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When a bad day at work culminates in losing out on a promotion, Jim Sanders shifts into his animal form to let off steam. Then his bad day turns into a bad night—while prowling his Atlantic City neighborhood as a large gray house cat, he’s caught in a torrential downpour. What little luck he has washes down the gutter when his new boss, Andrew Wright, catches him taking shelter on his porch, brings him inside, and starts calling him Mr. Frosty.
As a feline, Jim becomes the inadvertent confessor for his boss’s lonely son, Tony, a victim of schoolyard bullying. As a human, he feels drawn to Andrew, a man he wanted to resent. Finding love was never part of Jim’s plan or the future—not with his bizarre secret—yet suddenly he finds himself navigating that minefield anyway. But not everything is easy, especially for an interracial gay couple dealing with prejudice in the workplace, at Tony’s school, and even within their own families.
Okay, so I've dabbled in reading m/m fanfiction and short stories before, but I have to be honest in saying that this was the first full-length m/m romance novel that I have actually read. I was really drawn to the story after reading the synopsis - I mean, this guy who can turn into a cat ends up in the home of the man who was chosen for a promotion over him. I must say, I am a sucker for romances in which one person initially hates the other, but slowly starts to fall in love as they get to know them. That's one reason why I'm so addicted to Asian dramas.
And in the romance department, this book did not disappoint. Andrew (the new boss) and Jim (the shape-shifter) were absolutely adorable together. You can see that Jim wanted to hate Andrew for getting chosen for a job position over him, but when Andrew started spilling all of his feelings to him while Jim was in his feline form (which Andrew's son, Tony, dubbed Mr. Frosty), he started developing feelings for the man and his son.
But this is where my one issue with the story falls into place - it seems that Jim is almost immediately thrown into the role of the second father to Tony, even though he has only just begun dating Andrew. It wasn't really believable. I just think that the role of a father is a big one, and since Jim and Andrew were just beginning their relationship, to have given Jim the role of a second father to Tony just made the novel seem a bit insubstantial.
Nonetheless, this was a super quick read, and all of the cuteness between Andrew and Jim really sucked me into the story. They both had fears to overcome about being in a relationship, but once Jim knew he was in love with Andrew, his feelings for him never faltered, and vice versa. There weren't a whole lot of sex scenes in the novel, which left more time for emotional development between the characters, but the scenes that were included were nice and steamy. I could have done without the kinkiness, but I'm sure some people may have enjoyed the book more because of it. To each their own, I suppose! ;)
I suggest you give this one a read if you're into really sweet m/m romances with happy endings!
Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of almost 15 years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there's any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks, or crafts.
I started out as a fan fiction writer about 4 years ago. For a while I wrote strictly in one fandom, then stretched my wings and tried a couple of other fandoms. I enjoyed writing fan fiction very much but I realized early on that I’d probably switch to original fiction at some point. I really wanted to create my own characters, with their own background and obstacles to overcome, so… here I am.