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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cat’s Desire by Empress LaBlaque

Cat’s Desire by Empress LaBlaque
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (46 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Cat lived on the marina for most of her life. Her constant joy was working at the Beach Front Amusement Park. Each day, she listened to the melodious voice of Orrick O’Neal, as he sang near her booth. Orrick’s father owns the park and after a horrible divorce, Orrick is picking up his life, bits at a time. Their attraction develops when Cat finds Orrick standing idly on the pier. The divorce has taken a toll and Cat envelops him with affection. After a year of dating, Orrick can’t live without her. She’s smart, sassy, and full of life. However, life is about to change for Orrick. He’s taking a job in Malibu, and can’t bear to leave her. Orrick plans a boat ride to make Cat his bride. This story is based on the poem, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat.

This is a well orchestrated love story with a traditional flair that I greatly appreciated.

The reason that I liked it so much is because of how Ms. LaBlaque had Orrick propose and everything that led up to it. The author showed me how their relationship built, how they connected and what drew them together. There was romantic and heartfelt dialogue to back it up and a grand gesture that has the power to make a romance reader sigh with satisfaction.

The dialogue actually helped draw the line between people who are going places in spite of the odds they fought against, and those that are slackers and bums. When a reader finally meets Digger, they’ll understand. Although Cat, the heroine, had a relative that didn’t seem to think the hero was all that, the author provided opportunities for a reader to make their own judgment. I also appreciated Cat’s strength of character and her compassion.

Even though this is a short story, the best of what makes a book romantic is condensed to its vital parts. I realize that some people will think that Orrick took way too many liberties and Cat accepted them without much fuss, and they might be right. But after thinking about it, and re-reading certain parts, I think they acted true to themselves. It’s implied that they each took the time to learn about the other and it wasn’t all sex. Sure, Cat gave him some lip, but I could tell there was love behind it. Theirs is going to be a relationship where the heroine isn’t afraid to speak her piece.

The physical relationship isn’t the sole focus of this story. It’s zeroed in on Cat and Orrick, where it should be. Could there have been a bit more? Probably, but neither did I miss it. What there was of it, however, was sweet and hot.

There wasn’t a heavy conflict at all. This was definitely a character driven romance with Cat’s being the primary point of view. The editing was fine. Do I wish that Orrick wasn’t so commanding and manipulating? Yes. I do prefer a more equal footing in a relationship but something tells me that Cat will have no compunction about correcting her man’s behavior when needed. And Orrick is a smart man, he’ll catch on.

Cat’s Desire is a cute and romantic short story that connects with a reader’s feelings. The book has a way of zinging right to the heart of the matter and reaches the emotions inside, making a reader care for both Cat and Orrick. It’s was a refreshing change of pace with an interesting locale. I’m glad I read it.

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