Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Giveaway & Review ~ Once Upon a Tiger by Kat Simons

Book Description:

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.

Once Upon a Tiger

Tiger Shifters Bk One

Author: Kat Simons

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: T&D Publishing

Date of Publication: December 13, 2013

ISBN: 9781311496140


Number of pages: 75

Word Count: ~23,000

Cover Artist: The Killion Group

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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 façade 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.

About 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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My Thoughts:

This was a super sexy, super quick read. Read adults only here!

The leading lady is a tracker, an enforcer of sorts for her pride. Alexis has always been exempt from the mate run, until now. Needless to say, she is not happy when she realizes that there are uninvited male tigers on her territory while she is in heat.

When it comes time to confront said tigers and she discovers that the elders changed their mind about her status without discussing it with her, she is beyond pissed.

There has only ever been one tiger that she'd consider worth her time and Victor was forbidden to run because he was mute.

These two were both strong characters and their chemistry was off the charts. ;-)

If you like shifters, steam, or quick reads, you should definitely try this one. ;-)

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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  1. The excerpt is definitively mouth watering^^ so intense and still perfectly acceptable to all kind of reader.... I WANT!!!!
    i want to see her fight for her love and put the elders to their place they definitively lost their mind so screw them and start deciding^^ ( oki i'm perhaps a little too strong there but excluiding one because he is mute after a fight simply doesn't stand well with me)

  2. Very hot!! :) You know that I'm interested. She's a new author for me but I'll be looking into her books now.

  3. The book sounds really good and I love the cover.

  4. My Favorite thing werewolves and romance and danger what more can you ask for in a book Thanks

  5. Loved the excerpt and have put Once Upon a Tiger on my TBR list! Thanks for sharing.

  6. A mute hero sounds interesting.

  7. Love shifters and this one sounds great a must for my TBR pile

  8. This sounds like a great read. I haven't read this author either so I can't wait to get started on it. Thanks for sharing I enjoy shifter books and especially when they have the big cats :)

  9. Love the storyline and I'm already falling for Victor. Definitely adding this one to my TBR list. Do you have a set number of books for this series or is it open ended?


    1. Hi Vanessa, at the moment the series is open ended. I have about 8 stories after Once Upon a Tiger to tell, but there's so much to explore with the tigers, I may well write more. Thanks for asking!

  10. Love the chemistry between Victor and Alexis..also dying to know why Victor was naked!

  11. aw so cute cx i'm all for this story now

  12. Hi all! Brenda, thanks for hosting me here at Crazy four books! Sorry I'm late to the party. I thought I was here today, not Tuesday. Got mixed up. *blush* Thanks so much for the nice words about Once Upon a Tiger too!

  13. Thanks to everyone who came out and commented! And thanks for all the lovely words on the excerpt and the cover art! I hope you'll all enjoy Victor and Alexis's story.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! We love these kind of books here. :)