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Thursday, June 9, 2016

TBT Review: Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bryght by Cathryn Cade (Orion Series 1)

I originally reviewed this book as a guest post for another blog. Consequently, I never posted it here, so I am fixing that error now. I believe it was posted around January 2012 on the Bonafide Reflections Blog. Pictured is the cover that the book had at the time of the review. Crazy how much my reviews have changed over the years. Enjoy!

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Title: Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bryght

(Orion Series, Book 1)

Author: Cathryn Cade

Release Date: July 15, 2008

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Category: Science Fiction, Paranormal Romance

Type: Kindle

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Book Blurb:

Half -man, half-beast, untamable…except by the one woman born for him.

The Orion series

As a novice interpreter aboard the space ship Orion, Calla Fellura is in uncharted

territory. Especially when it comes to figuring out how to approach the ship’s sexy

navigator, who seems to have no shortage of willing women vying for his attention.

Tryon Jag is an alpha male tyger, one of the few who possess the instincts to guide a ship

safely through the deadly Cattarus system. Handsome, wealthy, and of royal blood, Jag

controls his universe—and most of the females in it—as easily as he navigates the Orion.

But when Jag unexpectedly undergoes his mating shift on board ship instead of safely on

his home planet, he must have a woman or go mad with rage and lust. With an eco-

saboteur somewhere aboard, there couldn’t be a worse time for him to lose his mind.

For the sake of duty, Calla forces herself into Jag’s lair. And finds herself blossoming

into a true Tyger lily, a woman born to enchant a powerful beast.

The only woman who can save Jag—and the entire crew—from certain annihilation.

Book Excerpt:

“I believe that explains why I’ve called you in for a meeting,” he said dryly. “As you

know, our navigator on this run must be a Tygean native from planet Bryght. Only they

can navigate safely through the Cattarus system. We have one of the best on

board—Commander Tryon Jag. Unfortunately, under the influence of their home moons,

the Tygeans undergo a yearly mating shape shift. Jag has shifted into full Tyger mating

mode. Something’s got to be done.”

His second-in- command, Commander Navos, a tall, spare Indigon, raised one arching

brow. “Sedation seems the logical course. A Tyger in shape shift is a dangerous creature,

with uncertain temper, and the claws and fangs of a predator.”

“Yes, I could get some type of palliative into his food,” the ship’s physician, Dr.

Tentaclar, offered. His several eyes lit with interest, the upper set waving about on their


“We can’t drug him,” the captain snapped. “We need him awake and alert. Without a

Tygean navigator, we will never make it safely through the Cattarus asteroid belt. The

gravitation of all the moons will pull the Orion into a crash. Every ship lost in the

Cattarus has had a non-native at the helm.”

“It is unfortunate that our departure from Earth was delayed,” said the Indigon. “The

moons of the Cattarus system have risen to their male phase, inciting the predictable

hormonal reaction in Commander Jag.”

“Yes, we were supposed to be through here days ago. It’s these damned terrorists. The

Earthland Security regulations have become so tight; it sometimes takes days to get

through customs instead of hours.”

“Is it the ecoterrorists this time?” asked someone. “Or one of those religious

fundamentalist groups? I can’t keep them straight.”

“They are all equally dangerous,” cut in Navos, his deep blue eyes cold as an Indigon

glacier. “Creatures who are willing to destroy others and themselves to make a religious

or political point.”

“Yes, and speaking of going through customs—was it really necessary to body search the

entire crew?” growled Ogg, the systems mechanic. “Most of my guys and gals have been

with the company for years.”

“Oh, it’s necessary. The terrorists have gotten very tricky with their little bombs.” Dr.

Tentaclar leaned forward, all his eyes focused on Ogg. “They’ve discovered how to

create organic explosives. Hide the devices right in their body cavities, so they can’t be

detected by a holographic search. Then, when the ship is out in space—squersshhh!”

A few of them winced, and Craig held up one hand.

“Thank you, Doctor. I think we all know the results of a bio-bomb on a ship’s systems.

Now, back to our immediate problem, if you will.”

“If we cannot proceed without our navigator, we must persuade him to resume his

duties,” the Indigon said. “By my reckoning, we will enter the hazardous portion of the

Cattarus system in four days. We have until then to deal with the problem.”

“But how will we reason with him?” asked the interpreter, a small Pangaean woman who

shimmered with a faint green aura, the result of lifelong exposure to the rich vegetation of

her home planet. “Everyone is afraid to go near him. He nearly frightened to death the

young couple who chanced to be in the ship’s arboretum when he shifted.”

“We don’t reason with him,” the captain said. Then his eyes sharpened, as he looked at

the Indigon. “Unless Commander Navos can assist us.”

“I cannot help you.” Navos shook his head. “It is his feline-enhanced faculties that enable

him to do his job. Any attempt at thought control would result in disaster.”

