Monday, January 13, 2014

Once Upon a Tiger Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Once Upon a Tiger book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $30 gift card. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Once Upon a Tiger (Tiger Shifters)
Release date: December 11, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance

She’ll never run.

Among the tiger shifters, Alexis Tarasova is regarded as fierce and dangerous, with a reputation that would make even the most daring tiger think twice about challenging her. Female tiger shifters may be rare and the mating run a critical part of their species’s survival, but Alexis is the only female Tracker and will not back down, even at the threat of tiger law. She will not be forced to mate. So when a handful of males band together to force her to participate in the run, Alexis chooses to stand her ground and fight instead.

He's forbidden to run.

Outcast from the tiger shifters after a vicious childhood attack left him mute, Victor Romanov has never taken part in the mate run. He’s never particularly cared, though, since the woman he loves refuses to take a mate. However, when he learns Alexis may be in danger, all bets are off. Nothing will keep him from her side.

Together, they’re unmovable.

The chemistry between them burns wickedly hot and forges them into an unbeatable pair. Alexis knows that being with Victor means she will have to break another one of her people’s laws—a move that might push the tigers too far. But, for Victor, she will risk everything, including her life, and do what she thought she’d never do—run.

My Rating: 5 Roses

A sweet and hot paranormal romance novella, Once Upon a Tiger, was a lovely read. I really liked this book. It was a wonderful, quick romance that I really enjoyed.

Both of the characters were great. Alexis was tough and very strong. She was determined to live in a way that made her happy and I really liked her. Victor was super sweet and utterly wonderful. Other tigers underestimated him because of his muteness, but that was their mistake because he was strong and clever. I totally adored him.

The romance was great. Alexis and Victor were so sweet together, with how they had both been in love with each other for so long, but had been unable to be together. And the chemistry between them was hot. Definitely a lot of steamy moments between these two shifters.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were quite a few thrills in store for a novella and that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was so sweet.

Once Upon a Tiger was a fantastic paranormal romance novella. I really liked this wonderful book. Romance lovers, if you want a quick, lovely read, then this is your book.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

To Alexis’ surprise, Victor was standing at her door only a few minutes later. She swallowed and tried not to stare. He was magnificent, muscled and lean, with just the right amount of hair covering his human body. The hard cut angles of his face should have made him look harsh but somehow he just looked more compelling. Black eyes, closely cut dark hair, and a sexy half-smile that made her stomach muscles tighten, all combined to send her heartbeat pounding.

She’d never been around Victor when she was in estrous. In fact, since coming to terms with the knowledge that her obsession with him could never lead to a future, she’d made an effort to never spend time alone with him. He was the head security technician at the elders’ compound, so they crossed paths regularly. But she tried making sure there were others around to keep her from doing something stupid.

Unfortunately, she hadn’t always been successful.

She flashed on a recent memory of literally bumping into him in a corridor at the compound when she’d been too deep in thought to notice her surroundings. He’d held her arms while she caught her balance. The contact sent shivers of desire shooting through her body, forcing her to step back as soon as she could, then apologized.

He pulled a notebook from the back pocket of his dark jeans and wrote, You okay?

“Fine. The job I’m heading out on has me…” She shrugged. “It’s a tough one.”

A friend?

“No. Nothing like that.” She made the mistake of looking up to finish and got momentarily caught in the deep darkness of his steady gaze. Her stomach danced in giddy delight even as her heart tightened. Swallowing, she said, “The tiger I’m going after has something wrong with him. He’s started stalking children.”

Human or tiger?



“Exactly.” Dangerous to their people if he were discovered by the humans. Also dangerous for her as her target couldn’t possibly be sane if he was hunting kids.

Has he hurt any yet?

“No. Fortunately. He came close twice, though. I have to find him soon.”

Do you want help?

She straightened. No one offered to help her. Not since she’d taken the Tracker oath. But he looked serious. And beneath the fa├žade he normally wore, she sensed a hard core of intensity only a stupid person would challenge. His silence was intimidating enough, but for the first time, she saw a dangerous edge to him.

And he was offering to help her. The gesture touched her in ways she wouldn’t have expected. Suddenly, she was aware of just how alone they were and just how desperately she wanted him.

“I’ll be fine.” Even as she said this, her heartbeat quickened and she had trouble speaking above a whisper.

I know. But if you need me, I’m here.

Her pulse pounded loud in her ears as she read. Could he hear it? Did he realize just how much she needed him—just not for the hunt? She found herself staring at his mouth. The urge to lean in and taste him overwhelmed her.

Alexis blinked back the memory and realized she was once again staring at Victor’s mouth. This time, there was no one around to interrupt them and keep her from giving in to the years of wanting. During that previous meeting, a member of his security tech team had required his attention and he’d hurried away, leaving her breathless. She’d brought in the rogue tiger with a little more aggression than she might have normally. And then she’d taken herself off to her retreat here in the mountains to wallow in the frustration of having to resist the only man she wanted.

Now Victor was here. No one between them. And her hormones were making things infinitely worse.

His being naked did not help her control either—which was hanging on by a very tiny, thin thread.
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About the Author:
Kat Simons
Kat Simons earned her Ph.D in animal behavior, working with animals as diverse as dolphins and deer. She brought her experience and knowledge of biology to her paranormal romance fiction, where she delights in taking nature and turning it on its ear. After traveling the world, she now lives in New York City with her family. Kat is a stay-at-home mom and a full time writer.


  1. love paranormal romances...thank you for the chance tow in :)

  2. Thanks so much for having me here today, Farrah! And thanks for the great review! I'm so excited you enjoyed Once Upon a Tiger.

    Lisa, thanks for stopping by, commenting and entering the giveaway! If you get a chance to pick up the book, I hope you'll enjoy it.

  3. Oh I am adding this to my tbr list immediately! Thank you for the oppurtunity!

  4. awesome cover looks so cool.

  5. This sounds like a great book!

  6. added it to my TBR list thanks so much denise smith

  7. Thanks everyone for stopping in to comment. I'm thrilled you think the book sounds good, and I hope you enjoy it. Joseph and Pam, I feel the same way about the cover. My cover artist did such a phenomenal job I still grin every time I look at it. So glad you all like it too. :-)

  8. sounds very interesting

  9. Sounds like my kind of book, will be adding to my tbr. Thanks.

  10. Great excerpt! I'll have to check this out! :D

  11. sounds like a great read, definitely adding it to my list!

  12. Book catches my attention and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  13. Great excerpt; sounds like an enjoyable read!

  14. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.