Catch a Tiger by the Tail (Fabian Garoux #2)
Released: May 16, 2017
Paranormal Shifter Novella
St. Martin’s Press
Reviewed by Mandi
Originally published in the Wild Anthology, this story is now available by itself. I’m drawn to shifter romance and this is pretty cute. Broderick or Brody is an accountant hired to look at the books for a gentleman’s club where money is quickly disappearing. The city wants this investigated, but so does the owner of the club, and also the alpha of the city. Brody is not only an accountant, but also a tiger shifter. He has two bosses, one at his accounting firm and his “real” boss the alpha, Fabian Garoux. Brody goes to the club and to his great surprise, meets his fated mate.
Lulu has gone from waitress to manager of the gentleman’s club, and now does the books, as the previous guy that took care of the books hasn’t been seen in a month. She has no idea the books may be fraudulent and is surprised when Brody comes in, all swagger and dimples, and starts an investigation. She is also very confused that he is so blatantly flirting with her and using words like “mate.” Lulu is human and doesn’t know shifters exist. She doesn’t trust him at first and tries her best to shoo him away. But Brody, knowing she is his mate, won’t go away easily.
What sane man showed up bearing flowers at one in the morning and seemed undaunted by a pointed gun?
Apparently the same kind of guy who simply had to show up for heart to go pitter-patter and her nipples to tighten. He came back. But why?
“What are you doing here?” she asked bluntly.
When Lulu’s life becomes endangered, Brody is there with his big tiger paws to keep her safe.
This novella comes in at about 120 pages, enough time for us to get to know Brody and Lulu but maybe not enough time for a ton of romance to happen. There is a lot of emphasis on the suspense and I wanted Brody and Lulu to explore their relationship more. I liked them – Brody is all flirtation and easy charm – and he lays it down hard. He has that big cat playful thing going on which I thought was cute. The whole shifting thing isn’t explained all that much, but his tiger side does come out a bit.
His tiger thought he should have acted a little more aggressively. Maybe roared a time or two or peed on something to show his manhood.
Somehow he doubted that would have worked either, but what would?
Lulu doesn’t even know what to do with him, but she does find him mighty sexy. While he keeps her safe in this book, Lulu can very much take care of herself. She is pretty bad ass.
Light-hearted, this is a cute book. I found Lulu’s acceptance of the idea of shifters to be pretty darn easy and their HEA felt rushed. But for a shifter book that will make you smile, give this one a try.