On the Prowl Mass Market Paperback – Apr 24 2012
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“Warren's latest novel centers around the Tiguri family, a race of shapeshifting tigers. Readers will be immersed in a world of fantasy and the supernatural filled with otherworldly beings in constant conflict. Add to that a passionate romance mingled with an aura of mystery, and readers are left with one amazingly good story.” ―RT Book Reviews on On the Prowl
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In the dangerously alluring world of the Others, New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren unleashes one woman's wildest desire―to tame the man of her dreams…
Most girls would throw a fit if their parents tried to set up an arranged marriage for them. It's so outrageously old-fashioned―even for a Tiguri family, members of a fierce race of shapeshifting weretigers. But Saskia isn't getting her claws out just yet. She'll go through with this marriage to help unite two powerful families―and because her husband-to-be Nicolas Preda is the sexiest, hunkiest, and only man she's ever wanted…
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Of course, marrying an alpha male like Nic comes with its share of danger. As leader of his Streak and head of a global corporation, Nic and his new fiancée must take their places in the jungles of Manhattan―and the local Others seem to have a strict "no pets" policy. In fact, the Council seems to think the Tiguri are at the root of all their problems, including an attempt on the life of its leader. If Nic hopes to protect his name and his mate, it's hunt or be hunted―and he can't do it alone. But if anyone can bring out the beast in him, it's the sexy, savage tigress he's sworn to love…
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Saskia and Nicolas come from traditional, old Tiguri families and it is very normal for the parents to arrange marriages to continue their clans. The tiger shifters have a low birth rate, and have grown somewhat sparse in recent years. Much depends on this marriage, not only for future children but the Tigers have decided to move into New York city, an area where other shifters have power. They are not necessarily welcome, although no one is outright hostile to them.
While Saskia and Nicholas knew each other when they were younger, they have not seen each other for many years. But they are thrown together after their engagement party. I really liked that these two aren't really opposed to the marriage. They understand their customs and what is at stake and are willing to give it a go. What Saskia underestimates is just how alpha her new fiancé is.
Nicholas is over the top, borderline ass, extremely protective male. And I just ate it all up. I seriously couldn't get enough of him. I'm sure he will turn some of you off. I mean - he really is an ass. And while Saskia definitely had her moments of giving it back to him, which made me cheer, she also understands her role of being the wife to this kind of male. She didn't let him walk all over her, but she didn't feel like she had to fight for complete independence either. Taking into consideration all of their traditions, their relationship made sense to me. Their engagement doesn't become an official marriage until she is pregnant. There is a lot of "the female belongs pregnant in the kitchen" kind of deal in this book. Again, probably not for everyone. But I found it to be a very fun book. A lot of times, their arguments end up naked in the bedroom, which for some reason I approved of.
Besides working out the kinks to their marriage, there is also an attack on the head of the shifter council, in which Nicholas gets framed for. This set-up was a little weak for me, but it did integrate well within the romance.
This book was a really fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. If you like super alpha males, and lusty bedroom scenes, I think you will enjoy this one.
I usually walk away from Christine Warren's books feeling really good and ready to read another one. This time was no different.
Reviewed by Francesca & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Brought together by their power-seeking families, Saskia Arcos and Nicolas Preda are now married, but won't be considered fully mated until Saskia becomes pregnant with Nic's cub. As fierce members of the Tiguri - the incredible shapeshifting weretiger community - they are put under the spotlight because of their status in the community and Nic's place as CEO of one of the top corporations in Manhattan.
Saskia and Nicolas are an interesting couple, to say the least. Saskia is a woman who is used to having things taken care of for her. This makes her the perfect match for someone who enjoys control as much as Nicolas. I would say their dynamic is most similar to a Dom/sub relationship. Saskia shows signs of a submissive personality while Nicolas loves to give out orders and expects them to be followed through. Some would consider Nic to be a jerk, but for me, he didn't come off as too demanding. He is a man who knows what he wants and I thought that Saskia stood up to him well.
I was very impressed by Warren's writing style. I read this book in one sitting and I think that is a result of Warren's incredible ability to write so freely and pace her work evenly. Warren also does a fantastic job of giving readers a chance to understand both sides of a scene from the hero and heroine. She does this often and thoroughly and I think that's the number one reason why I enjoyed these characters so much. Nic can do or say something that is completely off-putting , but then readers get his POV of the scene and we understand how out of control he feels whenever he is around Saskia. He isn't perfect at all, but he acknowledges his mistakes when he does make them.
While I feel that the emphasis was placed more so on the romance, there is also a pleasant suspense side plot with a crime that is pointing all the blame to Nic. I don't think this aspect of the book was explored as much as I would have liked, however I did feel like it was resolved well.
For readers who liked a dominant alpha hero and enjoy reading smoking hot sex scenes, then this book will definitely be to your liking. As my first Christine Warren book that I have enjoyed, I can say that it won't be my last if more of the Others are like Nic. He is definitely delicious. Come on, go on and take a bite!
*Review copy provided by publisher
I generally like Christine Warren's books. Unfortunately, I found this book to be uneven and oddly paced. It was okay- romance wise. It had some appearances by some of our favorite characters. I was confused as to where this fit into her timeline because that wasn't made clear.
The book starts off at a fast pace right into the middle of the story with two new characters in a familiar Others' universe. I liked the new species of Other- made for a decent addition.
Fast Pace continues. Bam! We have fairly decent romantic tension. They are indubitably together and attracted to each other but they are at absolute cross purposes, relationship wise.
Fast Pace continues and we have our external suspense/mystery. Okay, all good. It is a decent side story and it fits well into the character's relationship and their tension with each other and negotiating their relationship.
And then.... fizzle. They have a huge fight, he takes a walk, and when he comes home it appears that every single one of his reasons for their conflict have completely evaporated. Sure, we get a little lip service about him being protective (He doesn't want anyone seeing his fiancee naked! Positively medieval!) But, all that ass-hattery that he was spouting at the start of the book about what he wanted from a relationship apparently dissolved with no conflict- internal or external. He went from cold and controlled to warm and gooey in the narrative but it never felt all that realistic. It was like they edited about three months out of their relationship. Yes, sex in romance novels is supposed to be good, but, if the sex is actually "magic sex", the author has to tell us that.
And they have a lot of sex in the middle of the book and are apparently totally copacetic.
And, then, in what feels like the final ten pages, the suspense plot amps up and is solved by our heroine in three pages and everything is resolved in another two pages. And all the prejudice and suspicion and distrust just waft away like pixie dust.
Like I said, uneven and the pacing felt jerky. It left me not all that keen on the hero. The heroine, Saskia, was so much more relate-able. She was a very normal and sensible character. She didn't turn into another character between one paragraph and the next.