A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count)

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
260 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Catnapped is a work of fiction in the urban fantasy, adventure, and romantic drama subgenres, and was penned by author R. J. Blain. The work is intended for the general reading audience and is subtitled ‘A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count)’, which sums up the ethos and attitude of the work very well indeed. Our protagonist is the instantly likable Diana, a woman who adores her rescue cat, Mr. Flooferson the Magnificent, and would quite literally go to the ends of the earth for him. So when Diana finds her cat stolen, she makes a deal with demons, angels, and everyone in between in order to rescue him, little knowing that her quest will lead her into a celestial fight the scale of which she could never have imagined.

Author R. J. Blain has crafted an utterly charming work of comedy-drama fiction with plenty of thrills, spills, and laugh-out-loud moments to offer readers. As an avid reader of many of Blain’s works, it is wonderful to see the author hit such a delicate balance of the wacky and the relatable, which is achieved in no small part by her commitment to developing such relatable characters, whom you can believe in despite the bizarre and entertaining events of the plot. The cheeky dialogue and snark within the prose offset the cutesy overtones, making for a wild adventure that readers from teens to any age above can’t fail to enjoy. Overall, I would highly recommend Catnapped to fans of quirky, witty comedies, fantasy adventure novels, and readers of well-penned romantic fiction everywhere.

Liz Konkel

Catnapped: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) by RJ Blain is the eighteenth book in the series. Diana will stop at nothing until she gets her cat back. She came home to find her house broken into and her cat missing, setting her on a rescue mission with a dash of vengeance. She goes to the only person she can think of that can help track her cat down: the Devil himself. Turning to the Devil isn't for the weak-willed and Diana is certainly not weak. A deal with the Devil may cost her a lot, but Mr. Flooferson the Magnificent is worth the trouble. She partners with the son of a demon who comes with sizzling chemistry and allies such as an angel and a brazen woman. In the search of the catnappers, she stumbles upon a shocking discovery that could release a dangerous threat to humanity.

RJ Blain delivers another devilishly delightful and sinfully charming treat with a mission to save a cat that turns into a mission to save humanity. The love of felines is woven into this fast-paced romp. Diana is willing to do whatever it takes to find her cat and has a strong personality that can challenge even the Devil. Each of the characters has top-notch humor and banter that matches well against the strong wit and brazen personality of Diana. The strong voice is notable of Blain's style and delivers clever, fast-paced action that drives the adventure forward. The characters surrounding her provide an assortment of personalities that includes the devil, his wife, her new partner Darian, his mother Belial, archangels, and even appearances from Him. The dynamic between Diana and Darian is funny and charming and delivers sizzling chemistry and delightful banter. The dialogue is a strength and a trademark of Blain's writing style that pulls you in from the beginning and is addictive from page one.

The story has several attributes from the previous installments in the series with strong female characters, an empowering lead, attractive love interests, eccentric characters, romantic situations, and top-notch comedy. The humor is wild in the best possible ways with quirky cat names and humorous anecdotes that create playful puns about the Devil and angels. The story brings Diana up against catnappers who have a nefarious plan for humanity with a dose of lycanthropy woven into the story. Catnapped is another win for Blain with charm, humor, action, hellish jokes, and clever dialogue in a fast-paced adventure to catch catnappers and save Mr. Flooferson.

Susan Sewell

The abduction of a cat sets a series of events into action that threaten the world in the sensational urban fantasy, Catnapped: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) by R.J. Blain. Diana is a secretary for the CDC and works with exceptional supernatural beings and their dilemmas, including Lucifer, King of Hell. When someone steals her cat, Mr. Flooferson the Magnificence, and destroys her home, Diana is enraged. Making a deal with the Devil, Diana joins forces with Darian, his single, dark and handsome nephew, to locate her abducted feline. During their hunt for Mr. Flooferson, the situation takes a deadly turn. Both Diana and Darian contract a viral infection that will change the course of their lives dramatically and, worse than that, they uncover a sinister plot that will initiate the End of Days. With the Devil promising the safe return of Mr. Flooferson, can Diana resist his propositions? But in the meantime, what will the virus do to her and Darian?

Filled with madcap characters and zany situations, Catnapped: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) by R.J. Blain is a humorous urban fantasy that tickles the funny bone from the first page until the last. The deities' characters are amusing, lovable, and extraordinarily entertaining. Due to the unique and unconventional aspects of their relationships, the badinage between Diana, Lucifer, and his wife, Darlene, is highly comical. During the scenes where Darlene and Diana teamed up against Lucifer and Darian, I was laughing so hard, I cried. Superbly written, the story contains a scintillating plot, engaging characters, and action-packed scenes. These elements work together to create a captivating novel that is unforgettable. Sinfully funny, this novel will thrill and enchant everyone who loves urban fantasies with a supernatural flavor.