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Put a little "meow" in their stocking this year with these tales of Christmas and felines―from beloved bestselling authors!New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and top-selling authors Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones have a special gift for readers this year: heartwarming holiday stories featuring passionate romance, paranormal adventure, andPut a little "meow" in their stocking this year with these tales of Christmas and felines―from beloved bestselling authors!New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and top-selling authors Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones have a special gift for readers this year: heartwarming holiday stories featuring passionate romance, paranormal adventure, and a distinctly alluring feline touch. With four new stories―including one featuring Lora Leigh's genetically altered Feline Breeds―this is a collection packed with more surprises than Christmas morning, and more chills than the snowiest winter night......

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The Magical Christmas Cat Reviews

  • Sophia Triad
    2019-02-19 18:09

    (The review is only for Lora Leigh’s story: Christmas Heat)Breeds 17Feline Breeds 11Featured Couple: Noble (Jaguar) & Haley (Human)Noble is a Breed Enforcer and he already knows for some time now that librarian Haley is his mate. Noble is trying to avoid the mating because he is scared for Haley’s safety. Haley has overheard some information about the people plotting against the Breeds and Noble runs to protect her. When the mating heat kicks in, Noble is trying really hard to suspend it and to give Haley a choice.I was not disappointed with the story. The buildup of sexual attraction and the resulting mating was hot and we also learn the fate of Alaiya, the phony mate from Mercury's War. And there are cookies, gifts and Christmas' spirit for all the Breeds in the end!

  • Julie (jjmachshev)
    2019-01-25 19:14

    "The Magical Christmas Cat" is a collection of four hot stories by four well-known paranormal romance authors. I enjoyed that each author used a different 'take' on the whole cat theme. In this anthology we have a leopard shifter, a witch's familiar, a demon that resides in a jade cat, and a Jaguar 'breed' enforcer. Stroke of Enticement by Nalini Singh. A Psy-Changeling story about Zach, a sexy leopard shifter who meets his mate, a human...and will use both his instincts, cat and man, to lure her to him.Christmas Bree by Erin McCarthy. She's a goth witch. He's an uptight GQ lawyer. But since their only meeting one year ago, both of them have been having seriously hot, wet dreams...about each other. What happens when they meet again and realize they've been sharing those dreams?Sweet Dreams by Linda Winstead Jones. Ruby is a single, shy woman who just lost the last of her family. At the neighborhood Christmas party she's surprised to receive an 'extra' gift from a secret admirer, a very old small jade statuette of a cat. She's even more surprised when her neighbor, absent minded parapsychology Professor Benedict suddenly doesn't want to leave her alone. Christmas Heat by Lora Leigh. Noble has known Haley is his mate for a year now, but he's used the violence and distance his job as a Breed Enforcer requires to delay deepening their platonic relationship. But when she becomes entangled in a plot against the breeds and becomes a target to keep her from testifying, Noble knows the time has come to claim his mate.I'm still fanning myself. In order of enjoyment: Lora Leigh and Nalini Singh were a tie for first, followed by Erin McCarthy and then Linda Winstead Jones. "The Magical Christmas Cat" will definitely heat up your holidays!!

  • Heather
    2019-01-31 22:10

    Reviewed for book release October 08The Magical Christmas Cat is a romantic and sometimes erotic anthology featuring a few of my favorite authors. Each story has the distinction of a little “feline” touch. We have a paranormal romance from Nalini Singh about a leopard changeling falling in love with a reluctant schoolteacher. In Erin McCarthy’s story we have a witch with a matchmaking kitty-cat. Linda Winstead Jones gives us a demonic story about a possessed cat shaped knick-knack, and last but certainly not least, Lora Leigh gives us a story from her breed series about a leopard in mating heat. Whew! Here are a couple I liked... In Stroke Of Enticement by Nalini Singh, we have the story of Annie, a human schoolteacher that teaches young changeling kids in an Elementary School in Darkriver territory. When she has a little disciplinary trouble with a student and “Uncle Zach” comes to take care of it, neither one of them has any idea how intense it might get. Zach realizes that Annie is his mate, however with Annie’s overbearing mother and loveless father, can Annie trust Zach enough to let the mating bond take over? Christmas Heat by Lora Leigh is about a human librarian named Haley who falls for a Leopard Breed named Noble. When Haley hears something she shouldn’t and her life is in danger, Noble is sent to protect her. When Noble realizes he is in mating heat, he has to convince Haley that he’ll never leave her. Can he do that while at the same time protecting her life? Out of all these stories Nalini Singh’s and Lora Leigh’s were my favorites. They had the most heat and excitement and great character development. Sweet Dreams by Linda Winstead Jones was my least favorite of all the stories because I just didn’t really connect with the main characters at all and Christmas Bree by Erin McCarthy was just okay for me. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and if you are looking for a little bit of every kind of romance, this is the perfect book for you!

