Cat’s Cradle by Bianca D’Arc
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (186 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern
Most lovers kiss. This one pounces.
String of Fate, Book 1
As bad days go, this one qualifies as one for the books. Elaine knew being late for her jiu jitsu class could earn her a reprimand from her sensei. But the sensei’s not there. And suddenly, neither is her car. Even walking home becomes problematic when she stumbles onto things that most definitely do go bump in the night. One of whom is too handsome for his own good—and too sexy for hers.
An Alpha Pantera Noir—black panther shifter—Cade operates on his immense skill, superior strength, and dominant personality. There’s something about this small spitfire of a human woman that threatens to bring him to his knees. She blundered into the middle of his mission to transport his queen to safety, and now it’s his responsibility to keep Elaine safe as well. Except no matter what he does, danger finds her at every turn.
Thrust into a world where the supernatural is commonplace, Elaine finds her considerable martial arts skill tested to the limit—and her ability to resist Cade crumbling by the second. But when nothing is as it seems, the last things she can trust are her own instincts…
Sexy shifters, saucy humans, and magic come together in Bianca D’Arc’s newest, Cat’s Cradle, a thoroughly entertaining story that paranormal junkies will adore.
Elaine is the type of protagonist you can’t help but root for. A human amongst shifters, she has to find an inner strength of will and determination to keep her head above water. Her reaction to learning about all of the supernatural beings and entities is refreshingly believable, and is approached with a nice dose of humor. The shift from the dark themes was a pleasant surprise, and kept the material fresh and engaging.
If Elaine is the underdog, Cade is the prize fighter. The super-sexy panther shifter will make your insides quiver and melt. No woman can refuse a possessive and blistering hot Alpha, and Cade wears possessive, protective, and dominating like a second skin. He demands attention when he appears, regardless of who is on the page. He’s both rough and gentle with Elaine, and I loved the chemistry and heat between the two of them.
The premise of Cat’s Cradle is something new, while the races and supernatural beings provided something unique for fans of the genre to enjoy. A few unexpected revelations add some tension, while the relationship between Elaine and Cade provide the fireworks. The course of the plot is pretty much a given, but doesn’t deter the enjoyment of the ride one iota. Elaine and Cade are meant to be with one another, despite the uncertainties of his kind. You know they’ll have a rough go of it, and expect something to happen to ensure they make the commitment, but you won’t be able to stop reading until you learn how it happens and witness their union for yourself.
As with any D’Arc story, the material is wonderfully written, with attention to detail. Fans won’t be disappointed and should be certain to purchase their own copy or pencil Cat’s Cradle onto their TBR list. If you like heroes with bite and dig strong female protagonists, this book will definitely do you right.