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Monday, March 14, 2011

Tigress by the Tail by Teresa D'Amario

PUBLISHER: Self-Published
AUTHOR: Teresa D'Amario
GENRE: Contemporary Paranormal Romance, Tiger Shifter, Wizards, Magic
HEAT: Boiling
RATING: 4 roses!
                                     REVIEWER: Willow
Lance is a Wizard. He’s not a great wizard, but he’s all right. Descended from a long line of wizards, his brothers taunt him for being slow to learn. And as the youngest, it’s his due course to accept such teasing. Life is good, and normal. For a wizard that is.

Cassie is a Shifter. A tigress to be exact. Raised by her father after her mother’s death she’s as well adjusted as any shifter can be, and still live in the human world, hiding who and what she is.
Bliss comes to a screeching halt the night Satanist kidnap Cassie and her best friend to use as sacrifices to bring forth their Dark Lord. When Cassie literally collides into Lance, she begs him to help them escape their captors, despite the dangers. The couple work together to save the life of Cassie’s friend, only to discover a shocking passion driving them closer together at a time when both should be devastated. But when Lance overhears Cassie’s father threaten his life, he heads for the hills. Cassie follows, determined to clear up the confusion. But evil is still afoot and Cassie is taken by a secret government organization dedicated to the eradication of all things magick. Is Lance willing to put his life on the line for a woman he believes is out to kill him? Especially when he realizes the organization that’s taken her, is the one he works for?

Tiger shifter Cassie and her best friend—a jaguar shifter—Lin, have landed themselves in quite a pickle. Funny thing is; they have no idea how they got there.  But they’re not too concerned with the why’s or how’s, they just know they need to escape. On their way out, Cassie runs into (literally) a guy who’s obviously not a part of the cult that kidnapped them. There’s something about him she can’t explain; despite her own peril, she senses this man is important to her. But there’s no time to ask questions, the bad guys are coming and Cassie and Lin have to escape.
When Lance takes on the assignment to investigate a supposed Satanist cult, the last thing he expects to find is a full-blown ritual going on with the intended sacrifices running for their lives. Before he knows it, he’s caught up in the mayhem. Despite his limited magical powers, he can’t seem to remember any incantations to help himself or the two women. But then something happens he doesn’t anticipate. Seems there’s more than meets the eye to the two captives. He’s heard of shifters, he just never knew they really existed.
First off, I want to say that the cover for this book is really neat. It’s definitely an eye catcher. Tigress by the Tail started off with action and just kept on going. There were very few parts that lagged or didn’t play a crucial role in the final outcome. Ms. D'Amario does a fine job with plot and character development. There were a few things that caught my attention. Some minor editing—missing words, comma misusage—would have made the story a little tighter. I was also a little caught off guard by the point of view shifts. Most publishers don’t allow more than one or two shifts a chapter, and they are usually designated by some sort of symbol (***). This story has frequent point of view shifts that occur throughout. While it doesn’t detract from the story, it can make you a little confused until you figure out whose head your in. The ending felt a tad rushed. Once the main problem was solved, it seemed like the author tried to tie up some loose ends but did so a bit too quickly. There were a few things toward the end that just seemed odd or a little too unbelievable. But, this is a paranormal story and some allowances have to be made. Overall though, it was an enjoyable story that I enjoyed reading and I do look forward to reading more about those hunky Maxey brothers.
If you’re in to shifter stories and you like a little action with your love, then grab a copy of Teresa D'Amario's Tigress by the Tail, you won’t be disappointed. Just be forewarned, Cassie is one frisky feline who turns Lance’s world upside down, in more ways than one.

*Note to readers: This is a self-published book and is available through several outlets*
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