  • Steven
    2019-01-28 21:10

    I really really like Zach and Annie. I hope we get to see more of them in the main series. I only read the Psy-Changeling story by Nalini Singh)

  • Kathrynn
    2019-01-23 20:32

    I enjoyed each of the four stories in this slightly smaller trade paperback/Christmas anthology:1. "Stroke of Enticement" by Nalina Singh (Psy-Changeling, #7) and wow. Made me rush out and buy #1 in her series. The characters were Zach Quinn and Annie Kildaire. Rated PG-13 (4 1/2 Stars)2. "Christmas Bree" by Erin McCarthy (Murphy Sisters, #2) was okay, but it was all about sex. The characters were Bree Murphy and Ian Carrington in Cuttersville, Ohio. For me, this one was like eating a sandwich with meat and bread only. Okay and satisfied the hunger, but could have been mouth-watering with additional toppings (character development). Per Auntee (thank you!), this is part of a series involving three sisters that are witches. Bree Murphy's story frustrated me abit. Grandmother Murphy passed away and left each of the sisters a considerable inheritance. As this story progressed, it turned out Grandmother Murphy owed $80,000 in back taxes on the house she left Bree. Come on! She left one sister $200,000, another a Tea Shop and she owed $80,000 in back taxes on her home? I don't think so. Rated R (3 Stars)3. "Sweet Dreams" by Linda Winstead Jones didn't belong in this Christmas romance book, IMO. It was NOT a romance, but a horror story. Very good horror story centering around Christmas time when the moon is at its fullest, but that's the extent of the Christmas theme it had. The characters were: Zane Benedict, Ruby Kincaid and took place in Minville, Alabama.Rated PG-13 (4 1/2 Stars)4. "Christmas Heat" by Lora Leigh is #17 of her Breed series and it was WONDERFUL. My favorite of all the stories! No arguing amongst the main characters: Haley McQuire, Noble Chavin (Jaguar breed enforcer). This story was very romantic--especially the ending. There is a suspense theme and the way Haley "did" Christmas and explained the holiday to She was his breath of fresh air. She was a very likable character and he was so darn neat. Tissue alert for this one!Several previous characters were either mentioned or appeared briefly in this short story. Per Melissab, there is a major spoiler to "Mercury's War" (Breed, #16) in this one. So FYI! Other characters that are in or mentioned in this one: Jonas Wyatt (of course and when are we going to get his story?), Dane and Leo Vanderale, Zane Taggert (human sheriff), Mordecai (and his pet), Blade Travers, Mercury, Lawe, and Rule, the ever mysterious Uriel, Alaiya Jennings...Rated Erotic (5 Stars)

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-02-23 16:23

    Please note that this rating/review is only for Nalini Singh’sStroke of EnticementIf Singh writes anything set in the Psy-Changeling world, then I’m going to read it! Stroke of Enticement is about Annie, a super cool human (and I’m not just saying that because we share the same name!) and a super sexy changeling named Zach.Most of the magical romance happens within the first 48 hours of meeting each other. But Singh does fast track a month after to see the dynamics of relationship. The fast-forward is significant because Annie has a problem with commitment. She’s afraid to fall completely for the dangerous and alluring changeling because she fears that Zach’s passion for her will fade. But the cat in Zach isn’t about to give up.This short story is too cute to miss out on! All Psy-Changeling fans need to read this ASAP! Just don't look at the creepy cat on the cover.

