Title: The Cattery
Author: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd.
Release Date: April 8th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Animal Play
Page Count: 186
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
— Role-playing a cat for six months? You said you’re paying how much? —
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.
Themes: debt, enemies to lovers, cat-play, Miami, immigrant, billionaire, love triangle, social anxiety, rent boy, backstabbing
Genre: M/M contemporary romance, sugar kink
Length: ~61,000 words (standalone novel)
WARNING: Adult content that might be considered taboo. Explicit content, strong language, multiple partner scenes. Reader discretion advised.
Before you say that cat play is not your thing, let me tell you that I ‘ve skipped books of some series because there was animal play in them. But I trust K.A.Merikan to take me to new places and stretch my limits. I’m glad I didn’t think too hard about it and took the leap, because The Cattery is all about FUN! No mafia, bikers, or blood here. Only kitties!
The Cattery is basically a mansion where Luis, the owner, keeps his “cats”. He’s awkward around people, and he prefers spending time with his kitties, rather than people. He also likes to have sex with them. This quote describes it perfectly.
Goran came to the US from Croatia. He tries to make money to send back home and help the family business. When he replies to Luis’ add, he has no idea what it’s about. But the owner is a sweet guy and he offers Goran a great deal that could get his family going again. Plus, he won’t have to talk as a cat, and running his mouth is what, usually, gets him in trouble. And let me tell you, Goran can really pull of acting like a sexy kitten.
There he meets Ollie, the prettiest cat of the bunch, and the one who has been the longest in the Cattery. And he falls hard.
Ollie was a complex character. At first, he comes of as snob and two-faced but as the story progressed I understood him and his obsession with Luis better. Why didn’t he want to leave the Cattery? Was it really his love for Luis that kept him there? Deep down Ollie is just scared and alone.
But falling in love with Ollie makes things tricky and can get Goran kicked out of the Cattery. And then what? Where will he find the money he needs? And will he be able to see Ollie again? You ‘ll have to wait and see.
“… I just can’t bear touching you anymore.”
Ollie’s Adam’s apple moved up and down his graceful neck. “Why? Are you disgusted with me? Is
that it? You think I’m pathetic?”
Goran looked up to his eyes and shook his head. “You really are dumb, aren’t you? I’m falling for
you so hard. If I kiss you again, I’ll lose my heart.”
The romance between Goran and Ollie is super sweet and the sex super dirty! But just for once, I really wanted to see Ollie defending his love for Goran instead of throwing him off the bus every time shit hit the fan. I understood him, but man…he made me so mad. But in the end, Ollie takes the plunge, and that is enough of a redemption for me. The epilogue is a glorious HEA.
The kink drives the plot here, it’s not just fake paws and kitty ears. There are cat fights,
gang cat bangs, and a lot of purring and meowing. I didn’t expect it, but I loved the world the authors created and the characters in it (except a certain spiteful ginger cat). It made me equal parts of creeped out, fascinated, amused, and turned on. And I loved the banter between the guys when Luis wasn’t around, and they got to be like their regular self.
I’m very excited for the next books in the series. I’m looking forward to read everyone’s story and, hopefully, Luis’ too. Now about Cin…I don’t know about that.
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