Review: The Cat’s Meow by Stacey Kennedy

Review: The Cat’s Meow by Stacey KennedyThe Cat’s Meow by by Stacey Kennedy

Series: Witches Brew #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Libby is an Enchantress—a witch gifted by the Goddess to conjure spells. When a magical presence is detected around a recent string of feline slayings, Libby takes the case to uncover the reasons behind the odd deaths. Much to her displeasure, the coven also sends a sexy warlock, Kale, to assist her.

While having the muscle around proves to be useful, fighting the attraction between them is worse than a hex, especially considering Kale is keeping secrets. But soon, Libby has bigger problems than the elusive warlock when her spells turn up clues that point to something far more sinister than slaughtered cats.

Now Libby has landed herself in the midst of an uprising. She trusts no one and isn’t safe—not from the warlocks stirring up trouble. Not from the worrisome rebellion she can’t escape. And certainly not from Kale, who is weaving a very dangerous spell over her heart.

Well, well, well!  Stacey Kennedy does it again for me.  My forays into Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasies that focus on witches and magic have been few and far between mostly because the other paranormals interested me more, but I accepted the book on faith because of who wrote it and my faith was not in vain.  This story wove its magical spell over me from the beginning and even now that I’ve turned the last page it still has me entranced.

The reason for my enjoyment comes from the fact that there is a wonderful blend of my favorite elements in a story: strong plot involving a mystery, loveable characters, and access to a creative and fantastic magical world.

The introduction to this new world was handled well in that explanations were given on the fly as the plot took me along instead of pauses for info dumps that would have bogged down the story’s pace.

Libby is an enchantress witch and she works for her local coven sort of like a detective who wields magic to help her solve her cases and track down the offenders.  She is called in on a weird case.  Several dead cats have been found around the city.  Not long after she arrives on the scene and determines that black magic hasn’t been used, an unknown warlock appears out of the blue and announces that he is to assist her on the case at the coven’s desire.

Libby sees red when she sees Kale.  Even if it weren’t for the fact that he’s evasive and she doesn’t trust him while suspecting that he has been sent to keep an eye on her for the purpose of finding evidence to get her kicked out of the coven, there is still the huge matter that he is a warlock.  Libby hates warlocks with a passion.  She hasn’t had a good past track record with them and has no plans to think that this time will be different.

Reluctantly, Libby accepts Kale along and she beings to hunt down the reason for the dead cats, but not long after an even bigger mystery turns up and she switches her focus.  Libby and Kale are now dealing with the death of a human where they uncover true danger and black magic.  It takes all their skill to continue the case and stay alive even while Libby fights to keep her mind focused on her mission and not the alluring man who attracts her like nobody else ever has even though she knows he is a huge walking enigma.  The build up (yes, I refer to sexual tension too) in the plot led to one explosive ending that had me turning pages like mad straight through to the end.

Now, when I first began this book I was excited that this was going to be about a witch who solved mysteries and magical crimes and then added to this mix was the biggest mystery of all for her to solve- Kale.  I got a little uneasy as I got going because of Libby’s fixation on her hatred of warlocks.  You see, I don’t have much patience on stubborn and stupid when it comes to book characters and I wondered if her stubborn fixation was going to lead her into doing stupid things.  But not to worry, while she irritated me a tad at first until I discovered where the underlying hatred came from, she also had many other qualities that kept her on my good side too.  I enjoyed watching Libby grow from this early point in the story where she was set in her thinking to when she was open to the possibility that there might actually be worthy warlocks out there in the world and finally to the point where she had to take what she was learning and believe it.

The story is told all from Libby’s perspective and that really worked because it left Kale more of a shadowy figure until all his secrets are out.  While I would loved to know what he was thinking when he directed certain looks her way, it wasn’t like there were no clues to him even from Libby’s prejudiced perspective.  And I loved the tease through the story of wondering what his big secrets were especially when he was so worried about how Libby would take them.  I liked the juxtaposition of seeing a big bad warlock made vulnerable because he cares about Libby and what she thinks of him (those expressive eyes of Kale-mmm).

In conclusion, I now have a second series by Stacy Kennedy that I love and must wait for the next installment (grrr).  I’m not sure I wish to thank her for providing this copy to obtain my honest review because I think it is a form of mental torture to await a new series installment.  I’m just kidding and to show I have no hard feelings (sort of), I’ll even recommend this to those who love slow to build tension packed paranormal or urban fantasy romances involving feisty witches and alpha male hot warlocks.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

StaceyKennedyStacey Kennedy’s novels are lighthearted fantasy with heart-squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again. But within the stories you’ll also find fast-paced action, life-threatening moments, and a big bad villain who needs to be destroyed. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband and two children. If she’s not plugging away at a new story—which is rare because her muse is annoying—you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy, Games of Thrones, Supernatural and Dexter.

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About Stacey Kennedy

Stacey Kennedy is an urban fantasy lover at heart, but she also enjoys losing herself in dark and sensual worlds. She loves in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who gave her a happily-ever-after. Together, they have two small children who can always make her smile, and who will never be allowed to read Mommy’s books. If she’s not plugging away at a new story, you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, True Blood and Lost Girl.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.