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"Four fantastic very different paranormal Christmas stories!"

In our first story in this anthology, "Stroke of Enticement" by Nalini Singh, we have the opportunity to revisit the world of the Psy and Changelings. Personally, I love this world. The cat in this story is Zach Quinn, a member of the DarkRiver pack and forest ranger.

When Annie Kildare was a young child, she was involved in an accident which left her with a limp. In her hospital bed, all alone, Annie wrote a letter to Santa, asking for a friend, someone who will be hers and hers alone and won't leave her. Now all grown up, Annie is a teacher and her students consist of both human and Changelings. When one of her students—a Changeling—gets into trouble for hitting another, weaker boy, Annie schedules a conference after school. Instead of the boy's parents, "Uncle Zach" shows up. One hundred percent well-built, handsome, male cat. Of course, Annie has no intentions of getting involved with any man, much less a Changeling. Not after the example of her parents' marriage.

Zach takes one look at Annie and knows she is his mate. Will he be able to convince her of this? Will the two of them have a chance at a relationship?

The second story, "Christmas Bree" by Erin McCarthy, takes us to a totally different world. One of witches and magic. Now facing the first Christmas in her grandmother's house without her grandmother, witch Bree is with her sisters reminiscing over the past. She's thinking about the spell they all cast on some mistletoe for her older sister—now happily married, by the way. The fact she's been having some rather X-rated dreams about an attorney she met briefly the previous year couldn't be responsible for bringing these thoughts up though. And there's her cat, Akasha, with said mistletoe in her mouth. When her sister tells Bree she will be meeting a man with a pink shirt that wants to sleep with her, Bree doesn't believe it. Not until said man knocks on the door anyway.

Now that she's finally met the man she's been dreaming about in the flesh, will Bree let him go? Or will she grab this chance for happiness?

"Sweet Dreams" by Linda Winstead Jones takes us once again to a totally different world. One of soul-stealing demons and prophetic dreams. The cat is this story is a small jade statue. One Ruby Kincaid receives from a "secret admirer" during the annual neighborhood Christmas party. Since she's already received her gift, she has no idea where this cat came from.

Surprisingly, Professor Zane Benedict knows exactly what the statue is, but he also has no idea where it came from. Turns out a demon has been imprisoned in this statue. Zane is a member of a secret brotherhood determined to destroy the demon Il Gatto Nero and the fact the statue is now in Ruby's possession tells him she is next in line to have her soul stolen. With this victim—the ninth—the demon will once again walk the earth. Zane has sworn not to let this happen.

Will Zane be able to save both the world and Ruby? Will Ruby allow Zane to help her?

The final story in our anthology, "Christmas Heat" by Lora Leigh, takes us into the world of the Breeds. A world of genetically altered beings, trained, not raised with love. Our cat, Breed enforcer Noble Chavin knows librarian Haley McGuire is his mate, but he has resisted claiming her. He's determined to have her, but it must be her choice. When Haley overhears something she shouldn't, the first person she goes to is Noble. After an explosion at the library where Haley works, taking out two of Haley's friends, Noble determines to keep Haley safe—regardless of the Breed Council. Of course, this also gives him the opportunity to see if Haley will accept the fact she is his mate or not.

Will Noble be able to keep Haley safe from all harm? Will Haley continue to resist Noble?

The Magical Christmas Cat is a fantastic holiday anthology. These four authors have written very different stories, but they all have three things in common—they all take place around Christmas; they all feature very different types of cats; and they all feature a love meant to be. I absolutely adored getting to visit all these different worlds with all their different types of characters in one book. As if that isn't enough of a good thing, I loved the way the women turned out to be a bit more capable than the men gave them credit for. These four stories will have you laughing out loud, grabbing something to cool you down, and letting out a big, heartfelt sigh at the end. This is one anthology I very highly recommend reading.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted September 30, 2008

SUMMARY

**2008 PEARL HONORABLE MENTION - BEST ANTHOLOGY**

**A PNR Reviewer Top Pick**

Put a little meow in their stockings this year with these all-new tales of Christmas and felines—from beloved bestselling authors!

New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and top-selling authors Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones have a special gift for readers this year: never-before published holiday stories featuring passionate romance, paranormal adventure, and a distinctly alluring feline touch. With four new stories—including one featuring Lora Leigh’s genetically altered Feline Breeds—this is a collection packed with more surprises than Christmas morning, and more chills than the snowiest winter night…

Christmas Heat - Lora Leigh
A Breeds novella (Book 17) with Noble and Haley (Jaguar Breed)

Stroke of Enticement - Nalini Singh
A PSY/CHANGELING novella (book 7)

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Anthology

 

The Magical Christmas Cat
by Linda Winstead Jones, Lora Leigh, Erin McCarthy, Nalini Singh

Berkley Pub Group
October 1, 2008
Available: October 7, 2008
ISBN #0425223558
EAN #9780425223550
384 pages
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The Star Witch
Beyond The Dark
The Moon Witch
The Sun Witch
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Capturing Cleo
Hot On His Trail
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