Friday, December 01, 2017

Release Day Review: Fangs and Catnip (Dead and Breakfast #1) by Julia Talbot

fangs and catnipTitle ~ Fangs and Catnip

Author ~ Julia Talbot

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 1st December 2017

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance





A Dead and Breakfast Novel

A romance worth fighting for—tooth and claw.

Solitary vampire Fallon Underwood gets all the social interaction he needs being the silent partner at the Dead and Breakfast B and B high in the Colorado mountains. Change is hard for Fallon, so when his business partner, Tanner, suggests hiring a new manager for the inn, he’s adamant that they don’t need help, especially not in the form of bouncy werecat Carter Hughes.

Carter is a happy-go-lucky kitty, and he loves the hospitality industry, so the D and B ought to be a great place for him. He falls for Fallon as soon as he picks up one of Fallon’s novels, and begins to woo the vamp with gifts. When Fallon finally succumbs to Carter’s feline charms, the results are unexpected, to say the least. Their mating will have irreversible consequences—for their bodies and their hearts.


Cheryl’s Review

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t the most complex or deep book I’ve ever read but it was fun, fun, fun and I read it in two sittings, which would have been one if I hadn’t had to be up so early the next morning.

Fallon is an amazing character. I loved the heck out of him. He’s a grumpy, reclusive vampire who writes books in an attic. He keeps one room old fashioned and olde worlde elegant for his fans, while he lives in a modern, chrome-and-white flat next door. It takes a long time for him to open up and admit his feelings, but once he did he threw himself into them wholeheartedly. I love that he likes cookies with his warm blood.

Tanner is another fantastic character. He’s a bear shifter and Fallon’s business partner in a B&B that welcomes…unusual guest, like the gargoyle who likes to crunch nuts and whose balls, rubbing against his legs, leave a trail of stone powder wherever he goes. Winter is coming and Tanner wants to sleep, which makes him one grumpy bear.

Tanner persuades Fallon to allow him to take on a manager, and along comes Carter. Oh my. Carter is my absolute favourite character. He’s a mountain lion shifter and such a beautiful, bouncy kitten. He’s adorable to the point of saying “Awww” out loud on several occasions. He’s squee-worthy.

Of course, the course of their love doesn’t run smooth – when does it ever – but it’s obvious from the start they were meant for each other.

A rich supporting cast help make this book charming, exciting and addicting. The housekeeper is a gorgon, whose snakes love Carter but aren’t fond of Fallon. One of the guests is a wolf shifter who’s having a lot of problems with getting the shift right. Carter’s best friend is an otter.

As I said, this is not the most complex book I’ve ever read. It’s not the most complex book I’ve read this week, neither is it particularly deep, but it’s such a fun read. It’s something to pair with pyjamas and hot chocolate. It’s a sitting-in-front-of-the-fire-on-a -cold-day book. It will wind you down and lift you up, put a smile on your face and warm the cockles of your heart. It’s funny, soft, thrilling at times, exciting in places, heart-stopping once or twice, and all in all a light, happy, cozy read.

Not everything is explained as well as I would like – just who is Dr. Preston and who is his mentor? – but it doesn’t matter. I loved this book through and through and anyone who likes to play with kittens will love it too.

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