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Trancing the Tiger

Trancing the Tiger

4.9 17
by Rachael Slate
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


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.

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Rachael has explored forgotten temples in Cambodia, kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland, and stood inside the Roman Coliseum. She loves studying people and cultures, current and ancient. Her appetite for romance began with Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, which she later nurtured with a healthy dose of Jane Austen.

As an author of scorching hot fantasy romance, Rachael blends the lines between mythology, reality, and fantasy. In her worlds, you'll encounter strong, sexy alpha males and the capable women who challenge them. If her heroines can't meet their heroes toe-to-toe, then they'll bring them to their knees.

No matter what torture she puts her characters through, true love will always prevail. Love is, after all, the most powerful force on Earth, and beyond.

Rachael holds an Honours BA in anthropology, as well as a CELTA. Her secret indulgence is her passion for baking, which she offsets with her addiction to running (she's completed four marathons). She resides on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, two children, and cat.

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Trancing the Tiger (Chinese Zodiac Romance Series, #1) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
arbliss More than 1 year ago
Trancing the Tiger was a breath of fresh air! Hooked from the first page, I could not put this book down and read it in just one sitting. The writing was smooth and flowed well and the fascinating characters kept me engaged and wanting to spend more time with them. I am extremely impressed with this debut author's level of talent and creativity. But the superb world-building, brilliant writing, and the unique storyline aren't the only things you will find in this novel. You will also stumble upon the gorgeous and alpha-licious Sheng, as well as the likeable and resourceful Lucy. Together, this perfectly matched pair balance each other out and make for an entertaining, sizzling-hot read. I truly enjoyed this fantastic book and highly recommend it! Can't wait for the next books in this awesome series!
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
This is Rachael's debut book and boy she started off with a bang. I could not put this down. It's different than any book I've read. I'm completely hooked on the Zodiac spirits. Sheng is one hot alpha hero. Lucy is not at all what he is expecting when she arrives. He believes she is the hope he has been looking for, but she is just a rabbit. Never underestimate the fire to fight in someone. The action, the suspense, and the romance pull you right in. Bonus for me very hot parts in the story between Lucy and Sheng. I can't wait to read the next one in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
first off let me say I have no idea about Chinese culture ... But reading this book it has brought me a closeness with the characters to see how there body mind and soul make up a spiritual being. Lucy lived in San Fransico and comes to Malaysia to live with her Uncle after the Red Death has killed her parents. She meets Sheng (Tiger) a sexy hot alpha male ... ah yes he takes her breath away ... but he needs to teach her about herself and the animal that possesses her. Lucy also needs to learn who to trust, not everybody is happy she is there ... evil is lurking !!! this is the first book in this series, can't wait to see where the Author is gonna take us next.
Reader_Jo More than 1 year ago
This is one of those hard-to-put-down books that will keep you up past your bedtime! A shameless romance novel junkie, I absolutely loved Trancing the Tiger. It has all the elements I look for in a good book –- a yummy alpha male, a strong minded woman who challenges him, layers of intrigue that kept me guessing, and a steam level that ranks at…um…wow.  You feel like you’re walking through the lush tropical jungles of Malaysia, and it’s because the author has actually travelled to the exotic setting of her book. I think it adds an extra layer of magic to her writing. Rachel Slate is a debut author I plan to follow. I love her unique voice and new, fresh twist on the concept behind her Chinese Zodiac Series. I’ve already joined her street team and can’t wait to get my hands on book two in this series.
bouhamala More than 1 year ago
This is my first book from Rachael Slate, and I must admit that this has been a really refreshing read. The story sucked me in, and I have read it all affternoon and all night, so I have severe a book hungover. I like the pace in this book, it was quite steady, and I like how characters developed through the story. The story is very interesting, we have animal spirits from the Chinese Zodiac, hosted within humans, I really liked the idea it's something new for me and enjoyed every page of it. I like that there is no serious cliffhanger, so it could pass as standalone with continuing in the next book. I also liked alpha Sheng with spirit of the Tiger, and how Lucy with spirit of the Rabbit throws him of the route. He's expecting she would host the spirit of the Dragon, but when he notices a glimpse of the Rabbit, he becomes really angry, Lucy doesn't even know that she's hosting a Rrabbit spirit. So here is where all the fun begins. I shall stop now, because if I continue, I will reveal too much and that is no fun so just read it. If you like a different type of PNR (rather than the usual shifters), and a lot of hot steamy sex, you will absolutely enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will admit I was a little hesitant going into reading this book because I don't know much about the Chinese zodiac or Malaysian culture. I was worried I wouldn't be able to follow what was going on or connect with the characters. I was wrong. So very very wrong. This story was absolutely fantastic from beginning to end and it was an absolute treat to read! From the very first chapter I was sucked into the rich details and I fell in love with the unique and vibrant characters. And talk about some intense and smoking hot scenes! Sheng is definitely a very naughty Tiger. Trancing the Tiger was was fun, sexy, dangerous, and different than anything I have read before and it was an absolute pleasure. I really feel like you would be missing out if you didn't give this story a try and in my opinion it is Highly recommended.
