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I loved the characters (both central and secondary) and think the strength of this story is the way the "felinoids" playfulness is characterized and carried through the tone of the tale (tail?). There are weighty subjects dealt with here - kidnapping, loss of family, childhood sexual abuse - and they could have made the story bleak. But the author's focus on the cat-like nature of the central characters, particularly their playfulness and capriciousness, prevented the story from bogging down.
For me the book was a very quick read and I actually would have liked more of it (thus the 4 stars rather than 5, although if the rating system was more nuanced, I'd say this was 4.5 for me). Although I wasn't bothered by the element of "insta-love" (I bought the strong sexual attraction between the characters and was comfortable with the level of "heat" - menage can quickly get too icky for me) I would have liked the love story to unfold a little more slowly. I'd also have liked more insight into Cal's character. As the human in the trio he's the most "relatable" character to me, but I didn't have as strong a sense of him as Xia or Rahal.
Finally, no one should be put off by the futuristic elements of this story. This is a romance set in the future (much more "Star Wars" than "Interstellar"). The futuristic elements are seamlessly integrated. There's a glossary at the front for anyone struggling with the terms, but I never had to refer to it.
I will definitely be going back to read the first book in the series and will look for future works by this author, too!
The Bad and Everything In Between: The part that I had the hardest part connecting to was the love in the love story - it didn't feel particularly strong to me. Cal fell hard and fast and Rahal and Xia just have a different sensibility about their bodies and sex and love in general. When the love declarations came, I wasn't sure I bought them, because they felt more insta-love than anything else. I think that's why it took me a bit to get through the story, since I found it easier to put down and just read a couple of pages at a time.
Considering two sides of this triad are felinoid, the catlike responses and posturing made it feel almost like fetish play. I say almost because the sex was tame for a menage type of romance. It wasn’t blisteringly hot, but it wasn’t fade to black, it fell somewhere in the middle. Also, occasionally the very references that make the story unique felt a bit *too* cute (constantly referring to sex as sexytimes for example).
The Bottom Line
I liked it. The sci-fi was interesting, even if the love/menage story wasn’t as strong. If you like an interesting sci-fi world with a little bit of menage, you may enjoy this. I wouldn't mind reading the next book.
**ARC provided by publisher via netgalley for review**
Karn’s actual name is Cal and whose job is private law enforcement is going after Xia because of a job to reunite her with her relatives. However, as Cal gets more involved with Xia and Rahal he comes to realize that he can’t fulfill his contract but even so how will he be able to tell the truth to the two people who are starting to mean more to him than anything or anyone else?
As the three of them deal with their unexpected relationship and the threats against them, they find that they’ll need to overcome the lies that unintentionally brought them together. Or will everything fall apart on them?
This novel is Soo FUN … it would be hot and erotic one minute than have me laughing at Xia, Cal, & Rahal’s quirky antics the next. A thrilling read in more than one ways, I didn’t want to stop reading about this wonderful character match up! Plus, I found that even though I hadn’t read any other novels in this series it was still standalone enough that I never felt lost.
I found myself enamored with Xia, Rahal, & Cal as a couple. They are all badass in their own ways and I loved how Xia’s men brought her through her past healing her in the process. Silly, spontaneous, crazy in some instances, but with secret tender sides, all three are so perfect for one another that I was rooting for them from the beginning. Then with the way they “worked” through their issues at the end of this novel, it just made me like them even more.
I highly recommend this novel to those looking for a quirky and steamy erotic dramedy!!
-- On a side note --
This novel reminded me of a fun mix of Cheryl Brooks' The Cat Star Chronicles Series & Nina Croft's "Blood and Metal."
Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
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