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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, 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...
Published: Penguin Group on Oct 7, 2008
ISBN: 9781440656873
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I enjoy anthologies because it gives me an opportunity to try new authors who have a simiar style to an author that I already enjoy; however, I find the format challenging because these shorter stories often lack the character development that I enjoy. The Magical Christmas Cat definitely had a mix of quality but the great stories were very well done. I primarily bought this book for Lora Leigh's new breed story "Christmas Heat". Although some of the storyline was similar to past breed books (human in danger falls for breed, shocked by mating heat, HEA), these are so well written that they keep my interest. Haley and Noble were interesting characters, the story furthered the whole breed plot and it was very steamy! The only complaint I have is that if you have not read Mercury's War (which came out two weeks prior to this), there is a small spoiler that wraps up the intrigue in that book. I haven't read Mercury's War and although I now have some knowledge about "who did it", I don't think it will hurt my enjoyment of the book. Although I love Lora Leigh, my favorite story was Nalini Singh's "Stroke of Enchantment". I have heard of the author but have never read any of her books; this story was part of her Psy-Changeling series. Even though I wasn't at all familiar with the background of the creatures in the book, Singh's storytelling quickly brings you up to speed on the attributes of her creations and the challenges they face. I was intrigued by the techology and the time in which these characters live. Zach was a sexy and intriguing hero and Anna was a unique heroine who I wanted ot learn more about. I will definitel ybe reading more of Singh's books.Unfortunately, the other two stories were not as strong. The character's in Erin McCarthy's "Christmas Bree" were flat and there was little character development. This story also seemed like it was reworked to fit into the "Christmas cat" and paranormal formula for the book. Linda Winstead Jones' "Sweet Dreams" epitomizes why I am often disappointed with short stories. Her characters descriptions and backgrounds were very intriguing but their actions were often outside the character development and the action and plot in the story was unbelievable and somewhat silly.However, despite these shortcomings, Leigh and Singh's stories are strong enough to make this a buy for those who enjoy their respective series.read more
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The Magical Christmas Cat is another short fiction anthology by authors Lora Leigh, Erin McCarthy, Nalini Singh, and Linda Winstead Jones. All of them feature some kind of more or less magical cat and Christmas and all are (paranormal) romances.Again, I’ll go through them one by one.Stroke of Enticement by Nalini SinghAnnie is a (human) teacher, Zach is the uncle of one of her students and a changeling. When they meet, passion flares. But Annie is determined to only have a fling, while Zach knows that she’s his mate.It’s a sweet story, featuring characters that were not really in the other Psy-Changeling books. It almost feels like we get “Behind the Scenes” glimpses of the leopard world, as Zach is just a “normal” pack member and not someone higher up in the pack hierarchy. An addictive read, as usual.Christmas Bree by Erin McCarthyIn Enchanted Season, there was another story featuring the Murphy sisters. This time, we get the story of Bree, the second sister and the one most firmly rooted in her witch-hood, and Ian, a rational lawyer. Although they’re complete opposites, they are almost instantly drawn to each other. Will things work out for them?I liked that – although there’s no actual Murphy Sisters series, Erin McCarthy revisits them for this anthology. [And next year, I wanna read about Abby, okay? :)] The story is nice and I liked the characters. The cat was really cool.Sweet Dreams by Linda Winstead JonesRuby receives a mysterious little cat figurine on Christmas – from a secret admirer. Her neighbour, sexy Professor Zane, seems to know more about it than he would like her to know. Then the nightmare start for Ruby, of women being offered to some strange cat demon.I have to say that this story was more horror than romance. I didn’t mind, I like horror stories, but it seemed a little out of place in this anthology. Also, it was surprisingly tame, having no full sex scene. I liked the ending, that [SPOILER] Ruby took care of things herself and didn’t wait to be saved. [/SPOILER] Christmas Heat by Lora LeighIt’s a short story from the Breed Series by Lora Leigh.Haley is at a party, when she overhears a conversation with some important information for the Breeds. The Breeds are supersoldiers, genetically enhanced by adding animal DNA to theirs [a bit like Dark Angel], who just recently got their freedom and are now trying