Title: The Lost Cats and Lonely Hearts Club
Author: Nic Tatano
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Swapping Prada for purrs…
While covering a story, feisty network reporter Madison Shaw gets more than she bargained for when she rescues a box of orphaned kittens. Suddenly the glamazon of the Manhattan news room is doing two am feedings to keep these furbabies alive!
This is certainly a change of pace for the high maintenance workaholic she’s become and taking care of the kittens makes Madison realise how far off track she’s come—after all, she was a stray once too…
When a video of her caring for the kittens goes viral, she knows her image as a hardnosed reporter is shot to hell. What Madison doesn’t expect is the media circus that propels her and the kittens to stardom. And the domino effect that has on her, her career and her love life—especially when she meets sexy Officer Nick Marino…!
Source: ARC from HarperImpulse via NetGalley
On the whole I found this an enjoyable, easy read with some super cute kittens and a heroine finding out what’s truly important in life. The characters are likeable, the kittens are adorable and the plot takes an unexpectedly deeper twist halfway through that I was not expecting. And yet, the overall feel is light and fluffy, even though it does deal with some deeper issues, such as foster care and political machinations.
There were a few things that did stick out in my head as a little odd, though. One being that tortoiseshell cats are almost exclusively female. Males are rare enough that I would have expected someone (probably the vet) to have picked up on that. In fact until I just Google-checked it, I’d thought they were only ever female. Then there’s the way that almost everyone Madison talks to has had experience with orphan kittens. Really? Are they that common in the US? There’s also the issue of political bias, since Madison makes a big fuss about never showing any of her own, yet one side of the US two party system definitely comes out shinier than the other here.
Anyway, away from those things this book is full of wonderful friendships, a few dating woes and some guilt as Madison becomes torn between two very different men, both of whom seem perfect for her. All with added kittens – because what isn’t made better by kittens? I have to admit I did love those kittens, or rather I loved the bossy tortie boy because he’s the only one given a real fursonality. But it’s a good one, so if you’re a cat lover you’ll probably fall for him.
As I’ve already mentioned, there are deeper emotional issues in this book, but the feel of the book is light and positive. Even in the darker moments, things don’t ever get too dark. I’m amazed by one character and the way they handle things, quite frankly, and it’s great to see Madison change and grow throughout.
So if you’re looking for something feel-good and sweet, with a positive outlook on charity and paying things forward, then give this a go. Hopefully this won’t be the last we hear of these kittens – and they’re very different new owners.
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