Monday, June 3, 2013

Review: The Cat's Meow by Stacey Kennedy

When a magical presence is detected around a recent string of feline slayings, Libby, an enchantress, is determined to discover who is behind the odd deaths. But being a witch gifted by the Goddess won’t protect her from the talented warlock the Coven sends to assist her. Kale weaves a spell more powerful than any she’s ever seen–and he’s sexy as sin. But why he’s even needed for such a simple mission is beyond her.

While having some muscle around can’t hurt her investigation, fighting her growing attraction for Kale is worse than a hex, especially considering she knows he—and their Coven—are hiding something from her. When she turns up clues that point to something far more sinister than slaughtered cats, though, the elusive warlock isn't the her only concern. She now has a political rebellion on her hands, too. And when the truth about who she really is begins to surface, the only person Libby can trust is herself.

Note: Book was provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Libby is her coven's one enchantress. When she is sent to investigate some feline slayings and her friend senses evil, things go form bad to downright catty when Kale shows up to "assist" in her investigation. He watches as Libby sends the cats soul on to put it to rest. Watching her work is nothing compared to what he believes she holds in power. However, he continues to assist in her investigation, but when she starts asking why he is there for something as simple as mysterious feline murders she begins to wonder if her own coven thinks she's weak an looking for a reason to send her away.

Kale is intrigued by Libby's ability to channel the Goddess and her powers, but knowing whats really going on he's got to find out if she can really handle what it takes. When they begin to discover that things are far more grave then they thought, Libby is torn between believing Kale and letting him help or trusting her instincts and knowing that Kale may be hiding the truth about who he is and why he's there. As more then cat's begin to turn up dead they must face that the situation is beyond their control and tell the Coven that trouble is brewing in a BIG way.

Libby still doesn't trust Kale, but when she talks to her own mother, an elder, she finds that even her mother's lips are locked! Libby knows that things are bad if even her own mother can't tell her things...and that only one reason can keep them like that. Libby starts putting two and two together and holy hex! If she would have been keeping up with the priests and priestess in the Alchemy and reporting in as she was told, she would have known!

Kale tries to keep her at arm's length, but his attraction for her still shows through, and trying to keep his hands off her proves difficult, but when Libby taps into her powers and meets with a Ghost, Kale is there and boy can he distract her from her job! But they come to find out that Libby's past is coming back to haunt her in the form of her ex-boyfriend...Byron, who is up to no good. He is trying to hide, but with some canine help and the Goddess they track him down and come to find out that things are happening much more rapidly then they thought. Unfortunately Libby's conflicted feelings for him get in the way and Kale is forced to let him go... but not before they find out the Alchemy is up to BIG trouble and the death's of warlocks in the coven indicate it's for their power.

Kale believes he knows how to unlock her true power, but can Libby handle the responsibility and learn what she needs to fight the Alchemy? Kale and Libby find themselves right in the middle during Beltane - the one period when Kale's warlock powers are unleashed and his secret is revealed that Libby find she has to trust the Goddess and the feelings her powers give her. With battle ensuing Libby finds the Goddess is guiding her and she must go beyond her comfort zone if she is to stop the Alchemy. It goes against everything she was taught, but she knows it will alter her future. IF you want to find out what happens you have got to read the book!

Stacey is still a master at romantic tension as it mounts throughout the story. Between Libby trying to find out Kale's secrets, her growing attraction to the warlock, and not getting in over her head and then Kale trying to keep up his facade, his interest in her and helping her realize her potential things get steamy! I about died laughing in Libby's dream scene wit the snarky remarks from the Ghost and everything else going on there too. Her climactic scene was superbly written and the execution was flawless. Libby is smart, cunning and strong in the face of danger once she let's her feelings ring true. Kale is dark and brooding in his own rights and finally showing his strength and power is a scene I visualized and marveled at immensely. When all is said and done they are a perfect pair and compliment each other nicely. A great start to a be-witching tale sure to get you hooked on warlocks and witches again.

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