Can sex be the gateway to an ancient mystical realm unheard of in the West? According to Chinese Tantrics, the answer is YES.
In Jade Lee's award-winning Tigress series, western women discover that sex is not simply for pleasure, but for religious ecstasy. Who will come out on top? The Western Tigress or the Chinese Dragon? And is the new erotic realm they discover LOVE?
DESPERATE TIGRESS (The Way of the Tigress, Book 3)
Shi Po, Shanghai's most famous abbess and leader of the Tigresses, faces death and disgrace. Only one man can save her.
Can Kui Yu’s unique sexual practices pull the woman who "has done it all" back from the brink? Can he prove he is the only one who can master her demons?
Romantic Times BOOKclub TOP PICK
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Booklist Starred review
"Desperate Tigress could easily be called Perfection. Elegant complexity and beautifully rendered." ~Nina C. Davis, Booklist STARRED review
"...strong sensuality, characters and plot... transports readers to another plane of erotic romance. Sexy." ~Kathe Robin
THE WAY OF THE TIGRESS, in series order
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In 1898 China, tantric sex teacher Shi Po has devoted her life to the Taoist dictum of obtaining enlightenment and immortality through ecstasy by strict control of the body and mind. However, Shi is upset that two white heathen students of hers seem to have gained what she strives to achieve. Feeling she has brought shame by her failure and danger to her family by sheltering a monk, Shi wants to die. --- Shi¿s husband Tan Kui Yu believes that together they reach Heaven, but separately never. When the duo is imprisoned, Kui trusts that they can overcome adversity with one another, but first they must accept the love they have for another that is a major step towards reaching Heaven. --- DESPERATE TIGRESS is a terrific late nineteenth century historical tale that provides a deep look at Chinese society through the changing relationship between the lead couple and to a lesser degree the general who jails them. The story line focuses on the interactions between a humiliated Shi who believes she is a failure and has shamed her family and Kui a kind gentle soul respecting his wife. Though Jade Lee¿s tale can be read by itself, reading the previous two related tales (see HUNGRY TIGRESS and WHITE TIGRESS) first will give a more complete picture of the society. Still this is a superb work. --- Harriet Klausner
Lee saved the best for 'last'. This was the best of the first three books. It could've ended here as a trilogy. This one is the most poignant and suspenseful of the three. I'm afraid to read the next in series as it may be a disappointment.