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Declan: Heart of a Tiger

(Royal Taiga Streak #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Will the truth bring them together, or tear them apart?

When a battered shifter rescued from a lifetime of trauma ends up as the top tiger’s mate, Declan is faced with possible war. With his nephew safe, and a new mate to secure, he should be focused on them. Instead he’s facing a challenge that will end up changing everything, or his death.

Sean grew up in a cage never drea
Kindle Edition, 1st, 284 pages
Published December 4th 2020 by Independently Published
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😑 I’m so tired of fated mate equaling dub-con. How can someone who has spent what felt like the entirety of their life being abused in unimaginable ways and watching others be raped and abused as well be healed enough mentally to consent to sex with someone just because fate deemed it so.

I’m not talking about months or years after being rescued I’m talking about days, DAYS!! Sean wasn’t in full control of himself but Declan was, at least until he wasn’t leading him to “claiming” Sean in public
Diane Dannenfeldt
This one tore my heart out, threw it on the ground & jump up & down on it. Sean has been held captive & physically abused since he can remember, by his father. He is chained to a wall in the basement. He has never been allowed to shift either. His father kidnaps & abuses other shifter children, physically & sexually, and locks them in cages. When they die, Sean is the one that has to bury their bodies in the back yard. Sean does everything he can to protect the children, even taking beatings on ...more
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This started out so intense. Poor Sean, he's just never had a chance. His "father" has kept him in a basement for years, and periodically brings in more kids. And, as you can guess, nothing good ever happens. One day, though, something special happens, and a little boy gets taken, and Sean discovers that the new little boy can escape, and not only that, he is from closeby. So, away he goes. And he brings back his uncle, Declan.

I really loved both Sean and Declan. Sean is so much stronger than a
P Leslie
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-review, m-m
This was one emotional story, so keep those tissues at hand because you’ll definitely need them.

There were many heart wrenching moments in this story. Sweet, beautiful Sean had a heart of gold and it shined like a beacon. Love and kindness literally pored out of him whether it was towards the young ones or ones that hurt him. I welled up on many occasions for everything he went through and the horrific and traumatising things he saw.

Declan was protective, caring and attentive. I loved how he w
This book started out rough for me. I don't care for sexual abuse, and while Sean didn't suffer the sexual abuse, others in the story did. It was hard to read what they went through even without that. Sean's life was heartbreaking.

But, for me, that aside, it took me forever to finish this. I put it down, read something else for a while then picked it back up again. It was too drawn out. A lot of repetition, and scenes I found unnecessary. That being said, I will try the next one when it comes ou
Coline Peterson
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! From the first page to the last I couldn't hardly put it down because I had to know how this captivating, mind grabbing, emotional filled tale played out. Whether it made me cry over how these shifters were treated, cheer when they were saved, or sigh happily at the way the events played out I thoughly enjoyed this fast paced well written shifter romance. ...more
Joyfully Jay
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

I dig shifter stories and was quick to pick this one up. But I have to say, I finished this one with mixed feelings. Even though I’m definitely looking forward to what happens next in the series, I did have some issues with this book.

Sean has a huge heart and a kind soul, which is saying something considering the way he was raised. The abuse he and many other shifter children have suffered is unconscionable. But he’s done his best to take care of the other kids,
Amy and Chris
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sean has been held captive for most of his life by a man who calls himself his father. His father has been kidnapping and torturing/abusing shifter children for as long as he can remember. When he helps one child escape, he expects to be killed not rescued and his tormentor killed. Declan is the Alpha of the Royal Tiaga streak and a tiger shifter. He instantly recognizes that Sean is his mate. He has his hands full as they try to identify the children that were rescued with Sean and the bodies o ...more
The beginning was brutal. Truly. With an opening scene as dark as the one we got I was worried about the trajectory, that an average length novel could provide the turnaround necessary to believe in a love between fated mates and a healing of the soul. There were some issues with Declan's actions throughout, but for the most part, the author did a really wonderful job at showing Sean's gradual development and blossoming into a wonderfully sweet alpha-mate and the family members that banded aroun ...more
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A pulse-pounding, heart wrenching, sweet start (yes, it was all that and more) to what is looking to be a must-read series

This does start on a tragic note but rest assured it is part of the deeper storyline not just random violence for shock value.
I have a sneaking suspicion there is a darker force directing the horror show. A few clues are dropped here and there and some of the events reinforce that suspicion.