  • Monique
    2019-02-11 18:34

    Reread (Jul 11, 2014)The way Nalini writes her changeling men *shivers*Originally read (Apr 18, 2013)Zach and Annie have had brief mentions and appearances throughout this series and now we finally get to read their story. I loved these two so much!Zach is just so deliciously possessive. I love the way Nalini write her changeling men. They are just so toe curlingly amazing. And I really liked Annie. It wouldn't have been easy to watch her parents marriage fall to pieces and become cold and distant. But Zach proved his adoration, devotion and affection for her and made her see what happened with her parents marriage would never, in any lifetime, happen between mated couples.I will definitely read this short, sexy and incredibly sweet novella again.

  • Talltree
    2019-01-29 15:14

    Read/rated only the NS and EM stories.

  • Mojca
    2019-02-06 15:18

    I was surprised, and pleasantly so, byNalini Singh's contribution. It's the first story I've read by this author and I have to say I'm literally itching to read more about the Psy-Changeling universe. I know the market is inundated with shifter stories, yet this series apparently has a slightly different angle and I loved what I've read so far.The characters were alive and well-developped, the conflict more than believable, and the plot, though holiday oriented and not much of a shocker was nicely delineated. The story flowed nicely, and the Christmasy touch added that little extra something special to make this story a little more sweeter and cuter than it already was...Talk about season for miracles. ;)The middle two stories byErin McCarthy andLinda Winstead Jones were the "pebble in the shoe" for this anthology. While McCarthy's strove for a bit of paranormal ending up with a shared dream was still passable, though not a great achievement (the characters seemed a little cold and the whole falling into each other's arms - despite the dream - was a bit too rushed to be believable), Winstead Jones' contribution was simply meh.The weakest of them all, in suspense, though it tried really hard (and the ending of the first chapter was promising), characters and story. And what was with the constant use of the Italian? Wouldn't it been enough to use the word once and then revert back to English? But I guess it sounded fancier...At least if you decide to sound fancy and use a foreign language, at least try to use it correctly. A dictionary is a good help, sometimes. Il Collettore is spelled with two T's and not one as you did, Ms. Winstead Jones. Also, the Italians tend to use an apostrophe when the noun begins with a vowel so the correct use would be d'Anima and if we're using strict grammar, soul should be plural (he needs nine)...Il Collettore d'Anime. Just for the record. Lora Leigh is simplyLora Leigh. I like all her stories (some more some less, depending on the publisher LOL) and this one was no exception. Yet another nice mix of action, romance, and steam, just the way I lik'em. Also, the Christmas backdrop added a nice warm, homey touch to the romance between Noble and Haley.The story was nicely tied in to the previous books, Noble getting shot in Dawn's Awakening and the party and mate issues from Mercury's War. I love it when the bad guys go down and that b**** had it coming. *evil grin*So the first and fourth novellas earned this anthology its 4-star rating because these two were worth the money spent on this book (which isn't often the case with anthologies). So I recommend this for Leigh and Singh fans...And for those who need a Christmas fix in the middle of the year. ;)

  • Fanny
    2019-02-04 15:22

    Solo lei la novela de Nalini Singh, que narra la historia de Zach, uno de los leopardos del clan DarkRiver y Annie, una chica humana.Creo que ya lo he dicho pero me encantan estas historias cortas dentro de la saga Psi-Cambiantes, son ligeras, divertidas y con un desarrollo mas que aceptable, en esta ocasion encontramos una lectura agil y amena, no me hubiera molestado que tuviera mas paginas pero en general fue un libro muy entretenido y sencillo.2.5 Estrellas!

  • Leah
    2019-01-31 18:21

    THE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS CAT - 2.875 STARS"Stroke of Enticement" by Nalini Singh - 4.5 starsThis story was very cute. Zach and Annie were very cute, I loved Bryan, and I liked the Mercy cameo. The only thing that sucked was that apparently I can't even get through a damn novella without Sascha popping up somewhere!Favorite Quote:"Strength is for protecting, not hurting."(Page 8)"Christmas Bree" by Erin McCarthy - 4 starsOkay, this story was hilarious, just like the one about Charlotte, Bree's older sister, in An Enchanted Season. Ian and Bree were so cute together, and I love that they had been having the same dreams for a year. Like with Will and Charlotte, though, I just wish that this story could have been a full-length novel because I would have loved to see the story and characters developed even further.Favorite Quote:"What the hell is a good-ass day?"Bree saw nothing amusing about it. "You know, when your butt looks good in whatever you're wearing, when it's sort of living up to its fullest potential, being the best butt your butt can be."(Page 108)"Sweet Dreams" by Linda Winstead Jones - 2.5 stars"Christmas Heat" by Lora Leigh - .5 stars