to build a society.Anyway, Haley tells Noble – one of the Breeds she knows a little bit – about what she heard and he takes her protection in his own hands, because he knows that she’s his mate.I haven’t read anything by Lora Leigh and I was a little confused. Not too much that it would have stopped me reading the story, but I’m not entirely sure that I actually got the backstory, meaning what exactly Haley uncovered and what was the doctor’s role?I thought the biological factors of the Mating thing were a bit icky – there’s this kind of small tentacle that comes out of the guy’s dick when he’s fucking his mate. Errrm… yeah… doesn’t get me going.It didn’t really convince me. A reason for me to start reading this series would be, if their was much emphasis on the backstory – the society building and so on. But other than that, it didn’t really float my boat.read more
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"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!!read more
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I enjoy anthologies because it gives me an opportunity to try new authors who have a simiar style to an author that I already enjoy; however, I find the format challenging because these shorter stories often lack the character development that I enjoy. The Magical Christmas Cat definitely had a mix of quality but the great stories were very well done. I primarily bought this book for Lora Leigh's new breed story "Christmas Heat". Although some of the storyline was similar to past breed books (human in danger falls for breed, shocked by mating heat, HEA), these are so well written that they keep my interest. Haley and Noble were interesting characters, the story furthered the whole breed plot and it was very steamy! The only complaint I have is that if you have not read Mercury's War (which came out two weeks prior to this), there is a small spoiler that wraps up the intrigue in that book. I haven't read Mercury's War and although I now have some knowledge about "who did it", I don't think it will hurt my enjoyment of the book. Although I love Lora Leigh, my favorite story was Nalini Singh's "Stroke of Enchantment". I have heard of the author but have never read any of her books; this story was part of her Psy-Changeling series. Even though I wasn't at all familiar with the background of the creatures in the book, Singh's storytelling quickly brings you up to speed on the attributes of her creations and the challenges they face. I was intrigued by the techology and the time in which these characters live. Zach was a sexy and intriguing hero and Anna was a unique heroine who I wanted ot learn more about. I will definitel ybe reading more of Singh's books.Unfortunately, the other two stories were not as strong. The character's in Erin McCarthy's "Christmas Bree" were flat and there was little character development. This story also seemed like it was reworked to fit into the "Christmas cat" and paranormal formula for the book. Linda Winstead Jones' "Sweet Dreams" epitomizes why I am often disappointed with short stories. Her characters descriptions and backgrounds were very intriguing but their actions were often outside the character development and the action and plot in the story was unbelievable and somewhat silly.However, despite these shortcomings, Leigh and Singh's stories are strong enough to make this a buy for those who enjoy their respective series.
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The Magical Christmas Cat is another short fiction anthology by authors Lora Leigh, Erin McCarthy, Nalini Singh, and Linda Winstead Jones. All of them feature some kind of more or less magical cat and Christmas and all are (paranormal) romances.Again, I’ll go through them one by one.Stroke of Enticement by Nalini SinghAnnie is a (human) teacher, Zach is the uncle of one of her students and a changeling. When they meet, passion flares. But Annie is determined to only have a fling, while Zach knows that she’s his mate.It’s a sweet story, featuring characters that were not really in the other Psy-Changeling books. It almost feels like we get “Behind the Scenes” glimpses of the leopard world, as Zach is just a “normal” pack member and not someone higher up in the pack hierarchy. An addictive read, as usual.Christmas Bree by Erin McCarthyIn Enchanted Season, there was another story featuring the Murphy sisters. This time, we get the story of Bree, the second sister and the one most firmly rooted in her witch-hood, and Ian, a rational lawyer. Although they’re complete opposites, they are almost instantly drawn to each other. Will things work out for them?I liked that – although there’s no actual Murphy Sisters series, Erin McCarthy revisits them for this anthology. [And next year, I wanna read about Abby, okay? :)] The story is nice and I liked the characters. The cat was really cool.Sweet Dreams by Linda Winstead JonesRuby receives a mysterious little cat figurine on Christmas – from a secret admirer. Her neighbour, sexy Professor Zane, seems to know more about it than he would