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I Belong


Review: Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck

Title: Tiger’s Voyage

Author: Colleen Houck

GenreYA Paranormal

Series: The Tiger Saga (Book 3)

Publication DateNovember 1, 2011

Format: Hardcover, 543 Pages

ISBN-10: 1402784058 (Sterling)

ISBN-13978-1402784057 (Sterling)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections–leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.

Quick & Dirty: This is a really fun fantasy series that has a good plot with lots of action, romance, and fun characters.

Opening Sentence: Behind the thick glass of his Mumbai penthouse office once again, Lokesh tried to control the incredible rage slowly circling through his viens.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

In the last year Kelsey has gone through a lot.  She has gone on two quests to get artifacts to try and break the tigers curse, she has fallen in love, and now the boy of her dreams can no longer remember who she is.  There are still two more artifacts that need to be found to fully break the curse.  To make matters even worse Lokesh is after Kelsey and her tigers.  He wants the amulet that she has, but he also wants her and he will do anything to get what he wants. Their next quest brings more danger and Kelsey doesn’t know if she is strong enough to make it through.

Kelsey is also trying to deal with Ren forgetting her.  She is so glad that they rescued him and that he is alright, but she is heartbroken that he can’t recall any memory of her.  As they try to get reacquainted, they discover that it is also very painful for Ren to touch Kelsey and that being in the same room as her is very uncomfortable for him.  Kelsey doesn’t know how she can ever be in a fully functional relationship with Ren when he can’t touch her, but she loves him and will do anything to be with him.  Kishan is also very in love with Kelsey and he is a huge comfort to her.  As things progress Kelsey gets more and more confused about what boy she is suppose to be with, but she knows that a choice has to be made and soon.

I really enjoyed Kelsey in this series so far.  She has some good spunk and a cute personality.  She has grown more confident as the series goes on and I like that.  She still plays the damsel in distress card at times, but she is getting better at taking care of herself.  One big plus is that she is very constant when she makes a decision, and she sticks to it no matter how hard it is.  I do admit that at times she does take the easy way out of things, but she has been really hurt in the past so I can’t totally blame her.  I don’t envy the choice she has to make, both of the brothers are so perfect in their own way.  The only complaint I have with Kelsey is that I felt in this book she didn’t grow as much as the other characters did, so I am hoping that changes in the next book.

It was very interesting to see how Ren has changed without his memories of Kelsey.  From the first book he has always been so dedicated and sure about his and Kelsey’s relationship, but that is all gone in this book.  He is still a gentleman and a sweetheart, he just lacks the desire to be anything more with Kelsey.  He does still feel drawn to her, but with it being physically painful to be around her it is really difficult for him to develop stronger feelings for her.  I really love Ren and I personally think that he is perfect for Kelsey.  Their connection is so strong that it scares Kelsey.  She can’t lose someone she loves that much again so she tends to push away from Ren to protect herself.  Ren has a really stubborn streak at times that can be frustrating, but in the end he really does want what’s best for Kelsey whether it is him or not.

To me Kishan takes the best friend role.  He is so constant and a huge comfort to Kelsey when she is having a hard time.  Yes she finds him attractive and she has feelings for him, but nowhere close to what she feels for Ren.  She knows how much Kishan loves her and I think that she takes advantage of that a little bit.  She is always honest with him about her feelings, and she does really try to open her heart to him.  The problem is her heart already belongs to Ren and if she picks Kishan it will be because she is scared, which isn’t fair to him.  I think that Kishan deserves a girl who is totally dedicated to him, because he is a really great guy.  I love his devotion to Kelsey.  He keeps changing for the better in each book and I hope that continues through the series.

I have really enjoyed this series.  Houck’s writing is beautiful and very descriptive.  The plot is very intriguing and fun.  There were times when the book moved a little slow for me, but overall I really felt it flowed very well.  There is good action and the story kept me very interested.  My one complaint would be that I felt things were a little repetitive in the plot.  With that being said, I still loved the book and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  There is a slight cliffhanger at the end of this book so it’s a good thing book 4 has already been released.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a great fantasy read.

Notable Scene:

He concentrated.  “I don’t know.  I guess we’ll see.”

I looked at Phet again.  “But, his memory is still blocked?  What do you mean there’s a trigger?”

“Means tiger hinder himself.  No from criminal one, evil one.  From tiger mind.  Only he be capable of fix.”

“Are you saying he’s deliberately doing this to himself?  He’s blocking his memories of me on purpose?”

Phet nodded.

I gasped at Ren, stunned.  He looked at Phet dumbfounded; then knit his brows together in confusion and stared at his hands.  Tears filled my eyes.

In a tiny voice, I choked out, “Why? Why would you do this to me?”

He worked the muscles of his jaw and looked up at me.  His blue eyes were bright with emotion.  He opened his mouth to say something … then closed it.  I backed toward the door and pushed it open.

Ren stood ”Kelsey?  Wait.”

I shook my head.

“Please don’t run,” he softly pleaded.

“Don’t follow me.”  I shook my head, tears dripping down my cheeks as I ran off into the jungle.

The Tiger Saga Series:

1. Tiger’s Curse

2. Tiger’s Quest

3. Tiger’s Voyage

4. Tiger’s Destiny

5. Tiger’s Dream (2013)

FTC Advisory: Sterling provided me with a copy of Tiger’s Quest. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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