A Cat Builds A Raft

Title: A Cat Builds A Raft
Author: Bee Allen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 59
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Families, Zeke knows, are complicated… and shapeshifter families are a whole other ball of catnip. Ten months ago, Zeke went off the Schuyler clan radar, determined to live a painless life of luxury as a housecat. It was a fantastic decision: his human, Toby, feeds him, cuddles him, and loves him with all the simple devotion he could ever want. Sure, he sometimes feels the desire to know Toby on a real, human basis, but it’s squashed by terror and inertia.

But Zeke isn’t the only one with a complicated family. A break-in heralds the end of Zeke’s fantasy life and throws him headlong into a new drama. Toby’s family is from the sea, where conflict is resolved a little differently. Zeke will have to use all his feline cunning to get him and Toby out of this mess safely—and both men will have to confront their fears, their families, and their future.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side.”


Location:   Pacific Northwest

Two shifters. One from the land, one from the sea. One in his cat form, one in his human form. Can these two shifters be compatible and let their two hearts beat as one?

This was a very interesting book. Zeke, in his housecat form, lets himself get adopted by Toby. He chooses to stay in his cat form for months, letting his human mind receed. He lives the life of luxury being fed, coddled, taken care of and loved. He has such fun and loves it. Then his owner, Toby, has his apartment broken into. Toby decides to move and Zeke does not like it. He got used to the routine and his territory, now he has to go to someplace new. In the new home, Toby’s relatives visit and their peaceful lives take a turn.

I loved the first half of the book. It was about Zeke living his carefree life as a cat. It was so fun reading how Zeke the cat played with his favorite toy and would run around the apartment and maul the carpet and beg for treats. Also, the author took you into the mind of a human now in cat form and compared the human mind to a cat mind. That was really interesting. The author did a really great job.

The second half of the book tells about the background and culture that the two main characters came from. It was complicated, so a little difficult to understand. This half also involves some action, which was good, and a surprise ending that left me a little disappointed.

Overall, it was good. The first half I really loved. Second half was a bit of a let down.

I recommend this book soley based on the first half of the book. That part was really enjoyable and entertaining.

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