— Role-playing a cat for six months? You said you’re paying how much? —
Goran’s mouth has no filter, and it’s losing him job after job. Desperate and a week away from being homeless, he finds an offer online that sounds too good to be true. Spending six months in a mansion by the beach in return for a hundred thousand dollars as long as he sticks to the house rules.
This might be the one job where his unruly mouth doesn’t get in the way. After all, saying the wrong thing is impossible… when you’re role-playing a cat.
Meeting all the other guys at the cattery seems to be the icing on the cake, but the inconvenient truth he dishes out turns out to be too much. Goran makes everyone his enemy, but worst of all, Ollie, the prettiest cat of the bunch, the one who’s been in the cattery the longest, and the one who makes Goran’s heart skip a beat.
Ollie’s big blue eyes hold secrets Goran is intent on cracking, but to do so, he will need to learn to bite his tongue and listen. Too bad the pretty blond ice prince is set on getting Goran kicked out of the cattery for good.
Themes: debt, enemies to lovers, cat-play, Miami, immigrant, billionaire, love triangle, social anxiety, rent boy, backstabbing
Genre: M/M contemporary romance, sugar kink
Length: ~61,000 words (standalone novel)
WARNING: Adult content that might be considered taboo. Explicit content, strong language, multiple partner scenes. Reader discretion advised
That’s what this book had me. Excited to read it. Excited about the gorgeous cover. Excited by all the kink. Excited by this sweet little romance. Excited to see how it would all turn out and yet excited about every single I read. I have probably said this before but, THIS is my favorite K.A. Merikan book to date.
If I had any hopes about of leading a life of pious thoughts and innocent naivety (chyeah, OK) then all those hopes have been dashed to hell with this book because LORD(!), I was uncomfortably turned on by all the kinky fuckery. As in I-need-to-take-a-moment-to-sort-out-this-situation-umcomfortably-turned-on. Not only because of the delicious exploration of kink but also because of the excellent descriptions surrounding the emotions and the pure abandon with which these men gave themselves over.
What I expected to be an erotic novel from start to finish turned out to be such a sweet, SWEET romance. I love a good enemies to lovers romance and when it comes with a character like Goran, it’s all the more enjoyable. Goran is immediately smitten with Ollie from the moment he spots him, but he also has a serious problem with holding his tongue and watching him navigate through this new experience was adorable. Because of their constant push and pull, there was just enough angst to keep things fresh but not so much that it took centre stage. Above all their story was touching, endearing and beautiful.
I have only ever read Merikan’s darker books and this book is proof that these authors are versatile with an exceptional ability to weave creative, original and believable stories you can lose yourself in, no matter the subject or genre they choose. The Cattery hit all the good feels andleft me with a giant smile on my face. Absolutely recommended for all MM Romance fans.
(ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review)
K.A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are mistaken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.
They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises.