Title: Behind the Eight Ball
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: M.A. Church
A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.
Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.
Behind the Eight Ball is the second book in the Fur, Fangs, and Felines series. This story is a paranormal romance that fans of the sub-genre are sure to enjoy. It centers on one of Dolf’s betas. In fact, fans of the first book may remember that Heller was the beta that objected the loudest when Dolf and Tal mated with a human. It only makes since then that fate would in turn also mate Heller with a human.
Lawson is part owner of an auto detail shop and thanks to his partners he is no stranger to the paranormal world. He is attracted to Heller as soon as he meets the other man, but Heller is a bit of an ass which turns Lawson off in a heartbeat. Readers can imagine just how Heller reacted when he realized the smell he was picking up was coming from Lawson instead of the sexy female at the counter.
Lawson and Heller have a lot to overcome and their misunderstandings keep them from getting together right away, however, once their personal issues are cleared up, or at least explained, the passion that flairs between them is intense. But even though Lawson and Heller clear up their issues, there are other factors in play that add a lot of twists and turns to the story.
There is a lot to love about this story, and I am sure it will bring the author many new fans. For me though one of the things I love about this story the most is the way the author handles Heller in his second form. The story is written in the first person and when Heller is in his feline form, house cat, his actions and thoughts are so realistic that they made me think of some of my own cats. More than once he had me laughing.
I have enjoyed the first two books in this series and can’t wait to see what else the author has planned. If you have not yet tried anything by M.A. Church than I strongly urge you to try this series, as I am sure you will enjoy it.
Reviewed by: Lydia
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