Sean is innocence and hope personified. Where he finds the strength to forgive is beyo
Faye K
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku-read, 2020
A good/horrible start to the story with Sean held captive and being abused along with others. Sean's life in the balance Declan does the only thing to save his fated mate. Sean has learn all about shifters because of his captivity, but there’s one thing Declan was holding back not telling him.
I feel I've read this before but don’t know how. Sean was not dealing with the collar stopping from moving into his animal form. A good shifter romance and its not without its problems and dramas. Includes
Susan Bee
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book caught my attention right away. Action filled the pages up with mistreated shifters and a hero who saves the day. Declan meets his fated mate Sean who has been kept captive for years. There are so many things Sean has missed by being locked up by a crazy human. Declan and Sean slowly build their relationship, but then there was a lull in the story and im actually going to say there could have been a couple less sex scenes. Im all for steamy romance but it seemed like at one part of the ...more
Siobhan Flynn
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh how my heart absolutely broke for Sean and everything he endured, he showed so much resilience and strength. Alpha Declan is upset after learning his nephew Robbie was taken but after he is found he races to the rescue where he was held captive and lo and behold finds his mate at death's door. The journey is problematic and fraught with sadness because Sean knows nothing about mating and how the world really works. The pack was warm and welcoming and everyone of them was nice and didn't hold ...more
Sarah Mitcham
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Family of the heart

When his nephew Robbie went missing Declan, Alpha of the Royal Taiga Streak could never of imagined what was to follow. When Robbie suddenly some hours after his disappearance appeared panicked and covered in a delicious scent, he told them that he had been snatched by a man and taken to a cabin where there were other captives and how one of them had helped him escape.
Sean has been collared and chained in the cabin for years and true his best to care for the other younger capt
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shifter Sean has had a terrible upbringing until he is rescued by tiger Alpha Declan and his streak.

Sean broke my heart. I loved the way Declan was with him. He was caring and patient with was really sweet to watch. Sean has so much to learn. I enjoyed watching him exploring his new free world.

The tension and fallout from the kidnappings grows while Declan tries to hold it all together.

A story of pain, loss, hope and healing. Family and acceptance.

I look forward to book 2.
Ida Umphers
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story! Your heart will break for Sean and all the other children and you will want someone to come help them and do some real damage to their abuser/murderer. Declan finds out about what is going on and comes to the rescue in true alpha shifter style. We have lots of plot threads weaving around in addition to Sean and Declan and their fated mates one. The author has set up a very interesting world with wheels within wheels that will be explored in future books. I love the set ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Declan - Heart of a Tiger

I found this book by accident whilst looking for another and after reading the first chapter on Amazon via 'look inside' I had to buy it to find out what happened next, I was not disappointed (well I was, but only because there wasn't a second book available yet 😁). There is a trigger warning on the book so check that out first but I highly recommend this story, I like the plot and the way the characters are written. The MCs get their HEA and I can't wait to continue the
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An emotional story for sure. Sean had a monster for a father, kidnapping kid shifters and torturing them for years while Sean also suffered and had to take care of them. I loved he was Declan’s. Awesome heart and bravery but lack of self confidence while Declan was a sweetheart to him showing him the ropes. All the ropes 💚💙 I love shifters stories and their soulmates. This one checks all my cases.
Shawn Cha
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

