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Heart of the Tiger (The Big Cat Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Kerstan
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Her eloquent prose makes you feel the character's torments and indecisions, as well as their gradually evolving, soul-deep love." -- The Old Book Barn Gazette
Miranda "Mira" Holcombe has only one goal in life: To destroy the Duke of Tallant, Jermyn Keynes. Simply for the pleasure of it, he ruined her life, robbed her family of their land and valuables, and now threatens to destroy them entirely. How can a young woman caring for her disabled father bring down a powerful aristocrat? Only her father knows her deepest secrets, and he hopes that in London she will find a kind and gentle man to wed. But Mira is focused only on vengeance, whatever the cost. As she devises a plan to kill the duke, she discovers that Tallant's dark-souled younger brother, Michael, is bent on the same course. Can she believe he'll help her? Dare she trust him?
Michael Keynes once burned with dreams and goals, but all have been consumed by his determination to rid the earth of his tyrannical brother. After meeting the irresistible Mira, his mission changes. He resolves to protect her at any cost, and when the duke is found murdered, Michael deflects suspicion onto himself. But can he save Mira from her worst enemy . . . herself?
Neither can deny the electricity between them. Mira bewitches him with her sharp tongue and quick wit. Michael captivates her with his rakish brand of honor and his brilliant scheming on her behalf. Will she be able to escape the past and dare to reach for a better future? Will Michael see beyond the family's despicable heritage and make a new start in his own life? Can they redeem each other?

Lynn Kerstan, former college professor, folk singer, professional bridge player, and nun, is the author of sixteen romance novels and four novellas, all set in Regency England.
A RITA winner and five-time RITA Finalist, her books are regularly listed among the best in the Regency genre. The Golden Leopard and Heart of the Tiger were selected by Library Journal for its Best Books of the Year list (2002 and 2003), and Dangerous Passions was named by Booklist as one of the Top Ten Romances of 2005.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 688 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611942063
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (28 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009K7YDPC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #432,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner 31 Oct. 2012
By Caz
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the sequel to The Golden Leopard and the second in Lynn Kerstan's Big Cat Trilogy. In it, we are re-introduced to Mira Holcombe and her invalid father, who had played a part in helping Hugo and Jessica locate the Golden Leopard in the previous book. Like it, Heart of the Tiger has strong elements of Indian folklore and some Indian characters who are the story. Our hero this time is Michael Keynes, younger brother of the execrable Duke of Tallant and whose sole aim in life is to kill.his brother. To that end, Michael has spent a great deal of time in India, making his own considerable fortune while at the same time ruining his brother's business interests there.

The Duke of Tallant is unscrupulous, ruthless and utterly evil - not for nothing is he known as "The Beast".
On his return to England, Michael meets Mira, whose intentions towards the duke are the same as his - and is immediately fascinated by her. She also feels powerfully drawn to Michael, but sees him as a dangerous distraction and tries to avoid him at all costs. She also feels 'damaged' because of an incident that took place years before. It's easy to guess what happened, but what keeps one's interest is gaguing how much Michael knows and what Mira will tell him.

There is a murder-mystery the story, but this isn't a whodunnit and it's difficult to say much more than that without completely spoiling the plot, other than that the murder is a catalyst for a chain off events that serve to show just how far Michael and Mira will go to protect each other.

I found Heart of the Tiger to be a real page-turner and had to read late into the night to finish it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic characters - a break from the norm. 24 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Now then, this was something a little bit different. I don't tend to read many Regency Romances but something about the blurb piqued my interest for this one so I gave it a whirl and I'm very glad that I did!

This book breaks all the rules of Regency Romance as I've come to know them. Doesn't it know that the hero and heroine are supposed to meet within the first 20 pages, and then the hero is meant to be transfixed by her heaving bosom, and she's meant to turn into a blob of simpering girl goo every time he comes near. Yada, yada, pithy dialogue, blah-di-blah, several sex scenes involving creamy thighs, quivering members and throbbing manhoods, some other stuff, fiddle-di-dee, happily ever after - the end.

That is how it is supposed to go! Those are <u>The Rules</u>! But that's not what happened here. Far from it.

Instead, what we got were two flawed but fascinating main characters. In particular, the heroine, Mira, had a lot going on internally. She has some stuff to work through before she can even consider members of the opposite sex. So for this reason the romance had to wait quite a while to get going (which made perfect sense in context) while she sorted through some of her problems and issues.

