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

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Adult, Fantasy, Romance

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.

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

For someone who has always been interested in the Chinese Zodiac, I was intrigued when given the synopsis of this story. The Rabbit has always been one of the more 'mild-mannered' of the Zodiac so I was interested to see where this would go when partnered with the Tiger. Trust me though, you don't have to know anything about the Chinese Zodiac for this story to a) make sense and b) be absolutely fantastic. The storyline itself is gripping and you will find out more about the plague itself plus how the characters handle things as you go along. All of the characters are interesting and amazing in their own rights. For me personally, I was interested whenever Fang made an appearance (he's a rat) because that's what I am. The whole aspect of the Chinese Zodiac is one that I haven't seen before in Fantasy or Paranormal books and I am thrilled that Rachael Slate has made her stand in this way. It works, it really does. The pace is steady throughout and very well written. The plot has depth and drama and will definitely leave you wanting more. I can't wait for By The Horns, which is book 2 in this series and due out sometime this year. Definitely, absolutely recommended.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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