  • Autumn
    2019-02-11 22:10

    Rating forStroke of exitementI had only read a tiny bit about Zach in Mine to Possess. But since the story takes place in the familiar DarkRiver pack, it feels like home!I enjoyed the changeling world way too much!! and when humans are involved , its even better! :)the story it self its pretty separate from the series, so you dont have to worry about reading it in order.overall it was 4 shiny stars!! to Anny and Zach

  • Midu Hadi
    2019-02-03 18:06

    Stroke of Enticement by Nalini Singh: ★★Zach, a changeling, falls for his nephew's teacher. We're shown a glimpse of Lucas & Sachsa too.Christmas Bree by Erin McCarthy: ★★Three witch sisters. One of them predicts the other will meet her soulmate who will be wearing a "pink" shirt! Sweet Dreams by Linda Winstead Jones: ★★Why you shouldn't accept gifts from secret admirers! Demon cats and ancient brotherhoods too.Christmas Heat by Lora Leigh: ★★★A breed finds his mate in the witness he's supposed to protect.

  • AlwaysV
    2019-02-02 17:26

    Nalini Singh's Stroke of Enticement is such a magical novella. A wish from a lonely little girl has materialized in a form of the DarkRiver leopard. There is also a bonus for me, personally :) I've noticed Kaleb for the very first time!

  • Megan Fall
    2019-02-19 17:13

    This breed story was shorter as it is part of an anthology, but man was it good! The characters were great and there was lots of action. Sometimes shorter is better!

  • Dawn
    2019-02-02 20:08

    A mini review I only read two stories out of this book "Stroke of Enticement" by Nalini SinghThis is the first story I have ever read in the Psy-Changeling series where we have a human and changeling match and you know what I loved it!! As a child Annie is in an accident that almost takes her life but she does not walk away completely unscared. Now she lives with a limp that often causes her pain but for the most part Annie is at peace with her life. Until the day Zach walks into her classroom and changes Annie’s world forever. Only Nalini Singh can write a short story that leave you just as satisfied as if you had read the whole novel. I may be biased because Zach is my favorite kind of hero – handsome, charming, quick wit, funny and protective – sigh what is not to love lol. 5 stars "Christmas Heat" by Lora Leigh Haley is in danger because she has overheard some information about the people plotting against the Breeds. Even though the Breeds are trying to protect her people around her have been hurt  and now Haley is trying to protect everyone she cares about including Noble, a Jaguar Breed. Noble on the other hand has always known that Haley is his mate but Noble wants Haley to want him because of him and not the heat. But as the danger against Haley grows his instincts take over and now all bets are off. It is a good story, but it feels like we just get a lot of cameo’s from other characters which for me took away from the story. The other issue for me was  the sex got to be a bit much in some parts. Then the action scene seemed a bit anticlimactic. In the end it was a good story but it does feel like a novella. 3 ½ stars

  • Barbara ★
    2019-02-20 18:18

    This was ok. Nalini Singh and Lora Leigh's short stories were good but the other two were merely average. Please keep in mind that I'm not a fan of anthologies. I like my stories with a little more development and a little more meat to them.Stroke of Enticement - Nalini SinghExcellent story with a sweet romance. Human Annie has trust issues and shifter Zach falls instantly in love.Christmas Bree - Erin McCarthyI didn't like this one...too trite. Strangers Bree and Ian have been having the same dream for a year and finally meet and re-enact the dream. I couldn't connect with either character. blah blah blah.Sweet Dreams - Linda Winstead-JonesA strange story about demons coming back into power through Ruby, a woman Zane has been secretly watching. Now Zane doesn't know whether to continue with the plan or stop it from happening. Pretty boring with hard to like characters.Christmas Heat - Lora LeighIf you like Lora Leigh's Breed stories, then you will like this one too. It's pretty much the same scenario - the whole mating heat thing but with two new participants - Haley and Noble. Enjoyable but nothing new.

