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The Tiger Prince

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,157 ratings  ·  37 reviews
From the shimmering cities of a faraway land to the heather-scented hills of the Scottish Highlands comes this passionate tale of adventure and dangerous desire by one of America’s bestselling and beloved authors, Iris Johansen.


In a locked room of shadows and sandalwood, Jane Barnaby first met the wickedly disturbing man whose searing blue eye
Paperback, 528 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Fanfare (first published 1992)
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Chitra *CJ*
"The Tiger Prince" is the story of Jane and Ruel.

A riveting tale of revenge, heartbreaking and acceptance, this book takes you on a roller coaster ride. We begin with our heroine Jane escaping a whorehouse at the age of twelve, after pleading the man who she believed fathered her for mercy. She takes along a crippled friend Li Sung, and a mutt.

Fast forward a few years, our hero Ruel and his brother Ian come to the kingdom of Kasanpore with a hidden motive. At the same time, our heroine escapes
3.75 stars

Thoughts can be unhealthy when you assume you know the truth.

Deliciously dangerous, Ruel MacLaren had but one goal: to become rich. He learned some valuable lessons in Australia, California and Africa before traveling to India. He knew Lady Luck was on his side; it was just a matter of time.

With exquisite good looks, women loved his attention. No matter where his adventures took him, he never had a problem with the fairer sex. That is, until he met the practical and unassuming Ja
Elis Madison
For some reason I'd been avoiding books by Iris Johansen. I think I might've had her confused with another writer whose characters always seem to me to have the depth of cartoon figures. Anyway, this one jumped out at me for some reason so I bought it used.

And boy was I surprised. The characters, even the secondary ones, are well-crafted and nuanced. So many writers in the genre seem to have only a few voices, and secondary characters sort of all sound the same, but not here.

The basics: Jane Ba
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The following review was originally posted on my book blog The Book Challengers.

There's something about these so-called old-school romance novels that appeal to me. I think it is mainly due to the fact that while the (main) couple does indulge in their carnal wishes, it isn't so graphic and instant as it is with some of these newer historical romances. For instance, this book right here is almost as old as I am and I I genuinely enjoyed this story.

In some ways it is a pretty typical romance nov
Lover of Romance
It starts out with a scot Ruel McClaren head with his brother to Kasenpore, India in hopes to see the Mahajarah in hopes to buy a piece of property from him. A property that he would sacrifice almost anything for. His son, Prince Abdar asks him to spy on Jane Barnaby to find the location of the man by John Kartauk. Jane Baraby has come with her father to build a railroad for the Mahajarah in India. Jane is in charge of the job, even though on paper her father is but he is a drunk so she takes re ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don't enjoy reading about people being cruel to each other, especially in a supposedly romantic situation. Ruel's cruelty, regardless of whether he thought it was justified, made me feel ill. Jane's acceptance of guilt without explanation angered me.

I also felt there were large portions of the book that were highly repetitive. Certain arguments were had again and again until I could barely suppress my desire to skim.

I usually like Iris's books very much, but the plot of this one disturbed me
Eris Kelli
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What I loved about this book would take me forever to express. In an effort to keep this short and sweet I'll just hit the top three reasons. The characters main and side where all awesome! Each one had a purpose and brought out of me the reader exactly what they were supposed to.
Number two: what an adventure!
Number three: Iris Johansen hit upon all my senses and ran the full range of emotions in this page turning, exciting romance.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I believe I've read other Iris Johansen books in the past, thought they were pure bodice ripper romances...but was delightfully surprised with this one. It was quite well written with a very intriguing cast of characters, a great mystery with tragedies and a great ending. Lots of stories going on with unique and in depth character studies that I was really caught up in. Enjoyed this one a lot! ...more
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Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This was Problematic (with a capital P), but also compusively readable. Like good plot, but yikes those characters. Margaret was the only one who wasn't a complete asshole or completely one-dimensional.

Apr 21, 2021 rated it liked it
**3.5 stars **
I like how he was overcome what she did and still love her. She wasn't guilty but not entirely blameless. She was still able to love him even though he emotionally hated her. I hated what happened to Ian but you need some problem for a story.
Marwah  .Qoura
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Started out very promising but the writer didn't seem in control of her narrative, and I was lost with her..! I didn't continue it... ...more
Tiger Prince is the story of an explicit and interesting love between a hardened man, Ruel, and an independent woman, Jane. Jane works along side her father building railroads all over the world. She enjoys traveling and being free while Ruel enjoys gold and pleasure. The two face both little and big obstacles, some of those being lust and betrayal. And while the two have completely different goals, love's cruel side takes the toll of both of them.
I recommend this book for readers who enjoy roma
Overall this was a pretty good book. But I generally don't enjoy books where there is a heavy revenge plot of making the heroine feel like a whore, to humiliate her to satisfy revenge. I don't know how realistic it is to get past having someone treat you that way, so that's why I stopped at the three stars. I did really enjoy the side story of Kartuak and Margaret. There better be another book for just them though, because I didn't like them ending in the book with just a promise. ...more
Elyse Russell
Oct 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
I was severely disappointed with this book. I found the main male character to be completely cruel and unforgivable. His revenge plot of making the main character feel like a whore and using her sexually disgusted me. This plotline was completely abusive and morally repugnant. I love Johansen's thriller novels, and this is the only romance book of hers that I've read, but based on this, she should stick with the thrillers. ...more
I enjoyed this book. There were parts that frustrated me and it lost steam for a bit in the middle. Steam as in momentum not sexiness. The first half was great and the last quarter was wonderful. I especially enjoyed the adventure aspect of the book and the varied settings (USA, Scotland, India, island off the coast of India...) the whole "tiger" thing seemed a little contrived and forced but all in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'll hang on to it and plan on reading it again some day. ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
I tried, I really did, but I just couldn't make it through this book. The hero was odious. Yes, odious. He wasn't appealing in the least as human being - and I don't be physically. If I can't understand why the heroine would want to be with her love interest, then there is something seriously wrong. I hated him so much, and the plot was so slow, that I honestly didn't care how it was resolved. If I could, I would give this book no stars at all. ...more
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
superb story! i love the way the author plotted their love story. their love for each other developed gradually and was tested by time and events.
aside from the main story, the author added 2 more unique love pairs that kept me more interested with the book.
Jun 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: romancish
I read Iris Johansen in high school. I used to go to the mini mall near my house to a quiet place called the Book Peddler.
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
This one also another great book from Iris and couldn't put down. Read this same time as The Conquest which was in early 2000. ...more
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Well this is a bummer. I read this book and have a little note indicated it was enjoyable but I can't remember much of it. It has been a while though. ...more
May 08, 2012 added it
I truly classic Iris Johansen. Enjoyed the ups and downs of the characters as they finally find their way together. Worth to read if a Johansen fan.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Good romance. Quick and easy read.
Cynthya Amande
read this book in high school,and I still wanna read it AGAIN. It had steamy scenes, enough to make me blush now.
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is my least favorite iris johansen "historical romance" I don't enjoy the railroad building parts and I don't love the hero. I expect more from iris johansen and she almost never disappoints. ...more
Ava Miles
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is still one I pick up at 11 pm and read until 2 am. The exotic landscape and the steamy plot never disappoints. I wish Iris had never stopped writing historicals. :(
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I prefer romantic suspense over pure romance and this is primarily an historical romance.
Usual overly dramatic angry male rape fantasies and raw sex masquerading as romantic love
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Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great su ...more

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