Masks of a Tiger by Doris O’Connor

Masks of a Tiger by Doris O’Connor
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length Short Story (84 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Fire Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Waratah

Neeve doesn’t understand why any normal person would choose to wear a collar like a common house pet. So, the collaring ceremony of her best friend’s sister-in-law is the last place she wants to be, even if the hot men watching her send her insides aflame.

Never one for missing the opportunity to teach a bratty sub manners, Grisha intends to show the fiery little redhead the error of her ways. He doesn’t expect to see her drawn to the flame like the proverbial moth. When she hurts herself in ways that even a Dom of his experience finds hard to witness, he knows he needs to help her.

Will their sexual chemistry be enough to chase away their demons and burn away their masks? Or is the submission Grisha demands too much for Neeve to accept?

Neeve has a whole bag of issues to sort through. At first meeting her I could see she is hurting and a very angry young woman. She covers up her feelings with snarky and rude comments and walks around with a personality like a shield maiden. Little does she know she will be meeting her match.

The reason I really enjoyed this short read? It’s because of Grisha, his personality, the way he was able to read Neeve and be there for her, giving her the gift of being able to unwrap herself from her demons. Grisha showed his Dom style by taking the sub’s needs and putting them foremost.

As always because of the lifestyle, any book that shows checking the restraints, asking about safe-words and mentioning aftercare will always be on the top of my A-list. The scenes were both hot and I could tell the writer didn’t just put words down. This is book three so for readers who jump into the middle of the series, a bit of Grisha’s reasons why he is like he is might be missed. But it really didn’t take from the actual story, so it may be able to be read as a stand alone.

I picked up this book, because of the fire play, which turned out to only be a small scene but the content of the story made up for the small bit of fire. Readers who look for some variety in their BDSM but also want the love and erotic romance should give this novella a try.


  1. Fabulous review!
    I, too, read this book for Grisha. I read the previous 2 and loved him and wanted to read his story. He is everything you want in a Dom. 🙂
    I enjoyed Neeve as well and their chemistry.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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