Just Like Cats and Dogs (Ariel’s Review)


Title: Just Like Cats and Dogs
Author: BA Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 25, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal / Shifters
Page Count: 206
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.6 stars out of 5
Blurb:

2nd Edition

A Sanctuary Novel

Can cats and dogs ever get along, let alone fall in love?

Sam knows you can never go home again. As an orphaned feline shifter raised by wolves, being an outcast is nothing new to him. But the pack is still his family, and when one of them passes away, Sam returns to the New Mexico desert to say goodbye.

Gus is a loner who rarely returns to his pack, but as fate would have it, Sam is there when he chooses to visit. The history between Gus and Sam is tumultuous, to say the least, but when Gus gets an eyeful of the grownup and gorgeous version of his childhood bully, he can’t control his reaction. And he isn’t alone.

The attraction is powerful, but so are their differences. And with trouble brewing in the pack and danger surrounding them, Sam and Gus might not have the opportunity to seek common ground.

This action-packed shifter novel is the ultimate opposites attract and enemies-to-lovers romance, and it includes a bonus novella, In the Dog House.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2011

 

Wolf and Cat Romance

Awesome!  That’s the word for this story. I ask you, what’s better than a good cat and dog, or rather, wolf story? This one qualifies for one of the Top 10.

The cover art is a masterpiece of painting magnificents.

The dialogue is the first thing that grabbed me. The author is brilliant at writing it. It’s sucked me right into the story that it became a movie in my mind. The characters are so real that they mesh perfectly. The supporting characters in the story are, also, crafted beautifully that they really do lend support.

Some of my favorite scenes are when Gus and Sam are playing. Sam will leap from here to there and then wag his tail and then Gus leaps to grab it and they tussle and play, it’s just so fun to read. I feel like I’m there and laughing my head off.

I also loved the gradual romance of Gus and Sam. The pacing of that was really expertly done. The timing was impeccable. It was the perfect amount of pull and take.

I also loved the ending. The author gives a perfect wrap up to this brilliant story. It has an epilogue as well as a bonus story which is like part two of the story. It tells of their future – a few years down the road. I really appreciated it and love that.

My only issue or criticism is when…

Spoiler
Gus got put in prison and needed to be rescued. He called Sam because he knew Sam would get the job done. It jumps from him being in prison to him being rescued. I really wanted to see how Sam did it and I wanted to see Sam rescue him. That was a big letdown. Also, I feel that the story did not need Sam being tortured. I felt something else could have been done to Sam, like, he could have been at home when his home got burgled or got roughed up being mugged or something like that. I feel torture was completely unnecessary and it was like a smear in this wonderful story. Like a spec on a white piece of paper.

Overall, I highly highly recommend this story. It’s one of those feel good, cute stories, if you remove Sam being *# part, that you would want to read again at a later date. I’m very glad that this is number one of a new series. I can’t wait for the second one to come out. So, if you love a good cat and wolf story then you will definitely want to get this one.

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Galley copy of Just Like Cats and Dogs provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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