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Black Tiger (Volume 1) Paperback – September 3, 2012
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Also of great importance to me is the fact that Ms van der Rol educates the reader about the plight of the tiger as a natural outgrowth of the story. There is no heavy-handed exposition, and yet it is hard to imagine someone would finish the book immune to the urgency of the need to preserve and protect the wondrous creature that is the tiger. Ms van der Rol donates profits from the sales of this book and the next in the series to preservation efforts. Even if she did not, the book would be worth the read. The fact that she does gives double reason to buy.
What's not to like? Grab one today and step into India and the world of the tiger.
Toby Neal, author of the Lei Crime Series
Blood Orchids (The Lei Crime Series)
There is a twist in the story that I can't share with you - no spoilers! - but which I absolutely loved. A nice use of an historical fact.
Black Tiger, Greta van der Rol
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
I thought this sounded interesting and its got some great reviews on Goodreads, but...once again I find myself at odds with the majority. Its a good story, well written but just doesn’t work for me. I felt it was a bit single paced, bland, lacking in drama for me. Clearly that’s what lots of readers want though, and once again proves what I’m always saying, that reading taste is very subjective, and we all want different things. That’s good as it means there are books out to suit all tastes.
If you enjoy Mills and Boons ( I don’t – but millions do) or Hallmark films, this should be right up your street, its that kind of romance with a shape-shifter element thrown in. Though the romance/shifter part didn’t grab me, what I did enjoy was Sally’s immediate jump to conclusion judgement when they come across Indian Village law at work. A family have been evicted as the father was caught poaching. Sally feels that’s harsh, and Ash tries to explain that's how it works in the villages. Later when they’re discussing poaching he talks about the improvements he’s making in the villages, as when homes, jobs and money are scarce people are more likely to be tempted by the lure of getting involved with poaching. There’s a real Western/Eastern dilemma when it comes to legal issues – we like to think we get it right but sadly we get it wrong many times too. The whole Tiger/Animal poaching issue was interesting, and falls close to how I feel. If my family needed food or medicine could/would I stand out against something that could change their lives? Ash wants to improve lives at his end while also trying to stop the trade at the other end, ceasing the outlets and flow of money will stop the poaching. No demand = no supply. I find it really sad that there is still so much trade in animals parts for medicine and furs for decoration in this day and age....
The characters didn’t feel real to me, and I couldn’t sense any overwhelming passion between Ash and Sally to account for their sudden statements of being In Love, it just didn’t feel real and that’s a problem when I'm reading. I need to feel there in the story, to care about the characters, to believe they are desperately in love and here I just didn’t. Like I said though I’m just one reader.
Stars: Two – its a good book for the right reader, just not for me.
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