A Purrfect Match
Author: Chris T. Kat
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
American release date: December 10, 2012
Format/Genre/Length: Novel/M/M Paranormal Romance/236 pages
Overall Personal Rating: ★★★★ (4.5)
Jim Sanders is not having a good day. The promotion he felt he deserved went to someone else, a younger white man. To relieve some of his tension, Jim goes home and shifts into his cat form, prowling the city. The day goes from bad to worse when he gets caught in an unexpected thundershower and has to take refuge in an unfamiliar part of town. Just his damn luck that he ends up on the porch of his new boss, Andrew Wright, and that Andrew’s son Tony catches the wet feline and wants to keep him as a pet named Mr. Frosty!
Jim just can’t shift in the middle of his boss’ house, excuse himself and go home, especially as he would end up being naked in the process, and very vulnerable. He has no choice but to go along, for now, with being Mr. Frosty. It turns out that Tony, Andrew’s son, is a very lonely boy. And it’s amazing how much people will open up to animals, tell them things that they wouldn’t admit to other people.
Jim doesn’t intend to get involved. He figures he’ll split at the first opportunity and go home. After all, he has a job to go to, a life to lead.
But then he finds himself listening to Tony… and Andrew… and his initial attraction to Andrew is only growing stronger. It’s more than mere physical, although he certainly finds Andrew very attractive. But this can go nowhere for so many reasons.
What’s a cat to do?
When I first read the blurb for this book, I was drawn in, being a cat lover myself. I was fortunate to win a copy of it, and couldn’t wait to read it. Normally, I don’t have a lot of time to read, so it might take a while to get through a book. I tore through this one in record time! It is so compelling! I was just dying to find out how Jim was going to handle everything, see what became of him and Andrew, him and Tony, and Mr. Frosty and everyone. I could barely stand to put it down.
This is my first experience with Chris T. Kat, but it certainly won’t be the last. Her characters are so warm and human and real. I just wanted to hug them all. The little boy having a tough time adjusting to a new life in a strange place where he felt unaccepted. The father, having suffered through a bad relationship, in a new job, struggling to keep things together for his son. Jim who, against his better judgment and being pissed off about losing out on a promotion, can’t help his attraction to the man who got it, although he’s always preferred to be alone before and has never wanted a family.
This story is filled with humor and warmth and a great deal of love. I especially love the scene where Jim comes out to Andrew in a very moving omigod moment.
I look forward to seeing what else Ms. Kat brings to the party. This one was damn near purrfect….