Review: Cat and Mouse by Genella deGrey

January 28, 2014 Review 1

Review: Cat and Mouse by Genella deGrey

A proper lady would never steal or lie—nor would she enjoy the sting of her lover’s hand upon her posterior.

Fortune has frowned upon Miss Katrina Harwood. After the passing of her father and the sale of their possessions, she's found herself at the mercy of London's underbelly, and what's worse, she's now a vital member of the Eastside Den of Thieves, even though she's entirely miserable. Every day is a battle between her morals and the need to survive—and every day takes her further from a solution to her dilemma. During one of her many missions to lighten the pockets of the well-to-do, she finds herself in a precarious position—over the knee of her would-be victim. The impression he leaves on her bottom is one she won’t soon forget, or fail to yearn for.

During the previous London ‘season’, Maxwell Courtland married off his little sister Susannah to an up-and-coming barrister. Now, Susannah is trying to convince Max that it's time for him to settle down, a prospect which he finds completely disagreeable owing to the fact that he cannot abide the women she’s chosen for him. When he catches an adorable thief trying to make off with the family silver, he never imagines that a little game of cat and mouse would lead to falling for someone so unconventional and yet so tempting.

Reader Advisory: This book contains consensual spanking and light buggy whip use.

Title: Cat and Mouse
Author: Genella deGrey
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Oasis of Eden
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: 3 January, 2014
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 164
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

Oh this was such a fun story! We have Katrina, who fell on hard times after her father’s gambling debts left her without prospects. Then there is Max, the well-to-do member of society who can’t get the image of the pretty young thief out of his mind. Add to that Max’s sister Susannah who is determined to find Max a wife and befriend the young woman who returned her reticule and you have an interesting cast of characters just there. But there is still more: Katrina is involved with the Eastside Den of Thieves: where she must obey and steal or trader her person for a roof over her head, and the death of her only friend and protector could place her in jeopardy. With the criminal element wending in and out of the story, the descriptions of London that range from rich and elegant to seedy, dank and dark, the story never wants for action or interest.

Katrina is lovely and spunky, while she feels very trapped and is also conflicted about her new “line’ of work, she is trying to survive and hopes to be able to move on to other opportunities someday. Max is an archetypal Lord, bored with the usual suspects, not interested in the proper young ladies presented for marriage, and wanting something more: he is drawn to Katrina’s beauty and fire, and goes to great lengths to learn just who she is, and protect her.

Susannah, Max’s sister, is naïve but determined: and she found something very admirable and attractive in Katrina when they met. Even though she thinks she has chosen the perfect list of debutantes for her brother, she can’t help but wonder at his attraction and interest in Katrina.

Plenty of twists and turns wind through the story that range from funny to scary: murder, thievery, secrets and society’s gossip mills are all solidly represented and affect the events. While the attraction between Max and Katrina is electric, she is scandalized by and unaware that a man can bring her more than heartache and shame. Max is determined to show her just how attractive and pleasurable her submission to his proclivity for spanking can be. The two have several steamy scenes as he seeks to ‘tame’ her, and perhaps Max’s disinterest in marriage will be no more.

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