Thursday, June 4, 2015

Review of Trancing the Tiger (Chinese Zodiac Romance, #1) by Rachael Slate

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.

***WARNING: Contains Adult Content (explicit love scenes, profanity, and some violence)***

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

Trancing the Tiger is the first book in Rachael Slate's series, Chinese Zodiac Romance.  In this book the author delves into a mystical world of zodiac animal spirits that dwell in Chosen humans.  The Earth is being plagued by the Red Death which is believed to have been released by the god of plagues.  This novel is a fantastical romantic creation that will deliver passion, suspense and erotic romance to its reader.  Once again it is good fighting against evil with a romantic kick!

Lucy Yeoh lost her parents to the Red Death.  As the people in the world around her are dying from the plague, she is spared.  Her only living family is her uncle who lives in Penang, Malaysia.  She is whisked away into a new life that she is not prepared for.  However, this new life brings to light much about herself that deep down she always knew, always felt. Somehow when Lucy’s life changes drastically, she finds herself prepared beyond what is needed to survive. 

Li Sheng is the Chosen of the Tiger spirit.  He is a leader among all.  He has been looking for the return of the Dragon spirit, the yin to his yang.  To balance his kind and bring forth the destruction of the Plague God, Li needs all spirits to submit to his will in order to join him in the fight.  Although he finds a chink in his carefully thought out plans, Lucy Yeoh. 

The author carefully crafted this novel into an adventurous romantic tale through the entrancing nature of the zodiac.  I was spellbound by the depth of the characters, as well as the storyline.  I thoroughly enjoyed the amazing world that was forged by the author and am excited about reading the next book in this series.

Can Lucy fully submit to Li as necessary?  Will Li accept Lucy for the woman she is?  Together, will the spirit warriors defeat the evil that is plaguing the world?  Read this book to find out these answers and more.  It will not disappoint you!

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