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Just Like Cats & Dogs
Title: Just Like Cats And Dogs
Author: B A Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 01-25-2017
Genre(s): M/M Shifters
Page Count: 203
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 1 star out of 5
If there’s one thing Sam knows for sure it’s that you can never go home again. As a feline shifter who grew up in a family of wolves, he’s used to being a freak. He stays in the city and tries to get his family to visit him, but when a loved one passes away, Sam has to go back to the New Mexico desert for a last goodbye.
Gus only comes back to the pack at gathering time, once in a blue moon. He’s usually a wanderer, but he’s with the pack when Sam comes home. Gus and Sam have never gotten along, but this time around Gus is surprised by the attraction he feels for this new, slinky version of his high school nemesis.
Sam and Gus may not be able to resist each other, but finding time to be together and overcome their differences might be too much for them, especially when danger lurks just around the corner, and all around the world. Can cats and dogs live to learn together, or are Gus and Sam destined to fail?
This is the first book I have read by BAT and it was not a good start. I usually enjoy a good ‘shifter’ story but this one, although it sounded exciting based on the blurb, it just left me all kinds of confused.
Sam is a feline shifter (not of the household variety) who has been raised in a loving family of wolf shifters who make a habit of taking in those with nowhere else to go. Despite being considered a member of the family, Sam doesn’t seem to fit in. Even his siblings won’t accept him running with them during a full moon and prefer to lock him up to protect him from them. As humans, there is no issue but in their animal form, all bets are off.
Our other MC is Gus. A big, butch wolf shifter who for some reason bullied Sam when they were growing up. The two men meet again when they return for Sam’s father’s funeral. They realise that they are attracted to each other, though neither acts on it. They start building bridges at this point but it is only when they run into each other some time in the future that their relationship moves to the next level. Their main concern is that despite what they are feeling, cats and dogs just shouldn’t form romantic partnerships so they try to fight it, knowing that they are likely to be shunned by their families. We follow the men as they try to navigate their relationship towards safer territory.
This book had the makings of a good story but I spent half my time wondering what on earth was going on. The author seems to jump back and forward in time without warning and this made it difficult to form any sort of timeline in my head and not only did I struggle to work out which character was talking but I had no idea whether they were in human or animal form. I also struggled with and got fed up trying to understand general conversations. The sentences were short and very choppy and may have made sense in the head of the person doing the writing but it did not translate well to the reader. The dialogue felt incomplete, almost like they had their own secret language that we were not privy to. To me, it felt like not all the relevant information was provided and I therefore had to fill in the blanks myself. There are plenty of sex scenes but again, because of the cut off sentences, they were really more irritating than anything and were about as hot as the Arctic. There are so many holes in the plot and all I have been left with many, many unanswered questions. This one just wasn’t for me.
Review Copy of Just Like Cats And Dogs provided by Dreamspinner Press for an honest review.