The Magical Christmas Cat

The Magical Christmas Cat is an anthology by a whole host of wonderful authors. Each brings their own energy and magic to this fabulous composition of stories. Here are a few tidbits to wet your appetite.

Lora Leigh: Christmas Heat - Score: 4.5 / 5

Haley McQuire timid librarian over hears something she shouldn’t. Going to the man she trusts she finds herself embroiled in danger. Noble swears to protect her whether she wants him to or not. She’s heard the scary stories about mating and is nervous, but deep down she wants him.

Noble Chavin wants Harley and has since the first time he’s saw her. He knows what will happen if he takes her so he’s been keeping his distance. When she comes under attack he refuses to leave her side. Facing the fact their mating is inevitable he still finds it in himself to give her the choice.

Leigh writes amazing stories of love and desire overcoming odds of all kinds. Action keeps the pages turning, while lust and fear keep you guessing. I would recommend reading this wonderfully magical book, probably more than once.

Nalini Singh: Stroke of Enticement - Score: 3.75 / 5

Annie Kildaire’s chance meeting with Zach Quinn did the strangest things to her. Made her want and desire all the while knowing nothing could really come from it. He was a soldier with the DarkRiver cats and she knew how changeling men could be possessive. Still that didn’t mean they couldn’t enjoy each other temporarily.
Zach Quinn knew almost right away that she was the one for him. Her fears and the fact that her mother wanted her to marry some safe academic that would let her get hurt weren’t going to get in his way. Besides he had a few secrets of his own. All he needed to do was show her what was staring her right in the face.

It's a true love story of overcoming fears and faults and enjoying the person who you connect with. The added elements outside the normal human nature only push the story forward. I enjoyed this story and would definitely read other works by Singh.

Linda Winstead Jones: Sweet Dreams - Score: 4 / 5

Zane Benedict professor and member of the brotherhood was shocked to find out that his neighbor Ruby was the one he’d been looking for. Seeing the jade cat figurine he was sure she was the one. She was in danger and he was the only one who could help her. Will he find a way in time?

Ruby led a quiet normal life focusing on her business, until the night she was given the jade figurine. Now she was having nightmares and there was cat-purring sounds coming from her walls. Her neighbor professor of parapsychology claims to be able to help, but the women in her dreams tell her to trust no one.

I liked that the story was unpredictable. The characters were totally different, yet they come together accepting each other’s differences in the end. Of course having an evil darkness trying to steal your soul can break down walls pretty quickly. An all around good read.

Erin McCarthy: Christmas Bree - Score: 4.5 / 5

Bree Murphy may be a witch and believe in signs, but sometime those signs came from mysterious visions and she wanted nothing more than to deny them. Yet when the guy she’s been fantasizing about for a year shows up on her doorstep she has a hard time rejecting him. Until he does something that totally pisses her off, even if she admits it wasn’t totally his fault. Can their attraction have anything to do with the piece of mistletoe her cat had been hiding under her bed since last Christmas?

Ian Carrington could have contacted Bree by phone, but he’d been having the strangest dreams about her since their first meeting a year ago. Once he’s standing there in front of her there’s no way he can ignore the urge to kiss her. Things progress nicely until his irrational client messes it all up. Now he needs to prove to Bree there was more than sex between them. He was sticking around and either way she was going to have to deal with him one way or another.

Misgiving and wild lust can complicate things, but in this case it keeps the pages flipping. McCarthy characters are warm and funny, even when they’re angry. I really enjoyed this and would truly recommended it.

Book Blurb for The Magical Christmas Cat

Put a little meow in their stockings this year with these all-new tales of Christmas and felines—from beloved bestselling authors!

New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh (A Novel of the Breeds, #17) and top-selling authors Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones have a special gift for readers this year: never-before published holiday stories featuring passionate romance, paranormal adventure, and a distinctly alluring feline touch. With four new stories—including one featuring Lora Leigh's genetically altered Feline Breeds—this is a collection packed with more surprises than Christmas morning, and more chills than the snowiest winter night...

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2008 4.00