I've read more than a book or two by B.A. Tortuga but 'Just Like Cats and Dogs' is my first shifter book by this author and 'damn, what was I thinking?' I loved this book. It was fun and entertaining and there was a story here...a serious kept me interested story.
Sam's a feline shifter who grew up in a family of wolves...right? If you're thinking poor Sam never stood a chance at fitting in you're pretty much right, but in spite of that Sam's got family. His momma loves him, his brother Grey (who happens to be a wolf and by the way Grey's blind) loves him, his sister Helena (and I apologize if I got this name wrong, I suck with names) anyways, Helena's got the heart and spirit of a wolf...she just can't shift and then there's Gus...Gus who is Sam's best friend's brother and the bane of Sam's existence or at least he was when they were younger but things have changed. Sam's all grown up and somehow Gus just can't stop noticing.
I just loved, loved, loved these two their snark and banter was simply adorable and at times hilariously funny. I was totally take with these two from the word go. I loved how Gus wanted to take care of Sam and once he was willing to accept that Sam was his mate he was willing to do whatever it took to get his mate back and then to make a life where Sam could belong...where Sam was truly part of the pack.
One of my favorite things about this story was the fact that whether they were in their animal or human form these shifters retained a lot of their characteristics. Sam likes tun it doesn't matter whether he's a human or a cat...he likes his tuna. Gus likes his steak and he's got a sweet tooth, but not Sam. Sam doesn't do sweet can't really taste it but give him salty and he's all in. Sam likes to groom his mate...he's a cat right and we all know how fastidious cats are when it comes to grooming. There are all these little quirky things that are a part of their character and I just loved that they were a part of the person no matter what their form was. It worked and at times just added to the humor of the story.
I think of all the shifter books I've read this one is definitely one of my favorites and more fun than a litter of pups...kittens?
Joe Formichella was the narrator for this story and while B.A. Tortuga isn't a new to me author this is a new to me narrator and for this story overall I really liked the narrator's voice. He used this laid back easy drawl that overall just really worked and while there were a few instances when I felt the narration getting a bit stilted, overall it didn't last and never really distracted me from the story and really seemed suited to the characters in this book.
An audio book of 'Just Like Cats and Dogs' was graciously provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.