"An unusual but beautiful love story"
His grandfather taught him the ways of his Native American
heritage. Thus, Ainsley Revere is proud of his blood, but
also feels out of place in the white civilization where he
works. In fact it is his job at the zoo that keeps him
anchored, as he loves the big cats. He especially feels
connected to Nicte the tiger with which he shares a special
bond. Once the Big Cat helped in rescuing a girl
trapped in a cage with other tigers ready to dine.
At a brothel Ainsley meets hooker Changmi, sold from an
orphanage into prostitution slavery. He surprises her as
he behaves respectfully towards her unlike most of her
clients. Strange to the woman, he seeks to know the real
Changmi, not the pleasures of Rose as she is known amidst
the trade. She cannot comprehend his motives nor does she
trust any patron. Ainsley cannot understand why he cares
what happens to Changmi, but since he does he knows he must
act on it. However, what to do?
T'ONGIL: THE THIRST FOR LOVE is an intriguing relationship
drama that is quite different than the norm due to the
setting, the lead couple, and the big cats. The story line
grips the audience as readers see inside Ainsley, Changmi,
and even several animals as to what makes them what they
are. The t'ongil (Korean word for connection) between
Ainsley and Changmi, and between Ainsley and three
particular cats slowly develop so that readers receive a
weird, well written yet complex charmer that character
study fans and romance aficionados will want to peruse.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 16, 2002