Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Book Series: Tiger’s Eye Mystery #1
Released: 2/27/17 by Alyssa Day
Pages: 257 Price: $4.99 Ebook
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
For Jack Shepherd, tiger shape-shifter and former soldier, life is heading for a dead end. Dead End, Florida, to be exact. When he learns that he inherited a combination pawn shop/private investigation agency from his favorite uncle, Jack’s first job is to solve his uncle’s murder. Because sometimes it takes a tiger’s eye to see the truth.
Tess Callahan, who owns half a pawn shop in the strangest town in Florida, didn’t expect Jack to show up and be so very enticing. And exciting. And annoyingly over-protective. But when yet another dead body shows up on her doorstep, it’s time to take action. And if she has to team up with a sexy tiger shape-shifter to do it, well, that’s just a bonus.
Welcome to Dead End, Florida, where Bigfoot keeps a winter home. And welcome to the Tiger’s Eye Mysteries!
When I took a chance on this book I did not realize it was a spin-off from this author’s Warriors of Poseidon series. Not that I have a problem starting with a spin-off but I had tried the other series and didn’t care for it. I’m glad I didn’t know that when I picked up this one because I really enjoyed this book. I did feel that there was some information that I was missing out on not having read the other series but it didn’t bother me enough to stop reading this book.
Another thing that surprised me was that this story is told from Tess’s perspective only. When you read the synopsis on Goodreads it ends with the first paragraph above and there is no mention of Tess’s character at all. (They synopsis above was taken from Net Galley in order to save you the confusion I felt) Not a big deal but I thought I was in a male’s head and when he started checking out the other male character…well let’s just say I thought the book was going to take quite the different path than I expected. I finally figured out I was in a girl’s head it became a story that I was much more familiar with. Although, the other would have been fun too. Might have to look into checking out some LGBTQIA shifter tales to see what I think.
This was a fun read all around. It felt a lot like the Sookie Stackhouse series and if you enjoyed that world I would suggest giving this one a try. I liked Tess and found her pawn shop to be a hoot. There are tons of potential plots to be had in that setting. Jack was interesting but I felt like I didn’t get a chance to know him as well as Tess. That might be because he was brought over from the other series and I missed out on some key history for his character. The town was a good mix of fun supporting character and creepy bad guys, some I really wanted to tear into myself.
The author did a great job of making me invested in this town and its resident. I see that there are two more books out, a novella and another full-length novel and I really want to pick them up to find out what happens next.
My Rating: 4 Stars