Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Purr-fect Match by Chris T. Kat

Title: A Purrfect Match
Author: Chris T. Kat
My Rating: A-
Genre: m/m romance, paranormal (shape-shifter)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781623802356 
Number of pages: 236
Word Count: 66,000
Cover Artist: Shobana Appavu

Buy Link: Amazon
Book Description:
When a bad day at work culminates in losing out on a promotion, Jim Sanders shifts into his animal form to let off steam. Then his bad day turns into a bad night—while prowling his Atlantic City neighborhood as a large gray house cat, he’s caught in a torrential downpour. What little luck he has washes down the gutter when his new boss, Andrew Wright, catches him taking shelter on his porch, brings him inside, and starts calling him Mr. Frosty.
As a feline, Jim becomes the inadvertent confessor for his boss’s lonely son, Tony, a victim of schoolyard bullying. As a human, he feels drawn to Andrew, a man he wanted to resent. Finding love was never part of Jim’s plan for the future—not with his bizarre secret—yet suddenly he finds himself navigating that minefield anyway. But not everything is easy, especially for an interracial gay couple dealing with prejudice in the workplace, at Tony’s school, and even within their own families.

My Review:
Everything about this book was simply heartwarming and fun to read. I truly loved this story. There are three main characters in the book:
1. Jim- huge, black guy who's been passed over for the promotion at work
2. Andrew- single dad who's 5 years younger than Jim who got the job Jim wanted. He's just moved to the area for the boost in his career
3. Tony- Andrew's 6 yo son who's not dealing with the move well at all.

When the book starts Jim is frustrated and angry. He thought that he was getting the promotion. To find out that it was going to someone 5 years younger than him has been a blow. He's ready to hate Andrew on sight. Instead he decides to run out his frustrations in his cat form. Yes, this huge black guy is a shifter...but get this... he's a house cat. I love the completely unexpected version of this guy and he is such a cat in that form with all the attitude, running hot and cold, of that form. It kept me giggling.

Tony's having a hard time and he's so young, so when he pushes Andrew to take in the stray, dripping wet cat, Andrew caves. For his part, Jim never planned this. He sure didn't want to be in Andrew's house, but he quickly finds himself feeling for Tony and learning things about Andrew he never expected. A cat purrs which is very soothing. Andrew and Tony are two people who need that comfort and Jim quickly finds himself also acting as confessor for the two, which just makes him more attached to both of them.

I truly loved the way that this story developed. Andrew and Jim do not have a naturally easy relationship just because of the circumstances at work, but despite that, Jim finds himself feeling more and more towards Andrew and his son, Tony. He's quickly getting sucked into this family although he's NEVER planned on going into any relationship long-term. He doesn't see himself as a relationship kind of guy.

For all the sweetness of this story, there were some surprisingly hot scenes. I honestly did not expect that especially after the first sexual scene was just glossed over. But I like that about the book. That first time didn't mean anything to these two guys. It was more just a physical thing so the author did not give it validity. That changed as the book progressed. As their feelings grew so did the explicitness of those scenes. 

Overall this was a great read. It was one that left me feeling happier for having read that and I definitely can't ask anything more from a good book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Author Bio:
Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of almost 15 years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there's any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks, or crafts.

1 comment:

Chris T. Kat said...

I'm really thrilled you liked the book! Thank you for taking the time to read and giving it such a great rating!

~ Chris