Author: Brigham Vaughn
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/16/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Gay Romance
Grant Murchison is a computer programmer with a great job, a small house he’s fixing up, and a mischievous tabby cat named Molly. Doctor Brodie Hall is a veterinarian with a sleeve full of tattoos and an enormous mastiff named Ruby.
When Molly gets sick after nibbling on Grant’s favorite purple toy, he rushes her to the vet clinic where the doctor works. Grant’s embarrassed to admit what Molly ate, but Brodie finds Grant’s reaction charming.
Brodie decides to pursue Molly’s owner, but getting close to Grant is a bigger challenge than he anticipated. Despite Grant’s attraction to the vet, his past leaves him unable to trust in a future together. Doc Brodie may be great with scared and hurting animals but will his technique work on Grant?
Brigham Vaughn delivers a light, sweet m/m romance in Doc Brodie and the Big, Purple Cat Toy. Part of the same universe as Geeks, Nerds, and Cuddles, this fun and engaging story brings together computer programmer Grant and veterinarian Brodie in one of the most unique cute-meets I have read. As they begin a tentative relationship, complete with Molly the cat and Ruby the dog as part of the deal, Doc Brodie discovers that Grant struggles with issues that could end their romance before it’s truly begun. They must find a way to overcome Grant’s past ghosts in order to move forward into a future together.
If readers are looking for a bright, feel-good m/m romance that is low on angst but has an abundance of appeal, this is an excellent choice. As a novella, character and relationship development are fairly quick, but Grant and Brodie are delightful together and capture the reader’s heart with their likability, attraction to one another, and love for their pets. Their scenes together, both the intimate and not, are well written and help to create a sense of who these men are and how much they want to be together.
The main conflict in the story occurs due to a misunderstanding and lack of communication about it, which can be tiresome and repetitive in romances. However, it works for these two characters, particularly considering Grant’s insecurities. A main character from Geeks, Nerds, and Cuddles plays a pivotal role here, as well, and those readers familiar with that story might find this element particularly intriguing. Though I haven’t read Geeks, this story’s connection to it is well done, helping to maintain its integrity as a stand-alone book.
I highly recommend Doc Brodie and the Big, Purple Cat Toy for its cute premise, sweet characters, and light-hearted tone. As a relaxing summer read or an anytime escape, it is a warm, entertaining story with a big “awww” factor. Thank you, Brigham Vaughn, for this charming little gem!
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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