Once Upon a Tiger (Tiger Shifters) is an ADULT title)
She’ll never run. Among the tiger shifters, Alexis Tarasova is regarded as fierce and dangerous, with a reputation that would make even the most daring tiger think twice about challenging her. Female tiger shifters may be rare and the mating run a critical part of their species’s survival, but Alexis is the only female Tracker and will not back down, even at the threat of tiger law. She will not be forced to mate. So when a handful of males band together to force her to participate in the run, Alexis chooses to stand her ground and fight instead.
He's forbidden to run.
Outcast from the tiger shifters after a vicious childhood attack left him mute, Victor Romanov has never taken part in the mate run. He’s never particularly cared, though, since the woman he loves refuses to take a mate. However, when he learns Alexis may be in danger, all bets are off. Nothing will keep him from her side.
Together, they're unmovable.
The chemistry between them burns wickedly hot and forges them into an unbeatable pair. Alexis knows that being with Victor means she will have to break another one of her people’s laws—a move that might push the tigers too far. But, for Victor, she will risk everything, including her life, and do what she thought she’d never do—run.
Alexis felt his heat, smelled his desire. The combination was driving her nuts. Every fiber of her being strained toward him, wanting to strip off those borrowed clothes and do all sorts of naughty things to his delicious body. When she realized just how close she’d gotten to him, she jumped up and stumbled back toward the kitchen.
“No,” she said once she was at a safe distance. “No, you hanging around is not a good idea.”
He dropped eye contact long enough to write a note, then rose slowly, his every movement holding her attention. So graceful and strong. What would those big hands feel like on her body? Her skin quivered at the thought. She closed her eyes for a moment to rein in her wayward thoughts. When she opened them, he was standing in front of her, holding the notebook up so she could read.
I won’t stay here. I’ll keep to the woods. But I’ll be near enough to help if you need me.
She didn’t want him to go. She wanted him to stay, to drag her off to bed. She could barely think around the thick need racing across her heated skin, the only relief for it in Victor’s arms.
He dropped his hands to his side and took a small step closer. Alexis was so overwhelmed by him she stopped thinking. To hell with the elders and their damned rules. She eased near enough that their clothes brushed. She felt the contact across her entire body.
Their mouths were a breath away, the suspense and desire almost more than she could take.
Then she blinked and he was gone.
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3.75 out of 5 stars
“Once Upon a Tiger” is a short novella that centers around female tiger shapeshifter Alexis Tarasova who is in the unique position of being the only female Tracker. Unfortunately, that is not enough to spare her the pressure to participate in the ritual of the Mate Run and the male of her choice is considered unworthy due to his handicap. Victor Romanov may be mute but he is still quite able to communicate. Now, he only has to convince Alexis to tell him what is in her heart.
This sensual paranormal story has a nice twist on the shapeshifter theme and I enjoyed getting a glimpse of this society but I thought it was not quite resolved enough and I felt the objections to Victor were a little illogical in light of his history. The brevity of the story whets the appetite for at least a longer novella, if not a novel, that will allow us to get a better understanding of this society.
A copy of this title was provided in exchange for an honest review.