The Cat's Meow by Stormy Glenn
Assassin's Pride Book #1
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (254 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Edelweiss
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is not always a bad thing?
Noah Anderson is odd and he knows it. He has a strong obsessive compulsive disorder that keeps him organized but distances him from the world around him. He doesn't have any friends, family, or even a lover. He's never had a lover.
When he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time, Noah discovers that the dangers posed by having sex for the first time pale in comparison to having sex with the assassin that comes to kill him, even if it means his life.
Gage Tynan is a killer. It's what he's always been. And he excelled at his job until he jumped into the car of a passing motorist when his latest mission goes wrong. The man driving is so odd that Gage suspects he might have been sent to harm him. Gage has no idea that the little man that asks him to take his cat will change his life in ways he has no clue of.
Gage is dragged into a world of shifters and exiled kings, one where his strength will be called upon to keep Noah safe from the pride soldiers sent to keep him from taking the throne.
I'm not sure I've ever encountered a more unlikely couple than Gage and Noah in The Cat's Meow. It came as a complete and welcome surprise to find myself so caught up with their courtship and romance. Ms. Glenn proves with this book that true love and adversity are often the very things needed to unleash the hidden potential in a person.
As is often the case, the story begins with an intense sexual attraction between the protagonists. It is only outside of the bed that Noah and Gage are at odds. Noah's character was obsessive to the extreme, quiet and withdrawn...resigned. I remember thinking that this guy seemed almost like an alien who had read a how-to guide on being human. Gage, the ultimate man's man is seemingly heartless and jaded. While polar opposites, their growing love for each other makes them the perfect team.
Ms. Glenn has a way of changing the mood within just a couple of sentences. For instance, I was deeply touched by the tender words spoken at the beginning of a page, only to be caught completely off guard by a hysterical comment in the following paragraph. By the end of the same page a fan was needed due to the heat created by her descriptive wording.
It's so much fun when a book takes tradition and turns it upside down. You'll find that the expected climax is almost secondary to the real struggle in this tale. This concept is displayed in many of her books, where the solution to the real problem was there all the time, the characters just needed to grow as people before the answer became clear. Others surrounding the couple prove to Gage and Noah that they are not alone, and need to learn they can trust and rely on others.
This is one of my favorite books that Ms. Glenn has written. It's really amazing how she creates totally new worlds with each of her series titles. I look forward to more books in this series. Many other fascinating characters are introduced which served only to whet my appetite for more. If you enjoy a fast paced, original romance, with witty banter and steamy love scenes, this is absolutely the book for you. I'll end with my favorite quote from the book: “Whatever we have together, wherever we are, that will be our home.”