Review: Angel Martinez – Boots

51uxfuyiz9lAuthor: Angel Martinez
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Summary:
Newly expanded version!
Willem’s lost his job and his boyfriend, and now possibly his mind when his cat calls him a nitwit.
Willem’s father never approved of his artistic talents, his choices in life, or the fact that he’s gay. When the only thing Horst leaves to Willem is the family cat, he thinks it’s his father’s last insult from the grave. That is, until the cat starts talking to him.
Though Willem’s lost his boyfriend, his home, and his job, Kasha, who claims to be a magic cat, reassures him that all will be well. All he needs is Willem’s trust and a good pair of boots. But giving boots to a talking cat has unexpected consequences when odd events ambush Willem at every turn, such as the appearance of a handsome stranger in his arms at night. While he begins to suspect Kasha’s plans might be dangerous for all involved, how can he distrust such a charming kitty in cowboy boots?

Review:

This is the second, and expanded, edition of Boots, A Tilted Fairytale. Willem’s father has passed away and in what he thinks is a final insult from the grave, his father leaves Willem the family cat. Then the cat starts talking to him and Willem is sure that along with his boyfriend, home and job, he’s lost his mind! But Kasha keeps telling him all will be well – which could explain the line on the top of the book – how can he distrust such a charming kitty in cowboy boots? I love that line!

The story is told from Willem and Kasha’s alternating point of view.

For anyone who reads my reviews, you will not be surprised that I loved this take on the fairy tale Puss in Boots. I actually had to look up the original story to refresh my memory because it’s been a while and there have been so many versions of it! I like the fact that in this version, Kasha is a different type of character than the cat in the original. He is a magic cat, although I don’t wish to spoil how he is, indeed, magic. The background of how he came to be on earth the way he is, makes him even more of a likable character.

Willem comes across as this big, gentle artist who wishes for love, but got hurt by it instead, with his father and then his boyfriend, but he has not lost his compassion and his caring. His care for Kasha, even after finding out his secret, seems to bring out the same characteristics in Kasha again – because that did lead to his current existence in serving.

I enjoyed this story so much, it was hard to put down because of the connection between the characters, the way the relationship evolved. I don’t want to go too much further as I think that would create spoilers, but I will say if you like fantasy stories, if you like fairytales with a bit of a twist, or just fantasy stories with a cat, well, you will probably like this story! There is the characters, the plot, romance, great secondary characters and for me, it was enough to invest me in the characters that I needed tissue by the end of it! And if a story can bring out emotion in me, then it is always a high recommendation from me!

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