Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Review: Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

Publisher: Piatkus
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: December 2nd, 2014
Rating: 7/10

Amazon summary:

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


Nine Lives of Christmas is a lovely little book, and the first I've read by Sheila Roberts. It's about cats and romance, which is a great little mix, and features characters that you can't help but warm to. it's not the deepest book you'll ever read but it's still fun and perfect for these cold, wintery nights!

Ambrose the cat has a job to do, and that's to get fireman Zach and cat lover Merilee together. There's an attraction there but neither of them quite realises that they are what the other has been looking for - it's quite frustrating at times, but it just makes the conclusion that much better. I liked both Zach and Merilee, and I liked them together. They compliment each other really well, and they certainly belong together.

I thought Ambrose would feature more, seeing as how he's a main part of the synopsis. He's not as central as I was expecting but I did enjoy his little sections and thoughts, and the POV of a cat is definitely an unusual one! I'd like to read more like this actually, particularly if cats have a part to play.

Sheila Roberts has written a fast, cute book that I enjoyed reading. It's romantic, warm and something different to what I usually read. Hopefully this won't be my last book by this author, and I look forward to see what else she has to offer!

1 comment:

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook said...

I actually got this book for my mom, because it was made into a Hallmark Christmas movie and mom is such a sucker for those. I haven't read it, but I'm glad to hear that you liked this for the most part.