Even though the title of this book should have given it away, it took me a couple chapters into this book to realize it was a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. Which then made me nostalgic for “10 Things I Hate About You.” I love retellings and this one was a lot of fun.
A game developer agrees to go out on a date with a bitchy cat behaviorist so his brother can date her sister, not expecting he’d turn into a cat person and have feelings for her along the way. For a full synopsis, see this book’s Goodreads page.
The Cat Whisperer
Edie, the sassy but grumpy friend of Gretchen’s, meets Magnus, a driven game developer at Gretchen and Hunter’s engagement dinner for the those who’ll be in the wedding. When Edie hears him making disparaging “cat lady” comments, she goes on the defensive and they start things out on the wrong foot. Edie is a cat behaviorist who’s fairly resigned to her life as single cat lady, but still, the insult is there and her impression of Magnus isn’t good.
The Drama of Love at First Sight
Magnus is of the mind that Edie is grouchy and miserable, so he’s not happy when his brother coerces him into showing interest in Edie so he can date her sister. Magnus wouldn’t do it, but he sees his brother as the creative partner in their business, and since his brother can’t seem to create without his “muse,” Magnus agrees to help him.
Besides her love of cats, she has a bad knee as a result of an accident. She doesn’t want sympathy, but she’s a little bitter about the whole thing, especially since her boyfriend at the time of the accident dumped her. Magnus is an alpha nerd who ends up falling for Edie and realizes that what they were doing in the first place was cruel. He also does something a little different from many of the guys in these books: he actually comes clean before she finds out from someone else. There’s still conflict and betrayal and a very pissed off Edie, but score one for honesty, even if the timing is bad.
The book was fun overall, but I loved the fact that Magnus took Edie to a gaming convention. It thrilled my little nerd heart to no end.
Nothin’ But a Gold Digger
I never really got why Bianca was spending time with Magnus’ brother. It was hinted strongly that she was a gold digger, and maybe wanted some time away from taking care of Edie, but I was never entirely sure of her motives. She was just a brat, and it cracked me up every time Gretchen put her in her place. To be honest, neither of the siblings were really likable and were both highly annoying and self-centered.
The Pain of Siblings
Having said that, I liked the way that both Edie and Magnus were highlighted as having codependent relationships with their siblings to serve as another of their flaws and another shared trait that brought them together. It’s not something that’s often thought about really, but it’s definitely a family dynamic that could mess with a good relationship.
The Romance Factor
While their whole relationship as that sweet vibe, I absolutely loved what Magnus did to show Edie that he really loved her. No spoilers, but it was such a great thing to do and a great idea in general, that I want it to be a real thing (it involves cats, of course). 5/5
The Steam Factor
Lots of sexy talk, sexy times, and naughtiness, perfectly choreographed and written around Edie’s bad knee. I loved the realism and sex positivity. 5/5
Another entertaining book in this series with more cameos from familiar faces. One thing I really liked is that the storyline in this one actually parallels at least one, maybe 2 other books, and so you get a hint of things to come in some of the scenes.