To Tame A Tiger
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by Susan Kelley
Description: Luke Aron is one of the last legendary warriors called Tigers. When a centuries old curse leads to him being magically bonded to Violet Hylan, the unbeatable fighter learns the true pain of being owned body and soul by a woman he could love. Violet wishes more connected her to Luke than a magical bond and simmering lust. But before they can work out their emotional confusion, they must first survive the powerful witch who would have Luke for her own in her quest to conquer all of Salubria. Betrayal from within the walls of Violet's home and her suspicious family are only a few of the obstacles in their path to happiness as she searches for the means to tame her wild Tiger.
eBook Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc./Faery Rose, 2010
eBookwise Release Date: May 2010
16 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [456 KB]
Reading time: 297-416 min.
Luke glanced up from his task and saw no mockery in her expression. She knew little of Tiger mythology if she didn't know the lurid details of that degradation.
"Even though a Tiger dies if his bond is unattached, his will and inner self fight to retain his freedom. His bond can only be taken when he loses command of himself."
He stared hard at his fingers working the spoon handle into the lock. He didn't want to see the shock and disgust on her face.
"You mean like losing your temper?"
He squeezed his eyes shut for a moment. Fates in heaven! He was going to have to explain it.
"Tigers never lose their temper. There is only one situation when they are open to another taking control of their soul. Only one moment when their self rule is weakest."
Violet stared at him in complete confusion. "And what would that moment be?"
He went back to the shackles. This one was particularly stubborn. Or perhaps this humbling conversation distracted him. He didn't answer her until the lock clicked open. He started on the ankle bracelets. "When a Tiger is in the midst of ... when he's in bed with a woman and..."
He spilled the words rapidly. "When he gives a woman his seed, his soul is open and vulnerable. The sorceress can take his bond while he is so defenseless."
He held his breath. He expected her to laugh, but she remained silent. He finessed the locks off his ankles before he dared to look at her.
Violet stared at him in thoughtful silence. Then she nodded. "That explains it."
"Explains what? You believe me now?"
"I think I do. I can't think of another reason Beka would order Verna to..." Violet gestured toward his lap.
Dread curdled in Luke's middle. "What did they do?"
Violet blushed, but she held his gaze. "Verna took your clothing off, and... She touched you there and tried to--"