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The Catalyst (The Preternaturals Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Zoe Winters
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Catalyst: The Preternaturals, Book 3

Kidnapping is not an appropriate way to acquire a babysitter. Ah, screw it. Desperate times...

Panthers don’t do responsibility. They don’t do long-term relationships. They definitely don’t raise kids. But when Z discovers a young werewolf in the forest, he takes him in, unaware of the powerful beings hunting the pup.

Fiona is a witch who can’t leave her house; the birds have told her something bad will happen. The mailbox is as far as she’ll go, but even that may provide more danger than she’s bargained for. When a wolf pup stumbles into her garden, her safe, wrapped-up world heads for a free fall, especially when a sexy panther shifter kidnaps her to help him look after the pup.

Author's Note: The Catalyst is an ensemble book that also features Jane and Cole (from Blood Lust) and Cain (from Blood Lust and Save My Soul)

Zoe Winters’ Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Series: The Preternaturals

Blood Lust (book 1) (Kept, Claimed, Mated)
Save My Soul (book 2)
The Catalyst (book 3)
Life Cycle (book 4)


Cat Fight
Dark Mercy

Editorial Reviews


"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."  --

From the Author

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 (Blood Lust) 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: IncuBooks (June 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089DQ43M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! June 7, 2012
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**Without including spoilers** The Catalyst begins to tie the preternatural characters together, as well as, set the stage for something dramatic! The romance between Z and Fiona feels secondary compared to the action and events taking place in the book, however, it doesn't diminish the story in any way. I also recommend reading BloodLust & Save my Soul before this one. Zoe's books can stand alone but to really enjoy this one you will need the back story! I have thoughly enjoyed the preternatural series but, I have to admit Cain is by far my favorite Zoe character! I look forward to his story,LifeCycle, the most!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Panther boyfriend please!!! October 14, 2012
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Zoe Withers is a lovely writer so reading her books is not exactly a difficult feat. There is also good continuity with the previous books in the series to orientate us back into the world she has created. One of the qualities of her writing that appeals is that her characters always have distinctly human qualities, annoying at times, but always lending them a vunerability that keeps us interested. In this case our were-panther has no idea of romance but we still fall in love with him just like our heroine. She cries and he is at his wits end. It is delightfully sweet and captivating. Can't wait to read the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Werewolf pup. He is so cute. July 28, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down, except I had to work *frowns*. It is the third book in the series. Book one was actually three short stories, which were great short reads. Book two wasn't as good in my opinion, but still a good read. This one really sealed the deal for me on this series. We have a agoraphobic novice witch and a very dominate and independent panther. Oh, and there is a werewolf pup who was born as a pup and can't shift human until he is 4 or 5. How cute is that?

So, the panther finds the pup and takes him, except the pup wanders. He is found by the witch who ventured out to get the mail. The panther proceeds to kidnap her to get her to babysit will he finds the pup's pack.

This book brings back many characters from the previous two books. So, we have witches, demons, vampires, shifters (both panther and wolf), did we miss anyone? I don't think so, oh wait, a witch that is quite corporeal. That covers it. Just an all around great story. I will be starting book four tomorrow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great read July 16, 2013
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I like how all her characters are not what they seem.
Anthony from an earlier book, was the ,"hero" in the previous book,
In catalyst he was the villain. Another twist.
This is the story of all the characters from her preternatural series.
They enter twine thru all the novels "so far"😊
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Reading the Paranormal Review July 10, 2012
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Oh, man. There were so many little things I liked about this book - Fiona's agoraphobia, her ineptitude in spell casting, her social awkwardness, Z and his rocking bachelor pad. Did I like the lengths Z went to to make sure Fiona would help him? Well... no, but it did shock her out of her very regimented life and forced her to reevaluate her fears. Frankly, the fact that she allowed the whisperings of the birds to dictate how far she was willing to walk from her front door tells me that she desperately needed a good shaking up.

