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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Shut Up! by Marteeka Karland

Shut Up! by Marteeka Karland
Publisher: Changeling Press LLC
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (19 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Ambrosia

Callie hates being irritated. As official kitty of the Bar and Grille for the Bedtime Stories readers and authors, she's princess of the place. She has the last say in everything she does and with everyone in her vicinity.

Then Troll makes a proclamation that could very well get someone killed. It seems she's decided it's time someone took Callie down a peg or two. Anyone who can get the last word in on Callie gets to have his way with her in bed.

It's a proposition Eli can't refuse. The hunky bartender caught Callie's attention with his great Captain and Coke, but his wonderfully muscled body keeps it. He's the man she's been wanting for a very long time. Now, she's about to get all the loving from Eli she can stand.

A great twist in a story meant to expand your imagination and take you to another world. When one cat-woman meets a hunky science experiment gone wrong, the sparks fly and love ignites.

A cat requires only so much out of life, yet Callie is a Princess in a bar where she sharpens her claws on anyone that annoys her until faced with a man she wants. In human form, she keeps her mouth shut, a nearly impossible feat, so she can have the one man she can tolerate who’ll give her something else to do besides talk.

After the Queen of the bar receives one complaint too many about her Princess, she offers Callie to the first man who could make her shut up! Eli wants to be that man and leaps for the chance. Moments later, she’s his to keep for the night and plans on enjoying every minute. Callie doesn’t protest and proves to be more than a match for him.

The story was quick and short, the plot interesting with a new twist. When the characters actually talked about the author by name, I nearly bust a gut. It was unexpected and out of this world. The only thing I had a hard time with was making sure whose point of view I was in as there was a lot of head hopping. Repetitive words also distracted from the story, yet over all it was an enjoyable romp on the wild side.

This story gets 3.5 cherries.

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