Tiger Magic by Jennifer Ashley
Narrator: Cris Dukehart
Series: Shifters Unbound #5
Published by Tantor Media
Published on: June 4, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Length: 10 hours, 13 minutes
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He doesn't have a name. He doesn't have a clan. The humans who held him prisoner for 40 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 the only one around to help her is a wild-looking Shifter. Tiger takes one look at Carly and knows instantly that she will be his mate. As Carly is drawn into Tiger's Shifter world, she risks everything she has for that forbidden something she still wants: passionate love.
The Shifters Unbound series is another one of those that I am determined to read as many of them as I can. However, after starting out reading them in order, I seem to be all over the place as far as the order that I read/listen to them. And you know what? It really doesn’t matter. Sure, the right way is to probably read them in order, but I’ve never been lost or confused.
Tiger, the hero of this book, was first introduced in a previous installment, and to be honest, I can’t remember which one. A tiger shifter with orange and black hair, Tiger had been raised in a cage, horribly tortured by humans, and never given any freedom until he was freed after forty years, and brought to Shiftertown, outside of Austin, Texas. Because of this horrible background, he experiences horrific rage when upset. He has however, managed to build a life of sorts in Shiftertown. He’s learned to be a mechanic and he often takes care of the small children in the town, as he has an affinity with them. When he meets Carly(an ultra feminine human with a southern accent), it’s love at first sight for him and he recognizes immediately that she’s his mate. Carly, however, is already engaged. But maybe not for long?
Because Tiger is not a normal shifter after being experimented on, he is in demand by various bad guy elements-so to speak. This is the basis of much of the action, life and death moments, and all sorts of not very fun moments for him, and in turn for Carly. We meet the various villains, go through Carly’s introduction to the shifters world, and watch a pretty steamy romance develop-and no cheating. All this in a fast paced, well written story that kept me listening pretty much non-stop when I was able.
Wounded by his horrible life, Tiger ended up being a great hero and proved that, time and time again, by his many heroic deeds. Carly was perfect as a non-judgement human woman in a world where shifters are marginalized and bullied. These two together were a treat to read about and I was happy to finally get Tiger’s story. I also loved being back into Shiftertown where more and more of the characters are familiar to me. Not all of the books happen there however, but when it doesn’t happen there it just adds to the story and keeps things interesting. So I am happy either way.
Narration? Cris Dukehart was new to me, but I think she did a fairly good job. Her voice for Tiger was stilted much of the time, but then that’s Tiger’s personality(he’s still learning about his human side)so I thought even that was good. Male voices were actually done well and that’s a criteria for me for good narration by a female narrator. I even thought Carly’s southern accent was spot on. So 4.5 stars for narration and I would be happy to listen to Dukehart again.
Fantastic read and I highly recommend this book and the whole series to adult paranormal romance fans!
Loved Tiger’s book! I am so behind on my reviews for this series! I think most of them are 2017 listens. It will be fun revisiting them when I do get to my reviews. I love this series that Jennifer Ashley has created, it’s exciting and full of adventure and romance.
It is full of all those things and has made it a series that I love. I am glad you love it too
Love that this series is still gong strong for you five books in!
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Oh, I’ve read more than that with all the novellas and ones I’ve read out of order. I really love the world building in these.
I need to get back to this series. I enjoyed it so much when I started it but you know how it goes… 😉 I’m happy that this installment was so good. Tiger’s story has my curiosity piqued – especially since he was experimented on. And I love that Carly was non-judgemental and accepted Tiger. Yay for a new narrator, too!
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Yes, Carly was really a wonderful character caught up in a whole new world and handled it really well. I enjoyed both her and Tiger I have the ARC for her new one that releases in April and I am looking forward to that one too.
Love this series. Love Tiger. Haven’t tried the audio, but it’s on my list of audios to give a try too. Thank’s for the review.
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I really enjoyed it in audio, but then I rarely don’t enjoy one on audio. Glad you loved this one too!
People can be so cruel. I already want to root on Tiger and Carly.
Glad this latest installment was a good one, Lorna!
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Have you tried this series yet Sophia? I think you would really like them. They are certainly not the run of the mill shifter books that are everywhere that’s for sure!
I love this series and this book. Tiger is a great character. Glad to hear that you’re enjoying this series as much as I am.
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It’s really good, isn’t it? I definitely want to read them all
I love this series. I’ve listened to all of them but one novella, which my library doesn’t have, so I have to grab it at some point. I love Tiger. I hope you continue to enjoy the series as much as I have. I love Cris Dukeheart too.
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Do you have the new romance part of Audible? Several of the novellas from this series are included as was this one actually. Tiger is pretty great!
It’s great to hear this series is still going so well for you. I’m wrapping up a couple of series now and then I hope to start this one. The cover for this one is fabulous!
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They are just so much fun. That’s not to say there’s not drama or scary situations because there definitely is, just that there’s such good characters to love and some humor at times. Hope you enjoy!
I have never heard of this series before, Lorna, but now I definitely want to pick it up. It sounds really good. And I love stories where the main character has a tortured past, but still somehow manages to let go of their anger and anguish to do the right thing. Those are the real heroes, you know?
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Yes, exactly. Tiger has had no life at all and yet he’s good and heroic. Now, his temper is the stuff of legends though *Ha*
Shifters. All you needed to tell me. I don’t know why I haven’t read these yet but I really need to get to them.
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Oh, I hope you get a chance to. The characters are the best and you end up caring for all of them-except the villains of course!
Ah, yes I want to explore more shifters. I am slowly working on all these backlist series. This author/series is on the list 🙂 Fantastic review, Lorna!
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Oh! I think you would really enjoy these Kimberly. One of those that I know I will read all of them. And thanks!
Poor Tiger, I feel bad for him already 🙁 But aww how sweet that he likes the children! Sounds like a great story overall!
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Yes, there’s a polar bear cub shifter that steals your heart in this series and Tiger takes care of him a lot.
I adored reading this book and I just fell in love with Tiger and he is probably one of the best heroes of the series. And I ended up really liking how unique he is. Glad to hear that narration was pretty good too 🙂
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Yes, Tiger was pretty great, so different for a hero. Glad you loved it too!
Life and death moments! I love that! And what do you mean engaged, but not for long! You have me intrigued!
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I’m not telling! Have you read this series at all? If not, you are missing out. It’s definitely a favorite for me. I think they all have life and death moments actually.