Review: Bee Allen – A Cat Builds a Raft

catAuthor: Bee Allen
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Paranormal
[xrr rating=3.75/5]

Summary: Families, Zeke knows, are complicated… and shapeshifter families are a whole other ball of catnip. Ten months ago, Zeke went off the Schuyler clan radar, determined to live a painless life of luxury as a housecat. It was a fantastic decision: his human, Toby, feeds him, cuddles him, and loves him with all the simple devotion he could ever want. Sure, he sometimes feels the desire to know Toby on a real, human basis, but it’s squashed by terror and inertia.

But Zeke isn’t the only one with a complicated family. A break-in heralds the end of Zeke’s fantasy life and throws him headlong into a new drama. Toby’s family is from the sea, where conflict is resolved a little differently. Zeke will have to use all his feline cunning to get him and Toby out of this mess safely—and both men will have to confront their fears, their families, and their future.
Review: One word: cute. Zeke is a pelt shifter and they hold a lot of responsibility. Just ask his cousin, Abigail. Zeke, not so much. He’s left the clan to be the pampered house cat of Toby. Toby coddles him, lovingly insults him, treats him as king. It’s an awesome life.
Until Toby’s family comes to call. Then things get real. Zeke is trying to still be lazy and coddled but Toby is in trouble. While Zeke deals with “…crushing feelings of worthlessness and disappointment…” Toby is dealing with attempted homicide. No contest. So Zeke has to man up and help save his human.
The whole selkie pelt vs natural shifter aspect was so interesting. This world would definitely be a great longer book idea (hint). It’s a pretty light tale despite the seriousness of Toby’s family issues, and Zeke is funny. He’s up for Toby’s surprise – hello, otter – and he’s appalled that Toby isn’t appreciating that he hasn’t licked his own butt. “He hadn’t licked. He had been good.” And when Toby realizes he’s done his cat, well, I laughed.
A unique take on the shifter world and on house cats in general!



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