on May 23, 2018 :
Eyes of the Tiger by Patricia Rosemoor is classified as fantasy romance and perhaps a bit of paranormal thriller.
The prologue intrigued me but then I got lost among the multiple viewpoints while trying to figure out who was who. Fortunately, the story gradually became more focused and drew me into the lives of Gemma and Raj and their quest to find and reunite the pieces of a turn-of-the-twentieth-century Indian bridal trousseau. I figured out early on that Gemma was the reincarnation of Mayura and Raj was the reincarnation of Harry, star-crossed lovers who would get together again in this life. I also realized that the murderer/stalker was the reincarnation of Azim, the spurned suitor of Mayura, but the author did a great job of concealing his modern identity until the end, offering the reader numerous plausible suspects.
I found the villain a bit too evil for the sake of evil; villains are more enjoyable when they believe their actions are justified. In the opening scene, he kills Gemma's mother so he can steal her necklace. Except he doesn't steal the necklace. And then he continues to attack people who owned pieces of the trousseau after he knows Gemma has already convinced them to sell or give them to her, even though his goal is to get the trousseau which he believes is rightfully his. I was waiting for the twist where Gemma becomes a suspect in their murders because she was the last person to see them alive and succeeded in parting them from their most precious possessions. There were a lot of places in the story where I had to suspend disbelief; for example, her family is almost broke, but she throws away money on first-class plane tickets and five-star hotels, and overpays for the jewelry to complete the famous collection that she's going to sell to bail her father out.
Especially after the first few chapters, the pacing was good, with plenty of suspense, obstacles, and romance to keep me turning pages. Not to mention intriguing exotic settings.
I received this e-book from Tule Publishing and Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)