Now, I did have some problems remembering who Jane and Cole were and how they fit into the overall world at first. It's been a while since I read the first book and their characters didn't pop into my head right away. However, once I placed them, I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting their tumultuous relationship. As long as I'm on the subject of reoccurring characters... Cain! Love the dude. His book is going to be so fun. I can't wait to see him fall and fall hard! And Father Hadrian. Wow. His story should be very interesting.

While I enjoyed the story overall, I wouldn't have minded a little more time spent with our hero and heroine. I do love the setup we're getting for the overriding arc but Fiona and Z were interesting and I felt like we spent a lot of time with Cain, the demons and the wolves when we could have been watching Fiona and Z get all tangled up emotionally in one another. Still, I did like the book and I'm excited by the hints we got about upcoming shenanigans.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She has done it again. . . June 9, 2012
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Zoe Winters has fast become one of my all time favorite authors. From the Blood Lust Trilogy all the way to this newest book in the Preternaturals series, she continues to write books that are easy to fall into an in love with. She artfully weaves all the various characters to create a flawless and entrancing series. I can't wait to find out what happens next in Life Cycle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything what a good Paranormal Romance need September 19, 2014
By Patrice
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This is one of the better written Paranormal Romances because there is true character development, an intriguing, unique world building and lots of plot. There is also hot sex Sex, but not too much. The relationship is being built well and there is lots of sexual tension BEFORE they do it what I found very refreshing. I also liked her demon world and the many good ideas.

The perfext mix for me. Loved it. Keep on writing, Zoe!

A reader from Germany
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5.0 out of 5 stars The catalyst(paranormal romance/urban fsntasy March 6, 2014
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5stars for suspense,, romance, I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the next book In the series. If Zoe Winters writes it I will read it, she will take you to new dimensions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Series a lot of people are sleeping on :)
This is a pretty good series that doesn't get near as much publicity as it should. I have enjoyed each one in the series. The story building is very good. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Truthandnothingbut
1.0 out of 5 stars a little adolescent
I think you have to read the previous books to make a better connection to all the characters. It was confusing as to who the main characters were, seemed like so many....
Published 5 months ago by Vetty
4.0 out of 5 stars The Catalyst
I really liked this book. Its about a women who is afraid to go out her house until one day she goes to get the mail. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I loved this series of books. They held my attention and kept me wanting to read more and more.
Very enjoyable.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Catalyst
I enjoyed how this book was written starting out with one story and then weaving in more. So glad to have read more from the characters of Book 1 too. Can't wait for more!
Published 17 months ago by Kelly Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful read
Loved this installment, which builds on characters I already knew and loved from prior books and introduces new and interesting chracters for a wonderful read. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great paranormal series you don't want to miss!!
What an exciting addition to this series. I was so happy to see some of the previous characters come back and play a roll in this story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. Fischer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I've now read 3 of your books and I really like them. I couldn't put this one down I read it in one afternoon.i'm very picky about who's books I read. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Cindrelly
5.0 out of 5 stars The Catalyst
Ms. Winters!!! I bought and read The Catalyst. You have a spirited imagination! A gift!! Thank you for the enjoyment I had this afternoon and early eve.
Published 19 months ago by Tarri
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More About the Author

The 6th and final book in the Preternaturals Series is now available! Coming next from Zoe is a dark paranormal serial set in the dystopian world you are introduced to in Unleash The Moon.

Books in The Preternaturals series can be read in any order with little trouble because each focuses on a different couple, but the "official" reading order is:

1: Blood Lust
2: Save My Soul
3: The Catalyst
4. Life Cycle
5: Forbidden
6: Unleash The Moon

Author Bio:

Zoe Winters writes quirky and sometimes dark paranormal romance and fantasy. Her favorite colors are rainbow and clear.

She is known for her preternaturals series which combines romance front story with larger urban fantasy back story which develops over the course of several books.

Her world contains: demons, vampires, werewolves, werecats, and other shapeshifters, magic users such as witches and wizards, angels, and humans who are unaware of the magical world around them.

Zoe can be found at To subscribe to her newsletter, please use the contact form.

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