Once Upon a Tiger [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Once Upon a Tiger

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Overview

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.

23,000 word novella

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045502306
  • Publisher: T&D Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/12/2013
  • Series: Tiger Shifters , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 54,498
  • File size: 290 KB

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    not bad

    It was ok im a wolf girl my self but thought id give cats a try. I wouldnt read it again but it wasnt a bad story

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  • Posted May 24, 2014

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    A rare female tiger shifter who kicks a$$ and takes no names and

    A rare female tiger shifter who kicks a$$ and takes no names and a yummy, sexy and silent male tiger shifter have a little magical help, whether they want it or not, from their packs Fairy Godmother to fight for their unlawful love!

    Alexis Tarasova is a rare female tiger shifter in the Elder State Compound in West Virginia. She is even rarer because she is the only female Elite Enforcer(Tracker)and she trained for 4 hard years with her uncle and became the youngest Tracker ever. Alexis became a Tracker because her whole family was ripped apart by a male's jealously and she will rule her own life with her strength, courage and if needed her fangs and claws! Mo MALE will rule her life and no forced Mating Run for her, ever! She would only let one male catch her, Victor.

    Victor Romanov is the Elder's Lead Security Tech at the compound, but shifter call him mentally defective. When he was 4 years old, Victor shift into a tiger in front of humans and they both were almost beating and stabbed to death. His mom killed the humans and she and Victor were placed into confinement, aka shifter jail, and his massive injuries never healed and he lost the ability to talk. Now he lives a lonely and silent life with his mom. He isn't allowed to be part of the Mating Run and that fine with him because he wants only one female and Alexis will never Run!

    Alexis is in her Estrous, which means for 3 days she is horny and fertile for any tiger shifter that can catch her, but since she is a Tracker, she has been immune to the Mating Run. She is pissed off when there are 5 shifters outside her home and another one stalking them. One is a fellow Tracker, Nick, tells her that she was basically been canned as a Tracker and they will force her into the Mating Run. The last shifter comes out in tiger form and she knows it yummy, super sexy and silent Victor and she is even hornier now. She tells them to try it because she will kick all their a$$es, so they leave, but stay in the area to wait for a weak moment.

    Now we have one horny Alexis alone and in entirely to close to Mr. "I want to rip your clothed off" Victor. They can't and don't keeps their clothes on and get very down and dirty over and over again. When it comes down to the Mating Run, they have to follow the stupid Laws, No Killing and Victor can't, under any circumstances, be part of her Mating Run. What this passionate couple doesn't know is a powerful and "love conquers all" Elder/Fairy Godmother, Elizaveta Chernikova, is working in the background and will send her army of helpers if needed. What's a couple to do when their love is unlawful? Will Victor's love be enough for Alexis to overlook his silence? Can Alexis do the Mating Run to protect Victor? How many tiger shifter a$$es will be kicked, bitten and scratched to death? Will their Godmother be able to protect them both for the Shifter's Law? Will they have kids or a cute litter of purring cubs?

    This is my first Kat Simons' book and I can't believe it's her first book ever. Ms. Simon creates a sexy, one of a kind and "people keep your A/C turned on" tiger shifter world. Her hero and heroine were both raised in tragedy and she helps them heal themselves. Lena is my favorite kind of heroine, a strong, determined and also an a$$ kicking one. Let's chat about her hero Victor. I love a scarred and wounded on the inside and out hero and he loves his mom, too. This books also unveils some hard, erotic and passionate sex with energetic positions that kept me turning down my A/C because I forgot to restock my fire extinguishers! Plus there was some fangs, claws and fur flying violence that rocked and made me cheer. The addition of a Fairy Godmother character, Elizaveta, was genius and helped pull the story together. I know Alexis wears ripped jeans with a leather jacket and that Victor has several cool tats and has that "just woke up" sexy look. How do I KNOW all these things? Because Ms. Simons' words built real characters in my mind with her writing skills. She enticed my sense of smell with great lines from Victor and had me wishing I had steal toed boots to back up my girl, Alexis. Ms. Simons MADE me love her tiger shifter cosmos and I can't wait to revisit! I also felt her true love and care for Victor and Alexis as if they were her kids. I give my top score of 5 fingers up and 10 toes for Ms. Simon début novel.

    Previewed copy given for my honest review.

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    I liked this one

    A strong heroine, an even stronger hero who keeps his strength hidden. They fit well together and never step out of character. And the love story is believable and hot.

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  • Posted March 17, 2014

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    Wow, lots and lots of smexy shifter action in this quick but ver

    Wow, lots and lots of smexy shifter action in this quick but very thorough story. We are introduced to a
    dying world of tiger shifters desperate to save their race and trying some pretty antiquated methods to
    achieve higher conception in their fertile females. Great world building here and totally rational from the
    readers stand point. Notice I said rational. Were I one of the tiger females subjected to the "Run", I
    would not be thinking "Well, this is certainly a rational way to make sure I am impregnated." I would be
    thinking "what ass wipe of a male thought this up and where is a splintered two by four that I can shove
    up his butt?" 

    Unfortunately shifter society, much like the human realm is dominated by beings controlled by their
    prized gonads. Fortunately for our heroine, Alexis, she is a trained and very skilled Tracker who can
    handle her business. No tomcat on the prowl is going to get the jump on our girl unless she wants
    them to. And the only tomcat she wants is the mute outcast Victor. He may not be vocal, but he
    expresses himself very, very well. Grrrrrrrrr.....




    This was a great introduction into what I consider to be a series worthy of further investigation. Not only
    did I really like the premise but I liked the characters and their style. The strong heroine was a huge
    plus, and Victor was just too scrumptious for words. (pun intended). I absolutely enjoyed my brief but
    memorable sojourn into this world and hope to have a longer stay in the very near future. Job well done.

