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Friday, December 9, 2011

Training Cats by PD Singer

Training Cats by PD Singer
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (31 pgs)
Other: M/M, mutual masturbation
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Nymphaea

The gloss is off Brent's relationship with Tyler; the real man is showing through and his inside does not match the outside. Tyler's handsome and glamorous, but that's no longer enough to overcome his selfishness. Brent's got a better chance of teaching a cat to sit and stay than of convincing Tyler to be thoughtful, and it's time to stop trying.

No longer distracted by appearances, a newly single Brent is finally ready to notice the considerate, steadfast man who's been part of the background too long.

Training a lover is like training a cat...almost impossible.

First off, I want to say I saw the title and knew I had to nab this book. Then I read the blurb. I wasn't thrilled with the characters in the little bit I gleaned from the blurb, but it didn't stop me. Did I say the title snagged me? Yes, it was the title that kept me wanting to read the book.

I'm glad I read Training Cats.

The writing in this story, though occasionally flawed, flowed well enough that I never wanted to put the book down. I raced through the story wanting--needing--to know what would happen next. I thought about the characters when I had to put it down because I couldn't keep my eyes open. Why? Brett and Ethan aren't typical men. They have issues and circumstances that not everyone would be in.

Brett puts up with a lot. I mean, a LOT. It's like his patience is almost too good to be true. There were times I wanted to conk him on the head, but I understood why he acted the way he did. He wants to please and wants the shimmer of love in his relationship. Too bad life doesn't want that for him.

Then there's Ethan. The guy is creative and patient as well. He's waiting for a change is so calm while he does this waiting. I don't know if I'd have been so calm, but that's me. The antagonist is pleasantly slimy. I had no troubles disliking him, and there was more of the feeling of wanting to give him a shake. But I loved how things came together. The build up was great and timed well. Oh and Monster? He's the best part because I could totally identify with the freaked out, I'm-in-a-new-home-and-scared feelings he has. Great cat!

If you want a short story that's got plenty of heart and just enough heat to sizzle, then you need to read Training Cats.

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