Thirteen Zodiac animals entered the Great Race. Only twelve became Chosen
After failing the test to join the Lotus League, Wen Pierce will do anything to prove herself worthy. Even if it means being demoted to a maid in the house of one of the Eight Immortals—Li Tieguai. But this seductive yet surly immortal wants only one thing—her surrender to his rigid control. On his remote, magical island she’ll fade into the background of his tortured existence. Unless she can convince him she can steal anything…including the one thing he believes he’s lost forever.
A spirit outcast and denied
Tricked by the Monkey King, Li Tieguai lives in shame and surrounds himself with other outcasts, like the spirit animal Cat. But when the vibrant and sultry Wen is assigned to his household and offers to thieve for him, she just might steal more than he planned.
On the edge of redemption, lies temptation
Li isn’t the only one who can’t resist Wen. The spirit Cat offers Li the solution he’s longed for, but to atone for his past, he’ll have to risk a future…without Wen.
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A Review of Rematch by Rachael Slate
This is a short book between the first and second book that will be coming out soon. I was happy to learn more about the Chinese Zodiak characters and how they are all connected. Li, who was an immortal with the power of healing, has been living as an outcast the last thirty years after being tricked by the Monkey King. The Matchmaker shows up with Wen, who is to be a servant for his home after she failed a test to join the Lotus League, where she had planned on avenging her brother from the Red Death that was released by the Plague Gods. I am still looking forward to the next book in the series and seeing how all of the 12 characters fit together.
**Complimentary Copy provided by Author for an honest review.**
A Fresh, Fantastical Take on Shifters
REMATCH (A Chinese Zodiac Romance, # 1.5)
by Rachael Slate
May 12th, 2015
approximate pages: 102 (print)
Romance: Paranormal > Shifters, Fantasy, Multicultural / Interracial
** Provided by Author in Exchange for an Honest Review. **
-- MY THOUGHTS --
Judging a Book by it's Cover: It's unique. Not initially eye-catching. Synopsis does not automatically grab me either as I tend not to prefer to read Paranormal and I try to avoid the Fantasy genre altogether.
As a favor to a friend, I have opted to read and review this novella even though I am not a fan of Paranormal or Fantasy Romance and this is a bit of both. I've not read TRANCING THE TIGER (Chinese Zodiac, # 1), but have been assured that this can stand alone and does not need to be read in order. The following review will be based solely and honestly on the author's writing and NOT my personal personal preferences.
First thought was that this is more the more mature and more complex version of Beauty and the Beast meets The Island of Misfit Toys. Ms Slate has created a fantastical world of spirit hosts, immortals and gods based on the Chinese Zodiac and myth. Although this is not my typical genre, I found it rather interesting and intriguing. Billed as a shapeshifter paranormal, that a bit insulting. It's not a were-shifter story, but rather one of a spirit, energy or essence and it's one compatible host.
Li's an immortal that suffered a bad decision and is now cursed. Wen is mortal, she lost her brother to the Red Death plague and sought justice by joining the Lotus League. Only she failed the test and was placed in Li's home in servitude as punishment.
The story line took a little while for me to really comprehend, as the myth, lore and fantasy part is always more difficult for me to absorb, but once I melded with the story line, there was no stopping. The characters are really fun to get to know. The dialogue is in turns smart, sassy, emotional and enlightening. There's an underlying element of hope and second-chances that keeps you engaged as a reader. The chemistry is immediate, but refreshingly, they do not satisfy that magnetism until much later. For being an average-length novella, it managed to convey a depth and fullness to the plot to make it feel like a bigger story than it was. The conflicts that arose throughout varied in degree of complexity, but all were resolved in timely and mature manners. There was virtually no predictability and the conclusion was solid enough to imply a long and happy HEA for Wen and Li.
Overall, it was a refreshingly new take on shifters and a fantastic new world to explore.
Heat Level: 4.5
-- REVIEWER INFO --
Tina J / Happily Ever Chapter