Friday, February 24, 2017

Just Like Cats and Dogs by BA Tortuga

Can cats and dogs ever get along, let alone fall in love?

Sam knows you can never go home again. As an orphaned feline shifter raised by wolves, being an outcast is nothing new to him. But the pack is still his family, and when one of them passes away, Sam returns to the New Mexico desert to say good-bye.

Gus is a loner who rarely returns to his pack, but as fate would have it, Sam is there when he chooses to visit. The history between Gus and Sam is tumultuous, to say the least, but when Gus gets an eyeful of the grown-up and gorgeous version of his childhood bully, he can’t control his reaction. And he isn’t alone.

The attraction is powerful, but so are their differences. And with trouble brewing in the pack and danger surrounding them, Sam and Gus might not have the opportunity to seek common ground.

This action-packed shifter novel is the ultimate opposites attract and enemies-to-lovers romance, and it includes a bonus novella, In the Dog House.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2011.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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M/M Shifter Romance
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Gus and Sam are a strange couple to say the least. Wolf and large cat... I found this story very frustrating, because it felt so jumbled. I can normally follow fairly well, but I found myself having to continuously look back and figure out what was happening, where they were, who was doing what.

There were hints throughout this story, but everything just felt incomplete.

There is a love story buried within the pages, but it is slightly obscure and jumps from past to present so quickly.

I didn't get that the two main characters really had that much chemistry. It seemed more of a friends-to-lovers idea, but it just didn't work for me all that well.

Both characters save each other and in the end, they are able to live peacefully, but I just felt that this was missing parts of the story that would have made it that much more clear.

I really love BA Tortuga’s shifter world in this story. I love the way each shifter species informs human personality and characteristics, and I really enjoyed the historic tension between species. Some shifter tropes are borrowed for this book, but there are enough twists to make the story and characters feel fresh and original.

I really loved Sam. The eldest son in a wolf family, he is also a feline shifter who has never been accepted by his family’s pack. He has close relationships with two of his siblings but he has always felt like an outcast in his own family. I love the idea of a cat shifter as a professional dancer – it just works. I would have loved to have seen more of Sam as a dancer and choreographer, but the focus of this story is mostly on his family and his relationships.

Gus didn’t catch my imagination quite as quickly, but as time passes and his attraction to Sam turns to friendship, affection and more, I grew to care for him as well. I like the discomfort between Gus and Sam as canine and feline shifters, and I enjoyed the slow realisation of something beyond attraction between these two men. Tortuga always writes great sex scenes and this is no exception – the chemistry between these two is hot.

My reservations with this story lie with the plot. This story stretches over long periods of time and space. I struggled to keep up with both elements. There also were elements of suspense and action added to the story that felt superfluous – the conflict between Gus, Sam, their families, and Gus’ pack would have been enough to build a novel around.

I really enjoyed this story and I’d love to read more books set in this world.

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her wife, Julia, her best friend, Sean, and coffee. Lots of good coffee.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Just Like Cats and Dogs (Sanctuary #1) by B.A. Tortuga to read and review.

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