Shi Po has dedicated her life to being a Tigress. After her
last child, she began to deny her husband, Kui Yu, and
practiced her faith regularly. Finally deciding that it's
time to become immortal and take her own life, she expects
to just have it done. However, Kui Yu doesn't agree and
does all he can to convince her that her place is with him
and the children. In most ways, Shi Po is obedient. But
when it comes to her Tigress faith, she's sure Kui Yu
When Gen. Kang brings them in for questioning regarding his
missing son, Shi Po is not treated with respect. Kui Yu
fights for her and loses the battle. Being sent to the same
cell, and knowing that the guards are listening, Kui Yu and
Shi Po begin to have two conversations, one with words
regarding their marriage, the other with words written on
each other by touch. Kui Yu tries to make Shi Po stay with
him out of love, but she explains to him that if she loves,
she has to stay on earth, and heaven is where she wants to
After many confessions and a lot of understanding, Shi Po
finally tells Kui Yu that she loves him. However, it may be
too late. Gen. Kang has decided to force Shi Po into being
his concubine. Once again, Shi Po and Kui Yu must fight to
save their lives and their love.
DESPERATE TIGRESS, the third book in Lee's Tigress trilogy
(including WHITE TIGRESS and HUNGRY TIGRESS), has an
exciting, sexual storyline and the characters are
believable to their place and time. This is a great story,
and I'm sure it's even better for someone who understands
China and the customs.
ON PLEASUREâ€™S PATH
The final step was release. Shi Po had devoted her
the Taoist ideal: enlightenment through ecstasy, through
rigid control of the body and mind. The kiss, the caress,
the bite, the scratchâ€”these were the stairs to Immortality.
Up, up, up one would climb, through yin rain and yang fire
untilâ€¦ But Heaven had been denied her. Two barbarians, white
women, had been granted everything; Joanna Crane and Lydia
Smith had found Immortality. Shi Po, 19th-century Shanghaiâ€™s
most famous teacher and abbess, its greatest Tigress, had not.
And so it was time to die.
Only one man stood in her way: Tan Kui Yu. His fingers, his
lips, his dragon. He swore he and Shi Po would attain Heaven
even if he had to pleasure her every dayâ€”and nightâ€”for the
rest of their lives. He had other ideas as well; things that
had never occurred to the woman who had done it all.
Perhaps, he said, it was not just about making love, but
about feeling it.