"terrific romantic fantasy with double the fun"
"Toil" by C.S. Chatterly. In 1558 Cork, Ireland, an upset
Esmeralda combines her witchery with a scorned Molly Claire
turning two mages Trevor McGovern and Ian O'Rourke into cats
because of their mistreatment of women. To revert back to
men, they must find true love, but that person must return
their feelings. Witch Tabitha Cole owns a magick shop in
present day New York that she inherited from her murdered
mentor. She casts a spell to protect herself from the evil
who killed her mentor; her stray cat turns into a hunk,
Trevor finally human. As he risks his life to keep his
beloved safe, he wonders if she is the antidote.
"Trouble" by M.A. DuBarry. Tabitha's sister research
librarian and witch Marian has also adopted a stray feline.
She dreams of a gentle person to love her and Ian enters her
dreams. As he falls in love with her, Ian feels hope for the
first time since the curse as he believes Marian might be
the first person ever to love him.
Surprisingly though the uncaring womanizing two males
deserved their punishments, readers will feel empathy
towards them. That is the key to these delightful
interrelated novellas as C.S. Chatterly and M.A. DuBarry
make her two hunks more than just using philanders. The Cole
sisters are their perfect match loving and adoring their
respective mate, but unwilling to accept anything less than
love in return. TOIL AND TROUBLE is a terrific romantic
fantasy with double the fun.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 3, 2006
**2005 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST EROTIC ROMANCE**
TOIL: Tormented by a curse that leaves him in cat form for
centuries, Irish lord Trevor McGovern must repent for his
past sins by finding true love. If he fails to curb his
roguish ways, he's doomed to forever remain a feline...
After adopting a stray cat from her local animal shelter,
witch Tabitha Cole is stalked by an ancient, evil entity.
When she calls on the powers-that-be and asks them to send
her a familiar capable of protecting her, she ends up with a
naked hunk and her cat nowhere in sight... Can Trevor
convince Tabitha he's her cuddly cat turned protector? Can
Tabitha catch the dark entity stalking her before it's too late?
TROUBLE: Ian O'Rourke is spending eternity as a cat, but
because of his lecherous ways, a curse leaves him with the
ability to feel and think as a man...one with very virile
urges. Marian Cole is a Wiccan who adopts a cat from a
shelter. After all, cats are good company and don't care
what a woman looks like. Tired of being judged for her
appearance, she has given up on romance in favor of the
friendly companionship of a pet. When a miscast spell brings
Ian and Marian together in a dream, Marian wants to help Ian
resume his normal existence. Convinced there's no such thing
where he's concerned, Ian continually looks for an open door
out of her apartment and her life. While Marian might be his
very last chance at redemption, fleeing into the night is
his best choice. It's the one noble thing he has ever done...