Treasured by a Tiger is the 14th book in Felicity Heaton’s Eternal Mates series and the last book in her tiger shifter oriented books. Following Grey, whom we originally met in Turned by a Tiger, this book has just the same amount of the beautiful romance and heart racing action of any Felicity Heaton novel.
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!
Three books in as many months! How does this woman do it? Either way you won’t see me complaining. I was lucky enough to be sent an eARC of this book from Ms Heaton herself two weeks before the release date and OMG! I cannot tell you how excited I was!!! In return I was asked to review this book but all opinions here are my own. This is one action packed and seriously awesome addition to the Eternal Mates series and, following along with the usual connectedness between her books, we happily get to find out what has been going on with some of the major power players in hell and the mortal realm.
Despised by his tiger shifter pride as an abomination, Grey has ventured far from home, deep into the bowels of Hell in search of answers about the machinations of Archangel, the mortal hunter organisation who held his twin captive. With no knowledge of the realm, and little skill with the local languages, he quickly finds himself at a dead end—until he crosses paths with a beautiful hellcat female who rouses his darkest most dangerous instincts.
Lyra has been a fool, falling for the charms of a male whose only desire was to make a fast buck by selling her. Shackled and collared, her strength muted by magic, she awaits her time on the stage at a black-market auction, but before it can come, all hell breaks loose and she seizes a chance to escape—and runs straight into a majestic warrior who steals her breath away and tempts her like no other as he battles alone to free everyone.
When Lyra offers her services as a translator to repay Grey for saving her, will he be strong enough to resist the needs she awakens in him and spare himself the pain of her inevitable rejection when she discovers the truth about him? And when the powerful male in charge of the slave ring starts a bloody hunt for Lyra, can she escape another collar and find the courage to trust the tiger who is capturing her heart?
The plot of this book is almost similar to that of Bitten by a Hellcat, the 6th book in the Eternal Mates series, in that it explores the slavers once again and the repercussions of the title hellcat escaping said slavers. Throughout this book, as with the others, it is hinted that the hunter organisation Archangel is currently up to some iffy stuff which we will hopefully find out what it is later in the series. Earlier this year Ms Heaton spoke about potentially doing as she has done with the tiger shifter books only with the focus being dragon shifters. If this idea does pan out, which it hopefully will with the new dragons we have met in this book, I think this might be the key to showing us what exactly archangel has been doing behind the door that Grey’s brother is so curious about.
Oh how I adored meeting another cat shifter. Especially considering this book elaborated on a lot of the general shifter traits that weren’t super present in the other Eternal Mates books (I’ll admit that this was in some of them but not all). I was extremely amused to find out that each different shifter species have the stereotypical traits one would assume they would have given their animal form when they are still human. The cat shifters are curious about everything and dragons LOOOOVVVVEEE their gold (and other possessions). Speaking of, and I don’t want to come across as too excited and fangirlish but… DRAGONS!!!! DRAGONS DRAGONS DRAGONS!!!!! You might say I am a fan of people who can shape shift into gigantic winged lizards that can breath fire. I honestly think that this is the best of her three tiger shifter books and am super excited to see how the rest of the series will turn out with the various different potential books introduced in this one.
Character Appreciation/Disdain (Sometimes a rant but what can you do?)
Grey: Let us meet out super buff and super noble male lead except this time he comes with a heaping pile of confidence issues that can only be put to rest by our darling Lyra, which is a really good thing because they’re stupid issues that shouldn’t have existed in the first place (Honestly I’m beginning to really hate tiger society given the many many horrible rules and customs and opinions they all have about just nearly everything).
Lyra: This girl really doesn’t seem to like being told what to do. Fair enough given how we meet her but OH THE MISTRUST! Still, despite her hardships, she is kind and willing to help those who help her.
YAY! We finally have another book with a female hellcat as one of the major characters. FEMALE because it is becoming increasing clear, especially in this book, that male hellcats are just a bunch of horrible wankers. Thank goodness that Grey having some hellcat genes doesn’t screw this relationship up for him. Quite a few of the Eternal Mates books have cat shifter leads and it is always exciting to see a new or different one (even though we have had a hellcat before). I am looking forward to seeing if we get books with other shifter species later on, i.e. a bear or lion or another dragon shifter.
With this story taking place in hell and with some pretty horrible stuff going on, the fact that these characters find each other and themselves makes me smile. It was fast-paced and romantic, and blew me away. It was awesome to have a story that explored the after effects of antics from earlier Eternal Mates books and I can’t wait for the next instalment. 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 Vampire Erotic Theatre or Eternal Mates series’ because they are my favourites).