My Rating: 3 stars
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MF
An unexpected betrothal leads the rebellious Shifter Heir to sneak out to a ball and meet a handsome Count.
Josephine, the Shifter Heir, knows that she is expected to be perfect at everything, and that includes marrying the man her parents pick out for her. But when that day comes, she realises that she wants to go to at least one more ball first.
The Count of Strizenzia has been sent to England to marry, the only problem is the enchanting tiger shifter he meets by chance in the ballroom.
Can Josephine and Otto find a way to be together or does fate have other plans?
The Heir and the Tiger is a paranormal Regency romance with tiger shifters, mistaken identities, and secret royalty. It is part of the Shifter Season series and includes a sweet m/f romance.
If you love shifters combined with courtship, formal balls, witty courtships, and all the trappings of a Regency setting, you should start The Shifter Season series today!
I received a free copy from the author through Booksprout and voluntarily reviewed it.
I like The Shifter Season series and was excited for this story. This is the first shorter story I read in this series, although I have the two others on my to-read list. The Heir and The Tiger is about Josephine whose mother arranged a marriage for her as she will be the next shifter queen, Josephine decides to make the most of her remaining time being free to sneak out to balls where she meets Otto.
This was a sweet and short read. I would’ve liked a slightly longer story, but at the same time I felt like it was a complete story with a satisfying conclusion. I liked reading about Josephine and Otto and how they met and formed a connection. I would’ve liked to read a bit more about them. I didn’t like how the shifter queen was forcing her heir into an arranged marriage, but I was happy for Josephine that she had a better relationship with her father at least. The author’s note at the end was great to show the significance for the universe of this book.
This book featured a tiger shifter, where most of the series focuses on shifters of animals that are native to the UK. There is a short scene with the characters in their shifted forms. I think the shifter queen is always a tiger and this book gave a bit of a glimpse into the shifter queen dynamic, although I am still not fully sure of the role of the shifter queen in this universe. This book made me more curious about the Sabre Woods Academy series. This book has some mentions of characters from the main series, but they don’t really play a big part here.
To summarize: This was a fun read with a sweet romance between the shifter heir Josephine and Otto who she meets at a ball before she is getting married, which is an arranged marriage. I liked Josephine and Otto together and the way their situation got resolved. I didn’t care for the shifter queen and how she forced her daughter into an arranged marriage. It was fun to read about tiger shifters and while this book doesn’t reveal a lot about the shifter queen and the surrounding politics, it made me curious about the Sabre Woods Academy series that deals more with that in the modern day.