  • valee
    2019-02-16 21:18

    IMPORTANT : I only read Nalini Singh's novella.This is a really sweet and short story, definitely worth your time. In it we read about a DarkRiver soldier who finds out his mate is a human. Annie is not the woman you picture while describing the perfect heroine ... She is a human teacher, not power whatsoever. Not only that, but she wasn't the most pretty out there, nor the one with the strongest will or character. She is a sweet woman who adores kids and wishes to be happy. It may sound boring but it was great.What I loved the most was to read a story from someone's POV who wasn't alpha or sentinel. To see and get to know more about the rest of the pack was terrific. Just a quick, fun, lovely short story, really worth your time. Not as good as the first short story about Nate and Tammy but still nice. Really helped my waiting for Hawke's book,LOL.

  • Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
    2019-02-18 15:23

    ** Please note that this rating/review is only for Lora Leigh's "Christmas Heat" only.Christmas Heat - Rated: 4 StarsThis one takes place near Sanctuary. We have Haley a human librarian and Noble a breed. They have been friends, but both feel more for the other, yet they don’t show it. When Haley’s life is endangered Noble is going to protect her and confront his feelings. It was a sweet, sexy, hot and entertaining Christmas Novella. I enjoyed watching these two finally come together after denying their feelings for each other.

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    2019-02-03 14:07

    Only read "Stroke of Enticement".I really enjoyed this short, sweet psy-changeling story about Annie, a human, and Zack, a changeling. It's basically about them meeting and falling in love. I enjoyed it because it was short and sweet and there were no subplots or bad guys to worry about. But that being said, it was no where as intense ~ or hot ~ as the rest of the psy-changeling books. Definitely worth reading though. Loved this:"Are you calling me your gift?""Yes." She smiled. "How do you feel about that?""Like it's my turn to be unwrapped."He nibbled at her mouth. "Do it slow."

  • Dina
    2019-02-14 20:27

    Story available in print format in The Magical Christmas Cat anthology.Merged review:Read:- 'Stroke of Enticement' by Nalini Singh (5 stars)- 'Christmas Bree' by Erin McCarthy (3 stars)- 'Christmas Heat' by Lora Leigh (4 stars)Did Not Read:- 'Sweet Dreams' by Linda Winstead Jones

  • Lynsey
    2019-02-04 20:24

    Stroke of Enticement - Nalini Singh Loved this one, 5 starsChristmas Bree - Erin McCarthy Liked this one, 3.5 starsSweet Dreams - Linda Winstead-Jones This one was a little 'meh' for me. I wasn't too keen on the heroine but thought Zane was quite intersting, 2 stars Christmas Heat - Lora LeighLiked this one, 4 stars

  • Dee
    2019-01-26 19:06

    Originally read Lora Leigh's Breed story back in July 2011 and finally got around to Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling story October 2013

  • Aly
    2019-01-24 15:10

    Stroke Of Enticement- Nalini Singh 4 starAnnie is a human teacher who also have some Changelings in her group of students. One of them, Bryan, is in detention and waiting for uncle Zach to come pick him up. Annie heard about uncle Zach before but she never would have imagine he was so sexy :p A sweet romance with a charming hero. I read almost all the books from the series and like I already said, I prefer the Changeling to the Psy so I was really happy with this short story. Christmas Bree- Erin McCarthy 5 starCute and funny with a little disagreement in betweenDreams meet realityMagic and premonition Cat and mistletoeA delightful story with a hot chemistry Sweet dreams- Linda Winstead Jones 4 starAn evil statue wreak havoc in Ruby's life and put her in contact with the standoffish professor who live accross the street. A really good plot but the romance was less stellar and a little awkward at times. Christmas Heat-Lora Leigh 2 starHiding in the library, Haley overhear a plot that put her life in danger. For her protection, she'll have to share quarter with a Breed enforcer. But little did she know that Noble is her mate and he intent to make her his. I never read any Breed books before and I liked the idea of the enhanced human created with animal instinct and characteristics but unfortunately, it was just too intense for me. It was more erotic than romantic and I was a little uncomfortable with the oppressive feeling I felt about the hero's seduction.

