Looking for a sexy story with a couple tough, sexy shifters? Once Upon a Tiger might just be a great choice!
Alexis was promised she’d never have to “run” … due to a decline in population, all female shifters are required to mate, and the preface to this is running from males until one catches you, at which point you have sex and if you get pregnant you can either stay together or not. But ultimately, the idea is, of course, that all females bear offspring.
Due to a series of events, Alexis became a tracker and was supposed to be exempt from the mating run. This is a good thing since she’s crazy about a male who isn’t allowed to run, Victor, and can’t imagine being with anyone else. But then one day she discovers her exemption has been lifted. She’s surrounded by randy males who are determined to make her run. She’s equally determined to hold her ground, even if it means killing someone.
I liked Alexis and could certainly feel for her. Who wants to be forced to mate with someone you don’t care for, especially when the man … er… tiger of your dreams is right nearby? The author creates a series of events that forces the hands of Victor and Alexis, after years of dancing around each other believing they would never be allowed to be together. Once they throw caution to the wind and indulge in some time between the sheets, all bets are off. Neither one of them is willing to give up what they have.
The villains here aren’t really villains. The other males are just doing what they’re expected and allowed to do. Still, they’re believable antagonists and integral to the story. So, though the conflict might not have been as strong or worrisome as it could have been, it worked for me.
Victor’s backstory broke my heart. What an amazing guy! No wonder Alexis was mad for him. He’s strong, thoughtful, caring and has an amazing heart. Oh, and I shouldn’t forget that he definitely knows how to please his woman! Though the sex was pretty vanilla for an erotic romance, it still got my heart racing. Yum!
I was surprised at how much story Ms. Simons was able to fit into so few pages, and I’m hoping this is the start of something bigger. I’d sure like to see more of this crew. Well done!
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