They all looked at Craig, who sighed.

“In that case we get him what he wants—a mate.”

Dialogue Highlights:

Of all these, the female was the most problematic. By this time, he should be getting a bit

tired of her, nearly ready to present her with an expensive baubble of some kind, and kiss

her goodbye. He should have discovered that she had an irritating giggle, or that her

tenacious arguments made him want to gag her. But instead, he found that he enjoyed the

feminine logic of the way her mind worked, even when it was incomprehensible to him

as a male. He enjoyed the sound of her soft, husky voice, even when it was scolding him.

Especially when it was catching breathlessly as she gave into him. He looked for ways to

make her smile, just to see the way her full lips curved up, and her pretty eyes sparkled.


“How many times have you been out?”

“This noyage is my third. I stayed on Earth for a furlough to take some new interpreter

training. I hope my roommate hasn’t killed the plants in our apartment,” she added,

frowning. She had been going to call him before she was summoned to this tryst. :He

isn’t good with them.”

“He?” The word was a snarl.

She tilted her head back up to look at him, startled. He had a dangerous look in those

tyger eyes. He was jealous! She refrained from rolling her eyes – just.

“He would love to be here right now, taking my place,” she said wryly. “Renne and I

have been friends since we were cubs – we’ve always known that he was gay.”

He grunted, relaxing again, and lifted her hand to his face. Wordlessly, he showed her

how he wanted her to stroke her fingers through his hair. It was silky and yet crisp,

twining about her fingers as she massaged them through it. She sighed to herself. Men –

now he wanted to be petted out of his bad humor.


I read Tyger, Tyger Burning Bryght as few months ago and am only just getting a chance

to write the review. As I recall, this was the first sci-fi, paranormal romance I have ever

had the pleasure of reading. Ms. Cade does a fantastic job of creating a believable,

futuristic world of alien species and technologies dreamed of. While there is a lot of

language used, somehow it fit. I suppose I can attribute such raw acceptance to the fact

that this is a science fiction novel. Within my mind, as far as science fiction goes,

anything goes. You just have to be open-minded enough to be able to both accept it and

recreate it in your head. But I am no strange to the realm of science fiction. In books yes,

but not with television. My Dad raised me on Star Trek, so from a very young age I was

exposed to all types of creatures. It is kind of funny to watch the original Star Trek series

now when you see how far we have come with special effects. As I got older I watched

shows like Stargate: SG1, Farscape, all of the Start Trek spin-offs, and many more. But I

digress. I believe my point it that such an exposure has allowed me to broaden my mind

when reading outside of the box.

Maybe I should get back to the book now. *coughs* Ahem. So Tryon is a Tyger and has

been caught off world and mid voyage in the middle of his mating shift. Needless to say,

he needs sex and lots of it – fast. The consequences could mean the deaths of many crew

members should he be unable to satisfy the sexual need deep within. Calla is also a Tyger

and took notice of Tryon when the voyage began, but when he looked right past her, her

hope for a tryst faded and he instead became the object of her fantasies. Now she is the

only hope for the crew and, well … Tryon’s only hope to regain control and ability to

perform his duties.

I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the time spent reading this story. It was the first

time I have read Ms. Cade and I will definitely be back to read more of her work. Perhaps

even within this series, The Orion Series. From what I found on the publisher’s website,

Tyger Tyger is the first book in the series with 5 books currently published. I wanted to

share some other excerpts with everyone, but I am guest posting and thought I should try

to keep it clean. I don’t mind saying that I had one heck of a time finding passages that

were “clean”. This story is loaded with graphic sexual encounters, and dang! Let me tell

you just how smokin’ hot they are! Good lawd!

That said, even with all of the sexually descriptive scenes, Ms. Cade manages to craft a

workable storyline between them. I liked that Tryon is an alpha male that is unexpectedly

paired with a strong female. Calla gives as good as she gets most of the time and

inevitably, this dense alpha finally gets the clue that he likes it. Unaccustomed to females

giving him attitude, Calla well and truly rocks his world. And in the midst of all of this is

another component to the story. A group of terrorists has snuck on board and plans to

sabotage the ship. The intruder is eventually left to Tryon to sift out. Meanwhile, Tryon

makes a muck of his relationship with Calla. Seems crazy, right? A shifting male Tyger,

his unplanned female mate with sass, a saboteur on board, the fate of many depending

upon it all, crazy amounts of hawt sex, and a potential future relationship gone awry by

the ever-present male without a clue. Yeah, I know. But it works and I was completely

entertained by it. I mean if a shifting male Tyger and loads of awesomesauce sex don’t

grab you, then I really have no idea what else I could dangle in front of you. It is not a

deep story that is going to explore the inner angst of the main characters, but it is

entertaining at the very least.

(Digital book purchased for personal library)

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