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Tiger Eye (Dirk & Steele, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 2005
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At the start of Liu's first-rate debut, psychically sensitive tourist Dela Reese browses for treasures at Beijing's Dirt Market, where an old woman sells her a riddle box for only one yuan. Surprisingly, when Dela opens the box back in her hotel room, a gorgeous seven-foot-tall warrior appears, bearing 2,000-year-old weapons. The warrior, Hari, has been cursed for two millennia to serve as a slave - bereft of his power to shape-shift into a tiger - to anyone who opens the box. Assassins follow Delilah and Hari from Beijing back home to the U.S., where Dela and Hari soon find themselves in the midst of a war between Chinese crime syndicates. The reappearance of Hari's age-old nemesis, the Magi, who has been searching for Hari since he was imprisoned in the box, jacks up the suspense. The romance between Delilah and Hari tantalizingly builds until it culminates in a sensual love scene. Repetitive references to Hari's great stature fortunately don't detract from the appeal of this striking paranormal romance.
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Dela is in the antiques market of Beijing searching for a treasure to add to her collection, but when an old woman sells her a small puzzle box, she could never have guessed just how precious its contents are. When she unlocks the box, a man appears before her, a man drawn from one's wildest dreams and deepest fantasies. A man who wants Dela for his own. But someone else wants him and the box back, and will risk all those she holds dear to obtain them. Liu's debut novel, not unlike the puzzle box, holds a shiny new joy for readers of adventure and paranormal romance. Deeply sensual, a marriage of modern fantasy and ancient mysticism highlighted with a touch of humor, this is the next book fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon or Christine Feehan should read. Nina Davis
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Top customer reviews
Our successes were few and far between, but sometimes amazed us considering our being ordinary people. I , for instance am a high school dropout with ADHD (which I like to call a superpower).
I figured that the Dirk & Steele series had a strong romantic element which some guys are not into. But if they do what I do and skim through the mushy paragraphs, they will enjoy "Tiger Eye" as much as I did.
There are some things that set this book apart, though. For one, the heroine is not embittered, and I don't know how old she is, but I think not young. The posse was possibly the most charming set of characters I've met in such a grouping. I was especially taken with Artur, the former Russian gangster and ladies' man.
The romance bothered me because it seemed so ... involuntary. Hari, who had been a slave for a couple millenia, gets a little kindness and decides that this is the one woman of his life. Dela gets this magical hunk dropped on her and within a week of high-stress living, decides that he's the guy she wants to be with. Neither of them seems to be operating from a position of strength, or even sanity.
That said, I read it in a couple days and it was mesmerizingly dramatastic. If what you want is nonstop action, woo-woo, and heroes who might look like Fabio and have a very firm....moral code, this is the book for you.
Read if: You like cracky paranormal romance, you love strong squishy men, and assertive talented women.
Skip if: you mind being able to predict plot points, you are weirded out by shapeshifter sex, violence is not your bag.
The Shape-shifters - Dragons, Tigers, Ravens, Magi/Wizard and Humans with special gifted powers had me totally captivated making this first book in the series a fun and delightful read. I found myself laughing at some of the humorous interactions between the characters and loved the idea behind Dirk & Steel.
"An Agency dedicated to finding people who aren't normal... - A detective agency of sorts... - Agency dedicated to using psi-talented to help others, to do jobs the police and military can't, or won't handle."
I enjoyed Delilah and Hari's story, truly romantic and the erotic scenes steamed up the pages through out the book - One scene gave me chills as Hari shifts into his tiger form while making love to Dela from behind when he takes her as his mate. (3 flames out of 5) Dela character fascinated me with her psychic powers of reading the history behind metals and design or mold weapons such as swords and daggers as she in-visioned them. Hari's character (Tiger-Shifter)had me falling in love with his tortured soul. I His whole story was fasinating, I mean being cursed, being a slave through out history, and finally finding love after 2000 years.
I was really impressed with the authors writing and I look forward to reading the next books in this series - especially to learn more about Max (Dela's brother), Roland, Artur, Blue, Dean, Koni (Raven shifter),Eddie, The Chinese Woman Long Nu (Dragon Shifter),and Lisa Amarro (Magi's daughter).
The agency she crafted, Dirk & Steele, is made up of people with paranormal abilities. They use their abilities to solve crimes that official agencies can't, or won't solve. The agency also makes people who have felt like oddballs all of their lives feel valued. Together they can use their gifts to help people.
It took a little too long, in my opinion, to figure out exactly what Dirk & Steele was. Perhaps the author was trying to create mystery?
There was no lack of mystery, or ingenuity, in the story. A paranormal love story, as promised, between Hari and Delilah. Since I don't give spoilers I will only say that I enjoyed getting to know these characters, and I enjoyed watching them fall in love.
Many other characters are introduced into the series from this book that end up getting their own books later.
I highly recommend this book and this series!