Friday, December 12, 2014

Review | The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts *7/10 Stars*

The Nine Lives of Christmas

by Sheila Roberts


Page Count: 242
Published: December 2nd, 2014
Publisher: 
Piatkus

Source: I received a paperback in exchange of an honest review from the publisher (Thanks Clara!)
My Rating: 7/10 Stars

Summary


When a guy is in trouble, he starts making deals with his Creator . . . 

Ambrose the cat is no exception. In danger of losing his ninth and final life, Ambrose makes a desperate plea to the universe. He'll do anything if he can just survive and enjoy a nice long, final life. His prayer is answered when a stranger comes along and saves him-and now it looks like he has to hold up his end of the bargain.

The stranger turns out to be a firefighter named Zach, who's in need of some serious romantic help. If Ambrose can just bring Zach together with Merilee, the nice lady who works at Pet Palace, it's bound to earn him a healthy ninth life. Unfortunately for Ambrose, his mission is a lot harder than he ever thought. Merriliee is way too shy to make the first move on a ladies man like Zach, and Zach thinks he's all wrong for a nice girl like Merrilee. Now it's going to take all of Ambrose's feline wiles-and maybe even a good old fashioned Christmas miracle-to make them both realize that what they're looking for is right in front of their eyes.



The verdict


So lately I have been too much into books and movies about the apocalypse, dystopian worlds, superheroes, sci-fi generations, zombies, vampires, shape-shifters, monsters  and all that is heavily unreal or fantastical or supernatural... Phew. I really needed a breather. 

I was looking for something different and light and happy to read when I was offered a copy of The Nine Lives of Christmas. I don't read contemporary romance much, but this Sheila Roberts title was something that made me say yes. The cat had a big paw in it actually. Ambrose made me smile and laugh (okay, not out loud, just a few smirks). I especially loved the cat's musings to himself and his match-making antics. The characters were likable enough to make me care about them and where the story was going. 

Overall, this was a sweet, quick and sort of cute Christmas themed read, definitely suited for the holiday season. My personal advice would be to read it snuggled in bed, on a weekend, with a big mug of steaming hot chocolate in your hand. Perfect, if you need to relax and cheer up after a hectic week. I did.

Happy reading!


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