Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Magical Christmas Cat by Lora Leigh, Erin McCarthy, Nalini Singh and Linda Winstead Jones

Genre: Paranormal

This book features four stories by four different authors. Each story involves some time of cat and the magic that surrounds them at Christmas time.

Stroke of Enticement by Nalini Singh

When teacher Annie Kildaire meets one of student’s uncles, she finds herself immediately attracted to him. Unfortunately, he’s a Changeling who changes into leopard form and she’s a human. She knows a relationship between the two of them can never be anything but short term, but it’s hard to deny her feelings. It doesn’t help that her mother is dead set against the relationship and is busy trying to play matchmaker with a man she feels is more suitable for her daughter.

This is part of Nalini Singh’s PSY/Changeling series. I’ve never read any of the books in the series or anything by this author, but it didn’t matter. I found her writing captivating and her characters very well portrayed.

Christmas Bree by Erin McCarthy

Bree and her two sisters are witches. When her younger sister predicts that the man of Bree’s dreams will be knocking at her door any minute, Bree is skeptical. When the man truly does show up, she’s flabbergasted. However, Ian isn’t entirely perfect. He’s there to make an offer, on behalf of his client, on the home Bree inherited from her grandmother. Bree has no intentions of selling and wants nothing more to do with the man trying to take her home from her. When Bree’s cat follows them around with magical mistletoe, she doesn’t know how long she can keep her distance from Ian.

Erin McCarthy is a new-to-me author, but I do have her vampire series in my TBR. This was my favorite story in the anthology and I really enjoyed her writing. This was a fun story and made me smile whenever the cat with mistletoe showed up.

Sweet Dreams by Linda Winstead Jones

Bake shop owner Ruby Kincaid discovers she has a secret admirer when she receives a mysterious gift at a neighborhood Christmas party. The gift is a statue of a black cat. Ruby is suspicious of all her neighbors, but particularly in Zane Benedict. He seems to be quite interested in the statue. She gives it to him, but somehow it winds up back in her house making her even more suspicious.

Zane knows why the statue is given to Ruby and it’s definitely not a good thing. He fears Ruby is being targeted to be the next sacrifice in powers bigger then all of them. He is determined to protect his beautiful neighbor from the outside forces ready to take her away.

Linda Winstead Jones created a story with genuinely nice characters. I fell in love with Ruby and Zane. Their story was fun to watch grow. I’ll be looking for more stories by her.

Christmas Heat by Lora Leigh

Librarian Haley McQuire is witness to a plot against the Breeds community. Immediately her life is in danger and so is everyone around her. When her library explodes and people close to her die, she is devastated. Noble Chavin, a Jaguar Breed, vows to protect her. He has loved Haley for a long time and has no intentions of losing her.

I’ve never read Lora Leigh’s Breed series, but I’ve heard many good things about it. This story made me interested in reading more. It kept me at the edge of my seat with much adventure and romance.

For reading challenge:

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