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Cupid Cats (Signet Eclipse) Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 2010

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This playful collection ties together three romantic novelettes with the concept of a shelter named Cupid Cats, though the stories are unrelated and the featured shelters have nothing in common except the name. In MacAlister's "Unleashed," a heavy-handed, unexciting mythology of modern telepathic vampire shape-shifters and a ridiculous villain provide the setting for a romance between a werejaguar and a wildlife officer. Brockway's "Cat Scratch Fever" is a charming, gentle love story between a brainy, socially awkward shelter owner and a widower not sure he's ready to love again. Thompson's "A Cat's Game" is a classic, fun romance featuring a condom-toting, charismatic, magical cat from a New Age shelter who brings high school sweethearts back together. Fans of cats and romance will find this collection an enjoyable distraction.
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About the Author

The author of seventeen full length novels, Connie Brockway lives in Minnesota with her husband and several dogs. An adult daughter has managed to escape to warmer climes. For now.


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Product Details

  • Series: Signet Eclipse
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451230728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451230720
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gaby on May 27, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I actually read Cupid Cats a long time ago, for Valentine's Day.

Cupid Cats is a collection of three stories from different writers. Every story has something in common, a magical cat from the Cupid Cats shelter.

Unleashed by Katie MacAlister is about a Morovian, a jaguar shape shifter, and a wildlife officer. If you like paranormal romance you will love this one, full of action and paranormal characters. Unleashed is a novella from her series Dark Ones.

A Cat's Game by Vicky Lewis Thompson is about a superstar and his ex-high school girlfriend, who found each other again. It's a cute and romantic story, and the magical kitty is always there trying to bring them together.

Cat Scratch Fever by Connie Brockway is the cutest story of all. A father goes to the shelter looking for a cat with his little daughter, and he found Edith, who works at his company and is a very shy woman. The magical cat, Ishy/Pixie, is the cat that his daughter wants, but she is very old and doesn't want to leave the shelter, giving the couple time to really meet each other.

All of the stories were well written and I enjoyed them. They were romantic and perfect to read them for Valentine's Day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elf2060 on February 6, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cupid Cats is a trilogy of novellas that feature three very different felines associated with special shelters that cater to cats in different cities. Trademark irreverant Katie McAlister characters in "Unleashed" enliven the tale of Jacintha, a Fish & Wildlife officer who investigates a call that turns out to be a blue-eyed jaguar who is a Moravian named Avery. This vampire with a soul runs afoul of a group that is engaged not only in an internal power struggle but is involved in nefarious undertakings that will require that he join forces with Jacintha to right the wrongs being perpetrated.

Edith, a geeky geneticist has a secret crush on one of the widowed executives of her company but lacks the people skills to attract him in Connie Brockway's "Cat Scratch Fever". Edith's sponsorship of a Cupid Cats Shelter brings her into contact with an elderly feline who exerts an uncanny attraction for the widower's precocious daughter and helps the shelter live up to its name.

Vicki Lewis Thompson's Kate Archer succumbs to "A Cat's Game" when she allows herself to be persuaded to adopt a cat from the Cupid Cats Shelter in the small Arizona town where she is a temporary manager of her sister's bed and breakfast inn. Unfortunately, Kate's only tenant is her old flame who has achieved success as a Hollywood star. Kate's fear of the price of fame threatens to prevent the rekindling of their romance but perhaps a Cupid Cat can show her how to open her heart again.

Three very different felines show that they deserve their mystical reputations by facilitating romance in very different circumstances. This is an intriguing look at three very different styles of writing that show how a magical cat can bring love into a lonely person's life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 10, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Unleashed" by Katie MacAlister. Fish and Wildlife Officer Jacintha "kitty whisperer" Ferreira arrives at the Cupid Cats shelter to investigate a Moravian jaguar inside with a hangover. Instead of just a large feline she finds voices in her head courtesy of vampire Avery Scott.

"Cat Scratch Fever" by Connie Brockway. In Chicago, Widower Jim Curran takes his five years old Chloe to the nearby animal shelter so she can pick a kitten as her pet. However, the little girl insiststhat an elderly cat is her late mother's long-missing Pixie. While her father and shelter director Dr. Edith Handelman know that is impossible, no one bothered to tell the cat.

"A Cat's Game" by Vicki Lewis Thompson. While her sister is on vacation, Kate Archer manages her sibling's bed and breakfast in Bisbee, Arizona. Her first arrival is her high school sweetheart Jon Ramsey. It is the newly adopted cat who plays matchmaker.

These are three fun lightheaded feline romances as a cat stars in Kate MacAlister's urban fantasy and plays matchmaker in the other two tales.

Harriet Klausner
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By kezermezer on February 21, 2012
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Cupid Cats is a collection of three short stories, unrelated to each other but each featuring cat shelters called Cupid Cats.

"Unleashed" by Katie MacAlister

Wildlife officer Jas is about to be called out to the shelter to retrieve a cat someone left overnight. A very BIG cat. But this is no ordinary jaguar, as Jas discovers when she arrives to find that she can hear the jag in her mind, and he's telling her that he's no jag at all but a vampire-esque creature who has been changed against his will.

Ugh. This is the least impressive of the three. The writing and plot are both sophomoric and slapdash, the characters aren't very likable and it's frequently silly in a stupid way when it's trying to be funny and witty. This is a story that seems to enjoy itself a lot but doesn't do much for the reader.

"Cat Scratch Fever" by Connie Brockway

Widower Jim Curran couldn't be more surprised when he takes his daughter to browse a cat shelter and finds his co-worker Dr. Edith Handelman there mopping the floors. Edith is an odd - though brilliant - duck with a distinct lack of social skills, but Jim is finding himself increasingly fascinated by and attracted to her.

A so-so story that was moderately enjoyable, Fever could have been a lot better than it was. The writing was decent enough, but nothing spectacular. Ditto Jim. So much attention was paid to Edith's lack of social skills and basic human comprehension (possibly undiagnosed Asperger's) that those aspects became almost her whole persona and it was difficult to see why Jim was attracted to her in the first place. I could see her as an older, homely woman with thick glasses and crazy hair, but I couldn't picture her as a sexy heroine.
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