival—until a trip to London to discuss business with the former alpha lands him in the path of a beautiful, bewitching tigress who awakens a passion in him that flares white hot and a need of her that consumes his every moment.
Promised at birth to a male she has never met, Maya has left her pride behind to go to the tiger alpha who is to be her mate, but she can’t leave without saying goodbye to her older brother, Talon. A stop in London at Underworld to see him one last time turns out far different, and far more dangerous, than how she had imagined it when she sets eyes on an alluring crimson-haired stranger who stirs new, unbidden feelings in her, desires that rouse her fiercest and most frightening instincts and demand she stake a claim on him—her fated mate.
Will Maya be strong enough to place her pride and her family’s safety before the desires of her own heart? And will August unravel his feelings for the black-haired beauty before it’s too late and he loses her forever?
Welcome to the world of romance novels where, for the most part, they all follow a similar plot path. As you would expect, this book is filled with ROMANCE (insert jazz fingers) and lots of SexyTimesTM, though definitely not as many as some of her previous books… Actually there is only one sex scene which is really an anomaly. Like most romance novels, besides the actual romance bit, there is quite a bit of action which, as usual, centres around the main chicky-babe and her, sometimes questionable, decisions. Naturally our buff and extremely attractive male lead has to rush off and save the day but, like most of Felicity’s books, our equally attractive female lead usually does help out in said “saving of the day.”
While I’m super happy to see lots of my old favourite characters from previous Eternal Mates books, I really think Kyter (again, a character from a previous book) should consider taking in less strays (Strays, hehehe. I’m really the only one who finds me funny) especially when they happen to be other cat shifters which cause him to go all ape-crazy and throw a tantrum over territorial bull shit when meeting each new edition. Speaking of other cat shifters, I have to wonder something, in all of these books the cat shifters all strip naked before they shift… Why? Why bother? Tigers and lions and jaguars and just about every other large cat species out there in the world are exactly that, BIG. Wouldn’t they just shift and rip their clothing to shreds like Jacob Black does in New Moon? Maybe I’m overestimating how big tigers are but I’ve seen a lion and those boys are HUGE! While a tiger running around with a pair of boxers on would potentially be funny, I don’t think the elastic stretches quite that far.
Character Appreciation/Disdain (Sometimes a rant but what can you do?)
August: August has truly endeared me to him simply because he is definitely less “macho man” than some of Felicity’s other male leads. In saying that however, he is, and I don’t really like to be mean, quite dense about certain things i.e. whether or not a chick is his mate (he can be forgiven for not knowing about her hellcat blood but even then he really should’ve worked it out sooner). I must say that I do like August a bit better than Talon but he is still not Felicity’s best male lead (that spot is reserved for Snow from VET). Other than that, August is your standard romance novel lead except that he can turn into a giant cat (which is pretty freaking awesome if you ask me!).
Maya: I like Maya, I do, but if she could potentially stop being so freaking noble that would be just groovy. She may be good at finding her way out of troublesome situations but she is also terribly good at getting herself into them. I do understand why she put herself in such a dangerous situation (you’ll have to read the book to find out what that is) but I kind of think but they could’ve come up with a better plan to deal with the situation if they had put their minds to it and if she had made up her mind not to go through with it earlier.
Ms Heaton puts quite a bit of effort into the world building of each paranormal race she uses in her books. In saying that she is also the queen of getting around all the rules she sets for each species. If you have read all of the previous Eternal Mates books you would know that snow leopard shifters, like August, can normally only find their mate within their own species. However, as we learned from her last book, Turned by a Tiger, Maya and her brothers have a hellcat in their ancestry which pretty much means they don’t have to follow any of the other cat shifter rules i.e. They can turn people into tigers if they want to and they can find their mate in any species out there. Which is awesome because otherwise Maya and August wouldn’t be able to get together and we would have no story.
Felicity Heaton’s romance books never fail to bring a smile to my face. Filled with fun characters, scorching romance, and oh so much action, I have yet to find one that I don’t like. Even though each book in the Eternal Mates series can be read as a standalone, I recommend that you read all of them in order starting from the Vampire Erotic Theatre series and continuing on to the Eternal Mates series (they are both set in the same “world”), if only so that you are familiar with some of the recurring characters and events that may have influenced some of the other stories. In conclusion, 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 (but mostly the VET or the Eternal Mates series’ because they are my favourites).