LoveLifeandBookLust More than 1 year ago
Talk about a debut novel. Rachael Slate knocks one out of the park with Trancing The Tiger. It's an engaging , riveting , action packed novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and leave you begging for more.Fantastic characters and a phenomenal plot are only the beginning for this refreshing novel. I absolutely loved Sheng and Lucy ! I for one cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Rachael Slate belongs on everyone's TBR list !
crazy4peanutbutter More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS Trancing the Tiger is book 1 of the Chinese Zodiac Romance series by Rachael Slate as well as her debut book release. Congrats on that Ms. Slate. Let me start by saying I truly enjoyed reading this book. The author did an amazing job of writing about the Chinese culture and zodiac. I have to say I found it all to be rather interesting and exciting to learn about. Over the years I've heard about the Chinese zodiac and knew a few of the animals from it but that was all. My lack if knowledge on the subject was in no way a problem in reading this book. As I said Ms. Slate did a beautiful job of giving you what you need to know about their way of life to follow the story. And what a story it is. The characters all but literally jump out of the page at you. They are vivid, complex, intriguing, some sexy, exciting and very well written. The background is perfectly detailed without being an overload to your senses. I for one hate it when the book is overly long due to the author being way to descriptive about every little thing the characters wear, see, smell etc. and so on, to the point where you totally forget about the plot of the book and begin to believe your reading a book on interior designing and fashion of whatever era. I loved learning more about the animals and their meanings along side of what they bring to the story. The plot is very unique, engaging and fresh. It's unlike any other shifter books I've read. It's a great start to a new series and I highly recommend it for reading. ***Received gift copy*** L.
TerriRochenski More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest...it took me until about the 20% mark to get sucked in where I didn't want to put my kindle down. Definitely wasn't due to the author, though. Ms. Slate's writing is excellent, and the characters believable, drawing out empathy. I think it was more the culture thing - while I've NOTHING against the Chinese people, their culture isn't one I know much about / find intriguing. Purely a person preference, nothing more. That being said - Ms. Slate brought something completely new and fresh to the kindle world with Trancing the Tiger. Unique, full of action, heat, and conflict both internal and external, this story satisfies even the hungriest beast.  ;) Can't wait for the next book! Get writin', Ms. Slate!
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not your standard "same old, same old" sort of romance novel. Convincingly creates a paranormal world based around the Chinese Zodiac, but eases the reader into it gently. Add in an exotic setting (Malaysia) and a devastating global plague, and you've got the ingredients for a fascinating backdrop. The characters, however, take centre stage and they are superbly written. You'll be gripped by their stories and desperate to find out what happens next. Couldn't put the book down. Eagerly anticipating the next novel in the series!
Cherri-Anne More than 1 year ago
COMPLETELY ENTRANCED!!!!   5 stars FANTASTIC!!!  I cannot believe that this is Rachael Slate’s debut novel!  It is THAT good!  I know a little about the Chinese Zodiacs, mostly to do with what Year I was born under – the Ox – and the traits it represents – and yes, they are mostly right!  *smiles innocently*   So to now read a novel that delves deeper into just what the Zodiacs truly are and not only their history, but the whole majestic beauty/mystery/mythology of them is absolutely fascinating!  Don’t get me wrong!  This IS a story that is fiction, but there is fact & faith mixed in as well.  I guess calling it a Chinese mythology would be a more apt description.  I fell in love with it right from the start and wanted to reach out & hug Lucy!  With everything that she has been through, and that is just the parts that she has gone through to get her to the start of the book when we meet her, is –thankfully-not something that I can relate to!  Then when we meet Li Sheng, no matter how much I read about him and from his POV, I STILL couldn’t decide just whose side he was really on!!  Well up to THAT point of course! *smiles innocently…again* I thoroughly enjoyed this book and CANNOT wait to read more!!  Thankfully there IS more coming!  I loved that there is so much going on in this story so there never was any “boring” parts or “down” parts.  With the twists & turns, ups & downs, intrigue, mystery, romance, hotness, trust or not to trust and so much more, how COULD there ever be a “slow” part?!?!  I couldn’t help but fall in love with it all, the characters, the Zodiacs, the atmosphere, the traditions, the mythology, just ALL of it!  When I was reading this book I got the feel or impression that this was “more than just a novel” to Rachael.  There is just this magic that pulls you in and before you even realize you can picture EVERYTHING going on and start referring to Lucy & the gang as your “real” friends!  As in “I’m going to call Lucy to see if she wants to meet up for coffee” type of real!  Then I get to the end and read the acknowledgments and the “about the author” sections and realize just how much love & respect and research went into making this such an awesome novel!  It also explains just why this doesn’t feel like a debut novel from a debut author!!  Rachael truly has the talent, the gift and the ability to take her to the top of the charts and keep her there!  I cannot wait to read the next book!  And the next one…and the next one… 
