Another book in Jade Lee's erotic Tigress series. The main character, Shi Po, is a teacher of the Tigress Way. She has dedicated her life to the Taoist ideal: enlightment through ecstasy, through rigid control of the body and mind. But two white women had found Immortality, the goal of this practice. Shi Po is beyond distraught and her husband, Tan Kui Yu, returns home from work to find her in a suicidal state. He has been studying the Tigress way on his own, much to Shi Po's surprise. Though he doesn't know as much as she does, he promises to work with her on the exercises every night, however long it takes, until Shi Po reaches Immortality. Tan Kui Yu is a thoroughly likeable character. He deals with his hysterical wife patiently and with much love. Shi Po is much more tempermental and it was only further in the book that she became more likeable. The final part of the book encompasses the Paranormal. In real life, there is a Tigress teaching whereby ecstasy is achieved through sexual practices. However, I believe the achievement of Immortality is enhanced in a paranormal context in these stories by Jade Lee. There's suspense in this book when Shi Po and her husband are imprisoned by an egomaniacal General. He believes that they're practicing perversion and are a scourge for China. So there's an interesting, suspenseful story along with the sex. With two interesting characters and an evil General, what more can you want?
Explains more of the Tigress path than the other books.
Interesting concept- the story of a secret sect trained to achieve nirvana thru sexual discipline in ancient China.
In 1898 China, tantric sex teacher Shi Po has devoted her life to the Taoist dictum of obtaining enlightenment and immortality through ecstasy by strict control of the body and mind. However, Shi is upset that two white heathen students of hers seem to have gained what she strives to achieve. Feeling she has brought shame by her failure and danger to her family by sheltering a monk, Shi wants to die.
Shi's husband Tan Kui Yu believes that together they reach Heaven, but separately never. When the duo is imprisoned, Kui trusts that they can overcome adversity with one another, but first they must accept the love they have for another that is a major step towards reaching Heaven.
DESPERATE TIGRESS is a terrific late nineteenth century historical tale that provides a deep look at Chinese society through the changing relationship between the lead couple and to a lesser degree the general who jails them. The story line focuses on the interactions between a humiliated Shi who believes she is a failure and has shamed her family and Kui a kind gentle soul respecting his wife. Though Jade Lee's tale can be read by itself, reading the previous two related tales (see HUNGRY TIGRESS and WHITE TIGRESS) first will give a more complete picture of the society. Still this is a superb work.
another in the series & it was good