Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review: Boots by Angel Martinez

bootsTitle ~ Boots

Author ~ Angel Martinez

Publisher ~ Pride Publishing

Published ~ 6th December 2016

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Willem’s lost his job and his boyfriend, and now possibly his mind when his cat calls him a nitwit.

Willem’s father never approved of his artistic talents, his choices in life, or the fact that he’s gay. When the only thing Horst leaves to Willem is the family cat, he thinks it’s his father’s last insult from the grave. That is, until the cat starts talking to him.

Though Willem’s lost his boyfriend, his home, and his job, Kasha, who claims to be a magic cat, reassures him that all will be well. All he needs is Willem’s trust and a good pair of boots. But giving boots to a talking cat has unexpected consequences when odd events ambush Willem at every turn, such as the appearance of a handsome stranger in his arms at night. While he begins to suspect Kasha’s plans might be dangerous for all involved, how can he distrust such a charming kitty in cowboy boots?

Reader Advisory: This book contains a scene of flexible autoerotica.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

 

Sally’s Review

We’ve all been brought up with fairytales. At least, I hope we have. My heart breaks to think of the child who was never read a bedtime story, who was never traumatised by the Three Little Pigs [yes, I sided with the wolf]. Every culture has its own set of stories which were used to entertain, to point out morals or sometimes demonstrate that wealth, happiness and the princess may be won through sheer dumb luck. Drawing upon those classic tales is a favourite thing for authors to do and it’s always interesting to see a new interpretation. This version of Puss in Boots from Angel Martinez takes the story down a familiar road but certainly changes the method of locomotion.

Willem is the downtrodden hero – homeless, jobless, bereft of a cheating lover and recently fatherless – in need of assistance. He has a choice – he can accept the help of big brother Gunther, a room in his house and employment in the family brewery or he can accept his father’s sole legacy, the brewery cat, and follow his artistic aspirations by going to sit and brood on a chilly park bench. He’d be no kind of hero if he accepted the sensible option so off to the bench he goes.

So far so standard fairytale trope, but with the entrance of Kasha, the cat, the story takes on a new twist. Kasha is an elemental force, confined to earth for a series of misdemeanours, and ownership of him and his considerable powers is achieved by bestowing footwear – a bit like Dobby in reverse. He tells Willem that in return for a pair of boots he will turn Willem’s fortunes around and Willem, with nothing left to lose, believes him. But Kasha isn’t restricted to cat shape and can also be a delightfully alluring, and very flexible, young man so while he works his magic on their journey to their happy ending he and Willem can enjoy quite a lot of sex.

This is a very engaging story. Willem as the everyman hero does deserve a lot better out of life and wins it, at least partly, due to his own talents, Kasha’s character merges pretty sensuous twink with feline ruthlessness to make a formidable ally and there is a whole network of secondary characters that I enjoyed. Even the antagonists were good fun in their own way.

I did have a few niggles but they were more my problem than anything to do with the book. There were times when I felt I was reading an episode of a much larger work so I desperately wanted a bit more world building. Also, there were many times I felt I wasn’t getting the joke and I wasn’t in a position to stop reading and Google. But none of that stopped the book from being a very entertaining read. Highly recommended for readers who like their romantic fairy tales sweet and spicy.

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Meet Angel Martinez

angel-martinezThe unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.

Published since 2006, Angel's cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You'll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don't expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.

She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.

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