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text 2015-03-19 15:44
Tiger Shifters in Romance
Tiger Magic - Jennifer Ashley
Night Shift - Nalini Singh,Lisa Shearin,Ilona Andrews,Milla Vane
Here Kitty, Kitty! - Shelly Laurenston
Tiger by the Tail: A Midnight Liaisons Novella - Jessica Sims
Hidden Crimes - Emma Holly
Eternal Hunter - Cynthia Eden
Captive Moon - C.T. Adams,Cathy Clamp
Touch of Seduction - Rhyannon Byrd
Unleash the Night (Dark-Hunter, #9; Were-Hunter, #4) - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Bengal's Heart - Lora Leigh

The majestic  tiger makes a badass shifter hero or heroine. Bengal, Serbian, or White! 


Here are some great Tiger Shifters in Romance! 


My lists are never in any particular order. 


1. Tiger Magic by Jennifer Ashley


He was once a captive, but his urges were never caged. Now he’ll release them on a beautiful stranger whose own secret desires are longing to be sated…

He doesn’t have a name. He doesn’t have a clan. The humans who held him prisoner for forty years have taken them away. He knew nothing but captivity until nearly a year ago, when he was released into the light. Now Tiger lives in the Austin Shiftertown, where he struggles to belong and searches for an identity.

Carly Randal thinks her fabulous life is complete—until her car breaks down on the side of the road, and a wild-looking Shifter is the only one to help her. Tiger takes one look at Carly and knows instantly—she will be his mate. As Carly is drawn into his Shifter world, she risks everything she has for that forbidden something she still wants: passionate love.


2. Night Shift by Iona Andrews and Nalini Singh


Magic Steals, when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.


3. Here Kitty, Kitty by Shelly Laurenston 


What do you do when you’ve got a hillbilly tiger by the tail? Or maybe the question should be: what wouldn’t you do…

Nikolai Vorislav likes his single life just as it is. Simple, relaxing and quiet. What he doesn’t need is some foul-mouthed Texan hellcat living in his house, eating his food, flirting with his idiot brothers and shooting holes in his home with his granddaddy’s gun. But those long legs, dark eyes and lethal tongue are making Nik insane and he fears he may be caught in the sexiest animal trap ever.

Angelina Santiago doesn’t know how she got from Texas to North Carolina in a night or how she ended up in some hillbilly tiger’s house wearing only a sheet. What she does know is that she doesn’t like good ol’ boys with slow, sexy drawls who can’t seem to stop rubbing up against her. Yet in order to protect her friends, Angie has to stay with a cat who seems hellbent on finding all sorts of delicious ways to make her purr.



4. Tiger by the Tail by Jessica Sims


Were-tiger Adrian Merino is determined to see the newest shifter on the block, Mandy, become his mate. But it’s got to be her idea first… Can he convince her that what he wants is what she wants, too? Or is Mandy too stubborn to see what's before her whiskered nose?


5. Hidden Crimes by Emma Holly


Cats and dogs shouldn't fall in love. Like any wolf, RPD detective Nate Rivera knows this. He can’t help it if the tigress he’s been trading quips with at the supermarket is the most alluring woman he’s ever met—sassy too, which suits him down to his designer boots.

Evina Mohajit is aware their flirtation can’t lead to more. Still, she relishes trading banter with the hot werewolf. This hardworking single mom hasn’t felt so female since her twins’ baby daddy left to start his new family. Plus, as a station chief in Resurrection’s Fire Department, she understands the demands of a dangerous job.

Their will-they-or-won’t-they tango could go on forever if it weren’t for the mortal peril the city’s shifter children fall into. To save them, Nate and Evina must team up, a choice that ignites the sparks smoldering between them . . .


6. Captive Moon by C. T. Adams


World-class entertainer and Sazi councilmember, Antoine Monier has taken his big cats all over the world without any trouble--until his latest trip to Stuttgart, where one of his tigers is stolen and killed. To Antoine's surprise, the German police have another tiger in custody--a tiger who is actually a lovely Turkish-American woman, Tahira Kuric.

Like Antoine, Tahira is a shapeshifter, but of the Hayalet Kabile, the ghost tribe of shapeshifters. And despite their immediate attraction, Tahira wants nothing to do with Antoine--the Sazi are the enemy of the Hayalet Kabile.

But Tahira doesn't have a choice, because she and Antoine have discovered that she is a fabled "power well," able to store magical energy from other shapeshifters--and something is hunting her, eager to use her powers for itself.

Only if they can set aside their peoples' ancient rivalry and rely completely on each other--body and soul--can Tahira and Antoine save themselves and their people.


7. Eternal Hunter by Cynthia Eden


In a hotbed of secrets like Baton Rouge, it's only natural Assistant DA Erin Jerome is keeping a couple of her own. Like the fact she's not entirely human--she's Other, desperately trying to keep her supernatural strength under wraps. Or that she's got a killer stalking her--an Other rogue set on "gifting" her bloody corpses, not to mention nights lying awake in terror. But the bounty hunter on her new case is about to change everything. Jude Donovan is a shapeshifter, and when the two are near each other their hidden instincts are definitely awakened. Tracking a rogue Other through half of Louisiana is hard enough without letting their wild sides come out to play. . .


8. Touch of Seduction by Rhyannon Byrd


Sold into slavery as a child to a cruel taskmaster, tiger-shifter Aiden Shrader trusts no one. Not even his own kind. Yet as a member of the Watchmen--the organization of shape-shifters who keep watch over the ancient nonhuman races--Aiden is fiercely protective of the helpless. Never more so than when he's asked to guard a little girl with witches' blood--and her beautiful human aunt. A woman who arouses all of Aiden's primal urges...urges he must resist.


