Author: K.M. Mahoney
Publisher: Amber Allure
Pages/Word Count: 61 Pages
At a Glance: Simple, sweet, and quick
Blurb: Mike isn’t much of an animal lover. His sister, however, insists that every little boy needs a pet, which is how he finds himself sitting in a veterinary office, trying to explain the facts of life to his six-year-old nephew while holding a dead hamster in a shoebox. It’s not one of his finer moments. So of course, it’s just his luck that in walks the cute, shy, and utterly lust-worthy Riley Laytham. But Mike has never been one to let an opportunity pass him by, no matter how awkward the situation might be.
Riley isn’t used to guys flirting with him, and he definitely didn’t expect it to happen at the local vet office. In the kennels, no less, surrounded by dogs and cats, and under the close scrutiny of one overly inquisitive little boy. Riley’s first instinct is to make his excuses and run, but Mike is persistent.
Their first date is a disaster. They have nothing in common, and Riley’s cats seem determined to end the budding relationship before it can get started. For some reason, though, Mike isn’t running. Now Riley just has to decide if he can make it work with a guy who staunchly declares that he doesn’t like cats.
Review: Mike doesn’t like cats…but he does like the man who breeds them very much. But between his allergic reactions, Riley the cat breeder’s considerable skepticism, and Mike’s determination, somehow Riley Laytham is going to be Mike’s—come hell or high water.
A cute, flirtatious short story, Learning To Love Cats by K.M. Mahoney absolutely demands you check your disbelief at the door. Insta-love, crazy funny and so very sweet, Mahoney weaves a magical short tale about falling in love despite one’s own disbelief that they could ever be the object of someone else’s desire. Riley is so hesitant to believe that Mike could really love him after only a few dates. But Mike is certain that Riley must be his, and he will even learn to like those darn cats to prove it.
This is not a long, involved or angsty love story; rather, it is simple, sweet, and quick. But in a short span of time, the author manages to create two lovely characters, a sweet side cast of brothers and nephews, and spin a story that is fun and witty. This is just a kindhearted story to fall into and enjoy—looking for much else will disappoint you, be forewarned. While there may be flaws in the telling, Learning To Love Cats is a lovely tale of love and happy ever after.
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