like her to know. Then the nightmare start for Ruby, of women being offered to some strange cat demon.I have to say that this story was more horror than romance. I didn’t mind, I like horror stories, but it seemed a little out of place in this anthology. Also, it was surprisingly tame, having no full sex scene. I liked the ending, that [SPOILER] Ruby took care of things herself and didn’t wait to be saved. [/SPOILER] Christmas Heat by Lora LeighIt’s a short story from the Breed Series by Lora Leigh.Haley is at a party, when she overhears a conversation with some important information for the Breeds. The Breeds are supersoldiers, genetically enhanced by adding animal DNA to theirs [a bit like Dark Angel], who just recently got their freedom and are now trying to build a society.Anyway, Haley tells Noble – one of the Breeds she knows a little bit – about what she heard and he takes her protection in his own hands, because he knows that she’s his mate.I haven’t read anything by Lora Leigh and I was a little confused. Not too much that it would have stopped me reading the story, but I’m not entirely sure that I actually got the backstory, meaning what exactly Haley uncovered and what was the doctor’s role?I thought the biological factors of the Mating thing were a bit icky – there’s this kind of small tentacle that comes out of the guy’s dick when he’s fucking his mate. Errrm… yeah… doesn’t get me going.It didn’t really convince me. A reason for me to start reading this series would be, if their was much emphasis on the backstory – the society building and so on. But other than that, it didn’t really float my boat.
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"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!!
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It's been a while since I read an anthology. I liked how the authors have something in common put together. All of them were pretty good, I enjoyed all the four stories though for the first one by Nalini Singh, I'd say there's no follow through. All the sexual tension is there then the author left me hanging with the love scene. Aside from the emotions bared, and feelings confessed, I felt cheated out of the main event. As a reader of paranormal erotica, the union of the hero and heroine is important and I hated it that it was just mentioned in passing, or said suggestively.I appreciate the authors who - for lack of better term - give me the value for my time/money. The second story was lust-filled to make it up for the first and I really liked it. I'm a fan of fate, destiny and all that meant-to-be thingy. I liked that the characters dreamed of each other and there's the time element involved, before they finally got together.The third story was full of mystery and though there was very little sex involved, I didn't mind, I loved that I wasn't able to guess the culprit. I also liked it that the heroine is a baker, the same with Lora Leigh's story, though Haley is a librarian by profession and baker by hobby.Like with the Breeds series, Ms Leigh managed to put all the tension and conflict with her story, and the amazing sex, but in a short story. I liked it a lot.
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CHRISTMAS HEAT BY LORA LEIGHAnother very good story to add to the Breed Series. I love how the Breeds, including the conniving Jonas, react to sweets. I have to chuckle every time I read about that particular obsession. I am not going to be able to say much about this book without giving the whole story away. This story picks at the party which was the end of Mercury's War and it covers only a few weeks. I did love how Noble gave Haley time to get use to him and how honest he was about the mating heat. I loved Haley's courage in accepting Noble and the mating. I also love Haley's family and I would have loved to see more from them. I am sure Nobel is going to be getting a long lesson in being part of a big loving family which is what all the Breeds deserve. I am also glad that an annoying character from the earlier story showed her true colors and was taken care for good. She has messed up enough peoples lives with her deceit. This is a very good story and everyone that like Ms. Leigh stories should enjoy this one. I think it would make a great story for an afternoon at the beach. Happy Reading.
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5 Stars - Lora Leigh - Christmas Heat - I'm a sucker for her short Breed stories. I love that H&H always get along in these versions. The plot was interesting and concludes Mercury's War. It was very steamy and very sweet.

3 Stars - Erin McCarty - This was very enjoyable and had enough depth to get to like the characters. There were some dumb moments, but most of it was enjoyable enough. I really think she could have made this more of a full lenght story and then continued it with the other sisters.

5 Stars - Nalini Singh - WOW!! I loved this story. It was so romantic and sweet. Zach was amazing! Both characters were developed well.
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