Books by Colleen Houck

THE LANTERN'S EMBER by Colleen Houck
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A bit overstuffed but fun nonetheless, with some genuine surprises in store. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
Houck's (Tiger's Dream, 2018, etc.) new adventure offers a fresh spin on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"…and a few more tales besides. Read full book review >
REUNITED  by Colleen Houck
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Endurance will pay off for those interested in Lily's fate, but they need to be mighty interested. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
Lily and her three Egyptian lovers traipse hither and yon through the cosmos to save humankind. Read full book review >
RECREATED by Colleen Houck
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An overlong ramble through Egyptian lore—and it ain't over yet. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
The romance between an immortal Egyptian and a modern 17-year-old now ventures into the underworld. Read full book review >
REAWAKENED by Colleen Houck
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Happily, this paranormal romance has enough humor to keep the pages flipping, though it's unlikely to attract fans not already devoted to the genre. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
A reanimated mummy has an important mission and needs 17-year-old Lily in order to succeed. Read full book review >
TIGER'S DESTINY by Colleen Houck
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"The end is a long time coming, but readers sufficiently hardened by the preceding adventures' florid prose to survive lines like 'After a few seconds of delicious fantasy, I mentally rebuffed myself,' and '[t]ingling bubbles of power coursed lazily between us,' are sure to be left throbbing and misty-eyed. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Ablaze with fiery passions—and sheets of actual fire, too—this conclusion to the Tiger's Curse quartet brings Oregon teenager Kelsey and the two Indian were-tiger princes who have divided her heart through a climactic battle to a final, bittersweet mate selection. Read full book review >
TIGER'S VOYAGE by Colleen Houck
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Hankies, cold showers and possibly a neck brace for all the emotional whiplash are recommended. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Hunky Indian were-tiger-sibling rivals continue to claw at the heart of their American lady love in this quest quartet's penultimate doorstopper. Read full book review >
TIGER'S QUEST by Colleen Houck
ANIMALS
Released: June 7, 2011

"Perhaps best read as a sendup. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Break out electric fans and warn readers to schedule cool-down periods: Houck cranks the love-o-stat up another notch. Read full book review >
TIGER'S CURSE by Colleen Houck
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

An Oregon teenager falls in love with a shape-shifting tiger who turns out to be a hunky Indian prince afflicted with an ancient curse. A job as a temp worker at a local circus turns more challenging for Kelsey when she's hired to accompany Dhiren, a white tiger with whom she has developed a strangely close mutual affinity, back to India. Once there her journey becomes a quest (thanks to the requisite obscure prophecy) through magical realms for four Gifts that will not only break the centuries-old curse that keeps Dhiren in tiger form—except for a few minutes each day, during which he reverts to a sultry lothario "like James Bond, Antonio Banderas, and Brad Pitt all rolled into one"—but may well have broader implications. This entails not only treks through dusty temples and battles with vampire monkeys but frequent aggressive flirting, chaste but passionate snogging and emotional tempests fueled by his tigerlike pride and her artificially low self-esteem. Twilight fans ready for a not-too-radical change of pace are the natural audience for this steamy opener. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)Read full book review >
TIGER'S CURSE by Colleen Houck
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"A well-shaped piece of exotica, full of danger, dash, allegory and love under the banana tree."
A smart, vibrant adventure romance wrapped in a quest, fashioned to touch a wide audience. Read full book review >