Black Tiger, Greta van der Rol

Black Tiger, Greta van der Rol
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
I thought this sounded interesting and its got some great reviews on Goodreads, but…once again I find myself at odds with the majority. Its a good story, well written but just doesn’t work for me. I felt it was a bit single paced, bland, lacking in drama for me. Clearly that’s what lots of readers want though, and once again proves what I’m always saying, that reading taste is very subjective, and we all want different things. That’s good as it means there are books out to suit all tastes.
If you enjoy Mills and Boons ( I don’t – but millions do) or Hallmark films, this should be right up your street, its that kind of romance with a shape-shifter element thrown in. Though the romance/shifter part didn’t grab me, what I did enjoy was Sally’s immediate jump to conclusion judgement when they come across Indian Village law at work. A family have been evicted as the father was caught poaching. Sally feels that’s harsh, and Ash tries to explain that’s how it works in the villages. Later when they’re discussing poaching he talks about the improvements he’s making in the villages, as when homes, jobs and money are scarce people are more likely to be tempted by the lure of getting involved with poaching. There’s a real Western/Eastern dilemma when it comes to legal issues – we like to think we get it right but sadly we get it wrong many times too. The whole Tiger/Animal  poaching issue was interesting, and falls close to how I feel. If my family needed food or medicine could/would I stand out against something that could change their lives? Ash wants to improve lives at his end while also trying to stop the trade at the other end, ceasing the outlets and flow of money will stop the poaching. No demand = no supply. I find it really sad that there is still so much trade in animals parts for medicine and furs for decoration in this day and age….
The characters didn’t feel real to me, and I couldn’t sense any overwhelming passion between Ash and Sally to account for their sudden statements of being In Love, it just didn’t feel real and that’s a problem when I’m reading. I need to feel there in the story, to care about the characters, to believe they are desperately in love and here I just didn’t. Like I said though I’m just one reader.
Stars: Two – its a good book for the right reader, just not for me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

One response to “Black Tiger, Greta van der Rol”

  1. soireadthisbooktoday says :

    I started it, but never finished – for the very reasons you mention. Flat. No excitement – though others seemed to really like it, so who am I to gainsay?

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