Sunday, May 11, 2014

King's Throne (String of Fate #2) by Bianca D'Arc

A woman living in secret, hiding her true nature...

Gina is a medical doctor living in the city. What nobody knows is that she’s also tiger-shifter royalty, living in exile. Keeping her secret has kept her safe, but all that is about to change.

An injured soldier who heals in a way that makes him more than he ever was before...

Mitch is injured. Out of the action. He wakes up in a strange place, with a beautiful woman. Normally, not a problem, but this woman is special. She’s a white tiger. Daughter of the lost tiger king. Too good for the likes of him, but there’s an undeniable spark of attraction drawing them closer and closer.

A love that will make the very earth tremble beneath their feet...

When evil Challenges, Mitch will fight to keep Gina safe. A harrowing journey to the side of a living volcano brings secret knowledge and a power none of them ever expected. Will it be enough to prevail?

Only victory will keep his lady safe. And only victory will allow Gina to claim the man she truly loves.

Overall Rating:   4 Rockin’ ★★★

Gina is a shifter and also a doctor.  She has lived most of her life hidden from humans, while living among them. Even her best friend Ellie did not know of her ability to shift into a tiger.  Her father is the Tig’Ra, king of the tigre d’or and has lived in a self-inflicted exile to keep his family safe from his brother.  Everything changed one night when Ellie brought a wounded shifter to her for help.  He is also a tigre d’or and a member of the Royal Guard.  She has no choice but to care for him and to get him to a place where he can recover safely.  
 “Your mother said you’re bringing an injured man here.”  His tone said he was both surprised by her breach of their tight security and curious.  “Not just a man.  A tigre d’or Royal Guard.” Shocked silence met her statement.

In order to save Mitch’s life, Gina must give him her blood.  She is a universal donor and her blood also has a healing property that will cure most illnesses.  She and Mitch are staying at the sanctuary that her father established for his people when they had to go into hiding.  They are given a secure cabin where Mitch can heal and Gina’s people can protect them.  She is afraid that he will not recover even with her blood, so she gives him another injection of her blood. 

Gina could donate blood to any other shifter or were species with no fear of incompatibility.  Just a few drops of her blood could purify any poison or contagion in another person’s system-shifter or human. 

Something unbelievable happened when Mitch was finally able to shift for the first time.  Mitch was no longer a tigre d’or but a white tiger.  He could feel the magic flowing through him, stronger than it had ever been.  He was aware of everything around him as if he felt the Earth Mother Herself.  Had the Mother of All changed him?

Mitch couldn’t get over it.  He was tigre blanche, and he thought he finally understood what it was about these rarest of tigers that gave them domain over all other.  Magic.  Incredible magic.

Gina and Mitch had been attracted to each other, but he had felt that he was not worth of the tigre blanche princess.  Now that he is a tigre blanche is there a chance for the two of them to be mates.  Gina’s father the Tig’Ra, explains that that Mitch must study the Rule that only a true white tiger could read.  When Mitch is able to read the Rule written in ancient words that the Lady had given to those that would rule the tiger world; he learns the real reason the Tig’Ra had really left his throne.

“It was the only choice that made any sense at the time.  It was the only way I could safeguard my family while avoiding killing my own brother.”

Mitch realizes that he must regain his strength and to be ready to accept the challenge when it arrived from the Tig’Ra’s brother.  He also knows that Gisli is ruining the Tiger Kingdom.  The king tells him that Mitch has been selected for this purpose.  He explains how his brother was born selfish and used magic users to get his way.  He also killed Gina’s brother and had tried to kill her as well.   

“I can see several possibilities,” the king admitted.  “The most likely of which is that you are destined to be the champion who challenges Gisli.  Whether or not my family and I survive to see it is what troubles me most.” “I will lay down my life to protect you and your family, sire,” Mitch said immediately.  He would give anything to protect Gina-even his life.  She was that important to him.

Will Mitch be the next ruler of the Tiger Shifters?  Will Gina and Mitch rule together and save their people?  Only the Mother of All knows the obstacles that the two must face to free themselves and their people.

Hero –Mitch: 4 stars
Heroine –Gina: 4 stars
Steam: 4 stars 
Plot: 4 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! If you like fast moving, hard paced action with paranormal interaction, then book is for you.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! This is one of my all-time favorite authors and I have read all of her books and wait impatiently for the next one.

***Received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

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