Book Review: A Cat Café Christmas

Published October 4th 2022

Author: Codi Gary

A laugh-out-loud, opposites attract romance about three of the world’s most beloved C’s: Christmas, Coffee, and Cats.

Veterinarian and animal lover Kara Ingalls needs a Christmas miracle. Opening the Meow and Furrever Cat Café to find loving homes for adorable, adoptable cats was a dream come true—but with more cats than customers, it’s quickly turning into a nightmare. If Kara can’t figure out some way to get the café out of the red, it won’t last past the holidays.

Marketing guru Ben Reese may be annoyingly smart and frustratingly bossy, but when he hatches a plan to put the café in the “green” by Christmas, Kara realizes that she’d be a fool to turn down his help. And so what if he turns out to be an excellent problem solver and nerdy-hot—he can’t even handle fostering one little kitten. She needs to keep their relationship professional and focus on saving the cafe.

But if Ben and Kara can set aside their differences—and find homes for all the cats by Christmas—they might discover that, by risking their hearts, they’ll have their own purr-fect holiday . . . together.

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A Cat Café Christmas immediately appealed to me as it includes a holiday vibe, a romance, and, of course, cats! The story is a lighter romance and, while I love dogs, gives cats a chance to shine as the cute animal in a story. Veterinarian, Kara Ingalls opens a cat café called Meow and Furrever, which is combined with a low-cost vet clinic with her best friend, Charity. Right away, the story lives up to its title as it is very cat-centric! I loved the sketches and the many cat bios throughout the novels along with the large focus on adopting them out. As the cat café is financially struggling, Kara and Charity need more funding to help the vet clinic side.

Ben Reese enters the picture and as a marketing guru, he has many ideas to help raise money. Ben and Kara both have complex romantic pasts. While Kara’s former love embezzled from her and ruined her reputation, Ben’s former fiancée left him for his brother. The two of them begin to work together, but do not always see eye to eye. Ben is currently renovating his new home, so when he finds a kitten in the rubble, he takes it to the café. Kara’s very judgmental reaction to Ben taking it to the café really rubbed me the wrong way. There were many moments in the story, including with Charity, where either of them would push cats on people that were not interested in them. The animal lover in me really did not agree with this practice as it came across as a bad home is better than no home, which is not true in my eyes. I probably was not supposed to read that much into it, but it just did not sit right with me.

While the title states it is Christmas, the timeline begins in late-November and has the holiday vibe throughout. There are fun discussions between Ben and Kara as they get to know each other although I don’t understand some of them. I’m not sure why the concept of audiobooks had to be used as a topic of conversation. Ben listens to them, and Kara looks down on that and states that it is not actual reading. For me, any other topic would have worked as this one was not necessary. As for the romance, it was okay for me, but it was not amazing. I can see maybe the two characters dating a little, but it would still be at the very beginning stages. Charity and Ben’s friend, Schwarz have an open-ended type of story so I am sure they will have a story of some kind in the future. Overall, this was a very sweet story that just needed a little polishing. I do look forward to reading more from the author in the future.

Blitzen Prompt: Use a random number generator to find a number between 0 and 9 and find a book that ends in that page number. Generated Number =4 (20 pts)

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