Eyes of the Cat

This action-packed tale set in the old West is interesting but there is an overwhelming amount of activity that takes place which tends to confuse the storyline. It seems that there are a few too many elements...a ghost, a wizard, Commanches, a Texas Ranger, a fantastic scientific discovery, possession, and other arcane occurrences that cause the story to continually twist upon itself. There are nice elements of humor but there are also some pretty horrific examples of violence and one is left a little wearied by all of the events that take place. There are also inconsistencies in the actions of several of the characters, including Tabitha’s defense of her attacker (and I found the attack itself a little out of character). The general gist of the tale is interesting but a bit disjointed.

“Eyes of the Cat” by Mimi Riser is the tale of Tabitha Jeffries who agrees to impersonate the hapless Gabrina MacAllister who is traveling to marry the laird of the Scottish clan which has transplanted a genuine Highland castle to Texas. The clan maintains its traditions yet has integrated somewhat with the natives and Tabitha discovers that the head of the clan, Alan, is determined to force her to comply with the arrangement that provides him with a bride. Tabitha soon learns that there is quite a bit that is unusual about the clan that she is being forced to join and only a great deal of tolerance and resilience will allow her to survive the attacks and imprisonment that seem to be her destiny.

Book Blurb for Eyes of the Cat

Paranormal romantic suspense with COMEDY...

Once upon a time, in a far, strange land (1883 Texas, to be precise), there arrived from back East a beautiful and headstrong young princess...um, I mean a scientist...named Tabitha Jeffries. Hardly more than a girl, really, but she had the courage of an Amazon and a heart as big as her intellect. To save another girl, named Gabrina, from an arranged marriage to this presumably wicked prince (well, a laird, anyway) called Alan MacAllister, Tabitha switches places with her. Expecting, naturally enough, that the awful Alan’s Highland Scots family (who just happen to live in a full-scale medieval castle) will release her the moment she confesses she’s not Gabrina. Only—and this is the annoying part—Alan’s family is actually more interested in a bride than they are in a specific bride... “Gabby or Tabby, ’tis such a wee dif’rence”... In other words, they keep her—fussing and fuming, kicking, clawing, biting, punching, and screaming, notwithstanding.

And Alan himself, who turns out to have wanted Gabrina even less than Gabrina wanted him, decides that he does want Gabrina’s replacement. He decides this on first sight, in fact. And one can scarcely blame him, because that first sight was a lulu. It was the sight of said replacement—who had just escaped a tower by way of a tree that snagged off most of her clothes on the climb down—leaping wildly out of that tree in her unmentionables. Very interesting. Something to make a man stop and think. Catching her in his arms, he thinks he may be in love.

Numerous battles and embraces, some bloodcurdling adventures, and an emotional triathlon later, Tabitha is beginning to think the same thing. Now all she has to do is solve a ten year old murder, prevent a new one, and save herself and Alan from a horrifying family legacy. There’s always something, isn’t there?

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2012 3.00