Runaway Cat (book review)

RC banner Runaway Cat was written by Lisa Oliver.  It is book 2 of the Cloverleah Pack series.  The tour has been organized by N K Author Services.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

Runaway Cat CoverCan be read as a standalone.

Griff Matthews knew he looked like trouble but for a wolf shifter mechanic he was fairly laid back most of the time. Pleased that his Alpha was finally settled with his new mate, Griff longs to meet the man of his dreams. Little did he know he would find it that same evening, when he was too drunk to realize that his good looking hook-up was actually his mate. Problem is when he woke up sober his bed was empty.

Derrick “Diablo” Franklin was just looking for a hook up with a like minded shifter. The sexy cat shifter was deep undercover for the FBI and although his case was coming to an end, he had hopes for his career that didn’t involve finding a mate. However after meeting Griff, Diablo realized his plans might have to change.

But, nothing is easy for the two men as they battle the FBI, a crime lord from Baton Rouge and a host of contenders looking to take Diablo away from Griff. And just who is Angel Bandures?

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My review:

I have to start by saying this book is SO much better than that cover... and really SO much better than the book blurb.  Truly so much better.

I didn't read book 1 of the series, but I had absolutely no trouble following this book.  It can definitely be read as a standalone.  But... I like the book so much that I'm dying to read book 1... where I'm sure we get the entire story about Kane (the Cloverleah pack Alpha) and his mate, Shawn... as well as the initial story about Kane and Griff leaving their fathers' pack (Kane & Griff are cousins).  So... if you haven't read the first book... then I'd suggest starting there.  I'm also dying a little with having to wait for the next book in the series.

The Runaway Cat could easily have been split up, at least into parts within the book.  There were multiple times where there would be a closing, or end of some sort, and I would realize I was only at 23% or so into the kindle.  That's not to say I thought this was too long.  It was just a very full story.  I kept finding myself thinking it would be an amazing series (for HBO or Showtime... because, ahem, TOO HOT for anything else).  There were perfect spots that an episode could leave off until the next week.  (Does that make sense?)  Of course... it would kill me for an episode to end and I would suffer until the following week (I do much better with cable series when I can just binge watch them on Netflix or wherever).  BUT... that's exactly how I felt about this book.  Like it was an amazing addicting series that I would need to binge on.

I really loved this book.  The character and relationship development was well done.  The FBI undercover story line had me on the edge of my seat rushing through reading.  There were parts that had me laugh out loud.  There were parts that would have had me blushing if anyone had been reading over my shoulder.  And there were parts that were just full of sweetness and love.  And oh, my, goodness... Diablo being a "wolf pup chew toy"? Possible the cutest cuddliest sexiest shifter thing EVER.

So.  Cover and blurb.... meh.  Characters and story.... yes please.

Excerpt:

 The door slammed behind them, cutting out the noise of the club below. Diablo flicked his eyes over the room, habit more than anything else. Dim lighting, huge bed, couch in the corner, no lurking bad guys and a solid lock on the door. A lot better place for a hook up than some of the places he had been. Then he looked over at Griff and saw that the man had done the same thing. Checked the place out, deemed it safe enough. Something was off, but not enough to pierce Diablo’s lust. But he couldn’t help himself.

Looking up at Griff’s handsome face he asked quietly, “What are you?” A dark look passed over Griff’s face, fading as quickly as it was there, replaced by his trademark grin. “A wolf shifting mechanic looking to get laid. What are you?”

Hmm, okay. There was more to Griff than that, and Diablo knew it, but then Griff leaned over him, pushing his body up against the door with his chest. Leaving his hands rested on the door above Diablo’s head, Griff leaned his head down and placed his lips on Diablo’s pressing ever so gently. Diablo gasped as his cat suddenly went into a frenzy of want and he pushed his lips closer to Griff’s desperately seeking more of the same

Still grinning, Griff pulled back and whispered against his lips, “What are you? Don’t lie now.”

Diablo’s brain was scrambled and the man in front of him had barely kissed him. His cat was going crazy and his cock was throbbing so hard he was going to come in his pants if he wasn’t careful. Fuck he wasn’t a teenager, he was twenty eight years old for goodness sake, but Diablo had never felt this alive and he wanted Griff more than anything in his life.

Panting hard and not thinking at all Diablo blurted out, “Agency…undercover…Louisiana…cat shifter…please.”

Griff chuckled as he muttered, “God you Feebs are so easy. Pleasure will get you over torture every time.”

About the author:

author pic 2Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.

When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers and other writers. You can friend her on Facebook or email her directly at yoursintuitively@gmail.com. If you want to chat with her on Skype, then email for contact details.

 

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