Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Fangs and Catnip
SERIES: Dead and Breakfast #1, Dreamspun Beyond #9
AUTHOR: Julia Talbot
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 173 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
Dead and Breakfast Novel
A romance worth fighting for—tooth and claw. Solitary vampire Fallon Underwood gets all the social interaction he needs being the silent partner at the Dead and Breakfast B and B high in the Colorado mountains. Change is hard for Fallon, so when his business partner, Tanner, suggests hiring a new manager for the inn, he’s adamant that they don’t need help, especially not in the form of bouncy werecat Carter Hughes.
Carter is a happy-go-lucky kitty, and he loves the hospitality industry, so the D and B ought to be a great place for him. He falls for Fallon as soon as he picks up one of Fallon’s novels, and begins to woo the vamp with gifts. When Fallon finally succumbs to Carter’s feline charms, the results are unexpected, to say the least. Their mating will have irreversible consequences—for their bodies and their hearts.
This was a fun one; I really like reading about various combinations of matings but I think shifters and vampires will always be one of my top favorites. Fallon is a vampire that really prefers his solitude and despises any kind of change. When his friend and business partner tells him he needs to hire a manager, Fallon naturally baulks at the idea but cant really deny Tanner the need for more help. Carter is kind of the anti-Fallon; he’s young and energetic and enjoys meeting/interacting with new people. He also knows what he wants out of life and currently at the top of the list is Fallon. While wooing the grumpy Vamp isn’t as easy as Carter would like, its completely worth the effort and the two men find themselves the happiest they’ve ever been. Strange things start happening with them both after mating, however, and it will take more than just a desire to be together to figure out how to fix the problem before things go from bad to worse.
Like I said, this was a fun one. It reminded me a little of the Cereus series books but on a smaller, homier scale that encouraged closer relationships between the characters, which I liked quite a bit. Carter and Fallon were such a good match, in my opinion; complete opposites in a lot of ways they made up for each other’s shortcomings while encouraging personal growth. Fallon calmed Carter down some while Carter made Fallon want to open up and interact with the world outside of his rooms; sometimes subtle and sometimes more blatant, I enjoyed seeing the changes in both men as they deepened their relationship with one another.
The story itself had a good pace to it and even though there were some time skips happening along the way, they weren’t terribly obvious and it never felt as though anything was rushed. There was also a good cast of secondary characters that I liked a lot and that has opened up several possibilities for future books in the series. Add in a little drama/angst to keep things moving along plot wise and I can happily say this was an afternoon well spent reading. If you enjoy paranormal books and enjoy mixed matings, this would definitely be one to consider; I know I’ll certainly read it again. 🙂