Once Upon a Tiger by Kat Simons

Once Upon a Tiger by Kat Simons
Publisher: T&D Publishing
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (54 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

She’ll never run.

Among the tiger shifters, Alexis Tarasova is regarded as fierce and dangerous, with a reputation that would make even the most daring tiger think twice about challenging her. Female tiger shifters may be rare and the mating run a critical part of their species’s survival, but Alexis is the only female Tracker and will not back down, even at the threat of tiger law. She will not be forced to mate. So when a handful of males band together to force her to participate in the run, Alexis chooses to stand her ground and fight instead.

He’s forbidden to run.

Outcast from the tiger shifters after a vicious childhood attack left him mute, Victor Romanov has never taken part in the mate run. He’s never particularly cared, though, since the woman he loves refuses to take a mate. However, when he learns Alexis may be in danger, all bets are off. Nothing will keep him from her side.

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The chemistry between them burns wickedly hot and forges them into an unbeatable pair. Alexis knows that being with Victor means she will have to break another one of her people’s laws—a move that might push the tigers too far. But, for Victor, she will risk everything, including her life, and do what she thought she’d never do—run.

Looking for a sexy story with a couple tough, sexy shifters? Once Upon a Tiger might just be a great choice!

Alexis was promised she’d never have to “run” … due to a decline in population, all female shifters are required to mate, and the preface to this is running from males until one catches you, at which point you have sex and if you get pregnant you can either stay together or not. But ultimately, the idea is, of course, that all females bear offspring.

Due to a series of events, Alexis became a tracker and was supposed to be exempt from the mating run. This is a good thing since she’s crazy about a male who isn’t allowed to run, Victor, and can’t imagine being with anyone else. But then one day she discovers her exemption has been lifted. She’s surrounded by randy males who are determined to make her run. She’s equally determined to hold her ground, even if it means killing someone.

I liked Alexis and could certainly feel for her. Who wants to be forced to mate with someone you don’t care for, especially when the man … er… tiger of your dreams is right nearby? The author creates a series of events that forces the hands of Victor and Alexis, after years of dancing around each other believing they would never be allowed to be together. Once they throw caution to the wind and indulge in some time between the sheets, all bets are off. Neither one of them is willing to give up what they have.

The villains here aren’t really villains. The other males are just doing what they’re expected and allowed to do. Still, they’re believable antagonists and integral to the story. So, though the conflict might not have been as strong or worrisome as it could have been, it worked for me.

Victor’s backstory broke my heart. What an amazing guy! No wonder Alexis was mad for him. He’s strong, thoughtful, caring and has an amazing heart. Oh, and I shouldn’t forget that he definitely knows how to please his woman! Though the sex was pretty vanilla for an erotic romance, it still got my heart racing. Yum!

I was surprised at how much story Ms. Simons was able to fit into so few pages, and I’m hoping this is the start of something bigger. I’d sure like to see more of this crew. Well done!


  1. Loved this story. Sometimes, Vanilla is just what a girl needs to make her heart soar. Victor can Mate Run me any time!

  2. Elise-Maria Barton says

    Great review today~ I’m really looking forward to this read. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. What an awesome review. This sounds like a great story.

  4. Nice review; like shifters

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  5. Mary Preston says

    I just noticed how short this story is, but it sounds like it packs it all in beautifully.


  6. Great post thank you for sharing with us .IThis is a must read for me .


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