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Dress for Looks

Crazy Cat Ladies: Dress Blues Book Cover Crazy Cat Ladies: Dress Blues
Lisa Carlisle,
romance, military, contemporary
11 Oct 2016

When Vivi Parker volunteers at a fundraiser for a cat shelter, she’s stunned to run into Jack Conroy, the one man she couldn’t have, but never forgot. While they served in the Marines, any relationship between them was off-limits. Years later in Boston, the rules have changed. But so have they.

I found this story rather boring.

And as for wearing long dresses to cover up scars on legs hasn’t she thought of leggings and thick tights? Or trousers?

I found the injured character rather wimpy and too depressive – speaking as someone who lost her athletic ability due to injury when much younger than her – and had to walk with a stick since aged 30 too. And yes I have lots of scars on my legs.

From all the Cat Ladies books I did extract the following:

‘Life is too short to look like an unmade bed’ and this is one of my mottos – as I travel 3.5 hours by train to get my hair cut by a girl who worked with Top Shop at Fashion Week his year! (but I do have other reasons as it is the same hair-dressers as  my daughter uses! And thus I visit her and get my hair done…)

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Eating for Love

Crazy Cat Ladies: Mr November Book Cover Crazy Cat Ladies: Mr November
Melanie Tring
romance, humour, contemporary romance

Marty Devonshire is the feared tough guy of the Vancouver Vice hockey team, yet he’s afraid to make a move on petite Elaine Salang. It will be up to the entire team—& Knightley the cat—to convince Marty to take a chance on love.


A book with Philippino culture  with lots of women and some very strange food

[ wikipedia says:

Filipino cuisine centres around the combination of sweet (tamis), sour (asim), and salty (alat), although in Bicol, the Cordilleras and among Muslim Filipinos, spicy (anghang) is a base of cooking flavor.

Counterpoint is a feature in Philippine cuisine which normally comes in a pairing of something sweet with something salty, and results in surprisingly pleasing combinations. Examples include: champorado (a sweet cocoa rice porridge), being paired with tuyo (salted, sun-dried fish); dinuguan (a savory stew made of pig’s blood and innards), paired with puto (sweet, steamed rice cakes); unripe fruits such as mangoes (which are only slightly sweet but very sour), are eaten dipped in salt or bagoong; the use of cheese (which is salty) in sweetcakes (such as bibingka and puto), as well as an ice cream flavoring.

Vinegar is a common ingredient. Adobo is popular not solely for its simplicity and ease of preparation, but also for its ability to be stored for days without spoiling, and even improve in flavor with a day or two of storage. Tinapa is a smoke-cured fish while tuyo, daing, and dangit are corned, sun-dried fish popular because they can last for weeks without spoiling, even without refrigeration.]

which doesn’t appeal to me at all.

however, if you want to try some here is a link to some popular dishes.

So we have a Canadian Ice Hockey (2nd League) team and the very large guys who get into the physical scrapping part of this game. And the team needs publicity and thinks that a calendar of beefcake for the cat shelter charity will bring the right type.

Mr November meets the small Philippino girl involved in the charity and eats her cultural dishes with relish and thus a match is made…

Fun story with humour.


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Veterinary science meets IT

Crazy Cat Ladies: The Vet and the Geek Book Cover Crazy Cat Ladies: The Vet and the Geek
(Gone Geek #2)
Sidney Bristol
romance, animals
11 Oct 2016

The Crazy Cat Lady boxed set lets 9 new purr-fectly wild romance stories out of the bag. There’s something to scratch the itch for every reader; comedy to suspense, sweet to deliciously scorching. We hope you enjoy these paw-some tails from New York Times, USA Today, & other authors.

The Vet & the Geek
When veterinarian Raul is reunited with his lost cat he gets more than he bargained for in Miranda, the sassy woman who wipes the floor with his subpar gaming skills. But Miranda doesn’t know if Raul is flirting with her, or if he’s the stalker she’s lived in fear of for years. Is he the crazy cat guy of her dreams, or does he want her—dead or alive?

Just to reverse the stereotypes, the Geek is the Cat Lady; and the Vet is the hotty with a very soft spot for cats.

Nicely written.


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Kittens need to Wee

Crazy Cat Ladies: Cats in the Cradle,  Book Cover Crazy Cat Ladies: Cats in the Cradle, 
Jerri Drennen
humour, romance, contemporary, crime
11 Oct 2016

Being accused of murder by the red-haired beauty, Beatrice Dailey, a woman known to be the crazy cat lady in the neighborhood, somehow kick-starts Sam Littman's floundering career. Soon he finds himself writing her as the main character in his novel—but as fact & fiction start to blur, Sam & Beatrice tumble headfirst into something most unexpected.


Well I suppose you need to keep finding different story lines and I do like the idea of the author writing about an author with a writing block, writing the story into his novel (the play within a play trick).

And they forgot to train the kitten to wee after feeding!

But other than that not the best.

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To Love a Lion

Crazy Cat Ladies: Sanctuary Book Cover Crazy Cat Ladies: Sanctuary
by Sukie Chapman
romance, animals,
11 Oct 2016

When Indiana finds her life is in shambles & her exotic cat sanctuary on the verge of bankruptcy, her only hope rests in the capable hands of a tall, dark, & bearded stranger. Jake’s on the hunt for the only good thing left in his life his lost lion Loki, but he never expected his search to lead him to beautiful, anguished Indy & her dilapidated refuge. As their attraction grows fiercer than the lions they love, Indy & Jake must decide if they can overcome old wounds & fears to find sanctuary in each other’s arms.

Again a a twist – with really big cats.

But really – wrestling with a full grown male  lion? Takes some trust that experience in some UK wild life sanctuaries have shown to be somewhat mistaken.

There is a good cliff hanger and I have ordered the second part of the story which comes outs in December.


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