Author: Andrew j. Peters
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: Maggie Ward
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Twenty-two-year-old Jacks is on a mission to drown his past in alcohol when he meets the handsome drifter Benoit on a lost weekend in Montréal. It’s lust and possibly something more. Jacks never suspects that a drunken hook-up will plunge him into the hidden, violent world of feline shifters. Benoit traps him in an arcane ritual to be joined as mates, from which Jacks emerges with fantastical abilities and a connection to Native traditions that were buried by his family. But his new existence pits his human instincts against his wild animal nature. When Jacks meets the young medical student Farzan, who wants to be with Jacks no matter what or who he is, Benoit’s feline jealousy rages like an inferno. Jacks must figure out how to survive with his dual nature and a boyfriend who will kill any threat to their relationship. When a secret society called The Glaring shows up with a plan to exterminate humankind, Jacks will have to work quickly to gain command of Benoit’s magic before the world shatters into a war of man against beast.
Part 1: Werecat: The Rearing
This was a very gruesome piece of the story. If you were expecting light and fluffy, think again. This part established Jackson’s history as a human and how he came to be a werecat. It told a sad tale of how his world was taken from him without his knowledge or consent. Oh don’t get me wrong, the sex was fully consensual, but the conversion to werecat was not. In this portion of the trilogy, the author did a great job of painting Jackson in a light that allowed the reader to develop empathy for Jackson and become invested in his story. I know I definitely ended this section wanting to know more about werecats and wanting to see how Jackson will start over and survive. I am not so much even worried about a romance so much as intrigued by the werecat origin and want to see Jackson survive this life that he did not ask for.
Part 2: Werecat: The Glaring
So this section introduced a bit more mystery and a few more details about being a werecat. It also introduced the romantic element. I was pulled in and I want to know more about The Glaring and what it means to be a werecat. Are all werecats like Benoit and the members of the Glaring? What exactly did Benoit leave behind? What will happen to Jackson and will he be able to keep his love interest? The author has done another fine job of connecting the reader to Jackson and his plight. I want to know more!
Part 3: Werecat: The Fugitive
In the final part of the trilogy, the action was ramped up and more information was given about werecats. Jacks met a new pride who live life much differently than The Glaring. Jacks gave in to the lure of a potent catnip and a few hot bodies (not technically infidelity but too close for my liking), but in the end returned to his love. This part was much faster paced and more interesting but I was still left with so many unanswered questions. I have also decided that I am unsure if I really like Jacks. He was not always the most forthcoming or honest individual and I feel that his love can do so much better.
Overall, I enjoyed this trilogy. The author is a hell of a storyteller, but I am confused. The title “trilogy” usually implies that by the end of the third installment, things will come to an end. But that was not the impression I got here. So either this was incorrectly called a trilogy or the author is leaving me hanging. I have found no evidence of more to come from this world, so my rating is reflecting the fact that the author has ended something that feels unfinished to me. There are still so many questions left unanswered and the ending is open to more. So dear author, is there more and I just don’t know it? If so, I would love to know when and where I can read the rest.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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