Title: Fangs and Catnip (Dead and Breakfast #1)
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #9
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1st 2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 220 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
A Dead and Breakfast Novel
A romance worth fighting for—tooth and claw.
Solitary vampire Fallon Underwood gets all the social interaction he needs being the silent partner at the Dead and Breakfast B and B high in the Colorado mountains. Change is hard for Fallon, so when his business partner, Tanner, suggests hiring a new manager for the inn, he’s adamant that they don’t need help, especially not in the form of bouncy werecat Carter Hughes.
Carter is a happy-go-lucky kitty, and he loves the hospitality industry, so the D and B ought to be a great place for him. He falls for Fallon as soon as he picks up one of Fallon’s novels and begins to woo the vamp with gifts. When Fallon finally succumbs to Carter’s feline charms, the results are unexpected, to say the least. Their mating will have irreversible consequences—for their bodies and their hearts.
Julia Talbot creates an entire paranormal world in the romantic mates story told from the dual POV of cranky-pants vampire, Fallon Underwood, and energetic happy-go-lucky mountain lion shifter, Carter Hughes.
When Fallon’s business partner, bear shifter Tanner, suggests they hire a day manager for their business, the Dead and Breakfast B&B in Colorado, Fallon’s initially against it. Mostly because he’s a set in his ways grump.
When Tanner hires Carter it’s a boon to the business. Tanner loves him, the guests love him…and pretty soon Fallon is realizing he loves him too. It doesn’t hurt that Carter is a breath of fresh air and loves Fallon’s books. However, once the two begin spending all their free time together some possibly dangerous effects occur prompting a freak out on Fallon’s part that almost has some pretty dire consequences.
I have a particular fondness for paranormal romances featuring a “mates” storyline and Talbot offers an interesting take on mates, especially as they aren’t the same brand of paranormal.
There’s a lot packed in here, including a lot of different kinds of paranormals (gorgons, gargoyles, bears, wolves, ghosts, demons, etc.) and it sometimes muddied the flow for me. I found the pacing quite slow in the beginning but it did pick up by the middle and kept me glued until the end. I wish a little more attention had been paid to the relationship and changes, there was so much more I wanted to know about what happens with Carter and Fallon.
On a personal note I found the overuse of endearments to be a bit distracting, but again that’s a personal peeve and probably won’t be an issue for many, if any, others.
There’s definitely enough world building to continue as a series and it will be interesting to see where Talbot takes it all.