  • Amy
    2019-02-01 16:19

    Containing 4 short stories, this book was really incredible. I think I was deciding to get the Christmas books I hadn't found before Christmas out of the way, but whatever the reason I picked it up, it was a great one!The book starts with "Stroke of Enticement" by Nalini Singh. I'm not sure I've ever read anything like this. There were some aspects that seemed a little familiar, but I don't think I've read about MPsy's before. Regardless, I loved the strong family dynamic. The character development was amazing. In short, this was a well-written story that had an undercurrent of sweetness throughout it without being cloying. I loved how Zach's kitty was so easily incorporated into it and how playful he was. Erin McCarthy brings us "Christmas Bree," which was a wonderful story about a middle sister of witches finding the love of her life. It felt like it could be part of a series, and I hope it is. I'd love to hear about the oldest sister's story (which was briefly touched on) and more about the younger sister's story (which I kinda saw coming, but she's a great enough writer than I really want to read the details of it). I also really enjoyed how Ian was written. He was open-minded toward her faith and it seemed that had to do with not only his respect for her but also simply because of who he was. As far as leading men go, I think he was one of my favorites. Linda Winstead Jones' "Sweet Dreams" brought action to the book that was an unexpected delight! It was a very well-written action/mystery. I kept trying to figure out who the bad guy was going to be, and I'll be honest... I didn't see it coming. There was a darkness about this story, and it kept the pages turning well into the night. (Thank goodness I had the next day off of work!) Despite the darkness that hovered around this Christmas delight, I enjoyed it immensely.Things came to a close with Lora Leigh's "Christmas Heat." MMMMM, this action adventure story was yummy! Definitely darker than the opening story, yet not as dark as the one just before it, this story had tons of tension to keep you turning the pages. Whether it was the live or die tension as our heroine fought to keep herself and those remaining friends and loved ones alive or the tear the clothes off tension while they fought the mating heat calling to them...there really wasn't a stopping point to put this one down. In all, this was a fabulous book no matter what type of story you were in the mood for.

  • BJ Rose
    2019-02-05 19:21

    As usual with anthologies, you have a strong story, a weak story, and others in-between. Since she is the reason I got the book to begin with, I guess it's no surprise that I think Nalini Singh's is the strongest of the four, and maybe the others suffered from comparison.3.5* - Stroke of Enticement by Nalini Singh: I really liked the letter to Santa from the hospitalized young Annie, and I think it raised my expectations of how that would/could develop, but the limitations of the short story let me down here. However, it was a sweet holiday story and that's probably exactly what it was meant to be.2* - Christmas Bree by Erin McCarthy: the witch-abilities of the sisters was cute, but ...And the shared dreams between Bree and Zach just didn't do anything for me.3* - Sweet Dreams by Linda Winstead Jones was better, and the psychic dreams of Ruby actually helped move the storyline along, but why does the heroine have to become an idiot to set the scene for the bad guy? She did have the heroine redeem herself, but still...Christmas Heat by Lora Leigh: this was my first (and probably only) LL story, and I did read it, but since erotica is not my style, I think a rating by me would not be fair.

