||The Wild Rose Press
A short paranormal romance
The Wild Rose Press
Cat in the Mist
Loner P.I. Blake Alexander hoped he wouldn't have to involve anyone else in the investigation of his grandfather's death, but the live-in nurse, Karma, suspects foul play... and has secrets of her own. Little does she know, the secret of who Blake really is could kill them both. Can Blake resist giving Karma the truth, and perhaps his heart, or will she convince him to confide all to save her-- and himself-- from the danger prowling in the misty orange grove?
“Who are you?”
When her blank stare continued, he clarified. “Henry’s grandson.”
Recognition lit her features, and her shoulders relaxed a bit.
“I wasn’t expecting you. Henry told me you lived in Oregon.”
“I do.” He nodded, then smiled at her, careful not to show too many teeth. He hoped he looked friendly, not frightening. This would have been so much easier if he’d been expecting to see her here. He suppressed an annoyed growl.
“I came down when I heard the news,” he continued.
She nodded. “The funeral was this morning.” She paused and sent him an expression meant to scold him for not being there. “It was very nice.”
He tried his smile again. “I didn’t come for that.”
If she’d been a cat, all the hair on her back would have stood up right then. “Oh?”
“No. I came to see you.” He tried very hard to keep his tone even. “Of course I didn’t expect to find you here.” He indicated the house in its entirety with one long sweep of his arm.
“You came to see me?” Apparently, it was so ridiculous it bore repeating. “What do I have that you could possibly want?”
“I want to find out what Henry was like from someone who knew him.”
He nearly cringed at the lie and hoped she couldn’t see through him. He’d never liked pompous old Henry in his pompous old houses with his pompous old advice—especially the advice.
“I’d be glad to tell you what I know.”
Blake nodded. She’d actually bought it. This was going to be easier than he thought. A little tug here, little push there, maybe even some seduction, and he’d have everything he needed from her. It might even be pleasant, which he affirmed as he took another discreet glance at her legs.
“So shall we discuss it over dinner?”
Karma’s question ripped Blake from his thoughts. A little forward of her to ask him on a date the first time they’d ever met each other. He liked it.
5 Books from The Long and the Short of It
This is my first foray into the paranormal romance genre and it wasn't disappointing. Although it involves people who aren't really people, I totally bought into it.
Blake and Karma are an interesting pair. Both are tough cookies with a soft center. I liked that Karma was intelligent and didn't believe Blake's story without some proof. Blake's character was sexy and myseterious and for a while I was worried that things might end badly with him.
Although it was short, there was plenty of story here. The pacing was quick. It kept me reading from beginning to end (My bum didn't leave the couch until I was done).
I don't want to say much about the plot because I think readers will prefer to have this story open up to them as they read. I will say, though, that if you enjoyed the romance between Buffy and Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), you'll enjoy this one--only instead of vampires it's critters.
4 Angels from Fallen Angel Reviews
Karma Santiago was the live in nurse for a strange old man who died suddenly. The problem is, Karma doesn’t think he died a natural death, she believes he was murdered. Blake Alexander is Henry’s grandson and hasn’t seen him for years but he also thinks Henry’s death wasn’t natural. Blake’s “people” want Blake to kill Karma in case she knows too much about his grandfather’s life and friends but Blake refuses to do that without cause. Strangely enough, Karma trusts Blake and the two of them decide to try to figure out why Henry died. But Karma and Blake have one major obstacle, they are fiercely attracted to one another and the attraction could get them both killed. Will Karma and Blake be able to figure out what happened to Henry before one or both of them are killed also?
Cat in the Mist by Sonja Foust is a cute but very short story. Things have to happen almost instantly to get through the story with the length it is. There isn’t time for a normal relationship to develop between Karma and Blake so they have to jump right in feet first within the first few pages. They quickly let their lusts get out of hand and have sex which in turn changes their relationship, now they want to save and help each other. The reader either likes the main characters in the beginning or they don’t, there isn’t much time to ease into it. I liked Karma and Blake, so I thought the story was cute. I would have liked for there to have been a little bit more “meat” in the tale to allow them to find clues and work through what is going on. It is just a little too abrupt to suit me. On the other hand, if you just want a really short story to tide you over then this one is cute.
Reviewed by: Stephanie B.
CAT IN THE MIST is a good adventure story with some nice suspense and romance. The characters seem tinged with a bit of destiny, and the reader sees each of them step up to the conflict swirling around them. I like the inner strength Karma displays, and found her to be a good heroine for the story. Blake is also a very interesting character. Although at first I didn't like him at all, as the story unfolded I understood his initial aloof manner. All of this plays into the gradual relationship that he and Karma ease into. The scenic descriptions of California and the orange groves are well done and communicate the setting vividly. The author keeps a lot of secrets and mysteries from the reader until the last moment, and I really enjoyed that sense of suspense, of not giving away everything at once. If you are in the mood for a short story packed with mystery and shape-shifters, CAT IN THE MIST will give your brain a fix.
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