I had such high expectations for this story. I've read quite a few of Charlotte's other works and I like her writing style and the content of each of her stories. Seriously, her other books are quite dirty, but good dirty.
However, this one kind of fell flat for me. Maybe I was expecting too much after seeing so many great reviews for it elsewhere, but I was left wanting with this one. It's not an overtly long story, it's almost a novella-type length. I just didn't feel that heat that usually goes with her other books. That "X Factor" that really grabs you and keeps you enthralled.
SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT.
This one was short, it didn't give me the answers I really needed as to who Tigerlily was or how he - yes, he - came to be.
Actually, he didn't even know himself. All I really got was that he was possibly from some other planet? or dimension of some sort? I honestly didn't know.
I will say the tension and chemistry between the two characters was great but the author didn't let anything happen between them almost until the end of the book. And that just felt rushed to me and awkward.
It appeared to me that Tigerlily was a boy that Mae had conjured up when she was a child - and he was a child at the time, too. It also appeared that she used some form of magic or witchcraft to get it done. Tigerlily would never grow old although he would age, and very much so, since the answer he gave Mae in regards to his age suggested he was over 600 years old.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that he apparently lost his memory when he was trying to get into our world and to Mae.
So basically he has no memory of his name, age, or why he was wandering around her backyard butt naked, or why he was even there in the first place.
It seemed that Mae had suffered through some tragic event in her life where she had been injured. Also, I think it was suggested that maybe that tragedy occurred along with the loss of her parents. So now it seems that Mae is a basic shut-in.
She quit her job as a debt-collector and she now never leaves her house. This is why Tigerlily seemed to have appeared.
My guess is, he was there to help her move on - and move on she did.
Also, that ending was rather confusing in terms of the writing. I understand, at least I think I do, how it ended. And that seemed a little too far-fetched and tidy and rushed.
Overall, I give this story 2.5 Stars. I didn't hate it, but I also didn't like it.