Title: Trouble Comes in Threes
Author: M.A. Church
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 234 pages
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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.
Being a Christmas story, I wasn’t sure if “Trouble Comes in Threes” would be a full, satisfying read or a light, sweet piece. Definitely the former. Although it is set during Christmas and the New Year, this story is a good, strong story with loveable characters and an interesting story. I really enjoyed the way M.A. Church wove the three very different personalities or Kurt, Tal, and Dolf together and gave them each something different from the relationship. And the way Kurt dealt with his new reality was so believable that I felt like I was there with him. The action, when it happened, wasn’t overblown or exaggerated and flowed easily from the story and the natures of the shifters and characters. There are other parts I loved about the social interactions among the clowder but I won’t detail them so as not to spoil your read.
I recommend “Trouble Comes in Threes” to anyone who loves a great paranormal read, Christmas or not. Rather than being a paranormal story with a great evil or huge conspiracy, this story emerged from human nature and the more savage feline side of the shifters’ reality. Definitely recommended for those who like a full story that includes a romance.
I have read M.A. Church’s “The Harvest: Taken”, and it was the main reason I took a gamble on reading this story. I’m glad I did. A good read for any time of the year.