A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.
Out of the punishing weather, and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.
Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.
I told you I would read the first one… Neener neener! And I enjoyed these guys as much as I thought I would. MA Church starts the Fur, Fangs, and Felines series with the alpha heir, Dolf and his mate Tal. This is a lovely blend of world building and establishing the characters of the series without taking away from the couple (or in this case triple).
So, to actually address the very obvious elephant in the room, yes this is a ménage story. It is also a story about acceptance and discrimination and how it has different facets and backstories that make you understand eventually and want to cry for the character.
The story is full of laughter and poignancy and at its heart, three men falling in love and trying to make a life together. The journey is not all a bed of roses, either within the relationship or with others in the clowder. Having a human as a mate is not the norm it seems. But in the end, the action seems to bring Kirk, Dolf and Tal closer and helps them in clarifying the important things in life.
I love that Kirk is written in the first person, and Dolf and Tal are in third person, and that the story goes from one to the other, but there is no head hopping. Its clearly delineated and we get to see how each of the men is dealing with things, which helps us to connect with each of them and appreciate their own individual strengths and weaknesses and what they can bring to the relationship.
The sex is really hot and when they mix it up its… mewrowr…. Again it’s a great start to this series and I will definitely be following it. Join me.
Dolf picked out the saw he wanted, then followed Tal to another aisle. His mate pointed out the different kinds, but Tal’s words had rapidly faded into a meaningless buzz. There, on the air currents in the store, was the sweetest scent. It was light and flowery, reminding him of honeysuckle. He breathed deeply, taking the scent into himself. His cock hardened immediately and his head spun. A yowl threatened to escape.
That scent… that scent was seductive and alluring. It spoke to him, whispering things that made him need. His cat paced frantically in his mind, tail slashing madly. The need to pounce, to sink his canines in and drink that sweet, life-giving blood of his…. His gums tingled and saliva flooded his mouth.
He swallowed, then swallowed again as his head pounded, his heart rate spiking as one thought screamed through his mind: Mate! Another mate! Where was that scent coming from? Or who? And by the goddess, why? He already had a mate. What was their goddess thinking, giving him another? But he couldn’t ignore the reaction. It had been the same when he met Tal.
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013.