  • Kimberly
    2019-02-14 18:30

    “Stroke of Enticement” by Nalini SinghHaving watched her mother’s heart been broken continuously by her emotionally distant father, Annie Kildaire has convinced herself that long-term romantic relationships are not for her. All that changes when Zach Quinn walks into her classroom and promptly turns her world upside down. The sexy leopard changeling seems determined to wreak havoc on her senses, and Annie isn’t so sure that’s a bad thing.The minute he sees his nephew’s human teacher, Zach knows Annie is destined to be his mate. Both leopard and man are drawn to her beauty, strength, and intelligence and all he wants to do is claim Annie as his own. But Zach knows that to win over his cautious mate he’ll have to entice her to trust him, and he’ll use every sensual trick up his sleeve to do so.Just when you think the Nalini Singh can’t get any better, she serves up another amazing tale. “Stroke of Enticement” is a captivating story that grabbed me from the very first page and didn’t let go.Zach is the kind of hero I love to read and dream about – devastatingly handsome, charming, intelligent, protective, and slightly mischievous. He’s possessive of Annie, not in a controlling way, but in such a way that made me sigh and wonder where I could find a hero like him. As for Annie, I utterly adored her. A childhood accident has left her with a slight physical handicap, but she never lets it stop her. She’s strong in both body, mind, and as she falls in love with Zach, I found she was strong of heart as well. Separately, they were endearing, but as a couple they wholly complimented one another. Their romance was the perfect combination of passion, tenderness, excitement, and fun.“Stroke of Enticement” is part of Ms. Singh’s Psy-Changeling series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Fans of the series will delight in this sensational addition to an already incredible series, and newcomers to the Psy-Changeling world will surely be racing to the nearest bookstore to gather up the rest of the series.“Christmas Bree” by Erin McCarthyThe second of three magical sisters, Bree Murphy believes in many things paranormal. But when her younger sister predicts that a businessman in a pink shirt will ring her doorbell Bree declares it impossible – she does not go for the corporate type. Yet sure enough, lawyer Ian Carrington shows up on her doorstep almost immediately.Ian met Bree about a year ago, and for nearly as long, both of them have been having the same erotic dream over and over. Neither wants to be attracted to the other. But when Bree’s cat turns up with a piece of mistletoe the Murphy sisters enchanted a year ago, fate seems determined to see these two unlikely lovers get together. Can a Chicago lawyer and a small-town witch make it last? Or will uncertainty and a lack of trust ruin their relationship before it has a chance to truly start?“Christmas Bree” is the classic case of opposites attracting, only to find out they’re not so different after all. While this element may be tried and true, Erin McCarthy’s story is fresh, fun, and sexy.Ian is both charming and seductive – a hero I could readily fall for. Bree, in turn, is the kind of character you’d want to be friends with in real life. She’s open with her family, but slightly wary when it comes to falling in love with Ian. She makes mistakes because of that guardedness, but those serve to humanize her even further. No discussion of “Christmas Bree” would be complete without mentioning Bree’s cat, Akasha. Though few in number so as to not be overwhelming, Akasha’s antics had me laughing and grinning throughout the tale.“Christmas Bree” is part of Ms. McCarthy’s Ohio’s Most Haunted Town series. Having not read the other books in the series, I can definitely say that while characters from previous stories appear, “Christmas Bree” stands on its own. However, after reading this delightful tale, I will definitely be rushing to read the rest of the books in this series.“Sweet Dreams” by Linda Winstead JonesAt a neighborhood Christmas party, Ruby receives a jade cat figurine as a present from a “secret admirer.” That night, strange dreams begin to haunt Ruby. Dreams of terror and betrayal, and those are just the beginning of the frightening occurrences beginning to torment her. Unsure of who to trust, Ruby isn’t sure what to make of her sexy neighbor Zane who is showing interest in both her and the figurine. Is Zane’s attraction for her genuine? Or is he in league with the menacing figure of her dreams which threatens to destroy her?“Sweet Dreams” certainly has the recipe for a good story. Ruby is a fun and likeable heroine who I was rooting for to find happiness. Zane had the qualities that are the hallmark of a good hero – intelligence, strength, looks, with a bit of bluntness which makes him human rather than the cardboard perfect hero.The plot centering on the threat to Ruby was well-developed and entertaining. The only thing I wish for in this story is more focus on the romance aspect. However, it felt as if the love story was rushed, and the wrap-up at the end of the novella did not feel genuine because of that. Yet overall, I enjoyed “Sweet Dreams” and look forward to reading more of Linda Winstead Jones’s work. “Christmas Heat” by Lora LeighAfter librarian Haley McQuire overhears some vital information regarding a plot that endangers the Breed community, she soon finds her life is on the line. With danger surrounding her, the last thing Haley wants is for anyone she cares about to be in jeopardy because of her. And that includes sexy Jaguar Breed Noble Chavin.From the first moment he saw her, Noble knew that Haley his mate, the one woman on this earth destined to be his alone. But he also knows that with finding his mate comes the mating heat – an emotional and sexual connection that neither will be able to overcome. For over a year Noble has been waiting, letting Haley get to know him before he makes his move. But when Haley’s life is threatened, all bets are off. She’s his and despite her fears for his safety, he’ll do anything, everything, to protect and love his mate.Christmastime just got a whole lot hotter with Lora Leigh’s newest addition to her fantastic Breed series. In “Christmas Heat” we get to meet Haley, a smart, capable, likeable heroine with a big heart and a compassionate nature. It’s easy to see why Noble is drawn to her; she has a kindness about her that comes off the page that endeared her to me. Fans of the Breed series will likely remember Noble from Dawn’s Awakening. In “Christmas Heat” we see more than just the gorgeous enforcer. Noble is not only a sexy, protective, alpha male. He’s intelligent, patient, understanding, and there’s a dash of vulnerability in his non-comprehension of what the Christmas season is all about. The beauty of the tale is not only watching Noble and Haley fall in love, but getting to see a Breed experience, for the first time, the joy life has to offer in the love and traditions of the holidays.For newcomers to Ms. Leigh’s Breed series, “Christmas Heat” can stand on its own. However, the story does contain several major plot spoilers for the previous book in the series, Mercury’s War. As a fan of the series, I must say one of the pleasures of “Christmas Heat” was getting to “visit” with some of my favorite characters. The road from harsh creation to happily ever after is never smooth for the any Breed, but “Christmas Heat” exemplifies exactly why this series is so addictive. It’s the journey that grips the heart in unimaginable ways and leaves you with a smile on your face.The Magical Christmas Cat is the perfect anthology to heat up the holiday season. It is rare to find an anthology where you genuinely enjoy all of the novellas. Yet Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, Linda Winstead Jones, and Lora Leigh have all contributed sexy, entertaining, reads perfect to curl up with on a cold winter afternoon. With four luscious tales that are sure to please, The Magical Christmas Cat will both fire the blood and warm the heart.Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed

