Taking The Stage by Heather Long

STAGE
Taking The Stage by Heather Long
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (130 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Daisy

When the tiger meets his tamer, “hot” doesn’t even scratch the surface.

Soulgirls, Book 2

Roseâtre takes one look at the white tigers that the stage manager has brought in to shake things up at the Midnight Mystery Lounge, and nearly has a heart attack. It doesn’t matter that the beautiful creatures’ handler raises her pulse and makes her want to purr. The tigers are sure to recognize her—and arouse her need for the hunt.

Pride outcast Anthony diNapoli wasn’t expecting to encounter an Amazon princess when he brought his white tigers to the lounge. The lucrative show will go a long way toward securing his future, but not if he gives in to the urge to make her submit to his dominance, and claim her as his mate.

No matter how desperately her body aches for the sun-kissed stranger and his completely lickable abs, Roseâtre is no man’s prize. Yet she finds herself hungering for Anthony to defeat her and take her for his own.

It’s show time in the Arcana Royale’s Midnight Mystery Lounge and all bets are off.

If you’re an Amazon princess whose clan is in a long lasting war with the were-tigers then the last thing you want is to have to work with one. This tension provides a good starting point to the novel and the plot continues to build to a very spicy scene.

Dialogue between the main characters Roseâtre and Anthony is quick and shows the character of both. These are not flat characters. They have aims, pasts, and a future that they will work out together.

In the process, the reader is brought along for the backs and forths of their sexual dance and its playful mirror in the show they perform. They want each other and yet they cannot have each other. There are drawbacks to their union and hidden benefits. They can help each other but will they?

This is the balanced conundrum which keeps me reading and intrigues me. In many romances this dance can seem contrived but this has the right back story for the dance to seem legitimate and even necessary, more so when the conclusion is considered.

The novel reaches its climax in the jungle environment of Anthony’s apartment. The exotic flavour the tigers and jungle foliage brings heightens the instinctive connection between the characters and gives the sexual tension a base and natural character, like their connection is meant to be.

Implicated scents and feels of earth, trees and animals also has the subtle effect of making a sexual union a natural conclusion to this meeting; it is an extension of the immediate sensory luxury of the jungle – the feel of soil under feet, bark under palm. The sex is heated and passionate but never cliché. It got me wishing for an exotic holiday and a man to match, even as the book placed me in the room with the lovers.

Heather Long did not put me in the person of Roseâtre as our personalities are too different but she did succeed in creating a story which captures the imagination and the senses. I felt the heat of the romance, smelt the fresh, trodden earth, felt the slow burn of the sun, and wanted some for myself, which can only result in a “well done” from me.

Comments

  1. I haven’t heard about this series. I will have to go check it out. This sounds good. Thanks for the review.

  2. Appreciate your opinion on this book. I’ve had it on my Kindle but hadn’t had a chance to read it yet. Now I know where I want to “stack” it in my TBR pile :).

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