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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tygers by Brenna Lyons

Tygers by Brenna Lyons
Publisher: Under The Moon, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (252 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

If Katheyn O'Hanlon had one wish, it would be to lead a normal life. If she had a second, it would be a memory of her childhood and the source of her nightmares. Psi-linked to her four-year-old nephew, Kyle Thompson, she is dragged back to the city of her nightmares, Pittsburgh. Kyle's father has been brutally murdered, and Kyle claims his toy tigers have done the deed led by Ty, the Siberian. It is up to Katheryn to remember where Tiberius Matthews is and how to destroy him before he destroys everything she cares about. Is Kyle haunted by the homicidal family ghost or being driven insane by the horrorscope trapped in the depths of Katheryn's mind? And, can Katheryn keep Keith Randall, an old flame who takes the job of Kyle's counselor, out of the line of fire while she does her work?

Tygers is a hard hitting psychological thriller with an amazing array of characters, plot and drama. The paranormal twist is as devious and sinister as any intrigue lover could wish.

When the book started, I was a bit confused because there are a lot of people being introduced and it seemed awfully busy. There’s a reason for that and it gradually becomes clear as the story progresses. If you remember the original series, Star Trek, and the reference to the Red Shirts, then you will understand what to expect. You just won’t know who or when or -- and this is the creepy part -- how.

Katie is at the center of the mystery and the tragedy. She may come across as overly independent to the point of aggravation but don’t let that sour you on what eventually turns out to be a mind blowing revelation. She has a really good reason for being so alone, so private and so tortured. Aggression sometimes masks fear; sometimes it can save your life. Katie is not a karate-chopping super woman. She’s a hard working regular woman who is sleep deprived, loves too hard those that she cares for and is vulnerable to what people think about her. The only thing that is heroic is her force of will.

Keith is the man who tests that will. He has loved Katie for what feels like forever, but for the life of him can’t figure out why she has shut him out of her life so completely. Katie coming back into town is a second chance he won’t pass up. Poor guy, he had no idea what he was getting into. What I liked about Keith is that once he did find out, he stayed. He proved himself to be a real man. Again, he’s not a super spy, or a soldier or proficient with a gun. His strength is in his belief, his compassion and his stalwart trust in Katie. He gets tested repeatedly once the revelations start and the mystery unfolds but he rolls with it.

You have to respect a man who straightens his shoulders, lifts his chin and says ‘bring it on’ because he loves a woman that much to fight for her. That’s a very romantic element.

The conflict is bizarre, nefarious, evil and downright nasty. Because Ms. Lyons wove the intrigue, the clues and the hints of truth throughout the book, I don’t feel right in discussing it in a review. You are going to have to wade through the emotion, the shocks and the diabolical conspiracy like I did. When all is revealed, you’ll get that ‘Wow, that was freaky!’ moment too. And be glad it’s only fiction.

When Katie and Keith do get together, I mean this story does have a wonderful and complete happy ever after, they are smokin’ hot. They don’t ever do the sheet tango out of simple lust. They do it out of extreme emotion and passion for life, for love and for survival. Katie has this little trick she can do, which out of the bedroom is incredibly important, but in the bedroom, just about blows Keith’s mind. I found it incredibly erotic.

Ms. Lyons peppers Tygers with an amazing cast of secondary characters that rivals any Hollywood script. Every person plays a role, serves a purpose and forwards the plot movement with nothing wasted or gratuitous. It’s a well crafted tale, with dialogue and descriptives worthy of high praise.

I would greatly recommend Tygers to any reader who seeks a book which encompasses intense plot and intelligence, suspense, passionate characters, mystery and a unique paranormal element to sweeten the pot.

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