Friday, July 22, 2011
Carina Press, 2011
Fairy Tale; Romance (Adult)
Source: Received a free e-galley via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I've never really liked the fairy tale Puss in Boots because it lacked a princess and a romance; happily Cat's Tale rectifies both issues for a delightful little romp.
Catriona is a beautiful and clever woman and she knows it. She parleys that into being the consort of the king. Alas with his untimely demise, she is set adrift, dependent on his heir, the princess, and a wizard. When she displeases the wizard, he turns her into a cat, which really gets the adventure started. She finds a miller's son Julian and promises to make him wealthy and win the woman he lusts after, who is incidentally Catriona. However their relationship shakes her to her core, affecting her more deeply than she ever thought possible.
Cat is selfish and carelessly cruel but not totally evil. Her voice is distinct and often funny as she tells her story. Although I do not think she is an admirable person, I enjoyed spending time with her through the novella. I loved seeing how she changed as she became friends with Julian and how each of them moderated the other (she made sure he didn't naively trust everyone and he made her less cynical).
Overall: Fast-moving with an engaging MC and a great romance.