Joanna Crane is bored. She is spoiled, too. Anything she wants, she gets; anything she does, she gets away with it. Except translating philosophy which her father has forbidden. On a whim, Joanna decides to join the Boxers. Having lived in China for several years she can speak fluent Chinese. She arrogantly assumed they would welcome her knowledge and appreciate her assistance for their cause. The day she decides to put her plan in action Joanna is attacked by the anti-western Boxers. Fortunately for her, a Shaolin monk, who also happens to be a Manchu prince intervenes and rescues Joanna.
Zou Tun takes Joanna to a teacher of Taoism. There they begin to learn the ways of the Tigress, which happens through sexual expression. Joanna is more than a little intrigued, but Zou Tan has more to achieve than maximizing the flow of his chi. His father wants him to procure the Dowager Empress. When the Imperial guards arrive Joanna and Zou Tun must flee to safety. Joanna has come to trust Zou Tun. But will he be able to keep the oath he made to always protect her?
Ms. Lee has done her homework in Hungry Tigress, however, the delivery comes across as a book about Taoism rather than a romance novel. The heroine at times was difficult to like and Zou Tun was often a bit dull.
Sometimes interesting, sometimes tedious Hungry Tigress has its flaws. Nonetheless, Jade Lee shows promise. Hopefully, the heroine and hero will be the center of Lee's next novel with more focus on the developing relationship.