Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Forest of Thorns and Claws
Author: J.T. Hall
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 247 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Donovan McGinnis, a veterinarian and conservationist at a research center in Sumatra, is fighting to save the rainforest from poachers and politicians alike. One day he discovers a tigress trapped by a snare, and while treating her injuries, she bites him. He becomes ill with strange symptoms that leave him feverish and dreaming of the jungle and blood.
Kersen and his family are part of the Harimau jadian, a clan of tiger shifters hidden away in a secret village near the rainforest. When Kersen’s sister is caught, he knows he must free her before she infects someone with their magic and reveals their secret.
But Donovan has already been turned, and only time will tell if he can control the tiger within. Kersen must help him, but will the fierce attraction between the pair bring ruin to them all? With the rainforest under threat from outside forces, they may be doomed anyway, unless Kersen and Donovan can find a way to defeat the danger from inside and out.
Review: This was a pretty enjoyable read about the invisible tiger clan, or sumatran tiger shifters. Dr. Donovan is a Brit who lives and works in Indonesia trying to save the rainforest and chase out poachers intent on devastating the already devastated tiger population. Kersen is a young Indonesian shifter who falls for the older doctor. But, Kersen needs to keep his secret or be banished, or worse, killed by his clan. Until Donovan saves Kersen’s sister from a poacher’s trap and gets bitten in the process. Now the fun begins.
The virus that changes a man from human to beast happens quickly, and so the storyline progresses at a very fast past. I mean really fast, as in each chapter is denoted by day, not months or years. In a very short time frame we have the bite, the transformation, the romance, the acceptance into the clan, and the happy ever after within a week. I know in the human world that would not work for most, but considering the paranormal aspect, I just went with it.
We also get a huge history lesson on the Sumatran tigers and Indonesia. It was interesting, but I did skim a little bit. I also found myself googling Indonesian words. I was interested, don’t get me wrong, but anytime I am pulled out of a story, it’s hard to get back in. So this story was kind of an enigma for me. I liked it a lot, but I needed a bit more (romance and characterization)…and a bit less (history lesson), too.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*