Friday, April 8, 2016

eBook Review: The Cattery by K.A. Merikan

In honor of its release day, I'm reviewing K.A. Merikan's newest novel: The Cattery.

My Review

I will begin my review with this: I love, love, loved the initial scene where Smokey begins his journey to explore a side of himself he never knew existed, teased into being by a man. A man with an inability to relax around men he is attracted to… but no such compunction when they’re his favorite animal, kitty cats. Luis’ character, for all he’s the instigator of this series’ theme, was more the impetus to bring the cats together rather than a vital player in the storyline. I hope that he will be fleshed out more in later books because I think he has a real evolution to be shared.

The one character we get a very good insight into is Goran. A temporary immigrant to the United States, I think his European attitude was very refreshing. Americans are so prudish about sex but Goran is willing to try something new and isn’t exactly bashful that sex is a big component of his new “job”. That was highlighted, along with his not-so-great people skills, after his introduction to the other players in the cattery. He’s instantly drawn to one cat for his looks—certainly not for his personality—when he sees Ollie for the first time.

It takes a long time to learn what drives Ollie, and we get to seesaw along with him and Goran as they fight and lust and fight… and wonder if there is anything between them that could become love. With their lives wrapped up in the cattery, that seems like it would be simple, but it’s not. There are other players in the game with their own goals, and not everyone is out just to have fun.

While this story has a kink element, of course, don’t be afraid to read it if you’re afraid it’s too out there. Sure, these guys meow and have a few props to bring the game to life, but there’s a whole lot of human going on. For me, that was somewhat of a detractor. A lot of what I’ve read in the past involving this type of play falls into a lifestyle choice, and not so much a job description, and it feels more like a visceral reality. That is, however, just my personal taste.

And if you need a happy ending, rest assured, you will get it!

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About the Book

Goran’s mouth has no filter, and it’s losing him job after job. Desperate and a week away from being homeless, he finds an offer online that sounds too good to be true. Spending six months in a mansion by the beach in return for a hundred thousand dollars as long as he sticks to the house rules.

This might be the one job where his unruly mouth doesn’t get in the way. After all, saying the wrong thing is impossible… when you’re role-playing a cat.

Meeting all the other guys at the cattery seems to be the icing on the cake, but the inconvenient truth he dishes out turns out to be too much. Goran makes everyone his enemy, but worst of all, Ollie, the prettiest cat of the bunch, the one who’s been in the cattery the longest, and the one who makes Goran’s heart skip a beat.

Ollie’s big blue eyes hold secrets Goran is intent on cracking, but to do so, he will need to learn to bite his tongue and listen. Too bad the pretty blond ice prince is set on getting Goran kicked out of the cattery for good. 

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