In the third installment of the Tiger series, Kelsey Hayes pushes through the pain of lost love and strengthens her friendship with Kishan. Despite his strong feelings for her, Kishan has agreed to be her ally in helping her reunite with the man she still loves. Together, they seek to help Ren regain his memory and begin the search for the third magical gift—an object of power that will help break the curse that causes them to live part of their lives as tigers.
They board a luxury yacht and seek Durga's aid once again, who supplies them with her golden weapons. With Nilima, Mr. Kadam, Ren, and Kishan at her side, she soon learns that the task ahead will be even more difficult than the others. Confronting a dark magician, multiple dragons, and terrifying denizens of the deep seems easy when compared to facing the daunting task of stitching up her heart. Just when she thinks she's ready to set her feet on a new path, she is yanked back with a jolt to the one she's determined to leave behind.
The jarring tug-of-war that ensues for Kelsey's heart leaves her anxious and confused. Combined with the stress of almost being killed every other day, it would appear that saving the tigers is almost more than she can handle. Still, she presses on, knowing that a choice is looming on the horizon. One she cannot put off making for long.
Tiger's Voyage is an irresistible romance with a barrage of action on the high seas, where a reader will find a treasure chest full of dragons, sea monsters, knights in shining armor, fabled weapons, and enduring love. The tropic waters of India create the backdrop for the latest installment in the tiger series. This novel, a multicultural take on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale, delves into the complex emotional turmoil and pressure associated with not only making the best choice for a nation but also the best choice for yourself. (Publisher's summary from Goodreads)
Reason Why I Chose the Book:
I have been enamored with Colleen's series from the get go. I loved Tiger's Curse and after listening to it as an audio book, I ran right out and bought both the first book and the second. It has also been quite popular with my students.
Reason Why I Liked/Disliked the Book:
Like the other two books in this amazing series, Tiger's Voyage finds Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan getting ready for another dangerous mission to break the curse that has kept Ren and Kishan tigers. It picks up right where Tiger's Quest left off with Kelsey reeling from Ren's loss of memory, and Kishan being support and caring. Ren is unable to touch Kelsey or spend too much time near her without getting physically ill. While I am not a huge fan of the love triangle and often got anxious over the situation that Kelsey and her tigers find themselves in, Colleen does an excellent job creating unbelievable tension between these three wonderfully drawn characters.
I love how creative the mythology in this series is and Tiger's Voyage finds our protagonists on board a luxurious yacht in search of Durga's Necklace. In order to find it, they must visit five different dragon realms eliciting help from each, which is no easy task and the danger they face is filled with suspense and kept me furiously turning pages.
The only complaint I had with this one is that I felt the relationship between Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan was drawn out too much. I really wanted a resolution, and if I am completely honest, I wanted Kelsey to rush into Ren's arms as soon as it was clear that his memory was back and that the strength of his love declared. However, Kelsey continued to deny that she and Ren were obviously destined for each other and stubbornly refused to tell Kishan that while she loved him too, their love was not as strong or as passionate.
Finally, I was quite surprised with the ending as I thought that Tiger's Voyage was the last book in the series. The ending, however, leaves the reader gasping and once again anxious for book four.
Reasons Why I Would Recommend This Book:
If you love mythology, beautiful settings, intense romance, and lots of action then this is a series you need to read. The characterization is perfect, and the plot so intricate, complex, and exciting that I guarantee it will hold you spellbound and gasping at every page.