To Love A Cat

Romance - Contemporary
256 Pages
Reviewed on 02/08/2014
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Author Biography

Dr. Billi Tiner has been a veterinarian for over 10 years. She lives in Missouri with her husband, two children, three dogs, and three cats. She uses her experiences as a veterinarian as inspiration for her books. Dr. Tiner enjoys spending time outdoors gardening and hiking. She is also a huge fan of college football and basketball.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

Cat has settled into her relaxed schedule as a big time accountant, but her life suddenly changes when she decides to fulfill a promise she made to herself years ago - adopt a child and give them a chance at a better life, one that she was denied as a kid. What she did not count on, however, was adopting a teenage boy, but there is something about Ethan that just feels right so she takes him in and soon she is faced with the troubles of raising a teenager. Mitch, on the other hand, is a self-confessed ladies' man and has no intentions of settling down in the near future; that is until he takes Ethan home one night and meets his foster mother, Cat. Cat is not sure whether starting a relationship is the right thing and Mitch is not sure whether a relationship with Cat, who comes with a teenage boy no less, is something he can do.

To Love a Cat by Billi Tiner is a story filled with intrigue, suspense, and beautiful romance. Billi Tiner created a group of characters that complement each other perfectly, coupled with a plot full of twists and turns and heart-warming moments, to bring to life a must-read story. To Love a Cat by Billi Tiner is one of those books that make you so eager to get to the end and yet you do not want the story to finish. It shows the challenges and rewards that come with taking chances, and the beauty of having a strong support system of good friends. The story has interesting moments that keep you engrossed and eager to know what happens next; it is a definite page-turner.

Cheryl Schopen

In To Love a Cat by Billi Tiner, Catherine “Cat” James has overcome a rough childhood. Having abusive parents and being kicked out when she was a teenager, Cat has vowed to help another child if she got the chance. Finally, having a stable life as an accountant and living in her own home, she has decided to become a foster mom. She ends up taking in a 13-year-old boy named Ethan, who has had a childhood very similar to her own. Soon, her life changes drastically, and Detective Mitch Holt enters their lives. Fighting her attraction to this man and trying to focus on only being a mother, she convinces herself that she doesn’t need or want a relationship. Will Cat finally find the happiness that she has always dreamed of?

Thinking I was getting into a typical romance book, I was pleasantly surprised in the depth of not only the plot, but the characters as well. Yes, there is romance. Cat and Mitch have an undeniable attraction to each other, and seeing them try to deny their feelings and focus on other things is both frustrating and entertaining. However, what is truly at the heart of the story is the relationship between Cat and Ethan. Witnessing their mother/son bond gradually grow as time goes on and as circumstances change is absolutely heartwarming. They both desperately needed each other, more than they even knew. Any parent can relate to Cat’s love for Ethan and her need to protect and keep this boy safe. Billi Tiner is an amazing writer who really brought these characters to life and made the relationships realistic. The plot was suspenseful and unpredictable. In this story about friendship and love, with the perfect amount of animal-loving moments, To Love a Cat is a must-read. Filled with touching moments that got tears streaming down my face, this was a book that I could not put down. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Patricia Day

Take two successful professionals, each independent and content with life. Mitch is a law enforcement officer and family for him consists of his dog Roscoe and Tucker, an appealing but unwelcome cat. Mitch is totally dedicated to his work getting criminals off the streets. He is not the marrying kind. Catherine James is single and stunning. She is an over-achiever, seeking nothing more than to continue her career as lead accountant in prestigious company. Her success enables her to help youngsters; especially those damaged and rejected by their families. She knows too well how traumatic that is. She wants to provide a stable, comfortable home to a child, and applies to foster one. Add a troubled teen, Ethan, and you have the ingredients for an interesting, compelling read.

The story not only winds in and around the lives of Mitch, Catherine, and Ethan, but introduces their individual families, who are all caring and well-adjusted adults. As the tale unfolds, it exposes unsavory elements, too. To reveal more could spoil the story for you. Suffice to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is engaging and well written. You want to keep reading. How the characters meet each other, and adjust makes for a wonderful read and I highly recommend it if you want to escape your reality for a while, and become entwined in the lives of these fictional folk. It highlights how critically important helping less fortunate individuals is, as well as having a stable, loving family.