"If you are a fan of shifter stories, than you will really love this.
You've got wolves and panthers, but on top of that this story also has
demons and vampires. Really, its terrific. The sexual tension and
chemistry between Z and Fiona is palpable. You are on pins and needles
waiting for "the moment"." -- Fictional Candy
"Fast-paced, lively, and entertaining, The Catalyst was an intriguing and
sexy read. I enjoyed agoraphobic witch Fiona and her escapades with
were-panther Z as they share responsibilities in watching over a
werewolf pup, a therian." -- Reader Girls Blog
"I really loved Fiona. Her agoraphobia, and surprisingly enough, the fact
that she still had her v-card. That's not normally something I enjoy in
contemporary heroines, but it just fit with her character much better
than the alternative.
I loved Cain. Somehow I never really saw him as the protective type, but I really enjoyed seeing that side of him in this." -- Romanceaholic.com
Fans of Jane and Cole from Mated (Blood Lust)
will love The Catalyst
because it takes their "happy for now" ending into a "happily ever after". Some readers may have noticed that as a werewolf Cole lives hundreds of years and humans don't live nearly that long. Unlike a claiming bite from a vampire, a mating mark from a werewolf doesn't extend your lifespan. Not exactly a happy ending, particularly with the level of suffering Cole can experience from losing a mate.The Catalyst
also explores a new couple, Z and Fiona. Z is a werepanther. Zane is his actual name, but I have a real issue with "ane" names. Dayne, Cain, Jane, Zane, Rayne (minor character in Mated
). Really, it's ridiculous. And since it's a series, readers were going to get confused really quickly, so Zane officially goes by Z. In fact, his full name is only mentioned once or twice in the entire book. The rest of the time, he's Z to minimize name confusion. And also because Z is a badass name. I mean, who wouldn't want to be called Z?
He's a werepanther with a tricked out cave that has electricity and running water, and he has a motorcycle. Z just fits. And it's a good thing, too, otherwise I might be getting angry letters about my character naming habits.
This book also brings back the magic user element. We've seen Dayne, a powerful sorcerer, in Kept
and briefly in other parts of Blood Lust
. Fiona is the other side of that coin, the witch who hasn't nurtured and used her gifts because one of them has scared her. She can understand animals and the birds have been telling her for years that if she leaves her cottage something bad will happen.
So she's developed a pesky case of agoraphobia. Her experience with the birds has scared her off learning anything but the most basic witch skills. Not every witch or sorcerer needs spell books and a ton of prep-work and tools and ingredients to work magic. Past a certain level, there is a lot that can be done without all that. But Fiona needs a book and tools for even the most basic magic because she never developed or worked with the magic inside her enough to become strong in it.
She lets her fear rule her.
She and Z are a rather odd couple in many ways. He's a bachelor living off in a cave somewhere, largely isolating himself by choice. So he's not super great with the social skills. And she's a witch isolated by necessity due to her phobias. These two aren't likely to have a lot of chances at romance.
I loved the idea of taking this very worldly werepanther, a bit of a manslut who is rough around the edges and not scared of anything and pairing him with this very sweet, innocent character that can help him break out of the walls he's put up to keep women at arm's length (well, except when they are in his bed). And at the same time, giving Fiona a chance to break through some of her walls as well.
Against this backdrop is the continued story of Jane and Cole from Mated
) as well as more yummy Cain. This is what I call Cain's "Save the Cat" book. It's when you take a villain and have him do something mildly heroic so readers can go: "Oh, I kind of like him now." I definitely needed that reaction to start happening in readers since he was the villain in book 2, but the hero in book 4. He needed a neutral ground in book 3 to start redeeming himself a little.