The Magical Christmas Cat Paperback – Oct 7 2008
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“Four major talents produce a sexy, exciting holiday anthology. Each of these authors excels at her craft, and three of the tales build off previously published stories. The combined firepower is outstanding and sure to provide hours of reading delight.”—RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Lora Leigh is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Breed novels, the Nauti Boys series, and the Nauti Girls series.
USA Today bestselling author Erin McCarthy has written over sixty novels in romance and YA fiction. A RITA finalist and the winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award from ALA, she is a member of RWA, Horror Writers of America, and Ohioana.
Since the publication of her first book in 1994, Linda Winstead Jones has published more than seventy novels. She's a five-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award and a winner of the 2004 RITA for paranormal romance.
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Stroke of Enticement by Nalini Singh - Annie is a teacher and when one of her students hits another child, his uncle Zach comes, in place of the boys' parents, to straighten things out. An easy flirtation between Zach and Annie turns into a date and then more.
This is part of the Psy-Changeling series that Nalini writes about. Changelings are humans that can turn into an animal form and the Psy's have special extra sensory skills. This story was lighthearted and romantic. I have yet to read the Psy-changeling series and this story reminded me that I need to do that. I loved the characters and the paranormal aspects were written so they were totally believable.
Christmas Bree by Erin McCarthy - Bree Murphy is a witch living in the old Victorian home her Grandmother left her. While visiting with her witch sisters, Charlotte and Abby, Abby predicts that a man wearing a pink shirt will turn up at Bree's door with passion on his mind. When the doorbell rings, Bree finds Ian, a lawyer she met one year ago... and he's wearing a pink shirt.
This story is about the Magickal Murphy Sisters, centering on Bree, a story started in the anthology An Enchanted Season that centered on Charlotte. Erin McCarthy is the reason I bought this book and her story didn't disappoint me in the least. The Murphy sisters are colorful, the story is magical and the sex steamy. I can't wait to read Abby's story next.
Sweet Dreams by Linda Winstead Jones - An extremely old curse threatens the life and soul of a single woman named Ruby. Weird dreams plague her and just when she's starting to trust the sexy professor, Zane, from across the street, she is warned to trust no one.
This is the only story I didn't like. A lot of things aren't made clear, like Zane's extreme dislike for refined sugar and flour... which was just a weird thing to put into the story in the first place. The story was really dark for a Christmas tale and the hero was extremely rude and unlikable at first. I just didn't care for it.
Christmas Heat by Lora Leigh - In a world where humans were genetically altered with the DNA of certain predatory cats and trained and created for the purposes of killing. Those creations, called Breed's, have stepped away from that and our desperately trying to regain control of their breeds and live normal lives. One librarian overhears a discussion that could destroy the progress and her life becomes endangered as she is set to testify.
A sexy little tale about a Jaguar Breed and the librarian he covets and is sent t protect. As he is forced to live under her roof, the attraction the both of them have been feeling since they first met a year ago, is becoming harder an harder to ignore. This story was unique and the way she blended the male and the Jaguar instincts and desires were creative and hot. I enjoyed this story a lot.
I really enjoyed this anthology. Had it not been for the third story it easily would have been a five star book. The other three stories while short were sweet, sexy, filled with the Christmas spirit and extremely entertaining.
