Tiger's Curse
by Houck, Colleen






When Kelsey forms a bond with a circus tiger who is actually one of two brothers, Indian princes Ren and Kishan, who were cursed to live as tigers for eternity, she travels with him to India where the tiger's curse may be broken once and for all.





Colleen Houck's Tiger's Curse, Tiger's Quest, and Tiger's Voyage were New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. A resident of Salem, OR, Colleen lives with her husband and a life-sized white stuffed tiger. For more information visit: tigerscursebook.com.





When 18-year-old Kelsey takes a job with a circus, she finds herself oddly attracted to the white tiger she has been hired to feed. Little does she know the animal is really a 300-year-old Indian prince who has been cursed and transformed by an evil wizard. She soon discovers the truth and, to her amazement, learns she may be the only one who can help. The next thing she knows, she is on her way, with the tiger, to India, where they embark on a dangerous quest to break the curse. The tiger can change into a man for 24 minutes during each 24-hour period. And what a man! "He's like James Bond, Antonio Banderas, and Brad Pitt all rolled into one," Kelsey thinks. Originally self-published as an e-book, Houck's first novel is part Twilight, part Indiana Jones, and part fairy tale. Although her book-the first in a proposed series-is sometimes derivative, she tells a good story filled with chaste romance that will keep readers turning pages to the inconclusive ending. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.





An Oregon teenager falls in love with a shape-shifting tiger who turns out to be a hunky Indian prince afflicted with an ancient curse. A job as a temp worker at a local circus turns more challenging for Kelsey when she's hired to accompany Dhiren, a white tiger with whom she has developed a strangely close mutual affinity, back to India. Once there her journey becomes a quest (thanks to the requisite obscure prophecy) through magical realms for four Gifts that will not only break the centuries-old curse that keeps Dhiren in tiger form—except for a few minutes each day, during which he reverts to a sultry lothario "like James Bond, Antonio Banderas, and Brad Pitt all rolled into one"—but may well have broader implications. This entails not only treks through dusty temples and battles with vampire monkeys but frequent aggressive flirting, chaste but passionate snogging and emotional tempests fueled by his tigerlike pride and her artificially low self-esteem. Twilight fans ready for a not-too-radical change of pace are the natural audience for this steamy opener. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)

 

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