Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Fangs and Catnip
Author: Julia Talbot
Series: Dead and Breakfast #1; Dreamspun Beyond
Heroes: Carter & Fallon
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A romance worth fighting for—tooth and claw.
Solitary vampire Fallon Underwood gets all the social interaction he needs being the silent partner at the Dead and Breakfast B and B high in the Colorado mountains. Change is hard for Fallon, so when his business partner, Tanner, suggests hiring a new manager for the inn, he’s adamant that they don’t need help, especially not in the form of bouncy werecat Carter Hughes.
Carter is a happy-go-lucky kitty, and he loves the hospitality industry, so the D and B ought to be a great place for him. He falls for Fallon as soon as he picks up one of Fallon’s novels, and begins to woo the vamp with gifts. When Fallon finally succumbs to Carter’s feline charms, the results are unexpected, to say the least. Their mating will have irreversible consequences—for their bodies and their hearts.
The blurb does a pretty good job of explaining this one so I don’t feel the need to go into more detail about it. What I will say is it’s more of a slow-burn story than anything else. Carter immediately recognizes Fallon as someone more to him but Fallon just wants Carter to go away and stop bothering him…but then doesn’t want Carter to stop. Add to that, I really enjoyed the premise and how this hotel was for the supernatural.
It was highly entertaining to experience Carter as a character. I loved his thoughts and I liked seeing how he tried to not show his kitty tendencies. It was so adorable, I just couldn’t get enough of him! I loved that he was so enamored with Fallon and tried to woo him. As for Fallon, it was a little harder to like him because he starts off a bit rude but then I warmed up to him once I saw how much he couldn’t resist Carter’s charms. It was sweet seeing them together especially while Carter was in cat form because Fallon embraced that side of Carter and had no issues with Carter being a cat. Just loved them!
While I highly enjoyed this book, I was a little saddened by what happened after we find out about Carter and Fallon mating. I mean, there was this huge conflict and then after everything is put back to rights, we don’t really get to see them work it out. We get an after clip, so to speak, but I would have like to explore more of their bond and what happens next instead of just being told what is/will be happening. Especially since their bond, being mates from different species, is pretty rare.
In the end, I really, really loved this book. I loved Carter’s high energy, Fallon’s melancholy and Tanner’s sometimes surliness. I liked that Carter tried to woo Fallon and how Fallon tried to resist. I really loved the slow-burn to this one and the different species that were introduced. I wished there had been a little more spotlight on what their bond meant and how they handled it but I adored this book over all. Definitely give it a go if you’re looking for something sweet, easy and with a bit of slow-burn to it!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*