Thursday, March 9, 2017

Star Dust Award: Waking the Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh

Title: Wake the Sleeping Tiger
Author: Lora Leigh
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Genre and Pairing: Paranormal and M/F
Page Count: 384 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
Once, he was Judd—Bengal Breed and brother to the notorious fugitive Gideon.
After Gideon disappeared, Judd was experimented on until his tortured body knew nothing but agony.

Now he is Cullen Maverick, serving as the commander of the Navajo Covert Law Enforcement Agency in the small community of Window Rock, Arizona. Despite his genetics, Cullen is able to pass as human because his Bengal traits are recessed. He lacks the ability to smell the emotions, bonds and fears that other Breeds take for granted. And he remains tormented that he wasn’t able to mate the woman he loved—at the cost of her life.

He’s no longer a Breed, merely a man. . . or so he thinks. But his tiger is about to be awakened by the one woman destined to be his—Chelsea Martinez. And their world will never be the same…

Chelsea has finally had enough. She has trained and argued to no avail. She is through waiting for Cullen to see her as she is. The time has come to leave and take the future she has worked so hard for. But Cullen isn’t ready to let her go and neither is the primal that shares his skin.
In Wake the Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh we see just what it takes to wake a recessive primal tiger. Cullen didn’t expect Chelsea to really leave but now that she has, can he convince her to give him a chance? I loved Cullen and Chelsea in this story. Cullen is a recessed breed who is more like his brother than ever expected. I love the struggle Ms. Leigh had in store for him as not only his animal fought to be free but also the woman who means more than he ever knew. I love that Chelsea was willing to fight for what she needed. She has tried for too long to make her family happy to her detriment. She is ready to demand respect even if it is painful.
The life of Breeds continues to be painful. Even as Ms. Leigh adds more layers to this world, the hatred continues to bubble up in unexpected ways and places. Ms. Leigh continues to write stories that provide unexpected twists and turns. She allowed both Cullen and Chelsea an opportunity to grow apart so they can find a way to be together. This story is well written. I loved seeing Chelsea show Cullen her worth. I enjoyed seeing Cullen deal with his brother even as Chelsea schools him on her needs. I can’t wait to see where Ms. Leigh will take us next as the Breeds fight to be seen as equal and worthy.

                Five Shooting Stars and a Star Dust Award

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