Title: What the Cat Dragged In (Sanctuary #2)
Author: B.A. Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal, Shifters,
Page Count: 204
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A Sanctuary Novel
Don’t people know that cats and dogs don’t mix?
Connor Ragbone finds things. Sometimes it’s gold, sometimes jewels, sometimes people. Set in his hippie ways, he never thought he’d find a pack, but with Sam and Gus and their goofy shifter family, he fits right in. Then he finds Brock.
Shifter Brock Herman is undercover alone, working to break up a poaching ring. The last thing he needs is for Connor to wreck his sting. And now the crazy bobcat just won’t go away!
The poachers lead Brock and Connor on a merry chase all over Western Colorado, looking for shifter bears, but it’s a lost pup who brings them back to Nevada and the pack Sam and Gus are building. That’s when Brock has to decide whether he still travels alone or if Connor and his crazy family are where his heart belongs.
This follow-up to Just Like Cats and Dogs is a feel-good shifter romance novel where cats and dogs prove they can be way more than the enemies nature has made them.
This could be read as a stand-alone, but the story will be more enjoyable if you read Sanctuary #1 first.
I really enjoyed this book – it had me laughing, chuckling and chortling the entire way through. It had a great blend of sweetness, a tiny bit of uncertainty, and, as the blurb notes, this is a feel-good shifter romance.
Premise of the book is Connor is a bobcat, a Finder of lost things, and a loner. He “finds” Brock in the middle of a poaching sting, much to Brock’s annoyance. When things go swiftly south, Connor steps up to the plate and lends a paw. But Connor quickly realizes that Brock was meant to be found by him, even if Brock doesn’t want to acknowledge the growing attraction between them. As Connor continues to help Brock take down a large bear poaching organization, Brock starts to realize how much he’s missed being part of a pack.
And that’s partially why I enjoyed this story so much – too many shifter books end up in an instantaneous mashing of lips and shouted cries of “mine!”, and there’s no underlying foundation of compatibility beyond sex. I liked how the author built a relationship between the bobcat and wolf, and continued to build it.
I ADORED Connor. His character is a hoot, his personality sweet, sincere, witty, courageous, and funny. Oh my gosh, I can’t recall the number of times I was chuckling out loud at the one-line zingers! I loved how some of his bobcat personality melted over into his human.
Brocks more staid and serious temperament balanced out Connor’s perfectly.
Another notable shout out for the author, when Connor is injured/injures himself during a daring rescue; there is no shifting with immediate healing. Connor is hurt, he’s hurt bad, and he has to recover from that as bobcat/human. It takes time and I greatly appreciated the author writing that in. Kudos! (Medical things are a quirk of mine…)
My one teeny complaint…two teeny complaints… is when one of the Sanctuary pack’s kids go missing, Sam and Gus (book 1) call Connor back. Now Gus is alpha wolf, Gray is another wolf albeit blind, there are more wolves around, one jaguar…yet none of them could track the girl?
And I’m fairly certain Brock is supposed to be a wolf shifter, yet it sure looks like a coyote on the cover. I could be wrong on both accounts…but it sure looks like a coyote to me. I told you it was a teeny complaint!
Otherwise, a light, funny, super sweet story about a bobcat finding and holding on to his wolf.