ate McMurray comes to the blog with the first in her Whitman Street Cat Café series,
Like Cats and Dogs
A definitive cat person, Lauren owns the little cat café on Whitman Street and when a new vet takes residence next door, the fit should be complete – right? Well, not really. And the potential and premise of this story was incredibly intriguing….
But I ultimately found myself frustrated – with characters who were more invested in sniping at each other and carrying grudges for petty arguments than working together to find common ground. While the animals were primary, and the spots around Brooklyn were well described and defined, the continued situations tossed into the mix, both good and bad, tested the veracity and reality of the characters and the plausibility of the story to the max.
I loved the animals and the intention to rescue – I didn’t love the way that Caleb, the vet, was stubbornly offering advice and pushing his ‘better ways’ on Lauren. His attitude and personality made him difficult at best, frustrating at worst, and unbelievable as a ‘romantic interest’. The whole add-in of a developer and a small community fight to hold onto their block the way it was just felt staged, with a resolution that was too quick, too easy and didn’t hold any interest except to add drama where it wasn’t needed.
Caleb and Lauren were both half-built, and while they had some chemistry – it was hard to see where it came from – or where it could go. There weren’t great moments of AHA for me as a reader, there were even fewer moments of laughter – even the animals, as cute as some were – didn’t quite revive this one for me enough to be curious for the next installment.
Title: Like Cats and Dogs
Author: Kate McMurray
Series: Whitman Street Cat Café #1
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Animals, Friendship, Humor elements
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 4 May, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 10 minutes
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Can you fight like cats and dogs, and still be perfect for each other?
Things are getting ruff in this Brooklyn neighborhood when new veterinarian Caleb Fitch moves in next door to the Whitman Street Cat Cafe and gets on the wrong side of cafe owner Lauren Harlow. Lauren has a few things to teach the new vet on the block, and rescuing kittens is only the start...
Lauren can't ignore the fact that she is instantly attracted to Caleb, but he gets her even more riled up when he argues with her about how best to treat the cats in her care. Determined to smooth things over, Caleb comes to the rescue when a new litter of abandoned kittens is left on Lauren's doorstep, and they confront the fiery attraction that's been building between them from the start. But saving the baby kittens is only the first challenge Lauren and Caleb have to face, and when a real estate developer comes sniffing around their block, they'll have to work together, or risk losing everything...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.