  • Rise
    2019-02-21 18:28

    SweetThis was really a nice breed Christmas story that I enjoyed reading. Reading about these breeds wish I could have one for myself.

  • Asounani
    2019-01-26 22:23

    Bastante entretenida. Me gustó la pareja tenían muy buena química. Gracias a los Dioses se decidieron de A, era detestable.

  • Emily
    2019-02-12 22:14

    Again with the short story anthology! This one, aside from having a really cute cover, featured story offerings by two of my favorite authors (Nalini Singh and Lora Leigh) so I was pretty sure going into this book that I would enjoy it. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to discover that I enjoyed the other two stories just as much. This was the perfect thing to put me in the mood for Christmas.The first story was Stroke of Enticement by Nalini Singh and is part of her Psy-Changeling series. This story is a great introduction to the feel and flavor of that series without getting into the nitty gritty details of the big storylines, of which there are many. I'm not sure where this book falls in the timeline of the series, but it's definitely after book 2. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who wanted to check out Nalini Singh's writing style. Annie and Zach are a great couple and their relationship really soars from the first page. Other characters make cameos as well, and the ending is very sweet indeed.Story two was Christmas Bree by Erin McCarthy and was a whirlwind account of Bree, a witch, and how she feel hard and fast for Ian, a lawyer. There's a mischievous cat and some enchanted mistletoe, real estate quandries and shared dreams, and the pacing of this story was very nice indeed. I haven't read anything else by this author but I'll have to do something about that, especially if this story is part of a larger series. It was a very fun read and the happily ever after was well done and tied things together nicely.Story three was probably the most out there of the group. Sweet Dreams by Linda Winstead Jones is about Ruby, the owner of a bake shop, and Zane, a parapsychology professor with a side job that puts the weirdness of that to shame. Ruby gets a mysterious cat figurine for Christmas and the whole road show goes to hell pretty quickly after that. The author does a good job of setting up the bigger crisis in the story in a short length without swamping you with details or boring you to tears. The story is also a little creepy, too, which is a definite switch from a lot of holiday fare that's out there. This is another author I haven't read yet, but am definitely interested in exploring.Finally, and admittedly the reason why I bought the book, was Lora Leigh's Christmas Heat. The story takes place just after the ending of the novel Mercury's War and details not only the mating and relationship of Noble and Haley, but also the ultimate fate of Alaiya, the psycho bitch from Mercury's War. Although I'm not quite to that point in the series, I've flipped through the books enough to know that what ends up happening to Alaiya is sweet indeed and knowing that that story is resolved is definitely a good thing. Bitches get stitches, what can I say. This story is hot hot hot, just like anything else by Lora Leigh, so bear that in mind while reading.All four stories share the common themes of cats and Christmas, but one other theme that I noticed and definitely appreciated was that each of the heroines was the kind of person who made endless efforts and went to the ends of the earth for other people but didn't always take time for herself. Part of the blossoming relationship in each story was the heroine learning that it's okay to endulge and enjoy life, and that doesn't mean that you aren't doing your best for the people you care about. I think it's a great message, especially at this time of the year.Overall Grade: A, and for once all the stories in the book can share that grade equally! Read more reviews at What Book is That?