Mira and Micheal are two people who share the same goal--vengeance and the all-consuming need to kill Michael's older brother, the Duke of Tallant. And on the surface, that's all they have in common. But as we go deeper we see that they are more like kindred spirits than they could ever have guessed. Both characters are a dichotomy in and of themselves. Michael, at the start of the book, has just returned from India to England after a decade-long absence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful story with memorable characters 2 Nov. 2004
By a-wish-upon-a-star - Published on
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This was my first book by Lynn Kerstan, and I liked her style. There is a lot to recommend this book: suspenseful story, exotic location (India), well researched and detailed info., flawed but likeable h/h, and especially, really, really great dialogue (Georgette Heyer comes to mind). "Heart of the Tiger" was very easy to read, very easy to keep turning the pages. The storyline was different enough to be intriguing, and the interaction between the h/h was simply very good and very funny.

While I liked this author's style and would definitely buy another of her books, this particular book did not appeal to me too much. I'm not a fan of the supranatural, and there is too much of that interwoven into the story (along with a lot of interweaving of Hindu religion) for me to have really enjoyed this book.

Recommended, with reservations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of the Tiger 3 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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I read a review in the Library Journal for Heart of the Tiger and decided I needed to get the book. The review was right on! It said Heart of the Tiger was 'romantic', 'a beautifully written novel', with 'deeply conflicted, honorable and effectively rendered' characters. What it didn't tell me was I'd be up until three in the morning because I couldn't put the book down. It's a great read!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars delightful Regency romantic suspense 12 May 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1823, after spending years overseas, Lord Michael Keynes returns home from India. However, he does not return to the family fold, but instead plans to kill his older stepbrother, the notorious Jermyn, Duke of Tallant, not because he wants to inherit, but because he detests his abominable sibling. Jermyn looks forward to the confrontation with an eye on a different outcome.
Michael, accompanied by his Indian friend Hari Singh, rents a room at the estate of Beata Neri. Also residing there is Mira Holocombe and her wheelchair-bound father, who has almost no muscular movement. Jermyn drove them off their estate. Even though he knows better, Michael falls in love with Mira, but fears that if Jermyn finds out she will become an endangered pawn in their life and death contest. Mira reciprocates Michael's feelings, but seems to react with horror whenever Michael touches her. There is someone else who wants both brothers dead.
HEART OF THE TIGER is a delightful Regency romantic suspense novel with some eastern paranormal elements to freshen up the plot. The characters for the most part are a wonderful group as their uniqueness makes each of the key players and the plot come alive. Jermyn is too evil to take seriously except as a viable threat and even that proves minuscule. Still sub-genre fans will appreciate Lynn Kerstan's tale and look forward to the next story starring another Michael enemy, the Archangel.
Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart of the Tiger, A Review for the Blog Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy 31 Oct. 2012
By Shauni - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Heart of the Tiger is slightly related to Lynn Kerstan's The Golden Leopard, if only because we deal with some of the same secondary characters. But it is written with the same power, passion and intrigue that captivated me.

Mira Holcombe is fighting for her father's lands. Unjustly taken over by a powerful Duke. One who wants only what he wants and is willing to destroy all in his path. Mira has spent the past few years caring for her father who was felled by a stroke, but has an active mind. She wants only to see him die in his own home. A Home that is no longer theirs because those with power recognize only others with power.

Michael Keynes has spent most of his life with only one goal in mind. To kill the beast. Otherwise known as The Duke of Tallant, his older brother. After years of doing his best to destroy the kingdom the beast created on the backs of Opium dealers and the far east he has returned from India to finally complete his life long mission. Only problem is there are others with goals that seem to circumvent his.

This book seethes with the exotic mystery of what we think of India. While most of the book actually takes place in England the dark brooding power of mystical promise swirls and twirls, wrapping you up in it's power. I found myself believing in the mystical elements that really only work in a book such as this. Elements based on faith rather than PNR..

It is ironic really that the great evil in this book, while called The Beast, is really only a man. And yes this character is not a bad man, not a redeemable man, not a misunderstood man, he is an evil man. And the fight to destroy him and survive is a powerful story that Ms Kerstan tells beautifully. In a way this could be considered a gothic romance, only because it broods.. like only a good gothic story can.

The characters and their unique personalities drive this book. The story enhances their failures and fears. It creates a vehicle that allows them to triumph because of their flaws not instead of them. I really enjoyed Michael and Mira. Mira because she was so broken and refused to surrender and Michael because above all things he loved Mira and was willing to do anything as long as she was happy.. even give her up.

Each book I have read of Ms Kerstan pulls at me and leaves me wanting more. I look forward to the next installment in this wonderfully dark, brooding series.


This review is based on the ARC of Heart of the Tiger provided by netgalley
3.0 out of 5 stars Once begin the plot, maybe better to carry it all the way through. And weave the romance in 18 Feb. 2014
By LaureEdwardsReminick - Published on
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I enjoyed this book, and happily read it all. But I have to admit the second half was not as good as the first half.

Okay, it's a romance. But the first half had a good revenge story developing. Then once the bad guy was offed, by no one knows who, then it's all about the two love birds coming together.

At several points, I kept thinking some issues would jump and bite them, and maintain the tension. But no.
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