Behind the Eight Ball (Brooklyn’s Review)

Title: Behind the Eight Ball (Fur, Fangs, and Felines #2)
Author: M.A. Church
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 30, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary, Paranormal, Shifters
Page Count: 260
Reviewed by: Brooklyn
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.

Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.

Once again, M.A. Church delivers a fun, playful, sexy story about a feline shifter and his human mate. Heller does not like humans. Personal history left him with a strong hatred for the species. So when he scents his mate, and realizes it’s a human, he is horrified. He initially rejects his mate and refuses to acknowledge him, but his view changes when Lawson, is threatened.

“Can I treat you like a cat?” My favorite scene is when Heller shifts for the first time for Lawson. And although he’s known about paranormals for years, is a bit shy and doesn’t quite know how to act around Heller’s cat. They play for hours with the box of cat toys Heller has stashed in the living room. I said this in my review of book one, but Ms. Church really brings to life the persona of the cat, including all the quirky mannerisms.

Heller’s hatred of humans didn’t seem to make sense, until he explained to Lawson what caused it. I could totally understand where he was coming from. He experienced a horrific ordeal at the hands of a human, and it would be enough for any paranormal to write them off.
Lawson is threatened, but it’s really nothing to do with Lawson. And the story doesn’t fully end at the end of book two. It is left unfinished as it shifts to revolve around Lawson’s friend, Marshell. I can only hope we do not have to wait too long for the resolution and Marshell’s story.

If you like cats, and you like shifters, this series is a must read.

Fur, Fangs and Felines Series

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I’ve been reading M/M romance almost exclusively since early 2013. IRL, I’m a software developer, but in my spare time, besides taking care of my daughter, I’m obsessively attached to my Kindle.

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