April 21st, 2008
Review – Tiger by the Tail by Kaye Chambers


Title: Tiger by the Tail
Author: Kaye Chambers
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 1-59998-919-0
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Buy it here!
Kaye’s website.

Publisher Blurb:
Alexandra “Sasha” DeStephano has long been exiled from her own kind, thanks to parents who had no wish for her to grow up in the “tiger mafia”. Now that she’s been issued an engraved invitation to appear before the society elders, she finds herself plunged into a dangerous battle for power, urged on every side to give up her birthright to make room for a new regime.

On every side, that is, except Colton Reyes, a rogue alpha. Cole plants the idea in her mind that, under the current leadership, the tiger society is headed down a one-way street to disaster. And she is their only hope.

Spurred on by a man who flips all her sexual switches, Sasha steps up to the plate-and finds herself promoted from Tiger Princess to Queen. The resulting consequences are far more than she ever imagined.

In this game of danger and intrigue, almost no one can be trusted. Cole’s best chance to protect her? Pretend to claim her as his mate.

Except pretending is the last thing on Sasha’s mind.

My Opinion:
I’ve known Kaye for a number of years and have been DYING for this book to come out. I really wanted to see how it turned out because it combines something I love (big cat shifters) with something I tend to shy away from writing myself (first person). Boy was I not disappointed!

Sasha starts out the story as an outcast, taken by her parents from Tiger society and raised outside it. But she finds herself cast in the role of a pawn in Tiger society power struggles. But Sasha is not about to passively let others play her and when she meets up with Colton, she finds there may be more at risk than merely herself. What can she and the sexy rogue tiger do to save their society?

I loved this story. I wasn’t sure what I would think because first person is often not done well and I can have trouble sort of “falling into” the story. Not the case with Tiger by the Tail. Sasha is sassy and has a real backbone. Sasha and Cole are hot together. I liked the complexity of the world and the politics but I wished we got some extra time to delve into it more. But my favorite is feeling like *I* am running in a tiger form!

I’m totally sold on the possibilities of well done first person, so much so that I’m going to give it a try too. Stay tuned on Wednesday where I’ve co-erced Kaye into writing a guest Writerly Wednesday post on writing First Person!

I really recommend this story!

4 comments to “Review – Tiger by the Tail by Kaye Chambers”

  1. Loved Kaye’s story too

  2. I can’t wait to see what happens with Sasha and Colton!

  3. Thank you, Maura, for the wonderful review and to Hailey and Dana for reading the story.

    Sasha and Cole are still very much in the works over here. Can’t you hear the whips cracking over my head?


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