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    The first novella in the Tiger Shifters series is a fascinating

    The first novella in the Tiger Shifters series is a fascinating and erotic quick read.  I really enjoyed this riveting introduction to a new world of tiger shifters with its interesting concepts and bewitching characters, I just wish it had been a little longer because it ended way to fast.

    See my full review at: The Romance Reviews .com

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    Wow. I write shifter erotica myself and I'm seriously impressed

    Wow. I write shifter erotica myself and I'm seriously impressed with the talent that Kat Simons brings to the table. ONCE UPON A TIGER was amazingly hot. The chemistry between the hero and heroine sizzled. The world building was solid with just enough back story to keep the reader informed without bogging down the plot. The attention and thoughtfulness given to goal, motivation and conflict was spot on.

    There was a tendency for the information being given to the reader to become repetitive. Fight scenes were good, but with a little too much introspection, which slowed down the flow. The heroine did a lot of thinking during combat versus taking action. The meat of the story is really the excellent characterization and relationship development. Both the hero and heroine were complex and interesting individuals with flaws and strengths. I loved watching them grow closer together.

    ONCE UPON A TIGER is a quick, engrossing read. I wish it'd gone on longer and Kat Simons is definitely on my list of authors to watch. I can't wait for the next new release.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    You know the saying ¿some like it hot.¿? Well I do, and this is

    You know the saying “some like it hot.”? Well I do, and this is it! It’s a short novella, but it reads like a full novel! There’s a perfect amount of back story from both of the main characters and it’s not done in an info dump that slows down the story. It’s also maybe a little on the erotic side but it’s also got plenty of action, a little mystery plot, some HAWT tigers and a lovely romance to wrap it up nicely with a bow!




    Our Female main character is Alexis. She’s a very independent, lethal tiger tracker. Meaning not only is she a tiger, but she tracks and kills the bad tigers. She’s a fighter, not a stay at home mommy and she refuses to give in to her people’s stupid rule of this mating nonsense. She does feel the need to help save her kind from literal extinction, but why right now? Plus, the one guy she wants she can’t have. Boo. And then when her people go behind her back and force her into a mate, it’s on. She’s a spitfire and damn if she doesn’t scare me lol! I love her. She’s kickass but responsible and has a good heart no matter her tragic past, so she’s cool no matter what. And she turns into a tiger for kitty’s sake!




    Victor is a HAWT mess!! He’s perfect on the outside except he can’t speak, so they’ve labeled him “deformed” and he can never mate. Plus, the one girl he wants won’t ever mate, and she’s lethal enough to keep it that way. But when she becomes forced, he’s willing to stand by her side and help her fight her way through. Holy hell, this is THE PERFECT GUY!!! He’s absolutely gorgeous. He’s kind, he’s loving, he’s beautiful and he doesn’t talk, OR TALK BACK!! Lol I want him right now! And he’s a tiger! Yep he’s AWESOME!!




    So, after some threats and a little cabin fever we got the totally cute romance, but well done on the little plot twist on how they came together! I look forward to seeing the rest of their actions unfold with the elders lol. And maybe meeting some of those other tigers who got their tales handed to them. I liked the writing style. I think it was excellently done. In such a short time, I’ve learned a lot and look forward to so much more!! Well done! And since I can’t say 5 wolf paws, I will say 5 great ROARING TIGER PAWS! Ooh and maybe some stripes too ;)

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

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    Intriguing Premise With a Compelling Hero

    As a person with a disability who loves less than perfect characters, I was drawn to this story from the moment I read the synopsis. Ms. Simons perfectly blended the usual paranormal mythos but added the twist of its hero being seen as disabled and genetically imperfect after a vicious attack by humans left his vocal cords permanently damaged and him having to use sign language and writing notes to express himself. Though this is a short story it's long on entertainment and is surprisingly fully fleshed-out in depicting its main characters as well as future ramifications for current problems befalling the tiger shifters.

    Unlike other female tiger shifters, Alexis has been allowed to help her species by becoming a Tracker and capturing those shifters who've put their secret in jeopardy, as opposed to being forced into mating to keep them from becoming extinct. She's an expert in her field where she's stronger than most men which is why she's so angry that her circumstances have suddenly changed. She wants nothing to do with the Mating Run as she knows she has more worth than just for breeding and especially with the knowledge that the only man she wants is unable to fight for her. With her entire future hanging in the balance though she decides to make a bold claim that will change the future for all tiger shifters in this emotionally intense and sensual story.

    Victor is an immensely appealing hero who has been on the fringe of their species since an attack took away his ability to speak. He's seen as weak and damaged and is forbidden from mating for fear his weakness will be perpetuated. Victor has been accepting of his fate, thinking that the only woman he wants will never be forced into mating, until the day everything changes. Victor has always been supportive of Alexis, always there to comfort her and care about her. He's been willing to hold back his true feelings about her so that she can decide who she wants and this compassion makes him even more endearing. His mutism is dealt with believably yet subtly to enhance the storytelling and bind him and Alexis together in their own little world.

    These two likable characters bring out the best in each other. They're never judgmental and always supportive of the other's capabilities. The attraction between them has always been there and the ultimatum Alexis is given allows her the freedom to admit her true feelings and throw caution to the wind to change the Elder's, and other's, beliefs. From start to finish this was a wonderfully entertaining beginning to what promises to be a sexy and compelling series. With the introduction of intriguing secondary characters and a game-changing addition to the storyline I'm looking forward to the next installment in Ms. Simon's Tiger Shifter series and highly recommend this to fans of the paranormal.

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