Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020
My Rating System
4 stars--would read again
3 stars--was good, won't read again
2 stars--read it, but didn't enjoy it
1 star--didn't finish, it was so awful
Do I need to read books before this one: yes
Cliffhanger: no, though the door is left open for a fourth book
Mairi is trying to kill Max, again, but luckily Max has backup that gives her time to get away. She runs to and jumps in the van holding the men who've been sent to kidnap her, puts the hood on her head, and yells Go!
Zé Vargas is so confused. Why has their ex-military group been hired to kidnap this little woman? And why doesn't the hirer care how she's treated before she's delivered, as long as she's alive? Then she asks Zé what *he's* doing here with these men? She says he's a cat. Then she starts talking about her uncles and cousins that were blown up in a plane, but currently live with her because it's hard to kill a honey badger. Zé's leader says he's done with this nonsense, one of the others coldcocks Max, and she just says Ow, then hits him where it hurts. That man tries to choke her, she looks at Zé, and he steps in to defend her. They all turn on him suspecting he's an infiltrator, and she starts laughing. While being choked. Then she grabs her knife and slices her choker's artery. And that's just the start.
Max realizes the cat doesn't know he's a cat, and that he's not a villain. She then kills everyone in the van, and, with her basketball team as backup, in the private hangar. Zé gets hurt, so she takes him home to heal.
Mairi, the Italian twins, Devon, Max's mother, and Freddy are all up to mischief, plus humans are being trafficked. And that's on top of basketball championships.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and this book is no exception. This author is amazing at keeping her characters distinct in verbal and physical mannerisms: Charlie's baking and screaming, Stevie's curled fists and smarty-pants explanations, Max's pushing everyone's buttons, etc. It's been a while since I read the first two books, but I easily fell back into this world because the characters are memorable.
The point of view in this series jumps all over. Though this story is about Max and Zé, we still get some of it from the viewpoints of Charlie, Stevie, Berg, Shen, Dee-Ann, Cella, Irene, Kyle, etc, even some random characters who are observing. I think it helps us readers experience the chaos of their lives, as well as showing things are happening simultaneously.
This book is hard to classify into one genre. It's action (possibly horror with the violence) and comedy and fantasy/paranormal with some romance. Whatever it is, it's a good read.
I recommend this only to those who have read the first two books. There's too much going on with family issues and shifter politics to try to pick it up here. So, if you haven't read the first two books, get hopping! You won't be sorry.
And this was why Max hated cats! Tricky, evil, fur-licking cats!
In their grizzly forms, the Dunn triplets marched through the house humming “The Bare Necessities” from that old Disney movie. The three of them, in a line, lumbered through the living room with their big grizzly heads swinging, all three thousand pounds marching along . . . and humming. Humming “The Bare Necessities” song. Vargas watched them go by in silence.
POSSIBLE TRIGGERS (spoilers)
Sex: multiple scenes and references
Language: 173 F words, 82 Lord's name in vain, 88 S words
Violence: knives, guns, bombs, gunfights, fistfights, chase, kidnappings, baby abduction
Zé abandons his former life, along with his best friend Kamatsu, pretty quickly with no apparent regret. If that's part of a cat's personality, it's not made clear.
The feelings developing between Max and Zé aren't obvious, and then kablammy, they're in love; that, for me, doesn't jive with Max's prickly, tough personality.