Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review: The Girl With the Cat Tattoo (Cool Cats #1) by Theresa Weir

Title: The Girl With the Cat Tattoo (Cool Cats #1)
Author: Theresa Weir
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Pets
Length: Novella
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 1

For cat lovers everywhere, this sweet, quirky, and delightful romance is about a
young woman and her matchmaking cat. A little bit of mystery, a whole lot of whimsy.

When a matchmaking cat takes it upon himself to find his young mistress a new mate, he accidentally stirs up memories better left forgotten.

Melody’s husband was murdered by what seemed a random act of violence. Two years later, the killer hasn’t been caught, and Melody is coping in unhealthy ways. During the day she’s a mild-mannered children’s librarian, but at night she’s a party girl, hanging out in bars, drinking with new friends, and often bringing home strange men. Although acquaintances have tried to keep in touch, Melody has cut herself off from most of the people in her old life. Max, her eccentric cat, doesn’t approve of her new friends, he’s tired of the parade of losers, and he finally takes it upon himself to find Melody a new man.
I feel in love with Max after the first line:

"Max had been a cat as long as he could remember, but he was pretty sure he'd been a rock star in one of his previous lives."

That just about sums up Max's personality.  He is an amazing character, and half the book is told from his perspective.  The only thing he loved more than himself was Melody, and he figured she needed a man and he was the perfect person (errr cat) to help her find one.  So off he goes and has quite an adventure, bringing it home to share with Melody.

Melody is a very quirky and unusual person.  She's a children's librarian and is often caught out whilst dressed in costume for that day's story time.  Max is the current love of her life and when he goes off for his wander she gets very upset and worried.  It was awesome to watch the two of them related to each other and at times lovingly completely misunderstand each other as well.

There is more than just a fun cat and a quirky girl in this or it wouldn't be much of a romance.  The romance brings with it just a touch of drama and secrecy that comes very close to ruining the whole thing, but somehow Max jumps in a saves the day again.

As a novella you could fly through this book in one sitting, and I recommend doing it that way because you won't want to put it down.  While Max is definitely the life of the party here, the romance is also beautiful.

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