Cherise Everhard, January 2009
My favorite of the bunch was Nalini Singh's "Stroke of Enticement", I love all of her shapeshifter males, but DarkRiver leopard-shifter Zach was truly wonderful. Not weighed down by the emotion baggage of Singh's last couple of predatory males, Zach is still intense, determined and possesive but Zach's playful courtship of human teacher Annie makes this romance fun as well as steamy, I just loved this story. (5 stars that will make you purr)
In Erin McCarthy's "Christmas Bree", the romantic magic of bespelled mistletoe, strikes again. This time witchy middle sister gets the man of her dreams, literally. The dreams that the unlikely pair have shared during the past year provide the jump to lightspeed necessary to connect the pair immediately when they meet again in the flesh, so that this ends up being an enjoyable romantic addition to the collection. (This ties in to "Charlotte's Web" fromAn Enchanted Season and sets up for a story for sister #3 too.)(4 Stars for the magic of mistletoe)
And now for something completely different, much milder from a romance standpoint than the rest of the stories, Linda Winstead Jones, instead focuses on her characters and, gasp, her plot. She fits an amazing amount of story, into her "Sweet Dreams", including world-building and back history. She also gives us a great leading lady in baker Ruby, who manages to get past her disbelief of all things woo-woo to gain the knowledge necessary to save herself, with a little help from the her oh so serious sugar deprived neighbor and the 'cavalry'. (4 stars for death by chocolate cake)
Finally, Lora Leigh's addition was so scorchingly hot, that smoke came off the pages. I don't tend to read romantica, strong erotic language doesn't do it for me, so I don't follow Leigh's Breeds novels, though I've enjoyed the last couple of novellas she contributed to anthologies like these. But language issues aside, "Christmas Heat" has to have one of the best tension building setups I've read in a short story ( and in most novels as well) culminating in a page burning scene with Breed Noble trying to hold his inner cat in check to avoid forcing the mating heat on Haley even as she pushes him past the brink of his self-control. (cold showers anyone?) For Leigh fans - this one apparently 'spoilerishly' wraps up some loose ends from Mercury's war. (5 stars going supernova)
I know that not everyone likes anthologies as much as I do, but these stories are well worth making an exception. All the authors, manage to fit an amazing amount of story, and/or steam into their enjoyable contributions, and for those of you not already familiar with the authors you don't need to be to enjoy these stories - all work perfectly fine as standalones. So check out Magical Christmas Cat, for a bunch tasty Christmas treats from these popular authors.
Lora Leigh takes us to her Breed's world with CHRISTMAS HEAT. Haley is a librarian, who overhears a Breed nurse making a deal to betray the secrets of the Breeds to a pharmaceutical company. She must go to someone she trusts, and that is Noble Chavin, a jaguar breed. She has been fasinated by him for a long time. If you have read MERCURY'S WAR, you will understand more of what is happening. However, you don't have to have read the book in order to enjoy the heat and romance between these two people. Great story.
Nalini Singh, builder of the wonderful world of shape-changers and the Psy, is right on target with a story in that world.
Annie is a teacher in the Dark River school. She is also lame and walks with a limp. She has been very protected and sheltered by her family until she has no self-confidence, especially around beautiful men.
Zach is a soldier for Dark River, his nephew is in her class and he gets into trouble so she has had to call his Uncle. The man who inhabits her girlish dreams. Imagine her surprise to find that he can see past all her defences to the woman she really wants to be.
Erin McCarthy gives us a tale of a witch who has infested the memory of a man who met her once. He has decided to meet her again and eradicate the memory of her that has so troubled him. Bree likes quiet men who read poetry but somehow the hunk on her porch brings unexpected feelings and livens up her Christmas with abit of heat.
Linda Winstead Jones gives us SWEET DREAMS, Ruby lives across the street from a hunky professor. She is also his secret santa. They come togather at a neighborhood Christmas party. Ruby has a sweet shop and our professor leaves the sweets alone. However, he has discovered that Ruby is his secret santa. Ruby finds a box addressed to her with a tag that says from a secret admirer. Inside is a small figureine of a cat. Zane is a professor of antiquities and he immediately knows that something about the cat is just wrong. However, he has wanted to persue a relationship with Ruby and the party is just the place to meet her. When he recognizes the danger to Ruby he is determined to save her. Someone wants her dead and is using a magical totem connected to a demon that he has been persueing for years. Now his adversary and his feelings for Ruby come face to face.
All of the stories are good and I enjoyed each one. Merry Christmas to all.
Christmas Heat is another in her Breed series which I adore. It tells the story of Noble, a Jaguar Breed, and Haley, the unasumming town librarian with a tough core. Its unfortunate that the story was not longer because I would have liked to have had more in debth involvement in the story by the character Zane Taggert, who is the town Sheriff. I would have liked to see more character development of the other Breeds mentioned only because then I could enjoy the anticipation of the books dedicated to their stories.
I love the Breed series and eagerly await each new story she does with them. Ms. Leigh has kept the story line open and could introduce new characters and new books easily and believably. Hopefully, she chooses to brings us many, many more books for this series.
I'd rather the Breed series stories be full length books, though. I just can't get enough of them and want to delay coming to the end of the story.
I gave the whole book 4 stars on the strength that it included one of Ms. Leigh's Breed series. The rest of the stories aren't really the best work of those authors.