To small-town schoolteacher Olivia Harcourt, the massive tigershifter with the glowing amber eyes is as much a dark mystery as the enemy stalking her. Yet Aiden is her only hope of surviving. Until their intense passion unleashes her own inner tigress with a ferocity that will make the evil Casus rue the day they messed with her family...and will take Aiden by seductive surprise.


9. Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon


An orphan with no clan that will claim him, Wren Tigarian grew to adulthood under the close scrutiny and mistrust of those around him. A forbidden blend of two animals--snow leopard and white tiger--Wren has never listened to anyone when there was something he wanted. Now he wants Marguerite.

Marguerite D'Aubert Goudeau is the daughter of a prominent U.S. Senator who hates the socialite life she's forced to live. Like her mother before her, she has strong Cajun roots that her father doesn't understand. Still, she has no choice but to try and conform to a world where she feels like an outsider. But the world of rich and powerful humans is never to meet the world of the Were-Hunters who exist side by side with them, unseen, unknown, undetected. To break this law is to call down a wrath of the highest order.

In order to have Marguerite, Wren must fight not just the humans who will never accept his animal nature, but the Were-Hunters who want him dead for endangering their world. It's a race against time and magic without boundary that could cost Marguerite and Wren not just their lives, but their very souls…


10. Bengal's Heart by Lora Leigh Not a Shifter but close! 


Reporter Cassa Hawkins has always supported Breed rights-especially in light of a specimen like Cabal St. Laurents, the epitome of the male animal. But when the Breeds are incriminated in a series of violent murders, it's left to Cassa and Cabal to discover the truth before they become prey.



Did I miss your favorite? Let me know and check out my Goodreads list! Tiger Shifters in Romance

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text 2014-04-22 02:59
Tomboys in Paranormal Romance Novels
Big Bad Beast - Shelly Laurenston
Lover Mine - J.R. Ward
Warrior - Zoe Archer
Moon Called - Patricia Briggs
Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews
Tinker - Wen Spencer
Driven - Eve Silver,Eve Kenin
A Tale Of Two Dragons - G.A. Aiken
Sin Undone - Larissa Ione
Play of Passion - Nalini Singh

Part of me agrees that this term should be eased out of use but the other part of me still finds it useful as one color (or really a set of hues) on the spectrum of gender. And then there is a spectrum (not speculum) of tomboyish itself and then again there is the prism in which in  otherwise girlie girl (another fun term) glints the rainbow shine of the tomboy some where within all that moisturizing. 


So, in Western cultures as tomboy is: A woman or girl  who behaves or dresses in the way boys or men are traditionally expected to at least in some aspects (jobs, sports, hobbies, attitudes), Typically wears jeans, baseball caps, and and has a very low maintenance beauty regime if any.  Often brought up with a lot of brothers or a child of a single father.


This identity is not particularly about sexual preference in Western culture.  There is Venn diagram I could draw if I was feeling it but right now I don't want to launch into a a Gender Studies lecture. 


I, of course, was a tomboy. I didn't grow out it of really. Tree climbing, fencing, dirt, jeans, car repair, low maintain beauty routine.  I just where leggings under my skirts now. 


So, I tend to like the range of identity that tomboys bring to the romance novel. Just like I like the range the those girlie girls bring as well.


So, here are my favorite Paranormal Tomboys! 



Paranormal Romance (this may seem redundant because Action Girl is often a Tomboy)


1. Play of Passion by Nalini Sing,  Lieutenant Indigo Riviere 

2. Sin Undone by Larissa Ione, Master assassin Sinead

3. A Tale of Two Dragons by G.A. Aiken, Braith of the Darkness 

4. Driven by Eve Silver, Ice trucker Raina Bowen 

5. Tinker by Wen Spencer, Inventor, genius Tinker 

6. Magic Bites by Iona Andrews, Mercenary Kate Daniels 

7. Moon Called  by Patricia Briggs, Mechanic Mercy Thompson 

8. Warrior: by Zoe Archer, Thalia Burgess 

9. Lover Mine by JR Ward, Xhex, badass woman

10. Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston, Dee-Ann Smith, former Marine


Did I not name your favorite? Let me know!


To vote for the best of the best, go to the Goodreads list: Paranormal Romance Tomboy Heroines.


To see recommendations from all genres of Romance and some amazing Tomboys, check out my Pinterest Board: Tomboys in Romance Novels.


More Tomboys lists to come this week! 

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text 2013-10-09 17:10
Romantic Spectacles: Heros or Heroines with Glasses
What a Dragon Should Know - G.A. Aiken
Nobody's Baby But Mine - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Scandal - Amanda Quick
Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance - Penny Reid
The Nerd and the Marine - D.R. Grady
Dream Nights with the CEO - Kathy Lyons
Sweet Inspiration - Penny Watson
Hexed - Ilona Andrews,Allyson James,Yasmine Galenorn,Jeanne C. Stein
Dreaming of You - Lisa Kleypas
The Trouble With Harry - Katie MacAlister

The other day I was out to dinner with my husband and he wasn't wearing his glasses.  My husband has beautiful eyes.  However, I usually only to gaze into them without glasses between us in the intimacy of our bedroom. 


I wanted to put a shirt over his head so other ladies couldn't see his handsomeness.  It felt like something very private was on display.  Whenever my love has mention getting Lasic, I glare at him. I think his glasses are hot and I think he is yummy without them too. 


The point is I heart glasses on men and women.  I love the over the rims peer, the fogging up, the nibble on the end when thinking, and the taking off or not during sexy times. 


My favorite spectacle wearing romantic leads  are noted above in no particular order. 


If you would like to vote for the best of the best, go to this Goodreads list: Romantic Spectacles: Heros or Heroines with Glasses






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