Title: A Game of Cat & Mouse
Author: Astrid Cielo
Series: Pinewood Creek Shifters #1
Published: November 15th 2012 by Astrid Cielo
Page Count: 238
Genre: Paranormal Romnace
Shelf: Books I Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Miranda Sullivan could not be more lost in the woods behind her new house. When cougar shifter Caleb finds her he is determined to claim her. Falling hard and fast for the sexy cougar is the least of a mouse shifters worries. Now Miranda must defend her place as Caleb’s alpha female against a crazy and angry kitty cat! What’s a tiny little mouse to do?
Cielo brought her story out in vivid colour with her past paced, in your face writing style. She laid out this shifter community in a manner that you can’t help but visualise. She also draws her audience into the community, allowing them to become a part of the story. You can’t help but giggle at the characters when they refuse to swear yet find themselves in hot and racy situations (that definitely add to the story, rather than detracting from the storyline). You also feel the tension and impending issues while the storyline progresses.
I love how Cielo has some minor overlaps of scenes as she switches perspective from character to character. It really draws you into the story and lets you get to know both of the main characters intimately. Cielo ensures that we get to know these two individuals on many different levels, making them complete and well-rounded individuals. On top of that, they are people that you want to know in real life. You don’t want to leave them behind at the end of the novel (thank God for sequels). The supporting cast was also quite well developed. You don’t get to know them quite as intimately as the main characters, but you know them well enough to be neighbours. It helped add to the sense of community in the novel.
As a whole, this was a brilliant introduction to this shifter community, leading you into the series with a brilliant kickoff. At the same time, Cielo doesn’t leave you hanging at the end of the novel. It is a complete story in and of itself. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone who wants a racy shifter novel.
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