April-Hollingworth More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth This is the first book in the, A Chinese Zodiac Romance series, and it is brilliant. It is a fabulous addictive start to what promises to be an amazing series. It drew me in and wouldn’t release me until I’d read every last wonderful word in the book. I can’t wait to read the next book. Opening Scene:  Penang, Malaysia 554 days since the first outbreak of the Red Death I can’t let her die alone. The Review: Delve into a world steeped in tradition and superstition.  After her parents died from the Red Death, Lucy Yeoh flees to Malaysia seeking answers. Being closed off from the rest of the world Malaysia is like a Paradise to Lucy, from the beautiful tropical climate to her stunningly sexy neighbor, Sheng. Only thing is he might be delusional, or crazy. Sheng, claims the Plague God unleashed the Red Death, and only a circle of Zodiac spirit animals can cleanse the plague from the world. He believes he’s the Tiger, and she’s the Rabbit, long furry ears and cute fluffy tail included. Li Sheng is the Chosen of the Tiger, and it’s his burden to restore balance to the world. He must gather the Chosen and secure their allegiance. He’s waited a long time for the Dragon to arrive; only to realize it’s the Rabbit spirit who has chose Lucy, not his anticipated partner the Dragon. The Rabbit is the weakest link in the Zodiac spirits, and Lucy is a temptation he could do without. Sheng can’t dismiss her, and the Rabbit proves to being uncooperative. His desire for her becomes unbearable and all he wants is Lucy. Sheng’s enemies close in, and not all of them want Lucy alive. Together they must learn to trust one another and fight side by side. Working together they must navigate a treacherous world where their hearts and duty are on opposite sides of the lines. And they must choose whether to sacrifice their burgeoning love to save the world, or find away to surrender to both. Notable Scene: The fluttering in her stomach spiked and then sank lower as he continued to stare at her, unspeaking. “I’m Lucy,” she tried in Mandarin, since maybe he didn’t speak English. “I just arrived from America. This is my uncle’s condominium.” The words rambled out of her before she slammed her mouth shut. Next, she’d be telling him about the private jet’s food and what movie she’d watched. Witch on that censor, Luce. He might not be a nut job but, by now, he likely concluded she was one. Especially since she continued to gawk at his muscular body. “Um, what’s your name? Should I go? I should probably go, right?” Pivoting, she winced at the desperate tone of her voice. It’d been so long since she’d chatted with anyone, and this new freedom was…even lonelier. “Don’t leave.” The smooth, sexy, accented voice stopped her retreat. A command? Sure sounded like one. Despite the stiffening in her muscles, she obeyed. She swiveled around, her eyes widening as the man rose with effortless, smooth grace, mimicking the tiger on his back. He kept on rising, stretching at least six and a half feet tall, his body so much bigger than what she’d pictured at first. Her foot inched backward. High, youthful cheekbones accented a robust, square jaw, obscuring her ability to tell if he was in his twenties or forties. His irises weren’t brown, but a deep, jet black, matching his straight hair. Longer pieces slashed across his eyes, and she curled her fingers into her palms to combat the urge to brush aside those locks. FTC Advisory: Suleika Santana through Book Ninja Reviews provided me with a copy of Trancing The Tiger by Rachael Slate. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
HeatherMcC More than 1 year ago
Steamy and Original Steeped in the rich mythology of the Chinese zodiac, this unique tale of magic and love carries undertones of a unique dystopian world. I recommend it for fans of paranormal and steamy romance.
CharityAG1 More than 1 year ago
I didn't know much about the Chinese Zodiac before I read this book. I wasn't sure I was going to understand it. Rachel did an amazing job. She lead you into such an interesting and fast paced story that had you holding onto the seat of your pants the whole way. She made the Zodiac easy to follow and interesting enough to make you want to learn more. Her characters are ones that you can relate to. You can see the world through their eyes and understand it. The story is fast paced enough to keep it moving but not so fast you can't keep up. I would recommend this book to any and everyone. I can't wait for the next book!!!
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Amazing debut! I love paranormal/fantasy romances, well honestly I love all romances, but this is different from all the other books I've read. From the setting to their spirit animals, you will get lost in a world where the paranormal seems normal. I loved the relationship between the host and their spirit animal, as well as the way their animal's personalities and characteristics influence the hosts behavior. The chemistry between Sheng and Lucy is off the charts, and once they get together, you might need a fire extinguisher handy. I cannot wait for the next book in the series! eARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
kadeegan13 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fabulous! Engaging, riveting,  sexy as all get out. .. on the edge of your seat Oy!  If life wouldn't have gotten in my way, I would have read it in one sitting, I didn't want to put it down.  I loved everything from the main and secondary characters, to the plot, and I will admit a bit of a paranormal snob. One of my favorite parts in a PNR is the scents that are explained, and they had heart at the descriptive scents.   I wasn't sure if I could relate or understand it all, as I am not that familiar with Asian cultures etc. but, Ms. Slate hooked me straightaway.  Honestly can't wait for the next book in the series, which thankfully comes out this year! Kuddos to her on her novel debut! **was provided an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review..**