This book was just so heartbreaking. In most book you read it’s so short that the MC always get over things so fast but in reality we know that years of abuse doesn’t go away so easily and it’s like a process of learning to find and love yourself again. To see all the horror Sean had to go through broke my heart. Some parts of the book was dark and realistic so I give that a 5.
Sammy Goode
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
All his life all Sean had known was pain and heartache. Being held captive, in chains, in his father's basement, watching one shifter child after another being abducted and some beaten to death before his very eyes, life took on a kind of warped balance. Sean needed to stay alive in order to take care of those who were with him and also caged and often abused but he longed for death to put him out of his own misery. When a young boy is brought to the basement Sean cannot allow more death to happ ...more
Apr 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m, dnf, paranormal, shifters
DNF at around 30% I can't do it anymore ...more
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is book one of a series, and the larger plot, of a conspiracy against shifters, is intriguing enough that I'm invested in reading future installments. The overall world building, with shifters from different species and a complicated network of clans, is developed with detail and care. My one caveat with this story concerns the central romance. At 21, Sean is the oldest survivor of a human who captured and tortured shifter children. Declan is the alpha of the nearby clan, a tiger shifter wh ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Declan: Heart of a Tiger is the first book in the Royal Taiga Streak by author J.R. Loveless. This story is told in dual POV and I felt it really needed that perspective. This story is not a light and fluffy read. It deals with some issues that are pretty heavy. The abuse in the first part of the book against children can be a trigger for sensitive readers.

Sean has survived being beaten, chained up, forced to watch things no kid should ever see. He has retained his kindness, love, and to put ot
Apr 22, 2021 rated it liked it
WHOA - if you're adversely affected by angst; severe child, psychological & physical abuse, and heavy emotional trauma, this book isn't for you.

Sean is a young shifter who has never shifted, prevented from doing so by magic and an immovable collar he has always worn. He believes he is the son of a despicable, sadistic human, Carl McNeely, who has imprisoned, chained, or caged all the other young shifter children he's kidnapped, tortured, and abused, hiding them from the outside world in his ceme
Deb Swietek
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A rescue mission brings you to your True Mate. Now can you save him, too?

What a stunning start to a new series! The characters come alive; the world is vibrant. Yes, there is past abuse, rape & murder. Shifter violence, and witchery. There is also courage, innocence, loyalty, heartbreak, and reunions. Held captive his entire life and not allowed to shift, Sean has tried to protect the other stolen shifter children; burying them when it wasn't enough. Helping the newest boy escape was all he cou
Janet Hunt
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was amazing!! Sean has been held captive for most of his young life trying to protect other young shifters from his ruthless father. When his father brings home another young boy to terrorize, he helps him to escape and bring back help. Declan is the Alpha of the young boy that escaped, and Sean’s fated mate. He rescues the young man and all the other shifters who have been held captive. This was a fantastic story with some awesome world building!! Get ready for an emotional ride, you won’t ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one was such am emotional and heartfelt read.
Keep the tissues handy because you'll definitely need them for this one.

This is book 1 in the series and can be read as a standalone.
A great start to an amazing series!

Seeing Sean emotionally and physically abused by his father no less was absolutely heartwrenching.
How he had to deal with his father harming the other shifter children was absolutely abhorrent.

Sean was such a well fleshed out and engaging character.
I didn't expect this one to be s
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lovable life mates

If I were to sum up Sean in one word, it’d be resilient. His capacity to love, care and forgive blew me away but oh his past devastated and enraged me. I really want to hug him and feed him all the chocolate and ice cream he can handle. I’m so happy he has Declan—and some very special others—to protect, spoil, adore and love him. Featuring lots of hurt/comfort, the beginnings of an intriguing mystery and a delightful cast of characters, I enjoyed this story and am looking forwa
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good, with some unanswered questions...

Dealt with some pretty heavy topics including trauma, captivity and abuse. May have glossed over some parts of dealing with abuse, to further the romance subplot.

I wasn’t sold on the tiger alpha: for all he said Sean was the strongest person, he acted pretty possessive and smothering of his newfound mate. Personality wise, would a tiger shifter be more solitary, rather than pack-focused?

Loose ends tied up too easily towards the end, but I look forward to r
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! This gripped me right from the start and I couldn’t put it down. The feelings this book brought was heartbreaking yet beautiful in the end. I loved Sean’s spirit, how he never let what happened to him tare him down. So happy he found Declan and I loved how he loved Sean unconditionally. I can’t wait to see how Sam, Tara and Vicky prosper and also Cam and Kyle b3caus3 there was definitely something between those two. Great story and I can’t wait to read more!!
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J.R. Loveless began her adventure in writing romance at the young age of twelve. Her foray into creating her own worlds and telling her characters’ life stories was triggered by her own love of reading. She currently resides in South Florida with her dog and two cats, volunteers for an animal rescue in her spare time, and works as a manager for a financial lending institute. Someday she hopes to b ...more

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