Review: Tears of the Cheetah


Tears of the Cheetah by T.M. Clark

3 stars

Read from 28 September – 1 October, 2017

Synopsis: The fight to save the cheetahs is a race against time

Mackenzie came to South Africa to escape the trauma of her past and build herself a bright new future: love is the last thing on her mind. But she’s finding it increasingly hard to ignore her feelings for the strong-minded Cole, who runs the game reserve for cheetahs just outside her town. Cole has made no secret of his feelings for her, but he realises that Mackenzie cannot be rushed so he is prepared to wait.

However, neither could have predicted the terrifying events that are about to overtake them. When Cole saves Mackenzie from a vicious attack, it is only the beginning of an ever-spiralling maelstrom of violence.

Someone is decimating Africa’s cheetah population, and when the poaching threat comes to their door, Mackenzie and Cole have only one option: they must fight to save the animals and life they love.

Bookish Things: 303 pages. I have this in paperback, the cover is gorgeous!

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $8.99.

My Review: 

This is the first T.M. Clark book I’ve read, and it won’t be the last.

While I only gave this book 3 stars, I did still thoroughly enjoy the setting and message the book is telling. I liked our main characters, Cole and Mackenzie and felt that a lot of effort had been put into making sure the wildlife conservation message was realistic and enlightening.

Cole was a great character, but he often fell a little flat for me. More like the rough-around-the-edges male lead from an old bodice ripper, he rarely seemed to get things wrong and the only thing Mackenzie could say about him was how hot he was and how sweet he was. I expected a little more from him than I got, but I still liked him. His role in the cheetah conservation was his redeeming feature.

Mackenzie is a plucky heroine, who came into her own at the event mentioned in the book blurb. I was happy to learn she wasn’t some mindless bimbo or spoilt little brat. Big kudos to T.M for making her realistic. I also really enjoyed Mackenzie’s friend, Lauren, particularly the easy relationship the women shared.

The main draw to this story was the cheetah conservation and the stunningly described African landscape. It was clear that T.M. has spent a great deal of time in Africa and was able to draw on her own experiences and knowledge to craft a stunning, visual book.

I do feel the pacing was a little off, it plodded to begin with and then there was a mad flurry of action at the end, which I feel could have been a little too fast to really sink in.

Overall, it was an entertaining read, with some great characters. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to read about Africa, cheetah conservation or just wants a generally easy to read book.

**Note: I received a paperback copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

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