Trancing the Tiger

Rachael Slate
Trancing the Tiger
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Rachael Slate
Release Date
February 2015
Book 1 of Chinese Zodiac Romance Series
Fantasy Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Delve 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.

Book Review by Victoria Lane (reviewer)
Feb 29, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
142 people found the following review helpful
TRANCING THE TIGER by Rachael Slate provides an interesting take on shape-shifters and their battles to achieve their destiny in the world. I give it 4 stars and look forward to reading the next novel in the Chinese Zodiac romance series.

In the novel, Lucy Yeoh is a half-Chinese, half-English California girl whose parents succumbed to the Red Death, a plague decimating more than a third of the world's population. Per her father's wishes, Lucy spends the three months of isolated quarantine before flying to Malaysia to live with her uncle. From the moment of her arrival, the people she meets are fascinating but odd. She is instantly attracted to Li Sheng and seems to click with the rest of his friends, but the world they live in is much different than anything she expected.

Li Sheng's "family", a secret society called the Hai San Kongsi, is tasked with keeping balance in the world. The unleashing of the Plague God has caused recent imbalance and the Red Death. In order to fight the Plague God, the Hai San Kongsi must get as many spirit animals' loyalty and train them for battle. When Lucy arrives in Malaysia, she knows nothing of her spirit animal, and it is a challenge for her to accept it. She begins to think that her Rabbit is hiding something, and her suspicions are correct. Only through giving in to her attraction to Sheng is she finally able to find out what lurks inside and determine her true destiny.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel. Lucy is a strong character with realistic tension between family tradition and modern feminism. Li Sheng is a typical alpha male who unsuccessfully fights his attraction to Lucy. Their romance is believable, even if their inner monologues are too graphic and overdone in the very beginning.

The romance is graphic and pervasive, so much so that this novel could probably be categorized as erotic. It is definitely appropriate for adults only.

Otherwise, there weren't any glaring issues that interrupted my enjoyment of the novel. The plot had a couple nice twists in the middle and end, even though I kind of guessed early on. The dialogue and setting descriptions are natural and flow nicely.

I can easily recommend TRANCING THE TIGER to any lover of shape-shifter novels.
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