Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: What the Cat Dragged In
SERIES: Sanctuary #2
AUTHOR: BA Tortuga
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 216 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 16, 2017
Don’t people know that cats and dogs don’t mix?
Connor Ragbone finds things. Sometimes it’s gold, sometimes jewels, sometimes people. Set in his hippie ways, he never thought he’d find a pack, but with Sam and Gus and their goofy shifter family, he fits right in. Then he finds Brock.
Shifter Brock Herman is undercover alone, working to break up a poaching ring. The last thing he needs is for Connor to wreck his sting. And now the crazy bobcat just won’t go away!
The poachers lead Brock and Connor on a merry chase all over Western Colorado looking for shifter bears, but it’s a lost pup who brings them back to Nevada and the pack Sam and Gus are building. That’s when Brock has to decide whether he still travels alone or if Connor and his crazy family are where his heart belongs.
This follow-up to Just Like Cats and Dogs is a feel-good shifter romance novel where cats and dogs prove they can be way more than the enemies nature has made them.
What the Cat Dragged In is book two in the Sanctuary series and I think it’s best read as such. I read the first book in the series when it was first released and after just a few chapters of book two, I decided a re-read of Just Like Cats and Dogs was in order. Connor is a character who was introduced in the previous book, and those first main characters also play a big role here. You could read this one as a standalone, but you definitely won’t enjoy it as much.
The blurb calls this a feel-good romance, and it isn’t wrong. It’s a light and easy read, any conflict between the main characters is pretty mild and the author does a great job of injecting plenty of humor into the story.
Connor is the source of much of the humor. I loved Connor. He presented as a bit of a weird hippie, laidback and a drifter. But then the author showed us his sense of humor, and then his confidence, and finally his bad-assness. I relished getting to know every facet of Connor, but it was his confidence in his gift of Finding that I loved the most.
However beyond enjoying the characters, both new and old, the book struggled to hold my interest. The plot was in many ways a repeat of the first story – badguy shifters seriously injuring one of the main characters and the whole, can a cat mate with a dog issue. It really was the characters that carried this story for me. I liked the addition of the different shifters, as the “sanctuary” begins to get bigger and more diverse.
And that, I think, is my biggest draw to this series. The idea of the sanctuary for lost, hurt, lonely, random shifters of any species. I know it’s not a new plot idea, but it’s one that I tend to reach for when I need a nice, fuzzy kinda story.
This was a zero-angst, easy-going romance that I enjoyed reading. I’m looking forward to seeing where the author takes this series next.